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Executive Director
Pacifica Radio



Local Station Board Member

Local Station Board

The General Manager Search Committee

Freedom Law School

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Let It Go: Today’s Technology Makes the Pacifica Radio Network Obsolete | The Leftist Review

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News Item: The Pacifica National Board (PNB) unceremoniously fired executive director Summer Reese via telephone conference call in mid-March under circumstances pointing to a complete lack of due process. Ms. Reese, claiming she was in possession of a validly signed 3-year employment contract, went to work the next business day, cut the lock off the door and has been occupying the Pacifica National Office in Berkeley, California, with her mother and several supporters ever since. Both her side and her opponents state that the other workers in the office are not being interfered with. There has been no disruption to the operations of KPFA, the network's flagship station, next door. An Alameda County judge has refused to issue a temporary restraining order that would have reinstated Ms. Reese pending resolution of a lawsuit filed by her supporters on the board.

Summer Reese's enemies took over and they booted her (or tried to boot her) and claimed they were not responsible for the employment contract signed by the previous board.

Pacifica board takes action on election, WBAI crisis

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Pacifica's bylaws required it to hold elections in 2013, but Pacifica's executive director Summer Reese failed to hire anyone to run them, and that year's board ratified her inaction by voting to postpone elections - effectively extending many of their own terms.

Filed Under: budget, elections and governance, Free Speech Radio News, Pacifica, Pacifica National Board, Summer Reese, WBAITagged With: budget, Pacifica, Pacifica National Board, WBAI
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Who is Summer Reese?

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Who is Summer Reese?

Reese using a bolt cutter to break into Pacifica's offices
Summer Reese came to the Pacifica board via sister station KPFK in Los Angeles. She is a close ally of former Pacifica treasurer Tracy Rosenberg, and was appointed by last year's board as the network's interim executive director at a salary of $105,000. (That's higher that former ED Arlene Engelhardt's salary, which was $90,000.)
According to a new article in the LA Weekly, Reese's break-in at the Pacifica office included lawsuit threats. The article charts Reese's background, which "includes stints working for the lawyer of Sirhan Sirhan, and for a man named Peymon Mottahedeh, a non-lawyer who nevertheless founded the Freedom Law School, which claims to help clients avoid taxes."
KPFK host Peter Z. Scheer didn't comment directly on Reese in Truthdig, but notes that "The oldest public radio network in America is in trouble...Get involved, find out what is going on, and make a difference."
"Reese and Rosenberg, et al., have practically destroyed the Pacifica network, and the unfounded rumors they are now spreading are outrageous.
Filed Under: Arlene Engelhardt, elections and governance, KPFK, Pacifica National Board, Summer Reese, Tracy RosenbergTagged With: kpfk, recall Tracy Rosenberg, Summer Reese
Filed Under: Arlene Engelhardt, elections and governance, KPFK, Pacifica National Board, Summer Reese, Tracy RosenbergTagged With: kpfk, recall Tracy Rosenberg, Summer Reese

The New Pacifica!

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The Executive Director, Summer Reese, claimed she had a contract and couldn't be fired so easily. When Executive Director Reese showed up for work at the Pacifica National Office the next day she found a padlock on the door. She and the other Staff at the National Office had been locked out. The padlock was removed. The next day a press release was issued.

On May 12, 2014, the judge in this case issued an order that said, in part "Pending the hearing on the order to show cause (on June 3rd), [Summer] Reese is enjoined from entering, remaining, blocking ingress into or egress from, or the passage of persons into and out of PFR's national office at 1925 Berkeley Way. The court at this time, limits the temporary restraining order to Summer Reese herself.
After Summer Reese left the National Office former KPFK General Manager Bernard Duncan was appointed interim Executive Director of Pacifica.

¦ Within days of illegally seizing ...

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¦ Within days of illegally seizing the board, the Siegel faction abruptly fired Pacifica Executive Director Summer Reese, in violation of her contract - deliberately putting cash-strapped Pacifica on the hook for at least $315,000 in compensatory payments for wrongful termination (and pushing the network closer to insolvency).

For example, just weeks ago, Siegel's faction called the police to KPFA, claiming that Summer Reese (the Executive Director they had just fired in violation of her contract) was packing a gun.

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