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LCCR Status Report

To:  All Interested Parties      Date:  June 10, 2020        LCCR, Inc. Status Report

Lake County Community Radio is feeling the challenge of an economy hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis.  At the May Board meeting we focused on two priorities, the emergency health and safety procedures enacted in March and the status of our finances.  

Health & Safety:  We continue to follow the health and safety protocols enacted more than 2 months ago: limiting the number of programmers/board operators in the studio to one at a time, disinfecting before and after “change of shift,” and keeping the building locked at all times to limit risks to programmers/board operators.                                                                      

To date, we are grateful to report that none of our volunteers or staff have taken ill.  Maintaining a sanitized and safe working environment, while at times inconvenient, has proved effective in keeping us healthy.  

As businesses re-open and out of county visitors return to our inviting lake shores, the risk of infection will undoubtedly increase.  Now is not the time to relax our procedures.  

At our May meeting the Board of Directors were unanimous in deciding to continue the preventive measures enacted.  This decision necessitates a collaboration with our landlord and other renters in the building we share.  That effort is underway.

The Board is also unanimous in support of the strategies being employed by our staff, General Manager Andy Weiss and Program Director Chloe Karl, to manage schedules and provide a mechanism to pre-record music shows from home.  We want to increase our air time in general and specifically music shows.

Andy is working one-on-one with programmers to make this transition. Some have mastered the process, others are working on it.  It does require a microphone.  There are costs involved and through an anonymous donor a few microphones are being purchased to help out.

Pre-recording is not new to KPFZ, many programmers have a backup pre-recorded show available to use during unplanned absences. The bottom line is that, like other essential services and businesses, we are making adjustments and “live, from the studio” recording and programming formats must take a back seat to the threats and vagaries of COVID-19, at least into the foreseeable future.  Thank you all for your patience and understanding.  We owe a debt of gratitude to the Board Operators who support live shows and Andy and Chloe, who work so hard to keep us on air, informed and safe during COVID-19.  

Finances:  We continue to focus on meeting the monthly challenge of paying our bills.  We have been closely tracking our income since the Shelter In Place announcement.  People are struggling.  Our underwriter income has dropped dramatically as businesses pull back their expenses and the concerts we rely on in all likelihood will not happen this year.  That’s a decline in revenue of about $23,000, 43%, of our operating revenue.    

A review of our income and expenses presented at the May Board meeting revealed the stark reality that we had about 2 months of operating revenue.  

Since then, a member and long time supporter of community radio donated $10,000 when she heard of our predicament.  We owe her a huge debt of gratitude.  

This unexpected gift has changed our outlook, we now have operating funds to get us through summer.  We do not, however, have sufficient income to get us through the year’s end.  The Board is examining a number of alternatives to stretch our available funds and raise the needed income as follows:

• Reducing operating expenses, such as rent, phones and utilities.
• Continuing the on-air silent fund drive.
• Making direct appeals to past generous donors and others. In terms of operating expenses, rent reduction is at the top of the list since it is one of our most costly bills.  Efforts are underway.  

The fund drive is key to our ability to stay on air.  The good news is that membership renewals are up for the period January 1 through April 30 of 2020 compared to the same period of time in 2019.  Unfortunately, income for that period is down, presumably due to economic factors.  We need to keep the upward trend for renewals going and we are asking programmers and board operators to continue supporting the station by making the fund drive announcement and playing the promotional appeal.

We have a long way to go with the COVID-19 crisis and we know fire season will add to that burden.  As a Board we are dedicated to doing what is necessary to stay on air and with the help of our listeners, members, underwriters, and supporters we will continue to serve our community - in good times and through current adversities.  

Your fundraising ideas and feedback are welcome.  Please use the message feature on our website, www.kpfz.org or mail them to us at KPFZ, P.O. Box 446, Lakeport, CA.

Olga Martin Steele, President                                                                                                                  
LCCR, Inc., Board of Directors 
 

KPFZ Silent Fund Drive

Due to the Covid19 Emergency ...

