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Labor Struggles at KPFA / Pacifica Radio Network
by Worker Freedom
Tuesday Aug 29th, 2006 6:42 PM
LABOR DAY PICKET and SPEAK-OUT at KPFA Radio.
Protest the Banning of the KFPA Labor Collective.
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Monday, September 4, 2006, 1:00 PM
1929 Martin Luther King Jr. Way (at University Avenue)
Berkeley, CA

In March, the KPFA Program Council banned the KFPA Labor Collective for one year. The KPFA Labor Collective has been producing labor programming at KPFA for more than three years. The collective has members from SEIU 1000, NALC 214, SEIU 616, IBT 70, IUOE 39, SEUI UHW, and other locals.

At present, KPFA has 20 minutes a week of regular labor programming. The San Francisco Labor Council, the Contra Costa Labor Council, SEIU 790, SEIU 616 and other locals have endorsed calls for more labor programming. Hundreds of trade unionists have signed petitions for a weekly one hour labor show called "Workweek".

For more information and background on the Program Council and the KPFA Labor Collective, see my statement below, and http://www.kpfalaborcollective.org .

Upcoming KPFA ELECTION MEMBERSHIP DEADLINE - September 1, 2006.

Elections for the KPFA Local Station Board (LSB) will be held at the end of this year. Ballots are scheduled to be sent out October 16, and must be received back by Pacifica (NOT postmarked) by November 15.

More urgently, to vote, or to be a candidate, you must be a KPFA member of record on September 1. Make sure your membership is current!

To join or renew your membership, go to http://www.kpfa.org/pledge , or call 800-439-5732 or 510-848-5732.

Although most of the world allows same-day registration for voting, and the federal government requires registration 30 days before an election, the Pacifica bylaws require listeners to be members 45 days in advance.
SI SE PUEDE! - A statement by Riva Enteen

It is almost three years since I left the National Lawyers Guild and jumped into KPFA and Pacifica politics. I thought lawyers were difficult. Throw together the political times we live in, enormous radio personality egos, an entrenched old-boys network, Berkeley crazies and a sprinkle of government disruption ("The government would be remiss if it didn't try to disrupt Pacifica," said Bill Mandel recently.), and you have our dysfunctional radio network.

My tenure as Local Station Board (LSB) began with my reading reliable accounts of intimidation at the station. Intimidation so strong, most were afraid to come forward. For background on some of the more notable incidents, see my statement from the January 2006 KPFA Town Hall, http://www.struggle-and-win.net/67635.html . The culture of intimidation continues to this day.

In my nearly three years on the LSB, we have made only one significant decision (other than hiring and removing Roy Campanella II as General Manager), and that was early in the first year. In 2004, the LSB voted to instruct Interim General Manager Jim Bennett to implement the Program Council's decision to change the time of Democracy Now! See Confidentials #3, #6 and #10 for more information:
http://www.struggle-and-win.net/17938/13432.html
http://www.struggle-and-win.net/17938/20538.html
http://www.struggle-and-win.net/17938/44695.html

This resolution was ignored, and continues to be ignored, by KPFA management. "Too much resistance," Campanella once said to me. I think a better word would be insubordination. The question of Democracy Now! hasn't even been on the LSB agenda for well over two years.

Although I and many others on the LSB ran on platforms to improve the news and ratio of music to public affairs, there has been no progress there. The News Department issued a memo stating that their editorial decisions were not subject to review (see Confidential #5, http://www.struggle-and-win.net/17938/18701.html ),and news Co-Director, Aileen Alfandary told me Haiti President Aristide wasn't kidnapped because he walked onto the plane.

Recently Andrea Lewis of the Morning Show referred to anti-abortion activists as "Pro-Life." When challenged by a listener on the air for using that terminology, she said that is what they want to be called. There is no system in place at KPFA to raise these kinds of political questions, much less get them resolved.

But we won the struggle for democracy and transparency, didn't we? Well... To this day, "official" programming decisions are made behind closed doors by an unelected Program Council, with the voting records of Program Council members kept secret. And radio is about programming, after all!

At one of these secret meetings, on International Women's Day no less, the Program Council voted to ban the KPFA Labor Collective from submitting proposals for a year. Why? The explanation for the ban was vague at best, the collective was barred from the Program Council's deliberations, and given no opportunity to respond to the charges -- blatant violations of basic due process. The KPFA Labor Collective filed two grievances, to the station, and to Pacifica, both of which were ignored. At the July LSB meeting, the Labor Collective asked an LSB member to help them with their grievances, and I was the only volunteer.

The Interim General Manager Lemlem Rijio (who reportedly voted for the ban) directed me to the KPFA Human Resources consultant, who told me he would recommend lifting the ban because there were no findings. Pending an investigation, he said, the ban should be lifted.

On the eve of Labor Day, the KPFA Labor Collective is still banned from KPFA. The collective is calling for a picket of KPFA on Labor Day at 1:00 PM. The demand is simple. Lift the ban on the KPFA Labor Collective. I hope I will see you there.

