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I have loved Pacifica for decades, but now humanity, and the station are in crisis. Factionalism on both the local and national boards has permitted incompetence to hinder the network and our station from fulfilling its mission in the robust fashion our times require. The national board is rumored to be contemplating the drastic action of selling off one or two stations to put the network as a whole on a more stable financial footing, effectively abandoning those communities to their own devices and the caprice of corporate commerce.

A functional vision going forward for Pacifica fulfilling its mission must not be one that resorts to austerity triage, sacrificing some communities (New York, Houston?) in order to make the network solvent. Obviously however, this crisis needs to be effectively addressed. KPFK’s broadcast license is in jeopardy for not meeting State of California auditing requirements governing non-profits for two years in a row, and has lost hundreds of thousands of dollars in CPB funding for not doing so.

In late 2000 I participated with a group picketing the station to force the resignation of then-manager Mark Schubb, who along with popular host Marc Cooper was taking the station in the direction of NPR. Nevertheless, while I don’t agree with the political perspective, the more I am forced to listen to KPCC during our ever-increasing pledge drives, I am struck with the difference in on-air professionalism.

At pledge times our strengths and weaknesses are on display: catastrophism threatened if listeners don’t come forward to save the station from insolvency great programming offered as premiums that is scarce to be found at other times programmers who seem to believe they are indispensable demanding the listeners step up, while at the same time disparaging other programmers hype over the magical properties of this or that supplement, health food or self-help program offered as premiums some programs missing completely, not even offered the chance to pull their own weight
Is it any wonder listenership continues to decline?

As someone who has practiced meditation for forty-five years, I understand the spiritual perspective of many of our programmers. As a program coordinator for the Democratic Socialists of America’s Los Angeles chapter, I feel strongly that KPFK should provide an inclusive forum for politically left, gender and racially diverse views. As a member of the Southern California Federation of Scientists, I feel KPFK could be doing far more to report the science revealing the threats we face as a community, and humanity faces globally, due to climate change—and political analysis of how we must organize to meet those threats.

I cannot guarantee I can provide the answer to these issues. If elected I will utilize my skills to encourage fellow Local Station Board members not to become deadlocked in factionalism and bureaucratic abuse of Robert’s Rules of Order, but to work together to assist the station in fulfilling its mission to listeners and the public.

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?
We have strong economic analysis, from Professor Richard Wolff, Suzi Weisman, Ralph Nader Radio Hour, Brad Friedman and Mitch Jeserich. I would move these programs to more prime spots in weekday lunch and evening drive times.

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?
Current program schedule is weak after 11:00, through to the afternoon drivetime. I’d recommend moving music ans spirituality programming to evenings and weekends. We need to give our strongest shows the positioning they need to attract new listeners, and reverse our downward financial spiral. The LSB must assist management to make tough decisions to revamp the schedule. For example, a study published in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in August 2013 predicts humanity’s extinction within a century, if we proceed with business as usual. Why then does a non-profit radio station that owes allegiance only to its listeners continue to carry a program that sings the glories of the internal combustion engine, The Car Show? This must be eliminated to make way for a show we wish to retain but which we wish to move.

What key experience, connections, skills or traits would you bring to the Local Station Board to advance the station's mission?
I have a bachelor’s degree in Cinema with a minor in Broadcast Journalism. I’m a member of the Southern California Federation of Scientists. As program coordinator of Democratic Socialists of America, Los Angeles, I organized the 2013 EcoSocialist Climate Justice Film Festival and Teach In. I would support the creation of a new show focused on political and technical solutions to climate change.

What ideas do you have for helping the station and the Pacifica Foundation meet the financial challenges currently being faced?
We need to think beyond the confines of the radio station to reach out to the community especially college campuses, through events and social media. Attract new listeners with strong political and scientific analysis of our current crisis. We obviously need to demand a no tolerance policy for sloppy record keeping to be able to supply the financial statements auditors need to fulfill State of California auditing requirements, lacking for two years now.

So, what do you think ?