Confused? “The Pacifica Foundation” is the legal name for KPFA and four other radio stations, because they’re all owned by the same nonprofit corporation.
But seven months later, in a closed-door meeting called on short notice, the Pacifica board reversed that decision, passing a motion that moved the $400,000 to Pacifica’s National Office. (The discussion itself was mostly a moot point, as KPFA had already transferred the $400,000 – and more – to other stations in the network as bailouts and loans, so there is little immediate impact from the decision).
Two of the SaveKPFA members on the board, Margy Wilkinson and Brian Edwards-Tiekert, voted against the move. The third, Jose Luis Fuentes, was unable to attend the short-notice meeting. The sole representative from KPFA who voted to take the $400,000 (and also to keep the debate secret), was Janet Kobren – running on the United for Community Radio slate in the election currently underway. (Members of her slate have long championed replacing unionized staff at KPFA with volunteer-produced programming).
Changing leadership at the network
On October 14, Pacifica executive director John Proffitt stepped down after serving for less than five months. He gave no reason for cutting short his tenure with Pacifica. Pacifica National Board chair Lydia Brazon, who represents KPFK in Los Angeles, is now serving, unpaid, as interim executive director. Per a resolution of Pacifica’s board, this arrangement will last no longer than January 2016, when Brazon reaches her term limit on the board.
In Pacifica matters, a grain (or a ton) of salt may be helpful
Many of you have reported receiving far-out, conspiracy-laden and frankly laughable bulletins from various quarters in Pacifica Radio land. Please remember that back in 2011, United for Community Radio’s Tracy Rosenberg was censured by KPFA’s Local Station Board for misappropriating KPFA’s official subscriber list and using it for her own partisan purposes. If you receive such emails and never signed up for them, contact her provider, Salsa Labs at firstname.lastname@example.org to make a complaint. Let us know what response you get.