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VOTE YES on the KPFA recall: Tracy Rosenberg's real record
by SaveKPFA
Monday Jun 18th, 2012 10:14 PM
FACT CHECK: Tracy Rosenberg’s real record. As the date of Pacifica treasurer Tracy Rosenberg‘s recall nears, her defenders are hailing her purported financial acumen and leadership at the nonprofit she heads, Media Alliance. So, how’s it actually doing?
SaveKPFA charted the financial data Media Alliance reports on the publicly-available IRS form 990. The numbers begin in 2006, the year before Tracy Rosenberg took over the once-vibrant media organization. Since then, revenues at Media Alliance have dropped by a whopping 76%, and the amount of cash in the organization’s bank account has dropped to just over $21,000 — suggesting Rosenberg’s spent down 83% of the organization’s cash.

The back story: Media Alliance was for many years a strong progressive institution in the San Francisco Bay Area — supporting freelance journalists with a health care plan (since discontinued), running regular skill trainings for media workers (there are none currently posted on its website), and helping to organize public FCC hearings on the effects of de-regulation and consolidation (none lately). Today, pretty much all that’s left is an electronic newsletter sent out by Rosenberg.

SEE THE EVIDENCE at http://www.savekpfa.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Media-Alliance-Under-Rosenberg.jpg

MORE on the recall here: http://www.savekpfa.org/faqrecall
by We Love Tracy Rosenberg
Tuesday Jun 19th, 2012 2:43 AM
This constant posting of the same garbage on this website is further proof that this expensive recall of an outstanding Local and National Board member, Tracy Rosenberg, who has done nothing wrong, is a government operation. It is the SaveKPFA aka Hate Pacifica Gang, that has bled KPFA dry, endangering the existence of the entire Pacifica network. Even if they lose on the recall, they will have succeeded in costing KPFA $20-$45,000 of listener subscriber money, which is their primary goal as they are determined to destroy a voice of the Left. That is why the Anti-Recall candidates in the Local Station Board elections in October must also promise to repeal all recall provisions in the bylaws. For more information, see:
http://www.stopthekpfarecall.org/
Please be sure to watch the video at
http://www.stopthekpfarecall.org/?p=709
Please be sure to watch Anthony Fest on Part 2, starting at 40 minutes. He explains how SaveKPFA's leaflet distributed at the forum states how the Hate Pacifica Gang will have 4 out of 4 KPFA seats on the National Board, instead of the current 3 out of 4, making it possible to fire Arlene Englehardt, the Executive Director who saved KPFA and Pacifica by ending the costly Morning Show, moving Democracy Now to 7 a.m., allowing Al Jazeera at 6 a.m. on KPFA, and starting a new program at 8 a.m. now called the Morning Mix.
Here are the endorsers of Stop The Recall. Please join this honor roll in voting NO on the recall as soon as you receive the ballot and mail it immediately.
http://www.stopthekpfarecall.org/?page_id=25
Shahram Aghamir – Co-Producer, Voices of the Middle East and North Africa.

Nick Alexander - longtime reporter, producer; member of API (Asian Pacific Islander) Specials radio collective.

Teresa J. Allen – Current KPFT Houston Local Station Board, Pacifica National Board member both current and from 2002-2005.

Joseph Anderson - KPFA Listener.

Austin Airwaves – Jim Ellinger, Austin, TX.

David Barsamian – Founder, director, host, Alternative Radio. His latest books are How the World Works and What We Say Goes (both with Noam Chomsky) and Targeting Iran. David’s interviews and articles appear in The Progressive, Z and other publications.

Jean E. Brechan – KPFA (and Pacifica) Listener

Khalil Bendib - political cartoonist and co-host of Voices of the Middle East and North Africa.

Mary Berg – Producer & Host, A Musical Offering, former Secretary of the PNB and KPFA LSB, and member of the Program Council, among many other things.

Rivian Berlin - former producer Women’s Magazine, Listener.

