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WPFW 2016 Elections Extended

Election extended until Friday, October 7th at 3pm eastern time.

If you have not received a ballot but feel you are an eligible listener or staff member, please contact your Local Election Supervisor.*

Local Election Supervisor-WPFW David Levine <les-wpfw2016@pacifica.org>

Quorun needed for Listeners is 10%

Quorum needed for Staff is 25%

WE ARE ALMOST THERE.

YOUR VOTE CAN MAKE THE DIFFERENCE.

See previous post for  Recommended Write-In Candidates and others to Vote for.

* Eligible Voters:

  • You are an eligible Listerner member if you have paid your membership dues or accumulated sufficient volunteer hours since July 1, 2015 and before July 1, 2016.
  • You are an eligible Staff member if you started working at the station (paid or unpaid)  since July 1, 2015 and before July 1, 2016.

 

 

 

WPFW 2016 Elections: Why you should vote and Who to Vote for

WPFW Listeners and Staff

Please

Vote in The Local Station Board Election

Vote ONLINE by Sept. 30, 2016

If you vote by Mail it MUST arrive in CA by Sept. 30, 2016


WHY You Should Vote

We need YOU to participate for the election to be declared valid !

A certain % of the eligible voters must participate to reach quorum (25% of staff and 10% of listeners), and if quorum is not met, the election will be declared void, resulting in:
1) Wasting $16,ooo+ on the cost to conduct the election; and if the voting period needs to be extended to reach quorum, the costs will go up!

2) All the current LSB remain until the next election (unless term limited), but those whose elected term expires will remain even though not certified to run for reelection.

Pacifica is unique in the nonprofit world – providing the right to staff and listener-members to run as candidates for our governing body and to vote for these candidates, is the most important benefit of membership in WPFW/Pacifica, because it provides a mechanism to directly influence the decisions made at our station, and network – the Pacifica Foundation.

Each LSB elects 4 representatives to the Pacifica National Board (PNB), the organization’s highest decision-making body. Decisions made there in the near future will determine whether or not WPFW and the Foundation survive; and what direction the organization will take.  If the organization is to truly represent its staff and listeners, we must ALL participate in determining who these representatives will be.

If you have NOT received a ballot, or if you received the wrong ballot (ex. you are Staff but received a Listener ballot) please contact the

Local Election Supervisor at: 

les-wpfw2016@pacifica.or

WHO To Vote For

 STAFF ELECTION

(A) REGULAR CANDIDATES: Rob Simms – We encourage you to vote for Rob, a former LSB member.

(B) WRITE-IN CANDIDATES:   Arthur McCloud – We encourage you to vote for Arthur as a WRITE-IN CANDIDATE.  He currently serves on the LSB and has focused on programming issues.  Due to a misunderstanding, he was unable to become a regular candidate.

CMS support for these candidates DOES NOT mean that they are members of CMS or support CMS’s positions. We support them simply because we feel they would continue to make, valuable contributions to the LSB and the survival of the station.

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LISTENER ELECTION

Because we only have 6 certified candidates to fill 9 seats, please WRITE-IN 3 CANDIDATES to fill the remaining seats !

(I) WRITE-IN CANDIDATES – CMS recommends that you WRITE-IN these candidates on your ballot:

1) Christine Cutter – Christine was recently elected to fill a vacancy on the LSB

2) Lonnie Hall – Lonnie applied as a regular candidate, attended all the candidate meet-and-greets but one of his documents was sent but not received by the election supervisors, which prevented him from being placed on the regular ballot.

3) Murray (“Cliff”) Smith – Cliff was recently elected to fill a vacancy on the LSB, and has been a member of the LSB Programming Committee for the last two years.  He started out as a regular candidate in this election, but was prevented from completing the certification process due to a personal emergency.

CMS support for these candidates DOES NOT mean that they are members of CMS or support CMS’s positions. We support them simply because we feel they would continue to make, valuable contributions to the LSB and the survival of the station.

(I) REGULAR CANDIDATES
CMS encourages all listener-members to vote for ALL 6 certified candidates on the ballot. 

(A) Among these, 2 are members of CMS :

1) Martha Peterson – Martha is a current member of the LSB and an active member of the Relocation and fundraising  committees.

2) Benito Diaz – Benito is a former member of the LSB and the national board, and a current member of the Finance and Programming committees.

(B) Of the 4 remaining regular candidates, 3 agreed to be recommended by CMS:

3) Eileen Rosen – Eileen served as the LSB’s Treasurer Pro Tem for part of this year, is an active member of the Finance Committee, and was recently elected to fill a vacancy on the LSB .

4) Meridith Cordisco – Meridith was recently elected to fill a vacancy on the LSB

5) Vicki McGill – Vicki is a current member of the LSB and has been working on social media issues.

candidate statements AT: http://elections.pacifica.org/wordpress/wpfw-candidates/

 

Tell us what you think about the programming!

1. On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate programming for 2016?

2. what is more relevant Music, Public Affairs programs or both?

3. Name your favorite programs or programmers and why?

4. Name your least favored programs or programmers and why?

5. What types of programs would you like to see that aren’t in place?

6. Any comments regarding programming?

A message from the Local Election Supervisor.

Dear WPFW Listener-Sponsor and Staff Members,
If you have not yet cast your vote for the upcoming Local Station Board Elections, please consider doing so. To be counted a ballot must be received by TrueBallot on or before September 30th (the “Election Close Date”). Please be sure to cast your ballot, so that we reach quorum by September 30th.
The list of WPFW Local Station Board candidates and the statements they submitted can be found at http://elections.pacifica.org/wordpress/wpfw-candidates/.

Candidates were required to submit a candidate statement of up to 500 words (referred to as Long Statement) and were given the option of also submitting a candidate statement up to 200 words (referred to as Short Statement). They were also given the opportunity to complete an optional questionnaire.

