Saturday, January 5, 2013

Grace Aaron: Please, please VOTE in the KPFK Local Station Board Election!,

Hi.  It's highly probable that many on this are KPFK listener/subscribers to the station,
and many of you have not voted in this important election.  Grace Aaron is a friend and
co-worker in our struggle to maintain this potentially powerful outlet, clean it up and
elect governors who not only have good 'politics', but have experience in non-profits
and some financial background and probity.  Grace's ballot choices, below, demonstrate
this more fully.  It has to be noted that Grace Aaron literally saved the nework two years
ago in her term as Executive Director.  I also ask those who haven't yet voted to please,
please do so.
 From: grace aaron []
Sent: Friday, January 04, 2013 3:20 PM
Dear Committee to Strengthen KPFK members, candidates, etc.,
The KPFK Local Station Board will probably not reach quorum unless an extraordinary effort is made to get people to mail in their ballots.  The election deadline has already been extended to January 7th.  We are 300 ballots short of reaching quorum!  If the election fails, the current board members will continue to serve.  However, there are a number of good members who are burning out and will probably leave the board or lessen their participation.  This will tilt the majority to the, shall we say, less bright. 
Some of you are programmers.  You don't need to endorse anyone, but it would be a good idea to urge people to vote.  You can do that on the air.  That's not only allowed but demanded by Pacifica Election Policy.  Below is a general email I sent out detailing the situation and giving my preferences. 
In peace,
Grace Aaron

If you are a member of KPFK it's really important that you vote in the KPFK Local Station Board election because the 10% membership quorum HAS NOT YET BEEN REACHED.  If that threshold is not met, the entire election will be invalid, depriving the station of the excellent skills and energy the new candidates offer. 
The election deadline for the KPFK Local Station Board Election has been extended until January 7th. 

If you've lost a ballot or never received one back in November, call or email the"Help Desk" at the Election Services Company to request a replacement ballot.  Toll Free Number:   1(866) 720-4357  or  Email for info.
Drop off your completed ballot on Monday, January 7, 2013 at the KPFK Studios, 11am-8pm. Just ask for Soul Watson!
Or FAX your completed ballot to  (516) 248-4770.  Ballot scan MUST include authenticating PIN for ballot to count.
Mail your ballot via the USPS Express or Priority Mail. Ballot MUST be received by January 8, 2012 for ballot to count.
P.O. BOX 9023
Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
You can contact me if you need further info, Grace Aaron - (310) 286-1011
Here are my KPFK Local Station Board Election Recommendations
I'm happy to say that there are a lot of very good candidates running this year for the 9 open seats on the KPFK Local Station Board!  I'd like to give you my 2 cents.
I endorse the people listed at, especially Kim Kaufman, John De Simio, Roberta Eidman, Lauren Windsor and JB Wagoner.  I'm not familiar with the others on that slate, but trust the judgement of those who chose them. 
If you have the time, I strongly suggest you rank all 35 candidates in the order that you like them (your first choice would be #1) or dislike them (your last choice would be #35).  Those elected will serve for 3 years.  In my experience, some drop out.  Often as many as 1/3.  The vacancies are filled in by the runner ups, so the runner ups are important. 
If you have very little time, please at least choose one person and mail in your ballot!  This election will not be valid unless 10% of the membership votes.  That's a high threshold!  A failed election would be very costly for KPFK.
Let me give you my short takes on some of the candidates.
Kim Kaufman is an extremely diligent board member and deserves to be re-elected.  She has been an excellent Treasurer.  She does the tedious work of analyzing the expenditures and budgets item by item, analyzes the finances and summarizes them for the board.  She really cares about the station.
John De Simio also deserves re-election.  He loves KPFK and has a wealth of historical knowledge about the station.  He is a successful media and publicity professional who adds distinction to the board.
Roberta Eidman is extremely intelligent and responsible.  She has a wealth of experience that will help KPFK.  She is a problem solver with a positive attitude.  She'll be great! 
Lauren Windsor and JB Wagoner are upbeat and energetic and are avidly engaged in social and multi-media.
Other candidates I like:
I highly recommend John Vollbrecht.  I have known John for at least 25 years.  He is close friend of mine.  He has deftly facilitated many meetings, has a very good grasp of Robert's Rules of Order (a big plus) and deals well with fractious people.  He is a life-long progressive and has a deep and broad understanding of important issues.  He won't hobby horse on one issue, but will do what's best for KPFK.  He has told me that he has the time to serve and will be a reliable board member.  He is honest and trustworthy.
I really like Rob Macon.  He's honest, straight-forward and points out the most important issue facing KPFK -- declining listenership.  He has experience in radio and knows that the bottom line is that listenership MUST be increased by improving programming.  He has said this over and over.  He is a KPFK volunteer, has served on committees and has run unsuccessfully several times before.  I am going to vote for him this time and hope you will, too.  Also, he has a sense of humor.  A rare and precious thing!
Francisco Arellano is a teacher.  He is very intelligent and truly cares about our youth.  We need his voice on the LSB. 
John Wenger deserves to be re-elected.  He has faithfully served on the LSB and has been a volunteer for a very long time. 
I also like Jerry Van, Elizabeth England, Mark Hemphill, Paul Hunt, Dave R. Johnson, Jack Levan, Michael Murphy, and Robert Payne.
I hope this helps!  Please feel free to pass this on to others.  If you have any questions, I would be happy to answer them.  The best way to reach me this week is by email as I'm traveling.  I check my email frequently.
Yours in peace,
Grace Aaron
former National Board Chair and Interim Executive Director of the Pacifica Foundation (KPFK's parent nonprofit) in 2009
KPFK LSB Member for 6 years, Pacifica National Board Member 2008 and 2009

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