6 thoughts on “Warring Pacifica factions take up court battle as financial woes mount

  1. Not a bad article, but missing quite a few facts and details that skew it to one point of view. For example, Reese is the one who laid off over 2/3 of WBAI staff, which mandated severance checks be cut, and to do this, Reese took $50,000 from KPFA to cover the expense. Additionally, Reese did this with no intent or plan to cover the mandatory deductions (FICA, Medicare, etc.), which have yet to be allocated or paid, which leaves Pacifica holding the bag on her errors. Reese also cancelled the mandated 2013 elections for new board members, which was supported by the same group that is currently suing Pacifica.

  2. Ms. Wilkinson is disputed chair. The Secretary has produced no minutes from the new board of any open session since February 7-10 meeting in Washington, D.C. when there was the election for chair. Those minutes will show the election was not resolved according to the by-laws. All their actions are based on breaking and ignoring the rules from the beginning. Duncan is the failed GM from KPFK, having produced two years of six figure deficits and heading into a third even bigger deficit before he resigned. Wilkinson and Duncan appear to be withholding KPFA’s records because there seems to be missing accounts of revenue and no reconciliation of books for the previous year, more than six months after FY end. Getting rid of Reese and installing sock puppet Duncan would eliminate those awkward questions like. where’d the money go? Why are your records not up to date and ready for the audit?

  3. Reese’s complaints about the CPB money are disingenuous. She’s the one who ran the network for the last 3 years, and prompted the audit from the CPB which is holding back current funds. And she’s the one who laid off nearly all of WBAI’s staff, causing a , when other, more sensible options were available. Anyone who wants to learn more about her history at Pacifica can find details at http://www.SaveKPFA.org.

  4. The lawsuit is not going well for PDGG and they sued at a time most damaging to Pacifica. We have neither the money to be sued or the money to defend and regardless of the outcome.
    It was calculated to force the majority of last year to retain power for yet another year, after not having held elections over the past year, as was required by the bylaws. Reese was not fixing Pacifica issues in the long term, save the years overdue layoffs in NY and possibly renegotiating of debts. Not fundraising or personnel or programming or dropping memberships, which are all critical, not mention behaviors unwarranted and unwanted by employees, even EDs. perhaps especially EDs.
    They have held power and not fixed issues long over due and have now tied the hands of those who would try.
    I am named in the suit and I am disgusted with things that have been a part of governance and it’s problems for about 2 decades. These are old power grabs and serve no good for Pacifica, nor any station, nor programs, nor membership.
    I align with neither side of these issues, but am aligned with myself on issues.
    It is a foolhardy effort and no more proper than any of the other grabs before or the one since.
    Hank Lamb

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