KPFK Delegates Meeting
November 11, 2008
A meeting of the KPFK Delegates was held on Tuesday, November 11, 2008 at the
Palms-Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2908 Robertson Pl., Los Angeles, CA
90034. Rico Ross chaired, Sue Cohen served as Secretary Pro Tem.
Twenty-one delegates were present, reaching quorum: Grace Aaron, Dave Adelson,
Jonathan Alexander, Yolanda Anguiano (arrived late), Chris Condon, Israel
Feuer, Sherna Gluck, Jan Goodman, Ian Johnston, Rufina Juarez, Tracey Larkin,
Ali Lexa, Shawn Casey O'Brien, Reza Pour, Leslie Radford, Summer Reese (arrived
late), Ricco Ross, Jack Van Aken, Steve Weatherwax, Yosh Yamanaka, and Lamont
Yeakey (arrived late).
Also present: General Manager Sean Heitkemper, Secretary Pro Tem Sue Cohen, and
listeners from the community.
Absent and excused: Margaret Prescod, Gabrielle Woods, Donna Warren.
Authority and Notice: An LSB meeting for this date was scheduled by the LSB at
the February 9, 2008 regular meeting. A preliminary notice was posted on the
KPFK website on February 23, 2008 and updated on February 27, 2008.
I. CALL TO ORDER, WELCOME & ACKOWLEDGEMENTS, CALL OF THE ROLL, MOTION FOR
EXCUSED ABSENCES, REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA, APPROVAL OF
The Delegates meeting was called to order at about 7:05 pm.
Roll was called.
There was a motion to excuse the absences of the following members: Margaret
Prescod, Gabrielle Woods, and Donna Warren.
Motion passed without objection.
The proposed agenda was distributed.
It was moved to strike III, no objection, passed.
Moved to allocate 30 minutes for this meeting, passed without objection.
IV. Consideration of By-Laws Amendments.
PBA1. Proposed amendment to Article Seventeen, Section 1(B) of the Pacifica
[This amendment would permit Directors to propose Bylaws amendments at any time
in a given year, without thereby imposing a restriction (in the form of a 2/3
vote requirement) on newly elected or returning Directors who may be seated in
January of the subsequent year.]
AMENDMENT OF ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION AND BYLAWS
SECTION 1. AMENDMENT OF BYLAWS
B. VOTING AND APPROVAL
(1) Unless the Board by a 2/3 vote decides otherwise, there shall be a maximum
of one ballot per [STRIKE OUT: "12-month period" INSERT: "calendar year"]
related to the amendment of the Foundation's Bylaws, which annual voting period
shall be determined by the Board. All properly proposed Bylaw amendments shall
be held until that date which is 60 days before the earliest of the voting
dates of the Board and of the Delegates, as determined by the Board (the
"Notice Date"). On the Notice Date, the proposed amendment(s) to the Bylaws
shall be posted on the Foundation's website and the Foundation's radio stations
shall broadcast an announcement twice a day for a period of 60 days (the
"Notice Period") regarding the existence of the proposed amendment(s) on the
Foundation's website for review and the upcoming vote by the Board and
Delegates regarding said amendment(s). The results of said voting by the Board
and the Delegates on the proposed amendment(s) shall be reported within 15 days
of the Board and Delegates meetings to vote on these amendments.
[The above amendment has been endorsed by Directors: (1) Carolyn Birden, (2)
Mike Martin, (3) Efia Nwangaza (4) Rob Robinson, (5) Jamie Ross, (6) Wendy
Schroell, (7) Bonnie Simmons, (8) Jack VanAken, (9) Joe Wanzala, (10) Yosh
PBA1 was read and explained by Yosh Yamanaka. Proposed amendments must be
approved this month to go into effect. In response to a point of information
it was revealed that the KPFA Delegates approved PBA1 and PBA4, rejected PBA2
and PBA3, and that voting on PBA5 was moot.
There was discussion of the proposed amendment and 6 minutes of public comment.
Roll call vote:
Yes: Aaron, Adelson, Alexander, Condon, Feuer, Gluck, Goodman, Lexa, O'Brien,
Reese, Van Aken, Weatherwax, Yamanaka
No: Johnston, Juarez, Larkin, Pour, Radford
Abstain: Anguiano, Ross
13, 5, 2 passes
PBA2. Proposed amendment to Article Six, Sections 3 & 4 of the Pacifica Bylaws:
[In addition to in-person meetings and special meetings, this amendment will
create a third category called "monthly" meetings. It enables the elimination
of the restriction which prohibits the holding of board meetings by telephone,
video conferencing, or other communications equipment unless it is a special
meeting. The prohibition against holding the first three in-person meetings by
telephone or video equipment is maintained.]
