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Ms. Summer Reese

Wrong Summer Reese?

Local Station Board Member

Phone: (818) ***-****  HQ Phone
Local Address:  California , United States
KPFK
3729 Cahuenga Blvd. West
North Hollywood , California 91604
United States

Company Description: KPFK and Pacifica are founded upon a Mission Statement which to this day remains unique in radio broadcasting:
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Employment History

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LA IMC
la.indymedia.org, 24 Mar 2014 [cached]
Is a comment from www.anngarrison.com/ saying that the PNB vote On Phone to 'fire' Executive Director Summer Reese was 11 to 'fire' and "7" opposed?
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The vote was actually 11 to 7 because of low PNB attendance, lack of notice that Summer Reese's employment would be put to a vote, and several Board members leaving the meeting in outrage.
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Yee's employee Jose Luis Fuentes is the author of the motion to fire Reese.
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And the small majority rules ? - only 12 of 22 PNB member group - suddenly determined that Summer Reese was no longer employed - even if she was hired in a January 2014 legal contract ?
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..... Pacifica's corporate counsel Terry Gross of Gross, Belsky and Alonzo, resigned from his position at the end of March after refusing to represent the board of directors in matters relating to Reese's attempted termination.
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"in recent interviews Ms. Reese has recounted a stunning conversation she had on this subject with Dan Siegel, the Oakland, California lawyer who brought another of the lawsuits in the "take back Pacifica" mobilization of ~2000, and who has been a protagonist in Pacifica's factional wars ever since (particularly those occurring at KPFA) ........
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Some of these KPFK - LSB members who only very recently were elevated to PNB are included in the ousting, outing of Summer Reese. 3 of our 4 voted by phone to expel her.
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When Reese left the national headquarters on April 3rd to assist with the legal initiative, some board and staff members attempted to obstruct national office operations, but 22 community members responded to a call for assistance.
"Reese re-entered her workplace at 3:30 in the afternoon without incident.
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Director- Summer Reese who had worked at that job as an interim ED for many months before without notice of a problem.
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On April Fool's Day, it was used again by alleged board chair Margy Wilkinson in a letter to Executive Director Summer Reese which informed Reese of her much-rumored termination by the board. A copy of the fake letterhead can be found here: http://www.mediafire.com/download/9y4yf2vk80q2o9f/Fake+Letterhead.pdf
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Listen to a KPFK interview with Summer Reese a few nights ago, produced and interview by Roy Tuckman and Eben Rey, available on Soundcloud.
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This is a sound room expose for an interview between 2 KPFK late nite staffers and Reese, Pacific Executive Director, a few nights ago, providing more direct information of the conflicts, firings, illegalities, confrontations and all that is "happening" in the Pacifica headquarters located in Berkelely adjacent to the KPFA radio station.
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Summer Reese has long been a KPFK local station board member and also a Pacifica National Board member, recently hired officially as Executive Director after working many months as an interim at PNB.
then a strange and unclarified series of events occurred that claimed Summer Reese was "fired" by a telephone vote of PNBers with a 1 vote majority ???? Facts are elusive and attacks are highly prevalent on the internet, easily disguised as 'the whole story' but barely intelligible.
Further dramatic interludes recently indicating that Summer Reese was padlocked out of the PNB offices alongside of KPFA's in Berkeley. She has been described as having cut the padlock, entered the working premises with a number of her supporters and is working there, as contracted.
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"...a one vote majority of the Pacifica National Board (PNB) attempted to fire the network's top executive, Pacifica Radio Foundation Executive Director Summer Reese, near midnight at the end of a conference call, with no discussion allowed.
SaveKPFA
www.savekpfa.org, 10 June 2011 [cached]
Petrou granted a demurrer against the lawsuit brought by Pacifica Directors for Good Governance (PDGG), a group of Pacifica National Board members who supported terminated executive Summer Reese's attempt to seize Pacifica's national office by force.
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The court also rejected a motion from Reese, representing herself, to disqualify Judge Petrou from hearing the case - on unspecified charges of prejudice.