What I am most proud of during my term as an LSB member is my organizing to bring Bill Mandel back to the airwaves. The ten-year ban on Bill had never even made it to the LSB agenda, and wouldn't, so we organized on the street, directly with the listeners. We marched a delegation into the station to see the General Manager, and organized picket lines in front of the station -- which finally broke the ban and brought Bill back.

I am certain that without listener agitation, the LSB will continue to be rendered superfluous, if not an outright distraction, from what listeners fought so hard for, which was to protect OUR airwaves and provide a voice for the voiceless.

Ten-Point ACTION Plan for KPFA

In collaboration with Steve Zeltzer of the KPFA Labor Collective, Mehmet Yazgan of the former Voices of the Middle East, and JR of the Block Report, I wrote the following Ten-Point ACTION Plan. I welcome your thoughts.

KPFA and Pacifica:
Community Radio as the Voice of the Voiceless or still the same old boys network?
Are you satisfied with the quality of news at KPFA?
Are you satisfied with the amount of quality public affairs programming?
Are you satisfied that all programming decisions occur behind the closed doors of the Program Council, closed even to the elected governing board?
1. Open up the Program Council meetings to the public.

Programmers shall not have a vote on programming decisions. The Program Council facilitates the old boys network. The station is rife with nepotism. I'll scratch your back, you scratch mine. As a community radio station, listeners must decide programming. Programmers present, but don't decide. Listeners do. Where is transparency if programming decisions are made in secret? It CAN be done.

2. Improve the news.

Are you tired of hearing what you just read in the Chronicle? Do you want more alternative news, not just off the AP and UPI wires? The news co-directors have gone on record that all editorial decisions are their own. This is a community radio station, and the community has been clamoring for years to improve the news. It CAN be done.

3. There should be more Public Affairs than Music programs.

The police state and repression are increasing daily. People deemed "enemy combatants" are held incommunicado for years without seeing a lawyer or judge. We need more radical political analysis and strategies for activism, not endless hours of country and oldie music. Pacifica's LA station, KPFK, has a better ratio of public affairs to music. It CAN be done.

4. More community based reporters.

Do you live outside of Oakland and feel like your issues and activist work are ignored? Let's establish regional news bureaus in the South Bay, North Bay, Fresno and Sacramento. Couldn't the KPFA apprenticeship program, and KPFA's enormous $4 million budget support that? It CAN be done.

5. Better utilize KPFB, which reaches as many listeners as KPOO.

KPFB has a lot of dead air. Why? Because the old boys network wants to prevent anything they don't control. Let's utilize those airwaves, let newer programmers reach an audience and develop their skills. It CAN be done.

6. Re-establish the Women's Department and Third World Department.

The classy plaques of those former departments still adorn the walls of the station, but they exist only in memory. Why did they end? Bring them back, to assure that there will be consistent programming addressing the critical concerns of women and people of color. It CAN be done.

7. Establish a Labor Department.

Did you know that the Program Council banned the Labor Collective from making programming proposals for a year? Why? Because the Labor Collective made too many proposals. Why did they make so many proposals? Because there is almost no regular labor programming. Establish a Labor Department to be sure that there will be more regular programming to address the critical concerns of working people. It CAN be done.

8. Bring back the monthly folio.

Listeners continually ask for the return of the folio. The station should have a monthly folio with letters and articles from listeners and an interactive website for debate/discussion of programming and KPFA/Pacifica issues of concern. It CAN be done.

9. Demand a real Unpaid Staff Organization.

Unpaid staff used to be represented by the union which represented the paid staff, but the paid staff sold out the unpaid staff. The Unpaid Staff Organization (UPSO) does not have union representation, and doesn't even meet, as it is controlled by long term unpaid staffers, some of whom make their living because they are known as KPFA programmers. UPSO must meet, conduct the election for representatives that was scheduled for last October, and fight for a budget that supports unpaid community programmers. It CAN be done.

10. Support the establishment of a Pacifica New Orleans Affiliate.

A proposal has been made to the Pacifica National Board, but the board moves as slow as molasses. The survivors of Katrina are clamoring for real news, and every day survival is a struggle. Their radio stations are controlled by corporations and the religious right. Is Pacifica the voice of the voiceless? Open a station in New Orleans. It CAN be done.

Si Se Puede!

Comments  (Hide Comments)

by Hi "Sharon"
Tuesday Aug 29th, 2006 10:30 PM
Will Riva explain why she's apparently going by the name "Sharon" now?
by Sunday Morning Sharon
Tuesday Aug 29th, 2006 10:52 PM
"It is almost three years since I left the National Lawyers Guild"

Translation: Was disciplined for incompetence and illegitimate use of NLG resources without permission of the NLG. Google "Riva Enteen", "NLG" and "termination" to read the documentation on-line, or go to the link indicated for perspective of her co-workers. NLG apparently ended up paying her $7000 to get rid of her contract...so much for her 'commitment' to 'the movement.' Welcome to the "Cult of Riva".

And what labor union is Zeltzer certified with? No one seems to know what local or labor council he has any credentials or connection with that is willing to admit it, but many seem to know him as an agent provacateur. The "Labor Collective" is the latest in a series of "Collectives" that Zeltzer puts together at KPFA before they collapse or kick him out.

