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Stop The Destruction Of Community Access In San Francisco
by Coalition To Defend Free Speech&SF Access
Wednesday Nov 25th, 2009 9:43 AM
The City along with it's handpicked operator Bay Area Video Coalition are planning to close the community access center on December 20, 2009 without another location to do productions. A picket and press conference will be held on this attack on community access and free speech on TV.
Stop The Destruction Of Community Access In San Francisco
End Privatization of Our Community Television Channels!

Support The Protest & Press Conference 12/1/2009 4:00 PM

The City of San Francisco has handed over the operation of the Community Access Stations to the Bay Area Video Coalition BAVC. BAVC promised to protect community access television in San Francisco and work with the producers and programmers. Instead it has done the opposite.
The City of San Francisco and their chosen contractor BAVC with a multi-million dollar budget has told producers and programmers of community access television in San Francisco that the station will be closing down on December 20, 2009 despite the fact that the lease for the property does not expire until April 30, 2010 and it does not take three months to disassemble the equipment and studios. This means all productions from the Flash Studio and Main studio will be shutdown and BAVC has also said it does not plan to rebuild a main studio at it’s current location next to KQED. This takes place in San Francisco which is major center of media and communication in Northern California.
At the same time, the corporate driven BAVC is requiring producers of community access program to have their own equipment to develop and produce the shows and they are essentially saying poor and low income users of community access will be locked out of getting their programming on the channels unless they pay exorbitant fees. This is a violation of the principle of community access that it will not discriminate against low income workers and others who do not have their own equipment.
This also violates the promise of the City Department of Telecommunication and Mayor Newsom that they would protect community access in San Francisco. Many other communities including even smaller cities have fully staffed community access stations with main studios. These include Berkeley, San Jose, Sacramento, Pacifica, Santa Rosa and San Rafael. Why is it that San Francisco which is a large city cannot do the same?
BAVC promised when they submitted their bid and after their take-over of the station that they would work to protect the production and producers of programs. This has shown to be a false promise. Productions and producers are abandoning Community Access shows that have been established by much volunteer labor over many many years. BAVC has not even provided written notice about it's plans to an elected community board of advisors for the station. Is this how BAVC does business in San Francisco at San Francisco community accesss?
Community producers and programmers as well as community supporters of San Francisco community access demand that the City Of San Francisco require that the station stay open at 1720 Market St. until another station is constructed if there is to be a closure. We call for the cancellation of the contract with BAVC and the establishment of a democratically elected board that represents the community and labor to run the community access station. The board of BAVC does not represent the interests of community access and refuses to even meet with Community Access Producers and Programmers.
The city has millions of dollars in capital funds that could be used to maintain the station. Instead, the SF City Attorney and Mayor Newsom want to close our studios and destroy public access in San Francisco.

Support the protest and news conference on Tuesday December 1, 2009 at 4:00 PM at Channel 29 1720 Market St/Valencia St. San Francisco

Bring Your Friends And Supporters Of Community Access

Coalition To Defend Free Speech And SF Community Access
Initial Endorsers
David Miles, Steve Zeltzer, Ace Washinton, Kazumi Torii, Julian Lagos, Pam Sauer, Ken Johnson, Ellison Horne, Peter Kurtz, Raymond Hong, Stu Smith, Mary Ellen Churchill
To endorse the action and for further information contact

Call Members of the San Francisco Supervisors And Ask Them To Hold Hearings And To Stop The Closure And Privatization Of Community Access
Contact The San Francisco Department Of Telecommunications To Let Them Know You Are Opposed To Closing The Station
Fraser Berry
Principle Admistrative Analyst DTIS-SFCC/Planning And Compliance Division
581-3976 barry.fraser [at]
1 South Van Ness 2nd Fl. San Francisco

Also Contact The BAVC Board Of Directors And Ask Them Why They Are Destroying Community Access


