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By Matthew Reed Staff Writer The Mendocino Unified School District board of trustees recognized Tom Yates and Vicky Watts at the Thursday, Feb. 27 meeting, for their support of the high school radio station. Jason Morse, MUSD superintendent, asked Marshall Brown, the high school's KAKX manager and instructor for the media arts pro- grams, to present framed certifi- cates to Yates and Watts. Brown said the owners of KOZT-FM were instrumental in developing his interest in radio. "It's been nine years since I interned at KOZT," he said. "I blame it on them why I'm so passionate about radio and mul- timedia arts. I wanted to thank you guys personally for being able to let me do this for a living." Yates and Watts have donated equipment to the student station as well as assisting with some of the financial details that are part of operating a radio station. "We're playing music that's copyrighted because you help pay the bills," said Brown. "A lot of the equip- ment that's in the radio station now was fur- nished by Tom and Vicky. I can speak on behalf of all 30 stu- dents, the rest of the faculty and staff at the high school and the rest of the district, we owe you guys a tremendous amount of gratitude for being able to help provide an opportu- nity that not a lot of high school campuses get to offer in the state www.mendocinobeacon.com A N AWA R D - W I N N I N G C O A S T PA P E R F O R C O A S T P E O P L E S I N C E 1 8 7 7 137th Year, No. 23 KZYK board meets Trillium restaurant opens 75 ¢ Includes Tax Thursday, March 6, 2014 Above, students from the K-8 School filled the gym Monday, March 3, with the sounds of reading for the National Education Association's Read Across America event. Matthew Reed photos. From reading to radios MUSD board of trustees recognize KOZT owners; Mendocino K-8 School celebrates Seuss with reading Open for now In and out By Matthew Reed Staff Writer The board of trustees of the Redwoods Community College District unanimously approved a recommendation from Kathy Smith, president of College of the Redwoods, to negotiate a memorandum of understanding with Mendocino College to allow classes to continue at CR's Fort Bragg campus in the fall. Several Mendocino Coast resi- dents traveled to Eureka to address the trustees during the Tuesday meeting. Dan Gjerde, Mendocino County 4th District supervisor, and Tom Allman, Mendocino County Sheriff, both spoke, in addition to several stu- dents who urged the board to reverse the announced transfers of three full-time faculty from the Fort Bragg campus. Coast stu- dents who addressed the trustees included Caroline Iacuaniello, Kathy Hallenbeck, Emily Scott and Todd Rowen. Smith recommends negotiating a memorandum of understanding with Mendocino College to offer classes in the Mendocino County portion of the Redwoods Com- munity College District for the academic year 2014-2015. The board also approved Smith's CR OK's discussions with Mendocino College to offer classes in the fall See TRUSTEES on Page 10A By Matthew Reed Staff Writer The Mendocino Historic Review Board met briefly Monday, March 3. Only one public hearing item was scheduled, but the applicant requested a continuance. Beth Perrill, MHRB chair- woman, called the meeting to order at 7:15 p.m., even though the only members present were Perrill and Kathleen Cameron. Perrill cited board bylaws that define a quorum as the majority of seated members. The board is a five-person committee, but it currently only has three mem- bers, Perrill, Cameron and Wendy Roberts. Roberts was absent Monday night. Bill Kinser, staff planner with Mendocino County Planning and Building Services, told the board that the county had received an application for appointment to the board from at least one per- son. The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors appoints members of the MHRB. He also explained that the night's project applicant, Stuart Beck, was working to coordinate his plans to repair the damaged sidewalk and replace parking bumpers at the post office, 10500 Ford St., with agencies that are planning similar projects located on and adjacent to the property. The U.S. Postal Service leases the building from Beck. In other matters, Perrill read correspondence from Kelly Grimes, architect, said he was appealing the decision from last month. His project was for the disassembly and reassembly of an outbuilding at 45150 Calpella St. Originally, Grimes had requested to replace two horizon- tal windows on the south elevation with a cluster of three double- hung windows. However, the board approval on Feb. 3 required Grimes to keep the windows. In his letter, Grimes said that the reuse of a single pane window was questionable. He said the existing window does not comply with mod- ern energy requirements and does not satisfy safety regulations that require the use of tempered glass. "By mandating a reuse of an inefficient and unsafe window," Grimes wrote, "you are putting me as an architect and my clients as the property owners in a difficult predicament due to liability issues." Additionally, he pointed out that staff had commented dur- ing the meeting that the proposed windows were in compliance with MHRB standards and guidelines. Grimes