Dennis Bernstein – Executive Producer of Flashpoints.

Max J. Blanchet – Former KPFA Local Advisory Board (LAB) and Local Station Board (LSB) Member.

Jeff Blankfort - co-founder of the original SaveKPFA in 1993 and of Take Back KPFA in 1995.

Gail Blasie - former KPFA LSB member.

Bonnie Bone – Early Morning Music Host, programmer, engineer.

Joseph Bolden – Poor News Network, Morning Mix.

Daniel Borgstrom – KPFA Listener, blogger at Daniel’s Free Speech Zone.

Tanya Brannan - KPFA Listener.

Gray Brechin - University of California Geographer.

Eric Brooks – Environmental, social justice, consumer, and global justice movement activist since 1985; currently Sustainability Chair – San Francisco Green Party.

Carol Brouillet – Community Currency.org, and Co-Founder, International Media Project.

Virginia Browning – KPFA Listener.

Donna Carter - KPFA Listener.

Linda Champagne – KPFA Listener.

Richard Clifford – KPFA Listener.

Coalition for a democratic Pacifica

George Coates – Producer, Twit Wit Radio.

Mitchel Cohen – Chair, WBAI Local Station Board, Brooklyn Greens.

Michael Costello – North Bay for KPFA Folio in Exile 2000.

Vicente R. Cruz II – Oakland Green Party Outreach Committee.

Gavin Dahl – KPFA Listener/supporter, Board Member community radio advocate and activist engineering outfit Common Frequency, News Director of Pacifica Affiliate Station KYRS in Spokane.

Susan da Silva - Former Chair KPFA LSB.

Justine Daniel - Social Justice Center of Marin.

Todd Davies – KPFA listener.

Afrikahn Jamal Dayvs - Ear Thyme.

Lisa Dettmer – Women’s Magazine KPFA.

Barbara and Barry Deutsch – KPFA/Pacifica subscribers since 1963.

Ivar Diehl – KPFA Listener, Occupier, Business Owner.

Ariel Dougherty - KPFA Listener.

Neil Dunaetz - KPFA Listener.

Laurie Edwards – KPFA Listener, Educator.

Bob English – Pacfica/KPFA Listener from the ’60s, active in the Coalition for a democratic Pacifica (CdP), Peoples’ Radio, KPFA Election Committee. UFW San Francisco Support Committee, SEIU 790 elected chapter rep/negotiation team, Public Employees for a Democratic Union 2006.

Carolyn Epple - Retired Professor, Sonoma State University.

Joseph Estrada - Full Circle.

Shawn Ewald - Co-Founder A-Infos Radio Project; one of the early activists in the original Free Pacifica movement in the ’90s.

Bonnie Faulkner - Producer, Guns & Butter.

Jane Fehlberg – KPFA Listener.

Denise Ferry – KPFA Listener since 1982.

Anthony Fest – Producer, KPFA Weekend News, KPFA Local Station Board Staff Representative.

Vickie M. Fouts – KFCF board member.

Peter Franck – Former President of the Pacifica Foundation (1980-1984).

Ann Garrison - Reporter KPFA Weekend News and Host, producer, WBAI Afrobeat Radio.

James P. Geraghty - Marin Peace and Justice Coalition.

Maria Gilardin - Producer, TUC Radio.

Pam Gill – KPFA Listener.

Steve Gilmartin - KPFA Listener.

Terry Goodman – KPFK Listener/former LSB Member.

Lisa Gray-Garcia – Poor News Network, Morning Mix.

David Greene – First KPFA Elections Coordinator.

Noelle Hanrahan – Producer, Prison Radio.

Michael Hardesty – KPFA Listener

Roger D. Harris – Vice President, Task Force on the Americas.

Carol Harvey – KPFA Listener.

John Harwayne – KPFA Member.

Rose Hauer – KPFA Listener.

Chandra Hauptman – Former KPFA LSB and Pacifica National Board listener-representative.

Dave Heller - KPFA Listener.

