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Thanks! Election Results are in and we did great!

The election results for all Pacifica stations were announced and certified by the Pacifica National Election Supervisor, and the Move KPFT Forward candidates did great. Thanks so much for your support and vote of confidence!

The results are at elections.pacifica.org/wordpress/2018-pacifica-election-results

The final NES report and appendices to it are at elections.pacifica.org/wordpress/ with some of the appendices having separate links there.

We have an LSB meeting tonight (Mar. 20) to seat the new people and conduct other business. I’ll provide more updates after that when we can get a bit of time.

Update from NES – Mar. 5 – Quorum Achieved, Results to be certified by Mar. 20

Subject: *Congratulations! We have met Quorum for All Elections – Preliminary Stats
Date: Tue, 5 Mar 2019 21:14:24 -0800
From: Renee A Penaloza <nes@pacifica.org>

Hello!
Thank you all for pushing these last days. It helped us meet quorum.
Election results will be certified no later than March 20th, as early as March 15th.
I wanted to share the following descriptive comparison between 20016 and 2018 election cycles. 
In the final report I will run some statistical tests to confirm whether the differences between the year are significantly different or not.
For the moment – these are just for observation and not to be taken as final.
I purposefully have not included the actual numerator and denominators. This is because I have yet to certify the results.

ELECTION SEGMENT20182016
KPFA L14%15%
KPFA S52%38%
KPFK L11%14%
KPFK S42%33%
KPFT L17%15%
KPFT S46%36%
WBAI L14%14%
WBAI S47%36%
WPFW S43%31%

As you can see, we did much better in all Staff elections, again without testing this we cannot say for sure – but – I think that the result will be a significant increase in Staff voter participation at every station. For the listener election – we have a mixed bag. Again – hard to tell if these differences are significant.

Renee A Penaloza
2018 National Election Supervisor
Pacifica Foundation
nes@pacifica.org

NES Answers to Questions about our Elections

Renee Asteria Penaloza, Pacifica’s National Election Supervisor, asked the Pacifica National Board to submit questions so she could answer them for all Pacifica members.

Her responses to questions are at elections.pacifica.org/wordpress/nes-responses-2018-election
That web page will be updated as she receives more questions, so check back there periodically.

In the meantime, if you did not get a ballot or can’t find yours, be sure to fill out a ballot request form as soon as possible, as it may take a week or more for our NES to verify your membership, before you get online voting information by e-mail. Here’s where to go: elections.pacifica.org/wordpress/ballot-requests

Feb. 14 – News from NES – Key Election Rules, Ballot Request Procedures & Key Dates

Here’s the latest update from Pacifica’s National Election Supervisor, sent to the Pacifica National Board, and all General Managers on Feb. 14, 2019.

Subject: *Key Election Rules, Ballot Request Procedures & Key Dates
Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2019 11:47:49 -0800
From: Renee A Penaloza <nes@pacifica.org>

Hello!
In this email you will find Key Election Rules, Ballot Request Procedures & Key Dates.
Please circulate to your supporters. Please emphasize that if they have submitted a Ballot Request form they will get a ballot. Do Not Resubmit. However, a few people I have noticed submitted a ballot request form without indicating that they request a paper ballot – only indicating that they have not received a ballot. When receiving the e-ballot they are angry and state they want a paper ballot. I have no way of knowing that they want a paper ballot if they do not select the paper ballot option. Please emphasize this.
Key Election Rules

1) No Listener Candidate may access the station’s resources outside of organized campaign activities.You are prohibited to participate in fund-drive activities. You may only access the station by invitation via the Election Supervisor. Do not call in to the station seeking to get on air or to talk to fund drive volunteers.
2) Staff members may not participate in the Listener election in anyway shape or formFor obvious reasons, staff members are prohibited in participating in the listener election outside of election activities supervised by the Election Supervisor.
Ballot Request ProceduresA simple email to the LES or NES is insufficient to maintain records of each request. If you are having trouble filling out the form then let me know.
1) All Ballot Requests must submit a BALLOT REQUEST FORM https://goo.gl/forms/BvfLLCrl4DnnB0pD3If you have already submitted the form – DO NOT resubmit. Please be patient and wait for your ballot.
2) If you have not submitted a ballot request form and want a paper ballot PLEASE NOTE PAPER BALLOTS WILL BE ISSUED ONLY THROUGH FEB 18th, 2019, after this only email ballots will be available.As long as you file your paper ballot request using the Ballot Request Form by Feb 18th (3PM EST), you will receive a paper ballot. If you have already submitted a request using the form DO NOT RESUBMIT. Please be patience and wait for your ballot.
3) Please search your email for vote@simplyvoting.com and add this email to your safe list.Key Dates

1) Paper ballot requests – file Ballot Request Form by 3 PM EST on Feb 18th, 2019. Do not resubmit. 2) March 5th, All Ballots must be received by 11:59 PM in order to be counted.
Renee A Penaloza2018 National Election SupervisorPacifica Foundationnes@pacifica.org
Can’t Decide who to vote for? Visit http://elections.pacifica.org for candidate statements, audio recordings and video debates.
Can’t find your ballot? Please search for vote@simplyvoting.com. Email reminders are sent with the ballot weekly on Wednesdays. Subject will start with “2018 Pacifica Station Elections”
For ALL Ballot RequestsCLICK HERE FOR THE BALLOT REQUEST FORM https://goo.gl/forms/BvfLLCrl4DnnB0pD3PLEASE NOTE PAPER BALLOTS WILL BE ISSUED ONLY THROUGH FEB 18th, 2019A simple email to the LES or NES is insufficient to maintain records of each request. If you are having trouble filling out the form then let me know.

