My name is Brian Edwards-Tiekert, and I'm running in order to get more accountability from Pacifica.
Through years of mismanagement, Pacifica has racked up millions in unpaid bills. It's demanding more and more money from KPFA which it wants KPFA to raise by endlessly extending our fund-drives, and making draconian cuts to our payroll. To that end, Pacifica has adopted anti-work rhetoric, hired anti-union law firms, and tried to pit KPFA's incredible unpaid staff against our dwindling unionized workforce.
We need Pacifica to sort out its financial mess, restore local control over budgeting, restore local involvement in hiring managers, and sort out its finances. In the longer term, we need to reform the bylaws that have mired Pacifica in a dysfunctional, expensive, and highly-factionalized governance system.
I've previously served as a staff-elected representative on KPFA's LSB, and as the LSB's elected Treasurer. I know how to dig into financial statements.
Most importantly: I'm committed to this radio station. I've worked here for more than nine years first as a volunteer, then as a paid news reporter, most recently as a program host. I've raised money for KPFA on-air, and off. I've developed training programs inside our News Department, and run workshops for unpaid staff on everything from field recording skills to interviewing to pitching during fund drives.
In my experience, our local and national boards are at their worst when their debates become unmoored from any understanding of how our radio stations actually work what it takes to produce a great program, pull off a successful fund drive, teach someone the skills they need to become a productive part of our staff. That's why the few staff representative positions we have are so important: we're the people who are best-positioned to stand up for KPFA, and to stand up against counter-productive cuts that just make it harder for us to keep the station going.