Dolores Helman - KPFA Listener.

Jack Heyman – Former Executive Board Member ILWU Local 10, longtime labor activist.

Linda Hewitt – KPFA/Pacifica Listener since 1968; active in Coalition for a democratic Pacifica (CdP) and Peoples’ Radio.

Kane Hoffman – KPFA Listener.

Valerie Hood - KPFA Listener and phone room volunteer.

Mickey Huff – Associate Professor of History at Diablo Valley College, director of Project Censored, Co-Host with Dr. Peter Phillips of the Project Censored Show.

April Hurley – Listener, MD for the uninsured in Santa Rosa.

Mesha Irizarry - Executive Director, Idriss Stelley Foundation to Combat Police Violene, Co-Director, Education Not Incarceration, and Online Admin, Occupy Da’ Hood SF.

Jon Jackson – KPFA Listener.

Cynthia Johnson – KPFA Local Station Board member, Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, Ecumenical Peace Institute.

Xan Joi – Bay Area Codepink.

Kahlil Karn - KPFA listener.

Jena Katz – KPFA Listener, left activist.

Kim Kaufman – KPFK Local Station Board Treasurer, member Pacifica National Finance Committee.

Carolyn Keddy – KPFA Listener.

Dorothy Kidd - Professor, Dept of Media Studies, University of San Francisco, and long-time community radio producer and advocate.

Alice Diane Kisch – KPFA Listener.

Robert Knight – Anchor, Five O’Clock Shadow investigative newsmagazine on WBAI; Correspondent, “The Knight Report” on Flashpoints.

Janet Kobren – KPFA LSB Listener Member, activist around the Occupy movement, Palestine, democratic media, election integrity, environment, housing justice, and other issues.

Monique Koller - KPFA Listener.

Marilyn Langlois - KPFA Listener, Richmond Progressive Alliance Steering Committee, Haiti Action Committee.

David Landau – KPFA Weekend News.

Adrienne Lauby - Host/producer, Pushing Limits, KPFA unpaid staff.

Clay Leander – Unpaid Staff Program Council Representative.

Sandy LeonVest – Editor & Publisher of Solar Times; Radio Host-Producer for the Progressive Radio Network.

Kenya Lewis – Save KUSF volunteer.

Barbara Lubin – Executive Director, Middle East Children’s Alliance; Friends of Free Speech Radio (1999-2001).

Laura MacDougall – KPFA Listener from the South Bay.

Jeff Mackler - Director, Mobilization to Free Mumia abu Jamal; West Coast Coordinator, Lynne Stewart Defense Committee; Member, Administrative Council, UNAC (United National Antiwar Committee).

Neil Maclean – KPFA Listener.

Neal Madnick - KPFA Listener.

Abby Martin – Founder & Editor in Chief of Media Roots.

Signe Mattson – KPFA Listener since 1957, former outreach and frequent phone volunteer.

Cynthia McKinney – Green Party Candidate for President (2008); 6-term member of the US House of Representatives.

Jim McWilliams – KPFA Listener.

Barbara Michel – KPFA Listener since 1972.

Adam David Miller - African-American poet, writer, publisher, and radio programmer and producer.

Jenny Miller – KPFA Listener.

Nicole Milner – KPFA Listener, Coalition for a democratic Pacifica.

Evangeline Mix – KPFA Volunteer receptionist for the past 4 months.

Stephanie K. Miyashiro - KPFA Listener.

Miguel Gavilan Molina - Producer/Host La Onda Bajita; Flashpoints Roving Producer & Producer of Flashpoints En Espanol.

Joy Moore – Full Circle, About Health.

Aimee Murray - KPFA Listener.

Jonathan Nack – Veteran activist and journalist based in Oakland.

Attila Nagy – North Bay for KPFA, Santa Rosa Occupy, former KPFA Local Station Board member.

Marilyn Naparst - Long-time listener.

Henry Norr – Retired journalist, member of the KPFA LSB since 2006, activist around Palestine, torture, ending wars, labor solidarity, and other issues.

