Minutes of the KPFK Local Station Board Meeting -June 7, 2008
A regular meeting of the KPFK Local Station Board was held on Saturday, June 7,
2008 at the Mercado La Paloma, 3655 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Rico
Ross served as Chair, Adriana Gomez served as Secretary and Dave Adelson served
as Secretary Pro-Tem. The minutes of the May 7, 2008 LSB meeting were reviewed
Nineteen delegates were present, reaching quorum: Grace Aaron, Dave Adelson,
Jonathan Alexander, Yolanda Anguiano, Israel Feurer, Sherna Gluck, Ian
Johnston, Tracy Larkins, Ali Lexa, Shawn Casey O'Brien, Shel Plotkin, Margaret
Prescod, Reza Pour, Leslie Radford, Ricco Ross, Jack VanAken, Donna Warren,
Steve Weatherwax and Yosh Yamanaka.
Also present: Secretary Adriana G. Gomez (arrived late. Dave Adelson was asked
to serve as Secretary Pro-Tem).
Four members were excused: Lich Doan, Jan Goodman, Summer Reese and Don White.
One member was absent: Gabrielle Woods
Authority and Notice: This meeting was scheduled by the LSB at the February 9,
2008 regular LSB meeting. A preliminary notice was posted on the KPFK website
on February 23, 2008, updated on February 27, 2008 (see Appendix A).
II. CALL TO ORDER, WELCOME & ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS, CALL OF THE ROLL, MOTION FOR
EXCUSED ABSENCES, REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA, APPROVAL OF MINUTES
The meeting was called to order at 1:15 p.m.
A motion was called to approve the agenda for the meeting.
Motion passed with no objections, after changes were made.
A motion was called to excuse the absences of the following members: Lich
Doan, Jan Goodman, Summer Reese and Don White.
Motion passed by a show of hands: Y: 11, N: 1, A: 3
II. COMMENTS BY THE CHAIR began at 1:59 p.m.
Motion: G. Aaron moved to have the minutes from May 7, 2008 be revised and
Motion passed with no objections, after changes were made at 2:06 p.m.
III. COMMITTEE REPORTS began at 2:06 p.m.
Finance Committee at 2:06 p.m.
J. Alexander delivered and distributed a report on behalf of the Finance
Point of Order: D. Adelson mentioned that personnel issues should not be
discussed during a public meeting.
Point well taken.
Motion: S. Gluck moved that this line item be extended by five minutes.
Motion passed with no objections at 2:40 p.m.
A segment of public comment was heard at 2:43 pm for one minute.
A segment of public comment was heard at 2:59 pm for eight minutes.
Motion: The Finance Committee moved on the following motion:
The KPFK Local Station Board Finance Committee would like to express its
appreciation to KPFK Business Manager Efren Llarinas and Interim General
Manager Jim Lafferty for a greatly increased level of financial transparency
that has developed over the last fiscal year (as amended). Further, this
Committee would like to express its gratitude to Efren for patiently
explaining in person and by email details of financial matters and how to
read and interpret monthly financial reports. Efren has also had excellent
meeting attendance at the Finance Committee meetings despite a recent
significant increase in his work load because of Finance Staff reduction.
An amendment introduced by D. Adelson suggesting that the phrase "last 6
months" by amended to say "last fiscal year" was approved by a show of hands:
Y: 8, N: 0, A: 7
Motion passed by a show of hands at 3:08 p.m.: Y:12, N: 0 , A: 3
A Special Finance Committee Meeting to discuss the 2008-2009 budget was
scheduled for July 12, 2008 at 1:00 p.m., location to be announced.
iGM Report at 3:19 pm
M. Prescod delivered a report on behalf of the iGM Committee
A segment of public comment was heard at 3:39 p.m. for 9 minutes.
Motion: D. Adelson moved that LSB members may participate in debate in
committee meetings and that the Finance committee should schedule at least one
quarterly meeting to evening or weekend hours.
Motion passed by a show of hands at 4:21 p.m.: Y: 11, N: 4, A: 1.
Outreach Committee at 4:21 p.m.
Reza Pour delivered a report on behalf of the Outreach Committee.
The Chair will communicate with the Interim General Manager as to why an
immigration raid in East Los Angeles was not reported on-air after several
calls were made to the station.
A segment of public comment was made at 428 p.m. for two minutes.
IV. Community Advisory Board at 4:44 p.m.
A report was delivered by members of the Community Advisory Board.
III. Personnel Committee at 5:08 p.m.
Jack VanAken delivered and distributed a report on behalf of the Personnel
Motion: J. VanAken moved that the Outreach Committee roster be approved for
submission to the board. Motion passed with no objections at 5:09 p.m.
Motion: J. VanAken moved that the Personnel Committee roster be approved for
submission to the board. The following individuals are listed on the roster:
G. Aaron, Doug Barnett, I. Feuer, S. Gluck, J. Goodman, I. Johnston, T.
Larkins, A. Lexa, M. Prescod, J. VanAken, D. Warren.
Motion passed with no objections at 5:11 p.m.
Motion: The following motion was introduced by the Finance Committee:
Whereas, unpaid programmers are not unionized and have no grievance procedure
or mechanism available to contest a decision by management; and
Whereas, prior to knowledge of the present financial crisis facing the
station, the iGM refused to honor the agreement made with the former GM to
implement the LSB approved budget of $24,000 to help unpaid
programmers meet their expenses in producing shows, and instead placed an
arbitrary cap of $250 on the payments; and
Whereas, the iGM has not developed a procedure for reimbursement of the
$2,400 that was set aside for those programmers needing child care, covering
up to $25/mo, as needed; and
Whereas, the initial payout of $250 does not adequately recompense
programmers for their expenses (e.g. several collectives wanted to purchase
recorders for field recording); and
Whereas, the initial payouts totaled only 30% of the budgeted allocation,
leaving a balance of $16,750 ($2,400 of which is reserved for child care
reimbursements) which should be distributed equitably among all programs that
request reimbursement, as per the original agreement; and
Whereas, the unpaid programmers agreed to accept the cap as a first payment,
with the understanding that the matter would be turned over to the newly
hired GM; and
Whereas, it now appears that the iGM will remain in the post until the end of
Whereas, KPFK is facing a budget shortfall,
Therefore, be it resolved that the LSB urge the iGM to immediately establish
a procedure for reimbursement of child care expenses, retroactive to October
1, 2007, for up to $25/mo per program (for a total maximum budget item of
Be it further resolved that the LSB recommends that distribution of what is
left of the $24,000 allocated budget be postponed until the financial crisis
at KPFK be resolved;
Be it further resolved that the LSB shall send a copy of this motion to the
ED, the PNB and HR Director.
An amendment was added to have the iGM be one of the persons that receives
Amendment passed with no objections.
Main motion (including amendment) passes by a roll-call vote at 5:30 p.m.:
Y: Adelson, Anguiano, Gluck, Johnston, Larkins, O'Brien, Pour, Prescod,
Radford, VanAken, Weatherwax
A: Aaron, Alexander, Feuer, Lexa
Motion: S. Gluck moved that this meeting be adjourned.
Motion passed with no objections at 5:30 p.m.
Adriana G. Gomez