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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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Morning News, Monday October 15th

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This story just in from John Sakowicz: Bad news for the City of Ukiah.

 

Specifically, bad news regarding the dissolution city's former Redevelopment Authority (RDA). The financial documents  which the city submitted for the third time to the State Department of Finance (DOF) were just denied. 


As a result, $6 million dollars that the City thought would pay for a CostCo center and $2.5 million in funding for downtown projects and the Ukiah Depot area might have to be returned to the bond investors and money already spent might have to be repaid as well.


 

California legislators in 2011 passed laws disbanding redevelopment agencies statewide because they were abusing the program originally designed to turn around blighted urban areas by providing tax-paid boons to developers.


 

The DOF denied $69,000 in expenses. And $6.2 million in unenforceable contracts. And $2.5 million in unsubstantiated infrastructure improvements.

 

But Ukiah Assistant City Manager Sage Sangiacomo said that the state analysts reviewing the many documents are lower level employees who are basically just saying no to everything and "checking the boxes." 


Sangiacomo says the city has five days to request a "meet and confer" session with state officials to provide more documentation intended to sway state officials to the city's point of view.


 

In the meantime, Costco is moving ahead with its environmental impact review for a new store in Ukiah.



 

 

 

 

The multi-million dollar ad campaign against prop 37 seems to be working.  A new poll from the Pepperdine University and the California Business Roundtable show that 48.3% of respondents would vote yes, while 40.2% would vote no. That's way down from a 66.9% to 22.3% margin from two weeks ago.

 

 The drop parallels the unleashing by opponents of a multimillion-dollar television advertising campaign.

The ads feature a Central Valley farmer complaining that labeling of food products would raise prices. A second presents a researcher at that Proposition 37 is rife with alleged special-interest loopholes Proponents call the ads misrepresentations and contend that California shoppers have a "right to know" what's in the food they eat.



 

 

The Arcata based Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC) sent a letter to Regional Forester Randy Moore, and four Forest Supervisors that requests the Forest Service initiate analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act  regarding the impacts of marijuana cultivation on national forest lands.


  In addition, EPIC requested that the Forest Service consider the impacts of marijuana cultivation on imperiled species, including Coho Salmon, Steelhead, Northern Spotted Owl and Pacific Fisher. An earlier letter received a negative response.


The effort by EPIC to secure analysis of these impacts will be featured at a symposium titled Environmental Challenges of Marijuana Agriculture in the Age of Prohibition, to be held on the Humboldt State University campus on Friday afternoon, Oct 12. 


Weblinks can be found on the kzyx newsblog at kzyx.org.


http://www.wildcalifornia.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/EPIC-letter-to-USFS-re-MJ-cultivation-10.11.2012.pdf


http://www.wildcalifornia.org/blog/environmental-challenges-of-marijuana-agriculture-in-the-age-of-prohibition/


http://www.wildcalifornia.org/blog/letter-to-usfs/



 

 

 

With the KZYX Fall Pledge Drive right around the corner, we’re looking for some volunteers to help answer those pledge phones. If you have a few hours to spare, decent handwriting, and good hearing, we need your help. The drive will run from the evening of Thursday, October 18th, through the afternoon of Sunday, October 28th, and we’ve got phone shifts to fit every schedule. Please give us a call today at 895-2324, and we’ll help you find the time slot that’s right for you. 

 

 

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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