As the Bored Meeting begins in earnest, Kraus scurries from Willamette Week to Kboo.fm to post more EVIL LIES now the website appears to have a half-life longer than a rare heavy metal isotope. Kraus expounds:
August 6th, 2013
The Sad State of KBOO
(I had planned to release this earlier but the collapse of the kboo.fm website delayed my ability to post.)
When application packets for the Board Of Directors were made available, it was a different KBOO. KBOO last May had a divided board and an embattled but still working Executive Director. At that time, I saw that with election of four new board members there was a chance of saving the Strategic Plan. Careful negotiations with the unionized staff could create a better Employee Procedures Manual and a solid, reasonable union contract. Allowing Lynn Fitch to continue her management, fundraising and outreach to more communities might have worked to stabilize the finances and bring new life and energy to the radio station.
In the short time since last May, many directors have left and through skillful manipulation been replaced by members loyal to the views of staff and the Keep KBOO as KBOO movement (KKK). This activist board has removed the Executive Director from any management role and put the new board policies aside, essentially stopping implementation of the Strategic Plan it it’s tracks. Now it’s a different ballgame and the combined effect of actions taken at the most recent board meetings make the upcoming elections moot.
While KBOO needs a lot of help to change and grow, elections that can only seat four new directors have no chance of making any difference. No dissident directors have terms of office that extend beyond the election. The eight directors who will remain have shown total indifference to the input of directors in opposition. Board members who disagree have quit the board to protect themselves from liability, or have been kicked off the board for speaking honestly to membership and the press. In this moment not only do I feel that I would have no effective voice, but if I were to win and accept a seat on the board I would be complicit in actions that at the very least are improper, and potentially I’d be exposed to civil and criminal liability.
So today I object to the following:
I object to the harassment of, defamation of, and removal of management authority from Lynn Fitch. It’s rumored the board was asked in closed session for arbitration, not mediation. Arbitration is a last ditch effort to come to an agreement before filing a lawsuit. So far as I know not even the agreed on mediation has occurred.
I object to the board taking upon itself all management duties after taking them away from the Executive Director. In very short order emergent situations of administration of bank accounts, crashing website, looming FCC license renewal, election management, and union negotiations have been handled poorly, if at all. In fact board members at the end of the July 29th meeting spoke briefly about hiring a temporary ED to help them in the current workload. It’s fiscally and organizationally incompetent to hire someone new to manage the station during all these emergent situations, while telling the existing, experienced manager who is still drawing a salary not to do her work. I’ve watched this board schedule emergency meeting after emergency meeting to attempt to deal with the aftermath of their ill considered actions. I was willing to serve on the board of directors, not to be a substitute manager for the corporation. Clearly the burden of time now expected for serving on this board is unreasonable, and the emergencies present today did not need to occur.
I object to the board relying on FMLA rules that don’t appear to apply to KBOO to silence ED Lynn Fitch from giving the board critical information relevant to an agenda item, then allowing staff member Ani Haines to interject her opinions at will during board deliberations at the same meeting. Clearly the board welcomes some staff acting as if they have a seat on the board, but will go to any lengths to block input and advice from other staff.
I object to the board of directors refusing to look at relevant documents to an agenda item, then voting to affirm that the actions related to these documents was correct in every way.
I object to the continuing cover up of what the real issue is regarding the firing of former engineer John Mackey. It’s not hard from what’s in public record to reconstruct the sequence of events. Conflict with other staff. Eventual firing of Mackey during the time of the staff collective. Threat of lawsuit over the firing. Mackey being banned from the building, then running for the board and eventually winning a seat on the board. Board President S.W. Conser (very close friend of staff especially Ani Haines) making an unauthorized request for confidential employee files from Sussman Shanks L.L.C. while the ED Lynn Fitch is out of the country. Newly seated board member Mackey attempting to get agenda items on the agenda and failing, then mentioning in open session a potential issue with the FCC re the EAS system. Next day the FCC visits KBOO and writes up a violation. Next board meeting Mackey is removed as a director for actions "harmful to the corporation".
I’ve looked and see no record that the FCC visit produced any more serious consequences than a warning form letter to do better record keeping. So Mackey’s actions don’t seem to have generated any fines or serious liability, hardly an action harmful to the corporation that merits his removal. I’d like to know the real reason why Mackey was silenced. It clearly has to do with how the staff collective handled confidential employee matters and related documents during the time of the staff collective management. Screw the $1500. Who is being protected by this cover-up, and why?
I object to the negotiations with the new staff union being handled by a board member who is a staff organizer for another powerful union. Even if there is no intent to give the staff an unfair negotiating advantage, it’s critical for the negotiations after this much open conflict to be absolutely above board and have no appearance of corruption. Would the staff agree to have management represent them in negotiations? Of course not. So why should the 5500 members of KBOO who are the employers agree to have their interests protected by a union man? This is a no brainier, Timothy Welp needs to remove himself from the negotiating team.
