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Information & News from the KZYX General Manager

We are pleased to announce that the Community Advisory Board (CAB) will be holding several meetings in the further reaches of our listening area. These will be informal meetings, meaning that there may not be a quorum of CAB members present, and nothing will be voted on. The first meeting will be held in Elk on Tuesday evening, February 23rd, at the Greenwood School, 5150 S. Hwy 1, at 6:30 pm.

The CAB wants to hear from you, discuss what you are interested in regarding KZYX, and will take your comments to the next KZYX Board of Directors meeting. There will be snacks and beverages. For more information on the CAB meeting in Elk, call (707) 877-3475.

Thanks to those members who are running for open positions on the Board of Directors. To the right of this article you will find a list of candidates. Soon we will be posting the candidate statements. The on air candidate forum will be held on Thursday, March 3rd at 7pm.

Earlier this week I met with our former General Manager (John Coate) and our transmitter engineer. I was told the transmitters are in very good shape. The connections with our studios in Mendocino and Willits are not working well, and are going through complete software upgrades at this time. We apologize for the inconvenience to our programmers from Willits and Mendocino, and to our listeners, who have had to experience frequent drop outs of the studio connections. Our staff is standing by during all of our remote studio shows, and many of our programmers are coming to Philo to do their shows until the upgrades are completed and tested.

Thanks for your patience. Just so you know, some of us have been working 15-20 hour days to sort out technical difficulties and details. We want all of our broadcasts to run smoothly, and we have a steep learning curve to do what our long time Program Director/Music Director (Mary Aigner) and Operations Manager (Rich Culbertson) were able to accomplish on a daily basis. Mary retired after 22 years with the station, and Rich resigned after eight years of superb technical support. We have a big legacy to live up to!

Lorraine Dechter
General Manager KZYX & Z
Mendocino County Public Broadcasting
(707) 895-2324

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The 700 members of SEIU 1021 are preparing for a one day strike against 

Mendocino county to begin at 6am on Tuesday, Sept 24.

Last Wednesday, SEIU 1021 members overwhelmingly voted in favor of going on an Unfair Labor Practice strike. The union's bargaining team met with 

county administrators on Thursday, Sept. 19. where, at the direction of County CEO Carmel Angelo, they refused to bargain and declared an impasse.

SEIU claims that the County is in violation of several ULP’s, including surface 

bargaining and refusing to give workers vital information relating to bargaining as well as contracting out SEIU 1021 positions. 

According to a press release, County employees have given back more than $7 million, lost 10 percent of their take-home pay and this year took on a 15 percent increase in healthcare premiums.

 Now the county is demanding more cuts, even though there is a surplus and many county positions are paid for through federal funding.










Wednesday, Sept. 18, in a possibly illegal meeting, the Redwood Coast Senior Center Board voted to fire Executive Director Charles Bush. Apparently, the 

board never formally consulted with an attorney, either before or after the 

controversial vote.

According to several reliable sources, the vote was 4-2 for the firing with two abstentions. Board member Bob Bushansky walked out before the vote, saying the meeting had not been properly noticed or posted. 

The meeting came with no agenda and the board failed to go into closed 

session, he said.

"I informed the board, all eight other members, that any actions taken at an 

illegally held meeting had no legal standing. The board president said that she didn't care what I thought, they were moving forward anyway," said Bushansky.

The vote conducted was by secret ballot. Ballots in which votes are kept secret from other board members are always illegal under the Brown Act .

According to its bylaws, notice must be posted on the center's website and on a public bulletin board three days before a special meeting and at least one week before a regular meeting.

Charges against Bush in a document obtained by Frank Hartzell of the FB Advocate include having a messy office, spending too much time in the dining room and not enough fundraising. 

No report yet on the results of Friday's meeting of the Board.

Thanks to Frank Hartzell and the Advocate.






According to an article in last Thursday's Will

its Weekly under Cat Lee's byline, Superior Court Judge John Benke has 

denied a motion of 'vindictive prosecution' brought by Will Parrish's defense 

against DA David Eyster. Parrish is facing 16 misdemeanor charges for 

trespassing on CalTrans sites. He was also arrested again Wednesday, 

apparently for violating his bail terms, although he was on the other side of the highway from the protestors.

During the hearing, Ty Lewis, a local CHP officer, testified that when he 

escorted Parrish to the medical team before being booked July 1st, Parrish

 said "Will you carry me. It's more dramatic. I'm trying to make a statement."

The vindictive prosecution motion was based on the fact that after Parrish 

rejected a lenient plea agreement, DA Eyster filed sixteen misdemeanor 

charges against him, a maximum of eight years in prison. Judge Benke said 

"In the absence of presuming his motivation, I think we're muddling into 

prosecutorial discretion....motion denied."

Parrish's pre-trial hearing continues Tuesday, Sept 24th at 8:30 am.











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MCPB Board of Directors Elections

Mendocino County Public Broadcasting is holding elections for its Board of Directors. If you were a KZYX member in good standing by December 31st, you will soon be receiving a ballot for the election of the board's open seats. (All of our programmers will also receive a ballot for the Programmer-Elected seat)

Your  ballot must be returned by mail in the envelope provided. Do NOT send your ballot to the station! If you do, it will not be counted. We must receive your ballot by March 31st.

To find out about the candidates, tune in to the on-air candidates forum on Thurs., March 3rd at 7pm.

If you haven't received your ballot by March 1st, please let us know by sending an email to:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or by calling the station at (707) 895-2324.

The candidates are as follows:


John Azarro

John Sakowicz

Charlie Hochberg

Richard Louis Miller

Jeff Wright


Stuart Campbell

Robert Vaughan

Johanna Wildoak


Jonathon Middlebrook


Get The KZYX App For Your iPhone

Go to the Apple App Store on your iPhone or iPad and search for KZYX.  The app is free of charge.  It's a great way to get the live stream, the KZYX Jukebox, this website and to make a donation.  Follow this link for a preview and easy access to the download.  Or if you want to type it out here is the URL: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/kzyx/id998145015?mt=8

KZYX Phone Numbers

Business office 707-895-2324

Philo studio 707-895-2448

Willits studio 707-456-9991

Mendocino studio 707-937-5103

KZYX Underwriting

KZYX doesn’t play commercials but we do have underwriting, which is very different from advertising. It is a great way to support KZYX and in exchange we will let our listeners know what goods and services your organization offers.

For questions about underwriting on KZYX, call (707) 895-2324 or email uw [at] kzyx [dot] org