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PACIFICA NATIONAL BOARD IN-PERSON MEETING (OPEN SESSION)
The Aris & Carolyn Anagnos Peace Center, Los Angeles, California
June 12, 2015 -- Draft Meeting Minutes
Twenty members were present, constituting a quorum: Teresa Allen (KPFT),
Rodrigo Argueta (KPFK), Carolyn Birden (WBAI), Lydia Brazon (Chair, KPFK),
Jim Brown (WPFW), Stephen M. Brown (WBAI), Adrianna Casenave (KPFT),
Janet Coleman (WBAI), Benito Diaz (WPFW), Brian Edwards Tiekert (KPFA),
Jose Luis Fuentes-Roman (KPFA, arrived 1:25), Janet Kobren (KPFA), Robert L.
Mark (KPFT), Brenda Medina (Assistant. Secretary), Tony Norman (Vice Chair,
George Reiter (KPFT), Cerene Roberts (WBAI), Robert Rabin (Affiliate-WVQR),
Pete Tucker (WPFW), Margy Wilkinson (KPFA).
One member was excused: Janis Lane-Ewart (Affiliate-WFAI).
One KPFK Listener-Director seat was vacant.
Also present: John Proffitt (Pacifica Executive Director), Jon Almeleh
(Pacifica Technical Director), Jonathan Alexander (KPFK Technical Director),
John P. Garry III (Recording Secretary Pro-Tem) and members of the public.
This meeting was live-streamed from several websites, including KPFTX.org. The
agenda and audio for this meeting can be accessed at
The Board met in executive session prior to this meeting from 9:30 AM to 12:00
Noon in the same location.
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CALL TO ORDER (1:16)
The meeting was called to order by the Chair at 1:16 PM Pacific Time.
ROLL CALL (1:17)
An initial quorum of 19 was established
EXCUSED ABSENCE REQUESTS (1:19)
Janis Lane-Ewart (Affiliate-WFAI) was excused without objection.
Medina volunteered to be the timekeeper for individual speakers and the agenda.
Without objection, it was agreed that the closed session report-outs shall be
drafted on Sunday.
OPEN SESSION AGENDA APPROVAL (1:21)
Edwards-Tiekert moved approval of the agenda. Wilkinson seconded.
Diaz moved to amend: There shall be an acknowledgement of the incarceration of
Oscar Lopez for Sunday's open session: Item XVII-B. Wilkinson seconded.
Allen moved to amend: The Diaz amendment shall be Item XVIII-E.
Failed for lack of a second.
Motion to amend passed by a roll call vote: Yes--11, No-4, Abstain-5.
Yes-Argueta, Brazon, J. Brown, Casenave, Diaz, Medina, Norman, Rabin, Roberts,
No-Allen, Birden, S. Brown, Coleman.
Abstain-Edwards-Tiekert, Fuentes-Roman, Kobren, Mark, Reiter.
Roberts moved to amend: Five motions (text to be distributed later) shall be
added to open session Item XII: Casenave seconded.
Reiter moved to amend: The five motions shall be placed after the Governance
Committee Report. Medina seconded. Passed without objection.
New main motion:
Roberts moved to amend (amended by Reiter): Five motions shall be placed after
the Governance Committee Report: Clarifying "Basic" Membership Rate; Annual
Membership Rate; Term Inheritance; Special Rule re. In-Person Meeting Order;
Special Rule re. Public Comment (text to be distributed later). Passed without
Casenave moved to amend: Refer Item XVIID-Motion to Censure KPFA Management to
executive session and replace it with a discussion of programming policies
resulting from the recent controversy at KPFA.
The Chair ruled the Motion to Censure KPFA Management out of order because a
censure motion is only applicable to the members of the body. Station staff
members are not members of the body.
Reiter moved to extend ten minutes Passed without objection. (1:43) Discussion
The motion to amend was divided by without objection.
Casenave moved to amend: Refer Motion to Censure KPFA Management to executive
session. Passed without objection.