Where are the specific charges against the Labor Collective used for the ban? Why are we just seeing the reaction instead of the cause?

Or is there more to this than the Labor Collective wants the public to know, since it may prove to be just cause for the one-year ban on their programming proposals?

Enteen needs a 'cause' to revive the "Cult of Riva", and Zeltzer needs to get some group of fools to support his lifestyle; it's a partnership made in heaven.

We should all show up with lawn chairs and sit across the street to watch this show, and record the moments when the "Cult of Riva" and the "Greed of Zeltzer" gives credence to Right-Wing ridicule of the Left, and without any help from the Freepers or COINTELPRO.



by Steve Ongerth
(intexile [at] iww.org) Wednesday Aug 30th, 2006 12:29 AM
I cannot speak for Riva Enteen, but I know she has been involved in various progressive, grassroots causes in the Bay Area for some time and has offered (to my knowledge) helpful legal advice to activists engaging in direct action for at least a decade.

Steve Zeltser is a member of Operating Engineers Local 3, I believe and has been involved in numerous solidarity campaigns for more than two decades. He has been especially supportive of the ILWU. He and his associates produce labor videos and run a website devoted to promotig labor solidarity.

I suspect that Zeltser makes a lot of enemies, because he is an uncompromising Marxist, and that ruffle the feathers of the official, bourgeoise left, even in the Bay Area.

KPFA--like it or not--is run by members of the bourgeoise left (one member in particular is a lawyer and financial advisor for management in a Berkeley shop that the IWW has a union contract). The fact of the matter is that cults of personality and management autocracy happens, even on the left, and Zeltser doesn't tolerate it. I disagree with him in many instances on small matters, his methods may not always be 100% effective, but he is NOT "an agent provacateur".

Finally, you ought to at least have the courage to use your real name before making false accusations pal. You might also document your claims with verifiable evidence. Otherwise you have zero credibility, except among fools.
by ^
Wednesday Aug 30th, 2006 7:39 AM
Once again, at 7 a.m. today, Aug 30, at the end of the morning news headlines, one of the news readers announces for the 50th or so time, as she has for the past month, that she is switching time slots with a news reader on the evening news. This is not a program note, as she claims; it is a personnel change that does not need to be announced on the air once, much less many times for an entire month, morning and evening. We have protested on the phone voice mail and on this website, which is obviously being read by the gang of Democratic Party bourgeois Babbitts obstructing needed changes in serious programs at KPFA. The reason for this contempt is that the elected Local Station Board clearly has no power to carry out the wishes of the subscribers who pay for KPFA, including the salaries of these bourgeois Babbitts who need to find another job now. The LSB needs to be able to hire and fire anyone at KPFA and to make all programming decisions. There is no union contract that allows for insubordination and the gang that looses their jobs will learn that is true if they try to go to arbitration or any other legal forum. The KPFA bylaws need to be changed, and the sooner, the better.

The programming changes mandated by a majority of the LSB members, elected by the people who pay the bills at KPFA, the subscribers, are first and foremost to move Democracy Now to 7 a.m. and to repeat it at 7 p.m. We also should move Guns & Butter, the folks who expose the 9/11 Inside Job, to prime time in the evening (between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.) or on the weekend (9 a.m. to 9 p.m.). We must have interviews with all the socialist Peace & Freedom Party and the Green Party candidates on the California ballot on KPFA, something that rarely happens on KPFA. This will provide more political information to more people and enable KPFA to raise more money quickly, instead of the current three weeks long fundraising done in February, May and October, with often an additional week in July, because the programming is not worth supporting for the most part, and what is worth it is not heard by enough people. It should not take more than 1 week to raise the money needed to operate for the few months it is expected to last. In addition to the urgently needed change to the schedule for Democracy Now, we need at least 1 hour per week (perferably 1 hour per day) of labor programming at prime time provided by the Labor Collective, and we need more news from the various areas of the KPFA listening area, which technically is all of Northern California via radio, the 11 million people in Northern California. I believe we have a subscriber list of 30,000, clearly nowhere near what is possible, given the pro-socialist and pro-Green Party politics in Northern California. A subscriber need pay only $25 to be able to vote for the Local Station Board so it is not a question of affordability; it is a question of programming. The more labor and related grassroots political news (eg police brutality, public housing, public schools, environmental destruction of workingclass communities, etc.), the more people we will reach and the more support we will have.

The only thing these Democrat Party obstructionists sitting at KPFA causing its political and financial weakness have accomplished is getting rid of 2 station managers appointed by the Local Station Board. There are also many among the gang of bourgeois Babbitts who proudly announce they vote Democrat, the twin party of the Republicans, both of which support capitalism, the US military base called Israel, the death penalty, and receives the same funding from the same capitalist businesses as the Republican Party. After all we have just heard about the US puppet called Israel, which has been going on for 58 years with our tax dollars, the idea that anyone at KPFA votes Democrat is unconscionable. You could chant at the picket line on Labor Day at KPFA at 1 p.m. to unban the Labor Collective: We remember Hiroshima (Democrat Truman); we remember Vietnam (Democrats Kennedy & Johnson); Democratic Party, we know which side you're on.
by Sunday Morning Sharon
Wednesday Aug 30th, 2006 7:59 AM
- I cannot speak for Riva Enteen, but I know she has been involved in various progressive,
- grassroots causes in the Bay Area for some time and has offered (to my knowledge) helpful legal
- advice to activists engaging in direct action for at least a decade.

