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Listener Candidate for the KPFA Local Station Board
Statement
I am running for reelection to the KPFA Local Station Board because our community needs community radio. As our country drives itself over many social and environmental cliffs our airways are jammed with a worthless discussion between the pseudo left, the center right and the extreme right. Community radio is where more encompassing news and ideas give us one of the few counter balances that we have in our national dialogue.

KPFA is in a long-developed crisis of low listenership and low membership coupled with high costs and serious budget problems. In the SF Bay Area, an independent, progressive, community radio station like ours with developed programing and resources should have a much larger support base. We need to correct this and put much more effort into recruiting.

We need younger people as members. We need them on the air making new programing. We need them helping to run and lead KPFA and our Pacifica Network. We need more members of every age and background. This should be the job of EVERYONE at the station; the board, the management and all of the shows on the air. Every program should be promoting new members into leadership roles. Every program should be doing outreach out in the community, not just on the air.

We also need to put more effort into improving our on-air offer. We need a better plan for the reporting on and regular delivery of local news. The current programming is very split up and individualized when some better cooperation and sharing of resources would give us a better coverage.

The constant infighting and multiple attempts by one faction to take total control distracts us from fixing problems. I am not, and will not be part of the dubious actions taken such as the lawsuit, the bylaws takeover attempt, the midnight closure of another member station or anything else that will shut out voices on our governing boards. If that group becomes a minority at KPFA, I will not support the new majority shutting them out as they currently do to everyone else. I feel that to be on a community radio station board is to hold a public trust and will not have anything to do with tactics and actions that are not ethical.

On the board I will work for complete and understandable reporting to the board and membership. If needed, I would be glad to server as a board officer to help turn things around.

My personal background is that I am 63 years old, of white English-speaking extraction, a machinist, union member, shop teacher, retrained computer network engineer, small business owner, father of two and a polyglot with a deep, antiimperialist international background. Hopefully some of my developed skills and experiences will add to the human resources of our board and our station.

It is what we can do, combined with what we are willing to do collectively that will determine the future of the KPFA-Pacifica project.
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?
  Deep knowledge of Spanish and other languages.
Good sense of book keeping.
Experience on other boards.
2. What do you appreciate and value in the station's current operations?
  There is an operation and technical expertise that deserves more appreciation.
Many of the shows have a very developed set of contacts and provide good programming.
There is often a diversity of views and a wider range of reporting.
3. What would you like to see improved or changed in the station's current operations?
  I would like us to provide regular, reliable local news that is aired on a regular schedule.
NOT just when a show runner wants to interview somebody.
I think Pacifica should rely on itself more for national and international news.
4. Describe what you anticipate would be your top three priorities or areas of focus if you were elected to the local station board.
  Better and more complete financial and operational reporting.
Recruiting new members. Getting younger people on the air and shaping programing.
Getting new, more diverse, younger and non-factional people on the governing boards.
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?
  KPFA is not just a non-profit. It is a community organization.
We need to have a stable and reliable budget.
To plan that better, we need better financial reporting than we have now.
6. Is there anything else you would like prospective voters to know?
  I am highly offended by the factionalism I have seen on the board during my few months here.
If re-elected, I will work hard for a better and more inclusive process, including with those who have led the faction fights so far. I feel that the answer is to shut nobody out and not be some kind of pathetic imitation of our partisan national congress. At this point NO MAJORITY might be a better thing. In any case, no majority should try to run the show alone and nobody should obstruct.
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