KPFZ HAS CANCELED THE SPRING FUND DRIVE

INSTEAD WE ARE HAVING A ‘SILENT” FUND DRIVE

April 18- April 24

 

You can support KPFZ in our Silent Fund Drive in one of the following ways:

1. Return the Membership form from our mailing;

2. Join / Renew / Donate at KPFZ.org;

3. Send a check to: KPFZ, PO Box 446, Lakeport, CA 95453;

4. Phone Linda Kelly at 707 367-9038 and she will process your contribution.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two Hour Parking Time Limit in Downtown Lakeport

 

From the Lakeport Police:

"For the past couple of years, due to a lack of staff resources, the police department has not been able to consistently enforce two hour parking.  However, we continue to receive complaints that many people continue to violate the two hour limit downtown and around the courthouse area.  This is becoming problematic for the downtown businesses because vehicles left all day in front of businesses may create a loss of revenue for the business.  Due to the numerous reporting of parking violations, the police department will be immediately conducting more parking enforcement.  Additionally, we are looking at expanding resources and technology to more efficiently enforce parking violations.  This includes looking at a contract with a parking enforcement company to process citations and collect fines to include leans on vehicles for persons who fail to pay citations." 

Upcoming Shows on KPFZ

Saturday July 4th  4-5pm.  Wordweavers.   This will be a pre-recorded show (via Zoom) ... with KC Patrick, Charles Moton, Lourdes Theusen, Georgina Marie and Cindy Chatham. 

Saturday July 11 Wordweavers will be William Conwell, and July 16th will be Carolyn Hawley.

Upcoming Changes 6/19/20 : we have adjusted the daily schedule, particularly for the 11 am and 3 pm slots where no board operator is present.   We also plan to add NEW, PRE-RECORDED MUSIC shows in the 7-9 pm slot.

Only one Board Operator (BO) will be in the studio at a time. Other hosts will call in to do their show. A guide to call-in hosts -- set up a conference call for co-hosts -- then one line will always be open for call-ins
See the Instructions for Android and Iphone

We have an emergency  schedule up. We will leave the schedule for past days up, but it may change.


Programmers : Announce your upcoming shows here via email or use the Contact Form for "Web Editor" and we will set it up for you.

LCCR (KPFZ) TELEPHONIC/ZOOM Board Meeting Thursday May 21, 2020 6-8 pm

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING AGENDA: 
Thursday May 21, 2020 - 6:00 pm  8:00 pm

Lake County Community Radio, Inc.
149 N. Main Street | Lakeport, CA 95453 | 707-263-3640 | www.kpfz.org

NOTE: PLEASE SEE CHLOE KARL’S INVITE FOR TELECONFERENCE - ZOOM MEETING

I  CALL TO ORDER

II.  MINUTES - APRIL 16, 2020

III.  PUBLIC COMMENT -- You can email comments to board@kpfz.org (or use the web contact form). 

IV.  AGENDA REVIEW 

V.  TREASURER’S REPORT - Roberta Actor

VI.  GENERAL MANAGER’S REPORT - Andy Weiss

    A. Emergency CoVid-19  Procedures/Schedule

    B.  Fundraising Report

    C.  Equipment Needs

    D. Other

VII. COMMITTEE REPORTS

    A. Underwriting report - Roberto/ Susan

    B.  Program Committee - Chloe

    C.  IT/Technical Report - John Saare

    D. Website Update - Alan Fletcher

VIII. DEVELOPMENT - Fundraising ideas 

IX.  CHANGES AHEAD IN -NORMAL-  -  Olga

X.   ADJOURN TO JUNE 18, 2020 MEETING
 

LCCR (KPFZ) TELEPHONIC/ZOOM Board Meeting Thursday April 16, 2020

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING AGENDA: 
Thursday April 16, 2020 - 6:00 pm  8:00 pm

Lake County Community Radio, Inc.
149 N. Main Street | Lakeport, CA 95453 | 707-263-3640 | www.kpfz.org

NOTE: PLEASE SEE CHLOE KARL’S INVITE FOR TELECONFERENCE - ZOOM MEETING

I. CALL TO ORDER

II. MINUTES - March,19, 2020

III. PUBLIC COMMENT - N/A

IV. Agenda review - Board members may add any time
    sensitive items for discussion/action

V. TREASURERS REPORT - ROBERTA ACTOR

VI. GENERAL MANAGER’S REPORT - Andy Weiss

a. Emergency COVID-19 procedures/schedule
b. News letter - Update
c. Fund-a-thon update
d. Emergency Protocols - PSPS/Fire season
e. Other

VII. COMMITTEE REPORTS

a. UNDERWRITING REPORT - ROBERTO/SUSAN LOZANO
b. PROGRAM COMMITTEE - CHLOE KARL
c. Proposal, CHANGE IN BYLAWS - Roberta Actor
   Thomas & Program Committee
d. IT/Technical Report - JOHN SAARE
e. WEBSITE UPDATE - Alan Fletcher
f. Other Committee Reports

VIII DEVELOPMENT - MOONALICE UPDATE, RON GREEN

IX Adjourn to May 21, 2020 meeting

Reports will be in the comments
 

COVID-19 Emergency

National, State and Local Emergencies have been declared.

