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Looting Our Public Pensions -- On KZYX, Friday, Oct 4 @ 9 am

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With the looming bankruptcy of Detroit's pension system in the news, "All About Money" returns to KZYX on Friday, October 4, at 9 am, Pacific Time, with a special edition show on the crisis in public pensions. Our first guest is Isiah J. Poole, editor of OurFuture.org. Our second guest is Lynn Parramore, senior editor at AlterNet.

 KZYX broadcasts can be heard live at 88.1, 90.7, and 91.5 FM in the Counties of Mendocino, Lake, Humboldt, and Sonoma in northern California.

 We also stream live from the web at www.kzyx.org.

 Listener call-in number is: (707) 895-2448. Questions can also be emailed before the show to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Isaiah J. Poole has been the editor of OurFuture.org since 2007 and also directs the Campaign for America's Future's online communications. Before joining the Campaign for America's Future he had worked for more than 25 years in various mainstream media outlets, mostly in Washington covering local and national politics. His work has put him at the front lines of ideological battles between progressives and conservatives. He also served as a founding member of the Washington Association of Black Journalists and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. 

Dr. Lynn Parramore, an author, cultural theorist, producer, and media consultant, is founding editor of New Deal 2.0, a signature project of the Roosevelt Institute. She is also co-founder Recessionwire.com, which highlights news, cultural analysis, and entertainment around the economic downturn, and founding editor of IgoUgo.com, the largest database of first-hand travel reviews on the Web. Her work has appeared in the LA Times, Newsweek, the Miami Herald, Forbes Traveler, the New York Daily News, Mother Jones, The Nation, the Huffington Post, and USA Today. She acted as media consultant to Harvey Gantt in his campaign for U.S. Senate, 1996.

Dr. Parramore’s first book of cultural history, Reading the Sphinx, was recognized by the Chronicle of Higher Education as a notable scholarly book for 2009. She holds a doctorate in English from New York University, where she received a teaching fellowship and taught essay writing and cultural theory.

 Dr. Parramore is currently an AlterNet senior editor.

 Isiah J. Poole's recent article on looting public pensions follows below:


REPORT EXPOSES THE RIGHT-WING TAG TEAM PLOTTING AGAINST PENSIONS

September 26, 2013

by Isaiah J. Poole 

News stories around the country have trumpeted a public pension “crisis” in various states, featuring elected officials who insist that these crises justify slashing the retirement benefits of public employees.

 What these stories usually don’t say is that conservative activists are manufacturing the perception of a public pension crisis in order to both slash modest retiree benefits and preserve expensive corporate subsidies and tax breaks.

 Leading this effort is the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Public Sector Retirement Systems Project and the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. Their role in ginning up the sense of crisis, and in pushing state legislatures to dismantle pension systems that have served workers well for decades and could serve them well for decades more, is exposed in an Institute for America’s Future report released today, “The Plot Against Pensions.”

 “This is the story not merely of two nonprofits, nor merely of one set of economic issues; it is a microcosmic tale of how, in the Citizens United age, politically motivated billionaires can quietly implement an ideological agenda in local communities across the country,” the report states.

 “Operating in state legislatures far away from the national media spotlight, these billionaires can launder their ideological agenda through seemingly nonpartisan foundations, with devastating legislative consequences for millions of taxpayers and families. And as the battle over America’s retirement proves, it isn’t just the infamous Koch Brothers at work anymore.”

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation is run by conservative political operatives and consultants, and funded by John Arnold, an Enron billionaire. His only major experience with pension management was his role in a company whose collapse destroyed its own workers’ pensions and helped to damage the financial stability of public pension funds across America that held Enron stock.

 The Pew retirement project harkens back to Pew’s historical roots in conservative economic causes, which are often overlooked amid the apolitical and nonpartisan reports that the various Pew outlets produce.

 Together, they have been working in states across the country to focus the debate over pensions primarily on slashing retiree benefits rather than on raising public revenues. This campaign has played an integral role in states passing legislation that cuts guaranteed retirement income – all while those states preserve more expensive corporate subsidies.

