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San Francisco Supervisors Vote Unanimously to Support SF Liberation Radio 93.7FM
by sflr at mail dot com
Tuesday Aug 19th, 2003 5:49 PM
San Francisco Supervisors Vote Unanimously to Support SF Liberation Radio 93.7FM!
San Francisco Supervisors Vote Unanimously to Support SF Liberation Radio 93.7FM!

After a couple of false starts, the eight Supervisors present voted aye to not only support SFLR in its history and endeavor but also to condemn the FCC and Congress’ attempts to further deregulate the corporate media. Supervisor Ma spoke first elucidating her position that the Supes should not meddle in federal affairs and that was the reason for her only no vote in the City Services Committee. Supe McGoldrick voiced a hope that the resolution could pass unanimously and while Dufty and Ammiano gave statements, first McGoldrick and then Dufty spoke quietly to Ma and by the roll call, all were voting "aye"! Following is the text of the final version of the resolution. Check out Free Speech Radio News Wedesday 8/20 for a news story about sflr and our plight!
Let’s use this momentum to carry us higher!


[This resolution supports San Francisco Liberation Radio 93.7 FM and diversity in media ownership.]


Resolution supporting San Francisco Liberation Radio 93.7 FM and urging Federal, State, and Local officials to support policies and practices that encourage diverse local non-commercial media


WHEREAS, San Francisco Liberation Radio 93.7 FM has provided an invaluable public service to the City and County of San Francisco for the past ten years; and
WHEREAS, San Francisco Liberation Radio 93.7 FM has provided a forum for those whose voices are often excluded from the increasingly consolidated corporate media; and
WHEREAS, San Francisco Liberation Radio 93.7 FM has remained committed to fostering an informed and engaged public by providing access to a diverse group of local residents, artists, community groups, and public officials; and
WHEREAS, San Francisco Liberation Radio 93.7 FM has contributed to a wide diversity of programming including Radio Food Not Bombs, Renters’ Radio by the Tenants Union, Labor Line, OutLoud Radio, and the Green Party Radio Show; and
WHEREAS, The regulatory structure of the Federal Communications Commission increasingly precludes the expression of alternate and dissonant voices; and
WHEREAS, The Federal Communications Commission’s most recent reasons for rejecting San Francisco Liberation Radio’s license application were based on widely criticized provisions in the Radio Broadcasting Preservation Act of 2000 (RBPA); and
WHEREAS, The RBPA contains provisions that would prevent the Federal Communications Commission from considering applications from persons or organizations who had previously been unlicensed broadcasters and the RBPA also required increased channel separation between new LPFM stations and other broadcast licensees; and
WHEREAS, the ban on previously unlicensed broadcasters is under constitutional challenge now pending before the U.S. Supreme Court (Petition for writ of certiorari filed May 1, 2003, government brief opposing filed July 7, 2003); and
WHEREAS the RBPA provision requiring increased channel separation was, under that law, subject to review by a technical study of potential interference; and
WHEREAS the technical study, commissioned by the FCC and conducted by the MITRE Corporation shows that present channel separation requirements are excessive, (and said study is available as a public document at http://gullfoss2.fcc.gov/prod/ecfs/retrieve.cgi?native_or_pdf=pdf&id_document=6514285083; and
WHEREAS, San Francisco Liberation Radio's multiple attempts to obtain an LPFM license have been rejected, most recently without notice by the Federal Communications Commission; and
WHEREAS, San Francisco Liberation Radio 93.7 FM has operated without interfering with other radio station broadcasts; and
WHEREAS, San Francisco Liberation Radio 93.7 FM has peacefully coexisted with its neighbors throughout its broadcasting history; and
WHEREAS, The Federal Communications Commission has delivered a notice of unlicensed broadcasting to San Francisco Liberation Radio; and
WHEREAS, Citizens in a democracy require public access to a diverse range of media voices and messages in order to participate fully in our community's shared social, cultural and political life; now therefore, be it
RESOLVED, The Board of Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco supports San Francisco Liberation Radio 93.7 FM and other local, non-commercial media; and be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, The Board of Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco urges the Federal Communications Commission not to interfere with the functioning of San Francisco Liberation Radio 93.7FM; and be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, The Board of Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco urges state and local law enforcement officials to refrain from involvement in activities that prevent San Francisco Liberation Radio 93.7FM and other diverse local media from providing healthy democratic local media in the San Francisco Bay Area; and
FURTHER RESOLVED, The Board of Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco urge Congress to adopt legislation restoring the cross-ownership ban (newspapers and broadcast media) recently removed by the FCC, and urge the Congress and the Federal Communications Commission to protect content diversity and press freedom by retaining and strengthening existing media ownership regulations, including regulations that limit the number of stations one owner may hold; and be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, The Board of Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco call upon Congress to exercise its oversight in the area of federal communications policy through public hearings on media ownership issues; and to pursue legislation aimed at protecting democratic media by prohibiting further media consolidation.

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