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Staff Candidate for the KPFA Local Station Board
Statement
I am throwing my hat in the ring, for the election for Local Station Board. I sincerely hope the adoption of the new By-Laws is voted into acceptance. I ran for Congress in CD11 in 2006, in a Democratic Primary, to oust “dirty Dick Pombo”. Hands down, I won ALL of the debates, on virtually no money, because I represented working families! I ran as an FDR Democrat and was proud of that. I was told by the San Jose Labor Council, nobody would welcome me, so why was I running? I replied, “Congress needs fixing, that’s what I do.”

I WANT YOUR VOTE, for Local Station Board! Vote FOR Stevan Thomas!

I’ve been a professional electrician for going on half a century; I fix stuff for a living so it STAYS fixed! IBEW Local 6, contributed to my campaign, I have NEVER crossed a picket line and have walked picket lines for nurses, with NO photo-op! I am the KPFA volunteer electrician, I did the parking lot lighting and have ensured the Broadcast Studio and Production Room, have secure connections…I found a very bad one and wasn’t willing to leave any that could ruin the new digital boards.

I had a 10 year career in the stock market, starting in Branch Compliance at Lehman Brothers. I have a strong sense of “fiduciary responsibility” and had zero complaints. I taught myself financial analysis and wrote reports. I really have some experience with tax consequences and financial management regarding financial transactions and am an “outside the box” thinker when it comes to solutions to financial problems. I have a legal mind and should have gone to law school. If something isn’t my area of expertise, I excel at finding the very best people for an opinion, and evaluating the veracity. During my career, I found some very bright forensic accountants! I KNOW how to question assumptions based on less than accurate concepts. It goes along with my natural tendency for “root cause” analysis, that I used to call “failure analysis”.
I WANT YOUR VOTE, for Local Station Board! Vote FOR Stevan Thomas

This was all before Bernie was in the Senate and before when AOC could help run candidates to challenge conservative incumbents.

My 3rd Great Grandmother, survived the Trail of Tears. I volunteer as an electrician, for the Native Ceremonies on Alcatraz. My wife is a black woman, I am bringing here from the Dominican Republic.

I stand in solidarity with KPFA staff, Quincy McCoy, Brian Edwards-Tiekert, Mitch Jezerich, Sherry Gendleman, Dennis Bernstein, Miguel Gavilan Molino, Davey D, Pedro Reyes Bonnie Simmons, Dirk Richardson, Joel Sachs, Cat Brooks and other program hosts who volunteer their time more than I have done so far.

An injury to one, is an injury to all! Which side are you on boys, the union or J.H. Blair? I KNOW which side I’m on!

I WANT YOUR VOTE, for Local Station Board! Vote FOR Stevan Thomas!

I am endorsed by Sherry Gendleman.
Answers to Candidate Questionnaire
1. What experience, connections, skills or traits would you bring to the local station board to advance the station's mission?
  I had a 10 year career in financial services, analyzed financial data and wrote research reports on companies. I also worked with short sellers in rooting out financial fraud. I have talent for analyzing complex problems and reducing them to their simple elements and figuring out practical ways of solving them. I do root cause analysis by nature, in many areas, mechanical, electrical and financial. I think outside the box, which I have found quite useful. I’m also good with communicating and collaborating with others, starting with common ground.
2. What do you appreciate and value in the station's current operations?
  I LOVE the political coverage done through the various programs in the morning and afternoon hours. I also love many of the music programs.
Personally, I think Quincy is the best GM in the time I’ve been listening, the move to “Sustainers” as a membership option is brilliant and reduces the tedium of fundraising. KPFA covers issues that are never seen on Main Stream Media, that are important! Cat Brooks and Brian are stellar interviewers! On “Up Front”, Mitch is an excellent historian on “Letters and Politics”.
3. What would you like to see improved or changed in the station's current operations?
  Some of this will have to wait until we are past Covid and I don’t think we are close to that. I suggested and found it had been suggested before, to use KPFA’s facilities to record upcoming artists. Rather than a lot of repeat programs (which I generally enjoy), I would like to see more legacy shows aired, such as Alan Watts, and some others that have been generally saved for fundraising in the past. Some of these legacy programs are priceless and not everybody has a “smart phone”.
4. Describe what you anticipate would be your top three priorities or areas of focus if you were elected to the local station board.
  1. Making sure the building doesn’t get sold to pay Pacifica’s irresponsible loan taken on the assets!
2. Figuring out with other Board members, how fundraising can be enhanced.
3. I’ve met African American youngsters in various community programs, who had never heard of KPFA and the music it offers. I’d like to see more outreach to various music programs in the Bay and help bring them into the fold of listenership and possible mentorship.
5. Sustainability is an important part of any nonprofit operation. What are your thoughts on how the board can help to improve the station's financial footing?
  I voted YES! on the Bylaws change. I would like to see KPFA not being treated like the “goose that laid the golden egg”, and not send as much money to Pacifica, because WBAI, in the largest market in the country, is losing money! Creative solutions may be necessary to keep the Pacifica Board members, some of who are real estate developers, from selling assets to pay operating expenses! This is financially moronic! As the KPFA volunteer electrician, I have donated thousands of dollars of labor to improve the parking lot lighting, automatic control for lights when you enter through the door on MLK and wiring in the Broadcast Studio and Production Room. There is more work to be done to make the building safer for people working in the building when the nights and early mornings, are long and dark. If KPFA’s assets are sold to pay Pacifica’s irresponsible loans, there IS no KPFA! That is not acceptable to me! If the KPFA LSB can do anything to keep the PNB from selling the building that KPFK is in, I will also work on that.
6. Is there anything else you would like prospective voters to know?
  I LOVE the station! I want to see it survive and thrive! I will do everything I can, with that goal in mind!
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