PACIFICA BYLAW AMENDMENT PROCESS – 2014

According to the vote of the Pacifica National Board on April 17, 2014, the following is the timeline for amendments of the Pacifica Bylaws in 2014:

June 3: Proposed amendments will be posted to pacifica.org and daily on-air announcements will begin, continuing through July 17
July 17: PNB to vote on proposed amendments
July 18 – Sept. 15: Delegates (elected Local Station Board members) to vote on the proposed amendments that have been approved by the PNB

Amendments may be proposed by national boardmembers (Directors), by local station boards, or by a petition from station members themselves, and should be formatted to include:
  1. The existing bylaw language and its current location(s)
  2. The proposed new bylaw language and (all) affected section(s), with changes made obvious by using strikeSthroughs, italics, capitalization or bold, etc.
  3. A brief, clear rationale for the proposed change(s)
Finalized proposals should be submitted to: 2014PacBylaws @ gmail.com (Close spaces to send email) by a midSMay date to be announced.

For most amendments to be approved, they must pass the national board by a majority of its membership, and then be passed by a majority of delegates at each of 3 of the 5 stations. Particular types of amendments also require approval by the members via written ballot, and some amendments may be approved directly by the members even if the boards disapprove of them.

For more on amending the bylaws, see Article 17 of the Pacifica Bylaws, the most current version of which, courtesy of Jack VanAken, are found at http://cosmicterror.net/bylaws/index.html

PRESS RELEASE

New Interim Executive Director, Bernard Duncan

Pacifica Foundation Radio has just appointed Bernard Duncan to serve as the network's Interim Executive Director while a search is underway for a permanent replacement.

Duncan has managed Pacifica Station KPFK in Los Angeles for the past three years. Prior to that, he worked in radio and television broadcasting for 20 years in his native New Zealand, first as an on-air presenter and news anchor, then as a Program Director, then a Network Manager. He went on to spend 8 years in management positions at NZ On Air – the New Zealand funding agency that does similar work to the US's Corporation for Public Broadcasting. For two years, he served as NZ On Air's Acting Chief Executive, where he managed a budget of a more than $100 million.

"Bernard Duncan knows his way around this organization, cares about Pacifica's Mission, and he's worked everywhere from behind a microphone to inside the executive offices", said Margy Wilkinson, Chair of the Pacifica National Board."What Pacifica needs right now is a skilled manager who can hit the ground running, and I'm very pleased Bernard's taken us on."
 
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