also noted in his letter that the vacancies on the board were an issue. He said he felt his project was not fairly heard. "It is difficult, if not impossible, to get a fair hearing," he wrote. "With so few board members the decisions become more subjective and opinion rather than [based] on precedence and historic fact." Kinser said the county had received Grimes' formal appeal of the decision. The meeting was adjourned at 7:40 p.m. Short meeting Monday for MHRB By Frank Hartzell Staff Writer Eight outraged fellow board members gave dissident treasurer John Sakowicz ver- bal pummeling at Monday night's KZYX board of directors meeting at the Redwood Coast Senior Center in Fort Bragg. The always colorful and controversial Sakowicz did the unthinkable last month for a board member — launching a formal campaign to get the Federal Communica- tions Commission (FCC) to deny the Philo-based radio station its license renewal unless it takes an abrupt change of direc- tion. At this point, it's unknown if that effort could actually have an impact on whether KZYX gets its license renewed. "There are many issues of poor corpo- rate governance at Mendocino County Public Broadcasting," Sakowicz wrote in a 2,700-word letter to the FCC. "The integrity of board elections greatly concerns me. … Executive Director John Coate [has] interfered with the elections process by recruiting some people to run for the board — with his endorsement — while strongly discouraging other people from running for the Board. In other words, Mr. Coate handpicks his own board … however, the board is charged with over- sight over Mr. Coate," Sakowicz wrote. Board's response Monday, the board expressed outrage at Sakowicz' letter and claims. His FCC let- ter demands that Coate be fired as a con- dition of FCC license renewal. "John Sakowicz has petitioned the FCC to not renew our license based on misin- formation, hearsay and inappropriate slurs misrepresenting our general manager. This is completely inappropriate behavior, and in no way supports our station or the responsibility of an elected board mem- ber," said board member Bob Page, man- aging partner at the Airport Health Club in Santa Rosa. Page then took on the station's vocifer- ous critics, who were apparently absent or not well-represented in Monday's crowd of about 50 people. "It seems like there is no single accom- plishment that the station can do that our detractors approve of. It seems like these KZYX adversaries have only one goal — for the management to fail." Page said. "Perhaps the 100 members for change should start your own Mendocino station and run it exactly the way you want it — KMUD South. The AVA [Anderson Valley Advertiser] could be your first under- writer, you could drop NPR [National Public Radio] and make Doug McKenty the general manager. … Then you could do it your way and channel positive energy — for once," Page said. McKenty has been among the leaders for changing the management structure after his "Open Lines" show was suspended when someone uttered the "F" word on the air. The board said Monday a bleep machine has now been purchased and that the show would be coming back with rotating hosts. McKenty was host for seven years. "I'm warning you from the bottom of my heart as long as I am a board member and beyond, I'm going to stand 100 percent behind our general manager and our three underpaid staff, our hardworking volun- teers … the station is working and almost all of our members tell us so," said Page. The speech by Page got perhaps the biggest applause of the night from the crowd. Board statement Before the meeting, the other eight board members together issued a state- ment supporting management and dis- avowing the anti-renewal effort by Sakowicz. "As to you Mr. Sakowicz, I am posi- tively dumbfounded by your behavior as a board member," said board member Meg Courtney, vice mayor of Fort Bragg. She said Sakowicz had spread "down- right lies" in his letters to MCN listservs and the AVA. She listed eight board mem- ber policies he had violated. Board members expressed outrage that Sakowicz apparently leaked confidential emails to the AVA. The Boonville news- paper, often lumped in with Sakowicz during the meeting, actually printed an unflattering investigation into Sakowicz's resume at one point. It covers the KZYX controversies on a regular basis. Board members said not only were Sakowicz's statements false, they violated his legal responsibilities. "We are the stewards of the station … We are cheerleaders and good will ambas- sadors — never public detractors or crit- ics," said board president Eliane Herring, who said Sakowicz' campaign against Coate was based on personal animus. "We have had enough of the drama, enough of the negativity, enough of the KZYX back in black, but board angry with critical member See MUSD on Page 10A See KZYX on Page 5A Left, Thing #2, also known as Michele Kossivas, records the silent reading of more than 300 students in the K-8 School gym. Kossivas dressed as a character from Dr. Seuss' "Cat in the Hat" to help celebrate the anniversary of Seuss' birthday. Vicky Watts and Tom Yates, owners of KOZT-FM radio in Fort Bragg, were recognized by the MUSD board of trustees for support of the high school radio station.