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AM News for Wednesday 7.10.13

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The Mendocino County Supervisors has announced it will host a budget

 presentation from 10:30 a.m. to noon Friday at the Fort Bragg Town Hall.


The presentation is the first in a series of five presentations to be given in 

each of the county's five supervisorial districts before the annual county 

budget hearings begin Sept. 9.


The League of Women Voters of Mendocino President Jane Person is 

sponsoring the event.


Fourth District Supervisor Dan Gjerde, whose district includes Fort Bragg, 

volunteered to have his district receive the first of the budget presentations.

"In times when revenues are stagnant, the balanced budget represents an 

organization that is constantly looking for new ways to achieve its goals at

 lower costs," Gjerde said.



 

The cities of Ukiah, Willits and Fort Bragg are suing the county of 

Mendocino 

and Auditor-Controller Meredith Ford for hundreds of thousands of dollars they claim she  overcharged them in fees for administering the cities' property taxes.


Ford's office is responsible for distributing each city's share of the property taxes for which it charges an annual Fee. 


At issue is whether the fee was calculated correctly after the state Supreme Court ruled in November that the fees could not include additional property 

tax money to compensate cities and counties.


In November 2008, 47 cities in Los Angeles County sued that county, 

claiming it was charging a higher property tax fee than state law allows.




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to a report from the Center for Investigative Reporting,

Doctors under contract with the California Department of Corrections

 sterilized 148 female inmates from 2006 to 2010 without required state

 approvals, and there are perhaps 100 more dating back to the late 1990s.


From 1997 to 2010, the state paid doctors $147,460 to perform the 

procedure.


The women were signed up for the surgery while they were pregnant and

housed at either the Institution for Women in Corona or Valley State Prison

 for Women in Chowchilla.


Former inmates and prisoner advocates maintain that prison medical staff 

coerced the women, targeting those deemed likely to return to prison in the 

future.


The top medical manager at Valley State Prison from 2005 to 2008 

characterized the surgeries as an empowerment issue for female inmates, 

providing them the same options as women on the outside. Daun Martin, a 

licensed psychologist, also claimed that some pregnant women, particularly those on drugs or who were homeless, would commit crimes so they could

 return to prison for better health care.


Martin denied approving the surgeries, but at least 60 tubal ligations were done at Valley State while Martin was in charge.


Since 1994 the procedure has required approval from top medical officials in Sacramento on a case-by-case basis.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The GMO Free Humboldt grassroots organization of local consumers, 

farmers and concerned individuals met at the Bayside Grange to construct a ban on the growth of genetically modified organisms in Humboldt County.


Unlike the recent Proposition 37, which sought to label all genetically

modified produce and other goods already available to consumers, the 

GMO Free Humboldt ban would prevent these crops and other organisms 

from being grown or produced within the county.


About 70 attendees from Arcata, Eureka, Garberville and other parts of 

Humboldt appeared at the meeting and signed up to volunteer their time to

 prepare the ban wording for submission to the county.


Small groups formed to develop the language and talking points of the ban

 itself, as well as outreach and education to both organic and 

non-organic farmers, influential stakeholders and other interested members of 

the community.


The two-hour meeting whipped by with passionate input from families, farmers and 

local business representatives, all eager to voice their concerns and offer 

their time to get the ball rolling.


Meetings are held bimonthly at the Bayside GrangeUpcoming dates:  July 10, 24, 




(Cal Fire) Humboldt - Del Norte unit chief Tom Hein  announced that as of

 July 1, 2013, all “dooryard” Residential burn permits in State Responsibility Areas of Humboldt, Del Norte and western Trinity counties are suspended. Western Trinity is defined as the area within the Six Rivers National Forest.


Burning with a valid permit is allowed for agricultural, forest management, 

and industrial type burning only. Campfires on private property are still

 allowed with property owner’s written permission. Cal Fire wants the public 

to know that suspending residential and dooryard permits is the initial step 

towards the suspension of all burning .




