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Wednesday Morning News for 5.15.13

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 Mendocino Superior Court Judge Jeanine Nadel has ruled that MCTV must give back the Fort Bragg Footlighters building and pay the theater company $36,315., an amount Elizabeth Swanson, director of MCTV ,said will bankrupt them.


MCTV operates cable access channels 3 and 65, archiving and covering live all city and county 

meetings for those on the coast who cannot attend as well as other public affairs TV.


The two nonprofits have been battling in court since 2009 over a decision made in 2006 to give the big white building at 248 E. Laurel St. away. According to the Judge, then-Footlighters board president Bud Farley acted illegally in transferring the building to the local public access TV station in 2007. MCTV spent $100,000 renovating the building.


 

MCTV Director Elizabeth Swenson said "The Board is still in shock," and has no immediate plans except to hold a special board meeting this at the building at 6 pm Thursday night. 


The meeting is open to the public but she asks that you call ahead to 813-7046 so they can arrange for a crowd before the meeting starts.


Part 2 of this report will air Thursday night.



 

 

 

 

OCCUPY Mendocino and Occupy Ukiah will be presenting over 400 petition signatures to Mendocino County Treasurer Susan Ranochak at Board of Supervisors meeting today Tues. 14 May at 10 a.m..


 

The petition alleges that there have been suspicious foreclosures in Mendocino County CA, and that an Affidavit of Authority be sent to the foreclosing entity. 


They claim that (unnamed) Banks are not in compliance with the Homeowners Bill of Rights enacted in Jan 2013 and that there is evidence of foreclosure fraud and Mendocino County is losing money from property taxes as a result.




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During a visit to the former Georgia Pacific mill site and future Noyo Center for Science and Education, the Fort Bragg City Council chose the locations for two prominent buildings.


G-P offered to sell the "chalet" to the City for $1, on the condition that it be moved from its current location by August. The chalet will be moved to City property south of the wastewater treatment plant and the whale skeleton building will be built at a location originally proposed in a conceptual site plan


Despite not being used for over a decade, the building is in excellent condition.


The group then toured the mill's former packing shed, which, at 5,000 square feet, is slightly larger than what will be needed to house the 73-foot blue whale skeleton .



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Northwest California has moved into a moderate drought designation, according to the National Weather ServiceThe weather service recently placed all of Northwest California under a “D1 Drought-Moderate” designation on the U.S. drought monitorup from the February“D0-Abnormally Dry” ranking.


”What caused it was well below normal precipitation from January through early May,” hydrologist Reginald Kennedy said.


From Jan. 1 through May 10, rainfall in Humboldt and Mendocino counties ranged from 25 to 50 percent of normal


As a result, the range lands and pastures are drying sooner, and rivers are running below normal for this time of year.The dry weather is caused by a strong ridge of high pressure in the Eastern Pacific forcing weather systems that come in across the Pacific Ocean farther north.



 

 

 

 

 

 

Ocean Protection Coalition's (OPC) Thursday, May 16th meeting has been changed to Thursday, May 30th at 7:00 P.M. at the Public Library's meeting room in Fort Bragg.


Tonight at 7 pm on MENDO MATTERS , we will be talking with Supervisor Dan Hamburg about his view of the important issues for his district and the county, then we'll be joined by CJ Holmes of Homeowners for Justice and Ellen Rosser to discuss their efforts to set up a county bank, the advantages and disadvantages.


As always, your phone calls, questions and opinions to the Willits studio at 456-9991. 


That's at  7 pm, only on KZYX

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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