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Part-Time Bookkeeper Job Available! That and other jobs will be posted in July

Our bookkeeper is leaving us at the end of the month of July! We need a new part-time bookkeeper! Approximately 20-25 hours per week. Are you interested? Do you know anyone that is interested? The job description is posted below. Please tell anyone you know that might be interested in this part time job. Send letter of interest and resume to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

We are also opening some other jobs in July. We will have a PT Program Director job. If someone is interested in FT, we will consider. But currently we have split the job into different positions for the Music Director and the Program Director parts of the job. We have initiated a team approach to our programming decisions. (And no, this does not preclude the need for a Program Advisory Council, as prescribed in our bylaws).

We will also be looking for a full-time Operations Manager, to be hired by the end of the summer.



Accounts receivable

             Invoice underwriting clients and manage payment schedules

             Process all individual donations – process credit cards and put together bank deposits

Process and maintain monthly EFT’s (electronic funds transfers) 2x’s per month – run function      and follow up with expired/declined cards

 Accounts payable

            Enter and manage all bills in Peachtree (accounting software)

            Pay all bills in conjunction with GM       

Make accounting adjustments

Track all prepaid expenses – end of each month make entries

Track employee accrued vacation – quarterly make entries

Track prepaid underwriting – quarterly make entries

Track underwriting trades – quarterly make entries

Manage and maintain membership database - Allegiance

File/Pay sales tax quarterly – Board of Equalization

File form 109 by Sept each year - Franchise Board

Prepare financial reports monthly and quarterly for GM and Treasurer

Process 1099’s and 1096’s for IRS and contractors at end of calendar year

Prepare all documents for audit and meet with the auditor

Work in conjunction with Treasurer and GM to create the yearly budget

Reconcile bank statements with accounting software

Send list of individual donations when payments are made to membership coordinator so that they can generate thank you/tax receipt letters  


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As I reported at the Board of Supervisors meeting on February 25, recommendations had been released a day earlier, on February 24, by a blue-ribbon panel of the Society of Actuaries (SOA) — the entity responsible for education, testing and licensing in the profession — to improve the financial health of public pension plans. The blue-ribbon panel was formed in by the Society of Actuaries in 2013. It was intended to be multidisciplinary panel of experts that could provides new guidelines for trustees, legislators and plan advisers. The blue-ribbon panel said the new guidelines were necessary, because the total amount of unfunded public pension plan liabilities in the U.S. amounts to more than $1 trillion, according to some estimates.

The blue-ribbon panel in its report went on to say that both public pension plans and their plan sponsors, needed more precise, meaningful information about the health of public pension funds so that trustees, legislators and plan advisers, as well as citizens, could have the facts they needed to work together to make informed decisions about the future of their plans.

This blue-ribbon panel of the Society of Actuaries laid out a path to strengthen public defined benefit plans, while championing the valuation of pension liabilities in a more economically realistic way.

Depending on the path sponsors take, these areas can contribute to strengthening or weakening public funds. Public retirement systems have tended to favor expedient approaches that lowered pension contributions and liabilities in the shorter term, but in the longer term undermined long-term funding levels and retirement security.The proposal, presented in the report that was released on February 24, frames the issue of improving funding levels by tackling the conflicting objectives of pension plans, including cost stability vs. investment volatility and intergenerational equity vs. short-term public budgeting pressures.

The question is whether the constituencies involved with public funds, including actuaries, pension trustees, and the Actuarial Standards Board, will accept the SOA panel’s recommendations.

There is no doubt that the recommendations in the report should be embraced. But the impulse in the past has been to resist infusing the systems with better economics. When the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) sought to change the accounting method for valuing liabilities, it was pressured to moderate its initial ideas. These watered-down proposals resulted in GASB Pronouncements 67 and 68, which will be implemented in 2014 and 2015, respectively. GASB 67 and 68 are a good start, but it’s only a start. It’s not the final word on pension reform.