 Matt Taibbi in Rolling Stone chronicles what happened in Rhode Island when state treasurer Gina Raimondo rammed pension changes through the state modeled on the Pew-Arnold template. As Taibbi reports, a plan that was hailed as “the most comprehensive pension reform ever implemented” had the net effect of “handing more than $1 billion – 14 percent of the state fund – to hedge funds. … The funds now stood collectively to be paid tens of millions in fees every single year by the already overburdened taxpayers of her ostensibly flat-broke state.”

 Meanwhile, retired public employees now face smaller benefit checks, caps on cost-of-living increases and longer waits to collect their retirement benefits.

 During a media conference call about the report, Kentucky State Rep. Jim Wayne said that despite promises by Pew and Arnold that their policy changes would make the retirement funds solvent and protect benefits, “in fact, our judgement is that the opposite is true … the unfunded liabilities remain, and the independent actuaries predict that the plan will cost taxpayers an additional $55 million … And now, with this so-called reform, we risk future generations of workers n Kentucky being forced to live in poverty.”

Dean Baker, chief economist with the Center for Economic and Policy Research, said that Arnold and Pew are causing too many state legislators, and some of the general public, to forget that these pensions are “benefits that people worked for” and are contractually entitled to receive. Also, “public pensions are a model for secure retirement … It’s something that we ought to emulate, not something we should destroy,” he said.

The report acknowledges that states and cities have for years been failing to fully fund their annual pension obligations. They have used funds that were supposed to go to pensions to instead finance expensive tax cuts and corporate subsidies. That has helped create a real but manageable pension shortfall. Yet, instead of citing such a shortfall as reason to end expensive tax cuts and subsidies, conservative activists and lawmakers are citing it as a reason to slash retiree benefits.

In fact, the amount states and cities spend on corporate subsidies and so-called tax expenditures is far more than the pension shortfalls they face. According to Pew, public pensions face a 30-year shortfall of $1.38 trillion, or $46 billion on an annual basis. This is dwarfed by the $80 billion a year states and cities spend on corporate subsidies. Yet, conservative activists and lawmakers are citing the pension shortfalls and not the subsidies as the cause of budget squeezes. They are then claiming that cutting retiree benefits is the solution rather than simply rolling back the more expensive tax breaks and subsidies.

The pension “reforms” being pushed by conservative activists would slash retirement income for many pensioners who are not part of the Social Security system. Additionally, the specific reforms they are pushing – whether “cash balance” schemes or 401(k)-style defined contribution plans – are often more expensive and risky for taxpayers than existing pension plans.

The stakes go well beyond the effects of the Pew-Arnold campaign on state and municipal employees. The report warns: “The current campaign to slash public pension benefits has relied on many of the same public relations strategies as President Bush’s earlier campaign to privatize Social Security. In that sense, the campaign against public pensions is an exercise in perfecting methods that manufacture the perception of a crisis – and then result in cuts to guaranteed retirement income. If the state-based crusade against public pensions is successful, it will probably fuel a renewed effort to privatize Social Security.”

Ultimately, as “The Plot Against Pensions” demonstrates, the retirement security of millions of Americans is being jeopardized.

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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).

HERE IS THE AGENDA FOR THE JUNE 27TH MEETING:

MCPB BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING  AGENDA

Monday, June 27, 2016 @ 6:00 PM

Anderson Valley High School

18200 Mountain View Rd. Boonville

WELCOME

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT  Please introduce yourself

APPROVE MINUTES OF LAST TWO MEETINGS – March 7 & May 2, 2016

 MEETING FACILITATOR – Jenness Hartly

            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.

PRESIDENT'S REPORT

            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      

MATTERS FROM BOARD MEMBERS (3 min.)

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

TREASURERS REPORT – Stuart & Lorraine

            Action Item: Budget Report

COMMITTEE REPORTS

            Personnel, Fundraising, Ukiah?

CAB REPORT  

            Action Item:      

            Approve Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with CAB

           

STATE OF THE STATION REPORT – Lorraine

PUBLIC COMMENT (3 min. each)

NEXT BOARD MEETING – AUGUST 29, 2016  POINT ARENA LIBRARY

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

KZYX/Z Mendocino Public Broadcasting

Board of Directors Meeting

May 2, 2016

Minutes

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.

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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 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

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