LSB September 2015 meeting records

  KPFA LSB regular in-person meeting
September 12, 2015 11am-4pm
SEIU Local 1021
100 Oak St., Oakland CA
Item #Time*ItemEst start time
1 Call to Order11:00 AM
25Roll Call and Excusing of Absent Members11:00 AM
35Approve Agenda11:05 AM
45Approve Minutes11:10 AM
55Announcements11:15 AM
720General manager’s report11:50 AM
820GM evaluation12:10 PM
920Treasurer’s Report12:30 PM
1060KPFA budget12:50 PM
1110Break1:50 PM
1215PNB report2:00 PM
135CAB report2:15 PM
145KFCF Report2:20 PM
15 Old Business 
 10    A.  2015 budget surplus – Apprenticeship Pgm (A. Prichett)2:25 PM
 10    B.  Local community news & public affairs (A. Prichett)2:35 PM
 10    C.  LSB subcommittees (J. Kobren)2:45 PM
 5    D.  Feature Story News (V. Browning)2:55 PM
 10    E.  Livestreaming (A. Prichett)3:00 PM
 5    F.  KPFA Foundation (A. Prichett)3:10 PM
17 Adjourn3:15 PM
 *Times are advisory.



KPFA Local Station Board
Regular in-person meeting
September 12, 2015, 11am-4:00pm
North Berkeley Senior Center
1901 Hearst Ave., Berkeley, CA

Note: An audio archive of this meeting is available at

Present: Craig Alderson, Virginia Browning, Mal Burnstein*, Brian Edwards-Tiekert, Kate Gowen, Mark Hernandez, Cynthia Johnson, Janet Kobren, Joy Moore, Andrea Prichett, Lewis Sawyer, Frank Sterling, Kate Tanaka, Ramsés Teón-Nichols*, Carole Travis, Barbara Whipperman, Burton White, Margy Wilkinson, Rych Withers, Quincy McCoy (ex officio).
*Arrived after roll call.

Absent: José Luis Fuentes, David Gans, Donald Goldmacher, Jack Kurzweil, David Landau, Samsarah Morgan.

1.   Call to order
Meeting called to order by chair, Carole Travis at 11:16 am.

2.   Roll call and excusing of members
Moved (B. Edwards-Tiekert) to excuse all absent members. Approved by voice vote, 2 abstentions.

3.   Approve agenda
Moved (M. Wilkinson) to adopt agenda as drafted.

Moved (J. Kobren) to take up KPFA Foundation before PNB report (as item 11.5). Approved: 7Y, 5N.

Agenda as amended: approved by show of hands; 2N.

4.   Minutes
Minutes of the August 22, 2015, meeting were not ready at the time of the meeting.

5.   Announcement
C. Johnson, B. Edwards-Tiekert, M. Wilkinson

6.   Public comments
Karen Nyhus, Carol Wolfly

7.   General manager’s report (Quincy McCoy)
GM and business manager Maria Negret spoke about budget issues, fund drive.

Moved (B. Edwards-Tiekert) to suspend rules to continue budget discussion. Approved without objection.

Moved (B. Edwards-Tiekert): “The KPFA LSB approves the proposed FY2016 budget and recommends the Pacifica National Board apply following provisos:

  • Windfall income at KPFA (e.g., from reinstated CPB funding) shall be applied toward reducing total days in fund drive towards a target goal of 60 days per year.
  • If KPFA’s major donor income falls short of budget targets, then KPFA shall make up the difference by extending fund drives and/or cutting expenses.”

Moved amendment (V. Browning): “Pass the budget with the proviso that the expense for the most expensive news wire be cut out of the budget and the savings applied towards the apprenticeship program.”

Moved to close debate on amendment (K. Gowen): approved, 1N.

On amendment: Failed: 6Y, 10N, 1A

Chair proposed to divide question of B. Edwards-Tiekert motion. Approved: 10Y, 0N, 4A

Moved to close debate on division (M. Burnstein): approved, 1N, 2A.

On part 1 (“The KPFA LSB approves the proposed FY2016 budget.”): Approved: 11Y, 1N, 5A

Moved (L. Sawyer) to go to break: Failed: 6Y, 6N.

On proviso 1 (“Windfall income at KPFA (e.g., from reinstated CPB funding) shall be applied toward reducing total days in fund drive towards a target goal of 60 days per year.): moved (J. Kobren) to close debate. Approved without objection.

On proviso 1: Approved: 11Y, 3N, 3A.

On proviso 2 (“If KPFA’s major donor income falls short of budget targets, then KPFA shall make up the difference by extending fund drives and/or cutting expenses.”): debate closed by show of hands.

On proviso 2: Failed: 2Y, 11N, 3A

Motion for 15-minute break approved by show of hands, 1N.

8.   General manager evaluation
Moved (B. Edwards-Tiekert) to form three-person committee to conduct surveys for GM evaluation.

Moved to amend (J. Moore) to expand to five members. Approved: 10Y, 2N, 3A.

On motion as amended, approved without objection.

Nine LSB members were nominated for committee. Moved (J. Kobren) for five-minutes recess to allow board members to caucus. Approved without objection.

Final committee members: Lewis Sawyer, Carole Travis, Joy Moore, Andrea Prichett, Brian Edwards-Tiekert

9.   Treasurer’s report (B. Whipperman)
No treasurer’s report as it was incorporated into budget discussion.

10.   KPFA Foundation
Edwards-Tiekert motion from August 22, 2015, meeting was read: “The KPFA Local Station Board, being the elected representatives of KPFA’s listeners and staff, hereby ratifies the creation of the KPFA Foundation for the purposes of continuing the work of KPFA’s and the Pacifica Foundation’s mission, in the event that Pacifica is dissolved due to circumstances beyond its control.”

J. Kobren objected that the motion violated Pacifica by-laws and was out of order. Chair Travis ruled that the motion was not on the floor as it was made in the prior meeting and not the current one.

Moved (B. Edwards-Tiekert): “The KPFA LSB requests local and national management explore setting up fully-perfected auxiliary foundations at every Pacifica-owned radio station.”

Moved (F. Sterling) an alternate motion on the subject. B. Edwards-Tiekert proposed a recess to confer with F. Sterling. B. Edwards-Tiekert withdrew his motion and he and F. Sterling proposed a new, joint motion.

Moved (B. Edwards-Tiekert, F. Sterling): “The KPFA LSB recommends that local management, and national management at the PNB’s direction:

  • Produce a plan to keep the network intact and thriving
  • Explore methods that can continue the mission of all or part of Pacifica, in the case of involuntary dissolution.”

Moved to divide (J. Kobren).

On #1: approved: 3N.

On #2: Approved 13Y (C. Alderson, M. Burnstein, B. Edwards-Tiekert, K. Gowen, M. Hernandez, L. Sawyer, F. Sterling, K. Tanaka, R. Teón-Nichols, B. Whipperman, B. White, M. Wilkinson, R. Withers); 1N (J. Moore); 3A (V. Browning, J. Kobren, C. Travis).

11.   PNB
J. Kobren, B. Edwards-Tiekert, M. Wilkinson

12.   CAB report
Carole Wolfley

13.   KFCF report
Rych Withers

Adjourned 4:00 pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Craig Alderson

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