KPFA Election Results

Meet Your New KPFA Local Station Board Members
from United For Community Radio’s slate

(For complete results, click here)

Thank you to the United for Community Radio community and the many KPFA members who held events, distributed literature, posted on social media, endorsed and voted for our candidates. We look forward to working with you to expand and strengthen our independent KPFA and Pacifica radio network.  The new members will be seated at the January meeting of the Local Station Board.

Akio Tanaka

Akio Tanaka

Akio Tanaka—Listener Representative

I first encountered Pacifica in 1970 t the height of the Vietnam War, an amazing new station came on the air broadcasting anti-war progressive voices. It was exhilarating and at the time a somber experience because the station was bombed off the air shortly after it began its broadcast, but it crystallized for me why Pacifica needs to survive.  Read more.

 

Carol Wolfley

Carol Wolfley

Carol Wolfley—Listener Representative

I want KPFA to cover YOUR interests: on the radio; on the community calendar; on podcasts and on website videos, I advocate for dependable reporting of people’s responses to political, economic and environmental challenges, discrimination and militarized violence; and for drama, comedy, and enlivening music that heals our souls.  Read more.

 

 

T.M. Scruggs

T.M. Scruggs

T.M. Scruggs—Listener Representative

I am an educator, musician, and long time social activist, involved in community/non-profit media for over 30 years.   My various forms of organizing and cultural work have proven to me that media is the crucial battleground for providing information and framing issues that determines a societys political direction.  I am a founder of TRNN-TheRealNews Network (therealnews.com), and on the Board of Advisers of truthout.org.   Read more.

 

Tom Voorhees

Tom Voorhees

Tom Voorhees,— Listener Representative

My primary focus will be rebuilding KPFA and all five Pacifica stations news departments back to their former award-winning national and international investigative news reporting on critical progressive issues. Presently, the three remaining Pacifica news departments depend mostly on a single commercial news feed read over the air, which discourages continuing listeners and new subscribing members. Read more.


Lisa Dettmer

Lisa Dettmer

Lisa Dettmer — Staff Representative
(Lisa replaces Josiah Alderete who is unable to serve.  Her seat is still unofficial.  She joins Sabrina Jacobs in serving as an independent staff representative.)

I would like to see KPFA be the community radio station it was meant to be.  One where there is actual respect and cooperation between the staff and the listeners so that we are living the mission of democracy that we preach.  And I would like to see KPFA expand it’s audience which is absolutely necessary if we are to survive by hiring a development/marketing director who will expand our audience and bring in some much needed grants for invaluable programs like the Apprenticeship program.  Read more.

 

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On-Air Candidate Forums

resilienceNine of the candidates running for the KPFA local board spoke to listeners directly during a series of hour-long programs which aired at 7 pm over three days.  These forums provide a deeper look at each candidate, allow you to assess the positions they espouse and provide information you may not know about the station and its parent, The Pacifica Foundation.

The links below show which candidates spoke on which evening with their slate identifications.

Tuesday Sept. 6  Marilla Arguelles UCR, Carol Travis SK, Chris Cory SK 

Wednesday Sept. 7  Carol Wolfley UCR, Aki Tanaka UCR, Craig Williams SK

Thurs. Sept. 8  TM Scruggs UCR, Ramsés Teón-Nichols UCR, Tom Voorhees UCR

Graphic from Resilient by Design
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Election Deadline

Your ballot must arrive at KPFA or the address on your ballot by Sept 30, 2016.  Mail it by September 23 to be sure your vote will be counted.

Scroll for More:
Links to listen to the On-Air Candidate Forums
How to request a replacement ballot
How to mark your ballot
Meet the United for Community Radio Candidates
and more….

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No Ballot? Request a Replacement

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If you haven’t received a ballot yet, it’s unlikely to get one UNLESS you request a replacement ballot.  It’s not difficult.  Every thing you need to know is below.  Please take the time, protect your right to vote and support our candidates.

From: “Local Election Supervisor-KPFA Earl Johnson” <les-kpfa2016@pacifica.org>
Date: August 30, 2016
If you are requesting a replacement ballot, please be sure to include your email, phone number and mailing address, [and send to the e-mail address above.]
If you did not receive a ballot and think you are an eligible voting member, please include your eligibility information (proof of membership or staff hours) along with your name, mailing address and phone number.  Please specify if you prefer to vote online or wish for us to mail you a paper ballot, which will take longer to receive.
If you are requesting a candidate pamphlet please note, the printed candidate pamphlet only includes the 200 word statements provided by the candidates.  You can find more complete information online at elections.pacifica.org including up to 500 word statements, answers to the optional questionnaire and candidate audio files.  If you still wish to receive a printed copy of the candidate pamphlet, please include your mailing address.
Please think greenly in your choice of digital verses paper ballots and pamphlets as well as the cost to KPFA for printing and postage.
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Programming is a Duty of the Local Station Board

My voice mattersBy Mara Rivera
Sometimes you will hear that the Local Station Board (LSB) has no role in programming.  This is not true.
 
The Local Station Board is supposed to keep an eye on programming, and has done so in the past by means of the Program Council, which consisted of representatives of paid staff, unpaid staff, and listeners appointed to it by the Local Station Board.  The Program Council was  destroyed by our opposition, Save KPFA, which refused to reconstitute a democratically representative Program Council, but wanted it to consist of department heads (paid staff administrators) only – or none at all. They appointed a Program Director who now makes these decisions unilaterally (with the participation of her cronies).   A Community Advisory Board is also mandated by the Community for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to have a role in the process.
 