SALLY JO FIFER President, CEO sally_fifer [at]
Independent Television Service (ITVS)
651 Brannan Street
Suite 410
San Francisco, CA 94107
Phone: (415) 356-8383 ext. 233

Sally is President and CEO of Independent Television Service (ITVS), the leading provider of independently produced programs for PBS. Since 1991, ITVS has funded and presented more than 500 shows for public television. She is also Executive Producer of Independent Lens, a 29-week national series for PBS. Prior to taking the helm at ITVS, she spent nine years as the executive director of BAVC. She is the co-editor with Doug Hall of Illuminating Video, a widely used textbook on video art. She has received fellowships for executive training from Stanford and Harvard Business Schools, and holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MA from Stanford University.

2901 Tasman Drive, Suite 210
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Tel: (408) 343-7500
Fax: (408) 748-1987
Dr. Malsheen is the President and CEO of MINO Wireless, which provides mobile international calling solutions for business travelers. She brings more than 20 years of experience in a wide variety of companies focused on mobile solutions. Dr. Malsheen was previously CEO at Groove Mobile, the world’s leading mobile music service provider. Prior to Groove, Dr. Malsheen served as president and chief executive officer of Voxware, a global provider of mobile voice-based enterprise solutions for distribution and warehouse operations. Earlier, she served as general manager of Centigram Communications Corporation’s Speech Business Unit. She currently serves as a board member of Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC), and of Independent Television Service (ITVS), She also serves as a senior advisor to Melodis, which has developed next-generation sound recognition and search technology for mobile devices, as well as to Wimeme, a mobile marketing company focused on the sports industry.

Weil Gotshal & Manges

201 Redwood Shores Parkway
Redwood City, CA 94065
(650) 802-3000

Jason is head of the Intellectual Property (IP) Counseling Group in the Silicon Valley Office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, and has extensive experience in patent portfolio management, IP litigation and pre-litigation counseling, IP due diligence, and IP transactions. Jason holds a JD from Stanford Law School, and a BA and MS from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Mobile Commons NYC

86 Chambers St.
Suite 701
New York, NY 10007
info [at]
Jed Alpert is founder and CEO of Mobile Commons, the leading mobile technology company focusing on cause related marketing, campaigns and advocacy. Mobile Commons customers include Aveda, CREDO, The NY State Democratic Committee, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the NRDC, the National Alliance for Hispanic Health the United Nations, Save Darfur, People for the American Way, UFCW, SEIU and the ACLU. Mobile Commons recently named a “Fast Company Magazine Fast Fifty Company.” Prior to founding Mobile Commons he served as the President of Sunshine Amalgamedia and created innovative marketing and sponsorship programs for clients such as Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Samsung, and Pepsi. As a partner at Rudolph and Beer, Jed’s practice focused on entertainment and media law. He was also an associate at Paul Weiss. Jed has produced numerous feature films, including Sunday, winner of the 1997 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize. He serves on the board of Riverkeeper and has also served on the boards of a number of film festivals and arts organizations, including Genart, The Newport Film Festival, and Thread Waxing Space. Jed holds a BA from Connecticut College and a JD from Cardozo School of Law.

PHONE (818)847-9656

Patricia is the Executive Director of Latino Public Broadcasting. She brings decades of high-level expertise in the intersecting fields of philanthropy, filmmaking and socially responsible business. Patricia was Director of the Sundance Institute’s International Program, and Senior Program Officer at the MacArthur Foundation where she managed media programs, including funding for major public radio and television series. She directed Hispanics in Philanthropy’s Transnational Program, and was Senior Manager for Global Public Affairs at the Levi Strauss Foundation. Most recently, Boero was Director for International Corporate Social Responsibility at the Starbucks Coffee Company in Seattle, in charge of CSR projects in 37 global markets. She studied film in Sydney, Australia, where she directed documentaries for Film Australia and the public TV station SBS. She has been a correspondent for the BBC’s World Service and field producer for CNN. She was a founding member of LPB’s Board of Directors, 1998-2006.