Riva is not an attorney. Nor is she a manager. Nor does she have any administrative skills of any merit.

- Steve Zeltser is a member of Operating Engineers Local 3, I believe

But you have no proof. At a recent labor conference, he was locked out as no labor organization was willing to 'credential' him or had a record of his membership. If he was Local 3, he would have been credentialed without question, simply for being a member.

- KPFA--like it or not--is run by members of the bourgeoise left

KPFA is run by people who are trying to keep a station on the air, providing programming to a variety of viewpoints, in order to insure that cash keeps coming in from the entire comunity to support it.

Locking KPFA or Pacifica to a comunity with a specific political agenda locks out all others...and cuts off the support from the whole.

Riva and Zeltzer both push an extreme POV of the Left, and do not tolerate any "less extreme" views, including a lack of commitment to that same POV among staff and management.

So people of such extreme views feel that they aren't represented? Imagine how everyone else will feel if Riva and Zeltzer get their way and purge the station of any opposition to them.

- Finally, you ought to at least have the courage to use your real name before making false
- accusations pal. You might also document your claims with verifiable evidence. Otherwise you
- have zero credibility, except among fools.

Did you look up the link? My recollection of Zeltzer's background is just as verifiable as your "I beleive" comment on his union membership.

As for 'real names', ask Riva who "Sharon" is.

by Paul Burton
Wednesday Aug 30th, 2006 10:12 AM
According to the link posted by 'sunday mourning sharon' he/she is "Rob (former staff with Riva)" - but for those of us unfamiliar with the history of inter-personal or intra-personnel struggles at KPFA, we still don't know who you are. For folks in the know who know who's who, the ever downward spiraling discussions may have merit; the rest of us have to take a skeptical view and note that alot of the rhetoric seems overblown and not particularly informative. Using real names would help expose any bias you/we may have. "Rob (former staff with Riva)" has some issues with his former staff-mate. "Rob (former staff with Riva)" also makes unsubstatiated and ignorant comments about Steve Zeltzer, which makes the criticisms of Riva/Sharon less credible.

Steve Zeltzer is a member of the Operating Engineers Local 3 /Stationary Engineers Local 39 and produces labor videos. "'sunday mourning sharon/ Rob (former staff with Riva)" says Zeltzer was denied entry to a labor event but doesn't say when or where and doesn't see the difference between being a member of a union, which Zeltzer is, and being a credentialed delegate to a convention, or a vidographer trying to cover an event. Some of the labor conventions are closed to journalists. Nonetheless, Zeltzer's work in producing labor videos, and his work to produce Labor Fest give him as much credibility as anyone else in the Bay Area to be part of a Labor Collective. Labor Fest is a model for the kind of labor programming KPFA should be doing. The folks who produce Labor Fest can hardly be accused of being motivated by greed, as "'sunday mourning sharon/ Rob (former staff with Riva)" claims. They donate their time and resources and have the experience and desire to do the same at KPFA. That some may have more radical views than the station staff or other programmers is sen as a threat. It's unfortunate and probably won't be resolved any time soon.

As a musician and labor journalist, I'd like to see more music programming, not less, but with shows featuring political music, labor songs, cultural workers, and less mainstream jazz or folk. I think the new age programs and 'stone's throw' on KPFA are a waste of time. Unfortunately, folks don't want to give up their time slots and the turf wars have husrt the station.
by Steve Ongerth
Thursday Aug 31st, 2006 1:20 AM

Dear anonymous shoe fitter:

You wrote:

But you have no proof. At a recent labor conference, he was locked out as no labor organization was willing to 'credential' him or had a record of his membership. If he was Local 3, he would have been credentialed without question, simply for being a member.

I was just informed that he is a member of IUOE Local 39. Do you have specific, verifiable evidence to back up the claim you just made? I know Steve Zeltser personally and have so for almost a decade. NEVER have I known his labor credentials to be questioned.

KPFA is run by people who are trying to keep a station on the air, providing programming to a variety of viewpoints, in order to insure that cash keeps coming in from the entire comunity to support it.

Your statement doesn't contradict mine in any way. These "people who're trying to keep KPFA on the air"--noble though their intentions may be--are nevertheless largely composed of the bourgeoise left, i.e. individuals who're employers, not members of unions. or even people who're hostile to organized labor. There are usually many means to an end. Naturally bourgeoise oriented individuals will seek bourgeoise means to that end. It is not a convincing argument to me that in order to keep KPFA on the air, that many hours of programming are given over to hip and trendy world music that could instead include more labor programming.

Furthermore, as I said to another commenter on a different post in the same thread, in my opinion, the KPFA officialdom seems largely geared towards pleasing the Berkeley counter-culture--an aging (and frankly, dying) and increasingly marginal community who tend to live within a five to ten mile radius of the KPFA signal. That same signal reaches at least 50 miles from the station and within that radius are far MORE potential listeners who're working people--certainly more than new age hippies (which I have nothing against, mind you, but numbers are numbers). How is it, therefore, that appealing to working people IN ADDITION TO the Berkeley counterculture will result in the loss of listenership?!?