Roberts moved to amend: Item VI shall include a discussion of free speech for
30 minutes after the two motions. Seconded by Mark. Passed without objection.
Roberts moved to extend 20 minutes. Passed without objection. (1:54)
Argueta moved to amend: The Free Speech Discussion shall be moved to after the
Spanish Language Task Force: Item VII-A. Diaz seconded. Passed without
New main motion:
Roberts moved (amended by Argueta): A Free Speech Discussion shall be held
after the Spanish Language Task Force: Item VII-A. Passed without objection.
Reiter moved to amend: Today's public comment time shall be combined into a 30-
minute section. Failed for lack of a second.
Allen moved to amend: The Chair shall assign times for all Public Comment
sections and post to the Pacifica website as soon as possible. Birden seconded.
Casenave called the question. Debate ended without objection.
Motion to amend failed by a roll call vote: Yes-6, No-14, Abstain-0.
Yes-Allen, Birden, S. Brown, Coleman, Mark, Medina.
No-Argueta, Brazon, J. Brown, Casenave, Diaz, Edwards-Tiekert, Fuentes-Roman,
Kobren, Norman, Rabin, Reiter, Roberts, Tucker, Wilkinson.
Allen moved to extend five minutes [time having expired]. Diaz seconded.
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Motion to extend failed by a show of hands (2/3 required): Yes-10, No-8,
PUBLIC COMMENT (2:18)
Public comment was heard for eight minutes.
AGENDA APPROVAL (CONT) (2:26)
The amended agenda was approved without objection.
MINUTES APPROVAL (2:27)
None presented by the Secretary
I. COORDINATING COMMITTEE (2:27)
II. FINANCE COMMITTEE (2:27)
Edwards-Tiekert (National Finance Committee Chair) reported. The Executive
Director also contributed to the report. Discussion followed.
Reiter moved to extend 20 minutes. J. Brown seconded. Passed without objection.
Fuentes-Roman moved: The ED prioritize as the first order of business to
implement the PNB budget cuts for Pacifica Radio Archives, KPFK, KPFA, WBAI and
WPFW and report back to the PNB within thirty days the steps taken. Diaz
Without objection time was extended an additional 20 minutes. Discussion
The Vice-Chair took the gavel.
Point of order from Roberts: What the PNB recommended was plans to make budget
cuts. We haven't approved plans to make cuts. The language of the motion would
have to be modified to reflect that.
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Roberts moved to amend: The ED, as prioritized, contact with the General
Managers of each station requiring by June 30 the plan required of them by the
PNB in January for cuts of the four units requested: WBAI, KPFK, KPFA, PRA.
Seconded not identified. No vote taken.
Casenave moved to refer to the National Finance Committee. Kobren seconded.
Motion referred by a show of hands: Yes-11, No-7, Abstain-1.
PUBLIC COMMENT (3:34)
Public comment was heard for 14 minutes.
III. STRATEGIC PLANNING AND BREAK-OUT GROUPS (3:48)
Reiter took the Chair and introduced the topic.
Edwards-Tiekert (amended by Coleman) moved to extend the meeting to 5:15 PM.
Passed without objection.
The ED and select members made statements and responded to questions.
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Mark moved to extend the session 15 minutes. J. Brown seconded.
Diaz moved to amend: The listeners shall be allowed speak and the break-out
groups shall be tomorrow. Coleman seconded. The Chair ruled the motion to amend
out of order.
Motion to extend failed by a show of hands: Yes-6, No-6.
Roberts moved to extend 15 minutes and go immediately to a Committee of the
Whole after the stack is completed, with no repeat speakers. J. Brown seconded.
Motion to extend passed by a show of hands: Yes-9, No-2. Discussion continued.
Roberts moved to extend to 5:45. Casenave seconded.
Motion failed by a show of hands (2/3 required): Yes-8, No-6.
Discussion continued and the public participated.
The meeting adjourned at 5:31 PM due to the expiration of time.
Respectfully submitted by Janet Kobren, Secretary
John P. Garry III, Recording Secretary Pro-Tem