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Listener Candidate for the KPFA Local Station Board
KPFA LSB Candidate Statement
Vicente Cruz

I have been a listener of KPFA since 1989 and my dial has never been anywhere else. If elected, non-violent communication will be at the front of my mind. Along with advocating for a shift in fundraising tactics by, taking the road of larger amounts of smaller donations to fill the gap. We can also help KPFA by starting to shift to a more radical program model. Through supporting the people that are most affected by the struggles that KPFA reports on and opening the discussion to all, we can create a funding model that is actually sustainable for the long-term.

If I am elected, there would be a voice that will fully represent Oakland's Fruitvale community and an advocate that walks with a wide range of people active in community radio. I would amplify their voices on the Local Station Board. It is important to devote the time and energy to the KPFA LSB and the responsibility is real.

I've been a youth sports educator for twenty plus years (preschool thru middle school), a self-identified Anarchist, and event an production coordinator specializing in video & lighting. I'm currently a senior producer with Step On It Presents, and the Treasurer for the Oakland Greens.

Words are not enough to express my appreciation to you for reading this statement and I think, if elected, I would be a member you would respect and who would work for you.
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 have expert knowledge of audio equipment especially when it pertains to live music performances. I also have been a community organizer since 2000.
2. What do you appreciate and value in the station's current operations?
  The mix of information and music, particular to Sunday afternoons.
3. What would you like to see improved or changed in the station's current operations?
  We have music to information balance, now within those more balance to include radical voices too.
4. Describe what you anticipate would be your top three priorities or areas of focus if you were elected to the local station board.
  Non-violent communication, a more balanced approach to the by-laws debate, & diversifying the programs even more than at present.
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?
  By getting back to the stations more radical roots we could attempt a funding model of smaller donations from many people. Stop trying to beg to large neo-liberal donor base.
6. Is there anything else you would like prospective voters to know?
  If elected I would be their representative and bring their ideas as well as my own.
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