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.

The next regular WBAI LSB meeting will be on Wednesday, February 10, 2016, at 7:00 PM 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 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 Directors of the Pacifica National Board

The following is the composition of the Pacifica National Board as of July 19, 2015.

WBAI
Carolyn Birden Steve Brown Cerene Roberts Janet Coleman (Staff)
WPFW
Benito A.Diaz Tony Norman Peter Tucker Jim Brown (Staff)
KPFA
Jose Luis Fuentes-Roman Janet Kobren Margy Wilkinson Brian Edwards-Tiekert (Staff)
KPFK
Lydia Brazon PURGED BY THE PNB Brenda Medina Rodrigo Argueta (Staff)
KPFT
Teresa Allen Adriana Casenave Robert L. Mark George Reiter (Staff)
Affiliates
Janis Lane-Ewart - KFAI Robert Rabin Siegal - WVQR

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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