KPFA 2011 Local Station Board
Regular in-person meeting, October 6, 2012, 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, Donald Goldmacher, Conn Hallinan*, Matthew Hallinan, Cynthia Johnson*, Janet Kobren, Jack Kurzweil, Andrea Prichett*, Laura Prives, Tracy Rosenberg*, Lewis Sawyer, Dan Siegel, Akio Tanaka, Kate Tanaka, Margy Wilkinson; Craig Alderson (secretary), Barbara Whipperman (treasurer).
*Arrived after roll call.
1. Call to order
Meeting called to order by chair M. Wilkinson at 11:10 am.
2. Roll call and excusing of members
Moved (M. Burnstein) to excuse T. Russell, F. Sterling, A. Turner, R. Withers. Approved without objection. Moved (M. Burnstein) to excuse L. Sawyer for absence from September LSB meeting. Approved without objection.
3. Approve agenda
Moved (D. Siegel) to move new business to follow public comments. Approved without objection.
Moved (P. Drake) to cancel LSB meeting scheduled for November 3, 2012. Approved without objection.
Moved (M. Burnstein) to limit comments to 3 minutes per speaker. Approved without objection.
Moved (M. Burnstein) to adopt minutes of September 8, 2012, meeting, as drafted. Approved without objection.
5. Public comments
No members of the public were signed up for public comments. Chair proposed to allow members of public a chance to speak if they showed up later in during the meeting. Approved without objection.
A. M. Wilkinson announced that there was a great need for volunteers in the phone room. Urged anyone with time to volunteer. The phone room is a “no conflict zone” that encourages people to work together, and there’s always something to eat.
7. New business
A. Unpaid staff
Moved (D. Gans) resolution #1 on unpaid staff record-keeping.
Moved amendment (S. Futran) that “within the next 60 days” be replaced by “within the next 30 days” and add, “The system will include full contact information for each unpaid staff member, including name, address, phone numbers, and email address.” Approved without objection.
Moved substitute motion (T. Rosenberg): “The KPFA LSB urges interim general manager Andrew Phillips to implement the staff registry database software to track the hours of volunteer staff. Reporting must begin within 60 days of the date of passage of this motion. The KPFA LSB requests the interim general manager report to the December LSB meeting on the implementation of the staff registry database tracking system. The system will include full contact information for each unpaid staff member, including name, address, phone numbers, and email address.”
Failed: 6Y (C. Johnson, J. Kobren, A. Prichett, T. Rosenberg, A. Tanaka, K. Tanaka); 12N (M. Burnstein, P. Drake, A. Fest, S. Futran, D. Gans, D. Goldmacher, C. Hallinan, M. Hallinan, J. Kurzweil, L. Prives, L. Sawyer, D. Siegel.
Original motion as amended: Approved: 14Y (M. Burnstein, P. Drake, S. Futran, D. Gans, D. Goldmacher, C. Hallinan, M. Hallinan, C. Johnson, J. Kurzweil, A. Prichett, L. Prives, L. Sawyer, D. Siegel, F. Sterling, K. Tanaka); 0N; 4A (A. Fest, J. Kobren, T. Rosenberg, A. Tanaka)
5. Public comments (resumed)
7. New business (resumed)
B. PNB in-person meeting
Moved (S. Futran) resolution #2 on in-person PNB meeting in October or early November.
Moved amendment (A. Prichett) to add, “and use any savings up to $5000 to create an online voting system.” Amendment withdrawn following further discussion.
Main motion: Approved: 13Y, 1N, 5A.
C. Resolution on listener recall
T. Rosenberg notified board that she needed to leave meeting briefly and moved to postpone item until her return. Approved without objection.
8. Interim general manager report (M. Wilkinson)
M. Wilkinson read report from Andrew Phillips, who was unable to attend. Overall slump in fundraising across network. Goal for KPFA fund drive was $735k but at current rate may not reach $600k a 20% shortfall. This fundraising model is worn out and we are approaching diminishing returns. [Wilkinson here briefed board on problems with payroll processing in national office.] Payroll issues are ongoing concern and interim executive director has been concerned and responsive. There is a serious vacuum at national office. Praised efforts of KPFA staff who worked with national office to resolve this tangled problem.
