KPFA 2011 Local Station Board
Regular in-person meeting, July 16, 2011, 11am-4pm
390 27th St, Oakland CA
Note: An audio archive of this meeting is available at www.kpftx.org/archive.php
Shahram Aghamir*, Mal Burnstein, Pamela Drake*, Anthony Fest, Sasha Futran*, David Gans, Suzi Goldmacher, Conn Hallinan, Matthew Hallinan, Cynthia Johnson*, Jack Kurzweil, Henry Norr, Andrea Prichett, Tracy Rosenberg, Lewis Sawyer, Dan Siegel*, Franklin Sterling, Akio Tanaka, Kate Tanaka, Andrea Turner, Margy Wilkinson, Rych Withers; Barbara Whipperman (treasurer), Craig Alderson (secretary), Andrew Phillips (ex-officio)
*Arrived after roll call.
1. Call to order
Meeting called to order by chair M. Wilkinson at 11:10 am.
2. Roll call and excusing of members
M. Burnstein moved to excuse L. Prives, T. Russell, H. Kim. Approved without objection.
3. Approve agenda
Chair proposed moving program council item to agenda item 7.5, following iGM report. T. Rosenberg objected. C. Hallinan formally moved to relocate item to 7.5. T. Rosenberg challenged motion as out of order; chair ruled it was in order.
T. Rosenberg moved to challenge ruling of chair. Ruling upheld: 10Y (M. Burnstein, D. Gans, S. Goldmacher, C. Hallinan, M. Hallinan, J. Kurzweil, L. Sawyer, D. Siegel, A. Turner, R. Withers); 8N (S. Aghamir, A. Fest, H. Norr, A. Prichett, T. Rosenberg, F. Sterling, A. Tanaka, K. Tanaka)
A. Turner moved to close debate; failed: 10Y, 8N. Motion withdrawn.
Agenda adopted without amendment: 13Y, 1N.
M. Burnstein moved to adopt. Adopted without amendment: 15Y, 1N.
5. Public comments (in order of speakers)
Daniel Borgstrom, Dave Kadlecek, Ann Garrison, Paula Erkkila.
A. Prichett moved to extend time 1 minute for Anne Garrison. Approved without objection.
a. F. Sterling announced live broadcast by apprenticeship program 7/17 3-6 pm honoring Geronimo Pratt.
b. D. Siegel reminded members of prison hunger strikes and urged people to get involved.
7. Interim general manager report (A. Phillips)
A. Phillips read Pacifica press release regarding Aimee Allison arbitration decision. Arbitrator agreed that the only effective way to cut costs was to lay off Allison. NLRB charges have been closed or withdrawn by CWA. NLRB found against union on issue of gag rule and current Pacifica rules have been upheld. Pacifica executive director is pleased these matters have been resolved.
2012 proposed budget is based on current staff reductions. Phillips has asked to see alternative budget that might permit replacement of positions lost through attrition. Wants to examine possible future revenue streams including a planned development strategy and researching $1000-donor base. Meeting also with Kim Klein, development consultant. Expecting $5,000/month from car donation program. Proposed that Pacifica create annual Pacifica peace prize, with first one given to Julian Assange. Good publicity and fundraising tool. Announced John Pilger speaking event and special programming on costs of war as part of August fund drive.
Outreach committee met with station staff July 6 regarding Santa Cruz 10-watt transmitter. 500 members in Santa Cruz area; planning to contact them to help raise $5000 needed. Possible special day of fundraising in Santa Cruz.
Web group has become multimedia working group met June 28. Steve Zeltzer suggested John Panalis for web streaming to broaden impact. Upstream.com allows streaming from anywhere at modest cost. Other ideas included streaming around upcoming anti-nuclear events. Workweek radio offering workshop on streaming at station.
Pacifica planning 7- to 8-hour broadcast on September 11 hosted by Project Censored.
Renovating store space at 1921 MLK may cost upward of $100,000. Another break-in has occurred at the transmitter.
