Mendocino TV broadcast live the June 27 KZYX/Mendocino County Public Broadcasting (MCPB) Board of Directors meeting and it is now available for viewing.
Given the contentious nature of the previous meeting, when police were summoned and a member was taken out in handcuffs, this meeting was calm, beginning with a new conduct of business based on Roberta’s Rules of Order.
Of utmost importance was the passage of the FY 2016/17 Budget of $599,500, which is projected to balance and is an 8% increase over last year. According to the adopted budget, the projected FY15/16 Budget will exceed projected revenues and also result in $500 more than expenses. Given all the emails circulating on the MCPB finances, I did spend time researching the financial history, which is now readily available, along with old management reports, on the website. While it does appear that old reserves are gone, it is difficult to readily ascertain where those monies and the lines of credit are recorded and spent. A most important factor is that the Treasurer, now Stuart Campbell, actually serves as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), which is often held by paid staff in other nonprofits. The audit Committee, providing vital financial oversight, has only one member, Chair Clay Eubank. Another issue brought up by a member concerns the money once designated for the Ukiah studio and used for other purposes, although there is money designated in the new budget for the Ukiah studio.
Opening a Ukiah studio was a big announcement as was the fact that a decision needs to be made in the next 6 months about whether to move the headquarters to Ukiah or Willits. So, it does appear that the long anticipated move out of Philo will happen this fiscal year.
It appears that the Community Advisory Board (CAB), now chaired by Tony Novelli is making a tremendous effort to solicit input and conduct business in an ethical and transparent manner. He has codified it in a Memorandum of Understanding, which was adopted by the Board.
Watch the video and draw your own conclusions about what is happening in our county public radio station.