Pacifica National Board – In-Person Regular
Meeting (Open Session)
Friday, Saturday & Sunday October 9, 10 &
The Open Session starts on October 9, 2009 at 8 pm
Eastern Time, 7 pm Central Time, 5 pm Pacific Time
(The Open meeting on Saturday will start at 11 am and
on Sunday it will start at approximately 10 am Central Time. There will be 1
hour lunch and dinner breaks at 1 pm and 6 pm on Saturday, and 1 pm on Sunday,
unless otherwise decided.)
to Order and Opening Business. -- Friday, Oct. 9, 2009, 7 pm (CT)
Call / Establish Quorum. Establish time keeper- SCO. (2 Min.)
Agenda Approval (15
Consent Items. (10
II. Acknowledgements (5
III. Report of interim
Executive Director & Q & A (Joe chairs) (45
of interim Chief Financial Officer (45
VII. Written Reports
from: the Interim HR Director, Affiliates Director, Tech. Director, Pacifica
Archives Director and Development Director (25
VIII. Report from Duane Bradley, KPFT GM
(Time Certain – 2 pm Sat. Oct. 10) (1
Reports from our other General Managers (30
and Working Groups Reports and Motions:
- Election Committee Report & Report of the
National Election Supervisor (with Q & A by telephone with
Les Radke, National Election Supervisor and/or with KPFT Local Election
Supervisor, Ann Shaw) (40
- Coordinating Comm Report & Logistics for
Houston PNB Meeting
- Finance Committee: Jamie Ross
- Personnel Committee
- Affiliates Task Force
- Archives Task Force
- Audit Committee – with Report from
Auditor via telephone
- Programming Committee
- Governance Committee:
Remedy for continued disregard of PNB directives by LSB
The PNB, after hearing from the directors of a
station that is refusing
to implement PNB policy or directives, shall be entitled, by a majority
vote of the remaining directors, to deny voting rights to the directors
from that station until such time as the policy or directives are followed.
Motion (passed without objection)(5 min)
Pacifica Board Chair and iED Grace Aaron is commended for her well planned and
decisive intervention in the WBAI crisis. The PNB supports her efforts as iED
to turn WBAI around and reinvent itself as a powerful mission driven station by
and for the entire progressive left of the greater New York City area.
on Funding Disclosure Passed 5-4 no abstentions.
All programmers, program providers, collectives, and/or independent
production companies who have a program at any station of the Pacifica
Network and which recieve outside (i.e. non-Pacifica) funding from any
source in excess of $5000 per year for the production of their program
will be asked to disclose to the GM of their respective station the source of
funding, the amounts of money received or promised, and any contractural
or grant agreements related to that funding for that current year. The
GM shall forthwith report that information to the Pacifica Executive
Director who shall hold such information in trust as a public record.
programmer, program provider, program collective and/or independent
production company whose program is syndicated or shared by more than
one Pacifica station and who recieves outside funding from any source in
excess of $5000 per year for the production of their program will be asked to
disclose to the Pacifica ED the source of that funding, the amounts of
money received or promised and any contractual or grant agreements
related to that funding for that current year. The ED shall hold that
information in trust as a public record.
In the case of a programmer whose outside funding is in excess of
$25,000 for the current year, such disclosure should be for a period of
not less than three years prior to the date of the passage of this
motion by the Pacifica National Board, provided they have been a
programmer or program provider for that period.
Any waiver to this requirement must have the written consent of the GM
of the respective station, and the ratification of that consent by the
respective LSB, such as in the case of a purchased or syndicated program
where compliance is not practical, or the written consent of the ED and
the ratification of that consent by the PNB when appropriate in the case
of a program aired on more than one Pacifica station.
Pacifica Foundation is a current Corporation for Public Broadcasting grantee.
The Communications Act of 1934, 47 U.S.C. 396, et seq., dictates requirements
for Community Advisory Boards ("CABs") for Public Broadcasting grantees
for a more detailed discussion). "Each station is
encouraged to fashion its own maximum involvement of the community beyond the
minimum requirements. It is the CPB's position that only through enthusiastic
and vigorous efforts can the intent of the Congress, as reflected in the law,
be fully realized."
re Pacifica Community Advisory Boards:-
Be it resolved that the Committee of the Pacifica National Board
in each station area shall form Community Advisory Boards ("CABs") according to
the following guidelines. LSBs should consult the CPB guidelines for further
guidance on related matters not directly addressed in this resolution:
station management shall produce a document stating programming goals for the
station and submit it to the CAB for review no later than May of each year. The
CAB shall also conduct a community needs assessment ("CNA").
CAB will prepare a report, based on the CNA, advising the governing body of the
station on whether the programming and other policies of the station are
meeting the specialized educational and cultural needs of the communities
served by the station and whether the station is meeting its programming goals.
