Friday, April 18, 2014

Repost: Letter re KPFK LSB meeting April 2014

This is a reposting from another KPFK sponsor member who describes their experiences and difficulties that they encountered at a recent April 2014 KFPK- Local Station Board meeting. 

The writer suggested  that further exposure of what actually occurs at LSB meetings  as well as recording the suggestions and questions  that were made there, and that also have emerged from the conflict and turmoil at those sessions. 

It was stated that this session was fully attended by many more than the usual number of Public Listener Members - but without any clarification or definition of what the actual KPFK or LSB difficulties were being addressed. No specific neutral statements of what was disturbing so many was stated by any LSB members to all the rest of those present. 

Apparently, no LSB person there stated nor described the serious problems or issues about which so many came to speak . And it seemed to this writer that not everyone present knew or were in agreement with what was expressed, because of a lack of any explanations given at this meeting.  As  there was no open, clear description - or even brief summary provided - of just what was causing the turnout -  or the emotional reactions heard -  at that meeting by everyone present there, some attendees were unsure of why some spoke as they did, or why there was such a large contingent of Spanish-speaking public members suddenly present at a regular monthly LSB meeting.  The agenda provided did not clarify this either.

Responses or comments about what is below can be addressed by writing to, to the general manager, or staff, or see under LSB heading for any more addresses. such as the chairperson there = Apparently there are no email or access addresses to each or any LSB or PNB members on the KPFK website. A list of LSB members is visible there, however. 

           "Open Letter re KPFK LSB proceedings and actions :

To LSB Chair, all LSB members, as these concerns apply to all KPFK people = staff / programmers and the attending Public also :

( note this is long and thorough - to document and question what has been occurring at KFPK LSB meetings. Please read all or only parts that are relevant. Any accurate and reliable information should be shared with all KPFK  people = LSB, staff, public members, sponsors and listeners. thank you.)

April 16, 2014 LSB meeting was very conflictual, divisive and so questions arose that need to be known by all concerned - those who attend these meetings too -  to insure that fairness, unbiased behaviors and honesty prevails at all times.   Civility and courteousness are extras that are not always displayed therein.

Please share this email to all LSB members (only) also so any LSB member can also respond to the concerns and questions here. The questions are surely are not personal or limited to this writer alone.


The environment at Pacifica is in such turmoil that trust and safety is no longer apparent. ... non-safety of attending recent meetings ....outside the bldg of the LSB meeting in March.

1.  Are LSB members not timed for their lengthy talking, or are only Public members timed?

i.e. Public is given 50 sec while LSB frequently talks on in self-serving long lectures w/o anyone apparently timing them ?

Is this correct procedure or just not enforced evenly ?

2.  Is someone OTHER than LSB Chair or Vice Chair - who have other things to attend to and do so, or also are often involved listening to content and do not enforce the faint phone timer - who else can be assigned to do timekeeping?  

Could it be a more neutral LSB person, not the  vice-chair or secretary who assists the Chair ?  …or even a volunteer from public who is neutral and does not do more than keep time ? 
3.   And this is a  repeat request that a  SHOW TIMER LOUD ENOUGH TO BE HEARD BY ALL talkers be used, so everyone can be alerted ?     It seems that instead of hand motions and  feeble attempts to ask speakers to stop whenever, a clearly visible, audible decent Timer would be much more effective and useful.

It was apparent on 4/16/14 that though the faint phone timer rang, frequently there were many discrepancies of who was allowed to go on longer and others who were not. While personal sympathies are apparent. allowing some more time and others less, does this fluctuation belong in an official LSB meeting ?

Why is there not a $5 item purchased which is  loud enough for everyone in room to hear Timer?    Why is the continual process used now so unprofessional – leading to the self-chosen allowances  of some go longer than other timed comments,  so some others are told to stop faster ?

The variation in talk was audible and noticeable in this April LSB meeting all night. The audio recording will  easily confirm the variability , the intelligibility and the ways times allowed were not enforced fairly for all in attendance.

