Sherman asks for info but didn't like the answer:
Email from mark shermanDon't tell the Inner party they are wrong.
The bylaws specify a personnel/governance/community advisory committee be one entity.
Is this not in conflict with the current committee structure either implemented by KBOO or specified in the BPM?
Mark: There is no conflict, as the bylaws do not specify a personnel/governance/community advisory committee be one entity. They specify that:
ARTICLE VIII: COMMITTEES
(a) Program Committee. The Program Committee shall conduct ongoing evaluations of programming and programmers; evaluate program proposals; make recommendations concerning programming changes to the Program Director; and advise the Board of Directors regarding programming goals and issues. The Program Committee shall also serve as the corporation's Community Advisory Board. In that capacity, it shall review the programming goals established by the corporation, the service provided by the corporation, and the significant policy decisions rendered by the corporation; advise the Board of Directors with respect to whether the programming and other policies of the corporation are meeting the specialized educational and cultural needs of the communities served by the corporation; and make such recommendations as it considers appropriate to meet such needs.
(c) Personnel Committee. The personnel committee shall advise the board of directors regarding the corporation’s personnel policies and practices.
The By-Laws do not call for a Governance Committee. However:
Section 2. Standing Committees of Directors. Standing committees of Directors shall include but need not be limited to the following...
The Board Policy Manual created the Governance Committee as a Standing Committee.
Your understanding here of the By-Laws is entirely incorrect.
From: mark shermanAccording to Sherman he's been a member for 5 years , paying at $300/yr , yet never once volunteered:
Wednesday, June 12th, 4:16 PM
I would like to hear from all of you.
Jill Severson and I attend the governance committee meeting. There are five board members that sit on this committee: Matthew, Jeff, Rabia, Michael, and Hadrian (chair). As there was no quorum, there was no meeting. Hadrian was kind enough to discuss our concerns. Hadrian was the only board member to show up for this meeting--a committee he helped create in which members have no potential vote. It went down hill from here.
Hadrian spoke to us for over two hours, explaining his interpretation of how the board functions and how the bylaws and the new board policy manual are used to guide the board.
These are the most unsettling issues that Hadrian brought up
KBOO is not a member organization, but a public benefit corporation. The members pay their dues for a better Portland. Once we elect our board members they are under no obligation, legal or otherwise, to listen to any member. Our only option for input at board meetings, are two 10 minute public comment slots and through committees.
All of the current members who are concerned about KBOO's problems are organized by a select few programmers who are opposed to any change. None of us have valid concerns because we are manipulated by the few. He called us all "friends of the [kboo] staff", "incestuous", and "the kboo club". Hadrian: "Really what you have is a MOB."
The staff is unmanageable. At least 3 need to be fired. He said repeatedly that all staff need to be fired, when he stated, "Get me a new staff"... although when asked, it was clear he did not mean the Executive Director.
Hadrian will NOT support any effort where members ask the board to rescind the corporate oriented board policy manual. He sees himself as Gatekeeper and Knower of correct board policy as chair of the recently created governance committee, offering to educate us at his own [future] training.
The membership votes for board members and can recall board members. This is one of our few forms of participation in governance at KBOO. Hadrian invited us to recall him. This is a good idea. Thanks Hadrian.
Even though Ms. Fitch said she would not make any programming changes, Hadrian stated this was incorrect, and he would work to correct that misconception.
He believes KBOO needs to recruit board members and advisory committee members from outside the organization. These people would be ethnically diverse leaders already established in the greater community, with a following. They would then advise KBOO as to who to put on the air. What would happen to the current, active programming committee is unclear. These outsider leaders can simply send in their membership dues just before they are appointed.
It is unacceptable to have anyone sit as a board member who has no respect for the KBOO membership or staff. I would call him hostile to the membership. All criticism is discounted as being controlled by a select few, "friends of (long-term) staff".
Now for the good news. Hadrian is running for another term on the board in September. We can do one of 3 things:
Ask the board to vote him off the island
Take up his kind offer to recall him immediately
Recall him at the next annual meeting
Please consider: If you want to recall Hadrian, it will take 20 - 30 volunteers working a few hours a day to gain sufficient signatures to call for a special meeting. Then we'll need to get 300 members show up and vote. It takes 2/3 of the members voting to recall a board member. Depending on how the next board meeting goes, we may need to ask more board members to step down.
See what you are missing by not going to committee meetings 8-)
I would never have believed anyone could say these things and be on a KBOO board. I am glad that Jill was there as well. The non-committee meeting was worse than this. These are simply the highlights.
