. . . the Pacifica of their dreams . . .
. . . no flowers in their office, no flowers in their hair . . .
Published today, Tracy Rosenberg’s Pacifica in Exile blog (email version, not yet on website). [UPDATE: the web version, Th10Dec, has a one-sentence addition, in the opening para, & it appears below.] . . .
- Donny ‘do you think I care?’ Goldmacher (KPFA listener-delegate),
- Christina ‘Nurse Ratched’ Huggins (KPFA LSB Chair & listener-delegate), &
- Andrea ‘so anodyne I don’t merit a moniker’ Turner (Pacifica director & KPFA listener-delegate).
Allegedly, this morning, Tu8Dec, they broke their ‘lockdown’ (nice Pacifican conduct there), drove from the Bay Area to a LA court, & tried to shaft the members, the staff, the listeners.
Three Members of KPFA’s LSB Try To Give Pacifica’s Assets to California Court
Los Angeles – Three members of KPFA’s local station board, Chair Christina Huggins, Andrea Turner, Donald Goldmacher and their lawyer, traveled down to Los Angeles on Tuesday, violating California’s COVID19 shelter in place order, to try to convince a court to place Pacifica’s assets into a receivership and remove control of the Foundation from its members. [Update: The 4th plaintiff is Craig Alderson, a former KPFA LSB member and the attorney is Stephen Jaffe, an SF employment lawyer and unsucessful Congressional candidate.] Their effort was unsuccessful and their emergency request was denied by the court.
Their filing, apparently an error-riddled 800 page tome, was not available on the LA County Superior Court site as of the time of this newsletter, but was said to have asserted incorrectly that Pacifica’s buildings were about to be foreclosed upon and that the fiscal year 2017 audit had not been completed. (It was completed some time ago). The judge denied the request in a brief hearing of less than 30 minutes duration and castigated the plaintiffs for procedural irregularities.
Among the procedural irregularities was the failure to serve the lawsuit. The plaintiff’s attorney merely called a few officers of the board on the telephone at 8:00 am the day before the hearing.
Receivership, which is normally requested by an organization’s creditors, not its member-elected delegates, hands over all of the foundation’s assets, including all five station radio licenses, title to all owned real estate, and all of the money in any the station bank accounts, to an independent party appointed by the court. The receiver maintains possession of all assets until discharged by the court, The receiver makes all financial and operational decisions during the period of receivership and may shed assets and discharge workers to attain profitability. With the permission of the overseeing judge, a receiver can act to liquidate an organization and can also petition to terminate or not renew collective bargaining agreements.
The three KPFA local station board members did not inform the KPFA local station board of their actions, and one of them Andrea Turner, who is a PNB director, did not inform her national board colleagues. Their bizarre actions happened as other members of their faction send pleading emails to members to sign a petition for a bylaws referendum, which would no longer be possible under receivership, as members would lose their voting rights for the duration of the receivership.
While the “emergency request” was formally and finally denied, the full lawsuit will continue wending its way through the court system, with Pacifica members like you footing the bill.
Pacifica members upset at the actions by delegates to take away the Foundation from its members can email the KPFA local station board at email@example.com.
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Thx to Tracy Rosenberg, not least for publishing so swiftly. Respect.
A Pacifica pre-emptory 2hr broadcast, ‘The Battle for Community Radio’, went out this evening on WPFW & WBAI, alerting The Faithful to the dastardly deed perpetrated on the West Coast, hosted by John Riley & Mimimi ‘you think Third Worldism died in 1976? Racist!’ Rosenberg:
• with Arthur Schwartz (Pacifica lawyer, 9:12), Ralph Engelman (Pacifica historian, 17:29), Tracy ‘yes, the other one, &, no, not related to Ethel & Julius’ Rosenberg (21:54) – and the talent just keeps coming, rising to a crescendo with DeWayne ‘I put the chip into cookies’ DeLark (Pacifica Vice-Chair, KPFT listener-delegate, & NAAAAAACP junior chapter president when a three-year-old, 49:16), all on today’s court case
• with Tracy ‘yes, the other one’ Rosenberg (6:27), Grace ‘hallow’d be Thy name’ Aaaaron (in her last days as both director & KPFK listener-delegate, 11:24), Michael Novick (KPFK listener-delegate, 19:27), Ron Pinchback (director & WPFW staff-delegate, 38:12), Akua Holt (producer of KPFT’s pan-Africanist programme (not known to be on Lynden Foley’s iPod), 44:02), & Lawrence Reyes (director & KPFK listener-delegate, 53:21), all on the
Golden Dawn New Order New Day new constitution by-laws petition
One can only enjoy.
[UPDATE: John Riley, WBAI stalwart, made this video of the 2hr broadcast . . . although I think you’ll agree that some of the visuals are a lil scary . . .
What you doing the Saturday before Christmas? Got something to get off your chest?
. . . “Address: Info for how to join by Zoom will be posted on the agenda page for this meeting on KPFTX.org the week before.” Thx, Carol . . . https://kpftx.org/pacalendar/cal_show1.php?eventdate=20201219
. . . “Public Comments”, even “PNB and LSB Updates” – interesting, as Chris ‘I may only play the triangle, but I’m still a musician’ Cory would say . . . https://kpftx.org/archives/pnb/kpfa/201219/kpfa201219_6882_agenda.txt
The world & her wife can make their views known, via Zoom, during the mandatory minimum 30mins public comment at this KPFA LSB meeting, 1100PT Sa19Dec, when the 2021 LSB officers will also be elected.
“Each meeting shall include a public comment period of not less than thirty (30) minutes.” https://pacifica.org/indexed_bylaws/art7sec6.html (Art. 7, Sec. 6C)
PacificaWatch, during the last KPFA LSB meeting, Sa21Nov, via a linked quote in the Zoom chat, reminded the delegates that, per the by-laws, they couldn’t do the elections at their usual every-other-month meeting, so in Jan. (Yes, maximising participation, & increasing the opportunity to hold decision-makers to account, are anathema to the KPFA station chauvinists. Moreover, the public are just a nuisance, wreckers.) Chair Christina ‘Nurse Ratched’ flatly denied the prompt; after she’d been reassured by lackies that the linked quote was correct, ‘Nurse Ratched’ carried on being ‘Nurse Ratched’, so not as much as an apology to the humble attendee. Manners not maketh ‘Nurse Ratched’, only unbridled power.
“Each Local Station Board shall elect a Chair, a Vice-Chair, a Recording Secretary, and a Treasurer, who shall be elected annually at the December meeting of the LSB for a term of one year using the Instant Runoff Voting method.” https://pacifica.org/indexed_bylaws/art7sec5.html
[Not Edward Hopper, Office in a Small City, 1953; he was 71]