Monday, July 7, 2014

KPFK, Pacifica, more info to share is here :

More information about the ways PACIFICA and it's components - KPFK    KPFA   and other's less functional ones that still remain on-air with various limping and crippling sections is also revealed in these writings.

These are reposts to provide a non-maligning, not insulting any person or even a side.

More can be read as updates appear on this site.
And there are others with different wants, different views, other interpretations or stories of their own.

These writings at least are readable, clear, reporter-styled and yes, they are pro-Summer Reese  and her work. 

These are written by a prior PNB treasurer and member who remains vitally interested, informed and involved and this at least is 'information' that is less angry, less defensive, less maligning and thus more readable for anyone, including us.  Her name is Tracy Rosenberg and we thank her for what we have learned, that is not available elsewhere.

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http://www.unitedforcommunityradio.org/?tag=summer-reese     july 2 last entry

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WPFW (Washington DC) station manager Michelle Price reported in a printed report distributed to her local board that Pacifica’s interim executive director Bernard Duncan demanded $50 thousand dollars from her station, telling her the money would be removed from WPFW’s bank account, if necessary. He said the money was needed for “payroll.”  It isn’t clear which
Pacifica station(s) needed payroll subsidized nor why the network would be unable to meet an approximately $250,000 semi-monthly payroll obligation weeks after reporting $2.4 million dollars in new member pledges from the May telethons.
re tax

The audit of the fiscal year ended 9/30/2013 has still not begun. The dwindling number of employees in the national office (two have already quit and the CFO remains barred from the national office in an accomodation to workplace complaints) are trying to catch up on the year’s worth of undone bank reconciliations from KPFA and track down missing data from other stations. Interim ED Bernard Duncan is reported to plan the rehires of two individuals let go for cause in the previous year to fill the accounting  vacancies: one who was let go for moonlighting as a tax preparer for H&R Block on company time, and another, who was let go  after the unauthorized release of dozens of employee’s payroll data and social security number information to national board member Lydia Brazon via an unsecured email.

The intimidation of network staffers is continuing. After the month-long suspension of Berkeley news anchor Anthony Fest for this brief announcement, popular late night LA host Roy of Hollywood was hit with a warning letter after interviewing the executive director on his late night program. The warning letter from interim program director Alan Minsky cited “dirty laundry rules”. The letter was ironic as Minsky himself participated in an hour-long program with Background Briefing host Ian Masters in December that discussed Pacifica matters at length and resulted in a 2-day suspension for Masters, which MInsky, among others, protested. The LA program director is not known to have issued a warning letter to himself for violating the dirty laundry rule.

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Reese’s comments regarding the 990“I was deeply concerned and uncomfortable signing the tax return under penalty of perjury, when I had insufficient time to review it and could see obvious errors upon my first review.  I do not know how serious each item is, but seeing Central Services listed as revenue and not seeing Affiliates as revenue and no mention whatsoever of the CPB grant funds, was alarming to say the least. To go even further, to be compelled to sign an inaccurate document, in order to avoid serious fines and penalties against the organization, is extremely distressing.  I feel I was placed in an untenable position, by receiving the return electronically one day before (but too late to make corrections,) and the actual return the same day, that it was due

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Reese’s comments regarding  the 990:“I was deeply concerned and uncomfortable signing the tax return under penalty of perjury, when I had insufficient time to review it and could see obvious errors upon my first review.  I do not know how serious each item is, but seeing Central Services listed as revenue and not seeing Affiliates as revenue and no mention whatsoever of the CPB grant funds, was alarming to say the least. To go even further, to be compelled to sign an inaccurate document, in order to avoid serious fines and penalties against the organization, is extremely distressing.  I feel I was placed in an untenable position, by receiving the return electronically one day before (but too late to make corrections,) and the actual return the same day, that it was due.....

The latest tumult comes only days after an eight week occupation of the foundation’s Berkeley headquarters ended on May 13th after an illegitimate majority set off chaos by suddenly firing the executive director only weeks after a permanent hire and reinstating a CFO who had been let go for poor performance and workplace complaints. The re-hired CFO has still not been able to enter the headquarters without being accompanied by a professional mediator and the investigation report has vanished for months

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re liability ins probs  

Bernard Duncan - The currently appointed interim leadership has stated publicly he intends to stay in the job for “just a few months” and previously announced relocation to New Zealand in July. It is now almost June. No search has been started for a replacement, meaning there will be 3 interim leaders appointed in six months.

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last day of S Reexe @ HQ's
 

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Time for a break.
or a wait. 
or watch for what happens more and next. Just STAY INFORMED and share that with the rest of us. 

  (c) kc 2014

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