New Day Pacifica bylaws vote begins June 7 – VOTE YES!

Please VOTE YES in the upcoming 2021 Pacifica bylaws referendum, sponsored by New Day Pacifica. Ballots will go out June 7, 2021 via email and/or mail and deadline to vote is July 7, 2021. If you didn’t get a ballot, request a replacement here.

READ about what’s happening at Pacifica in this article from Zack Kaldveer and Sherry Gendelman in Counterpunch. LISTEN to a recent report broadcast on KPFA News.

KPFA’s Local Station Board (or LSB) VOTED YES on May 15th to support the New Day Pacifica bylaws to bring more accountability to the Pacifica National Board (or PNB). “New Day Pacifica wants governance to help all Pacifica stations to become financially self sustaining by producing engaging, diverse, independent, programming. KPFA with its higher membership, experienced management team and skilled staff have shown that it can be done,” writes listener group KPFA Protectors.

The New Day Pacifica bylaws would require a smaller, more functional national board. Twelve directors would be directly elected by the listeners, the paid and unpaid staff, and the affiliates. These 12 directors would appoint 3 at large directors with broadcasting, financial and management expertise. The Local Station Boards would focus on outreach, community engagement and fund raising.

In addition to KPFA’s LSB majority voting to support the new bylaws, the majority of the members of Houston station KPFT’s LSB present at their last meeting also voted to support the bylaws.

To learn more about current issues at KPFA and Pacifica, please check out these groups:

New Day Pacifica is widely endorsed by listeners and staff, and is proposing new bylaws and a new board structure to save the network from mismanagement and financial disaster.

Pacifica Safety Net, a California non-profit organization formed by Pacifica radio listeners, volunteers and donors to protect the Foundation’s five local stations.

Lawsuit against Pacifica directors for financial malfeasance moves forward

A Superior Court judge in Los Angeles is allowing a lawsuit filed against two leaders of the Pacifica National Board by three people affiliated with the local and national boards of KPFA to go forward. The LA Superior Court judge ruled late last month that the legal action charging malfeasance, negligence and financial mismanagement by Grace Aaron and Alex Steinberg of the Pacifica Foundation national board of directors, can proceed after minor amendments to the complaint. The action has been brought by Andrea Turner, Christina Huggins and Donald Goldmacher, all current or former members of the national or local KPFA advisory board, who say the defendants have the put the radio network in serious financial jeopardy. LISTEN | Larry Buhl reports on the Pacifica Evening News (May 7, 2021)

2020 bylaws vote results

A court-ordered vote to reform Pacifica’s bylaws has failed. Supporters of the proposal sought to change the network’s dysfunctional national governance, which has brought the network close to financial collapse. The official results are here. Reflections from the listener group which proposed the changes are here.