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Listener Candidate for the KPFK Local Station Board
I studied economics, environmental science and global issues while getting my engineering degree. Starting with the Navy, civil service doing 25 year lifecycle cost analysis & computerizing buildings for energy conservation. I’ve helped design build and operate facilities: semiconductors for cell phones, solar panels and medical devices, hospitals, educational institutions and the entertainment industry.

I’m hoping my managerial skills might help KPFK become and remain sustainable.

We can not win KPFK's future without recognizing the forces that confront us.

Through the ups and downs in the economy, capitalism breeds consolidation, consolidation leads to an unholy relationship between politicians and the monopolies that develop - essentially fascism. True capitalism requires competition. But capitalism’s bright side is the claim that it efficiently provides consumers with higher selection of quality products at a lower cost.

If you compare economics to fluid mechanics, money being water, efficiency being the ease at which people get what they need, this example might make it clear.

A perfect pipe has no friction. The fluid flows at the same speed across the whole pipe. Only a tiny pump is needed to move water uphill.

A real pipe has friction. The water at the side of the pipe sticks to it so the center moves faster. A medium pump is needed to move water around.

A rusty pipe has corrosion through the whole pipe. A real big pump still might not move much water.

Economists should look at economics not as the way people allocate scarce resources, but as the way people get what they need. Economics can not be measured in dollar signs but is really lived in quality of life.

In that way, the US Capitalist Economy is the least efficient as demonstrated by the number of homeless, the wealth disparities, our willingness to pay for war and destroy the planet with global warming topped off with nuclear waste.

Can we inform others on how mankind can retool our economy concentrating on healing the planet, increase our resources through conservation, recycling CO2 into fuel. (Where are we going to store it all? No need to throw away combustion energy economy, just the fossil fuel part.) The byproducts of the various processes might be clean drinking water. (And pollution.)

We need people to start asking relevant questions beyond other’s limited horizons.

Today’s “for sale” media is filled with content lacking the substance that nourishes our knowledge.

KPFK is the hearty meal for our brains. Let’s help keep Los Angeles one of the most culturally diverse cities on the planet with KPFK.
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've pulled back from blogging years ago when I noticed the people started arguing like people who din't know the language, the launch of bots .My arguments for a sustainable future won friends, even in the oil industry. I argued: 1.) conservation, 2.) high efficiency solar panels controlled by consumers on roofs - not utilities taking fragile desserts ecosystems, 3.) produce fuels from atmospheric CO2 using biological, industrial, and any means possible to reduce global warming's effects as soon as possible. .. It's cheaper than fighting wars that rob society of the capital to fund schools, roads, hospitals - communities ... I'm connected to a lot of people even after an 8 year hiatus.
2. What do you appreciate and value in the station's current operations?
  Reporting on hard hitting journalism, commentary filled with questions others avoid pursuing. Where and when there are entertainment shows, they drip with the imaginations of their creators.
3. What would you like to see improved or changed in the station's current operations?
  If bringing on commentators "selling" wellness with a back and forth dialog between two people, STOP. That is not public radio. That is just as much advertising as NPR saying they are funded by philanthropists X, Y and Z. It is fine to have a wellness program, but bring in diversity, different "experts", not just one. A
4. Describe what you anticipate would be your top three priorities or areas of focus if you were elected to the local station board.
  Maintaining my sanity might be one, but seriously - try to bring more inquisitive questions to the news shows, more entertaining entertainment, and more of a connection to the community, one where KPFK can concentrate on programming, not fundraising.
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 don't have experience in the business of broadcast. I have been a lifelong consumer of broadcast and prefer it's anonymity and egalitarian freedom to todays technologies tracking of our every move, and for what? Profit.. KPFK can be sustainable with a little effort in attracting ore people to the station. Have you ever thought about printing up bumper stickers with that catchy logo you used on the mugs and T-shirts?
6. Is there anything else you would like prospective voters to know?
  Thank you for reading this. Namaste
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