Actual Films
221 11th Street
San Francisco, California 94103
Phone (415) 575-9999
Fax (415) 575-0826
actualfilms [at]
Bonnie started Actual Films in 1998 with her partner, Jon Shenk. She is the executive producer of the documentary The Rape of Europa, and the producer and director of a number of films, including many in the PBS series The New Heroes. She is currently producing Jon Else’s new film, Wonders Are Many. Bonni holds a MA in Documentary Film from Stanford University and a BA in International Relations from Tufts University.

San Francisco office
Adobe Systems Incorporated
601 Townsend Street
San Francisco, CA
Tel: 415-832-2000
Fax: 415-832-2020

Jim is Adobe Vice President of Product Management for Web and Mobile Video Applications, overseeing Adobe Premiere® Pro, Adobe After Effects®, Macromedia® Studio, Macromedia Flash®, and Macromedia Dreamweaver® software. Jim has 25 years of experience in computer software and entertainment industry, including executive positions at various companies including Disney, Autodesk, and Pinnacle Systems.


Ken is Executive Director of Bay Area Video Coalition. Ken provides oversight for all aspects of operation at the Bay Area Video Coalition. Ken has been the Executive Director of BAVC since April 2007, and formerly served as the Interim Executive Director, and the Director of Youth Programs. Ken joined BAVC when the organization he founded, Youth Sounds, merged with BAVC. Ken is spearheading, with Joaquin Alvarado, the development of the National Public Lightpath, and as such, has convened meetings with a variety of national funders, content providers, and technologists who are now working together to make this network a reality.

Dick has more than 35 years of venture capital investment experience. Dick was the first person to invest in the Ethernet, and was an early investor in Balloon Angioplasty and the company that originated PowerPoint presentations. Dick is on currently on the board of several technology companies and nonprofit organizations, including Force10 Networks, Visual Edge Technology, and the Exploratorium. He was recently Chairman and President of the National Venture Capital Association. He holds an MBA from Harvard University Graduate School of Business and a BS in History from Northwestern University. He has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Venture Capital Association and the University of California-Haas School of Business. He and his wife Pam are noted collectors of Media Art.

Rogers Joseph O'Donnell
Robert Dollar Building
311 California Street, 10th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104-2695
Telephone: 415/956-2828
Facsimile: 415/956-6457
Email: webmaster [at],
Neil is the founding partner of the law firm of Rogers Joseph O'Donnell in San Francisco, where he specializes in construction and public contract law. In over thirty years of practice, Jim has specialized in public contract and construction law at the federal, state and local levels. He was named one of the leading government contract lawyers in the country in the 2005, 2006 and 2007 editions of Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business. Neil is on the Advisory Committee for The Government Contractor and the Associated General Contractors of California Legal Advisory Committee, and is a member of the ABA Forum Committee on the Construction Industry. He holds a JD from Yale Law School, and a BA from Williams College.

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by SF Community Access TV Viewer
Wednesday Nov 25th, 2009 11:01 PM
Looking at this list of BAVC's Board of Directors and you get "The Bigger Picture": Corporate Hijacking of SF Community Access TV compliments of the SF Dept. of Technology and Information Services (DTIS).

Thank you for posting the names, addresses, and phone #'s of these BAVC board "directors" and DTIS officials.