With the SOA panel’s new proposals, it is in the interest of proponents of public retirement systems, including actuaries, to change. We must all support pension reform. Otherwise the systems sow their own seeds of destruction as the political pressure builds to scrap defined benefit plans and move to defined contribution plans, thereby putting all investment risk onto participants.

The SOA panel’s proposal sought only to help public sponsors to make their systems stronger.


One of its key recommendations is that public retirement systems should use a forward-looking rate to discount pension liabilities to give a truer economic picture of plan costs, rather than historical plan returns, which tend to understate liabilities.

The new rate would replace the actual long-term rate of return on plan assets generally used now by sponsors and their actuaries to discount liabilities and set contribution levels.

The SOA’s blue-ribbon panel could have, and perhaps should have, have gone further and recommended the use of a risk-free rate — or the rates on the Treasury yield curve — for valuing pension liabilities. In the 68-page “Report of the Blue Ribbon Panel on Public Pension Plan Funding,” the 12-member, blue-ribbon panel recognized the superiority of the use of the risk-free rate for such valuation.

“Economic theory suggests that achieving full intergenerational equity means that current taxpayers should pay the “risk-free’ cost of services so as not to burden future taxpayers with the cost of investment risk being taken by current taxpayers,” the report said.

“The panel recognizes that most plans prefer the lower current cost achieved by assuming higher expected investment returns (and therefore higher risk taking and a possible shift of costs to future generations), as opposed to preserving pure intergenerational equity.”

Benefits that are riskless, such as those pension benefits protected by provisions in state constitutions that prohibit reductions, should be discounted at the risk-free, or at least a very low, rate to provide for funding adequacy to ensure pension promises are kept.

Public plans believe their sponsoring entities, states and cities, don’t go out of business, enabling them to withstand short-term market and funding challenges and use a higher assumed rate. But the bankruptcy filings by Detroit and some other cities reveal the fallacy of that thinking. States cannot seek bankruptcy, but economic challenges might force their taxpayers to do so, or at least be unable to bear further economic burdens, making difficult raising revenue to finance pension contributions.

The SOA’s blue-ribbon panel instead chose a forward-looking rate, which it said would be lower than the rate generally in use now by public sponsors. For forecasting the rate, “it is important to consider the extent to which future economic and market conditions may differ from those of today or of the past,” the report said, noting “the long-term secular decline in interest rates … strongly suggests that the robust fixed-income performance of the past is not likely to be repeated in the future.”

The panel incorporates the risk-free rate as a risk management tool as part of its recommendations to enhance disclosure of public systems. It recommends using the risk-free rate for reporting purposes to discount liabilities and to compare it against the investment return assumption as a way to gauge the level of investment risk taken by the plan. Such a move would be a good step toward assessing the risks and costs of plans.

The underfunding of plans tends to derive from a lack of contributions and the overpromising of benefits, including cost-of-living increases, rather than from insufficient returns on assets. Many funds have tended to achieve their assumed rate of return over the long term.

“Funding adequacy and intergenerational equity should take precedence over the goal of cost stability and predictability,” the report said. Even though “predictability of cost in the short term is important for public budgeting purposes,” the report said, “allocating a significant portion of investments to higher-risk, more volatile assets will tend to undermine the goal of cost stability.”

In addition, the panel recommends governmental entities responsible for funding and plan trustees “should strive to fund 100%” of pension obligations, rather than the 80% typically considered as adequate. “Financial resources, including both current and future contributions, should be adequate to fund benefits over a broad range of expected future economic outcomes” and “respond to changing economic conditions,” the report said.

Among the recommendations, the report calls for other enhanced disclosure, which would help taxpayers understand the complexities of pension finance and could build support for strengthening plans.

The panel plans to take its recommendations to the Actuarial Standard Board (ASB), which adopts standards of practices for the actuarial industry. The process might take some time to play out, even if the ASB embraces the panel’s recommendations.

