LSB minutes - March 2006

KPFA Local Station Board Meeting minutes March 11th, 2006: Approved Minutes

OFFICIAL 20060311 Minutes

KPFA Local Station Board
Regular Meeting Minutes
Freight and Salvage Coffee House
1111 Addison
Berkeley, CA
March 11, 2006

Meeting is called to order at 11:12 AM.

Sepideh Khosrowjah (SK), Max Blanchet (MxB), Mary Berg (MyB), Richard Phelps (RP), Bonnie Simmons (BS), Lisa Rothman (LR), Rosalinda Palacios (RMP), Sarv Randhawa (SR), Sherry Gendelman (SG), William Walker (WW), Mark
Hernandez (MH), Willie Ratcliff (WR), Debbie Speer (DS), Marnie Tattersall (MT)

Absent/Excused:
Howard Beeman (HB), Attila Nagy (AN), Eric Park (EP), Fadi Saba (FS),

Late:
Stan Woods (SW), Riva Enteen (RE), Lavarn Williams (LW)

Following introduction of LSB members, it was announced that Fadi Saba has resigned from the LSB. Per Pacifica By-Laws, Jane Jackson is seated as next in line of succession from the previous election pool of candidates.

AGENDA:

The agenda was approved as amended; MSC/UC BET/MyB.

CONSENT CALENDAR:

Of eight items, four were pulled by members for later consideration.

Items approved by unanimous consent are:

I) Confirm KPFA LSB meeting in San Jose for April 22, 2006.

II) Seat Jane Jackson to Fadi Saba's vacated seat on the LSB and LSB

Committees

V) KPFA LSB MEETING 2006 SCHEDULE

VI) KPFA LSB MEETING LOCATIONS

Remaining items to be placed under New Business:

III. BERKELEY HONDA RESOLUTION [CH] <= SR

IV. PROPOSAL TO ESTABLISH A KPFA LSB DISABILITY ACCESS COMMITTEE [CH] <= SR

VII. DISTRIBUTION OF EXECUTIVE SESSION RECORDS FOR APPROVAL [MyB] <= JJ

VIII. DISPOSITION OF PREVIOUS UNRESOLVED AGENDA ITEMS [MyB] <= SG

MINUTES:
Approval of minutes was postponed; MSC/UC BET/RPM

GENERAL MANAGER'S REPORT:

Greg Guma, Pacifica National Executive Director, proceeded to report in light of the vacant General Manager position at KPFA. Guma introduced himself to the KPFA members, staff and listeners.

Comments from LSB members and responses.

PUBLIC COMMENT

MOTION:
A motion by RE was made to open the agenda for revision, JJ seconds.

Roll Call vote taken:

10 - Yes:MxB, RE, SW, CH, SK, WR, JJ, MT, JW, LW

11 - No: MyB, BET, SG, AH, MH, RMP, SR, LR, BS, DS, WW

0 - Abstain

The motion fails.

COMMITTEE/OFFICER REPORTS (up to four):

I. Treasurer: Financial Report
BET provides written report

II. Program Director Hiring Committee
SG provided report

III. GM Hiring Committee:

Committee convened by RP, LW elected chair, CH is vice-chair, RP is secretary.

Action items and administrivia engaged, next meeting 3/14.

Break

I. Personnel Issues:
The Personnel Committee recommends that as a matter of policy, should staff reductions become necessary, before making any reductions, management shall make available to all employees the option of voluntarily reducing their hours and seeking partial compensation through California's work-sharing program, (http://www.edd.ca.gov/uirep/de8714bb.pdf ) and do its best to accommodate their desires.

BET presents to board as committee spokesperson.

MT moves to table, WR seconds. 7-12, motion fails.

AH moves to accept the committee report as a policy for KPFA.

Substitute Motion: BET/AH The LSB recommends that as a matter of policy, should staff reductions be necessary, before making such reduction, shall ask
employees if they will voluntarily reduce their hours and seek partial compensation through California’s work sharing program, and shall do its best to accommodate their desires without compromising operations.

15-6 to close debate on substitute motion.

Amendment accepted by unanimous consent.

12-9 to approve.

II. Operations and Fundraising Issues:

Motion regarding on-air appeals for funds [LW]:

Whereas, the Pacifica Foundation is one of the last bastions of free speech
and that the first purpose of the Pacifica Foundation as stated in
the bylaws is as follows: “To establish a Foundation organized and operated
exclusively for educational purposes no part of the net earnings of
which inures to the benefit of any member of the Foundation”; We
resolve that all on air appeals to the community and listeners for funds
by individuals or groups shall be voluntary and/or part of normal Pacifica
job responsibilities whether paid or unpaid staff, volunteers, or
board members. The Pacifica Foundation shall practice what is written in
the bylaws and shall not allow members to benefit or inure from earnings of
the Foundation and that the practice of paying to pitch or exchanging cash
or other assets that may include airtime, premiums, or equipment is a violation
of the bylaws of the Foundation.

Substitute motion proposed by MH

In further compliance with the Pacifica By-laws, all Local Station Board
members shall submit to the LSB Secretary and the Executive Director
of Pacifica a Disclaimer of Interest that details any and all
funds received from any source that are paid, granted or gifted in
relation to the Delegate's association with KPFA and Pacifica for the
past five years, over and above the information requested in compliance
with Article 5, Section 10. A failure to comply will be grounds
for removal from the LSB for reasons under Article 5, Section 7, Subsections
D and E."

Chair rules substitute motion is out of order without explanation and before second can be made.

Appealling the decision of the Chair by MH/WW. Roll Call vote called:

No: MyB, BET, AH, RMP, SR, LR, BS, DS, WW, MH

Yes: MxB, RE, SW, CH, SK, RP, WR, JJ, MT, JW, LW  

Decision of the Chair upheld 11-10.

Question is called. Original motion passes 10-9.

III. Procedural Issues:

A. Meeting Rotation Schedule [FS]:

MH speaking for FS in his absence.

MyB indicates GovComm has submitted but not acted.

14-2 table MyB/BS.

B. Selection of LSB Program Council Reps [AH]:

Nominations:
AH SK JW SW SR

Chair rules that staff LSB members are ineligible to be members of the Program Council as LSB representatives.

Appeal the decision of the Chair. Vote is 11-8-1 to sustain the ruling of Chair. STV of nominees commences.

[In 21 ballots:

AH/JW won in Round 1

SW eliminated in Round 3

SR eliminated in Round 4

electing SK in Round 4.

Verified by MH and listeners

Signe Mattson and Sureya Samoni]

Discussion of terms of PC members; UNRESOLVED.

Motion to suspend the rules for BET/LR. Trumped by Motion to adjourn by WR/RE
12-9.

Meeting
adjourned 4:33PM.

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