Why is there so much conflict on our boards?

Pacifica supporters who have not been on a Local Station Board, including KPFT members, sometimes ask why is there so much conflict between board members. There are multiple reasons, including distrust generated by a few board members through some rather un-Pacifica tactics. But I think the basic conflicts are between two groups:

  1. Those who feel we just need to express progressive political positions and have programs that espouse those as strongly as possible
  2. Those who feel that’s not enough – that if we are to fulfill the Pacifica mission, we must not only have ideas that other stations won’t let you hear, but we must also increase listenership and revenue so we’ll have more people hearing our programming and providing enough money to pay our bills and stay on the air.

I’m part of the second group above. We all appreciate programs at KPFT and other Pacifica stations that stand up for those who our society casts aside and who have been exploited and oppressed. We all have sympathy for such people and causes. Some of those programs have been very good. But others, despite covering topics that appeal to many of us, have had various problems that have resulted in few listeners and almost no support.

It’s not enough to have politically-correct programs. Ones that have listeners and which are fulfilling important parts of our mission are important to keep. But some programs that generate neither significant number of listeners nor financial support should either be improved so more people will listen and support them, or they should be replaced with better programs. Or at a minimum, board members and others should help their favorite programmers who are struggling to produce better shows, and help to promote them more effectively.

We’ve even had some board members who have created an artificial conflict, saying such things as KPFT should not have music programs. They ignore that about 2/3 of our revenue comes from those shows, and that many musicians are victims of the corporate media just as many political activists are. Many musicians, like many people with non-mainstream political positions, can’t get on the air at other stations, but KPFT listeners appreciate getting to hear a variety of types of programming, and they support them.

Moreover, we’ve had LSB members at KPFT and other Pacifica stations who have wanted to give preference to friends of theirs, over more qualified people, when deciding who should be a permanent General Manager or Program Director.

We should not just strive to be politically correct according to some LSB members, and keep other potential (and better) shows from having air time, just so friends of LSB members can get or keep shows or get management (or other) jobs at our stations. Board members who insist on protecting programs to which hardly anyone listens, are not only keeping us from fulfilling our mission, but are also one of the main causes of Pacifica’s continuing deficits and critical financial situation.

When I was interim Executive Director of Pacifica in 2017, we made a few changes in both personnel and programming to help stabilize things financially. KPFT was able to pay all its bills (including our share of Pacifica national expenses) after that, and some of the other stations started doing better. But we need to do more, across all Pacifica stations. We can’t have more staff than we can pay for at some stations. We need better outreach to get more listeners. We can’t continue to keep very low-performing shows on the air just because they are hosted by friends of LSB members, when there are plenty of good shows available that would attract more listeners to better fulfill the Pacifica mission and help to raise funds that are critically needed to pay off debt. We need to not just barely survive, but to thrive, if the Pacifica mission is to mean anything!

So perhaps the most important conflict among board members is whether we’re just going to protect programs hosted by friends and have a program schedule that appeals to only a small number of people, or whether we’re going to make sure we have more quality programs that both (1) listeners can’t hear anywhere else, and also (2) listeners will support with their donations. In my opinions, doing only the first is NOT enough. Not all shows need to bring in lots of donations, but collectively our program schedule must attract more listeners and more dollars. KPFT already has a lot of good programs and I don’t want to replace them. But we also have a few that consistently do poorly.

In addition, we have had too many cases in Pacifica of General Managers or Program Directors doing the opposite – replacing shows that were doing OK, with ones produced by friends of theirs or of board members. Sometimes the new shows have done all right, but some have done much worse than the original show and result in significant loss of listeners and donations. Unfortunately, this has sometimes persisted for years (especially at some other Pacifica stations), and has caused those stations to run continuing deficits, causing our debt to become very critical. This has to change if we are to survive!

See rethinkingpacifica.org for more about this and why we also need reform of the Pacifica Bylaws to help ensure we get better boards. But in the meantime, please vote for all the candidates on this web site, all of whom are endorsed by Move KPFT Forward. They want to improve KPFT, reduce cronyism in Pacifica, keep our good programs and get more, and improve our finances to Pacifica can pay off its debt and become more influential.

Let’s help to Move KPFT Forward!

