Friday, July 03, 2015

City of La Verne 4th of July 2015 Information

6:30 a.m. - 11:00 am  -- Pancake Breakfast
Hosted by Boy Scout Troop 411. Come support the Scouts in the Methodist Church parking lot on D Street across from Bonita High School.
Address: 3505 "D" Street, La Verne, CA 91750
Price: $5 each (includes 3 pancakes and 3 sausages)
7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. -- Skate Park
The skate park will be open from 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Don't forget to wear your safety gear (helmet and elbow and knee pads).
9:40 a.m. -- Pre-parade: “La Verne 4th of July Patriotic Motorcycle Salute”
200 shiny motorcycles ride through the parade route carrying flags representing the United States, all 50 states, historical flags, and flags representing all branches of the military. To register, please contact Diane Davis atthumperseviltwin@aol.com or 909-969-1576.
10:00 a.m. -- Parade: "My Country"
This is a traditional hometown parade on a 2.25 mile route through La Verne’s Old Town. Click here for the 4th of July Parade Application 2015.
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. -- Country Fair at Roynon Elementary School
Entertainment, rides for all ages, crafts, food, contests, and much more! Hours of operation: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Click here for the 4th of July Booth Application 2015.Address: Roynan Elementary, 2715 "E" Street, La Verne, CA 91750
11:30 a.m. -- Free Watermelon hosted by La Verne Rotary
Located at the Country Fair at Roynon Elementary School.
Address: Roynan Elementary, 2715 "E" Street, La Verne, CA 91750
12:00 Noon - 4:00 p.m. -- FREE Swim at the Aquatics Center
Come join the fun! The La Verne Aquatics Center, will host FREE swim on Saturday, July 4, from 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Address: 3175 Bolling Ave., La Verne, CA 91750
4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. -- Deep Pit BBQ
This event is in its 52nd year hosted by the Methodist Church. The menu features BBQ beef and turkey, baked beans, slaw, orange slices, cold drinks, and ice cream cups.
Address: 3205 "D" Street, La Verne, CA 91750
6:00 p.m. -- Fireworks Show: "Freedom In The Sky"
5:00 p.m. Ticket Booths Open
6:00 p.m. Gates Open
7:00 p.m. Show Starts
9:30 p.m. Show concludes

Admission: $7 - adults (13 & up); $6 - children (5 to 12); Children 4 and under are free
Purchase pre-sale tickets for a $1 discount at City Hall, 3660 D Street, La Verne,
and the Chamber of Commerce, 2078 Bonita Ave., La Verne.
Show at Bonita High School, 3102 "D" Street, La Verne, CA 91750
**PLEASE NOTE: Bonita High School has an artificial turf field. NO BBQ's, open flames, other incendiary devices, pets, sunflower or pumpkin seeds, umbrellas, stakes, or any other items which may damage the turf are NOT permitted in the stadium or anywhere on the field.

Friday Morning in the Blogosphere

Ran into former Los Angeles Times Pressman Eddie Enriquez 
at the Speedway in Industry Hills

A dose of the digital could revolutionise the print industry - Editors Weblog

How Newspapers Thrive or Flop Online in 6 Charts - Business 2 Community

Southern Vermont Newspapers Suffer More Layoffs - Vermont Public Radio

Philadelphia newspapers avoid strike but buyouts offered, reports say - NJ.com

Obama's Proposal Could Introduce American Journalists To Overtime Pay - Huff Post

New day for Gannett newspapers — they’re on their own

New day for Gannett newspapers — they’re on their own - Poynter

Missing newspapers in Brattleboro spark issue of what's free and what's stealing - SentinelSource.com: The Keene Sentinel Local News

Missing newspapers in Brattleboro spark issue of what's free and what's stealing - SentinelSource.com: The Keene Sentinel Local News: BRATTLEBORO — When about 1,500 copies of The Commons went missing Wednesday, the newspaper lost about 17 percent of its circulation.

Garcetti reaches two years, vows to block crackdown on homeless - LA Observed

Garcetti reaches two years, vows to block crackdown on homeless - LA Observed

News crew mugged while reporting from a crime scene

News crew mugged while reporting from a crime scene

Today in Labor History

July 03  --  Union Communications Services, Inc.