4. <snip>    Do the bylaws describe how translations are to be done or timed differently ?   <snip>
Has there ever been an ‘official’ translator ?  and who determines that they are being actual and fair in their translations ? Some translators do their best and yet have their own biases or forget part of the message, being untrained but acting as volunteers only.


Is a person speaking other than the usual English used in LSB meetings who does their own translations – are they required to do a full and complete translation ? or does anyone care if they do not translate fully or accurately and leave out parts ?  does anyone care ? 

5 . Note that   [a public member] ... voiced a request - that the long self-serving Spanish talking that [an LSB member]... was engaged in to his particular audience (less than 1/3 of all people in room –excluding those who did not speak or maybe even understand Spanish) .   When that person  then asked for a translation to be made in-between the lengthy tal-in-Spanish when he was also facing his group, to be made  into English. 

This was so everyone else could also know what he was saying. He ignored me. So it was repeated as a request  2-3x,  attempting to have some translations included in the long on-going talk that was apparently Not Timed nor in any way limited (even if the agenda lists time limits for ea section).

( Most people know well that any translator does not memorize long speeches and is often doing either simultaneous translations when professional…  or the translations are done in short segments with pauses  - so everyone present can receive full and accurate information that is provided in a language not their primary one.)

6.  Then a threat  by LSB Chair was made [to writer of letter here] saying
to stop talking “..or I will have to ask you to leave” to (this) one public member .... but  that was not equally threatened  to the many others - -  who were frequently actually loudly shouting about their political positions. 

Is that a BIASED and presumed authority threat to just  1 person ? For asking for translation ?

The selective threat  was not done fairly -- as that threat was not made to the many others in attendance there, who were much more vociferous and emotional and interrupting - mostly on  their own specific issues and those who were concerned that [stated] Pacifica was endangered now.

 (does anyone want the names of the various others who engaged in the audible visible wild arguments – often, and way before [the writer's]... request was made -  and  how these were not sent away from the meeting on the same night  ? One chose to leave voluntarily, saying so.  <snip> )

To be threatened so publicly and repeatedly ( it was 3x at least repeated)  by the LSB Chair for asking openly, as a public member, for the process that the Chair SHOULD HAVE HERSELF ATTENDED TO and limited per rules -  in concern for everyone in the room  - was offensive and disrespectful.

Then when  the Chair was asked to act on her clearly stated threat, she turned her head away, then refused to look directly at ... [public member], and she  kept silent – then. No further action to remove [writer] or anyone else was made before [the time]... when this writer left the conflictual scene -  feeling socially and publicly rejected and insulted by the Chair – as well as by the whole LSB – who were allowing her to act in this rude and selective manner.

7.  No one noticed that this writer also was courteous in not even getting into the 'Public member comment line' because of how many others had come to speak that night. It was a deliberate choice to give time to all the others, instead of giving the LSB ...suggestions – as some had previously been noted to be shared .

Notice that  this writer only spoke 1 x  -- when ... [ the dominant LSB PNB member ] - for the 3-4-5th time that night - spoke at length in Spanish,  and often deliberately turning  and speaking in Spanish only to his own selective audience – most of whom have not previously if ever attended the LSB meetings (that  have been recognized by many regular attendees at least.) 

[the writer] ...tried to ask for translations to be made in between the  lengthy Spanish monologue.

 Many now appeared [at meeting] to be an alliance to support him specifically and the word “racism” continually was used to accuse the [KPFK] radio station w/o naming who it was that was acting in racist ways  - other than an outlier LSB member  (.... [another not-then-present LSB member] was mentioned and about a private email he sent   - and that  all the other Public members had Not seen nor known about. The Spanish programming alliance may have been forwarded this email, but no one said so.) .

when ...[LSB PNB member] did speak briefly in English - after this request -  he made 1-2 brief sentences [in English] that did not include all he had spoken to his own audience in Spanish. No one questioned this or him about the self-translation, or it being slanted in length and content towards his own support group, those attending this meeting.

