The governing board of each community license, if it desires, may delegate other
responsibilities to the advisory board to assist the governing board or station personnel. The
responsibilities that can be delegated to a community advisory board, however, are limited.
The law states: "In no case shall the community advisory board have any authority to
exercise any control over the daily management or operation of the station."
LOCAL ADVISORY BOARD POSITION DESCRIPTION
- To annually review the programming goals of the station and inform the Governing
Board if they are being met. This annual review will be done in conjunction with the
Governing Board annual program review meeting.
- To annually review the service provide by the station and inform the Governing Board
of the results.
- To annually review the effectiveness of the station policies regarding special educational
and cultural needs of the communities served by the station and to inform the
Governing Board of the results.
- To recommend to the Governing Board a process that will allow the station to meet its
educational and cultural needs.
- To annually advise the Governing Board of the LAB performance and the roster of the
- To be prepared to represent the station before the community.
- To apply professional acumen and expertise on behalf of the station, performing such
functions as requested by the Governing Board.
- At the direction of the Executive Director, to participate in the evaluation of the
- At the direction of the Executive Director, to participate in the search for the General
LIMITS OF AUTHORITY
- In no case shall the LAB have any authority To exercise control over the day to day
management or operations of the stations
- Harmony with the Governing Board:
- The LAB shall have duties, responsibilities and powers as derived from the
Pacifica by-laws, policies or other statements of the Governing Board. No actions
may be taken by the LAB that would pre-empt, in whole or in part, the authority or
responsibilities of the Governing Board.
NUMBER OF MEMBERS The LAB will consist of not fewer than twelve (12) nor
more than twenty four (24) members. These members are recruited by the LAB through the
Nominating Committee process and should be representative of the communities the station
serves. To be eligible to serve on the LAB, a candidate must be a current active subscriber to
STATION PERSONNEL language to be determined
GENERAL MANAGER With the LAB Chair, the GM coordinates and supports the
work of the LAB.
ELECTION Each new member shall be elected by a majority vote of the attending
members of the LAB for a term of three years. No member shall serve more than two
LOSS OF MEMBERSHIP A member who is absent from three consecutive meetings
will lose membership, unless such absences are excused by the LAB chair. A member who
fails to remain a current, active subscriber (donor) to the station will automatically lose
REMOVAL of a LAB member shall be either by the Executive Committee of the LAB or
by a 2/3 majority vote of LAB members present and voting at a regular meeting of the LAB.
Written notice shall be given at least 15 days before the meeting to all LAB members
specifying the proposed removal and stating, in general terms, the grounds for dismissal.
OFFICERS AND COMMITTEES There shall be at least a Chair, a Vice Chair, and a
Secretary. The standing committees of the LAB are the following: Community Needs
Assessment, Development, Membership/Nominating. Chairs are appointed by the LAB
Chair with approval of the LAB. Each LAB Chair will serve on the Council of Chairs which
will be convened at least three times a year by the Pacifica Governing Board Chair prior to
regular Governing Board meetings.
NOMINATING PROCESS The membership/Nominating Committee recommends
candidates for membership on the LAB as needed. It nominates officers as well. Candidates
will be selected from the station signal area. The Membership/Nominating Committee will
assure that the composition of the LAB nominees reasonably reflects the diverse needs and
interests of the local communities served.
Guidelines for LAB Recruitment
The committee will:
- Each LAB will have a Membership/Nominating Committee - the General Manager will
be a member.
- The LAB will regularly establish its criteria for membership. Financial, development,
legal, and management experience as well as ethnic, economic and geographic criteria
will be considered during recruitment. 50% of the membership must be people of color.
- evaluate names and list in priority preference
- decide how to approach individuals
- request a resume and statement of interest
- evaluate the experience and skills of proposed members
- may interview the proposed members
- present new members to the LAB for a vote
- keep a waiting list of potential members
- stagger tenure
- use as many methods as reasonable for the recruitment (public announcements, personal
reference, on-air announcements, etc.)
The LAB shall bi-annually elect officers whose terms will coincide with the
Foundation's fiscal year.
NOMINATION TO THE GOVERNING BOARD
The LAB may nominate one
member to the Governing Board. A governing Board term is three years with a limit of two
consecutive terms. The National representative's term on the LAB can be extended to allow
for two terms on the National Board. LAB chairs may not serve on the Governing Board.
EX OFFICIO MEMBERS Current members of the Pacifica Governing Board
residing in the station's signal area are ex officio non-voting members of the LAB. The
station manager is a non0voting ex-officio member.
MEETINGS The LAB shall meet on a regular basis no less often than quarterly, as called
by the Chair. The meeting shall consist of a quorum which consist of 50% of its members.
OPEN MEETINGS The LAB shall hold open meetings. Reasonable notice to the
public, shall be given either on air, on bulletin boards or in station publications. All persons
shall be permitted to attend any meeting of the LAB.
Guidelines for open meetings
- LAB meetings should last no longer than two hours. An agenda allocating a
reasonable amount of time to complete each item should be prepared by the
- Public comment is a regular part of each meeting and should be scheduled last.
A set, limited amount of time will be placed on the agenda for public comment.
All persons wishing to speak must sign up in advance. Each person may have a
maximum of 2 minutes to address the board and less if a great many people
wish to speak.
The lab may, by majority vote, call an executive session to
consider matters relating to personnel, litigation or matters involving confidential
relationships or proprietary matters. In the event that an executive session is held, the reason
shall be announced and noted in the meeting minutes.
COUNCIL OF CHAIR REPRESENTATION
The LAB chair in the signal area where the Governing Body is holding its meeting will
participate in the meeting on behalf of the Council of Chairs as a non-voting participant.