Trustees should not wait; they should adopt the suggestions. That would take agreement from the funding sources of public plans, especially state and local legislators. But the status quo leaves the plans vulnerable to underfunding.

If public entities, like Mendocino County, want to keep defined benefit systems, they have to make funding a priority. The SOA’s blue-ribbon panel shows them how to do it. If we fail to act, we need not look any further than Detroit to see the future of our county’s pension system.


Detroit is the teachable moment. For all their hundreds of billions of dollars, public pension systems are largely unregulated. Actuarial standards, however obscure, may be the closest thing the sector has to a uniform and enforceable code. And the code has just been updated, thanks to Detroit.

Again, to review, the SOA’s blue-ribbon panel recommend that pension actuaries provide plan boards of trustees and, ultimately, the public with the fair value of pension obligations and estimates of the annual cash outlays needed to cover them. That means pension officials would disclose something they have long resisted discussing: the total cost, in today’s dollars, of the workers’ pensions, assuming no credit for expected investment gains over the years.

“We think it would be a useful benchmark for plans to have,” said Robert W.Stein, the panel’s chairman, who is both an actuary and a certified public accountant. “We’re optimistic that the information would enable them to better appreciate the future and what it might bring.”

Economists refer to this elusive number as the plan’s total liability, discounted at a risk-free rate. The SOA has called for its disclosure for years, saying it would help pension trustees make better decisions. Economists have calculated rough approximations in recent years for various states and cities, but only the plan actuaries have the data needed for precise calculations.

Though the actuaries who work for public pensions have the capacity to spot risks and measure shortfalls with pinpoint accuracy, it is their clients — usually the pension trustees — who call the shots. And plan trustees prefer to be given traditional actuarial estimates, which are smoothed, stretched, averaged, backloaded and otherwise spread across time.

Such numbers generally comply with current actuarial standards, but as Detroit shows, they can also paper over looming disasters. Detroit’s pension fund was said to be healthy just before the bankruptcy, but it turned out to be several billion dollars short.

The new liability measurement called for by the Society of Actuaries panel would not be the only number provided to the public, but it would provide new insight into the market risks for pension plans and the shortfall that might have to be made up by local taxpayers if investment returns did not measure up to expectations.

Disclosing pension liabilities based on risk-free discount rates, however, is viewed with deep suspicion by plan trustees and the unions that represent public workers. Pension officials and union leaders say the risk-free approach, if permitted, will be used to cast public pensions in the worst possible light to whip up fervor against them and justify the termination of the plans.


So far, the only public pension actuary who has publicly provided such numbers is Robert C. North Jr., who tracks the five funds that make up New York City’s vast pension system. He is also one of the 12 members of the blue-ribbon panel. (Other members include New York’s former lieutenant governor, Richard Ravitch; the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation’s former executive director, Bradley D. Belt; and the Principal Financial Group’s chief executive, Larry D. Zimpleman.)

For New York City’s biggest fund, known as the New York City Employee Retirement System (NYCERS), the conventional numbers show assets of about $45 billion and liabilities of $67 billion, or a less-than-stellar funded ratio of 66 percent.

But Mr. North’s fair-value numbers, deep in NYCERS’s annual report, show assets of $43 billion and liabilities of $106 billion, or a funded ratio of just 40 percent — a sure sign of trouble ahead as the city’s work force ages and retires.

The difference, $63 billion, is NYCERS’s shortfall. That money has to be made up before today’s city workers retire — within 14 years, on average. As a result, New York’s contributions to Nycers are rising every year, squeezing the city budget and making it harder for the city to provide public services.

Mr. North said in 2006 that he tried to give these numbers greater prominence in the annual reports, but was blocked by the plan’s outside auditor, who said that doing so did not comply with generally accepted accounting principles.

Detroit felt an even bigger budget squeeze over the last decade. But, unable to see the hopelessness of its situation, the city borrowed $1.4 billion from the bond markets, put that cash into its pension system and declared victory. The money was invested in assets that subsequently lost value, the workers kept on accruing new benefits, tax revenues continued to falter and finally, last year, that debt was the first thing Detroit defaulted on as it hurtled toward bankruptcy.