MEETINGS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
SECTION 3. TELEPHONIC MEETINGS
The Board may hold [INSERT: "monthly or"] special meetings, [STRIKE OUT: "but
not regular meetings,"] by telephone conference, video screen communication or
other communications equipment, provided, however, that [STRIKE OUT:
"telephone" INSERT: "telephonic or videographic"] appearance at meetings
scheduled as "in-person" meetings is not permitted [INSERT: "except when the
4th in-person is held pursuant to Article Six, Section 1 as amended in
November, 2008"]. Participation in a telephonic meeting under this Section
shall constitute presence at the meeting if all of the following apply:
A. Each Director participating in the meeting can communicate concurrently with
all other Directors.
B. Each Director is provided the means of participating in all matters for the
Board, including the capacity to propose, or to interpose an objection to, a
specific action to be taken by the Foundation.
C. The Board has a means of verifying that the person participating at the
meeting is a Director and that all votes cast during said meeting are cast only
SECTION 4. NOTICE
Notice of every [STRIKE OUT: "regular" INSERT: "monthly or in-person"] meeting
of the Board of Directors, stating the time and place of said meeting, and the
purposes thereof, shall be sent to each Director by first class mail, facsimile
or email, according to the preference each Director specifies in writing to the
Foundation's Secretary, at least [STRIKE OUT: "thirty (30)" INSERT: "twenty-one
(21)"] days before any such meeting. Special meetings shall require only seven
(7) days advance notice, but shall also require telephonic notice by leaving a
message at the telephone number given to the Foundation's Secretary for such
notice by each Director, and shall specify the purpose of the meeting. No
additional business not stated in the notice shall be conducted at a special
meeting. Notice of all meetings shall be placed on the Foundation's website and
announced a minimum of 3 times daily on air for five consecutive days on all
Foundation radio stations, beginning, whenever reasonably possible, no later
than ten days before the date of said meeting.
Notice of a meeting hereunder will be deemed waived by a Director who
affirmatively agrees to attend a meeting or to waive this advance notice
requirement, signs a waiver of notice or a written consent to hold the meeting,
or who attends the meeting without protesting prior to the meeting or upon
commencement of the meeting to the lack of notice to that Director.
[The above amendment to sections 3 and 4 have been endorsed by Directors: (1)
Grace Aaron, (2) Mike Martin, (3) Efia Nwangaza, (4) Rob Robinson, (5) Jamie
Ross, (6) Joe Wanzala, (7) Yosh Yamanaka.]
There was discussion of the proposed amendment and 3 minutes of public comment.
Roll call vote:
Yes: Aaron, Goodman, Yamanaka, Yeakey
No: Adelson, Anguiano, Gluck, Johnston, Juarez, Larkin, Pour, Radford, Van
Abstain: Alexander, Condon, Feuer, Lexa, O'Brien, Reese, Ross
4, 10, 7 fails
PBA3. Proposed amendment to Article Six, Section 1 of the Pacifica Bylaws:
[The proposed amendment would permit the Pacifica National Board to eliminate
one of the four in-person meetings presently required under the Bylaws, but
only if 2/3rds of the Directors agree that elimination of the 4th in-person
meeting is necessitated by "financial or other emergency conditions."]
MEETINGS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
SECTION 1 - TIME AND PLACE OF MEETINGS
The "Annual Meeting" of the Board of Directors shall take place in late January
each year, or at such other time and place as agreed to by a majority vote of
the Board of Directors. [STRKE OUT: "The Board shall also regularly meet in
March, June and September of each year." INSERT: "The Board shall also meet in
person no fewer than three other times each year, unless by a two-thirds vote,
the Board determines that financial or other emergency conditions require
canceling one of the other three meetings. In the event that such an in-person
meeting is cancelled, the Board shall arrange for a telephonic and/or
electronic meeting that includes provisions for public comment during the
meeting by broadly accessible means."] [STRIKE OUT: "The four regular Board
meetings shall rotate through the five Foundation radio station areas so that
meetings do not take place twice in the radio same station area until a meeting
has been held in all other station areas." INSERT: "In-person board meetings
shall rotate among the five Foundation radio station signal areas except when
the board determines by a two-thirds vote that financial or other emergency
conditions require a modification in the rotation order. Each signal area shall
host an in-person board meeting at least once during any 24-month period but no
more than once in any 12-month period."]