8. Treasurer’s report (B. Whipperman)
B. Whipperman introduced business manager Maria Negret and together addressed details of 2012 proposed budget. Budget includes central services payments of 19.5% in contrast to previous budget draft. That draft allowed 18.5% payments, the remaining 1% to offset for Pacifica’s use of building space at 1925 MLK, including property taxes KPFA pays on the space. 1% is approximately $30,000/yr. This reduction needs to be discussed by national finance committee. Fund drive projections are very conservative to due programming changes this year. Budget includes income from car donations program. Crafts fair netted $27,000 last year. Detailed discussion of line items begins at 6:50 of part 2 of kpftx.org audio archive.
C. Hallinan made two successive motions to extend discussion by 15 minutes each. Approved without objection.
M. Hallinan moved that whatever budget the board adopts, it include a reduction of central services payments to 18.5% and that the board recommend to the national finance committee that it approve the 1% adoption. Approved: 16Y (S. Aghamir, P. Drake, S. Futran, D. Gans, S. Goldmacher, C. Hallinan, M. Hallinan, C. Johnson, J. Kurzweil, H. Norr, T. Rosenberg, L. Sawyer, D. Siegel, A. Turner, M. Wilkinson, R. Withers); 5N (A. Fest, A. Prichett, F. Sterling, A. Tanaka, K. Tanaka)
A. Prichett moved that the position of the LSB is that KPFA should have a full-time development director. Approved without objection.
A. Prichett moved that an analysis be done of the crafts fair and brought back to the LSB for a decision on whether or not to go forward with it; and that the interim general manager will decide who will do the analysis. Amended (S. Aghamir) without objection: that whatever recommendation be made will apply to crafts fairs beginning 2012. Amended (M. Hallinan) without objection: that any decision the LSB makes be made in consultation with those who put on the crafts fair. Resolution approved as amended: 11Y, 6N, 2A.
D. Gans moved to adopt budget. D. Siegel moved to amend proposed budget to add $10,000 to projected listener income (line 5). S. Futran moved to add $51,000 under grant income (line 15) and to include salary and benefits costs (total of $106,000) for development director. Both amendments approved without objection. Budget approved as amended: 14Y (P. Drake, A. Fest, S. Futran, D. Gans, S. Goldmacher, C. Hallinan, M. Hallinan, C. Johnson, J. Kurzweil, L. Sawyer, D. Siegel, K. Tanaka, M. Wilkinson, R. Withers); 4N (H. Norr, A. Prichett, T. Rosenberg, F. Sterling); 2A (S. Aghamir, A. Tanaka).
9. Committee reports
A. Pacifica National Board (D. Siegel)
Phone meeting June 22. New secretary selected. Foundation finances improving, $796,000 ahead of budget according to CFO. In-person meeting scheduled for Sept. 23-26 in Washington. KPFA lacks second representative to governance committee. T. Rosenberg provided supplemental report.
S. Futran elected by acclamation as second KPFA representative to governance committee.
B. Development (A. Prichett)
Discussed Santa Cruz transmitter. Trying to encourage participation and build nucleus in Santa Cruz. UCSC station already broadcasts some Pacifica programming so it’s a natural ally. Committee needs help with press releases, materials, outreach. Seeking information about grants KPFA has gotten in past. Next meeting July 20.
C. Outreach (A. Prichett)
No meeting this month.
D. Personnel (C. Hallinan)
Ad for GM approved by national office and circulated. Ad in Sunday SF Chronicle. Need to develop list of other venues. 10 applications received so far. Discussion about classification of ad as management/finance rather than communications. S. Futran moved that Pacifica place a new ad in Sunday Chronicle that is worded and categorized so it will be seen by those in media. Approved without objection.
E. CWA (M. Wilkinson)
Asked by L. Prives to make report. Arbitrator ruled that Aimee Allison’s layoff was in compliance with contract.
F. UPSO (A. Fest)
10. KFCF (R. Withers)
Walter Turner will speak at November event. Michael Parenti event being planned. PM Press, David Barsamian events also in works.
11. Old Business
A. Open discussion on programming
Members discussed KPFA’s mission, meaning of community radio, how the station should be used for mobilizing for social change, how to retain listeners, etc. Discussion begins at 23:58, part 3 of audio file.
Meeting adjourned 4:00 pm.