Oakland Greens – See statement.

Lucienne O’Keefe – Long-time Listener and supporter.

Robbie Osman - Host, Across the Great Divide.

Michael Parenti – Author & Lecturer.

Jean Pauline - KPFA activist listener since 1959. Bound Together Bookstore
Collective member.

Peace and Freedom Party of Alameda County

Peace and Freedom Party of California

Ed Pearl - Founder/Operator of the Ash Grove in LA, organizer with the “Take Back KPFK” Campaign, served two terms on KPFK’s first elected board.

Gail Penso, RN – KPFA Listener, BFUU, Bach, Earth.

David Peterson - Writer, Chicago.

Richard Phelps – Chair, KPFA LSB 2005-2006.

Peter Phillips - Professor of Sociology at Sonoma State University, former Director of Project Censored, Co-Producer of Project Censored heard Friday mornings on The Morning Mix.

Thomas Plagemann – Save KUSF, Plagemann Design & Building.

Paul Platt – SF Green Party County Council, long-time KPFA listener/supporter.

Stevyn Polk – KUSF in Exile Program Director.

Emmit Powell - Producer & Host The Gospel Experience.

Andrea Prichett – LSB Current Listener Representative, teacher and co-founder of Berkeley Copwatch.

Mary Prophet - Listener, Steering Committee USLAW, member Alameda Co. Central Labor Council, & co-chair California Teachers Assoc, Peace & Justice Caucus.

Fran Rachel - KPFA Listener.

Les Radke – Co-Host Bill Mandel’s Soviet Union Program, Vice President Richmond Federation of Teachers for several years, Member of the Contra Costa Labor Council for several years, Co-Founder of Coalition for a democratic Pacifica, Education Chair of KPFA’s former Education Collective, Member of Californians for Electoral Reform for 10 years, KPFA Local Election Supervisor for 2003, Pacifica National Election Supervisor for 2006 & 2009.

Kate Raphael – Women’s Magazine.

Mary Ratcliff – Listener and San Francisco Bayview Editor.

Willie Ratcliff – Publisher, San Francisco Bayview, Former member for six years of the KPFA Local Advisory Board and Local Station Board.

Malihe Razazan – Co-host & Producer, Voices of the Middle East & North Africa, and Producer of Your Call on KALW.

Aaron Reaven – KPFA Listener.

Mara Rivera – KPFA Listener-supporter since 1962.

Lillith Rogers – KPFA Listener.

Colleeen Rose - Marin Interfaith Task Force on the Americas.

Jamie Ross – Chair of the Pacifica board’s national finance committee before Tracy.

San Francisco Green Party

Jan Santos – KPFA listener, former Pushing Limits collective member.

Marc Sapir, MD, MPH, public sector primary care doc and “Mad as Hell Doctors for Medicare for All” activist.

Oriana Saportas – Community Organizer with ACCE in Oakland, former KPFA Local Election Supervisor (2010).

Michael-David Sasson – Union Steward, CUE-IBT Local 2010 (former president of the Berkeley chapter).

Art Sato – Host, In Your Ear.

Doyle Saylor – KPFA Listener, former host & producer, Pushing Limits.

David Schonbrunn - Transportation Solutions Defense and Education Fund (TRANSDEF).

Wendy Schroell — Pacifica National Board Member 2004-2005, 2007-2009; KPFT Local Station Board 2004-2009.

Sharon M. Scott – President, WRVU Friends & Family.

Shelly Scribner - KPFA Listener.

Nina Serrano – Bookwaves: Open Book; La Raza Chronicles.

John Sheridan – KPFA Listener.

Ruthanne Shpiner – Unpaid staff KPFA Weekend News Reporter.

Keith Harmon Snow – KPFA Listener.

Sally Sommer – Active with KPFA/Pacifica since 1999 with the Coalition for a democratic Pacifica. Served on the KPFA elections committees over the years since then.

Andres Soto – Host/Producer The Morning Mix.