The LSB Chair made no comment or suggestion that translations need to made with full and fair equal content  (or length if necessary)  so as  to include all the English speakers in what was being announced to the Spanish ones present now.

8.    These obvious indications of the unstated Biases, Slants, Prejudices and Threats to or against selectively  chosen Public members -  and not most others -  is rude ,  ... unacceptable, and inappropriate threats -- [not] responding to requests for clarifications- -  should be reviewed carefully to see if they are allowed in the Pacifica/ KPFK bylaws and are allowed behaviors.   

The siding of ONE side or the other in the current Pacifica ED debate was noticeable in the presence of  many of those attending, including all LSB, Public, Staff  - in their comments, and in their reactions.

And yet, there was NO SIDE TAKEN  nor indicated by this writer at any time and would not be, (as the issue is not apparently resolvable by this KPFK LSB – please correct if this group does have actual power or influence to do any decisive actions on this emergent issue – as only an LSB  “an announcement” was made to give notice of another event forthcoming.)

9.   If  the LSB meeting audio has an audible recording, then all the voices, words, the loud yelling-over-each-other , i.e. of when those KPFK staff/ LSB who were opposed to...[LSB PNB member]’s actions acting in their behalf in PNB [process]  - that should be transcribed…if it can be heard well enough.    

Then also the Timing lengths of speakers, both LSB and Public members, could also be timed and calculated individually -  to note where there was excess allowed,  and when/ to whom not.    This might be very revealing.

10.  If the intent of the threat and collusion of all other LSB members in the room who did not object to this [threat] action was to prevent Public members who are outspoken and loyal to KPFK from attending their secretive meetings, the results have failed. 

If the last 2 meetings have twice been direct attacks on this writer public member’s safety and reputation, then some enforcement of safety and courtesy and appropriate behaviors needs to be done. Both the Chair and a[nother] public member have each separately offended and threatened this writer. Who else do they attack ? and why did they choose to do this  ?

[end of repost]

The writer of this "open" letter asked if anyone else who was present at LSB meeting in April or any other LSB meeting can clarify what the disputes and conflicts ARE about in simple neutral terms, that would help all others who are becoming concerned about the dysfunctionality and disrespectful behaviors that seem to predominate at what should / could be KPFK's nonprofit board meetings-  that are business and official meetings.

Note that there are audio recordings made of each meeting accessible on the internet also for anyone who has  the patience and interest in listening to 3-6 hour meetings (with members continually interrupting each other, some mumbling, some not using the provided microphones, and  the many and various inaudible aspects noted when one attends meetings in person on any date). Good luck.

(c) Kc 2014

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

What is "committee of inclusion" at KPFK ?

"The Commitees of Inclusion are an additional layer of governance added
to a draft of the Pacifica Bylaws when the Court's deadline for finalization of the Pacifica Settlement Agreement had passed.

About half of the interim Pacifica National Board were of the opinion that
the proposed method of democratic governance was a form of Euro-centric institutionalized racism and some in the other half hoped that this proposal from Houston would break the deadlock and enable bylaws adoption by a balanced majority of the iPNB. 

The token gesture was accepted, but the deadlock remained."


"In addition, there shall be established, in each of the Foundation's
radio station areas, standing committees of the Board to monitor the
under-representation of communities in their respective radio station
areas. These "Committees of Inclusion" shall include one Director and
three LSB members from each radio station area who shall be elected by
their respective LSBs, and such additional individuals as those four
shall choose by majority vote. 

The Committees of Inclusion will monitor both station programming and staffing in consultation with the LSBs. They will also monitor the diversity of election candidates and work with the LSBs' appropriate committees to improve the diversity of election candidates at the local and national level.

These Committees of Inclusion shall monitor diversity participation in consultation with the general manager, local committees and the Board, the status of which will be published and maintained in each respective radio
station area.     Communities deemed to be under-represented by the
Committees of Inclusion will be identified and the extent of their under-representation shall be communicated to the Board, the respective LSBs and any local outreach committees. 

