Dear KBOO Members,
KBOO members voting in this year's board elections might not be aware that some of the candidate statements mailed with the ballots omit vital information and even contain outright falsehoods. To set the record straight, here are some important facts about candidates Rabia Yeaman, Michael Papadopoulos, and John Mackey that members won't find in any of their published statements:
In 2006, Rabia Yeaman was hired by KBOO to be the Training Developer. After all the months she spent in this paid position, however, nobody (Rabia included) has been able to list a single legitimate accomplishment that benefitted the station. Her early claims to have written substantial portions of technical manuals for KBOO turned out to be false.
Rabia has endorsed Michael Papadopoulos' candidacy for the board, as has John Mackey.
In 2009 and again the next year, Michael Papadopoulos sued KBOO over a ruling that he could not be seated on the board. This was due to a standing FCC regulation limiting the percentage of non-citizens permitted ownership status of a broadcast outlet. Both Michael and John made patently false claims in their candidate statements that the case against Michael's seating was illegitimate.
The original 2009 case, which eventually cost KBOO tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees, was dropped by Michael and co-petitioner Scott Forrester the night before the court date. When Michael re-filed his case, he ended up seated on the board due not to the merits of his case, but rather due to an inaccurate statement in court by the president of the board claiming that a board seat was available. Due to the costs of the previous lawsuits, KBOO opted not to appeal the ruling seating Michael. These facts, as well as the history of financial damage done to KBOO by Michael's efforts, are all part of the public record. http://kboo.fm/governance/ lawsuits
Michael's lack of concern for KBOO's stability has extended to public events. During a presentation to the KBOO membership at the April 2011 Strategic Planning Public Meeting, Michael verbally intimidated and physically attacked a representative from PARC Resources, attempting at one point to grab the microphone out of his hand.
As for John Mackey, he did indeed spend several years as the Chief Engineer for KBOO, as he pointed out in his candidate statement. However, the majority of his time was spent on continual probationary status, after years of abysmal performance reviews failed to produce any improvement in his work habits. He was eventually dismissed (for cause) from his position at the station. Again, these facts can be found in the public record.
During John's tenure as Chief Engineer, complaints about the working order of station equipment routinely went unanswered or were brushed off. Listener complaints about the quality of KBOO's air signal spiked toward the end of John's tenure. In just one recurring example, the air room CD players frequently malfunctioned, causing broadcasts to be interrupted. Calls for replacement CD players from programmers were ignored. It was only after John's dismissal that three brand new CD players he had ordered were discovered in storage; it is still unclear how many weeks or months they had been left in storage, but their presence there had apparently not even been reported by John to other KBOO staff.
Since his dismissal, John's name (and occasionally his pseudonyms) have been recorded on numerous sites, where negative rumors and opinions meant to undermine KBOO have been posted. In June of 2011, John was listed as attending a meeting of KBOO.info, a group of KBOO detractors where the following statement was made: "We agreed it would be useful to sabotage the pledge drive, although it wasn't determined whether we would make it obvious, or 'accidental.'"
I hope that these facts will help you and other KBOO members to make an informed decision about the future of the station. Please feel free to forward this email to other KBOO members