Locking KPFA or Pacifica to a comunity with a specific political agenda locks out all others...and cuts off the support from the whole.

Who in their right mind would propose that, SMS? Nothing in the list of demands posted in the article is suggesting that KPFA be composed EXCLUSIVELY of labor programming. What political agenda is served by playing hours of MUSIC?!? What great political battles are goiung to be won by promoting new age psuedoscience?!?

Riva and Zeltzer both push an extreme POV of the Left, and do not tolerate any "less extreme" views, including a lack of commitment to that same POV among staff and management.

Both Steve and Riva are hard-line Marxists of one degree or another. However, what if that "extreme" POV best reflects reality? Do you not agree that capitalism is an inherently repressive and exploitative economic system that has no useful purpose? Do you disagree that an ideal world will be one free of employers and that all workers shouldn't engage in self management? Do you not agree that by trying to "cooperate" with the employing class, the officialdom of the AFL-CIO has essentially helped labor slit its own throat (because the employing class hasn't backed off one bit in their class war against the workers of the world despite the overtures of "cooperation" made by organized labor bureaucrats)? What if that "extreme POV" is the right one? I'm convinced that it is, and if you doubt it, then you obviously aren't living in the real world.

Suppose for a minute, however, that their POV were NOT scientific or rational. You do realize that it takes far more than the two people to have a functional labor collective at KPFA. Their "extreme POV" would no doubt be counterbalanced by that of others less "extreme" if the demands that Zeltser and Enteen proposed were honored.

What "extreme" views held by Zeltser and Enteen do you find objectionable?

by Chris Stehlik
Thursday Aug 31st, 2006 12:18 PM
The 800 number listed in the article is active ONLY during pledge drives. You will NOT be able to reach anyone on it right now. Please use 510-848-6767 or the website http://www.kpfa.org to make your pledge by September 1.
It would be ideal, if posters would verify contact information before posting, so that confusion can be avoided in the future.
by By Judith Scherr
Friday Sep 1st, 2006 5:03 PM
http://www.berkeleydailyplanet.com/article.cfm?issue=09-01-06&storyID=24976
Labor Collective Fights KPFA Ban
By Judith Scherr (09-01-06)

The name of its parent foundation is Pacifica. Nonetheless, during the more-than-half-century of progressive radio programming, KPFA has often been home to interpersonal tensions that periodically boil over into public view.

The most recent clash is between the station’s Program Council and the KPFA Labor Collective. The collective has created ad hoc programming on labor issues for the last several years.

The Program Council is a body of 14 people, including representatives of the paid staff, the unpaid staff, department heads and listeners. It meets weekly to review programming and to evaluate proposals for new programming.

Citing “deteriorating relationships with the station staff,” in March the council banned the Labor Collective from offering program proposals for a year. The collective will hold a picket outside the station at 1 p.m. on Labor Day to protest the ban.

“They say we can’t submit proposals. I’ve never heard of this before,” said Steve Zeltzer, Labor Collective chair.

The collective has produced numerous shows, including those airing on Labor Day, May Day and International Women’s Day. While continuing to submit proposals for special programming, Zeltzer said his collective were also lobbying the council for a regular labor show.

Much of the tension at the station over the years has been due to finite limitations in time and resources. Zeltzer pointed out that some people have had their programs for years.

“They feel the space is their own personal time slot,” he said.

While the Program Council voted 12-2 to support the ban, the two dissenters, Joe Wanzala and Sepideh Khosrowjah, both of whom represent the Local Station Board on the Program Council, pointed to resource allocation as the underlying factor in the dispute.

In March they wrote: ”It is our opinion that the expressed concerns about the behavior of the Labor Collective mask a real problem at the station—a failure to re-assess KPFA’s entire programming grid to create more space for new programming and reduce the tensions and frustrations associated with access to airtime which is an artificial scarce resource at KPFA.”

Program Council facilitator Tracy Rosenberg supports the ban. In a phone interview, Rosenberg accused the Labor Collective of overwhelming the council with work.

“They submitted 16 to18 proposals in a 12-month period,” she said, noting that the council approved some proposals, modified some and rejected others.

Furthermore, Rosenberg said that reports came to her of negative interpersonal interactions with station staff. She was more specific in a letter written to the Local Station Board, accusing the collective of “rude and confrontational language.”

The complaints merited a 12-month “time out” she told the Daily Planet.

No mediation has occurred, Rosenberg said, noting however: “That might be a good idea.”

As a volunteer group, the Program Council does not have the time and resources to address interpersonal issues, she said.

“No doubt had there been a stronger general manager, there would have been leadership on the issue,” she added. After the resignation of embattled General Manager Roy Campanella in January, there were a few months without a general manager; Lemlem Rijio was named acting general manager in April.

Rijio said she did not want to comment on the Labor Collective situation at this time, but noted “a human resources consultant is looking into it.”