New York City now says the borrowing transaction was an illegal sham and has asked the bankruptcy court to void it. Bondholders have been told to expect pennies on the dollar for their claims. Pensioners’ losses in the bankruptcy will be softened, but some of them have been warned that their pension checks will be docked to offsetimproper payouts in the past.

Detroit might have gone bankrupt in any case, but the pain might have been lessened if better decisions had been made early on to address the rising cost of the benefits in the face of the shrinking tax base.

For other places that may have the same problem, the blue-ribbon panel is calling for actuaries to produce other details as well: each pension plan’s projected annual cash payments; the estimated volatility of the fund’s investment performance; and something called a “standardized plan contribution,” which would help all stakeholders assess whether the actual contributions to a pension fund, paid by workers and taxpayers, are reasonable and adequate.

“One would think that alert trustees would want to review this,” Mr. Stein said, “and evaluate how they should respond.”

Mr. Stein said the panel had asked the Actuarial Standards Board to incorporate its recommendations into its professional standards, or perhaps into a new standard solely for public pensions.


The blue-ribbon panel went on to say in its report that public pension plans should not be funded with instruments that bear risk or delay cash funding, such as pension obligation bonds.

“Plans are not funded in a broad budgetary sense when debt is issued by the plan sponsor to fund the plan, whether inside or outside the plan,” said the panel.

The panel said that effective pension funding programs should follow three principles. One of the principles is adequacy, or the goal to fund 100% of the value of promises made; the second principle is intergenerational equity, or the goal that current employee costs will not be borne by future taxpayers; and the third principle is cost stability and predictability.

To state it another way, pension obligation bonds aren’t the answer to funding a chronically underfunded plan.

The panel recommended several good governance characteristics that pension systems should adopt. One of these is that plans should maximize the likelihood that funding objectives be achieved. Plans should also ensure that recommended contributions are paid, and that complete financial information is disclosed to all stakeholders. Finally, the use of financial instruments that delay cash contributions, like pension obligation bonds, should not be encouraged, the report said.


The report recommended that the Actuarial Standards Board require several types of financial and risk measures to be disclosed in actuarial reports.

Trends in financial and demographic measures should be disclosed so that a plan’s stakeholders can understand its changing profile and risk position. Plans should present information for a 10-year period about various plan maturity and cost measures. Additionally, the report said, plans should present information that allows users to compare economic and demographic assumptions with actual experiences.

Actuaries also should disclose three benchmarks in order for current risk levels to be understood, the report said. Those benchmarks are: the expected standard deviation of investment returns of the asset portfolio on the report date; the plan liability and normal cost calculated at the risk-free rate; and a standardized plan contribution that can be compared to the recommended contribution to help users asses the recommended contribution’s adequacy.

Additionally, plans should be stress tested to see both the effect of paying only 80% of the recommended contributions each year for 20 years, and the effect of investment returns over a 20-year period that are three percentage points greater and less than those used in calculating the standardized plan contribution.

Also actuaries should provide two sets of benefit payment projections for current employees, one on an earned-to-date basis and the other on a projected-benefit basis, the panel said.

In addition to urging the Actuary Standards Board (ASB) to require the disclosures, the panel calls for the board to require actuaries to include in their reports “an opinion on the reasonableness of fund methods and assumptions.”

The report also makes specific recommendations about methods and assumptions that plans use for funding calculations. The panel believes that the rate of return assumption should be forward looking and based primarily on the current risk-free rate. Also, gains and losses should be amortized over a period of no more than 15 to 20 years. It says asset smoothing periods should be no more than five years.

Actuaries should consider direct-rate smoothing and other asset and liability cash flow modeling techniques, because these approaches “can provide greater transparency into the current financial position of the trust, the level of risk in funding assumptions, and enhanced flexibility to sponsors in the development of sustainable funding programs,” the report said.

