Random Chaos & Incompetence Characterize KZYX&Z Board Meeting
Mendocino County Public Broadcasting held their Board of Directors meeting at the Point Noyo Restaurant where acrimony and strife hit a new low when a board member called the police on a KZYX member, accusing him of unruly behavior and trespassing.
The room was packed, with some members having to stand in the cramped space. A pool table separated the board from the audience, necessitating yelling and shouting to make one self heard. Once again there was no sound reinforcement
The evening got stranger when members were instructed to not partake of the meager supply of snacks on display on the pool table. The tense atmosphere in the room was exacerbated when Tim Bray physically attacked Jeff Wright and Derek Hoyle when, while walking by, he threw a glass of water on them, getting both of them wet and endangering the electronics and cameras. The assault by one KZYX member on another went unmentioned by the board officers. Meg Courtney continued Election of Officers, as far as we can understand. The room had erupted in shouting making it near impossible to hear anything. Still, no gavel was hammered. As chaos erupted, no board member made any attempt to enforce order and pointedly ignored the acrimonious activity in the room.
As the meeting progressed it became difficult for attendees to understand what was being said, as the staff did not bring a PA system and microphones. This has been a constant problem at their meetings where the attendees cannot hear what’s being said. Curiously missing since the new General Manager is also their field audio engineer.
Jeff took it upon himself to purchase 10 plates of garlic fries from Point Noyo to supplement the snacks provided. As Jeff started throwing plates of fries on to the pool table he also attempted to vociferously oppose the election of Stewart Cambell to Treasurer.
While Jeff was loud and disruptive at times, the board refused to address his questions and never once called him out of order or made an attempt to control the room. While Jeff assured the meeting that he would “Not call 911 to have Tim Bray arrested for throwing water on him”, a board member surreptitiously called 911 to come arrest Jeff.
Ironically Jeff was charged with Trespassing and Disruptive Behavior after purchasing 10 plates of Garlic Fries from the establishment while the Board of KZYX brought food purchased from elsewhere. Jeff Wright was arrested, handcuffed and taken away in a police cruiser after which the Board considered leasing new office space and sound facilities from the new Station Manager, Lorrain Dechter.
Update; May 3 2016
Derek Hoyle has filed charges for Assault against Tim Bray, which will now go to the District Attorney for possible prosecution.