Mark Sherman. I'm a potential volunteer. Been a KBOO member for five years. And we paid $25 bucks a month until this shit started to happen. (audience laughs).Sherman does however know how to email like no one's business and intends to rally the troops today:
Subject: Re: KBOO Bd mtg this Monday - please RSVP
Date: Tue, 18 Jun 2013 12:56:36 -0700
From: Keep Kboo
To: Keep Kboo
The following motions are being presented at the KBOO Board meeting on
Monday, June 24, 6pm at 20 SE 8th
Please show up to support!
*** Please RSVP to email@example.com
From: Keep KBOO as KBOO
To: KBOO Board
RE: Motions for the KBOO Board June 24, 2013 Meeting
Two motions are listed below within the context of KBOO as a participatory-members radio station. It is our belief that a critical mass of the current board also supports the importance of membership participation in the workings of KBOO. Top down governance, a corporate style station, with an Executive Director with total power contradicts both the by-laws and the strategic plan while at the same time alienating a large portion of the current membership. In addition, sanitizing programming to make KBOO more attractive to corporate and foundation grantors, thus moving towards less controversial and "confrontational" programing by more mainstream voices is also offensive to a critical mass of KBOO’s membership. There is no doubt that current board members understand the history and the present reality at KBOO, and like the KBOO members, the board understands that the democratic ethos of the station, with evident ebbs and flows, has attracted a membership that wants to be involved and a staff that is creative as it and volunteer programmers present a real alternative to commercial and public radio in Oregon. We truly fear that the recent movement away from our democratic history will be the downfall of KBOO. Corresponding to that belief, we propose two motions that will help KBOO remain a membership centered station.
1. . Move to place the board policy manual in abeyance and refer it to the Personnel Committee as it violates the spirit of both the KBOO by-laws and strategic plan as well as the core values of KBOO. The committee would report its findings and recommendations to the board.
Outcomes: Passing this motion would provide the opportunity for the board and staff to actually work with the membership in constructing a policy manual through healthy membership participation in both membership/board meetings and through the KBOO committee structure. It would also provide the board with the opportunity to explain the rationale of their changes and allow questions and feedback from concerned members. All former policies would be re-instated in compliance to KBOO policies in effect prior to January 2013 during this time of abeyance with the Interim Executive Director becoming the Interim Station Manager, re-installation of just cause policy, re-institution of past staff benefits, and many other changes that have occurred through the new policy manual that are not supported by the by-laws or strategic plan. The board should issue a statement encouraging open communication between members, staff and the Board, and reaffirming the collaborative spirit at the heart of KBOO Community Radio.
2. In camaraderie with the KBOO membership, move for the KBOO board to commence good faith negotiations with the CWA.
Outcomes: Both the membership and members of the board have responded positively to the staff voting to unionize. It is important noting KBOO’s history, culture, and most importantly mission; for negotiations to be conducted quickly in the spirit of KBOO. This is essential for the health of the board leading the participatory-membership.
Then he, like the rest of us all discovered Hadrian was defector/traitor "Richard Smith" and Sherman gave up trying to woo him:
from: Lisa LovingAnd
to: Hadrian Micciche
cc: Kathleen Stephenson ,
Jenka Soderberg ,
theresa mitchell ,
Lynn Fitch ,
date: Fri, Jun 21, 2013 at 9:58 AM
subject: RE: The disintegration of the KBOO Board//lawsuit?.
"Hadrian now I notice that the array of emails in the fake email someone sent out to the media yesterday is exactly the same array you have here in your email, in the same order. That email that went out yesterday was inflamatory, had inaccuracies and was designed to smear my reputation within my own community. It was sent by someone with a fake identity.
Looks like that person is you?
Hadrian I have an attorney and I am going to sit down with him about this and show him what I have. We may be contacting you.
from: Lisa Loving
to: Hadrian Micciche ,
cc: [The Board]
date: Fri, Jun 21, 2013 at 10:06 AM
subject: Re: KBOO board member Lisa Loving asks for people to hack website?//sent to my attorney
I went ahead and forwarded this to my attorney, Hadrian. Now that I know you are the fake Richard Smith who concocted this fake email to smear my reputation. FYI. Thank you.
If only Mark Sherman had been warned in time that he was really talking to "Richard Smith"!!!
Guess we know who's not going to sit next to each other at the table tonight!!!!!
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