The New Pacifica

With the implementation of the new Pacifica bylaws, the election of new Local Station Boards (LSBs) and the convening of these LSBs the Pacifica Foundation has entered a new era.

The Seventh WBAI LSB

The WBAI LSB held its one hundred twenty sixth meeting on Wednesday, January 9th, 2013.

The WBAI LSB held its one hundred twenty seventh meeting on Thursday, February 28th, 2013.

The WBAI LSB held its one hundred twenty eighth meeting on Wednesday, March 13th, 2013.

The WBAI LSB held its one hundred twenty ninth meeting on Wednesday, April 10th, 2013.

The WBAI LSB held its one hundred thirtieth meeting on Wednesday, May 8th, 2013.

The WBAI LSB held its one hundred thirty first meeting on Wednesday, June 12th, 2013.

The WBAI LSB held its one hundred thirty second meeting on Wednesday, August 14th, 2013.

The WBAI LSB held its one hundred thirty third meeting on Wednesday, September 11th, 2013.

The WBAI LSB held its one hundred thirty fourth meeting on Wednesday, October 9th, 2013.

The WBAI LSB held its one hundred thirty fifth meeting on Friday, November 22nd, 2013.

The WBAI LSB held its one hundred thirty sixth meeting on Wednesday, January 8th, 2014.

The WBAI LSB held its one hundred thirty seventh meeting on Wednesday, February 12th, 2014.

The WBAI LSB held its one hundred thirty eighth meeting on Thursday, February 27th, 2014.

The WBAI LSB held its one hundred thirty ninth meeting on Wednesday, March 12th, 2014.

The WBAI LSB held its one hundred fortieth meeting on Wednesday, April 9th, 2014.

The WBAI LSB held its one hundred forty first meeting on Wednesday, June 11th, 2014.

The WBAI LSB held its one hundred forty second meeting on Wednesday, July 9th, 2014.

The WBAI LSB held its one hundred forty third meeting on Wednesday, September 10th, 2014.

The WBAI LSB held its one hundred forty fourth meeting on Wednesday, October 8th, 2014.

The WBAI LSB held its one hundred forty fifth meeting on Wednesday, November 12th, 2014.

The next regular WBAI LSB meeting will be on Wednesday, December 10, 2014, at a location to be announced.

At its January 21, 2009, meeting the LSB voted to hold its meetings on the second Wednesday of every month and/or the last Thursday of that month, subject to change by the LSB, which gives us the following schedule:

Attendance at LSB meetings

Attendance statistics for the first WBAI LSB

Attendance statistics for the second WBAI LSB

Attendance statistics for the third WBAI LSB

Attendance statistics for the fourth WBAI LSB

Attendance statistics for the fifth WBAI LSB

Attendance statistics for the sixth WBAI LSB

Attendance statistics for the seventh WBAI LSB

The First WBAI LSB - February 19, 2004, to November 30, 2004.

The Second WBAI LSB - December 15, 2004, to November 29, 2006.

The Third WBAI LSB - December 27, 2006, to March 25, 2008.

The Fourth WBAI LSB - April 23, 2008, to November 11, 2009.

The Fifth WBAI LSB - December 23, 2009, to November 10, 2010.

The Sixth WBAI LSB - December 8, 2010, to December 12, 2012.

The Pacifica National Board

The 2014 PNB Crisis

With the seating of the 2014 PNB there was a shift in the membership and in the balance of votes, which brought to a majority Directors who had opposed the previous majority for some time. The newly seated PNB has had problems from the start, when they did not comply with the bylaws regarding the manner in which tie votes are broken in elections for officers of the PNB. As a result the person currently acting as Chair of the PNB, and de facto interim Executive Director of Pacifica, has arguably never been elected to that office.

A month after the first meeting of this new PNB they passed a motion to fire the Executive Director of Pacifica.

The Executive Director, Summer Reese, claimed she had a contract and couldn't be fired so easily. When Executive Director Reese showed up for work at the Pacifica National Office the next day she found a padlock on the door. She and the other Staff at the National Office had been locked out. The padlock was removed. The next day a press release was issued.

The Executive Director then camped out in the National Office until a court order removed her.

In early April nine of the minority Directors filed a lawsuit and requested a temporary restraining order (TRO) to restrain and enjoin the PNB majority until such time as a permanent decision can be made by the court from, among other things, violating the Pacifica bylaws and violating the Executive Director's contract with Pacifica. The full .pdf of the injunction request is here.

That TRO request was denied on technical grounds. The .pdf of the court order is here.