Spread the Word, San Francisco!

by openmediafoundation
Saturday Nov 28th, 2009 9:54 AM
With the PEG funds the city is providing, BAVC should be able to afford to provide equipment, and eventually a studio, and you're right that this is an important aspect of ensuring that low-income communities have access to the equipment they need to maintain a voice in the media conversation. However, the funding structure is changing, and there will be changes, and a transition period. Working with BAVC to make the best of the situation will get you further than blindly resisting any change. Protests and articles like this result in a perception that the AccesSF members are irrational and not interested in constructive compromise. Where are the realistic, constructive proposals?
The producers would be well-served to nominate an individual or two who can represent the collective concerns of the members, develop proposals that take into account the financial realities BAVC is facing, and establish a healthy dialogue with BAVC. To refer to BAVC's management of the station as "privatization" is misleading and inaccurate. BAVC is not part of the Private Sector, they are a 501C3, and the only difference between them and AccesSF is they receive less operating funds and are focused on a Public Access solution that is more sustainable.
Try organizing towards some constructive goals, like a proposal to BAVC, or to the city, outlining a plan for reasonable deliverables that could be tied to the minimal operating funds that are provided. The reality is, BAVC has been selected and is acting within the contract they signed. BAVC is managing Public Access for the forseeable future in SF, and working WITH them to establish solutions will get you further than trying to divide the producers from the new management.
by repost
Saturday Nov 28th, 2009 12:29 PM
Denver Corporate Shills For BAVC-All In Bed Together
BOARD OF DIRECTORS | Open Media Foundation

Executive Committee

President: Leslie Matthews

Leslie is an organizational consultant and the Managing Partner of Matthews & Matthews PC., a law firm in Denver. She has been a consultant to several Fortune 500 corporations and public entities on the successful execution of business strategies and the architecture of change. She has overseen multiple organizational turn-around and provide executive coaching for business leaders committed to producing significant expansion or reorganization. Leslie has worked nationally and internationally with clients such as Eli Lilly, Dow Jones, Gallo Wineries, Bayer and Genentech. Most recently she headed up matrix operations for Sirna Inc., a biotech company in Boulder Colorado and acted Interim City Manager for the City of Northglenn during a period of re-organization due to revenue shortfalls. Leslie has also been a mentor and board member of Colorado Youth at Risk where she worked to help create a 400 percent increase in contributions in a single fiscal year. She has a BS in nursing from the University of Massachusetts, a law degree from the University of Houston, and has completed advanced studies in organizational change and executive leadership. Leslie and her husband Ken have three grown children between them.

Vice President: Tanya Ishikawa

Tanya is an award-winning, freelance journalist and editor, based in Federal Heights, Colorado. She is regularly published in various Denver metro area magazines, newspapers, newsletters and web sites. An aspiring screenwriter, Tanya's desire to produce films and documentaries led her to join Denver Open Media, where she has taken several classes and uses the editing equipment, studios and field equipment. She also participates in filming, networking and educational activities with Colorado Actors and Screenwriters Assembly, Colorado Film and Video Commission and other local film groups. She wrote a feature-length film, which was recognized by the Sundance and Austin screenwriting competitions, and a TV episode, which placed second in the Houston Worldfest. She serves on the Federal Heights City Council, the Northmoor Homeowners Association Board, Adams-Jefferson Chapter of the Green Party, and the Denver Foundation Board Marketing Committee. She is also a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Colorado Press Association. She has lived in Japan and enjoys visiting native and traditional cultures.

Secretary: Adrienne Russell

Adrienne is an assistant professor of Digital Media Studies at the University of Denver. Before joining the faculty there, she held a two-year fellowship at University of Southern California's Annenberg Center for Communication, where she was part of a group of scholars investigating emerging digital communication tools and networks and their impact on public life. This work culminated in a collaboratively written book, Networked Publics, recently published by MIT Press. Adrienne writes for both scholarly and popular publications and co-edited the book International Blogging, to be published in 2009. She has taught at the American University of Paris, University of California at Berkeley, University of Southern California and Indiana University. Adrienne's research and teaching focus on emerging forms of digital communication and the rise in participation among members of the public in the production and distribution of media. Her work on the board is inspired by Denver Open Media's innovative approaches to strengthening community media by creating digital platforms to help manage and share programming among public access stations throughout the country. More of Adrienne's current projects and interests can be found at her website

Treasurer: Joseph Odhiambo

Joseph is currently an Accountant at the Arapahoe County Public Airport Authority. He has been with the Authority for three years. A graduate of Accounting and post graduate in Business Management he brings on board the financial reporting skills to contribute to the financial oversight function of the DOM board informed by experience gained from financial reporting for the Centennial Airport Foundation Board of Directors.

