29 July 2007 National Board Minutes

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Approved
Minutes

PNB
In-Person Los Angeles Meeting

Sunday,
July 29, 2007

Public
Session convened at 12:47 pm PT.

Present
for all or part of public session:
Dave Adelson (DA), Mary Berg
(MB), Evelyn Bethune (EB), Acie Byrd (AB), Lydia Brazon (Lydia), Lisa
Davis (LD), Chandra Hauptman (CH), Ray LaForest (RLF), Bob Lederer
(BL), Margaret Prescod (MP), Sarv Randhawa (Sarv), Sandra Rawline
(SR), Berthold Reimers (BR), Rip Robbins (Rip), Rob Robinson (RR),
Thomas Ruffin (TR), Wendy Schroell (WS), Lori Taguma (LT), LaVarn
Williams (LW), Michael Woodson (MW). Greg Guma, ED (GG); Lonnie
Hicks, CFO (LH). Dan Siegel, corporate counsel.

Absent:
Ambrose Lane (AL), Don White (DW).

12:50—1:12
pm. Public Comment: 11 speakers.

1:12
pm. Technology Report. Jon Almeleh.

1:22
pm. Questions/comments from board members.

1:35
pm. NFC Resolution, postponed from Saturday (full text is in
minutes 7/28/07, Appendix 2).

DA
yielded chair to Sarv.

DA
moved to amend a) to read “
That
Pacifica shall use as a guideline the endeavor to hold expenditures
in all major categories in FY '08 budget to FY '07 levels;”

1:48
pm. DA moved to divide out b) “That Pacifica shall not hire any new
staff in FY '08, holding salary expenses to FY '07 levels.” and to
postpone b) to be reconsidered at next NFC teleconference meeting.

LW
moved to amend that proposed language shall not supersede existing
procedures for budget adjustment.

LW
amendment failed, 5Y-6N.

DA
amendment passed 13Y-1N.

NFC
motion as amended: “Whereas , the operating expenses of the PF are
increasing annually qt a rate faster than is being matched by
increases in income:

Therefore,
be it resolved:

That
Pacifica shall use as a guideline the endeavor to hold expenditures
in all major categories in FY '08 budget to FY '07 levels;

That
Pacifica shall accumulate a small contingency fund for potential use
by stations in case drives do not perform;

That
Pacifica shall focus on revenue producing activities in FY '08; and

That
the ED and CFO shall continue to monitor WBAI revenue shortfall or
recovery in FY '08 and its impact on the 2008 budget.”

Motion
as amended PASSED without objection.

DA
resumed chair.

2:00
pm. New Business.

Next
PNB teleconference meeting: 8/15/07 failed, 6Y-6N. 8/14/07 passed,
11Y-1N.

2:02
pm
LB motion: to increase
N.E.S. Hours from 120 to 160. Financial impact approx. $1,000. WS
2nd. Motion passed without objection.

2:03
pm. LB motion to increase the advertised salary for the ED position
to $100,000.
BL amended t0
$90,000, due to financial situation. RLF 2nd.

2:07
pm. LB moved to close debate on all pending questions.

BL
amendment failed, 5Y-6N

LB
motion passed 9Y-4N.

LH:
If you advertise a specified salary amount, must go to NFC for
approval. DA ruled point was well taken and that motion must be
referred to NFC. Can't obligate ourselves to an expenditure without
NFC approval.

2:15
pm. LB challenged chair's ruling. Chair's ruling upheld 11Y-2N.
Motion to increase posted ED salary to $100,000 referred to NFC.

2:22---2:35
pm. Motions passed without objection:

Resolution
on Oaxaca put forward at the Pacifica National Board meeting by
Director Margaret Prescod of KPFK – 28 July 2007:

RESOLUTION
IN SUPPORT OF COMMUNITIES IN OAXACA FROM PACIFICA NATIONAL BOARD

Whereas,
Ulises Ruiz Ortiz is
accused of being responsible for human rights abuses against a mainly
Indigenous population, against teachers on strike and against anyone
who speaks out against this repression;

Whereas,
Amnesty International in
2005, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in October 2006
and the International Civil Commission for Human Rights Observation
in December 2006, have reported extensive and systematic human rights
violations, including assassinations, torture, rapes (of women and
men) and arbitrary detention in Oaxaca state;

Whereas,
Mexico's Supreme Court, June 2007, ordered an investigation into
Ulises Ruiz's human rights abuses;

Whereas,
one and a half million
people, of a population of under four million, have marched to ask
for the removal and prosecution of Ulises Ruiz, and in support of the
teachers' demands for food, shoes and school supplies for pupils and
higher wages;

Whereas,
in August 2006,
women occupied the
public TV and radio stations to broadcast news of their involvement
in the struggle of the Oaxaca people, as well as the repression they
were being subjected to;

Whereas,
radio occupations by the
community have been central to the protection of the population from
police and paramilitary assassinations
;

Whereas,
more than 60 people
have been murdered by police and paramilitaries, including US
Indymedia cameraman Brad Will in October 2006, and more recently on
July 16, 2007 during the traditional harvest festival; 50 people have
been disappeared, many more are still in jail and over 500 activists
are being hounded with arrest warrants;

