The United Committee to Save Public Broadcasting filed a Motion for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) to stop the sublease with Clear Channel from going forward. There was a hearing in Judge Geoffrey Alprin’s chambers, Friday morning (12th). The Judge did not issue the TRO, but did agree to the plaintiff’s motion for a hearing on a Preliminary Injunction, which is slated for April 26th.
The Plaintiffs (Jared Ball, Robert Daughtry, Salih Latif, and Thomas Porter) were out to stop the imminent execution of the lease, which has been teetering on the edge of completion for months. They have as an additional, and equally important goal, the full disclosure of the truth about the sublease, and how it came to be. There have been violations of the stations own bylaws pursuant to disclosure of the sublease, and illegal secrecy regarding its terms and all manner of obfuscation (e.g. with the other LSB members) and all this in the guise of so-called ‘confidentiality.’
Summer Reese, the interim Executive Director of Pacifica appeared without counsel. She indicated in response to Judge Alprin that she had “concerns” (about the sublease) and subsequently conceded that she “regretted” signing the sublease. Reese, responding to the Judge stated that the Foundations’ name had been appropriated during a period when the corporate status of the Foundation was not in good standing. According to Reese this was due to a lapse by her predecessor(s). She stated that the organization is now chartered as Pacifica Foundation Radio, which for now seemed to satisfy the judge’s questions about the sublease’s validity. Reese seemed to indicate that it is “unlikely” that the Clear Channel deal will go forward. Further, she stated in supporting that statement, that she was “pursuing other options in DC,” but she did not elaborate.
Consider this part one – More to come………