Station managers and appropriate LSB committees will be expected to consider these communities in their future decisions about staffing, programming, and candidate outreach, subject to any applicable state and federal laws and regulations. 

All station managers and Committees of Inclusion will report to the Board and their respective LSBs quarterly on the status of diversity within their radio station areas. The Board shall query and monitor radio station areas with identified under-represented communities and any plans for addressing these under-represented communities' increased participation. 

Where necessary with due notice, the Board will suggest and/or direct managers and committees to implement specific measures to improve the status of under-represented communities in their respective radio station areas.   

The Board will assist and encourage station managers and Committees of Inclusion in finding new ways to improve recruitment efforts in their respective
radio station areas."  [Pacifica Bylaws, Article Eight, Sec. 4]

The COI membership changes each year.  Some years it never meets locally.  One year it met nationally via teleconference.

The KPFK Committee of Inclusion is organizing itself for the current term, ......  The COI is rather unique in two ways.  First, it has authority to add public members of its choosing.  

Second, each local COI is technically either a committee of the National Board or a subcommittee of a National COI which is a committee of the PNB. 

The local Committee of Inclusion is not a committee of the Local Station Board, so its membership is not restricted by the KPFK LSB rule that non-LSB Members cannot outnumber LSB Members on local committees.  "

[note: all italics or emphasis is this blogger's and not Terry Goodman's info.] 

the above is information provided by KPFK's parliamentarian, Terry Goodman, who has always provided accurate and findable information when asked about the organizations that are involved as in Pacifica, KPFK, and their affiliates. His long term loyalty and excellent memory for history and facts makes him a unique resource and reliable researcher also. 

His contributions to making LSB meetings function in a more orderly, legal, and by-laws-following-fashion have been noted by everyone present there. Terry Goodman is the source of audio recordings of KPFK meetings on line as well as putting up announcements of meetings on the station's web page in events, and elsewhere. 

He works diligently and is commendable and appreciated too.

(c) al 2014

Monday, April 14, 2014

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(c) al 2014 

Who is Bernard Duncan now and where is he ?

This is a repost from Indymedia about KPFK's recent General Manager and his whereabouts or questions about his intentions or moves. Interesting. But actual factual information is difficult and hidden, so there have been writings and rumors that Bernard Duncan, prior KPFK gen'l mgr. is named as Pacifica's Executive Director. 

True  or   False or Rumor  or wishful plans?  Who knows if no one tells - the truth that can be trusted ? 

see more  stories, articles and posts at  and this at :

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"Our GM Bernard Duncan fooled us ?

by KPFK listener Monday, Apr. 14, 2014 at 2:35 PM
How did Bernard Duncan fool us all ? He came to LSB meetings pretending he was 'leaving early… for personal reasons' and not stating any other plans or dates when asked directly by members there a few months ago.

Didnt he know what he was doing ? Or was he deceiving all LSB members ? did he also deceive all the KFPK staff too ? Or selective ones and not others ? Who knew ? who knows ?

A few recent months ago a heavy meeting with many KPFK staff, and some programmers - and people with a clear agenda that they did not voice or make clear - were at LSB meeting to promote their favorites: Alan Minsky was lauded for being interim program director and it was said he should stay [to not be let go, promoted, fired or what ?]

When LSB members were asked what the big audience and commotion was about, no one in public at the meeting responded those 'in the know' did and all the others did not.

Those who cant or dont attend the lengthy boring conflictual LSB meetings and yet who pay and pay and listen and pay more did not know anything at all, of what was happening anyhow ...behind closed locked secreted doors.