Carol Spooner - Former PNB member (Jan 2002-Jan 2005), former KPFA LSB member (Apr 2000-Apr 2005), former lead plaintiff in the “listeners’ lawsuit to remove the old Pacifica Board (1999-2001).

Alex Steinberg – Pacifica National Board Member and LSB Member from WBAI. (See statement on additional statements page.)

Frank Sterling – Flashpoints; Full Circle.

Rick Sterling – KPFA Listener.

Roger Stoll – Secretary, Marin Interfaith Task Force on the Americas.

Leslie Stovall – The Morning Mix

Irwin Swirnoff – Spokesperson, Save KUSF

B. Emily Sykes – KPFA Listener, Marin Peace and Justice Coalition.

Akio Tanaka – KPFA Local Station Board member.

Kate Tanaka – KPFA Local Station Board member.

Steve Taylor-Ramirez – KPFA Listener.

Richard Uzzell – Former KPFT LSB and Pacifica National Board listener-representative.

JR Valrey – Host/Producer the Morning Mix & Block Report Radio.

Marsha Vas Dupre, Ph.D. - City Councilwoman Santa Rosa, CA.

Mari Villaluna – Poor News Network, Morning Mix.

Tom Vorhees – KPFA Listener, early-on engineering volunteer.

Lindsay Vurek – KPFA Listener.

Joe Wanzala – Former KPFA LSB and Pacifica National Board member.

Elaine Wellin – Sonoma State Univ./Media Freedom Foundation.

Laura Wells - Green Party candidate for the 2010 California Governor’s race.

Dave Welsh - Labor organizer, journalist, musician, letter carrier, S.F. Labor Council delegate. Member of Occupy Oakland, Freedom Song Network, Haiti Action Committee.

Carla West – Flashpoints.

Sue Wilson – Producer, Broadcast Blues.

Candace Wolf – Pacifica listener, storyteller, Washington, DC.

Betsy Wolf-Graves – KPFA Listener.

Gregory Wonderwheel – KPFA Listener.

Stan Woods - former KPFA LSB member, Member Occupy Oakland/Labor Solidarity Committee.

Steve Zeltzer – Labor journalist.
by In the interest of balance
Tuesday Jun 19th, 2012 10:56 AM
KPFA listeners: Look for your recall ballot, then vote YES!



Thanks to a grassroots campaign for local control, Pacifica treasurer and KPFA boardmember Tracy Rosenberg is facing a recall (see FAQ). If you are a KPFA listener-member, watch your mail for a ballot. [UPDATE: Pacifica missed its own deadline of 12/30/11 to mail ballots, provoking this petition and a formal complaint to California's Attorney General. It said in mid-March that it has finally hired an election supervisor, who has said ballots will mail in May.]