Children, employed in the silk mills in Paterson, N.J., go on strike for 11-hour day and 6-day week. A compromise settlement resulted in a 69-hour work week - 1835
Feminist and labor activist Charlotte Perkins Gilman born in Hartford, Conn. Her landmark study, "Women and Economics,” was radical: it called for the financial independence of women and urged a network of child care centers - 1860

July 02

The first Walmart store opens in Rogers, Ark.  By 2014 the company had 10,000 stores in 27 countries, under 71 different names, employing more than 2 million people.  It is known in the U.S. and most of the other countries in which it operates for low wages and extreme anti-unionism - 1962
(Why Unions Matter: In Why Unions Matter, the author explains why unions still matter in language you can use if you happen to talk with someone who shops or works at Walmart. Unions mean better pay, benefits, and working conditions for their members; they force employers to treat employees with dignity and respect; and at their best, they provide a way for workers to make society both more democratic and more egalitarian. Yates uses simple language, clear data, and engaging examples to show why workers need unions, how unions are formed, how they operate, how collective bargaining works, the role of unions in politics, and what unions have done to bring workers together across the divides of race, gender, religion, and sexual orientation.)
President Johnson signs Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, forbidding employers and unions from discriminating on the basis of race, color, gender, nationality, or religion - 1964
The Labor Dept. reports that U.S. employers cut 467,000 jobs over the prior month, driving the nation’s unemployment rate up to a 26-year high of 9.5 percent - 2009

July 01
The American Flint Glass workers union is formed, headquartered in Pittsburgh.  It was to merge into the Steelworkers 140 years later, in 2003 - 1873
Steel workers in Cleveland begin what was to be an 88-week strike against wage cuts - 1885

Homestead, Pa., steel strike.  Seven strikers and three Pinkertons killed as Andrew Carnegie hires armed thugs to protect strikebreakers - 1892

The Amalgamated Association of Iron, Steel and Tin Workers stages what is to become an unsuccessful 3-month strike against U.S. Steel Corp. Subsidiaries - 1901

One million railway shopmen strike - 1922

Some 1,100 streetcar workers strike in New Orleans, spurring the creation of the po’ boy sandwich by a local sandwich shop owner and one-time streetcar man. "Whenever we saw one of the striking men coming," Bennie Martin later recalled, "one of us would say, ‘Here comes another poor boy.’" Martin and his wife fed any striker who showed up – 1929
(Union Strategies for Hard Times, Helping Your Members and Building Your Union, 2nd Edition: Hard times then and hard times now, except po’ boy sandwiches have gone way up in price. What can unions do as the fallout of the Great Recession continues to plague workers and their unions, threatening decades of collective bargaining gains? What must local union leaders do to help their laid off members, protect those still working, and prevent the gutting of their hard-fought contracts—and their very unions themselves?)
In what was to be a month-long strike, 650,000 steelworkers shut down the industry while demanding a number of wage and working condition improvements.  They won all their demands, including a union shop - 1956

National Association of Post Office & General Service Maintenance Employees, United Federation of Postal Clerks, National Federation of Post Office Motor Vehicle Employees & National Association of Special Delivery Messengers merge to become American Postal Workers Union - 1971

Int’l Jewelry Workers Union merges with Service Employees Int’l Union - 1980

Graphic Arts Int’l Union merges with Int’l Printing & Graphic Communications Union to become Graphic Communications Int’l Union, now a conference of the Teamsters - 1983

Copper miners begin a years-long, bitter strike against Phelps-Dodge in Clifton, Ariz. Democratic Gov. Bruce Babbitt repeatedly deployed state police and National Guardsmen to assist the company over the course of the strike, which broke the union - 1983

Amalgamated Clothing & Textile Workers Union merges with Int’l Ladies' Garment Workers Union to form Union of Needletrades, Industrial & Textile Employees - 1995

Int’l Chemical Workers Union merges with United Food & Commercial Workers Int'l Union - 1996

The Newspaper Guild merges with Communications Workers of America - 1997

United American Nurses affiliate with the AFL-CIO - 2001

The Blogging Pressman is back

The month of June was an extraordinary one for the food bank as we moved food seven days per week, so the blog lay dormant as I juggled family time with volunteer time. Yesterday was the first time in over thirty days I actually had nothing to move, and the break was well received on my part.