The panel recommends several good governance characteristics that pension systems should adopt. One of these is that plans should maximize the likelihood that funding objectives be achieved. Plans should ensure that recommended contributions are paid, that complete financial information is disclosed to all stakeholders and that financial instruments that delay cash contributions are not used, the report also said.

Pension systems should also ensure that trustees are properly trained and have sufficient information to be able to analyze risk. They also should carefully consider plan changes. For example, Mendocino County’s Retirement Board could require that consideration and adoption of plan changes be done over two or three legislative sessions of the Board of Supervisors. The Retirement Board should also adopt a formal process for evaluating the implications of changes. Meanwhile, the Retirement Board should avoid certain high-risk plan features. There is no free lunch when an underfunded plan tries catch-up. It’s a fool’s bet that high-risk investments will lead to a fully funded plan.

In conclusion, it is my personal recommendation that the Board of Supervisors and the Retirement Board schedule a joint meeting and workshop in the near future, and at that meeting, Mendocino County’s actuaries, Mr. Paul Angelo, Senior Vice President and Actuary and/or Mr. Andy Young, Vice President and Associate Actuary, both of the Seagal Company, should be invited to present their views on the findings and recommendations Society of Actuaries Blue-Ribbon Panel on Public Pension Funding.

Respectfully submitted to the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors on March 25, 2014,

John Sakowicz

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MCPB Board of Directors

Our next board meeting will be held Monday, June 27th at 6pm at Anderson Valley High School. We hope you can join us as we vote to approve the budget for KZYX&Z for the next fiscal year, which starts July 1st, 2016. The address for the high school is 18200 Mountain View Rd in Boonville.

The Finance Committee will have a public meeting on Monday, June 27th at 4pm at KZYX&Z, 9300 Highway 128, between Philo and Boonville (closer to Philo).



Monday, June 27, 2016 @ 6:00 PM

Anderson Valley High School

18200 Mountain View Rd. Boonville


BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT  Please introduce yourself



            Ground Rules:

            Public Comment (3 min each.) after each Action Item. 

            Public Comment on Non Agenda Items (3 min each)

            If interruptions occur more than 3 times by a single person that person will be asked to leave.


            RobertA's Rules for Board Decisions.  Description

            Recent successful fundraisers – Willits house party, Boogie Woogie Event

            Monthly meetings with Fundraising Committee.

            Monthly meetings with Executive Committee

            What we haven't done yet and what we plan to do      


            Mention anything that you have done for the station in the last 2 months

TREASURERS REPORT – Stuart & Lorraine

            Action Item: Budget Report


            Personnel, Fundraising, Ukiah?


            Action Item:      

            Approve Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with CAB



PUBLIC COMMENT (3 min. each)




Here are the minutes from the meeting on June 2nd, 2016

KZYX/Z Mendocino Public Broadcasting

Board of Directors Meeting

May 2, 2016


Call to order – Meg called the meeting to order @ 6:04pm

Roll call: Bob Paige, Benj Thomas, Ed Keller, Meg Courtney, Jenness Hartley, Lorraine Dechter.  Absent: Clay Eubank

Action Items:

1.      Approval of previous board meeting minutes: May not have been approved. Will do this at next meeting.

2.      Approval of line of credit – presented by Lorraine Dechter.   Vote to approve: Benj, Jenness, Ed, Bob.

Treasurer’s report: Lorraine presented, Clay not present.  Meg requested that the reports come earlier so that the board can review them.  Lorraine plans to meet with the board once or twice a month to review in the future.

Thanking Departing Board members:  Mary Massey spoke for John Sakowitz thanking KZYX and looking forward to the future. Meg thanked BobPage  for all of his hard work.  Bob spoke about the new board and the new direction of the station. 

Seating of new board members:  Meg introduced Jonathan Middlebrook, Stuart Campbell, and John Azzaro.  New members made their introductions.

