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Staff Candidate for the KPFK Local Station Board
Statement
I’m running for the KPFK Local Station Board to support our station, its staff, independent news and well produced community programming at this urgent time. I want to make sure that what goes on the air stays true to the Pacifica mission, which is to promote a better understanding among people through dialogue and culture. I will do all I can to insure that the Pacifica Foundation support KPFK as it faces serious financial challenges. I especially seek to protect KPFK's building. I hope to improve listenership and attract people to the station who have media, management and financial skills. I am a long time, hard working supporter of KPFK and Pacifica.
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 worked on many projects and programs for KPFK and use both my research, technical, administrative and organizational skills to help the station. I appreciate connecting with the community through my peace and justice activism. I have a deep understanding of the legal, broadcasting and management challenges we face in light of what I believe to be the current mismanagement of the Pacifica National Board.
2. What do you appreciate and value in the station's current operations?
  I appreciate the diverse KPFK grid and the programmers, hosts, technicians, engineers, and other support staff keeping KPFK on the air and I appreciate the Listener Members for their financial support.
3. What would you like to see improved or changed in the station's current operations?
  I would like to see more training programs for staff at KPFK and all Pacifica stations to help them become financially self sustaining. We need to address the mismanagement of Pacifica’s that resulted KPFK’s building being used as collateral for debt incurred at WBAI.
4. Describe what you anticipate would be your top three priorities or areas of focus if you were elected to the local station board.
  I would like to see governance changes to give KPFK a more representative voice in the network. KPFK has 11,633 members one of the other stations has less than 4 thousand. Right now each station has 4 directors on the national board. We need more proportional representation. We also need more media, outreach and fund raising efforts from our board members.
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?
  We need proper management of staff pensions, and elimination of nonstandard accounting practices that allow Pacifica to change the assets of the stations to Pacifica assets. I want KPFK donations to be used for KPFK.
6. Is there anything else you would like prospective voters to know?
  Please vote for me and other candidates who supported the new bylaws when you get your staff ballot in August.
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