Depending on how much was submitted, you may have to scroll down on their page to see all of their answers.

On each candidate’s page, you can also listen to the candidate “cart” or “spot” they recorded earlier in the election cycle. These recordings are no longer than 60 seconds.

Finally, if you are an eligible listener or staff member and you have either not yet received a ballot or need a replacement ballot, please email me at les-wpfw2016@pacifica.org. In your email, please include your current mailing address and any proof of membership you may have (donation receipt, for example).
Sincerely,
David Levine
WPFW Local Election Supervisor
(240)343-5174

CMS Position On The LSB Elections: WHY You Should Vote & WHO To Vote FOR

Why you should vote:

CMS urges all ‘PFW staff (unpaid and paid), and listener-members, to VOTE to elect our representatives to our Local Station Board (LSB), the station’s governing body. Pacifica is unique in the nonprofit world by providing for an elected board. In many ways, the right to run as candidates for our governing body and to vote for these candidates, is the most important benefit of membership in ‘PFW/Pacifica, since it provides a mechanism for staff and listener-members to directly influence the decisions that are to be made at our station, and within the Pacifica Foundation.  At this time of financial crisis throughout the Foundation, the decisions made in the near future will determine whether or not ‘PFW and the Foundation will survive, and in what form; and what direction the organization will take. Each LSB elects 4 representatives to the Pacifica National Board (PNB), which is the organization’s highest decision-making body: the buck stops here ! If the organization is to truly represent its staff and listeners, we must ALL participate in determining who these representatives will be.  Finally, we need YOU to participate in order for the election to be declared valid ! A certain % of the eligible voters must participate in each separate election (staff and listener), and if we don’t meet that quorum, the election will be declared void, resulting in 2 negatives:  1) We will have wasted the approximately $16,ooo+ it will have cost ‘PFW to conduct the election at a time of dire financial crisis; and if the election is extended in order to reach quorum, the costs will go up further ! Worst yet, if the election period is extended and we still don’t reach quorum, we will have spent extra money we don’t have, and on top of that, the election will still be declared void, as has happened before !  2) The terms of the current occupants of the seats up for election will be extended another 2 years until the next election (2018); resulting in our having to live with some unelected “representatives”.  EVERYONE PLEASE !  Fill-out your ballot and put it in the mail by 9/24/16,  so as to insure that it is received in California by the 9/30/16 deadline !

AS OF 9/15/16 ONLY 1/3 BALLOTS HAVE BEEN RETURNED!

WHO To Vote For  STAFF ELECTION  (A) REGULAR CANDIDATES  Rob Simms – We encourage you to vote for Rob, a former LSB member.  (B) WRITE-IN CANDIDATES  Arthur McCloud – We encourage you to vote for Arthur as a WRITE-IN CANDIDATE. He currently serves on the LSB and has focused on programming issues. Due to a misunderstanding, he was unable to become a regular candidate.   WRITE-IN Arthur McCloud on your ballot

 

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CLARIFICATION- Our support for these candidates DOES NOT mean that they are members of CMS or support CMS’s positions in any way. In fact, neither of them know hardly anything about CMS. We support them simply because we feel they have made, and would continue to make, valuable contributions to the LSB and the survival of the station.

LISTENER ELECTION  Listener-members of ‘PFW are challenged in this election because we only have 6 certified candidates to fill 9 seats. Therefore, there’s no actual competition to speak of, and we need to elect 3 WRITE-IN CANDIDATES to fill the remaining seats !  (I) REGULAR CANDIDATES  Given that there’s no real competition, CMS encourages all listener-members to vote for ALL 6 regular candidates. Rank them as you like.  (A) Among these, 2 are active members of CMS and so we urge you to rank one of them as your #1 and the other as your #2:  1) Martha Peterson – Martha is a current member of the LSB and an active member of the Relocation and fundraising committees.  2) Benito Diaz – Benito is a former member of the LSB and the national board, and a current member of the Finance and Programming committees.  (B) Of the 4 remaining regular candidates, 3 agreed to be included in our list.   3) Eileen Rosen – Eileen served as the LSB’s Treasurer Pro Tem for part of this year, is an active member of the Finance Committee, and was recently elected to fill a vacancy on the LSB (until the end of this year when the newly elected board will be seated).  4) Meridith Cordisco – Meridith was recently elected to fill a vacancy on the LSB (until the end of the year).   5) Vicki McGill – Vicki is a current member of the LSB and has been working on social media issues.  (II) WRITE-IN CANDIDATES  CMS encourages all listener-members to vote for the following people as WRITE-IN CANDIDATES to fill the 3 remaining seats:  1) Christine Cutter – Christine was recently elected to fill a vacancy on the LSB (until the end of the year).   WRITE-IN Christine Cutter on your ballot.   2) Lonnie Hall – Lonnie started out as a regular candidate in this election but one of his documents got lost in cyberspace and so he was prevented from becoming a “certified candidate”.   WRITE-IN Lonnie Hall on your ballot.  3) Murray (“Cliff”) Smith – Cliff is a member of the LSB Programming Committee and was recently elected to fill a vacancy on the LSB (until the end of the year). He started out as a regular candidate in this election, but was prevented from completing the certification process due to a personal emergency.  WRITE-IN Murray (“Cliff”) Smith on your ballot.

CLARIFICATION  With the exception of Martha Peterson and Benito Diaz, both of whom we formally endorse since they are active members of CMS, none of the other remaining regular candidates, nor the 3 WRITE-IN Candidates we propose you vote for, are members of CMS. In fact, most of them know little if anything about CMS. We simply encourage you to vote for them because we feel they either already have, or could make, positive contributions to the LSB and the survival of the station