Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The waiting game: No TRO today


Berkeley-The board majority's request for a restraining order to empty the national office of community members who have been occupying Pacifica's headquarters since March 17th, when Executive Director Summer Reese cut off a flimsy padlock and returned to work, was not granted today. Judge Petrou continued the request, deciding to address it after a preliminary injunction hearing in PDGG vs Pacifica scheduled for May 6th. 
Oakland mayoral candidate Dan Siegel spoke for the board majority, claiming to represent the Pacifica Foundation, but was unable to convince the judge that an emergency existed. The court declined to authorize the Berkeley Police Department to attack the national headquarters. Since the Berkeley Police Department, according to Siegel's filing, was unwilling to take any action absent a court order, the lack of action maintains the status quo.The next legal deadline is on April 30th when the PDGG directors will file their final brief prior to a May 6th hearing for a preliminary injunction to maintain Reese's contract, reverse the bizarre re-hiring of the former CFO, and suspend or remove board officers and KPFA rep Fuentes for breaches of duty.
Once again, those opposed to the abrupt personnel moves of the rogue board majority outnumbered supporters of Save KPFA/JUC by a large number at this morning's early AM hearing. 
On Tuesday April 29th, an ad-hoc group called the "Coalition Against The Corporate Takeover of KPFA and Pacifica" plans a press conference and protest in front of Siegel and Yee's offices at 499 14th Street at noon. The group is demanding Siegel's firm "get their conflicted hands off of KPFA and Pacifica" and declares "it is time to call a halt to this wrecking operation." 

10 comments:

  1. Do yo'all realize how pathetic and utterly fake the Reese faction sounds? Rogue Majority? In an organization that prizes egalitarian and democratic values (egoletarian and kleptocratic as in the Null meets Reimers perhaps?) Reese was NOT elected to her position. She DEFAULTED into the Chairmanship, after her predecessor moved on.

    Coalition against the Corporate Takeover... etc, whatever previous coalition name Reese followers had, sounds so much like a spoof of the left in Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged (Committee for fairness and equal chances for everyone, etc).

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    1. What if you staged a rally and one leader and four followers showed up?

      Grandiose name would sound even more Randian-loony than before.

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    2. Surely the lunatics of the left and of the right deserve one another.

      ~ 'indigopirate'

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  2. Extreme politics is a circle that meets at the end of absolute extremism.

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  3. Where's the Popular People's Front to take back Pacifica Radio? She's over there------>
    (apologies to Python)
    The Reese faction now is appearing under about 3 groups or more: Pacifica in Exile, Pacifica Directors for Good Governance and now Coalition Against The Corporate Take-Over Of Pacifica and KPFA. I've probably missed some groups like Palestinians for Pacifica, Media Alliance for Media Democracy, or some such. Anywho, It's pledge drive time at KPFA. Gotta Pay I and W's bills.

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    1. Nice try, but the "Save KPFA" group is just as elusive, if that's what you are trying to say. I am not personally a Reese follower, but the more I look into the rogue Wilinson faction, the better she looks.

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  4. And the People's Front for Judean Radio! What's most disturbing is that it's the same 10 people doing all this stuff. And in the case of picket outside Segal & Yee, only 5 people showed up.

    The whole thing is being driven by a small group of people disgruntled with KPFA who are choosing to destroy rather than build. Kind makes you want to leave the network in the dust. KPFA doesn't need this kind of crap.

    Segal & Yee are a well-respected legal firm, working against Chevon and police brutality, for workers rights and environmentalism. What these wackos picketing them work for, I have no idea.

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    1. From what I hear, I would not trust Segal and Yee with anything. It will be interesting to see how the judge rules next week.

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  5. Chris, why wouldn't you trust Segal and Yee?

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    1. Do you have to ask or are you being funny?

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