In December, Pacifica’s Arlene Engelhardt refused to consider mediation of the Morning Show matter, as you can see in this clip (video | audio) of her responses to Mayor Tom Bates’ questions. Many eloquent speakers urged action, such as KPFA’s Brian Edwards-Tiekert (video | audio), but the council could not agree on a resolution. (You can find information about that vote here.) Many other bay area elected officials have also voiced their concern.
In January, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors passed a resolution noting that “KPFA’s Morning Show serves as an important civic forum for the San Francisco Bay Area” and that the staff layoffs are “creating conditions that are undermining the democratic spirit of Pacifica Radio’s unique experiment in listener-supported-employee run radio.”
The Berkeley city council meeting will take place Tuesday, Feb 8 at 7 pm in the Council Chambers, 2134 MLK Jr Way. Thanks for your support!