Mail Ballots Now for Sept. 30 Deadline

Vote On Line:  Check your e-mail for a pin and link to vote electronically.  Many of us got those on Sept. 13 around 2 pm from “TrueBallot, Inc.”

Mail your Ballot by Monday to be sure it reaches the Ballot Collection site.

Come to KPFA on Friday, September 30 (only on that day), to drop off your ballot or to vote from a computer at the station.  1929 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley.

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2016 Candidates

Akio Tanaka

Akio Tanaka

(Click on each name for more about these incredible people.)

Akio Tanaka – Green Party activist, former local station board member

 

 

 

 

 

Carol Wolfley

Carol Wolfley

Carol Wolfley – KPFA Community Advisory Board member

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kris Stewart

Kris Stewart

Kris Stewart – Multi Media Journalist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LaTasha Warmsley

LaTasha Warmsley

LaTasha Warmsley – College & career counselor, playwright

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marilla Arguelles

Marilla Arguelles

Marilla Arguelles – Former SEIU 616 Chapter President

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ramsés Téon Nichols

Ramsés Téon Nichols

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ramsés Teón-Nichols – SEIU 1021 Vice-President, Current board member

T.M. Scruggs

T.M. Scruggs

 

 

 

 

 

 

T.M. Scruggs – Executive Producer, The Real News Network

 

 

Tom Voorhees

Tom Voorhees

 

Tom E. Voorhees – community radio station builder and transmitter engineer

 

 

 

 

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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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Tom Voorhees

From Tom Voorhees,— Listener Representative

Tom Voorhees

Tom Voorhees

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.

Previously, Pacifica news programming was its biggest fundraiser. If elected, I will work my butt off to support the full return of a daily half-hour of Free Speech Radio News (FSRN), which previously was able to fully report national and international news of working folks in minority communities.

I started at KPFA in the sixties with journalism and radio shop from El Cerrito High School and continued on to assist in building many new community radio stations and putting them on the air from Alaska to Puerto Rico, with the most recent, KFFR, now on air in Fraser Colorado this June.

I will also work very hard to solve KPFAs and Pacificas many internal problems which prevent the network from expanding and leading the progressive movement to a sane livable society.

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T.M. Scruggs

From TM Scruggs—Listener Representative

T.M. Scruggs

T.M. Scruggs

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-TheRealNewsNetwork (therealnews.com), and on the Board of Advisers of truthout.org.  KPFA and Pacifica need to greatly strengthen its internet presence, including live streaming, and better support our internship program: both will increase youth participation. I created a successful, growing non-profit. Resolving the financial straits of KPFA and Pacifica is my top priority.

I speak fluent Spanish with a history of activism, including community media, in US Latino communities and in Latin America. I have volunteered at community radios in every city I have lived in since high school. United for Community Radio (RadioUCR.org) best represents my views. In my one year already on the LSB I have worked hard to dilute factionalism, and I pledge to be open minded and creative.

Endorsers: Bruce Dixon; Ed Holmes; Marilyn Langlois; Barbara Lubin; Michael Parenti.

2016

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