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I’m running for the Local Station Board because there is a financial crisis at the Local Station Board, as well as the Pacifica Foundation. This is of great concern to me personally, given that I have been a listener for over twenty years. Now, I have come to understand and know that the problem had been brewing for a number of years. The financial crisis is of extreme importance to all of us listeners, as it’s the one factor will determine whether or not this true source of information stays on the air. As a supporter of the Local Station Board I ask myself how is it that station came to be in this crisis. We know some of the answers, but there is more to be learned, and most of all we need to put in place the controls and procedures In order to avoid the death of our station and to make sure this situation does not happen again. Therefore, and due to my experience in the accounting field, I will pursue a policies and control procedure program to keep alert of pending harmful situations for the station. Also I have noticed that the programming has diverted from the Mission of the Pacifica Foundation. It has deteriorated to the point that some of its programming mirrors that of conservative, right-wing, war mongering corporate stations, and to me that is unacceptable due to the nature of the Pacifica Foundation’s mission. In order to avoid the demise of one of the few outlets of true information, we need to regain control of the decisions of the programming that goes on the air every single day of the year. Therefore, my concern for the current financial and programming status of the Station lead me to seek a position where I can try to help keep alive one of the only sources of valuable information in order to make informed decisions based on actual facts and not a corporate interests.

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In what ways are the station moving in a positive direction, that you would want to continue or perhaps improve?
The positive direction in which the station is moving forward is the information about meetings and the gathering of events of importance for the progressive community that listens to the radio station. And the fact that it still has, for the most part, programs that adhere to the Mission Statement of Pacifica is a sign that it’s moving in a positive direction. And the way to contribute to this positive movement is to first reassert the Mission of the Pacifica Foundation in every program that goes on the air, and then attract more listeners and listener-sponsor in order to capture and influence a much wider audience.

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?
The financial position of the station, of course, along with some programming and its message and content of these that that do not adhere to the Mission of the Foundation are the major ways in which the station is moving in a negative direction. In order to change this negative direction of the station is to, first of all, deal with the financial crisis that the station is in. We must figure out why and the station came to be in this crisis and then begin to develop ways and implement policies and procedures for financial and accounting controls that would prevent the station from getting in to the same situation again.

What key experience, connections, skills or traits would you bring to the Local Station Board to advance the station's mission?
I have been a KPFK listener for over twenty years for the reasons that resonate with what I believe to be progressive ideas and as such will continue promoting these ideas of equality for all communities. I have also formed part of other progressive movements that promote the welfare of the people, in the case of Nicaragua, against neoliberal governments. Currently, I am a member of the First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles, whose principles of equality for all have influenced a great deal. I have also been an accountant/bookkeeper for the past twenty-five years and believe that it can be of some benefit to the station as we deal with the financial crisis we’re undergoing.

What ideas do you have for helping the station and the Pacifica Foundation meet the financial challenges currently being faced?
In order to meet the financial challenges currently being faced, and as mention above, we need to figure out the reasons why the station is in such state. The idea being put forth here is that of policies and financial control and to the extent that these can be implemented and managed, for there might be outside influences that the station Board might not be able to deal with. And, of course, the question would become what is the Board to do in that situation? That we would have to figure out, but only practicing due diligence if the financial management of the station.

So, what do you think ?