In their letter to the local station board, dissenters Wanzala and Khosrowjah did not condone the negative behavior of some of the collective members, but said they were signaled out in an unfair way.

“Many instances of such behavior remain unaddressed by the relevant authorities—making this action by the Program Council appear discriminatory and hypocritical,” they wrote.

They concluded that rather than taking action to ban proposals, a complaint should have been lodged with KPFA management.

Adding another layer of complexity to the picture, Acting Program Coordinator Vini Beacham said that, in fact, last week he accepted a proposal from the Labor Collective but returned it for more information, as is common with such proposals. In his role as program coordinator, Beacham said he turns completed proposals over to the Program Council for its consideration. The next step, he said, will be up to the council.
by Sunday Morning Sharon
Saturday Sep 2nd, 2006 11:58 PM
At least this time, Scherr got people from different sides to interview. However, as usual, she fails to get the whole story or situation, allowing in a slanted and biased point of view that overlooks the many intricacies and nuances.

And, as usual, she gives a 'free pass' to those whom she slants the story for, not asking the hard questions that would reveal the whole of the situation instead of the view she wishes to promote.

It's beginning to look like there are no real journalists out there any longer.
by Steve Ongerth
Sunday Sep 3rd, 2006 2:14 PM
. . .you STILL haven't answered mine: What "extreme" views held by Zeltser and Enteen do you find objectionable? Enlighten us, please!

While you're at it, answer these questions:

(1) Why couldn't KPFB be expanded to allow more programming that DIFFERS from KPFA?

(2) Why can't some of the programs that are currently used for music instead be given over to labor programming?

(3) Is it REALLY necessary to have a wold music program from 10 AM - 12 noon EVERY weekday instead of, say, half as many hours of world music and give the rest over to public affiars programming, such as labor?

(4) What is wrong with the station volunteers being represented by a union?

(5) Why can't there be a labor department?

Why Sharon? Explain, please!
by Steve Ongerth
Sunday Sep 3rd, 2006 2:20 PM
I am asking you these questions again (since you are either unwilling or unable to answer them):

(1) Do you not agree that capitalism is an inherently repressive and exploitative economic system that has no useful purpose?

(2) Do you disagree that an ideal world will be one free of employers and that all workers should engage in self management?

(3) Do you not agree that by trying to "cooperate" with the employing class, the officialdom of the AFL-CIO has essentially helped labor slit its own throat (because the employing class hasn't backed off one bit in their class war against the workers of the world despite the overtures of "cooperation" made by organized labor bureaucrats)?

(4) If you don't agree, why not?



by su mei
Tuesday Sep 5th, 2006 12:24 PM
A previous writer says that Mr. Zeltzer could not be a provacateur because he claims to be a Marxist. Well, isn't that special. I didn't know that "Marxists" were so cloaked in purity that one dare not question their actions, let alone their motives.

I have been active around KPFA for many years and, more often than not, when there is some kind of upheaval among programming collectives, one may find Mr. Zeltzer at the center of virtually all of them in recent years. First, with the Labor Collective when he engineered the coup that forced Curt Gray and many KPFA loyalists out of the collective and took over. He and a motley crew of less talented but more vocal "reporters" could then use KPFA as a platform to advance their own brand of professional dissent against everyone and everything (except, oddly, for Czar Zeltzer).

Was that enough? Surprise! Mr. Zeltzer emerged again in the Voices of the Middle East collective! I wonder what Middle Eastern country he's from. Of course, as with the original Labor Collective, another schism ensued. The targets of Zeltzer & Co.'s wrath had the fortitude to withstand the personal attacks and remain on the air -- but one of its members is still the monthly target of Zeltzer's and Suraya's attacks at LSB meetings on behalf of the "new" Labor Collective (apparently the members of these collectives are interchangeable).

I have also been told that Mr. Zeltzer has involved himself in disputes within the WOMEN'S collective. Now perhaps I'm missing some cultural factoid that entitled Czar Zeltzer to stir the pot and try to destroy the VOME group, and as one of Asian ancestry perhaps I should butt out, but one will have a much more difficult time convincing me of Zeltzer's standing as a woman.

So, perhaps Czar Zeltzer is not NOT a hired provacateur, but if his actions have the same results, he is surely an unpaid one.

I would like to propose a solution:

KPFA should invite Curt Gray to reassemble the original Labor Collective, and take proposals from them -- and maybe even offer them the time slot soooo coveted by the current crop of obvious opportunists. Then we will see how committed they are to 'labor reporting' regardless of whether they are the ones determining the agenda or not. My bets are that they would fight an alternate proposal tooth and nail, labor programming be damned, as they fought the Middle East collective and fought the Women's collective.

