Peralta Board of Trustees Meeting


June 12, 2018

333 E. Eighth Street,

Oakland, Ca, 94606

Dear Peralta Students, Peralta Faculty, KGPC DJ's and Community Members,

We need your help! KGPC, Peralta Community Radio, is in danger of losing all staffing on July 1, 2018! The district is intending to drastically reduce funding immediately, to KGPC, Peralta Community Radio and the Department of Public Information and Media Communications, as part of a general reduction in department budgets.

The proposed 2018-2019 budget for our department does not provide enough funding to staff KGPC Radio beginning July 1, 2018. Our direct services to students, teachers, and staff, and the broader East Bay community will cease. This includes over 100 English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) students we served in the 2017-2018 school year, student DJ’s and community professionals. If we don’t receive adequate funding, we will no longer be able to provide free and easy access to media creation for the East Bay and Peralta communities.

I’m writing to you because you are a KGPC DJ, you've benefited from KGPC's free and easy access to broadcast media, or you are part of the broadcasting community. KGPC is a landmark station in the East Bay, as one of the few "LP-FM" stations recently licensed by the FCC, something which the FCC may not do again, ever. We directly serve the Peralta Community Colleges students, faculty and staff, East Bay cities and international audiences that listen to our streaming broadcast.

We could potentially lose the FCC license that took 10 years to secure. All the time, money and effort spent to secure the license, build the site and install the antenna, will be for naught.

But we have one last shot!

Please attend the Board of Trustees meeting this coming Tuesday June 12th at 7:00pm and tell the Board of Trustees that community radio is an important part of the Peralta Community College system, AND the East Bay. Tell the Board how you've benefited personally from KGPC-LP. Communicate why local public radio is so very important and crucial to the health and vibrance of our communities!

Please arrive 60 to 30 minutes early in order to fill out a card and pack the boardroom! The building is the first on the right. Enter through two sets of double doors, the meeting room will be on your right.

Please ask the board to continue the past precedent of providing adequate funding for the necessary contractor positions at the Peralta Community College District's Department of Public Information and Media Communications, specifically television and radio.

We will help you fill out a public comment card to speak on the behalf of KGPC-LP, Peralta Community Radio or fill out a public comment card in order to cede time to another speaker. Each speaker is allowed two minutes to speak. A speaker is allowed more time if another speaker cedes their time. You must fill out the card and be on a list to speak or have time available to cede. If you plan to speak and are a student or faculty member please let that be known when addressing the board!

I plan to speak at length, I hope you do too.

If you are unable to attend, please write a letter of support for KGPC, addressed to Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D (

You can also email the Peralta Board of Trustees and voice your support for KGPC:

Please show up. Please support Peralta students and faculty. Please support local community radio. Please share this with your networks widely.

In community,

Katie Styer

Co-Director, Peralta Community Radio Station

Aaron Harbour

Co-Director, Peralta Community Radio Station

Katherine Mondo

Co-Director, Peralta Community Radio Station