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The KPFA Station Board reaffirms its support of Draft B

From: Susan DeSilva
Date: Fri Jun 6, 2003 10:09 am
Subject: correction re count for vote taken by KPFA

In last night's meeting I couldn't remember exactly how many people on my LAB voted for the resolution in support of version B. I knew how many voted against, but I got the YES vote count wrong because I forgot who wasn't there.

This meeting took place on 5/14/03. Below is the resolution and the vote count. We had passed something similar at the previous meeting also.


The KPFA Station Board reaffirms its endorsement of Draft B of the bylaws because it offers strong measures to assure diversity, and we urge the iPNB and other station boards to endorse the draft as well. All the elements of Draft B were previously accepted by the iPNB by straw polls and it does not raise the legal issues associated with other draft versions of the bylaws. Accordingly, Draft B could be approved by the iPNB and the station boards without requiring further delay in order for it to be reviewed by attorneys.

Draft B incorporates proportional representation voting which was shown in previous KPFA LAB elections to present an effective remedy for under-representation, provided that a good candidate pool is available.

We support the Committees of Inclusion (COIs) that are authorized in Draft B to set and monitor diversity goals at each station. But we emphatically reject investing the COIs with powers that would permit them to overrule local station boards or management, and we also oppose allowing the COIs to add seats to the station boards. These powers would transform the COIs into elite governing structures above and beyond review by the elected board. Such powers undermine the principle of listener representation at the stations and the foundation, a principle that all five station boards, the iPNB and listener-sponsors labored long and hard to establish in the bylaws.

Voting Yes for the above resolution: 11

Voting No for the above resolution: 2

Abstaining: 1

Not present for the vote: 5

(Our board is now 19 people. We have had 3 resignations from the LAB and have twice voted not to replace people who resign because our terms have already expired and been extended. The people who have resigned are Dave Landau, Diane Solomon and Joe Wanzala.)

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