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May 18 2004

DCN Board Minutes May 2004

DRAFT until Approved

A duly called regular meeting of the Board of the Davis
Community Network was held
5:15 P.M., Tuesday, May 18, 2004
at the City of Davis Training Room
600 A Street.

Present: (12 of 15 active Board Members) Tony Bernhard,
Tsui Chang, Jim Frame, Anne Hance, John Jones, Steve
McMahon, Jan Meizel, Robert Nickerson, Keith Prior,
Kimball Sargeant, Tom Stanionis, Richard Yamagata and
Executive Director Richard Lowenberg.
Absent: Ronda Adams, Rick Guidara, Richard Reid.

1. Call to Order:
The meeting was called to order by president Kimball
Sargeant at 5:20 P.M.

2. Agenda Approval:
The Agenda was approved, by consensus, as distributed
on a motion by Keith Prior, seconded by Jan Meizel..

3. Public Comment:
No members of the public were in attendance.

4. Minutes:
The minutes of the April 20, 2004 meeting were
approved, by consensus, as distributed.

5. Preliminary Discussion of City Council e-Forums
The status of this issue is on the City Council
Agenda. The council will decide if public forums are to be
used and if DCN should be asked to manage them. The
question of possible liability or 'bad press' for DCN was

6. Report on I-Net and Cable Franchise
Comcast is laying underground fiber for the I-Net
and reviewing the sites that have been identified as nodes.
The Franchise contract informal process with
Comcast may be given one more month of extension before
the City decides to institute a 'formal process.' Discussions
have been underway now for almost 3 years and there are
now just a few areas of dispute that are delaying agreement.

Report on the Community Media Center project
The DCTV board submitted at letter on May 6 to
the Yolo County Supervisors regarding the interest in a
partnered community media center building project on the
county library site in Walnut Park.

7. "Celebrate Davis" event - May 20 preparations update.
Handouts almost done. Loan of bike and wireless
equipment are ok. Wireless access will be obtained from
the City pool. A bright yellow 8' x 2' banner is being made.
RY is lending his canopy. 50 T-shirts are being made:
yellow, grey and light blue; x-lrge, lrge, and medium. Will
be given away for a donation of at least $12. Anne will
bring a PowerBook G3 with wireless card. Tom will bring
2 laptops (a Mac, and a Windows PC.)

8. DCN MOUs - status report:
City and Omsoft MOUs need July 1 renewals or
continuances. The Yolo Elections Office MOU continues.
The West Sacramento MOU ends June 30 and will not be
renewed. A new MOU is being planned between DCN and
the Yolo County Recorders office.

9. DCN Copyright Policy for Web pages:
Steve explained the issue and made the a motion
which was seconded by Keith. Jim then made an
amendment which was accepted by both Steve and Keith.
The amended motion: DCN will adopt a 'Creative
Commons' license with no copyright reservations for
content, except where copyright is held by others, with
attribution requested. This was approved by consensus. In
addition the DCN logo will be trademarked. The copyright
information will appear on DCN web pages where
appropriate as a Creative Commons logo with small type
explanatory text. The logo will be a link to the Creative
Commons site where the copyright issue is explained in

10. Committee Reports:
RAC: Anne reported that the committee keeps busy
with no unusual or contentious issues.
TechOps: Steve reported that the DCN SysAdmin
(Jack) is considering a spam and virus filtering firewall
which might cost up to $2,000. Proposed new application
server hardware not yet purchased.
Webteam: Steve reported that a Zope-Plone Users
Group is being formed as a result of the recent DCN class
which attracted quite good attendance.

Classes: Richard reported good progress on this series of
classes. Currently 18 people are signed up for the wireless
security class which will be held in the Training Room. It
was decided not to try for an alternate location.

Anne requested authorization for expenditures totaling no
more than $250 to obtain inexpensive software to install in
the DCN partition that will be created on the new machines
to be placed very soon in the Training Room. The software
is needed for classes and for training sessions requested by
RAC project leaders and helpers. She suggested such
programs as Photoshop Elements, an HTML Editor,
WS_FTP, an SSH client, perhaps an rtf-html editor etc.
(Several of these are free.) The question of the need for
multiple copies was raised. Some might be needed only for
demonstrations but for multiple copies it might be possible
to obtain an educational discount.
The Board authorized $250 for this purpose. DCN does not
have a credit card so whoever spend the money will be

12. Executive Director's Report:
Two business donations to date: $200 and $10.
The DCN web is being converted to a Plone site by David
Siedband who has been specifically contracted to do this.
Board members are asked to review and comment on the
first pages of the site at

13. Adjournement: 6:48 P.M.

Submitted by Anne Hance, Secretary

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