On May 12, 2014, the judge in this case issued an order that said, in part “Pending the hearing on the order to show cause (on June 3rd), [Summer] Reese is enjoined from entering, remaining, blocking ingress into or egress from, or the passage of persons into and out of PFR's national office at 1925 Berkeley Way. The court at this time, limits the temporary restraining order to Summer Reese herself.” The full court order is here.

In June the judge confirmed the order. She also denied the motion to remove Dan Siegel, and his associates, from acting as Pacifica's general counsel. That motion was brought by some of the PNB members since the PNB never voted for Siegel to be the general counsel. Siegel continues to represent Pacifica, currently in an action against Free Speech Radio News, wherein Siegel is claiming that Pacifica never authorized a contract with FSRN and so doesn't need to pay them any money.

After Summer Reese left the National Office former KPFK General Manager Bernard Duncan was appointed interim Executive Director of Pacifica. He left that position on July 5, 2014. Just before leaving he fired Richard Pirodsky who was doing double duty as General Manager of KPFA and KPFK. At this time Margy Wilkinson, as (disputed) Chair of the PNB, is automatically acting Executive Director.

More developments in the current PNB crisis are likely.

The Directors of the Pacifica National Board

The following is the composition of the Pacifica National Board as of April 22, 2014.

WBAI
Carolyn Birden Cerene Roberts Manijeh Saba Janet Coleman (Staff)
WPFW
Benito A.Diaz Luzette King Tony Norman Jim Brown (Staff)
KPFA
Jose Luis Fuentes-Roman Janet Kobren Margy Wilkinson Brian Edwards-Tiekert (Staff)
KPFK
Lydia Brazon Kim Kaufman Lawrence Reyes Rodrigo Argueta (Staff)
KPFT
Adriana Casenave Hank Lamb Richard Uzzell George Reiter (Staff)
Affiliates
Janis Lane-Ewart - KFAI Heather Gray - WRFG

The minutes of the open session meetings of the Pacifica National Board's National Finance Committee are being posted on this site.

Some Past Meetings of the Pacifica National Board

The first regular meeting of the new Pacifica National Board was held in Berkeley, California, March 12-14, 2004. More about that here.

Here are the minutes of the March 2004, PNB meeting.

The second regular meeting of the Pacifica National Board was held in Houston, Texas, Friday through Sunday, June 4 - 6, 2004. Here are Roger Manning's notes on this meeting.

Here are the minutes of the June 2004, PNB meeting.

The third regular meeting of the Pacifica National Board was held in Rockville, Maryland (which counts as Washington, D.C.) October 1 - 3, 2004. Here are Roger Manning's notes on this meeting.

The fourth regular meeting of the Pacifica National Board was held in Berkeley, California January 13-17, 2005. At this time there are o minutes for this meeting available.

The fifth regular meeting of the Pacifica National Board was held April 1-3, 2005, at the Doubletree Metropolitan 50th Street and Lexington Ave., New York City. Here's the official Web page about it.

The sixth regular meeting of the Pacifica National Board was held June 17-19, 2005, at the Berkeley Doubletree Marina in Berkeley, California. Here's the official Web page about it.

The seventh sort-of-regular meeting of the Pacifica National Board was held October 28-30 2005, at the Houston Media Source in Houston, Texas. So far there's no official Web page about it that's at all up to date.

In addition, the PNB holds special meetings where occasionally important things happen. All of the minutes, both approved and draft, of the PNB meetings are here.

The Pacifica National Board (PNB) met in person in Los Angeles January 30-February 1, 2009, you can listen to the audio of that meeting here. At that meeting Grace Aaron of KPFK was elected Chair of the PNB. In the absence of an Executive Director Ms. Aaron also assumes the role of interim Executive Director of the Pacifica Foundation. She has issued a statement regarding governance and Management changes at Pacifica.

At that PNB meeting the General Managers of the five Pacifica radio stations and the Archives Manager presented their 3 year plan to revitalize Pacifica.

The National Finance Committee of the PNB met on February 10, 2009, and a lot of information about the state of the Pacifica foundation was disclosed during the course of that meeting. You can listen to the archived audio of that meeting here.

The PNB held an in-person meeting in New York City from July 24th, to July 26th, 2009. It was grossly disrupted by operatives from former Program Director Bernard White's faction. Here's the Web page I did about that, with links to various media.

The Pacifica National Board (PNB) met in Manhattan the weekend of October 1st through 3rd, 2010. The audio has been posted for the first day of the meeting, the second day of the meeting and the third day of the meeting.

WBAI LSB Chair Mitchel Cohen also gave a report at that meeting, here's the text version of that report.

The Pacifica National Board met at the Hotel Angeleno in Los Angeles, California from Friday, January 27th, 2012, through Monday, January 30th, 2012.

Here is the Pacifica Foundation's official non-discrimination policy.


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