Nomination of executive and other communities: 

President – Stuart Campbell nominated Meg, Jenness seconded. Approved.

Vice President: Meg nominated Jane, John A seconded, approved.

Secretary: Meg nominated Jenness for secretary, John A. seconded, approved.  

Treasurer – Meg nominated Stuart, Ed seconded, approved.   

Audit committee: Meg is planning on asking Clay, Benj and Jonathan M seconded. Approved. 

State of the station:  Lorraine read her report. Station is currently on track for finances.  Fundraising figures reported.  David Steffen has majorly increased underwriting recently.  Biggest expenses were related to Internet services.  Lorraine discussed the need to make sure that the station has access to adequate bandwidth as well as having the station getting more actively involved in lobbying legislators to address this problem.   Sherri Quinn is the new news director.  Lorraine discussed the need to pay for an office in Ukiah (and discussed how she has been letting the news team use an office that she personally pays for).  Lorraine is thinking about hiring a news producer out of Ukiah.  Lorraine introduced the idea of renting a facility in Ukiah that has good signal exposure and is reasonable.  Lorraine also thanked the Community Foundation for their grant. 

CAB report:  Benj presented for the CAB.  Discussed the possibility of the CAB creating a MOU with the board.  Benj summarized the MOU.  Meg suggested putting the MOU on the KZYX website if it is accepted by the board.  Meg and Benj agreed to vote on the MOU at the next meeting. 

Public Comment:

Scott Petersen: voiced concern about tax document 990 not being posted or incomplete. 

Ana: thanked Lorraine for putting on National Native News.

Doug McKenty : Also thanked Lorraine for adding Native American news.  He seconded Scott about the concern about the 990’s and discussed his desire to make KZYX more of a local community station.  He thanked Meg for the audit committee. 

Mitch Clough (SP?):  Discussed matters of grammar and liability and his history with KZYX.  He expressed hopes that new management be committed to transparency. 

Anonymous:  Commented about the power of the CAB and transparency.   Wants the station to pay the on air DJs. 

Mike Grady: Former board member.  Spoke to how hard it is to keep a station running and that the station is sounding much better than before.  He loves national native news too and the news team.   He does not understand why the station is being attacked and plans to support the station for the foreseeable future. 

Sheila Tracy:  Requested minutes from 2 CAB meetings that she feels should have had minutes.  Also asking for the minutes of the hiring committee and feels that she should have been invited to the meeting.  Sheila requested that more left leaning shows be played at peak listening times instead of NPR.  She requested that the news department involve the community more.  She also asks that the GM’s contract be reexamined.

Derek Hoyle: Stated that the 14 years that he has volunteered at KZYX has been a train wreck.  He stated that he does not want Stuart Campbell on the board and is planning to pursue the matter through other avenues.   Mr. Hoyle is interested is recalling Stewart.

Ana: spoke again.  She voiced a desire for diversity of voices on the air.  Ana called for unity. 

Bob Page: Asked for a stop to the ad hominem attacks at the board meeting. 

Mitch: spoke again.  Stated that Mendocino County is a unique county and called for fair and balanced. 

Doug: spoke again, agreed with Ana about diversity for the station.  Doug suggested that discussions be focused on policy. 

Sheila: spoke again – voiced concern about transparency concerning committee discussions. 

Meg announced the next BOD meeting in July that will be in Anderson Valley

and after that Point Arena.

Meg moved to adjourn @ 7:20pm, Benj seconded.

Minutes submitted by Jenness Hartley, Secretary of the Board.


Present: Meg Courtney, Lorraine Dechter, Jane Futcher, Jenness Hartley, Ed Keller, Benj Thomas,
John Sakowicz
Absent: Clay Eubank
—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.

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.
—Elections Report by Jane not needed because of above check-in
—No Finance Committee report due to Clay’s absence
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)

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.


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.

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
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 station’s 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 station’s 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 station’s 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 station’s 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

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:

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

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