When you do get your ballot, VOTE YES on the Rosenberg recall, which is endorsed by: CRAIG ALDERSON, Secretary, KPFA Local Station Board | AILEEN ALFANDARY, News Co-Director | TINA BACHEMIN, KPFA Reporter | DAVID BACON, labor correspondent, former KPFA Morning Show | BOB BALDOCK, KPFA Public Events Producer | LARRY BENSKY, Pacifica National Affairs Correspondent (1987-2007) | MAL BURNSTEIN, KPFA board member and retired civil rights lawyer | PAMELA DRAKE, Oakland activist | BRIAN EDWARDS-TIEKERT, KPFA News | DANA FRANK, Professor of History, UCSC | JON FROMER, singer/songwriter, NABET/CWA Local 51 shop steward | MARY FROMER, Organizing Director, SEIU Local 707, Sonoma County (retired) | DAVID GANS, music programmer, KPFA board member | SHERRY GENDELMAN, attorney, former chair, KPFA board; former chair, Pacifica National Board | CONN HALLINAN, columnist for Foreign Policy In Focus, the Daily Planet, contributor to CounterPunch, former head of UCSC’s journalism program | MATTHEW HALLINAN, Listener Rep, KPFA board | JOHN HAMILTON, KPFA News anchor | JOHN TANGO IVERSON, health activist |RICH JOHNSON, activist | RANSEY KANAAN, KPFA unpaid staff, founder AK Press and PM Press, co-founder San Francisco Anarchist Bookfair | LARRY KELP, KPFA producer and host, Sing Out! | ROSE KETABCHI, Free Speech Radio News | JACK KURZWEIL, Listener Rep, KPFA board | YING LEE, Asian-Americans for Peace and Justice | LAURA LIVOTI, Founder, Justice in Nigeria Now! | SASHA LILLEY, Against the Grain (Shop Steward, CWA Local 9415) | TIM LYNCH, KPFA producer and host, unpaid staff | PHILIP MALDARI, The Sunday Show (Shop Steward, CWA Local 9415) | JOANNA MANQUEROS, Music of the World, unpaid staff | DIANA MARTINEZ, Letters & Politics, unpaid staff | LAURA PRIVES, former Executive Producer of the KPFA Morning Show; Producer, Letters & Politics, KPFA board member, Pacifica National Board member | GLENN REEDER, KPFA News, unpaid staff | LYN HOLLANDER SAVIO, Mario Savio Memorial Lecture & Young Activist Award | DAN SIEGAL, activist and KPFA board member | VANESSA TAIT, KPFA News; co-founder, FSRN | JOHN VAN EYCK, former KPFA board member | KRIS WELCH, Living Room | BARBARA WHIPPERMAN, Treasurer, KPFA Local Station Board | MARGY WILKINSON, Chair, KPFA Local Station Board | RYCHARD WITHERS, KFCF General Manager (titles and organizations for identification only) | and these organizations: ACT UP EAST BAY.
Why Recall Rosenberg?
Pacifica treasurer Tracy Rosenberg has been the principal defender of the current regime at Pacifica, the corporation that owns KPFA. With Rosenberg’s support, that regime has declared war on KPFA’s listeners and workers. It has:

purged KPFA’s biggest fundraiser and most listened-to local program (The Morning Show), causing morning pledges to drop by more than half and putting the station’s fragile finances at risk
conducted illegal, retaliatory layoffs
wasted more than $80,000 of listener money on an anti-union law firm
diverted workers’ retirement contributions for other purposes
slapped gag rules on KPFA’s staff
illegally barred KPFA’s elected representatives from taking their seats on Pacifica’s Board.

by incompetence at Pacifica
Wednesday Jun 20th, 2012 9:44 PM
While KPFA’s fund drive came in a little low, the station’s overall budget remains relatively balanced. Not so with Pacifica, the corporation that owns KPFA as well as KPFK (Los Angeles), WPFW (Washington), WBAI (New York City) and KPFT (Houston).

Pacifica treasurer Tracy Rosenberg told KPFA’s local board on June 2 that Pacifica is demanding $1 million from all member five stations to balance its budget, and that cuts will likely come as staff layoffs. Rosenberg said KPFA would be responsible for a larger part of the cut since its budget is bigger than those of the other four stations.

“Pacifica is in crisis due to its own financial mismanagement,” said one board member. Each station already pays 19.5% of its income to Pacifica for “central services” such as accounting, insurance, and common programming expenses. Pacifica has granted a 50% discount in those fees to WBAI, which has been operating with a huge deficit and an expensive Wall Street lease for years.

Listeners and staff are asking why KPFA and the other stations should continue to foot the bill. At June’s LSB meeting, several local board members questioned why KPFA would be asked to lay off staff to come up with $300,000 for Pacifica. “What is Pacifica doing about looking at ways in which WBAI can seriously cut their costs?” asked board member Sasha Futran, adding: “WBAI is taking the network down, potentially.”

In March, KPFA’s local treasurer and business manager reported serious problems with Pacifica’s taking more of KPFA’s money than it was owed — at that time, up to $154,000.

See the real story at http://www.SaveKPFA.org