This report and the CNA shall be presented to the LSB no later than October of
LSB and CAB should coordinate their schedules to ensure that the CAB members,
or designated representatives from that body, may present this report to the
LSB, and discuss its findings, during a regularly scheduled or special meeting
of the LSB.
LSB may delegate other responsibilities to the advisory board to assist the
governing board or station personnel. However, the law states: "In no case
shall the [community advisory board] have any authority to exercise any control
over the daily management or operation of the station."
General Manager (or Program Director) shall act as the liason between the CAB
and the station and will make available such resources to the CAB as are
reasonably necessary in order for the CAB to carry out its duties.
compliance documentation submitted to the CPB shall be made available for
inspection at each station and at the Pacifica national office. The CAB's
schedule of meetings, meeting minutes, and the names and short biographies of
the CAB members shall be posted on the station website.
CAB of each station shall comprise minimum of 4 members and a maximum of 24
members. Nominations to the CAB are invited from community groups, educational
and cultural institutions, past and present CAB members, LSBs and individual
candidates using the form below to be posted on each station website.
Individuals may also self-nominate. The nominees are notified and asked to
complete an application form. A screening committee of the LSB reviews all
candidates and presents a final group to the full LSB for consideration. The
LSB makes its appointments to the CAB from this final group by majority vote,
for a term of two years. CAB members may serve no more than two (2) consecutive
two-year terms. CAB members need not be members of the Pacifica Foundation.
LSB members may not serve on the CAB.
policy will go into effect in December 2009 and the LSB's shall ensure that new
CABs are in place by March of 2010 to comply with existing Pacifica policy
requiring quarterly reporting from each station CAB. All current CAB members
may remain on the board while new members are added under this new Pacifica
policy. Current CAB members shall be subject to the same term limit
restrictions as new members. Stations are encouraged to develop materials on
their websites to educate community members about the purpose and role of the
CABs. See for example: http://kpft.wordpress.com/2009/02/14/kpft-wants-members-of-cab-pc-huh/
for CAB nomination form exemplar)
HAVE NOT MET:
- Committee on Racism, Sexism and Other Forms of
- Strategic Planning Task Force
Motion by Ross (on behalf of KPFK LSB) to
ensure the collaborative processes enshrined in National Programming Policy
passed by the KPFK Local Station Board without objection: We urge the PNB to
ensure compliance with the letter and spirit of the collaborative process
between governance and management throughout the network 'in the development of
any new regular program or long-term series that is produced nationally;" and
further, which mandates that nay such proposals "shall be brought to the PNB
Programming Committee for review to assure that both network and local needs
are met." (5
Motion by Radford (on behalf of KPFK LSB) to
initiate discussion on re-structuring and the recruitment and training of
volunteer programmers passed by the KPFK Local Station Board without objection
4/21/09: In light of the current financial crisis and the Pacifica networks'
identify as community radio, and to conform specifically with Article 5.0 (New
Voices) of the National Program Policy adopted in 2006, the KPFK LSB submits
the following motion to the PNB: In accordance with Article 5.0 of the
National Program Policy, which calls on stations to train current a new
volunteers in order to bring new voices to the air, every station shall
initiate discussions regarding the role of paid producers and volunteer staff and
initiate programs to recruit and train community volunteer programmers. (5
following substitute wording was agreed on by the KPFK LSB: That working
groups be created at every station to initiate discussions on re-structuring,
especially the role of paid producers and volunteer staff and to initiate
training for programming by
by KPFK LSB 9-19-09 8-7-?
Motion by Wanzala: Resolved that LSBs, GMs and
PDs present the reports requested in the motion passed by the PNB on April 27,
2009 regarding the bylaws provision of collaborative programming decision
making no later than August 30, 2009. (5
VIII. New Business
Motion to rescind
the motion seating Billy Ray Edwards as a WPFW representative on the Pacifica
National Board, which passed July 12 in
a 9-8 vote.
Sherry Gendelman (10
I would like to request 50
minutes on the agenda for this and subsequent in-person meetings and the 25
minutes on the agenda of one meeting of the PNB per month for reports from five
committees we never formally hear from: the Local Station Boards.
Until the financial crunch, the PNB brought all the LSB Chairs and station
managers to the in-person meetings. Since we stopped that practice, we only
hear from the LSBs through their directors when there is a crisis. At our LSB
meetings, the directors routinely report back, and maybe that is happening at
other stations. But there is no open and regular conduit for communication from
the LSBs to the PNB. I think we should honor the work of the LSBs with time to
receive and acknowledge their labor and ideas for Pacifica.
--Leslie Radford (10
**The body may adjourn at any time without notice to a
Closed Executive Session to discuss personnel and legal matters and contract
negotiations, etc., that may need to be kept confidential.**