Greetings KBOO Board of Directors,Good God, the man said "transparency" FOUR times! That's FOUR times as much as Glorious Leader in her manifesto of May 1st(has anyone found that pallet of flyers yet?), unless you count "transparent", which Hoyne also used. Which makes the math different and we at the Inner Party don't do any more math than necessary. :
Thank you for your time and attention. In this email I address several issues which you may have been addressed and remedied already. If that is the case, I apologize. If you have done so, I’d ask that you publicize your efforts, as I have been unable to locate answers to my concerns on the kboo.fm website. Thank you.As I imagine you all know, the upcoming Board of Directors election will likely garner more attention than those of recent years, which is a great thing for KBOO.
However, with more eyeballs fixated on KBOO, it is important that KBOO not give anyone reason for pause.
I would like to discuss the voter election process that will be used during this election. I have very little idea about what process will be used in the Board Elections this year, which is why I’m penning this email.
I’m asking for as much transparency as possible, for myself and all of KBOOs members.
When things are not transparent, questions are allowed to fester and doubt begins to creep in, which I’m sure is nothing anyone wants.
Let me say that I am not trying to suggest the board members, all of whom serve as volunteers, are not working hard enough. I know from experience board members work very hard. I know there is currently no staff person responsible for web content, and the website has been suffering for some time. I’m not trying to blame any of you for the issues I cite, but rather to bring them to your attention.
I’d like to think I’m an active participant (for a non-board member, non staff member) in KBOO’s governance process. I’ve also put in a board application for this election, so have had some communication with Lyn Moelich, which has been cordial.
Here’s what I know:
The board election will be completed at the Annual Meeting, which will be held sometime in September (at a date, two months from now, which hasn’t been announced to my knowledge).
The election will be overseen by the nomination committee, which recently had Paula Small step down for reasons unknown to me (but seeing as how she’s the only person from her board class to hold her seat for 3 full years, I’m sure she has a legitimate reason). Rabia Yeaman stepped down since she is running for a seat. (Side note: I think we should all applaud Rabia for removing herself from a situation where the appearance of a conflict of interest would be high. Very often it seems that various board members or perhaps the majority (in my experience) have been unconcerned with seeming conflicts of interest.)I believe Lyn Moelich and Lisa Loving are both still serving on the nomination committee, and Mark Sherman has been recently added. Perhaps others have been added as well, but I cannot find any list of the nominating committee.I would think one could understand my desire for transparency, since of the three (known to me) members of the nominations committee, Lisa has threatened legal action against me and accused me of a crime and I have publicly asked for answers regarding Lyn Moelich’s partner/boyfriend, including calling for his removal from the board.I’m not accusing Lyn or Lisa of any mischievous behavior, I’m simply suggesting that the appearance of a conflict exists, and I would hope that everyone would want the election process and most importantly the ballot tabulation to be free from any conflict, whether perceived or real.I know in the past KBOO has used independent people to handle the ballot process, but that likely costs money. Perhaps you all have chosen once again to use an independent, third party. If so, I applaud you for it, but I’d add it should be noted someone for public consumption.Here is what I suggest and would like to see:
· An independent agency to handle and count all of the ballots in the KBOO election.· The dates and times of all anticipated Board Election activities, even if they are preliminary at this point (on-air interviews and the annual meeting dates. If they are unknown, an idea would be helpful)· A list of all the people that have put an application in for the KBOO Board of Directors.· Don’t just give this information to me, put it on the website, transparency!Again, thank you for listening and understanding. I know you are all volunteers and are working hard. I know the website is not the easiest place to put content at the moment. I’m just asking for some transparency from a non-profit public benefit corporation. I hope that isn’t too much to ask. Thank you for your time, attention, and consideration,
IN REBUTTAL: We have had "big changes" at KBOO Community Radio before, and they have been lengthy, open, transparent processes that resulted in satisfactory formats. This is a suden "top-down" change emanating from pro-business enthusiasts with tea-party leanings, in my opinion. Take a look at the comments on my previous posts, for example, and you will find attack after attack on the characters of the Staff, and even an example of the old secret-police ploy, of putting something so disgusting in the mix that it makes it hard to keep reading (a Holocaust reference....not just a nut, folks, but someone who knows what they are doing in stifling open process). The "Stability and growth" angle is an attempt to remove the lifeblood dynamic of community radio, the membership derive, so that it may be replaced with corporate donations. I'm not mind-reading here, just following history at similar community stations. To win, we need transparency big time, so please copy-and-paste, spread widely, put on social media, talk it up, et cetera. And do it NOW because history shows the whole thing could collapse into something that could, as Grover Norquist put it, "be strangled in a bathtub."
"....details of how the Station Navigator intends to maximize available financial resources...."--we already know that the Station Navigator (as Lynn has chosen to call herself) woudl pull the heart out of our economic paradigm, and replace it with...what is left? Sucking up to corporate America like NPR does?
Just to restate: hundreds of thousands in reserve, a cash flow from an enthusiastic member/audience...we are NOT in an economic crisis except to the point that this new Board minority has brought us, as we face tremendous outlays to union-busters, and the loss of disgusted and confused Members. We must fight, respectfully, but with our full strength behind the wheel! Eyes on the prize: a multi-media, more relevant, more transparent, more stable KBOO, using the experience and expertise of our dedicated Staff.
Funny how Glorious Leader references both the Holocaust and the Tea Party, interests of longtime friends of Glorious Leader. Who says the Inner Party has no sense of irony?
So Traitor Hoyne wants Transparency does he? And fair election counts by a outside agency, probably a top down corporate entity? And what's this with wanting to know who wants to run for the Board? It's perfectly normal to have secret candidates on secret ballots shooed in at the last minute under pressure from the Inner Party.
Hold on, cadre message delivery...
We've just been informed that most organizations actually inform their members of who is planning to run before members vote. Wow! Guess KBOO is a different planet! Well, on planet KBOO it's our way or te highway!
We'll tell you who to vote for, er, who the candidates are when we're good and ready!