Mendocino County Public Broadcasting
Board of Directors Meeting
Minutes, 26 July, 2018 Meeting
CASA office, Main St. Ukiah
A) President Azzaro called the meeting to order at 5:23 p.m.
Members present: John Azzaro, Bob Bushansky, Tom Dow, David Hulse-Stevens, Jerry Karp, Jonathan Middlebrook, Len Tischler, Renée Vinyard
Member absent: Dina Polkinghorne (family emergency)
Also present: Anne Oliver, consultant; Stuart Campbell, member of the public
B) Meeting moved to discussion of personnel matters in closed session. Board members: see attached confidential minute.--Publicly reportable conclusion: this (new) Board has multiple challenges and opportunities, and the obligation to be as transparent as it can be in its deliberations.
C) Open discussion items:
Salary expense cuts will begin August 1st
We discussed assistance for our new underwriter person and ways to enhance underwriting
We discussed hiring an additional part-time person for our news department and another part-time person
for our membership department once our full-time person cuts back hours
We discussed changing the bylaws to save money by having Board elections every two years instead of every
We began a discussion about a set of PR initiatives leading to our 30th anniversary. We’ll develop more
details for the next meeting.
We’ll send out a press release about our new towers next week.
D) General Manager's report: 1) He is working with Senator McGuire to work with CalFire to cancel the rent we currently pay for the McLaughlin transmission tower, as exchange for the emergency communications backup we provide; 2) he's “mopping up” details of the Further Reach Internet connection. It's already a great improvement; 3) CPB preliminary report of audit should be available by the end of August.
E) Committee reports: there were two, embedded in a free-form discussion of station matters involving all 7
Hulse-Stevens and Campbell reported that the Planning Committee is focused on 4 matters: a) Publicity;
b) Development of a community news program; c) the strategic plan; d) finding an understudy for Rich
Culbertson—GM Parker remarks that, if Rich goes down, we go dark.
Middlebrook reported that the CAB will hold a public meeting (they all are public) on 7 August, 6-8 p.m., in
the Rural Communities Housing Corporation's Conference Room.
F) Public expression: none.
G) The next Steering Committee meeting will be on Thursday, 16 August, 5 p.m.--location to be announced.
H) Meeting adjourned, 8:07 p.m.
Jonathan Middlebrook, Secretary