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Posted inBill Crosier, Carolyn Birden, Heather Grey, Janet Coleman, Janet Kobren, Janis Lane-Ewert, legal, PDGG, Richard Uzzell, Summer Reese, Tracy Rosenberg | Taggedlegal | Comments Off
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Pacifica's new CFO Raul Salvador and board chair Margy Wilkinson (a member of SaveKPFA) found an operation in disarray, after being locked out of the network's National Office next door to KPFA for two months by ousted executive Summer Reese.
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Posted inAris Anagnos, Brian Edwards-Tiekert, budget, CPB, finances, KPFA, KPFK, KPFT, labor, Margy Wilkinson, Pacifica National Board, Raul Salvador, Summer Reese, WBAI, WPFW | Taggedbudget, FSRN, fundraising, KPFA, kpfk, KPFT, labor, Pacifica National Board, WBAI, WPFW | Comments Off
link: Summer Reese is the ...
la.indymedia.org, 29 April 2014 [cached]
link: Summer Reese is the Pacifica Foundation's Abe Lincoln' onclick='this.focus();this.select()' /> View article without comments
Summer Reese is the Pacifica Foundation's Abe Lincoln
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Most prominently, these actions include the attempt to terminate the Foundation's (recently permanently hired) Executive Director, Summer Reese, who is widely credited with having an excellent record of stewardship since mid-2012 when she began serving in the same position on an interim basis. Among Reese's most important achievements has been stabilizing the financial woes at WBAI, Pacifica's New York City station.
Ms. Reese rose in the Pacifica ranks from yeoman service as an elected member of the Local Station Board at KPFK beginning in 2007 (the Foundation's Los Angeles station). Between 2011-2013 Reese served as Chair of the Pacifica National Board and so impressed her colleagues that they appointed her interim Executive Director in mid-2012 and subsidized her moving expenses from Los Angeles to the Bay Area where the Foundation's headquarters are located (in Berkeley). In November 2013 the Pacifica National Board (PNB) agreed to enter into a 3 year contract with Ms. Reese (upon completion of a routine background check) at a salary of $105,000 per year, and in January 2014 the PNB (satisfied with the results of the background check) executed a 3 year employment contract with Ms. Reese.
The PNB underwent personnel changes beginning in February 2014, shifting the balance of power against the faction that had approved Ms. Reese's promotion from "interim" to permanent Executive Director. The narrow majority then clumsily attempted to terminate Ms. Reese's employment on March 13, 2014 (during the last 15 minutes of a telephonic Board meeting), and sent out a press release claiming they had done so, which the New York Times (credulously) published.
As has been fairly widely reported, Ms. Reese refused to comply with the reckless actions of the narrow Pacifica National Board majority faction that purported to terminate her, declared their action to be legally invalid, in breach of her contract, and (along with concomitant actions) a dire threat to the best interests of the Foundation.
Ms. Reese reported back to work immediately upon her return to Berkeley from Foundation business, removed a lock from the front door, entered her office (along with her staff) and kept and secured possession of the vital records and accounts of the Foundation. Remarkably, for the most part Ms. Reese has been able to continue discharging the duties of her office despite a nasty campaign of sporadic harassment by members and allies of the narrow rogue PNB majority. The Pacifica Foundation offices Ms. Reese, her mother and supporters are occupying share a building with Pacifica's Berkeley station, KPFA, where Ms. Reese's nemesis, new PNB chair Margy Wilkinson (whose own elevation to that post is in dispute) works.
Ms. Reese has the unstinting support of 9 members of the PNB who have coalesced in the Pacifica Directors for Good Governance (PDGG) group, the plaintiff in the pending Alameda County Superior Court lawsuit before Judge Petrou.
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Their lawsuit seeks, among other things, to enjoin the Board majority from breaching Ms. Reese's employment contract.
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Although Mr. Siegel is no longer on the PNB (due to Bylaws provisions precluding any candidate or holder of public office from participating in Pacifica governance and Siegel's current candidacy for mayor in Oakland), Ms. Reese's main antagonist on the PNB majority is Dan Siegel's law partner Jose Fuentes, the member who made the motion for her termination at the very end of the March 13, 2013 telephonic Board meeting.
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As to some of those: PDGG is seeking to restrain the Board majority from breaching Ms. Reese's contract. And it is not seriously disputed by anyone that the Pacifica Foundation Board terminated Ms. Reese without stating any reason and without any "progressive discipline" in breach of the (in sum) just cause termination provisions of her contract.
