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My name is Barbara Marbach, I’ve been a member of KPFK for 15 years. It’s where I go for information regarding news, current events, music, health and wellness and community cultural perspectives. I’m grateful KPFK provides this service, it’s a precious community resource to be valued and protected. I’m committed to the Pacifica’s mission; Peace, education and no corporate underwriting.

I’m 40 years resident of Northeast LA, a 20 year employee for a state nonprofit social service agency providing supports and services to individuals with developmental disabilities as a special education advocate has given me legal, education, mediation and counseling skill set and provided me the rich opportunities to assist people from diverse cultural and social economic communities.

I facilitate several inter-agency forums bringing various stakeholders together with the common goal of serving children, reaching outcomes by consensus.

I was the chairperson of the Los Angeles Unified School District Class Member Review Committee of the Chanda Smith Consent decree for 8 years which was responsible for monitoring the district’s efforts to comply with the consent decree.

I was the elected Education Representative/director on the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council 4 years. I understand the Brown Act and volunteer boards.

I’m running because I want to acknowledge KPFK for the richness it has brought to me, Listening to the station has broaden my consciousness in many areas which has enhanced my quality of life. It’s time to give back.

I know my skills can be an asset; your vote will gain you a grateful, experienced, reasonable, dedicated collaborator. Barbe88 [AT] gmail [DOT] com

I don’t know the specifics but I understand in there is conflict with the local board and it has not been able to function because of a lack of quorum for many months. I will do my best efforts to assist in bringing a culture of consensus to the LSB.

 

Optional Questions (push the plus sign to see the answers)


In what ways are the station moving in a positive direction, that you would want to continue or perhaps improve?
The recent addition of Temple of Hip Hop, and getting the word out about these other music programs, Soul Rebel Radio, Truth Seekas, Breakbeats, Spaceways; Friday night and Saturday night programming for youth can attract a younger audience that came become long term members.

Getting the word out about this important resource can increase membership by more visual advertising such a buses, bus stops and billboards. For example, many people in the LA community are unaware of KPFK people supported radio, if you ask them about it, non-corporate radio, they’ll say “yes I listen to NPR” Pacifica is very different from NPR so conducting outreach activities especially for youth could be very helpful to increase long term members.


In what ways are the station moving in a negative direction, that you would want to stop or change? What changes would you work for?
I would work to promote better relationship between the board members and station staff.

What key experience, connections, skills or traits would you bring to the Local Station Board to advance the station's mission?
I was the chairperson of the Los Angeles Unified School District Class Member Review Committee of the Chanda Smith Consent decree for 8 years. This committee which met monthly was responsible for monitoring the district’s efforts to comply with the consent decree.

I was the elected Education Representative on the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council for 4 years. I understand how volunteer boards work. I believe my experience in this area can be an asset to KPFK LSB and will do my best to promote and ensure Pacifica KPFK’s mission


What ideas do you have for helping the station and the Pacifica Foundation meet the financial challenges currently being faced?
I think there are opportunities where KPFK can have a presence at events the station sponsors. For example the Evolve Out Loud event that was a KPFK premium for the August 2015 fundraiser, there were over 2000 attendees, it would have been a great opportunity to have KPFK table for outreach and public relations about voting in the upcoming Pacific elections.

Another idea is to sponsor local community on going Meet Ups for members to discuss topics such as addressing the themes of Paul Mason new book Post-Capitalism. Where a nominal fee could be charged per meeting and develop action plans and meet regularly.


So, what do you think ?