Pacifica National Board Special Meeting Notes
These meeting notes are not official minutes.
Official PNB minutes posted at pacifica.org
These are rough notes. To be refined.
Meeting via teleconfernce
Directors not present: Samuel Kiteka, Julie Rodriguez, William Walker
8:09 pm Eastern time Quorum present. Chair Durlin convenes meeting.
1. Motion by Spooner regarding establishing additional PNB meetings.
Amendment by Spooner to change to 2nd Monday of the month
Spooner amendment as amended PASSES without objection
Some logistics discussion. ED states that increasing number of meetings has an impact on staff. Chair points out that holding regular meetings is easier than all these special meetings.
Discussion. ED difficult weekend for various reasons. Spooner - Shakir had asked for that weekend due to Congressional Black Caucus involvement.
Question called by Spooner - no objection
MOTION to Amend by Roberts to substitute October 1-3
3. Motion by Adelson to fill vacancy on Technology Committee.
4. Motion by Manning to establish special rule for PNB editorial resolutions.
Discussion. Sanders recognizes legitimacy but it could set up us to be paralyzed in passing editorial resolutions, if directors don't attend the meeting. Sonali - would prefer that, instead of the ED writing the copy that board is required to supply specific copy in advance. Spooner wouldn't paralyze, only need 15 directors present. Thinks it would be better if ED DID write the copy. Maldonado concerned the board is not ready to take on editorials - other priorities are more important. Manning - the motion is intended to insure that the board takes the making of editorial resolutions seriously.
MOTION to amend by Olusagun shall in "be in written draft form and" before "require a 2/3 approval"
Discussion. Roberts is against the higher 2/3 threshold. ED - relatively infrequent editorials shouldn't be a problem workload wise. Randwawa - this standard is unprecedented - blocks the mission against self sufficiency, simple majority is sufficient
Point of order by Manning that discussion is straying from the amendment.
Questioned Called by Adelson - no objection.
Vote on the amendment
Amendment PASSES 13 yes, 2 no
Vote on main motion
Adelson - y
FAILS 8 yes, 8 no [requires 2/3 vote]
ED- Is discussing Haiti editorial with the general managers and is working on copy.
6. Discussion of A Policy to Implement Public Notice Requirements for PNB Meetings
Some discussion. ED and secretary will conference on this
MOTION to table by Spooner - no objection
MOTION by Laforest to extend FSRN ballot deadline to Weds, July 21
PASSES 15 yes, 2 no
Discussion about involvement of the 3 directors. ED - we may want to discuss this in executive session. Next meeting with FSRN is tentatively schedule for July 20th by conference call. Discussion regarding the nature of the negotiating group activities. ED goals with FSRN or any programming being considered: 1) fulfills mission; 2) build public profile; 3) generate revenues/self supporting; 4) stimulates regional, local, international debate.
Point of order by Manning that July 23 meeting needs to be a special meeting because there isn't 30 days notice time as required for a regular meeting.
MOTION by Roberts that the PNB authorize the chair to get estimates from not less than 3 potential mediators for up to 12 hours work at WBAI and report back to the PNB at the July 26th meeting.
MOTION to amend by Laforest to remove 12 hour limit and that mediators from NYC have first consideration.
Randhawa - supports conferencing with the NYC directors to get a sense of the situation.
MOTION to amend by Shields that at the end of 12 hours there is an assessment of the situation and report back to the PNB by the mediator. - not seconded
Discussion on how to proceed. Spooner who will pay - national or local? Need to talk to local directors/delegates before deciding what to do.
Orders of the day by Manning - Chair will end discussion with a few more speakers. ED - 3 different areas to which issues should be identified: governance (referred to PNB); operations (referred to Management); and worker issues. Suggests using the board/relations committee to work on some of this.
Point of order by Adelson that orders of the day were called
MOTION by Schorell to extend item by 10 minutes - no objection
Discussion continues. Suggested that directors need to know more about the situation at WBAI. Manning states that the WBAI LSB is being deliberately and systematically blocked from carrying out his duties.
Vote on Roberts motion:
PASSES 15 yes, 2 no
10:07pm: PNB recesses meeting for 5 minutes without objection. Meeting to be resumed in executive session.
9. Executive session to discuss legal and personnel matters. Minutes for executive session are kept separately and are confidential.
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