10mths into the job, ED Steph doesn’t know who’s in charge of Pacifica’s social media – obviously no-one, meaning it’s her. And Steph effectively says it’s not her job to ensure there’s national fundraising – it’s up to the GM’s. Th17Nov2022 PNB [a placeholder post]

[The Pacifica info gatekeepers were tardy posting the Th10Nov PNB audio recording, likewise now with the 17Nov – https://kpftx.org/archive.php. So here’s a revealing portion of that meet. When g-d gives a minion strength, PacificaWatch will replace this placeholder with a proper post. UPDATE, Sa26Nov: even after eight days there’s nothing.

[UPDATE: on another topic, KPFA. Three regressive developments:

• the Chair of the KPFA Local Station Board has violated a Pacifica by-law by not calling a public meeting of that paragon of civility & cordiality, decency & bliss. It last met on Sa17Sep, & it’s now too late to have a November properly noticed public meeting. This violates the requirement that “[e]ach LSB shall meet as often as required to accomplish it [sic] duties, but not less than every other month” – https://pacifica.org/indexed_bylaws/art7sec6.html (stated in full);

• the LSB had met Sa29Oct, in a closed session, probably in the Ritual Chamber of the Berkeley Masonic lodge, but that was to go thru the motions so the breaker majority could garrote Ms Elizabeth Milos, a listener-delegate who just happens to be an anti-breaker – https://kpftx.org/pacalendar/cal_show1.php?eventdate=20221029. Her passing has not been acknowledged in the list of delegates, except by the presence of absence: https://kpftx.org/pnbmem/public_cm_list.php?id=25&yr=2022&eventdate=20220917 & https://kpfa.org/about/kpfa-local-station-board/, different lists, but Ms Milos & another listener-delegate, Ms Adisa Armand, were replaced by Ms Donna Carter & Mr Carlos Kohan. No doubt, pillars of the community, righteous too; &

KPFA also doesn’t have a functioning CAB, the Community Advisory Board. According to the station website, the last time it met was over 3yrs ago, 23Nov2019 (sic) – https://kpfa.org/station-announcements/community-advisory-board/. The only notice of it meeting this year was for Sa16Apr, but this provided no joining details, & there’s no evidence that Berkeley had a happening – https://kpftx.org/archive.php. As the world knows, not having a CAB disqualifies a station’s application to join the CPB Radio Community Service Grant programme – and joining is the stage each Pacifica station is at, having last received money from that source more than 10yrs ago (sic), in Oct2012; grant totals are at https://pacifica.org/finance/audit_2013.pdf (pages 4 & 20; pages 6 & 23 of the PDF). As ED Steph would no doubt say, ‘moi? Nothing to do with me, that’s a station matter. I’m just the executive director, the ED of the company’.]


The ED ‘report’, with a few directors sleepwalkers asking perfunctory questions (17mins; 23MB): https://mega.nz/file/FEUy1DxL#qpy-w1IK0HX_i0je6Ufx5sbAwM-_JYUccbUH-Gd7rQ0.

Obviously no-one asked why, having been 10mths in the job, she hasn’t presented to the Board a costed operational plan for Pacifica – with the director then asking, reflexively, why none of them has presented a motion requiring the ED to devise & present a range of costed operational plans, plans derived from costed scenarios of Pacifica’s future scaled over one, three & five years, scenarios that would have to be devised by the ED coz there hasn’t been even one director during the last half decade who’s shown either the interest or aptitude.

Unsaid questions immediately followed by a motion requiring all that conceptual & imaginative work to be done by the ED. An attempt to give the ED’s work direction, future-oriented direction, breaking with the running-to-stay-still, the perpetual firefighting, the immersion in the groundhog present. An attempt at being proactive, rather than reactive. An attempt at engineering change, rather than being transfixed in stasis. The effort of leading, rather than the effort of just being busy.

But that would require Pacifica having, at a minimum, a director who knows what’s required of a director. A director who can then convince their colleagues to change the culture of the organisation, namely, its habitual way of working. A director who especially has some idea of how to best use the talents & expertise of an ED, a director determined to ensure that the polity of fiefdoms is replaced by a chain of command: PNB policy ⭢ ED programmes of work ⭢ GM implementation. A director able to motivate a national board to pursue what needs to be done to turn around a failing $11m annual turnover public charity that has been declining for at least 15yrs & has now hit the buffers with not enough cash coming in to pay current creditors, let alone past-due balances.

Instead, an assemblage of sleepwalkers. Inferior even to the zombies of Night of the Living Dead – who at least acted with common purpose.



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