Three Members of KPFA’s LSB Try To Give Pacifica’s Assets to California Court

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Three members of KPFA’s local station board, Chair Christina Huggins, Andrea Turner, Donald Goldmacher and their lawyer, traveled down to Los Angeles on Tuesday, violating California’s COVID19 shelter in place order, to try to convince a court to place Pacifica’s assets into a receivership and remove control of the Foundation from its members. Update: There is a 4th plaintiff, former KPFA LSB member Craig Alderson. The attorney is Stephen Jaffe, an SF employment lawyer and unsuccessful congressional candidate). Their effort was unsuccessful and their emergency request was denied by the court.

Their filing, apparently an error-riddled 800 page tome, was not available on the LA County Superior Court site as of the time of this newsletter, but was said to have asserted incorrectly that Pacifica’s buildings were about to be foreclosed upon and that the fiscal year 2017 audit had not been completed. (It was completed some time ago). The judge denied the request in a brief hearing of less than 30 minutes duration and castigated the plaintiffs for procedural irregularities. 

Among the procedural irregularities was the failure to serve the lawsuit. The plaintiff’s attorney merely called a few officers of the board on the telephone at 8:00 am the day before the hearing. 

Receivership, which is normally requested by an organization’s creditors, not its member-elected delegates, hands over all of the foundation’s assets, including all five station radio licenses, title to all owned real estate, and all of the money in any the station bank accounts, to an independent party appointed by the court. The receiver maintains possession of all assets until discharged by the court, The receiver makes all financial and operational decisions during the period of receivership and may shed assets and discharge workers to attain profitability. With the permission of the overseeing judge, a receiver can act to liquidate an organization and can also petition to terminate or not renew collective bargaining agreements.

The three KPFA local station board members did not inform the KPFA local station board of their actions, and one of them Andrea Turner, who is a PNB director, did not inform her national board colleagues. Their bizarre actions happened as other members of their faction send pleading emails to members to sign a petition for a bylaws referendum, which would no longer be possible under receivership, as members would lose their voting rights for the duration of the receivership. 

While the “emergency request” was formally and finally denied, the full lawsuit will continue wending its way through the court system, with Pacifica members like you footing the bill. 

Pacifica members upset at the actions by delegates to take away the Foundation from its members can email the KPFA local station board at kpfalsb@googlegroups.com.

If you value being kept up to speed on Pacifica Radio news via this newsletter, you can make a little contribution to keep Pacifica in Exile publishing . Donations are secure, but not tax-deductible.

To subscribe to this newsletter, please visit our website at www.pacificainexile.org

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Started in 1946 by conscientious objector Lew Hill, Pacifica’s storied history includes impounded program tapes for a 1954 on-air discussion of marijuana, broadcasting the Seymour Hersh revelations of the My Lai massacre, bombings by the Ku Klux Klan, going to jail rather than turning over the Patty Hearst tapes to the FBI, and Supreme Court cases including the 1984 decision that noncommercial broadcasters have the constitutional right to editorialize, and the Seven Dirty Words ruling following George Carlin’s incendiary performances on WBAI. Pacifica Foundation operates noncommercial radio stations in New York, Washington, Houston, Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Bay Area, and syndicates content to over 180 affiliates. It invented listener-sponsored radio.

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Three members of KPFA’s local station board, Chair Christina Huggins, Andrea Turner, Donald Goldmacher and their lawyer, traveled down to Los Angeles on Tuesday, violating California’s COVID19 shelter in place order, to try to convince a court to place Pacifica’s assets into a receivership and remove control of the Foundation from its members. Update: The 4th plaintiff is Craig Alderson, a former KPFA LSB member and the attorney is Stephen Jaffe, an SF employment lawyer and unsucessful Congressional candidate. Their effort was unsuccessful and their emergency request was denied by the court.

Their filing, apparently an error-riddled 800 page tome, was not available on the LA County Superior Court site as of the time of this newsletter, but was said to have asserted incorrectly that Pacifica’s buildings were about to be foreclosed upon and that the fiscal year 2017 audit had not been completed. (It was completed some time ago). The judge denied the request in a brief hearing of less than 30 minutes duration and castigated the plaintiffs for procedural irregularities. 

Among the procedural irregularities was the failure to serve the lawsuit. The plaintiff’s attorney merely called a few officers of the board on the telephone at 8:00 am the day before the hearing. 

Receivership, which is normally requested by an organization’s creditors, not its member-elected delegates, hands over all of the foundation’s assets, including all five station radio licenses, title to all owned real estate, and all of the money in any the station bank accounts, to an independent party appointed by the court. The receiver maintains possession of all assets until discharged by the court, The receiver makes all financial and operational decisions during the period of receivership and may shed assets and discharge workers to attain profitability. With the permission of the overseeing judge, a receiver can act to liquidate an organization and can also petition to terminate or not renew collective bargaining agreements.

The three KPFA local station board members did not inform the KPFA local station board of their actions, and one of them Andrea Turner, who is a PNB director, did not inform her national board colleagues. Their bizarre actions happened as other members of their faction send pleading emails to members to sign a petition for a bylaws referendum, which would no longer be possible under receivership, as members would lose their voting rights for the duration of the receivership. 

While the “emergency request” was formally and finally denied, the full lawsuit will continue wending its way through the court system, with Pacifica members like you footing the bill. 

Pacifica members upset at the actions by delegates to take away the Foundation from its members can email the KPFA local station board at kpfalsb@googlegroups.com.

If you value being kept up to speed on Pacifica Radio news via this newsletter, you can make a little contribution to keep Pacifica in Exile publishing . Donations are secure, but not tax-deductible.

To subscribe to this newsletter, please visit our website at www.pacificainexile.org

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Started in 1946 by conscientious objector Lew Hill, Pacifica’s storied history includes impounded program tapes for a 1954 on-air discussion of marijuana, broadcasting the Seymour Hersh revelations of the My Lai massacre, bombings by the Ku Klux Klan, going to jail rather than turning over the Patty Hearst tapes to the FBI, and Supreme Court cases including the 1984 decision that noncommercial broadcasters have the constitutional right to editorialize, and the Seven Dirty Words ruling following George Carlin’s incendiary performances on WBAI. Pacifica Foundation operates noncommercial radio stations in New York, Washington, Houston, Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Bay Area, and syndicates content to over 180 affiliates. It invented listener-sponsored radio.

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One thought on “Three Members of KPFA’s LSB Try To Give Pacifica’s Assets to California Court”

  1. Thx so much for this, especially, for publicising this info so swiftly. Says it all as to what these low-lifes are all about, not least their sense of morality. No doubt their kids have benefited.

    Respect.

    Your post is reproduced, in full, at https://pacificaradiowatch.home.blog/2020/12/08/breakers-excel-themselves-goldmacher-huggins-turner-try-to-get-court-to-put-pacifica-into-receivership-scum-beneath-contempt/ , which also has embedded audiofiles of the 2hr emergency broadcast made that evening, Tu8Dec, by WPFW & WBAI (time-stamped interviewees include Pacifica’s legal general counsel, Arthur Schwartz, & a certain Tracy Rosenberg). There’s also some commentary.

    P.S. Your own post has the copy there twice. (The 2nd is best coz the update, re Alderson & Jaffe, is italicised.)

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