Joseph was born and raised in Kenya and has been living in Denver for the last eight years. He brings diversity to DOM and the ability to reach out to different communities in Denver. He also has international political connections in countries that can readily use the community media as exemplified by the Denver Open Media.
He hopes to be part of an effective and accountable oversight.

Members at Large

Henry Ansbacher

Henry is the founder of Just Media and has served as its executive director since 2000. Just Media's mission is to raise awareness of current social and environmental issues in the broadest audience through the development and production of innovative and compelling media projects. He has produced over 25 documentary shorts featuring social entrepreneurs working for social justice. In 2005 Ansbacher and Just Media won four Emmys including Best Program Feature for a six-part magazine format TV series about social entrepreneurs.

He has produced several short and feature length documentaries, including IRON LADIES OF LIBERIA, BIG BLUE BEAR, and COME BACK TO SUDAN; his films have reached domestic and international broadcast audiences and earned critical acclaim at film festivals worldwide. Henry's most recent producing effort has been nominated for an Oscar award. The film, THEY KILLED SISTER DOROTHY, is a feature-length documentary about the murder of Sister Dorothy Stang, an environmental activist working with the poor of Brazil's Amazon rainforest. The film premiered at the 2008 South by Southwest Film Festival, where it won both the juried and audience awards for Best Documentary and will air in 2009 on HBO.

Henry holds a BA from Colorado College and his MA in psychology from the University of Denver and has worked around the state as a counselor. He lives in Denver with his wife Karma and their three children.

Jonathan Gillam

Jon Gillam is a corporate attorney at the Boulder office of Faegre & Benson LLP. He focuses his practice on general corporate matters, including commercial contracts, mergers and acquisitions, securities, and the formation of business entities. During law school at the University of Chicago, Jon worked for the Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship representing low-income entrepreneurs in need of legal assistance. At the clinic, he assisted clients in their acquisitions, intellectual property licensing agreements, general contracts and formation of business entities.

Elise Herzog

Elise has more than 10 years of experience in integrated marketing - including public relations, marketing and special events - ranging from retail and restaurant marketing, agency and non-profit public relations, and corporate and non-profit special events in grass roots to large corporate environments. She also volunteers for Read Aloud, a Denver Public Library program designed to develop pre-reading skills among Denver's educationally at-risk, low-income preschoolers. Previously, Elise has provided her public relations skills to Denver organizations involved with the arts, including Denver Office of Cultural Affairs and Colorado Alliance for Arts and Education. Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, Elise moved out to Colorado when she was 18 and spent three years teaching ski school in Breckenridge. From there she moved to Denver where she received her bachelor's degree, majoring in Mass Communications and minoring in Spanish. She also holds a master's degree in Special Events Marketing from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Sheila Keller

Shelia is currently a graduate student in the fields of International Studies and Social Work at the University of Denver. She began experimenting with documentary video a year ago in an attempt to bridge her love of the arts and her dedication to social justice. After a few classes at the University of Denver, and continued access to the tools at Denver Open Media, she has been able to begin and continue work on her first documentary. Still untitled, it is a look at the issue of immigration through following two Latino janitors (who were part of the union Keller worked for) throughout their daily lives. This documentary is an attempt to contradict negative impressions of immigrants portrayed in popular media, and it is a collaborative effort with a number of partners who themselves are embedded in the immigrant experience.

