Monthly Archives: July 2011

KPFA recall campaign: almost there!

Signatures continue to roll in on the petition drive to recall KPFA board member Tracy Rosenberg, who also sits on the Pacifica National Board. We are close to meeting our goal, but we need your help TODAY to put us over the top. Please PRINT & SIGN the recall petition here: http://www.SaveKPFA.org/recall/petition.pdf (If you have any trouble with the link, copy and paste it directly into your web browser, or contact us at votesavekpfa@gmail.com.) Tracy Rosenberg is the architect of the destruction of KPFA’s Morning Show, a key ally of Pacifica executive director Arlene Engelhardt, and a prime mover behind … Continue reading

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Another legal victory for SaveKPFA; court rejects Spooner action

A last-ditch attempt by Pacifica management ally Carol Spooner to keep KPFA Local Station Board members Dan Siegel and Laura Prives from their elected Pacifica National Board seats has gone down to defeat, only a week after being filed. It all started last December, when Tracy Rosenberg pushed an illegal motion through the national board to unseat elected KPFA reps Dan Siegel and Laura Prives. Alameda County Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch issued an injunction requiring they be seated. The Pacifica National Board appealed the injunction and threw Siegel and Prives off the board for a second time. But Judge … Continue reading

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Pacifica takes another $18K from KPFA

KPFA’s Local Station Board met July 16, and the main agenda item was a budget for the fiscal year that starts October 1. SaveKPFA-affiliated reps are pushing for a provision that Pacifica national lower the amount of money it extracts from KPFA, since Pacifica operates its offices rent-free out of a KPFA-owned building. However, this is not a popular proposal with those in control at Pacifica, including Rosenberg. | AUDIO OF LSB MEETING: part 1, part 2, part 3 If anything, Pacifica wants more of KPFA’s resources. Last month, Pacifica extracted an unbudgeted $18,000 from KPFA, a sum Pacifica is … Continue reading

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Recall campaign crosses halfway point: add your signature today!

Since SaveKPFA launched a petition drive to recall Pacifica National Board treasurer Tracy Rosenberg just two weeks ago, the response has been tremendous. Over 200 people have mailed their signed petitions in, and activists are circulating petitions at neighborhood events. | SIGN & MAIL THE PETITION HERE (PDF) Some SaveKPFA supporters have even come up with more innovative techniques. Listener Barrie Ann Mason writes: “I copied a pile of the petitions, keep them in my car, and slip them onto the windshields of parked cars with KPFA bumper stickers.” There’s also been some ancillary benefit for KPFA: donations have been … Continue reading

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Aimee Allison’s arbitration

After management removed the Morning Show and laid off co-hosts Brian Edwards-Tiekert and Aimee Allison, the union representing KPFA’s paid staff, the Communications Workers of America, filed grievances. Edwards-Tiekert was soon restored with back pay, though to a position in KPFA’s newsroom rather than to the Morning Show. Allison, who had less seniority than Edwards-Tiekert, took her case to arbitration with the union’s help. The decision, issued this week, upheld Pacifica’s layoff. That doesn’t mean Aimee can’t be brought back. She still has the right, under KPFA’s union contract, to be reinstated as work becomes available. SaveKPFA supporters have pledged the … Continue reading

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Spread the word: KPFA is looking for a new manager

Current KPFA manager Andrew Phillips is just an interim appointment by Pacifica’s Arlene Engelhardt. KPFA’s elected Local Station Board gets to choose the finalist pool for the permanent GM hire. If you know anyone who’s qualified, please encourage them to apply. The job description is here. Phillips gave a surprise on-air “report to the listeners” last week, and was confronted with many critical questions from callers. One caller suggested the $70,000 that KPFA has paid to anti-union lawyers should be deducted from the salaries of managers. Ira in Oakland summed up many listeners’ feelings, saying “it disturbs me to no … Continue reading

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KPFA’s Local Station Board meets this Saturday

Want to see station debates up close, or give your local reps some feedback? All are welcome at KPFA’s monthly Local Station Board meeting, which happens this Saturday, July 16 from 11am-4pm at the Humanist Hall (390 27th St @Broadway) in Oakland. Here’s a map and more information, including the agenda. share: Blog this! Recommend on Facebook Buzz it up Share on Linkedin Share on technorati Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post Tell a friend

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