This is what has been carefully branded as "free speech" public sponsored FM radio ? huh ? where, what ? This cant be the same KPFK at 90.7 FM that continually audio-faces sideways to sell premiums, to beg for money, to plead innocence and to insist it is NOT LIKE ALL THOSE HYPOCRITES AND LIARS elsewhere... and then when the inner staff, gen'l manager and others are doing just the same that they hate in our US governments' doings.

what is happening ? Exposure in Los Angeles is nil and none.

and Bernard Duncan, who came to work at KPFK in 2011 - claiming loyalty to KPFK and it's listener-subscribers - has secretly silently re-appeared recently as an [maybe interim, maybe permanent ] Executive Director of Pacifica – announced in some places... but not audible nor visible in LA.

Is this true ? Could he do this to his former sponsors and employers? Did he step Out of KPFK to uplift hisself up to a higher position on top of the heap ? All by hisself ? Or with whose help or push ?

What in hell, or like hell, is going on at Pacifica ?

Where is any truth about KPFK and Bernard revealed? Fact check - but not on google because it doesn't seem to produce the stories found about KPFA and Pacifica written elsewhere.

who knew ? who knows ? why not ?"

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(c) al 2014

Friday, April 4, 2014

What is new in the war at Pacifica? today ?

old information seems to equally pertain to all that seems to be at war at Pacifica now...
Here is a 2002 a article here :

that if quickly skimmed reveals that the same machinations of old are being similarly repeated NOW.

also more info from that article's author is here current:

and two books that we have not yet read that maybe of interest to those who enjoy the long story and whole show from times past as well as present are these :

Matthew Lasar's two prior  books , Pacifica Radio and Uneasy Listening - these may be   available maybe in a library or online bookstore. 

the many ways that information of what is actually happening to PACIFICA, and thus to our local radio station KPFK is that there are just a very few sources providing information in a decent professional reporting manner....

while others [blogs and even 'rags'  are maligning or putting out dream-storied manifestos of what could maybe happen "if..." and "then...."  = their wishful thinking in writing to attract allies and form a  winning Side -  that wants to clear out some programs,'the other' staff, and some differing views - to then instill only their own brand and style.

And still the most relevant information is on Tracy Rosenberg's facebook :

"United for Community Radio"   and is at 

with various other articles reporting of what the divisions and actions are happening, in the Pacifica Fdtn headquarters located adjacent to the KPFA radio in Berkeley offices. How inconvenient and how easy for maneuvers, fights, police-calling, and attempts at physical acts of restraint and padlocking and cutting locks and even a scene about the danger of a company coming in to shred documents. Which side is initiating and which side is responding and how becomes difficult for those not local to Berkeley to discern.

But we continue on reading, adding comments or sharing information with locally in Los Angeles, hoping to expose what is a long continuous search for the latest actions -  and to have these exposed to our LA crowd, that hopefully will contribute to the Solution[s] and assist in calming and coming back to reason, civility and honesty. And discussion. and 

STOP ALL THE POWER PLAYING [see "Games People Play" by Eric Berne for good instructions ]

more here and also on where many articles with info appear regularly with comments adding cartoons, and historical info too. 

more coming as things degress or progress - either way -  to EXPOSE and make TRANSPARENT all possible -  regarding the demise or stabilizing of our local KPFK is what we are doing here. we need much more than luck too  !

(c) al 2014


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Naming PNB names in lawsuit, Pacifica beware of how it can topple

From the image of the civil lawsuit summons about Pacific's Exe Director's sudden firing by 12 of 22 Pacifica National Board members in the last few days. These are the names blurry but barely visible in image on :

with a comment there also : “also see names to be named   3 of 4 from KPFK are named in summons....without any KPFK members/ sponsors knowing anything ? huh ?

 KPFK prior LSB and now PNB members listed are :

Rodrigo Argueta,
Lydia Brazon, 
Lawrence Reyes 

and from other PNB members across this nation are =
Tim Brown, Benito Diaz, Adriana Casenave, Brian Edwards-Tiekert, Jose Luis Fuentes, Tony Norman, Cerene Roberts, Hank Lambb, Margy Wilkinson                = 12   out of the 22 total.

what are names of  the 10 others  ? 
decipher it here:

there are 4 PNB from each of 5 stations and 2 affiliates = 22 total.