Bill Crosier

Tough times, a vision, and hope

I’m Bill Crosier. I’m going to share something that’s very personal, important, and special to me. I don’t just want to help KPFT and Pacifica, although that’s certainly important. I want to change the world, to help people learn that violence is not the way to solve conflicts – and more. But we need a better and bigger Pacifica, and KPFT and other stations, to do that. Read on to see why we MUST learn to work together, and fix the problems we have in Pacifica – and about why there’s hope.

About two years ago, the Pacifica National Board named me as Pacifica’s interim Executive Director. My friends know that I did not ask for this job, but was asked me to take it on because I was one of the Board members who had been so outspoken about how our worsening finances were threatening our very survival and the Pacifica mission. So I said yes, that I would do whatever I could to help Pacifica.

I served as interim ED for almost a year, did not accept a salary, did not want that as a permanent position, and asked that a search for a professional Executive Director should be started as soon as possible. That was done, and we now have someone who I think will be an excellent ED – Maxie Jackson III. But his success depends largely on whether our boards will work with him and other management to improve operations, and support making changes to move Pacifica and all of our stations forward.

Pacifica is facing some very tough times, and I want to be frank. There is no way our new ED can fix our problems by himself. I made some changes when I was iED to help stabilize our finances some, but much more is needed. Pacifica has serious financial difficulties, late audits, and more. We even received warning letters from California’s Registry of Charitable Trusts about probable loss of our tax exemption if we don’t get caught up with our late audits very soon. Steps have been taken to get caught up, but it takes time. Loss of our tax exemption could even threaten our licenses. It’s very serious.

Pacifica also has serious governance issues – dysfunctional Local Station Boards, other committees, and the National Board. I know, I’ve been there, and I’m still part of this. We have a lot of very dedicated and well-meaning people. But it’s still not working. I hope you’ll read more details on this, and fill out a short survey about our governance problems, at RethinkingPacifica.org.

We’re going to need help – from all of you. You already are doing a lot, but we all need to do more, including trying to put aside some of our internal fighting and struggles to save time and energy for our real adversaries – the mainstream commercial broadcasters and fake news distributors and purveyors of hate and intolerance, who care more about making money for themselves, and who helped make the White House a center of intolerance, xenophobia, misogyny, scapegoating, and attacks on the Constitution. We need to focus on the future of Pacifica, which is indeed rather scary – almost as scary as the future of our country. But to save our stations (and yes I do want to save all of them), we have to remember the big things – our survival – and there might have to be some changes needed to help get more listeners and donations. But of course we need to preserve the Pacifica mission – what I think is the absolute highest priority. 

Hope

However, there is much good news. While I was iED, I received many phone calls and e-mails from people across Pacifica who care so much about this precious gift that we all have – this beacon of hope and justice, this essential element for a functioning democracy, this incredible network started over a half century ago.

What our members care so much about is not just that we have a bunch of radio stations on the air, or that we have programming they can’t hear anywhere else, or even that we have this diversity of independent voices and music and ideas (which could always be better) that makes us so unique. Those things are important, but I don’t think that’s what makes people care so much about Pacifica and our stations, and I’ll bet it’s not what makes you and me, deep down inside, so passionate about making sure that Pacifica not only survives, but grows and expands and reaches more and more listeners.

I think maybe the reason they care so much about our precious Pacifica is that it gives them hope – Hope that we can really contribute to a lasting understanding between nations, and between the people of all nations, races, creeds, and colors. Sound familiar? It’s in the Pacifica mission.

Vision

But there’s more. Pacifica gives us hope that there’s another world out there, a future world, and that there’s a way to create it. It’s a world where we’ve been able to get past hatred, intolerance, hurt, and emphasis on violence and war to solve conflicts. Pacifica gives us hope for a world where people understand what’s happening (and why) to our planet’s environment and its finite resources, and who work to preserve it for future generations. Pacifica gives us hope that we can move forward, not backwards, in our evolution towards a new way of living together, with mutual respect even if we disagree. It’s a world of justice, where we will not tolerate the exploitation of each other nor of our planet — by those with more power over the powerless. Pacifica gives us hope that we can create that world.

I want that world. It’s going to take work to get there, and it won’t be easy. Perhaps it’s the dream many of us have but which we don’t talk about. It’s why I care so much about Pacifica. Frankly, I don’t think we can get to that world without Pacifica.

But Pacifica needs you to help us reach that better world, together.

So when we say we need you to help with outreach and fundraising to get more listeners, members, and donations, please remember this very important point. It’s not really about just talking with your friends, creating and distributing flyers, telling everyone about your favorite shows on social media, and asking your friends to donate. Yes, those are all essential. 

It’s about so much more than that. It’s about creating and getting to that better world. It’s out there. WE can do it, together, with Pacifica.

I know there’s been a lot of factionalism and infighting and even bullying, harassment, and slander on our Local Station Board, We need to stop this and agree to disagree about minor points, so we can work together on the big issues – the vision for a better world that I’m talking about here – which I hope can be a vision for all of us.

Thank you so much for what you have been doing, and what we will continue to do, to reach that world.

Thanks, and peace,
Bill Crosier