Here’s the complete list of the powers and duties of the Local Station Board.  Item G covers programming.  For a indexed copy of the entire by-laws, click here.

Article Seven, Local Station Boards
Section 3: Specific Powers and Duties

Each LSB, acting as a standing committee of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, shall have the following powers, duties and responsibilities related to its specific radio station, under the direction and supervision of the Foundation’s Board of Directors:

A. To review and approve that station’s budget and make quarterly reports to the Foundation’s Board of Directors regarding the station’s budget, actual income and expenditures.

B. To screen and select a pool of candidates for the position of General Manager of its respective radio station, from which pool of approved candidates the Executive Director shall hire the station’s General Manager.. The LSB may appoint a special sub-committee for this purpose.

C. To prepare an annual written evaluation of the station’s General Manager.

D. Both the Executive Director and/or an LSB may initiate the process to fire a station General Manager. However, to effectuate it, both the Executive Director and the LSB must agree to fire said General Manager. If the Executive Director and the LSB cannot agree, the decision to terminate or retain said General Manager shall be made by the Board of Directors.

E. To screen and select a pool of candidates for the position of station Program Director, from which pool of approved candidates the station’s General Manager shall hire the station’s Program Director. The LSB may appoint a special sub-committee for this purpose.

Radio EquipmentF. To prepare an annual written evaluation of the station’s Program Director.

G. To work with station management to ensure that station programming fulfills the purposes of the Foundation and is responsive to the diverse needs of the listeners (demographic) and communities (geographic) served by the station, and that station policies and procedures for making programming decisions and for program evaluation are working in a fair, collaborative and respectful manner to provide quality programming.

H. To conduct “Town Hall” style meetings at least twice a year, devoted to hearing listeners views, needs and concerns.

I. To assist in station fundraising activities.

J. To actively reach out to underrepresented communities to help the station serve a diversity of all races, creeds, colors and nations, classes, genders and sexual orientations, and ages and to help build collaborative relations with organizations working for similar purposes.

K. To perform community needs assessments, or see to it that separate “Community Advisory Committees” are formed to do so.

L. To ensure that the station works diligently towards the goal of diversity in staffing at all levels and maintenance of a discrimination-free atmosphere in the workplace.

M. To exercise all of its powers and duties with care, loyalty, diligence and sound business judgment consistent with the manner in which those terms are generally defined under applicable California law.

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Results: KPFA Election, 2015

Three United for Community Radio candidates have been elected as listener representatives, Scott Olsen, Sharon Adams and Janet Kobren.  T.M. Scruggs and Don Macleay, who also ran with this slate, were first and second runner ups.  Anthony Fest, United for Community Radio candidate, was elected as a staff representative.

Radio tower simpleComplete results follow.

KPFA Listener Delegates
Margy Wilkinson
Scott Olsen
Leland Thompson
Sharon Adams
William Campisi
Sasha Futran
Janet Kobren
Barbara Whipperman
David Lynch

KPFA Staff Delegates
Tim Lynch
Anthony Fest
Sabrina Jacobs

For more details about the vote count, click here.

2016 KPFA LSB Listener members
Sharon Adams (United for Community Radio – UCR)
Craig Alderson (Save KPFA – SK)
William Campisi (SK)
Jose Luis Fuentes (SK)
Sasha Futran (SK)
Kate Gowen (SK)
Mark Hernandez (SK)
Janet Kobren
David Lynch (SK)
Samsarah Morgan (UCR)
Scott Olsen (UCR)
T.M Scruggs* (UCR)
Ramses Teon-Nichols (UCR)
Leland Thompson (SK)
Carole Travis (SK)
Barbara Whipperman (SK)
Burton White (SK)
Margy Wilkinson (SK)
Rych Withers** (SK)
* T.M Scruggs will replace Andrea Pritchett when her term ends this December
** LSB seat but not a Delegate (see bylaws, Article 7, Section 8 at http://pacifica.org/indexed_bylaws/art7sec8.html)
2016 KPFA LSB Staff members
Brian Edwards-Tiekert (SK)
Anthony Fest (UCR)
Sabrina Jacobs (non-aligned)
Tim Lynch (SK)
Joy Moore (UCR)
Frank T. Sterling Jr. (UCR)
2016 KPFA LSB Totals:
Delegates
14 SK
9 UCR
1 Non-aligned
LSB members
15 SK
9 UCR
1 Non-aligned
2016 KPFA LSB Listener Election runners-up list
*1. T.M. Scruggs (UCR) who will immediately replace UCR’s termed-out Andrea Pritchett
2. Don Macleay (UCR)
3. Yuri Gottesman (SK)
4. Virginia Browning (UCR)
5. Marilla Argüelles (UCR)
6. Jeremy Miller (UCR)
7. Tom Voorhees (UCR)
8. Mario Fernandez (UCR)
9. Brian Oakchunas (SK)
10. Richard Hart (UCR)
2016 KPFA LSB Staff Election runners-up list
1. Lewis Sawyer (SK)
2. Ann Garrison (UCR)
3. Luis Medina (???)
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