(c) al 2014 


“Pacifica board members named here, who attempted ousting of Pacifica's ED”

a repost of an article found here :  

 Pacifica’s conflict over who is Executive Director  - continues with  it's non-wisdom with contenders vying for power and position.  Here are excerpts of some updated info and names the PNB members who voted 12- to - 10 to 'fire' the one most recently hired. 

Some of these KPFK LSB members who only very recently were elevated to PNB are included in the ousting, outing of Summer Reese.   3 of our 4 voted by phone to expel her. We need to hold all our LSB and PNB [acting as non-] representatives accountable for their actions, and  not for their own personal opinions - - unless those interfere and overtake their responsibility to all us KPFK subscribers/ sponsors/ payers/ members.

 “for those in LA who do not search and waste counted hours trying to decipher the chaos that has endangered our local Pacifica station: KPFK  90.7 FM as a strong component of the current conflicts, here is more to be shared and exposed anywhere everywhere since not everyone comes to this solo site.           

[ Did you know IMC has a radio program on KPFK too, and does this mean there are alliances or deferences due to keeping that program on air too ? dunno  Do the programmers read what is on their site here in LA and discuss or provide info from on-air to the website ? Or is that a 'separate affair' ?  ]            

These are excerpts reposted from where more updated infomation appears:      

 "   …the board majority, from the Pacifica Directors for Good Governance lawsuit and any other upcoming legal activity. … When Reese left the national headquarters on April 3rd to assist with the legal initiative, some board and staff members attempted to obstruct national office operations, but 22 community members responded to a call for assistance.
 "Reese re-entered her workplace at 3:30 in the afternoon without incident.           

"Berkeley songwriter Vic Sadot penned a tune for the occasion, sung to the melody of "We Shall Overcome".  A video of the impromptu sidewalk serenade is in production.…..             

"A copy of a complaint filed with the CA Attorney General by 8 former members of the national board can be found here Attorney+General+Complaint+Non-Confidential.pdf….   "             

“….a 119 page complaint filed by Pacifica Directors for Good Governance asking for injunctive relief from the chaos sweeping the organization after the illegitimate firing of the executive director, the reinstatement of a CFO let go after his probationary period, and the inability to sustain an organizational audit…."The case number is HG14720131...” 

see this article to view legal summons image : " Pacifica Directors for Good Governance Appeals To The Courts To Rein In Chaos"          

 Looking at the document as can be seen as an online image, these were the ones named in a filed civil lawsuit=         
The legal summons was written to these :    Rodrigo Argueta, Lydia Brazon, Lawrence Reyes [of KPFK LSB fame before recently rising to PNB status]           +  Tim Brown, Benito Diaz, Adriana Casenave, Brian Edwards-Tiekert, Jose Luis Fuentes, Tony Norman, Cerene Roberts, Hank Lamb, and  Margy Wilkinson [the person who claims the top position for herself now]  = 12 of 22 PNB members.          Who are the 10 others now called  “Pacifica Directors for Good Governance”  grouped separately by name now ?  “ 

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Open Letter to LA Weekly re KPFK

To : Editor of letters and of article on Pacifica last month:

The article was clearly slanted and mostly  derogatory - and someone wrote elsewhere that your writer was a Marc Cooper student or was so before  and therefore had conflict or interest in his using so many comments from someone who has long long ago been gone from KPFK in any staff, programmer, or management way. Marc was not always believed or appreciated when he was at KPFK anyhow, so elevating his position as a Pacifica 'expert' now can only be due to his current USC position. 
Is it ? 

Then of the letters you printed on line, only 1 appeared to be from a gushing female that left the impression of less reason and more a typical gender -biased 'neediness' -  leaving the letter less than valued as reasonable or thoughtful. 

Then the other letters gave little information of the chaos and turmoil, and they seemed to be only one sided - to bias against KPFK and Pacifica...

