WEHOville Publisher Hank Scott on KPCC about LA Pride

Dear Readers:

KPCC 89.3 reached out to me yesterday and asked me if I would talk on its Take Two program about the issues involving this coming weekend’s LA Pride.

Given that this was a radio interview, it is perhaps more “worth a listen” than “worth a look.” Click here to go the KPCC / Southern California Public Radio interview.

And, of course, share your comments (no obscenities please 🙂

UPDATE: KPCC updated a story on its website quoting Chris Classen, CSW’s president, saying tht my statements about its lack of transparency in the interview were not true.

“Despite Mr. Scott’s inaccurate comments on the organization’s tax records and Board Membership information being public, CSW has in fact made public its tax returns from previous years up through 2015 as well as providing a list of all current Board Members,” Classen said.

I just checked with Classen and Craig Bowers, Classen’s business partner and a CSW board member, who confirmed via a text message that the 2015 IRS 990 tax return has not been made public because it still is being audited. As to whether CSW is making its tax returns from previous years public, Bowers says: “We made no decision as a board to do that. Not sure whom you heard that from?”

Those tax returns can be found on Guidestar.org, which obtains them from the IRS. Recent returns can be downloaded free of charges. You have to pay to access older returns. However all CSW returns from 2007 through 2014 can be accessed for free on WEHOville.com. We also have published the list of CSW board members and its bylaws, which, despite Classen’s statement to KPCC, as of this publication is not on its website.

UPDATE 2: Chris Classen says the reference by KPCC to the 2015 IRS 990 tax return is a typo. It should have said 2014.

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Alison
Alison
5 years ago

Good job, Hank!

The Water God
The Water God
5 years ago

Homophobic water theft? Reaching. Good luck with that one. How about the discrimination against folks with blue hair and brown hair or is it vice versa. Too confusing all these petty exceptions making nearly everyone a “victim”. Can folks just grow up and behave like a cogent being. Way too much free time to ponder nonsensical nothingness.

Andy Lucas
5 years ago

Great job Hank! Thanks for standing up for the community.

Manny
Manny
5 years ago

Excellent interview……and what a mess!

Tom Smart
Tom Smart
5 years ago

You just opened up a bigger can of whoop-azz—–CONGRATS!!

Jennifer
Jennifer
5 years ago

I am most interested in the role of Jennifer Dunbar a member of CSW’s board of Directors. Apparently, Ms. Dunbar is a division sales manager for NestlĂ© Waters North America. NestlĂ© continues to pump water from our aquifers for bottling despite California’s ongoing drought. West Hollywood’s west-side is impacted by the cost increases of Beverly Hills’ water district, which suffers from a lack of water restriction/reduction/conservation. Beverly Hills’ residents will just “say no” to conservation at the expense of West Hollywood. Maybe Mayor Meister can interview Ms. Dunbar and ask if NestlĂ© can contribute some water to our less fortunate… Read more »

Brian Holt
Brian Holt
5 years ago

Thanks, Hank for keeping CSW’s feet to the fire. When oh when will this tired and broken “front” for Pride leadership be sent packing? Time (long overdue) for a new organization to assist the City and its residents with the events.

melrosevillage
5 years ago

Great interview, Henry.

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