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Listener Candidate for the KPFA Local Station Board
Statement
I have been in the Bay Area now for 8 years. Before that a life long resident of Chicago. I am a retired United Auto Workers local union president, UAW Local 719. We represented locomotive builders at a General Motors plant outside of Chicago, EMD/GM; at the time it employed 10,000 and 8,000 hourly workers, I was president of the local for 3 terms until I retired. I worked for SEIU for 13 years both as Director of the Illinois State Council and for the International Union. I am retired from SEIU. I am also a retired attorney.

Most recently I was the Chair of the Board of the Mount Diablo Peace and Justice Center, have been associated with the Bay Area Campaign for New Priorities and been volunteering work on the Pelican Bay SHU anti-solitary confinement lawsuit. Prison work interests me very much.

I am inspired by Occupy and was lucky enough to spend 9 days at the beginning of October 2011 in Zuccotti Park and attended many of the Occupy Oakland GAs and marches; I was there the day of the fabulous Port Occupation.

In Illinois I was a certified Acupuncturist, worry about the environment and know culture is important for expression, communication and any hope of joy.
I listen to KPFA all the time and appreciate the radical voice, something that was missing from Chicago airwaves. I am committed to helping keep us alive and well in these perilous times.

I am in favor of local control and ask people visit www.savekpfa.org.
Answers to Candidate Questionnaire
1. In what ways is your station moving in a positive direction, that you would want to continue or perhaps improve?
  Although I have lived in the Bay Area for 8 years, the first 3 I worked in Ventura, so I am relatively new. Coming from Chicago, I especially treasure KPFA's unique station from a progressive open-minded community. There is nothing else like it. When I first heard it, I was stunned and thrilled. It is important to keep KPFA alive.
2. In what ways is your station moving in a negative direction, that you would want to stop or change? What changes would you work for?
  I have not been here long enough to get a sense of movement one way or another, so I can't comment of this point. I do know there have been disputes with the employee union and with Pacifica national network. I am pro union and the station's local independence is essential to keep the special community expression alive.
3. What key experience, connections, skills or traits would you bring to the Local Station Board to advance the station’s mission?
  I have been on dozens of boards. I have experienced troubled and divided boards and united boards. I get the process and I like meetings.
4. What ideas do you have for helping the station and the Pacifica Foundation meet the financial challenges currently being faced?
  I understand the importance of fundraising to keep this treasure going. Fund drives are annoying, but necessary. The KPFA public events are always terrific and well attended, I don't know if they make money, it would seem they might, maybe more of them? I am not familiar with what is happening, that will happen if and when I am elected.
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