The validity of the Board's 11-7 vote on March 13 to terminate Ms. Reese is also at issue. The Pacifica National Board has 22 members. The Board did not provide notice to its own members that Ms. Reese's termination would be voted upon at the March 13th meeting, and took the vote with 4 members absent and without hearing the objections of the Board's own counsel who believed the firing to be non-compliant with both applicable law and Ms. Reese's contract.
Nor has the current Pacifica National Board produced minutes of most of its (ultra-frequent) meetings since taking power in February of this year, although they belatedly did so for the March 13, 2014 telephonic meeting.
The above actions and irregularities alone seem to amply justify Ms. Reese's description of the Pacifica National Board majority as "rogue".
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Summer Reese and her supporters (like Lincoln and his supporters) are determined to preserve the Foundation's 5 stations in the Foundation "union" and safeguard its non-profit founding heritage.
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As Carol Spooner's blueprint states, the goal of Ms. Reese's detractors and opponents is essentially to dissolve the Foundation and re-constitute each station as separate fiefs (under the control of the current rogue Board members).
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I do suggest that Carol Spooner's and Dan Siegel's pipe-dream is what explains the (otherwise inexplicable) decision of the members of the PNB majority to abruptly breach Ms. Reese's contract.
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Through extraordinarily diligent and difficult work, Summer Reese stabilized WBAI by making some very hard choices, including relocating broadcast facilities to less expensive quarters and (because there was no other choice given Pacifica's finances) letting go most of paid staff there last year.
The very day the Board terminated her she had dispatched severance pay to the laid off WBAI staffers. In short, the Board terminated Summer not for any short-fall in performance, but because she had done her job too well and foiled the pretext the Board majority had planned to use to attempt to implement their (legally harebrained) scheme to break up the Pacifica union, sell WBAI into the commercial marketplace and direct the proceeds to the 4 remaining Pacifica stations.
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It is a scandalous and shameful situation that will assuredly lead to increased turmoil in the form of recall elections and other legal challenges if the radical and reckless attempted ouster of Ms. Reese, who is far-and-away the most competent and effective leader the Pacifica Foundation has had since shortly after its inception, is not rescinded ASAP.
Judge Petrou can save the Pacifica community a lot of future grief by restoring the status quo ante the Board majority's ill-conceived, ill-motivated and ill-fated attempted breach of Ms. Reese's contract.
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Carol Spooner supports Summer Reese
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I strongly support Summer Reese in her position as Executive Director of Pacifica and in her efforts to preserve and protect the network and five Pacifica stations and their mission, and to prevent the total collapse of Pacifica into bankruptcy court, pay-off its debts, clean-up the corruption and financial mess, and rebuild.
The New Pacifica!
www.glib.com, 14 Feb 2015 [cached]
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.
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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.
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After Summer Reese left the National Office former KPFK General Manager Bernard Duncan was appointed interim Executive Director of Pacifica.
Summer Reese has long been a ...
la.indymedia.org, 26 Mar 2014 [cached]
Summer Reese has long been a KPFK local station board member and also a Pacifica National Board member, recently hired officially as Executive Director after working many months as an interim at PNB.
then a strange and unclarified series of events occurred that claimed Summer Reese was "fired" by a telephone vote of PNBers with a 1 vote majority ???? Facts are elusive and attacks are highly prevalent on the internet, easily disguised as 'the whole story' but barely intelligible.
Further dramatic interludes recently indicating that Summer Reese was padlocked out of the PNB offices alongside of KPFA's in Berkeley. She has been described as having cut the padlock, entered the working premises with a number of her supporters and is working there, as contracted.
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"…a one vote majority of the Pacifica National Board (PNB) attempted to fire the network's top executive, Pacifica Radio Foundation Executive Director Summer Reese, near midnight at the end of a conference call, with no discussion allowed.
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The vote was actually 11 to 7 because of low PNB attendance, lack of notice that Summer Reese's employment would be put to a vote, and several Board members leaving the meeting in outrage.
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