December 12, 2001: Community Radio Advocates Regain Control of Pacifica Network as Agreement is Reached to Transfer Board Majority Control |
An agreement was reached today between plaintiffs in four lawsuits against Pacifica and the foundation's board of directors, whereby official control of the network will return to community radio advocates.
The agreement calls for an interim board, controlled by the current minority, to serve for fifteen months while new, democratic structures are implemented for an elected national Pacifica board.
The agreement brings to an end two and a half years of legal, political, and community struggle following an illegal change, implemented under former board chair Dr. Mary Frances Berry, in the method of selecting Pacifica's directors, who had formerly been elected by the local station boards.
During that time, Pacifica has banned and fired dozens of broadcasters, and incurred millions of dollars in expenditures, due to high fees paid to corporate attorneys, public relations companies, and security firms.??
Pacifica's finances have not been disclosed to either board members or donors in over a year, but at the last board meeting in Washington in November it was reported that the foundation has over a million dollars in unpaid current accounts in addition to two million dollars in pending legal fees.
Alameda County Superior Court Judge Ronald Sabraw will retain jurisdiction over the settlement, and has promised to quickly rule on all disputes that may result from the agreement's implementation.