May 2013 LSB Meeting Records

KPFA Local Station Board
Regular in-person meeting,
May 11, 2013, 11am-4pm
North Berkeley Senior Center
1901 Hearst Ave., Berkeley, CA

Note: An audio archive of this meeting is available at

Present: Shahram Aghamir*, Craig Alderson, Brian Edwards-Tiekert, José Luis Fuentes, David Gans, Donald Goldmacher,  Matthew Hallinan, Mark Hernandez*, Cynthia Johnson, Janet Kobren, Jack Kurzweil, Joy Moore, Andrea Prichett, Tracy Rosenberg, Mel Sanders*, Lewis Sawyer, Dan Siegel, Franklin Sterling, Ramsés Teón-Nichols*, Barbara Whipperman, Burton White, Margy Wilkinson.
*Arrived after roll call.

Absent: Mal Burnstein, Carole Travis.

1.         Call to order
Meeting called to order by chair B. White at 11:15 am. Chair welcomed Samsarah Morgan to the board.

2.         Roll call and excusing of members
Moved (B. Edwards-Tiekert) to excuse all absent members. Approved without objection.

3.         Approve agenda
Moved (B. Edwards-Tiekert) to add as item #6.1 a report from the PD & GM hiring committee. Approved without objection.

Moved (F. Sterling) to move item #14.A (Resolution on Bradley Manning) to follow item #8 (iGM report). Failed: 3Y, 8N, 8A. Agenda as modified approved by voice vote.

4.         Minutes
Secretary noted corrections to attendance report. B. Edwards-Tiekert noted misspelled name. Minutes of April 13, 2013 adopted as corrected, without objection.

5.         Announcements
A.         J. Moore: Adrienne Lauby and her free community bridge-building workshop will be held at KPFA, Wed. May 29, 6:30-9. Only for staff and LSB members. Another session on Sat. June 1, 3-5:30pm at KPFA. Register with A. Lauby or J. Moore in advance. These will be previews of 2-1/2-day workshop to be held later this summer; that workshop open to entire KPFA community.

B.         M. Wilkinson: Reported on community town hall regarding city’s drone policy. About 50-75 attended; LSB well-represented by A. Prichett, C. Johnson, M. Wilkinson, all of whom spoke or made presentations.

C.         J. Kobren: 1) No details yet, but Occupy the Farm is re-occupying Albany tract as LSB meeting was happening. 2) Debtors’ assembly meeting May 18, 2-5 at UNITE HERE Local 2 office, 209 Golden Gate Ave., SF, to discuss debt resistance. 3) Public banking conference June 2-4 at Dominican University, San Rafael. Google “public banking 2013” for details.

D.         F. Sterling: Last week he did show on genetic engineering on Full Circle. There will be forum on genetic engineering featuring Vandana Shiva on Sept. 11. “Rise of genetically modified humans” discussion on June 6, 7:30pm. Also coming up, “Biodiversity by the Bay.” All events will be free at Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley.

E.         M. Hallinan: Lawsuit against M. Burnstein, M. Wilkinson, D. Siegel, and C. Hallinan has been dropped.

F.         B. Edwards-Tiekert: Fund drive needs volunteers.

6.         Public comments
No public comments.

6.1        Program director, General Manager hiring (B. Edwards-Tiekert)
Board elected five-member hiring committee, which has met twice (J. Moore, B. Edwards-Tiekert, R. Teón Nicols, B. Whipperman, M. Wilkinson).  Committee asked for board approval of job postings for PD and GM positions, with goal of getting posts into Current magazine within week and in time for NFCB conference. Specific amendments to drafts as follows:

General Manager Post

  1. “Responsibilities” para 2, line 2, strike “development director.” Failed: 5Y, 8N.
  2. “Responsibilities” para 2, end: append sentence that the LSB evaluates the GM and the executive director supervises the GM. Failed: 5Y, 11N, 3A.
  3. “Programming”: delete point 2, “In coordination with the Program Director…” Approved: 10Y, 0N.
  4. “Requirements”: insert comma. Approved without objection.
  5. “Salary”: insert salary range. Moved (B. Edwards-Tiekert) to leave salary range blank. Approved: 16Y, 1N.
  6. Moved (A.Prichett) in “Personnel/Trade Union,” point 2, to insert “evaluation” between “hiring” and “termination.” Approved by majority, one vote against.