Su Mei



by Brendan Collins
Wednesday Sep 6th, 2006 12:53 AM
Someone calling his/her(? ) self ''Sue Mei '' labels former Local Advisory Board member Curt Gray a '' KPFA Loyalist''. He is ''loyal ''' to the mission but not to the petty bureaucracy that currently runs the station. Curt supports the now three year old decision to change the Morning schedule and put the most listened to show (Democracy Now ) on the most listened to time (7 to 8 a.m ) Despite huge support from the listeners that decision has never been implemented . Curt also has been a strong critic of many other managerial decisions . To falsely portray him as a flunky for what long time programmer Robbie Osman has labeled '' The entenched '' smacks of deliberate disinformation . That's one of the hallmarks of real ''agent provocateur''not a upfront, ''what you see is what you get'' lifelong radical union activist like Zeltzer . I often disagree with Steve but you always know what his agenda is . What's yours MS/MR '' SUE MEI '' ?
by su mei
Wednesday Sep 6th, 2006 10:09 AM
That Curt is loyal to KPFA, Pacifica and its mission is not an insult. The station management, its LSB, its Program Council, are not KPFA. Loyal to the mission and ideals of what KPFA should be is what I believe Curt is. I"m sorry if you find that offensive. If "loyalist" was a poor choice of words, Curt - and Curt alone - has my apologies. But from what I have seen of his actions over the years, I believe that he is a true Pacifica- and KPFA-mission loyalist. I prefer not to use memes like "mission defender" and "mission pretender" used by the true pretenders.

The fact remains, Zeltzer and his gaggle ran off one of the true stalwarts of the save pacifica movement, and has managed to successfully destroy all that Curt built in the labor collective. I'm glad you respect Curt.

Su Mei
by Sal Petrone
Wednesday Sep 6th, 2006 12:46 PM
I didn't see any press coverage of last Sunday's rally at the station ? Was there any ? How many people turned out ? I'm uncertain about whether it was a good idea or not .
Who's running in the KPFA election ? There was earlier posting that seems to have disappeared that said there were three slates.Concerned Listeners and Staff for KPFA, Peoples Radio , and the Labor Comunity Alliance .
Does any one know if that's so and who is running under which party?
Isn't there a event about the election in Fremont tonight ? Anyone with just basic factual answers?
by Steve Ongerth
Thursday Sep 7th, 2006 12:39 AM
I see that there are many comments, but STILL no answers to any of my questions.

I guess ad-hominem attacks are easy when you don't have any answers, eh?
by Deb Trevakian
Thursday Sep 7th, 2006 12:27 PM
The group that calls themselves PeoplesRadio is running . Unsure who their candidates . The worst ones on the board do not have to run again until 2008. I'm referring to Richard Phelps, Joe Wanzala, Laverne Williams , Stan Woods and Chanda Hoffman .
But for those of us who yearn fora responable board there is hope . The Comcerned Listeners slate , which is led by former progressive D.A. Terence Hallinan , is warmly supported by a large majority of the staff. The Concerned Listeners want to serve KPFA . Quite a contrast to the crowd of old line Marxistswho don't seem to realize that their type of politics is dead .
by Coleen
Friday Sep 8th, 2006 1:58 PM
Will someone please answer Sal Petrone ? Many of us would like to know who's thrown their hats in the ring . The Campaign platforms of the slates/parties would be nice too.
by Stan Woods (for PeoplesRadio)
Saturday Sep 9th, 2006 11:09 AM
I can give a partial reponse to Sal and Colleen . So far there are four members of PeoplesRadio running for Listener L.S.B. seats .
They are Aki Tanaka(Oakland ), Bob English(Vallejo ), Regina Carey (San Rafael) and Heidi Chesney (Santa Rosa ) . There will be more announced before the 9-25 deadline . I have been told that Steve Zeltzer is running as well as former KQED board Member Sasha Fultran .
All of this is a ''work in progress''.All candidates are considered ''prospective '' until 9-25. For further infro check our website , currently undergoing work, in about a week . http://www.peoplesradio.net
by Stan Woods
Saturday Sep 9th, 2006 11:32 AM
Steve Zeltzer is with the Labor/Community slate. Unsure about Sasha Fultran other than that she shares the goals of us fighting for Democracy at Pacifica.
by su mei
Saturday Sep 9th, 2006 12:08 PM
I notice nobody has challenged my previous descriptions of Mr. Zeltzer's behavior. I do find it curious that he's running as a "listener" rep at the same time he is trying to force the LSB to recognize him and his group as unpaid staff members in his attempt to stack UPSO.

Does this mean Zeltzer is giving up that tactic, so he can personally run for the LSB as a "listener"? So much for the "struggle".

Su Mei
by Election Supervisor
Wednesday Sep 13th, 2006 3:59 PM
I didn't see any press coverage of last Sunday's rally at the station ? Was there any ? How many people turned out ? I'm uncertain about whether it was a good idea or not .

From what I gather, there wasn't much, although of course, I wasn't there. Including lots of LC folks themselves, the turnout was rumoured at 30-40 people.

Who's running in the KPFA election ? There was earlier posting that seems to have disappeared that said there were three slates.Concerned Listeners and Staff for KPFA, Peoples Radio , and the Labor Comunity Alliance .

Right now, only one candidate has filed their paperwork - although approximately 16 people have more or less announced interest in runnig. The one candidate who has filed (the deadline is 9-25) stated they are a member of Concerned Listeners. Their info will be up at http://www.kpfa.org/election in a few days. Otherwise all is speculation.

Does any one know if that's so and who is running under which party?

