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Friday, January 9, 2015
Show us the money... or the papers!
As the California Attorney General's audit nears, there is finally a sign of life at the Pacifica National Board. It is the sound of scrambling, with Margy Wilkinson, the iED whose "election" reeks of skulduggery, in full preemptive mode and important documents as invisible as Berthold Reimers. No, that's not a quake on Atlantic Avenue, it's the GM's knees a-knocking.
Last Monday, January 5, the Pacifica National Board convened electronically for an open meeting that included time reserved for discussion of Pacifica's empty piggybanks. It is a tale that is bound to undergo a few twists if the California AG's office does a serious job. Here's National Finance Committee Chair Brian Edwards-Tiekert's capsule summation of WBAI's case:
"We do not have any recent financial statements from WBAI. We learned on the NFC call that WBAI is three months behind on transmitter rent, has been spending money on an unbudgeted studio build-out, cancelled most of its December Fund Drive, and required assistance from the National Office to cover Payroll and Benefits in December. We also heard that WBAI's General Manager has been uncommunicative to its Local Station Board and local Finance Committee, and has not been attending management conference calls."
And here is Edwards-Tiekert raising a question in a one-minute soundbite from the open part of the January 6 meeting—it says a lot in few words. The other voice belongs to Chief Financial Officer Raul Salvador, who was fired and rehired through the back door as part of the coup that brought in the current questionable "majority." Note how the truth has to be coaxed from Mr. Salvador.