I object to the entire way the election process has been handled by the board. No list of candidates was made public despite repeated requests by dissident candidates like myself. At the same time, a meeting of the group KKK invited those candidates it wanted to vet to a private meeting and clearly had a list of all the candidates although this information was not made available to those KKK did not want to support. So preferential treatment has already occurred in the election process even before ballots have been mailed. This is called election fraud, who knows what else has occurred behind closed doors?
I object to the lack of information given to board candidates. As a board candidate I was never formally informed of the election date, and only asked to participate in a on air forum at a specific time only with two weeks notice, during a time I have other obligations. I immediately responded with an objection to the timing and asked for an opportunity for a pre-recorded interview for air at the proposed time. There was never any answer to my request. I only found out the election date itself by attending a four hour board meeting in July, and hearing it mentioned in passing although I had asked repeatedly for this date for many weeks. Then I was told this date was set way back in March. The election packet was created in May, and distributed in June. Is it too much trouble to inform candidates of the details of the election process when they apply to be candidates?
I object to the continual distorted governance at KBOO that makes the Board Of Directors responsive to the directives of the staff, rather than the other way around.It’s sad to say, but at this time I don’t see any possibility of KBOO Community Radio avoiding lawsuits, investigation for possible election fraud, and due to the continuing deficit spending eventual bankruptcy.
The only way the elections in September could have any meaningful results other than to affirm the current policy of cover-up, cronyism, and incompetence would be if the entire board were to put themselves up for re-election at this same meeting. I have no delusions that the current board would agree to this. If a way can be found to force the regular annual meeting to become also a special membership meeting and have board member removal on the agenda, then there might be a chance for change at KBOO.
There might be a surprise development from outside forces intervening due to lawsuit or action by the Oregon Attorney General. But I don’t see much chance of this affecting the election next month.
Barring such developments, I don’t see much point in continuing to campaign for a seat on the Board of Directors of the KBOO Foundation.
Well! We don't know what to say to this except "well". Or perhaps "welp".
But the issue of Election Fraud has the potential of many "interesting" blogs. KBOO has a history of programmers covering "election fraud":
KBOO Election Fraud Conference Barbara Dudley
Series: Community Events, in full, never aired
Subtitle: WorkingFamilies party and fusion/IRV voting
Program Type: Actuality (Uncut Material)
Featured Speakers/Commentators: Barbara Dudley
Contributor: CascadiaPublicRadio.org [Contact Contributor]
Broadcast Restrictions: For non-profit use only.
[Note: "CascadiaPublicRadio.org" is Theresa Mitchell and Yaney McIver's foil hat associate Glen Owen, himself having a stormy history with KBOO, first being kicked out, then running for the board, then trying to sabotage the station in it's slightly more functional days. ]
Glorious Leader herself shows an interest in Election Fraud:
Mult Co election being hacked to Smith?
Here is a cut-and-paste of my letter to blackboxvoting.org:
Right now under our noses, the Multnomah County Elections is ...implying... that 150,000 ballots, which would deliver the election to (D) Merkly, are spoiled by "basement water"
Dear Beverly & Crew:
I am Theresa Mtichell, public affairs volunteer broadcaster at KBOO Community Radio in Portland, OR. I noticed earlier today that Oregon is one of the few States that has yet to report more than 90% of its precincts. It would appear that 150,000 ballots, which would easily decide the Smith/Merkly Senate race in favor of (D) Merkly, have yet to be counted at the crucial Multnoma (liberal Portland) County elections division.
I called Multnomah County Elections at 2:05 PM to ask what had caused the delay in counting approximately 150,000 ballots.
I first talked to someone named Kathy, who could not give me her last name. When I asked more specifically what was delaying the counting of the ballots, she said "we're counting them."
"Counting them by hand?" I asked
She then transferred me to Eric Sample's (County supervisor's) voice mail.
I then called again immediately, and got a male voice. I identified myself as "Theresa Mitchell, KBOO Public Affairs" (forgive me). I asked why there was a delay in counting 150,000 ballots.
"Water got in the basement," he said.
"Water got on 150,000 ballots?"
He then transferred me without comment to Eric Sample's voice mail.
This station uses ES&S and has a few Diebold screens for handicap usage.
Frankly, I do not feel the procedure is going legitimately.
Thanks for your time
going down to the site 05.Nov.2008 16:33
theresa mitchell link
Their witch-hunt, er, Election Fraud adventure is archived here: http://kboo.fm/node/10320
Let's hope Glorious Leader shows the same due diligence with the upcoming KBOO elections!