Pictured above is former Los Angeles Times Sports Writer Larry Stewart, part of our team at Sowing Seeds For Life. Appears everyone I cross paths with from the newspaper are former employees.

Regular posts will begin again this Monday.


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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Tuesday Afternoon in the Blogosphere

Los Angeles City Hall

Soft Censorship is Very Deleterious for Journalism - Editors Weblog

Print-Loving Buffett Ready to Buy More Newspapers - NDTV Profit

Are communities dying as local newspapers wither on the vine? - The Hill

Shaw Media buys Yorkville-based newspapers - Crain's Chicago Business

Should we negotiate a new contract or agree to an extension? - Romenesko

Kasson publisher reflects on family's 52 years in newspapers - Post-Bulletin

WikiLeaks Show Saudi Money Flowed to Newspapers in Canada - Vice News

Tribune Publishing Company Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend - Business Wire

13 newspapers that led with news of the call to take down the Confederate flag

13 newspapers that led with news of the call to take down the Confederate flag

Today in Labor History

Charles Moyer, president of the Western Federation of Miners, goes to Butte, Mont. in an attempt to mediate a conflict between factions of the miner’s local there. It didn’t go well. Gunfight in the union hall killed one man; Moyer and other union officers left the building, which was then leveled in a dynamite blast - 1914
Congress overrides President Harry Truman's veto of the anti-worker Taft-Hartley Act. The law weakened unions and let states exempt themselves from union requirements. Twenty states immediately enacted open shop laws and more followed - 19472015.06.22 history brown.lung
OSHA issues standard on cotton dust to protect 600,000 workers from byssinosis, also known as "brown lung" - 1978
A majority of the 5,000 textile workers at six Fieldcrest Cannon textile plants in Kannapolis, N.C., vote for union representation after an historic 25-year fight - 1999
2015.06.22 history hagenbeck wallace trainwreckJune 22
A total of 86 passengers on a train carrying members of the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus are killed, another 127 injured in a wreck near Hammond, Indiana. Five days later the dead are buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in Forest Park, Ill., in an area set aside as Showmen’s Rest, purchased only a few months earlier by the Showmen’s League of America - 1918
Violence erupted during a coal mine strike at Herrin, Ill. A total of 36 were killed, 21 of them non-union miners - 1922

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Tentative deal in Philly on one of two labor pacts

Tentative deal in Philly on one of two labor pacts

Where's my newspaper this morning? *

My usual routine has been thrown into turmoil this morning, coffee has been brewed, but my Los Angeles Times newspaper is no where to be found. Hopefully the driver will visit my home sometime soon?

* I'm now a happy camper, all three of my newspapers have arrived at 9:30 am this morning.

