KPFA 2011 Local Station Board
Regular in-person meeting, August 20, 2011, 11am-4pm
North Berkeley Senior Center
1901 Hearst Ave., Berkeley CA
Note: An audio archive of this meeting is available at www.kpftx.org/archive.php
Shahram Aghamir*, Mal Burnstein, Pamela Drake, Anthony Fest, Sasha Futran*, David Gans, Suzi Goldmacher, Cynthia Johnson, Hyun-Mi Kim*, Jack Kurzweil*, Henry Norr*, Laura Prives, Tracy Rosenberg, Tanya Russell, Lewis Sawyer*, Dan Siegel, Franklin Sterling, Akio Tanaka, Kate Tanaka*, Andrea Turner*, Margy Wilkinson, Rych Withers; Barbara Whipperman (treasurer), Craig Alderson (secretary), Andrew Phillips (ex-officio)
*Arrived after roll call.
1. Call to order
Meeting called to order by chair M. Wilkinson at 11:00 am.
2. Roll call and excusing of members
Moved (M. Burnstein) to excuse C. Hallinan, M. Hallinana, A. Prichett. Approved without objection.
3. Approve agenda
Moved (M. Burnstein) to approve agenda. Approved as drafted without objection.
Moved (M. Burnstein) to adopt. Approved as drafted without objection.
Chair proposed moving public comments to 8.5 to accommodate listeners; no objection.
6. Committee reports (first part)
Chair proposed hearing committee reports while awaiting arrival of interim general manager; no objection.
A. Pacifica National Board (L. Prives)
Four-day in-person meeting scheduled for third weekend of September in Washington, DC. (9/23-9/26, Channel Inn, 650 Water St., Washington DC). T. Rosenberg reported on WPFW’s relocation; WBAI is looking for locations in mid-town Manhattan. Pacifica Archives, WPFW, KPFT have submitted budgets. Hicks v. Pacifica lawsuit settled.
With arrival of interim general manager, chair proposed to suspend committee reports and return to original agenda. No objections.
7. Interim general manager report (A. Phillips)
Summer fund drive total approximately $260k; still coming in. Goal was $300k, so 16% short. Average was $26k per day and average pledge amount was $90 per pledge. July 2011 new members = 471; pledged = 2557. July 2010 new members = 617; pledged = 2609. May 2011 new members = 1646; pledged = 7300. May 2010 new members = 1449; pledged = 5972. Total KPFA members = 19,700. In 2006 members = 23264.
2012 projected budget is $3,611,919. In 2006 total budget was $4m. Economic slump making conditions difficult.
July direct mail campaign cost = $8k, has returned $24k. July 2010, returns were $33k; in Sept 2009, returned $61k.
Discussing moving apprenticeship program into 1921 MLK (Nakapan) space. Also exploring outreach to Latino and Native American communities, including Spanish-language stream and outreach base in San Jose to reach underserved areas of our market.
Membership drive planned for Oct. 4-25; goal of $700k. $90 average pledge is too much for some and it would be preferable to seek smaller pledges and increase base. Also looking at pitching in evenings. We could raise $5k per night if we continued fund drives into evening programs.
Expecting to install 10-watt transmitter for Santa Cruz in mid-September.
Moved (J. Kurzweil) resolution to reinstate Morning Show for duration of October 2011 fund drive. Chair noted that under Roberts Rules of Order members may speak no more than twice on motion. Moved (M. Burnstein) to limit speakers to two minutes. Approved: 14Y, 5N. Main motion approved: 11Y (M. Burnstein, P. Drake, D. Gans, S. Goldmacher, J. Kurzweil, L. Prives, T. Russell, L. Sawyer, D. Siegel, A. Turner, R. Withers); 9N (S. Aghamir, A. Fest, S. Futran, C. Johnson, H. Norr, T. Rosenberg, F. Sterling, A. Tanaka, K. Tanaka).
8. Treasurer’s report (B. Whipperman)
B. Whipperman and business manager Maria Negret presented statements through July. Bank balance as of Aug. 1 = $143, 422; accounts payable = $10,405. CD of $150k was being held as collateral on line-of-credit loan, which was due to be paid or renewed. National office used $100k to pay off but without notifying KPFA that it was doing so. Estimated central services Aug-Sept of $50k-$80k. KPFA pays $1200/mon. to Wells Fargo for bank fees; M. Negret researching alternative institutions.
Revisions since July produced a budget deficit of $97k. Budget amendments as follows:
a. Elimination of development consultant budget ($17k)
Failed: 10Y (M. Burnstein, P. Drake, S. Futran, D. Gans, S. Goldmacher, J. Kurzweil, L. Prives, T. Russell, L. Sawyer, R. Withers); 11N (S. Aghamir, A. Fest, C. Johnson, H. Kim, H. Norr, T. Rosenberg, D. Siegel, F. Sterling, A. Tanaka, K. Tanaka, A. Turner)
b. Elimination of proposed development director position ($97k)
Failed: 9Y (M. Burnstein, P. Drake, S. Futran, S. Goldmacher, L. Prives, L. Sawyer, A. Turner, M. Wilkinson, R. Withers); 12N (S. Aghamir, A. Fest, C. Johnson, H. Kim, J. Kurzweil, H. Norr, T. Rosenberg, T. Russell, D. Siegel, F. Sterling, A. Tanaka, K. Tanaka,); 1A (D. Gans)
c. Increase percentage of premiums from Pacifica Archives ($20k)
Failed: 9Y (A. Fest, D. Gans, C. Johnson, H. Norr, T. Rosenberg, D. Siegel, F. Sterling, A. Tanaka, K. Tanaka); 12N (M. Burnstein, P. Drake, S. Futran, S. Goldmacher, J. Kurzweil, L. Prives, T. Russell, L. Sawyer, A. Turner, M. Wilkinson, R. Withers); 1A (H. Kim)
d. Reduce computer maintenance budget to 2010 levels ($50k)
Approved: 11Y (S. Aghamir, A. Fest, C. Johnson, H. Kim, H. Norr, T. Rosenberg, T. Russell, D. Siegel, F. Sterling, A. Tanaka, K. Tanaka); 10N (M. Burnstein, P. Drake, S. Futran, S. Goldmacher, J. Kurzweil, L. Prives, L. Sawyer, A. Turner, M. Wilkinson, R. Withers).
e. Adjust estimated property tax payments ($8k)
Unanimous. Not voting: M. Wilkinson.
f. Include property tax refund in 2012 budget ($25k)
Approved without objection.
g. Increase listener support to amount necessary to balance budget (approximately $20k) Approved with 1 objection.
Moved (J. Kurzweil): “It is the sense of the LSB to direct the treasurer and interim general manager to look for ways of increasing funding for the apprenticeship program.” Approved without objection.
Moved (D. Siegel) to approve budget as amended. Approved without objection.
9. Public comments (in order of speakers)
Kate Gowen, Daniel Borgstrom, Aileen Alfandary, Brian Shiratsuki, Paula Erkkila, Virginia Browning, Stan Woods, Ann Garrison, Janet Coburn, Maria Negret
Meeting adjourned 3:52 pm.