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 Eighth WBAI LSB

A WBAI LSB meeting had been scheduled for Wednesday, January 13, 2016. The National Elections Supervisor released the results of the WBAI election 76 minutes before the meeting was to have started. As a result there was disagreement about who was actually on the LSB and who would be a member for this meeting. When LSB Chair John Brinkley assaulted LSB Treasurer R. Paul Martin the independent LSB members left the building and refused to participate due to the violence. Thus there was no quorum and so no meeting. Any motions allegedly passed at a non-meeting that had been populated only by those who approved of the violence are questionable at best.

Given the violence that occurred on January 13, 2016, and the attempt by the current PNB majority, and their allies in New York from the so-called Justice & Unity Campaign, to deny a WBAI Staff delegate her rightful place on the WBAI LSB, and substitute someone who came in last for two elections in a row, the schedule of future WBAI LSB meetings is in question.

At the March 15, 2016, National finance Committee meeting the CFO brought up the idea of “liquidating” WBAI. More about what he said and links to the audio are here.

On August 3, 2016, the FCC approved the renewal of WBAI's license to broadcast. That's good news, and maybe some bad news, too.

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 Seventh WBAI LSB - January 9, 2013, to December 9, 2015.

At its meeting of March 13, 2013, the WBAI Local Station board (LSB) voted that the Treasurer should file written reports before each LSB meeting. Here is a page with links to those Treasurer's Reports.

The Pacifica National Board

The Ongoing PNB Crisis

On December 17, 2014 the California Attorney General's Office sent a letter to the interim Executive Director of Pacifica saying that, “We (the California Attorney General's Office) have selected Pacifica Foundation Radio (PFR) for a correspondence audit.” Pacifica is legally incorporated as Pacifica Foundation Radio these days because years ago Dan Siegel, when he was interim Executive Director, didn't bother to renew Pacifica's incorporation in California. Some opportunistic creeps, probably associated with east coast faction operatives, grabbed the name “Pacifica Foundation” and so Pacifica had to get a new name fast. This name problem may be getting rectified.

Here's a Web page with as much detail as I can find out about the California Attorney General's Office audit of Pacifica at this time.

The PNB chose a new Executive Director, John Profitt, in April 2015. He resigned the position about four months later.

The PNB has purged member Kim Kaufman, who has been in opposition to the actions of the current PNB majority. Prior to this purge WBAI Director Steve Brown had posted about whistle blowing regarding the PNB's actions. This may have prompted the PNB to take action against Kim Kaufman as a warning to Brown.

On September 14, 2015, Pacifica Executive Director John Proffitt announced his resignation.

In December 2015, the majority on the PNB sought to assure the continuation of their majority status on the PNB by “electing” two affiliate Directors to the 2016, PNB by the use of illegal means.

More developments in the current PNB crisis are likely.

The Empire State Building Crisis

The interim Executive Director's September 26, 2017, E-mail on the Empire State Building crisis.

On October 4, 2017, The Empire State Realty Trust (ESRT) won its case in court. The next day the Pacifica Foundation made the following official statement about this:

Judge Lebovits denied WBAI's motion for unconscionability, and gave ESRT a summary judgment of $1.8 plus million, plus attorney's fees. The latest invoice from ESRT was for $2.4 million, including fees up till last month. Pacifica's national board of directors will meet Thursday night to decide the next steps for the station.

All stations should continue doing what they are doing - bringing great news, music, and public affairs that the other stations won't let you hear, stated Bill Crosier, Interim Executive Director of the Pacifica Foundation. There's going to be some pain involved to come up with the money for the judgement, but we will get through it.

In a statement to staff, Crosier said, We do have some options, but they are more limited now, and none are easy.

Here is the October 11, 2017, WBAI LSB Treasurer's Report.

Long time Pacifica activist, former member of the Pacifica National Board and former Pacifica National Board Treasurer Tracy Rosenberg posted an Open Letter To The Pacifica Community on October 21, 2017.

The General Managers of KPFA, KPFK, KPFT and WPFW, along with the CFO and a number of others from the Pacvifica Radio Archives and the National Office have signed a letter to the PNB and NFC advocating a signal swap of WBAI's 99.5 FM frequency. Here is a copy of that letter (it's a 21 MB file).

Pacifica reaches an agreement with the Empire State Realty Trust, and WBAI will move its transmitter to 4 Times Square where the station will pay about 80% less rent. Click here for the press release from Pacifica Executive Director Tom Livingston.

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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