Subject: {FP} Leslie Cagan on Wash Firing
Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2001 00:56:34 -0400
From: "Lyn Gerry" <>

From Leslie cagan, dissident board member

A few hours ago, in a call to Pete Bramson, Bob Farrell announced that he had fired Bessie Wash today, and tomorrow (Thursday) is her last day. Farrell has asked Joanne (sorry, I am forgetting her last name - she has been the Development Director at Pacifica for about a year or so) to serve as interim director for the next six months while a search is done for a new director.

This, obviously, is amazing news! There are still many unanswered questions, such as:

a) What sort of severance package was offered or given to Bessie?
b) What will this mean about other staff position changes?
c) I assume Farrell took this action in consultation with the other Board officers, but what does that mean in light of the fact that the hiring and firing of the Foundation's executive director is supposed to be a Board decision? (No, we will not challenge the decision!)
d) Why has Farrell not issued any statement to the Board about this action...let alone a public statement?

Also, an agreement to enter a mediated settlement discussion about the law suits was just reached yesterday. The plaintiffs are issuing a statement tomorrow (Thursday) announcing this should be posted by about 10 am tomorrow. The negotiations take place next Thursday, Nov. 1st in San Francisco.

I am working on setting up a meeting for people to share their ideas and concerns related to these discussions. Hopefully, I will be able to find a location for this to happen on Sunday afternoon (10/28). As soon as I nail down the details I will get word out to everyone.

That's the news for now!!!

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