Sheila was born and raised in Cleveland, OH, where her community and family impressed upon her the values of diversity, social justice, and the power of the arts. She holds a BA in anthropology and sociology from Earlham College. She has worked as a community organizer, a Spanish teacher, an Outward Bound instructor, and a union organizer. She hopes that her role on the board of Denver Open Media will bring a critical eye to the idea of community in community media, and help further DOM's goal of bringing democracy to the people through exposure and access to the tools and power of the media.

Marla Rodriguez

Marla is the Manager of Public Relations and Marketing at one of Denver's oldest educational institutions, the Emily Griffith Opportunity School. Rodriguez manages the Opportunity School's marketing communications, advertising, public relations and community relations. In this role, she also oversees brand management, market research and evaluation. Prior to entering the educational arena, Rodriguez directed sports public relations, most recently at the University of Denver (2000-05). At Denver, Rodriguez directed the 17-sport NCAA Division I sports public relations department that won back-to-back Hockey National Championships and advanced 10 teams to NCAA postseason play. Rodriguez was named to the NCAA Men's Final Four Media Coordination Committee and worked at numerous national and regional events. Rodriguez also served as the Associate Director of Sports Information at Rutgers University (1995-2000) and Temple University (1992-95) after holding similar positions at Marshall University (1990-91) and the University of Florida (1989-90). The winner of numerous publications awards, Rodriguez' 1999-00 women's basketball media guide cover was judged best in the nation. An active community member, Rodriguez volunteers with Colorado Youth at Risk, a drop-out prevention program and participates on the diversity committee for the Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics. Born in Colorado Springs, Colo., Rodriguez is a 1988 graduate of Iowa State University with a bachelor's degree in journalism. She also holds a master's degree in sports administration from St. Thomas University (Miami, Fla.). A former collegiate swimmer, Rodriguez participates in triathlons and ran the Portland marathon in 2006.

Jason Stoval

Jason has been a board Member since 2004,. He became involved with DOM through its parent, Deproduction, and its predecessor, as a freelance editor and producer working on grassroots projects and serving as a guest instructor [for basic production classes] with now-Executive Director Tony Shawcross.

With 15 years experience in video production and cable television programming experience, Stoval is a great fit for the organization. As one of the owner/developers in grim.TV, which pioneered interactive entertainment concepts including "PLUR", the first-ever multi-stream navigable narrative series, Jason's dedication to viewer/user empowerment dovetails perfectly with DOMs designs on greater and more comprehensive interactivity within its programming. Also, his five years working in Programming/Acquistions at Hallmark Entertainment Networks' international channels give a sound basis for advising on scheduling, budgets, diversity of programming, and
how operations can affect viewers.

Stoval has worked in the commercial and non-profit sectors as a freelance producer, writer, director and editor in the Denver/Boulder region for more than a decade and is dedicated to assisting underserved people gain voice in media through training, access to gear, and an outlet for their work.

Lindita Torres-Winters

Lindita is the daughter of migrant workers and grew up picking tomatoes in the Midwest. At the age of 17, Linda earned her high school equivalency diploma. She then became the first person in her family to attend college, earning a BA in Education and Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. While there, she worked with the High School Equivalency Program, traveling to migrant farm worker camps to recruit teens for the program. She continued her work with migrant farm workers as a consultant to Coca Cola's Agriculture division and working as a fundraiser to help build schools, medical, and community facilities for migrant workers. In 1995 Linda formed Linditas' Inc., which manufactures instant salsa mixes. Linda was Denver's Hispanic Woman of the year in 1997. She has served as Director of the Board for The Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Mi Casa Resources for Women, the Justice Information Center, and Tennyson Center for Children & Families. She is also a member of the Colorado Food Association and Colorado Proud. She starred in the film "Passing Berhoud" directed by Carolyn Sanchez, which was a hit at film festivals around the country. She hosts a local television talk show, Hispano Americanos, which addresses community issues, and she writes a food column for the Aurora Daily Sun. In 2002 she launched Lindita's Kitchen Cooking Show, showcasing traditional Mexican dishes.