Daily News photog tweets his layoff - LA Observed

Daily News photog tweets his layoff - LA Observed

Today in Labor History

In England, a compassionate parliament declares that children can't be required to work more than 12 hours a day. And they must have an hour’s instruction in the Christian Religion every Sunday and not be required to sleep more than two in a bed - 18022015.06.15 history molly.maguires
Ten miners accused of being militant "Molly Maguires" are hanged in Pennsylvania. A private corporation initiated the investigation of the 10 through a private detective agency. A private police force arrested them, and private attorneys for the coal companies prosecuted them. "The state provided only the courtroom and the gallows," a judge said many years later - 1877
The U.S. Supreme Court upholds the right of unions to publish statements urging members to vote for a specific congressional candidate, ruling that such advocacy is not a violation of the Federal Corrupt Practices Act - 1948
An estimated 100,000 unionists and other supporters march in solidarity with striking Detroit News and Detroit Free Press newspaper workers - 1997
June 20
Birth of Albert Parsons, Haymarket martyr - 1848
The American Railway Union, headed by Eugene Debs, is founded in Chicago. In the Pullman strike a year later, the union was defeated by federal injunctions and troops, and Debs was imprisoned for violating the injunctions - 18932015.06.15 history ford
Henry Ford recognizes the United Auto Workers, signs contract for workers at River Rouge plant - 1941
Striking African-American auto workers are attacked by KKK, National Workers League, and armed white workers at Belle Isle amusement park in Detroit. Two days of riots follow, 34 people are killed, more than 1,300 arrested - 1943
The Taft-Hartley Labor Management Relations Act, curbing strikes, is vetoed by President Harry S. Truman. The veto was overridden three days later by a Republican-controlled Congress - 1947
Oil began traveling through the Alaska pipeline. Seventy thousand people worked on building the pipeline, history's largest privately-financed construction project - 1977
2015.06.15 history organize.or.die(Organize or Die: Organizing in the construction trades is challenging but essential in order to ensure that living wages, job safety, and fair treatment exist for tradespeople. With a 100 percent focus on the building trades, author Mark Breslin outlines a businesslike strategy for increasing market share.)
Evelyn Dubrow, described by the New York Times as organized labor's most prominent lobbyist at the time of its greatest power, dies at age 95. The Int’l Ladies' Garment Workers Union lobbyist once told the Times that "she trudged so many miles around Capitol Hill that she wore out 24 pairs of her size 4 shoes each year." She retired at age 86 - 2006

Friday, June 19, 2015

A plus and a minus for the LA Times - LA Observed

A plus and a minus for the LA Times - LA Observed

Join us in the Fight Against Hunger

Join us in the Fight Against Hunger

June 1 - June 28, 2015 Food & Fund Drive at 

Local Vons and Albertsons Stores or Click Here

Friday, June 19 Stuff-a-Truck Event

1735 W Artesia Blvd, Gardena, CA 90247

The Food Bank, ABC7 & Vons/Albertsons are teaming up for a month-long "Feed SoCal" hunger awareness campaign and food drive. There are more than 1.7 million who are experiencing hunger in Los Angeles County. The Feed SoCal Food Drive will help the Food Bank get food to those who need it most. 
Throughout the month of June, go to your local Vons, Vons Pavilions or Albertsons store and purchase a $5 bag filled with nutritious shelf-stable food items.
Tell your family, friends and neighbors about the Feed SoCal food drive. Join us in our fight to alleviate hunger throughout Southern California
The "Stuff-A-Truck" event will take place on Friday, June 19
If you can't make it to your local store, make a contribution online HERE or send a check to:
Los Angeles Regional Food Bank
1734 E 41st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90058

Twitter is hiring people with ‘newsroom backgrounds’ as real-time curators

Twitter is hiring people with ‘newsroom backgrounds’ as real-time curators

Today in Labor History

Eight-hour work day adopted for federal employees - 1912
AFL President Sam Gompers and Secretary of War Newton Baker sign an agreement establishing a three-member board of adjustment to control wages, hours and working conditions for construction workers employed on government projects. The agreement protected union wage and hour standards for the duration of World War I - 1917
A pioneering sit-down strike is conducted by workers at a General Tire Co. factory in Akron, Ohio. The United Rubber Workers union was founded a year later. The tactic launched a wave of similar efforts in the auto and other industries over the next several years - 1934
2015.06.15 history strike(Strike!: In this brand new, expanded edition of Strike! you can read about the General Tire Co. strike as well as other labor-management conflicts that have occurred over the past 140 years. Here you’ll learn much about workers’ struggle to win a degree of justice, from the workers’ point of view.)
The Women’s Day Massacre in Youngstown, Ohio, when police use tear gas on women and children, including at least one infant in his mother's arms, during a strike at Republic Steel. One union organizer later recalled, "When I got there I thought the Great War had started over again. Gas was flying all over the place and shots flying and flares going up and it was the first time I had ever seen anything like it in my life..." - 1937
ILWU begins a 4-day general strike in sugar, pineapple, and longshore to protest convictions under the anti-communist Smith Act of seven activists, "the Hawaii Seven." The convictions were later overturned by a federal appeals court - 1953
June 182015.06.15 history randolph.roosevelt
Union and civil rights leader A. Philip Randolph and others meet with President Roosevelt about a proposed July 1 March on Washington to protest discrimination in war industries. A week later, Roosevelt orders that the industries desegregate - 1941

