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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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AM News for Tuesday, 11.12.13

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A Mendocino Superior Court judge Friday granted a motion to throw out evidence from a vehicle search done because the driver admitted to having the drug and a county-issued card identifying him as a medical marijuana patient.

Judge Ann Moorman ruled in favor of Mendocino Deputy Public Defender Eric Rennert's motion to suppress the evidence used to charge his client, Kevin Hawkins, 55, of Cloverdale, with possessing methamphetamine when a Ukiah PD officer pulled Hawkins over and searched his vehicle.

The officer had no reason to believe the search would turn up evidence of a crime, so proper grounds hadn't been established for the search Moorman ruled.

"The question is, does admission of the presence of marijuana alone, with a valid recommendation, provide law enforcement with probable cause to search," Rennert said.

The ruling is significant, he said, because no case law currently exists regarding that question.

"This Court is not suggesting that the presentation of the 215 card was a means of immunization from the search," Moorman wrote. "But, the totality of the circumstances included a voluntary statement coupled with the county issued card AND a complete absence of odor or impaired driving, or evidence of a larger amount of marijuana in the car." (The emphasis is Moorman's.)

The DA's Office has two weeks to appeal the ruling. If an appeal is filed, the case would go before the state Court of Appeals.

 


On the agenda at the bos meeting 9 am today is a verbal report by Sups Hamburg and McCowen on whether the county should adopt a clean energy financing Pace type program. Since the last board meeting, the ad hoc committee met twice with representatives of the clean energy industry in addition to local bankers, political leaders, and agency representatives. GSA Director Kristin McMenomey and CEO Carmel Angelo were also in attendance. 

The Board will take public comment of up to 3 minutes each person, before deciding whether to move forward towards establishing a PACE-like program. A key issue is whether residential property loans will be included in the local program, or just commercial loans, as some have proposed. Property Assessed Clean Energy (or PACE) financing has worked in other areas, including Sonoma County, where  more than 2,000 PACE-funded projects have been completed, most of them for residential housing.

PACE allows “ property owners to finance energy efficiency, water conservation and renewable energy generation improvements through a voluntary assessment which is attached to the property and paid back through the property tax system over time.



The Lake Area Planning Council (APC) and Caltrans on Wednesday, Nov. 13, are hosting the third community meeting on a project to identify potential transportation improvements on State Route 29 from the Napa County line to State Route 53.

The meeting will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Middletown High School Multi-Use Facility.

The project is scheduled for completion late this year.

 

 

Today at 1:30 pm, in Sacramento, members of the Assembly and Senate Labor Committees will hold a joint hearing to begin investigating the hefty bill that California taxpayers foot each year in public assistance costs as a result of the fast-food industry’s low wages. The hearing comes just weeks after researchers at UC Berkeley released a report showing that low-wage, fast-food jobs cost California tax payers at least $717 million each year. The families of more than half of the fast-food workers employed 40 or more hours a week are enrolled in public assistance programs.


Stay tuned for Mind Body Health @ 9:00 AM

Marvin Trotter talks with Brenda Hoek, a nurse who teaches diabetics how to eat well and control their diet. 

 
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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:

AT LARGE SEAT CANDIDATES:

John Azarro

John Sakowicz

Charlie Hochberg

Richard Louis Miller

Jeff Wright

PROGRAMMER CANDIDATES:

Stuart Campbell

Robert Vaughan

Johanna Wildoak

1st DISTRICT CANDIDATE:

Jonathon Middlebrook

CANDIDATE STATEMENTS COMING SOON!

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