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KZYX News, Tuesday, Octiber 30th

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A serial bank robber was convicted Friday of the August  robbery of the Redwood Credit Union in Point Arena.  Frederick Orlando, 55, of Magalia, California, plead guilty to the August robbery.


 

While his sentencing hearing is scheduled for November 21  Orlando has already agreed that he will receive a sentence of 45 years to life under California’s Three Strikes laws. Orlando has previously served time for four separate bank robberies in Southern California as well as serving state prison time for a burglary conviction.


 "While Orlando targeted Point Arena because he believed it to be a sleepy, coastal town ” said Eyster, “he didn’t appreciate the great cooperation and communication that exists on our South Coast between the Sheriff’s Office, the CHP, and Sonoma’s Sheriff’s Office.




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Mendocino Office of Education’s Career Department, in collaboration with Cal Fire, will offer entry-level Basic Wildland Firefighter training at Cal Fire Mendocino Unit Headquarters in Willits.     


 

The program’s mission is to provide quality instruction to local students that will give them the skills, resources and motivation to obtain fire service employment.  Upon successful completion of the 180-hour fire services training program, students will earn certifications and be eligible to apply for Cal Fire Basic Fire Fighter employment beginning June 1st 2013.  

 

This fire services training program is free and open to 30 qualified local high school seniors and young adults.  


Applications are being accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 2.  The program begins November 9, 2012.


 

For enrollment information contact the MCOE Career Technical Education office at 467-5123 or visit www. mcoe.us/d/cte.




 

 

The Ukiah Planning Commission approved the necessary permits to allow an 80-foot cell tower disguised as a redwood tree on Hastings Road, but only if there is no flashing light on top. If the FAA requires such a light, then the structure will be only be allowed at the lowest height the FAA will accept.




 

 

The man who attacked a CHP officer & was shot to death near Lower Lake was identified as 52-year-old Ronald Ossenberg of Southern California. Lake County D. A. Anderson said Ossenberg had a lengthy history of criminal offenses, including crimes of violence against police officers, domestic violence and drug offenses, and was a registered sex offender.

Anderson also told the Lake County News that Ossenberg had an outstanding felony warrant for his arrest for the theft of a 2010 Toyota Camry from a Fullerton car lot last week.  

Ossenberg attacked the officer while she was calling information about the stolen vehicle.  As they struggled for the gun, a Good Samaritan stopped to assist the officer and ran toward the officer,  distracting Ossenberg.  

With Ossenberg distracted, the officer was able to gain control of the situation and fire the shot that killed him.

 

 

The Ukiah City Council will hold a workshop Wednesday night to hear Public Safety Director Chris Dewey's proposal for dealing with the high costs of ambulance services: replace EMT's & ambulances with paramedics on fire engines.


With layoffs and attrition, the number of firefighter/paramedics available in the Ukiah Fire Department has been reduced from 15 to nine.

As a result, four on-duty personnel are required each day, and overtime expenses have increased significantly


According to Dewey if the use of overtime continues "it is estimated that the department could be over budget by as much as $193,000."


Rather than continuing to provide an ambulance service and hospital transportation, Dewey is recommending the city respond only with paramedics on a fire engine.


"All of our firefighters are paramedics, and all the equipment that's on an ambulance - the cardiac care, the defibrillator - is on a fire engine," he said. The council will not be taking action at the meeting, and instead is asked to "listen and ask questions." 

 Dewey did not say what provisions would be made about transporting someone to the hospital.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 31 in the council chambers at 300 Seminary Avenue.



 

The manager of a Clearlake Oaks shopping center said he is retracting his offer to give the Lake Sheriff’s Office a $1 a month lease for a substation location after he said the sheriff mischaracterized and attacked his offer.

Milt Pereira contacted Lake County News to say he was no longer willing to rent to the sheriff’s office in the wake of statements Sheriff Frank Rivero made at the Board of Supervisors Oct. 16 meeting. 

Pereira, who watched the meeting on television, said Rivero acted “like a juvenileI’m not going to deal with that clown,” said Pereira. “I really don’t need the 12 bucks.”

When asked to respond to the news, Rivero called the reporter, Elizabeth Larson, a liar and said he would refuse to release further information to the Lake County News, nor to respond to requests about public safety matters except through the lengthy Public Records Act process, which he previously has used to block Lake County News’ information requests.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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