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

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MCPB Board of Directors

Welcome our new board members and thank our outgoing board members at the Annual Meeting of the Mendocino County Public Broadcasting Board of Directors

Point Noyo (previously The Cliff House)

1011 S Main Street 

Fort Bragg, CA 95437

Monday, May 2nd, 2016 6:00 pm

(No Host Bar/Food available for purchase)

New board members John Azzaro (At large); Jonathan Middlebrook (1st District); and Stuart Campbell (Programmer Elect) 

Outgoing board members are Bob Page and John Sakowicz


Here are the minutes from the last meeting, as yet unapproved.


KZYX/MENDOCINO COUNTY PUBLIC BROADCASTING

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

MARCH 7, 2016

WILLITS LIBRARY

 

MINUTES

 THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER AT 6:03 P.M.

ROLL CALL
Present: Meg Courtney, Lorraine Dechter, Jane Futcher, Jenness Hartley, Ed Keller, Benj Thomas, John Sakowicz

Absent: Clay Eubank

 

APPROVAL OF LAST MEETING’S MINUTES: Unanimous

 

MATTERS FROM THE BOARD PRESIDENT: Meg Courtney

—GROUND RULES: Meg appointed Jenness to be the Meeting Facilitator

—THANK YOUS: Meg expressed thanks to Lorraine Dechter, the new GM: Jane Futcher, elections coordinator and election ballot workers and stampers, including Jenness, Ed, Bob and several others. Ed Keller was thanked for building a covered area outside where staff can sit.

—FUNDRAISING: Meg mentioned some of the fundraisers coming up, including Amy Goodman in Willits, April 16; a Willits house party April 23; a Mother’s Day fundraiser with Starchild chocolate; a Church of the Boogie Woogie party with a Boogie Woogie diva in June. She thanked Catherine Keegan and Tim Bray for taking on many fundraising events for KZYX and for requiring board and staff do very little.

 

MATTERS FROM BOARD MEMBERS:

Jane Futcher reported that board election was proceeding and the on-air forum went well.

John Sakowicz welcomed Lorraine and expressed hope that KZYX will collaborate with low-power channels like KMEC, also using digital platforms and many new technologies that expand the station’s reach and can be the source of potential revenues.

 

STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS

—Elections Report by Jane not needed because of above check-in

—No Finance Committee report due to Clay’s absence

 

PRESENTATION OF MENDOCINO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS’ COMMENDATION TO MARY AIGNER BY TOM WOODHOUSE: Tom Woodhouse read an eloquently worded recognition of Mary Aigner’s 22 years of service as a staff member of KZYX. (See Attached)

 

COMMUNITY ADVISORY BOARD REPORT FROM ELLEN SAXE

Ellen summarized the results of a CAB public meeting in Elk in February. She chose an area that the station does not always reach out to but was disappointed with the turnout despite the fact that the meeting was well publicized. About 10 people attended. She said transparency of the board and station was a big issue and there were requests for:
1. On-air CAB meetings

2. On-air Board meetings

3. On-air discussions with board representatives

4. The board should stop using a closed board list serve and confidential meetings

5. Simple living membership of $25 should be announced on the air

6. Controversy comes from exclusion — Someone said that when the Mendocino School Board adopted a more open stance their meetings became less contentious and shorter.

 

Ellen reported many comments about the board’s conduct, including:

—Board should state what its rules are and follow the process

—Board should not let a few people make all the decisions

—Board should make transparency a priority

—Board needs to follow through as new board members replace outgoing members.

—Board should be more responsive.

Several of those attending want access to the membership list with an opt-out clause for folks who don’t want to be contacted.

Other suggestions:

—Hire a volunteer coordinator

—contact nonmembers through public meetings

—Restore safe harbor

—State what happened with Ukiah studio funds

—Start a program council that had decision-making power

—Pay attention to the South Coast so people in Gualala can tune in.

—Encourage more participation by young people

—Define and follow the process for choosing programmers

—Institute a grievance procedure for former programmers

—Form Ad Hoc committees of members for pursuing specific issues

—Take seriously the decline in membership

—Encourage and support local programmers

 

BREAKS: During the meeting, possibly during Ellen’s presentation, a reporter covering the meeting and a candidate for the board interrupted frequently and claimed the board president was not following clear procedures. The facilitator called short break to establish calm.