IMPORTANT : 7/3/2020 : we are sad to announce the first death due to Covid19 in Lake County. Please wear your face coverings.

Dr Gary Pace reports :

Lake County, CA (July 3, 2020) – The COVID-19 pandemic has brought sudden and life-changing loss to many thousands of Californians. Each of the more than 6,000 deaths unsettled the worlds of friends, family members and neighbors.

It is my solemn responsibility to report the first COVID-19-related death in Lake County. The exact circumstances are still being investigated, but this person became ill at home, was transported by ambulance, and died in the Emergency Department; they later tested positive for COVID-19. Our sincere condolences go out to family and friends in this deeply sad situation.

COVID-19 infections continue to rise in Lake County. As of this morning, we have confirmed a total of 86 cases, with 39 considered active. 4 are currently hospitalized, with 2 in-County. The other 2 have been transferred to a higher level of care out of county, and 1 of those is now considered COVID-free, but remains under hospital care.

Investigation into the outbreak in the farmworker community remains ongoing, and we are grateful both workers and employers have been highly responsible and cooperative in managing this challenging situation. All of those infected are on home isolation, and cooperating with Public Health.

Several other cases have been identified from various sources. Many of them have been traced to known cases; either household members or cases from out of the county.

A handful of the recent cases, though, have no identifiable source. Community transmission is presumed.

6/12/2002 : Lake County has largely lifted restrictions on businesses, including schools, bars, restaurants, hotels and casinos. (Provided they follow specific guidelines. At present only nail salons, tattoo parlors etc are awaiting guidelines.)

Face Coverings (masks) are required "everywhere" where you can't maintain 6 feet of social distance.California Guideline for Face Coverings

Lake County Public Health Officer Press Release 6/12/2020  
California Guidelines

Station policy

The station is operating on limited hours, with only one Board Operator (BO) in the studio, and any hosts calling in.
The full statement is here

Important Official Links

Note : web sites are changing the pages about COVID-19 often, so we are just giving the top-level address.

Lake County
Lake County, California Coronavirus Response Hub.
Lake County Health Dept -- Coronavirus Public Notices
(The offical Covid-19 information line is 707-263-8174 - Monday-Friday  8am-5pm :  email mhoac@lakecounty.ca.gov)
Lake County Sheriff

The Lake County Superior Courts has also announced closures. Only urgent business will be conducted. Jurors will be re-called later. Restraining orders will be extended automatically.

  • City of Clearlake
    Public access to the City Hall Lobby and the Poilce Department is closed. Call for details.
  • City of Lakeport
    Public access to City Hall and the Police Department is closed.  Call for details.
    Lakeport has opened its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) telephone line at (707) 263-5683. (Mon-Thurs)

California Governor's Office   

CDC (Centers for Disease Control)

WHO (World Health Organization)

US Representative John Garamondi has a page of useful information

From the CA Dep of Public Health (3/13/20) :

How can people protect themselves?

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). This occurs through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person breaths, talks, coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the nose and lungs. Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. Every person has a role to play. So much of protecting yourself and your family comes down to common sense: 

  • Washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. If surfaces are dirty, clean them using detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
  • Avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wear a Face Covering in stores, and when you are closer than 6 feet to another. 
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
  • Staying away from work, school or other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough, or a sudden loss of smell.
  • Following guidance from public health officials.

Please consult with your health care provider about additional steps you may be able to take to protect yourself.

How to Protect Yourself    

Unofficial but reputable sites

New York Times: Charts and Maps down to the county level
San Jose Mercury News : Map of cases by county (updated daily)
Washington University : Cases and Hospital Capacity for USA and State (Right now California has the capacity, New York does not)
ncov19.live : Cases worldwide, with USA by state This site was created by Avi Schiffmann, a high schooler in Washington State, USA. (Updated continuously with data from official sources)
For the technically inclined, very good graphs (international and US states)