June 172015.06.15 history susan.b.anthony
Twenty-one young women and girls making cartridges at the Washington, D.C. arsenal during the Civil War are killed in an accidental explosion. Most of the victims were Irish immigrants. A monument was erected in the Congressional Cemetery, where 17 of the workers were buried - 1864
Susan B. Anthony goes on trial in Canandaigua, N.Y., for casting her ballot in a federal election the previous November, in violation of existing statutes barring women from the vote - 1873
Mary Harris "Mother" Jones leads a rally in Philadelphia to focus public attention on children mutilated in the state's textile mills. Three weeks later the 73-year-old will lead a march to New York City to plead with President Theodore Roosevelt to help improve conditions for the children - 1903
2015.06.15 history majone(The Autobiography of Mother Jones: Mary Harris Jones—“Mother Jones”—was the most dynamic woman ever to grace the American labor movement. Employers and politicians around the turn of the century called her “the most dangerous woman in America” and rebellious working men and women loved her as they never loved anyone else.)
Twelve trade unionists meet in Pittsburgh to launch a drive to organize all steelworkers. It was the birth of the United Steelworkers of America (then called the Steel Workers Organizing Committee). By the end of the year 125,000 workers joined the union in support of its $5-a-day wage demand – 1936
Nine firefighters are killed, eight more injured when a large section of Boston’s Hotel Vendom collapses on them. The firefighters were performing cleanup when the collapse occurred, having successfully fought a fire at the luxury hotel earlier in the day - 1972
June 16
Eight local unions organize the Int’l Fur Workers Union of U.S. and Canada. The union later merged with the Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen - 1913
Railroad union leader and socialist Eugene V. Debs speaks in Canton, Ohio, on the relation between capitalism and war. Ten days later he is arrested under the Espionage Act, eventually sentenced to 10 years in jail - 1918
The National Industrial Recovery Act became law, but was later to be declared unconstitutional. It established the right to unionize, set maximum hours and minimum wages for every major industry, abolished sweatshops and child labor. The Wagner Act, in effect today, was approved two years later to legalize unionization - 1933
Inacom Corp., once the world's largest computer dealer, sends most of its 5,100 employees an email instructing them to call a toll-free phone number; when they call, a recorded message announces they have been fired - 2000

History of Juneteenth

Presented by Dr. Shennette Garrett-Scott Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at the Allen Public Library. Her program traces the history of Juneteenth events.

Monday, June 15, 2015

John Carroll, 73, former editor of LA Times - LA Observed

John Carroll, 73, former editor of LA Times - LA Observed

Today in Labor History

The Metal Trades Department of what is now the AFL-CIO is founded - 1908
The Congress of Industrial Organizations expels the Fur and Leather Workers union and the American Communications Association for what it describes as communist activities - 1947
2015.06.15 history century.cityBattle of Century City, as police in Los Angeles attack some 500 janitors and their supporters during a peaceful Service Employees Int’l Union demonstration against cleaning contractor ISS. The event generated public outrage that resulted in recognition of the workers' union and spurred the creation of an annual June 15 Justice for Janitors Day - 1990

John Carroll memorial set

Memorial set for Monday, June 22 at 11:00 a.m. in Lexington, KY, according to post on Caring Bridge:
The Struggle is Over
By Lee Carroll 
Six months after the onset of symptoms, John’s unfortunate encounter with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease ended this morning. He was blessed in his lifetime to have a career he loved, friends he cared deeply about and a family who adored and respected him.
The cards, letters, emails and messages he received from all of you were a source of great comfort to him. Thanks to each of you for taking part in supporting him.
There will be a memorial service for John on Monday, June 22 at 11:00 am at the First Presbyterian Church in Lexington, KY, with a reception following.
A friend sent me the following quote:
"We all die.
The goal is not to live forever.
The goal is to create something that will."
I think that John succeed in doing this.
The John S. Carroll Memorial Fund
The News Literacy Project
5525 Devon Rd
Bethesda, MD 20814
The John Carroll Scholarship
Alice Lloyd College
100 Purpose Road
Pippa Passes, KY 41844