At information-gathering stage with Goalbusters. Initial development team of four.
Noted re: UPSO that A. Fest did much work to gather names for UPSO elections. A. Phillips has no reason not to trust final list of names produced. UPSO has sent ballots for election.
KPFA played key role in national convention coverage. Unfortunately, coverage of debates affects fundraising. Same problem with air time needed for mandated candidates’ carts, while speakers series announcements will be pushed off air. We suggested directing listeners to special website, but this was not approved.
M. Wilkinson reported that the fundraising total as of October 6 was $320k.
9. Treasurer’s report (B. Whipperman)
TR1 is 11-month report through end of August. Total revenue was $3,414k. KPFA brought in $47k more than projected but listener support was less than projected. Expense summary shows we’ve spent less than projected and have had less in shared services than projected. YTD columns show we’re ahead of budget with projected surplus of $26.8k at end of year.
TR2 tracks changes at every stage of budget revision process, from LSB to NFC to PNB. Lines 2-3 show effect on projected surplus of revisions. Reasons for revisions include concerns about overestimating grant income and corrections to other errors, such as $25k correction to 403b contributions. After being passed out of NFC, some revisions were then made without consultation or input with station, before budget was presented to PNB. These reduced projected surplus to $22k.
As of Oct. 5, bank balance was $244k and accounts payable was $28,600.
7. New business (resumed)
C. Resolution on listener recall (resumed)
Moved (M. Burnstein) resolution #3 on listener recall. Approved: 9Y (M. Burnstein, P. Drake, S. Futran, D. Gans, C. Hallinan, M. Hallinan, J. Kurzweil, D. Siegel, M. Wilkinson); 8N (S. Aghamir, A. Fest, C. Johnson, J. Kobren, A. Prichett, T. Rosenberg, A. Tanaka, K. Tanaka).
Moved (M. Wilkinson) to take up Community Advisory Board item. Approved without objection.
10. Old business
- Community Advisory Board (Mary Prophet)
CAB is working on analyzing survey results and will report back. CAB is trying to go to community and will hold more meetings at Bikes for Life in West Oakland. CAB members serve two-year terms. Current members: Mary Prophet, Judith Gips, Rahman Jamaal, Steve Martinot, Hep Ingham, Nancy Polin. Prophet reminded board that it had agreed to a “2 x 2” committee to work on recruitment process for new board members, and asked for volunteers. For CAB: R. Jamaal, M. Prophet. For LSB: M. Hallinan, M. Wilkinson, C. Johnson.
11. Committee reports
A. PNB (T. Rosenberg)
Esther Manilla lawsuit has been settled for $125k; cost paid by insurance company. KPFA not liable for further damages. CFO search committee has met once, meets next Oct. 12. Job descriptions for CFO done, ED in process. Provisional budgets have been passed for every station.
B. Outreach (A. Prichett)
Committee has been doing great job tabling. At Solano Stroll and Alameda Co. Labor Council breakfast, where literature advertised labor news on KPFA. Outreach starting to take hold in KPFA culture. Meeting monthly; next meeting Oct. 29 7pm, at station. Hoping to do community radio rally at UC with speakers and music.
C. Technology (J. Kobren)
Sept. 18 meeting cancelled due to scheduling conflict. Next meeting Oct. 16. Questionnaire being developed to survey stations and management regarding software needs. Looking toward replacing MemSys with system that also links to accounting and budgeting systems.
Moved (A. Prichett) to put question of KPFAWorker website on next month’s agenda. Chair Wilkinson ruled motion out of order on grounds that it was not an appropriate issue for LSB consideration.
Moved (T. Rosenberg) to appeal ruling of chair. Appeal upheld and ruling reversed: 8Y (S. Aghamir, A. Fest, C. Johnson, J. Kobren, A. Prichett, T. Rosenberg, A. Tanaka, K. Tanaka); 5N (S. Futran, D. Gans, C. Hallinan, M. Hallinan, L. Sawyer).
2. UPSO (A. Fest)
Ballots in UPSO council election are in the mail. 250 have been sent. Due date is Oct. 26. Election committee will count them.
12. KFCF report (R. Withers)
13. Old business
A. Membership fee waivers
Issue has been tabled until January 2013 and convening of new LSB.
Adjourned 3:20 p.m.