Program Director Post

  1. “Job description”: moved (T. Rosenberg) to delete parenthetical and “indirectly” Approved: 14Y, 0N.
  2. Moved (B. Edwards-Tiekert) to treat PD salary in same manner as GM. Approved by majority, one vote against.

Moved (A. Prichett) to approve postings as amended. Approved: 19Y, 0N.

7.         Old business
A.         Report on Goalbusters meeting (B. Whipperman, J. Kobren)
Met with Alice Ferris and Jim Anderson of Goalbusters. LSB members: B. Whipperman, J. Kobren, F. Sterling, D. Goldmacher, Richard Pirodsky, Andrew Phillips. Goalbusters said they had submitted a grant to NEA in Sept. 2012 for support for Apprenticeship Program; awards should be announced Jan. 2014. No bar to reapplying if we are turned down; we can tweak application and reapply. They want to compile a prospectus of projects and are having conversations with donors. They are impressed with KPFA’s data system and commended data manager Chris Stehlik. There are 18,000 active names in our donor list, 2,000 of whom are of longest standing.They identified 10 people to contact. Most donors they have talked to say they don’t listen to KPFA, they just know it should be there, or their parents listened, etc. Goalbusters had meetings with Crafts Fair staff, who are helping to identify donors to contact.

Goalbusters did pitch training and pitched on radio. They believe there is a high level of demand for development director in this area. Goalbusters suggested using third party called DonorSearch. Goalbusters is gone after 18 months, but they’re trying to raise enough revenue to sustain a development person. They distributed evaluation sheet for new fundraising ideas and a project information sheet to get information about different programs to be used in grant writing and fundraising.

B.         Open discussion on development
The board as a committee of the whole held a discussion on development. B. White will transcribe notes and forward to members.

8.         GM report
A.       Andrew Phillips requested to discuss in executive session.

B.       Richard Pirodsky. R. Pirodsky introduced himself. He was appointed as interim general manager by Pacifica National. Pacifica has started an investigation of procedures and concerns, because it believes that unless these concerns are addressed, the station will have difficulty continuing. Lawsuits cannot continue. Pacifica will do whatever it takes to correct situation. No one individual or entity is target of investigation. His role is to ensure that nothing done to obstruct or influence investigation. He is also to prepare report covering all areas of station operations. Pacifica believes station might lack procedures and implementation. He’s been meeting with as many people as possible, including LSB members. Important that he hears from everyone. His tenure will be short, the timeline determined by Pacifica. Depends on investigation, selection of general manager, PNB decision. If delays, there may be another interim general manager.

7.B       Open discussion on development (resumed)
Moved (J. Kobren): “A development committee be formed to review the brainstorming ideas that were shared today, group them, and bring them to the next LSB meeting to be prioritized and prepare a follow-up plan.”

Moved (A. Prichett): “The LSB designate representatives (2-3) to serve on development team currently meeting under the supervision of the iGM and Goalbusters. LSB reps will represent development ideas of the board to the development team and report back to the LSB.”

Moved (L. Sawyer) to table motions until June meeting. Approved without objection.

Moved (B. Edwards-Tiekert) to remove motion from table at June meeting. Approved without objection.

13.A     Old business: Community Advisory Board
Moved by chair to take up consideration of CAB nominations before convening in executive session. Approved: 15Y, 2N.

Moved (J. Kurzweil) to accept all nominees who have been submitted to board. Approved: 16Y, 0N.

Moved to executive session at 3:45, from which the board adjourned at 4:30.

Respectfully submitted,
Craig Alderson
LSB Secretary

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