How easy it is to only criticize anyone, anything, as you and we know.. it happens all the time.Since it feels oh so powerful to criticize negatively and feel superior to those who actually do the work and invest in what the critic wants to demean or discredit. Here these letters seems to apply the same way.

KPFK sponsors/ members/ subscribers/ payers have had NO information that all this turmoil was apparently brewing, even those who attended LSB board meetings regularly. And eve nwhen some have  repeatedly, directly questioned "their"  LSB members...and yet, rec'd no responses or answers describing any problems already in wild motions -  why there seemed to be conflict that was unstated, unrevealed, and hidden to most of those who pay up, regularly too was kept totally secret, yes,again !

The LSB board represents no one but their own personal selves, maybe just a few [less than 30 if that] members and cannot name any group or whom they do Represent when asked directly. So these positions are not representative of anyone but their own biases, whichever way they like, and refuse to share information with public members. Even when clearly asked at meetings. Nor on KPFK website. Nor are they accessible anywhere on KPFK website, with only chair of LSB link available, if she responds to emails or not.

LSBs= A secret exclusive club of not-representatives in continual conflict in 'public meetings' where the few public attendees know not what the hypocrisy withholds from them and all the others who pay and pay and pay and care. 

It now appears that out of our 4 KPFK LSB that were voted to be our  PNB Pacific's board members were 4 of the 12 that voted to 'fire' the legitimately legally hired Exe Director- Summer Reese  who had worked at that job as an interim ED for many months before without notice of a problem. 

Not that  there were no differences of views and loud arguments always in every meeting anywhere that involves the left, Pacifica, KPFK, et al. But the ED was hired and then voted out by 12 to 10 PNB members [total of 22 PNB members], apparently without notice, without direct discussion with ED or in open PNB meetings with all present, nor  with stated reasons or evidence - and it has been said:  without Human Resources standards or assistance nor  with the legal opinion of the Pacifica legal services. 

Such actions lead to questions and concerns, of course. That actions can be taken by secret collusions and without adequate legal fair work standard  notices - decided  by those just 'elected by local boards' to the PNB national board, This makes the actions suspicious and elicits serious concerns for the whole organization - as some are acting as do military armed rebels in some war torn up country elsewhere =  A dangerous wild spree of gun-words fighting with injuries and many in danger...of losing what Pacifica has been [when stable and honest] and provided so far.  

Also note: trying to read the letters on your website a pop-up repeatedly kept forcing me to REload the page in order to exit the insistent page asking any reader to be subscribing, when we only want to read and not pay up now, not get on lists, not have to repeatedly [4x reloaded ] page to read some misc. letters.  And did not access even the original Pacifica article [which original version of  hate-Pacifica was poorly done,  with sharp breaks in thinking/writing between topics within the writing, and notably having biased quotes from carefully selected one-sided whoevers... 

This article not a representative of the Good Writing often found in your articles, or we would not be reading this paper at all...

so plse share this critique to your writer too if you want. The topic is timely, the writing poor and the bias and chosen 'experts' are one sided and too limited too. This was less expose than maligning and pretending to inform. 

My being a questioner and involved with KPFK since it's inception - and having worked there as a volunteer for many many years - being dedicated and paid up, but concerned of how little transparency there ever has been, I implore you to oversee what and how information about KPFK and Pacifica is being presented by the LA Weekly.

And especially now with such wild actions occurring there, coverage is needed and appreciated.  [not since approx 1990's was there another similar subversive attempt to take over and sell the stations - then with David Adelson working a lawsuit to prevent a take-over, this may be a comparable  move - even tho most of us in LA have no idea whatever that it is happening -  not-in-our-backyard, but the maneuvers that affect the apparent take-over or toppling is the danger to our KPFK too.  

sincerely dedicated to alternative media
daring to speak up and out is courageous and sometimes dangerous...but when the TIME is right and we break  the fear barrier, we too can be more honest, truthful,  and helpful to others, instead of hiding behind old collusions.  No one will ask you to. Just DO IT, finally. 

(c)  al 2014