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As a candidate for the LSB I come as an acknowledged fortunate son – religious upbringing, zeroed in on college and grad school as a life path. Then, through a series of choices, my perspective on living was infinitely broadened, from being kicked out of a religious college for secretive trips to Chicago jazz clubs, a life in the Synanon community, lawyer for Cal/OSHA, trekking with the sherpas in Nepal, early retirement to a seven year sabbatical in Ecuador, adding a second language at age 50 and marriage to a great Ecuadoran lady, Miriam.

My early criminal law practice led to a long-time association with Synanon ( as in Lew Yablonsky’s The Tunnel Back). Years of playing the Synanon game with addicts and other “squares” brought me rare insights into what made me and my fellow game players tick. I moved in and lived the communal lifestyle until radical changes loomed that were sure to lead to compromise of Synanon’s mission and its ultimate demise.

I left my private practice and dedicated my law degree to advocating for the health and safety of working people as a staff counsel for Cal/OSHA. This actually led to far more trial work than you typically find in private practice. I was privileged to learn the ins and outs of virtually every way there is to earn a living in California. Becoming bi-lingual was a secret weapon as I understand a worker’s testimony before it was translated. I was also able to challenge mis-translations.

A regular listener since ’97 I depend on the morning news and analysis shows. Occasionally I have sent in tips to programmers. KPFK has great music shows, something for everybody. I’ve volunteered and donated since 2005. I currently mind the front desk every Friday afternoon and have answered hundreds of listener complaints, inquiries and film club requests. Listeners confirm how I feel about KPFK. Some just call in to show how nutty they are. Because of this service I was disqualified from running as a listener.

Optional Questions (push the plus sign to see the answers)

In what ways are the station moving in a positive direction, that you would want to continue or perhaps improve?
I am happy to see that Ralph Nader is back and David Feldman also is great. Richard Wolff’s program is a breakthrough.Jimmy Dore is a perfect Friday afternoon shot in the arm.
When I hear name calling on air at KPFK (as has happened in our recent spate of “Special Programming”), and it is not attributed to a private person, such as a studio guest, then it is KPFK doing the name calling and it is a departure from the mission. Our program director and our program hosts know better than to allow this. I see the need to educate persons putting on “special programming” in journalistic standards. There needs to be at least one journalist on air or we are in trouble.

In what ways are the station moving in a negative direction, that you would want to stop or change? What changes would you work for?
No Response.

What key experience, connections, skills or traits would you bring to the Local Station Board to advance the station’s mission?
I’m bi-lingual by choice, a retired lawyer. I’ve had tons of experience working with groups, a person of goodwill. I believe I will bring to the Board a capacity to understand and mediate clashes between the anger of those who believe their concerns are not given voice, on the one hand, and those responsible for upholding Pacifica’s mission to, “…contribute to a lasting understanding between … individuals,” and to, “disseminate information on the causes of conflict.” In my understanding these elements are a virtual definition of true journalism.

What ideas do you have for helping the station and the Pacifica Foundation meet the financial challenges currently being faced?
IMHO Pacifica made a serious error when it prevented Maggie’s recording studio from being completed. We must complete the CPB application and follow through. We must preserve our listenership by steering clear of crappy amateur programming. Spot pitches should emphasize Pacifica’s unique voice and critical need. I’m not opposed to taking corporate contributions, but no advertising.

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