Nope. But you'll know in a few weeks.

Isn't there a event about the election in Fremont tonight ?

Yep. There was - on September 6th - at the Fremont Main Library with a free showing of the Arundhati Roy documentary "Dam/Age". Good movie. Five people came and spoke briefly as potential candidates, but since their paperwork has not yet been filed, potential is all they are.
We'll post folks after we receive their paperwork and validate their nomination signatures - 3-5
days after receipt.
by Jaime
Friday Sep 15th, 2006 1:18 PM
I was at the David and Amy Goodman event last night. Hundreds of people. All three slates campaigning and a lot of conversation about which group to vote for .
But a question for the Election supervisor :Why wasn't the election plugged from the stage and the candidates introduced . it was a KPFA program after all. Please respond whomever you may be .
by Election Supervisor
Friday Sep 15th, 2006 4:30 PM
Couldn't. KPFA was a co-sponsor only. The event was a stop in Amy Goodman's regular publicity book tour for "Static". Set program and not subject to change/additions. Ms. Goodman is not a Pacifica Foundation employee.
by Laurie
Friday Sep 22nd, 2006 1:02 PM
Tracy, i received a e-invite for a fundraising party at Concerned Listeners candidate Conn Hallinan's home. The e-mail made clear it was put on by major Programmers such as Mark Merikle, Larry Bensky, Chris Welch , Philip Malderi and others for those Concerned Listeners slate members .
My question is whether or not this is a violation of the campaign rules ?
Can Staff raise money for and sponsor a listener slate ?
It doesn't seem kosher to me .
Not that it's revelant but i am not associated with any other slate .
by Brendan
Friday Sep 22nd, 2006 2:12 PM
Very good question from Laurie . Why is it that i think that if Dennis Bernstein or Bonnie Faulkner would sponsor a fundraising party for Peoples radio that it would immediately be ''outlawed'' ? I'm paranoid i guess.
by Joe Wanzala
Saturday Sep 23rd, 2006 8:13 AM
Would Ms. Treviakan please explain why she thinks that myself, Richard Phelps, Lavarn Williams, Candra Hauptmann, etc are 'the worst ones' on the LSB? You are entitled to that view of course but it is a meaningless statement unless you can explain *why* you hold that opinion. One of the key issues we have worked on is directors inspection rights of Pacifica's books. Pro-entrenched board members Sarv Rhadhwa and William Walker voted against directors inspection rights on the Pacifica National Board along with the rest of the corrupt Pacifica National Board majority controlled by the malignant and race-baiting Justice and Unity Caucus http://www.justiceandunity.org/index.html based in New York and DC. Furthermore, Mark Hernandez and Sarv Rhandawa, both part of the pro-entrenched staff faction, blocked the KPFA LSB from passing a resolution on the Berkeley Honda workers for several months until a meeting in San Jose where dozens of union people showed up and they were shamed into lifting their block from the consent calendar. I would also invite you to come to a board meeting and watch how Brian Edwards Tiekert and his cohorts manipulate Roberts Rules to prevent the board from getting anything done - we are barely able to get through approving the agenda at most meetings. At the most recent meeting, mr. Tiekert put forward a 'friendly' amendment to a motion he did not support simply to waste time procedurally so as to prevent the board from voting on a resolution I put forward addressing the stations 'moratorium' on proposals from the the labor collective. In fact he had put forward an amendment with the oppostite purpose just two meetings ago. In other words, he and his 'side' that includes Sherry Gendelman, Rosalida Palacious (another national board representative aligned with the Justice and Unity Caucus) all the entrenched staff reps play cynical games with Roberts Rules in order to block LSB business. Last month Brian Edwartds Tiekert and his side passed a motion that makes it impossible to add a new item or move an old item to the front agenda even if it is urgent regardless of how many items are in front of it. Brian of course, in a document leaked from the station has declared his intention to 'dismantle' the Local Station Board'. I don't have time to address other bad acts by the pro-entrenched staff faction, but it woud help me understand your position if you explained why, specifically, you think Lavarn, myself and other represent the 'worst'. Joe Wanzala, Local Advisory Board Member 2000-2002, Local Station Board Member 2005 - Present
by Stan Woods
Saturday Sep 23rd, 2006 9:19 AM
As another of the ''worst ones'' named by Ms. Trevakian i echo Joe's comments. It goes even further. Since the discovery some time ago of a meeting called By Brian E.T. to discuss ways to ''make our enemies own '' the problems of the LSB and to discuss how to ''dismantle the lsb'' it's clear that they're on the board to either destroy it outright or to render it a toothless '' Friends of the Opera' type operation .
Re This fundraiser sponsored by SOME prominent staff members (Note that people like Robbie Osman, Miguel Molina, Nora Barrows-Freidman , Dennis Bernstein , Bonnie Faulkner and others certainly aren't involved ) , i don't know if the bylaws and election rules would expressly prohibit it. But if it's not outside the ''letter of the law'' it's certainly outside the spirit ! What contempt these guys have for this experiment in Media Democracy !
Former Member of the KPFA Local Advisory Board
Current Member of the KPFA Local Station Board
Also PeoplesRadio

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