 

NO ACTION ITEMS

STATE OF THE STATION REPORT — Lorraine Dechter

Lorraine did not submit a written report. She introduced Jerry Fraley, the interim Operations Manager, who was not present, and Raoul Van Haul, who introduced himself and his long experience in broadcasting, particularly in Portland, Oregon. Lorraine announced new Native American programming, a five-minute syndicated segment for which she has not yet found the perfect time slot. She said our expenses for the month of January were triple what was budgeted because it was costly covering the vacant program manager and ops manager positions.

 PUBLIC COMMENT:

Jeff Wright: Thanked Lorraine for unraveling the “trainwreck she was left with.” Said the satellites studios are working better and he asked that the “safe harbor” from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. be restored. He encouraged KZYZ to participate in joint events with KMUD and promote the Seven Rivers Network.

Sheila Dawn Tracy: Said members should be able to communicate with each other; wants safe harbor restore; would like a written GM report; feels new KZYX newsletter should have gone in the silent drive letter.

Sarah: Requested results of fundraisers and pledge drives be published on the KZYX Web site and promoted on the Web site in advance

Fran Koliner: Welcomed Lorraine

Ellen Saxe: Gave out her email address so others can receive summary of CAB meeting

Lyn Dee Johnson: Wants each board member to have a sign with their names so people know who they are; said this was an “emotional transition” that is hard on listeners, too, as they hear new voices on the air, etc. She, or someone else, remarked that the FCC investigation of KZXY led to a decision by the staff to end safe harbor because of concerns the station might lose its license if the FCC heard bad language on the air.

 

The meeting ended at 8 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Jane Futcher, Board VP

 

Adendum: Mendocino Board of Supervisors’ letter of Commendation to Mary Aigner. Signed by Tom Woodhouse and Dan Gjerde, delivered at the meeting March 7, 2016

 

Mary Aigner tirelessly served Mendocino County for 22 years through her work at KZYX. During her tenure as program director, she exhibited an unflagging dedication to community radio in general and Mendocino County Public Broadcasting in particular. The station was more than a job to her, it was a career and a passion, often placed before her own personal life. 

 

Mary exhibited dedication to the listening community by

—Cultivating familiarity with the various communities of the region, and the issues

confronting each of them. She often helped to arrange discussions of those issues on the stations public affairs programs and newscasts’’

—Maintaining steadfast awareness, and unwaveringly correct instincts about the preferences

of the public radio listening community, and representing them in any meeting,

conversation, or decision in which she was involved. “How will it benefit the listeners?”

was the perspective she always brought to the table.

 —Facing recurring challenges from small segments of the community about programming,

remaining firmly rooted in her convictions and professional expertise about how to serve

the majority of listeners and how to make KZYX the best possible community station. 

  —Being willing to engage in conversation with any listener, and personally respond to their

questions and concerns

             

Mary exhibited dedication to the station by:

 —Understanding and being able to operate and manage all the stations equipment, and

keeping herself abreast of the evolving technology

—Being available 24/7 to handle last-minute changes, trouble-shoot technical difficulties and support other staff members in their efforts to seek resolution

 —Being available to facilitate special programming – coming in on weekends and evenings to update the stations automated broadcast system

 —Helping produce live remote broadcasts, and fundraising events

 —Remaining ever mindful of the regulations which govern public radio stations

              

Mary exhibited dedication to the stations volunteer programmers by:

—Training, guiding, and assisting on-air volunteers, whatever their level of skill or experience

 —Helping find substitute hosts for absent programmers, often filling in herself on short notice

—Always being available to programmers, even on weekends or when out of town, to instruct,

support, and trouble-shoot unexpected on-air difficulties

 —Actively interfacing with record companies, and content providers, to keep the flow of new

music and programming coming to the station

 —Alerting programmers to new music or events which might be of interest to their audience

 —Facilitating interview opportunities for programmers with performers and public figures

Tom Woodhouse & Dan Gjerde

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