Whereas,
32 Members of the UK
Parliament have signed Early Day Motion 1828 Human Rights Situation
in Oaxaca, Mexico,
to
press

for investigations into human rights abuses to be carried out, and
for the protection of those who have brought human rights violations
to public attention, in particular Jaqueline Lopez Almazán,
Leyla Centeno, Alejandro Cruz López, Samuel Hernández
Morales and Ulises Reynosa Guerrero;

Whereas,
APPO (
Asamblea
Popular de los Pueblos de Oaxaca -
Popular
Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca, a broad based coalition of human
rights and grassroots networks and organizations) is holding

a Public Trial to protest repression in Oaxaca on August 3 & 4,
2007,
in
the Zocalo of Mexico City;

Whereas,
APPO has called for
international
support for their trial;

Therefore
be it Resolved
that
the National Board of Pacifica Radio will send this resolution to the
Public Trial on human rights abuses in Oaxaca on August 3 & 4 in
a show of support; encourage all Pacifica stations and affiliates to
educate its listeners about the Trial and its outcome and APPO’s
ongoing campaign for justice.

PASSED
without objection by PNB Sunday, 7/29/07

MOTION
Re SUPPORT FOR LABOR IN LOCKOUT PASSED BY KPFA LSB 7/21/07, BROUGHT
TO PNB 7/29/07:

Resolved,
that the Pacifica Foundation supports the KPFA LSB resolution that
calls for an end to the lockout of Alameda County members of Local 70
of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and for good faith
negotiations with Local 70; and further, that there be no retaliation
against members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union
and International Machinists Union.

PASSED
without objection.

MOTION
TO SUPPORT THE 2007 LOCAL COMMUNIITY RADIO ACT TO EXPAND LPFM:

PNB
Directors Robbins, White, Hauptman of the Affiliate Task Force Motion

That
The Pacifica Foundation supports the Local Community radio Act of
2007 - House Bill 2802/S, and Senate Bill 1675 - introduced by
Senators John McCain and Maria Cantwell, and Congressman Doyle and
Congressman Terry, To expand Low Power FM radio to our area and to
many of America's biggest cities. We encourage everyone to ask their
senators to co-sponsor this bill to help provide access for people to
more local media to

support
workers, families, and communities across the country.


Reference:

Local
Community radio Act of 2007 :

<http://www.senateseeker.com/bills.php?id=1859>


http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/D?c110:3:./temp/~c11060gsmh::

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/D?c110:1:./temp/~c1101zbp93::

http://www.senateseeker.com/bills.php?id=1859

PASSED
without objection.

MOTION
IN SUPPORT OF KPFK GM EVA GEORGIA BROUGHT BY ACIE BYRD:

RESOLUTION
BY THE PACIFICA NATIONAL BOARD

IN
APPRECIATION OF KPFK GENERAL MANAGER EVA GEORGIA

WHEREAS,
Eva Georgia has served as the general manager of Pacifica Station
KPFK in Los Angeles for approximately five years and has demonstrated
innovative leadership and dedicated commitment to the mission of the
Pacifica Foundation;

WHEREAS,
under Eva Georgia’s leadership KPFK’s paid and unpaid staff has
become more diverse and its programming has become more relevant to
the needs of the Los Angeles area’s diverse communities;

WHEREAS,
under Eva Georgia’s leadership KPFK has provided strong leadership
to the Pacifica Foundation and the radio broadcasting industry in the
development of Spanish language programming;


WHEREAS,
Eva Georgia has led KPFK’s staff and volunteers in successful
fundraising efforts throughout her tenure at KPFK, which has
substantially increased its membership;

THEREFORE
BE IT RESOLVED that the Pacifica National Board expresses its full
and sincere support for Eva Georgia and its appreciation for her
responsible leadership and dedication to the Pacifica Foundation and
its mission.

Signed
by

Greg
Guma, Executive Director of the Pacifica Foundation

David
Adelson, Chair, of the Pacifica National Board

Pacifica
National Board Directors.

PASSED
without objection by PNB Sunday 7/29/07.

Acie
Byrd moved that the ED put the foregoing motion out as a press
release and cause to be posted on the Pacifica website.

PASSED
without objection.

2:35
pm. LD: change format of in-person meetings. Referred to
Coordinating Cmte.

2:38
pm. MW. Request re PNB meeting lodgings to seek alternative,
inexpensive venues.

Referred
to Coordinating Cmte.

2:37
pm. RLF motion to investigate letter under KPFK Program Director
door. RLF to provide written motion subsequently. Approved without
objection.

Public
Session adjourned at 2:45 pm.

Minutes
submitted by Mary B
erg, PNB
secretary

Appendix
1: Agenda for Public Session 7/29/07:

Public
Session

10:30
– 11:30 Action items (60 minutes)

11:30
– 12:00 Public Comment (30 minutes)

12:00
– 1:00 Lunch

1:00
– 1:45 Unfinished business (45 minutes)

1:45
– 3:00 New business (1 hour & 15 minutes)


Adjourn
at 3 p.m.