[The above amendment has been recommended by a majority vote of all the
Delegates at KPFK and KPFA.]
There was discussion of the proposed amendment and 10 minutes of public
Roll call vote:
Yes: Aaron, Adelson, Alexander, Condon, Goodman, Lexa, O'Brien, Reese,
No: Anguiano, Feuer, Gluck, Johnston, Juarez, Larkin, Pour, Radford, Van Aken
Abstain: Ross Weatherwax
10, 9, 2 fails [13 affirmative votes required]
PBA4. Proposed amendment to Article Five, Sections 4(A) and 4(B) of the
[This amendment would change the Affiliate Directors election timeline to
facilitate election of Affiliate Directors (by the Pacifica National Board)
prior to the close of Director terms in January. The advantage provided is that
new Affiliate Directors would be seated concurrently with other new and
returning Directors in January of each year, and have the same opportunities to
vote in PNB Officer elections, and elections to standing committees. Also, the
election would most likely take place by email or postal mail balloting.]
Board of Directors of the Foundation
Section 4: Nomination and Election of Affiliate Representative Directors
Any Foundation "affiliate station" (as defined below) or any association of
affiliate stations may nominate one or more candidates for the two Affiliate
Director positions on the Board. Nominations shall close on [STRIKE OUT:
"February" INSERT: "November"] 15th each year and shall be submitted in writing
to the Foundation Secretary [INSERT "for forwarding to the board"]. Every
affiliate station or association of affiliate stations submitting nominee(s)
shall include with said nomination(s) a written explanation of its procedure
for selecting the nominee(s). Said statement shall be certified by the station
general manager or the governing board secretary of each affiliate station
nominating said candidate(s) or by the secretary of the association of
affiliate stations, as appropriate. In addition, each nominee shall submit
his/her resume and a statement of his/her interest in serving as a Director of
the Foundation. The Foundation Secretary shall forward to all Foundation
Directors all materials submitted supporting each nominee not later than
[STRIKE OUT: "March" INSERT: "December"] 1st.
For purposes of this Section, an "affiliate station" shall be defined as any
non-profit non-commercial broadcaster that broadcasts programming provided or
distributed by the Foundation pursuant to a written agreement with the
Foundation, including, for example, community radio stations, internet
broadcasters or digital broadcasters, as such technology may be developed. An
affiliate station shall not be a radio station whose broadcast license is held
by the Foundation. For purposes of this Section, an "association of affiliate
stations" shall be defined as any group of affiliate stations that have joined
together to form an association, provided that said association has adopted
bylaws and its membership is limited solely of affiliate stations.
As the first order of business, [INSERT: "and given 30 days advance notice,"]
at STRIKE OUT: "the" INSERT: "a"] Board meeting in [STRIKE OUT: "March" INSERT:
"December"] each year, the Directors present and voting (excluding any then
current Affiliate or At-Large Directors from the vote) [INSERT: "shall
establish a protocol for balloting and"] shall elect two (2) Affiliate
Representative Directors from the nominees submitted by affiliate stations
and/or affiliate station associations, using the Single Transferable Voting
method. Affiliate Directors shall serve for a one-year term which shall
commence [STRIKE OUT: "immediately upon their election" INSERT: "with their
seating at the regular January Board meeting"].
[The above amendment has been endorsed by Directors: (1) Nia Bediako, (2) Efia
Nwangaza, (3) Sarv Randhawa (4) Rob Robinson, (5) James Ross, (6) Jack
There was discussion of the proposed amendment and 2 minutes of public comment.
Roll call vote:
Yes: Aaron, Adelson, Alexander, Anguiano, Condon, Feuer, Gluck, Goodman,
Juarez, Larkin, Lexa, O'Brien, Reese, Van Aken, Weatherwax, Yamanaka, Yeakey
Abstain: Pour, Radford, Ross
17, 1, 3 passes
PBA5. Proposed amendment to the Pacifica Bylaws:
This proposed amendment was not considered. The proposal to allow regular PNB
meetings to be held via teleconference was incorporated into PBA1 and the
adoption of PBA5 could undo the additional changes approved in PBA1.
The Delegates meeting was adjourned at approximately 8:30 pm.
(Reconstructed by Terry Goodman in 2016)