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Listener Candidate
for the KPFA Local Station Board
Statement
I am Lily Kimura and I am now serving on the KPFA Local Station Board and running for re-election. I have to admit that I am still learning more each day as I try to become immersed in KPFA and all its ramifications. I am respectfully requesting that you vote for me so that I am able to continue to learn more about KPFA and become a real contributor.

I am interested in issues effecting minority communities which encompass voter suppression, environmental racism and universal health care as a safety net for all people.

I appreciate KPFA’s coverage of Immigration issues, violent, discriminatory acts against women, children and families of immigrants and the role of sanctuary cities. As an immigrant, I find the anti immigrant fervor a horrific extension of the racial inequality that has plagued the United States throughout its history and I want to insure that non corporate independent radio stations like KPFA continue to address these urgent issues.

Recently the Pacifica National Board Programming Committee passed a motion for Pacifica to do voter education programming at the 5 Pacifica stations: KPFA in Berkeley, KPFK in Los Angelas, KPFT in Houston, WBAI in New Your and WPFW in Washington DC as well as Pacifica’s 300 affiliates. I hope to contribute as a consultant to this project which includes:

the intricate workings of the electoral process,

importance of involvement in the governmental process- how elections and elected representatives affect our everyday lives.

critical information about the act of voting, our most precious right, including gerrymandering, voter suppression, etc.

examining how the media reports and analyzes our elections

In addition to these issues regarding voting and elections, I am also deeply concerned with the recent US Supreme Court decision basically diluting the historic voting rights act which was a cornerstone of the Civil Rights movement. The same court, I fear stands on the precipice of at the very least diluting and ultimately overturning Roe v Wade, the landmark decision giving all women the right to control their reproductive rights. Recent attempts to collaterally attack Roe has come in the form of criminalizing doctor’s who perform abortions.

I am a Family Law Attorney in Oakland and a past member of the City of Oakland Public Ethics Commission, I am a past President of the Alameda County Bar Association and a member of the Asian Bar Association.

I am a past instructor in the Asian Studies Department at UC Berkeley. As a student, I participated on the board of UC Berkeley’s KALX radio and worked as a producer-host on both music and public affairs programming.

I want to insure the future of KPFA’s insightful commentary, and creative cultural programming across northern California communities. Please go to https://www.unitedforindependentradio.com
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 believe that I bring the following skills to the KPFA Board: I have sat on many Boards, both profit and non-profit, and community oriented and focused for the past 40 plus years of my career…I believe I bring not only a unique perspective to the Board by being a self employed minority woman dealing with real world issues but also having an academic background to give input into somewhat esoteric and analytical issues. I believe I bring this breadth of experience to the KPFA Board.

2. What do you appreciate and value in the station's current operations?
  What I like about KPFA is that it is one if not the only few stations that still exist from the 60’s that is still committed to having programming that is insightful, controversial and timely.ere.
3. What would you like to see improved or changed in the station's current operations?
  First, I want to state that this answer may be a bit impertitent since I am a new Board member but my first inexperienced thought is that the current Board seems a bit unwieldly as to its size and perhaps a Board with fewer members may be more productive.
4. Describe what you anticipate would be your top three priorities or areas of focus if you were elected to the local station board.
  My three priorities for KPFA is to continue to reflect the diversity of the community by having programming that is relevant to the daily lives of our diverse communities, encouraging young people that KPFA is not part of a dying media form of radio but that it is really the origin of the podcast and that there is a place for live immediate radio, and making sure that KPFA remains a viable and working entity by making sure we comply with all our duties and regulations.
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 would suggest as a way to increase the financial position of KPFA by focusing on increasing its visibility in the community—perhaps having a KPFA Day at an Oakland A’s or SF Giants or Warriors game, having KPFA Booths or Tables at as many community events as possible, making presentations to local schools and community groups, etc.
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