Saturday, June 30, 2007

Take Back the Times: L.A. Times Editor Typically In Chicago For 6 Days

In a flurry of bloggers reports, then denied, that L.A. Times editor James O'Shea had already designated assistant managing editor John Arthur to become a new managing editor of the Times, replacing the departing Doug Frantz, it became known on Friday that O'Shea was on his way to Chicago, where he would be for the next six days.

This is not surprising. O'Shea, sent out from Chicago at the age of 63 last fall to replace the ousted editor Dean Baquet, has never exactly moved to Los Angeles. His family remains in Chicago and O'Shea very frequently returns there on weekends and at other times. In the meantime, O'Shea is rarely seen out in the L.A. Times newsroom rubbing shoulders with the staff. He has hardly been a successful editor.

Word that at this critical time, when Times management is in limbo, O'Shea has chosen to take a long Fourth of July leave came from Arthur in an e-mail to LA Observed editor Kevin Roderick denying that, so far at least, he has gotten Frantz's job.


Getting rid of Tribune CEO Dennis FitzSimons, a proven incompetent, should be Zell's first order of business. If FitzSimons goes, perhaps Hiller and O'Shea would not be far behind.

Continue reading by clicking on link below.

L.A. Times Editor Typically In Chicago For 6 Days

Forward this to Seven People

Don’t you just love the chain emails many new users send out to all their contacts that happen to be lucky enough to be in their address book? The new online computer user, or newbie, is easy to spot. When the newbie actually has something to voice, they turn on their caps lock key, or forward a message, which has been forwarded many times by other newbie’s. If you have the patience to scroll through a page or two of email addresses you get to the joke or message.

Here’s a tip for users that have just discovered the Internet.

1. Turn off yours CAPS LOCK.
2. Use the copy and paste function to make your message appear that you actually took some extra time to compose.
3. Insert all email addresses into the Bcc (Blind Carbon Copy) so we don’t have to see all the lucky people receiving your forwarded message.
4. Send the message to yourself, to see if the pictures are attached, then to your contacts.
5. Do not forward a message that has to be opened ten times to open the attachment; we tend to erase the message after the third message inside your message is opened, and we are still not able to view your cute message or picture.
6. Guilt trips are not my thing, so don’t be offended if I do not send the message to ten other users and back to you, God still loves me, I’m still your friend, and I have rather good luck already.
7. Understand many of us receive this type of message on a daily basis and view it as spam and nothing more.

Friday, June 29, 2007

Renaming the Tribune Company

A colleague wondered out loud, in my presence, “If and when Sam Zell takes control of the Tribune Company, will the company be renamed?” I thought this was a good question, and would like to suggest Sam Zell Communications LLC for a new name of the old Tribune Company.

Friday Morning News

Next Step for Los Angeles Times Union - Save Our Trade Blog

WSJ Reporters Stage Big Murdoch Protest - Nikki Finke

End of an Era at the LA Weekly - The Nation

Readers Digest to Sell Ad's on Back Cover - Media Week

The Shorter New York Times - Slate

Is McClatchy a Free Cash Flow Bargain? - The Motley Fool

Take Back the Times: Doug Frantz To Leave The LAT, Latest of Bailouts

The latest "top gun" to leave the L.A. Times is the outstanding managing editor, Doug Frantz, whose last day will be July 6 and who will be returning to Istanbul as Middle East bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal, a high profile reporting job.

If I could blame all this on LAT editor James O'Shea and publisher David Hiller, and their machinations for the Tribune Co., I certainly would. But fairness requires that I should say there is evidence that Frantz, a longtime reporter, simply wasn't enjoying sitting at a desk all day and decided, as he said himself in his statement, "My true love is reporting and writing."

"I felt like I had done as much as I could in this job," Frantz also said.

Continue reading by clicking on link below.

Take Back the Times: Doug Frantz To Leave The LAT, Latest of Bailouts

Marriage and Deployments

This week my daughter Candie came home for a three week visit. She lives in Hawaii because her husband is stationed at Schofield Barracks. He's currently deployed in Iraq and she gets quite lonely and homesick at times.

Her last visit was in April at Easter time. During that visit, the Army decided to extend the length of deployments from 12 months to 15 months. Thomas left for Iraq in August 2006 and was due home this coming August. When the longer deployment time was adopted, Thomas' tour of duty was extended 90 days, meaning that he will not be home until November. Now that the Army is sending soldiers overseas for 18 months, there's a real possibility that Thomas may not come home until February or March, 2008. Candie is a strong woman and she does her best to remain upbeat and supportive of Thomas during the times that they are able to instant message, talk on the phone or video teleconference. I'm proud of her and all she does to support her husband but I'm also her mom. It's difficult to see her struggling to keep herself busy and not cry because she misses her husband enormously. It's also hard to watch her run to check the computer in case Thomas sent her an e-mail. She is being affected by the separation from him and she's even considered enlisting herself so she can be deployed with him.

There are times that she'll talk to me about the large number of military wives and girlfriends who cheat on their men while they're deployed. When the soldiers come home, they are often emotionally estranged from their loved ones and on edge. Often it's difficult to sustain a marriage under normal circumstances, can you imagine what it's like facing the uncertainty that our military personnel and their spouses/families face? There must be something we can do to help them, but what?

Please continue to pray for our troops and their families. They need our support and all the help we can give them.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Peninsula Press Club: Union protest over Merc outsourcing

Union protest over Merc outsourcing

About 50 members and supporters of the Media Workers Union picketed the MediaNews-owned Mercury News over the shutdown of the paper's advertising composing room and the outsourcing of its work to India, the Merc reported today. Guild executive officer Luther Jackson joined demonstrators Tuesday in a show of solidarity. A total of 28 jobs will be eliminated next week, said Gloria La Riva, president of the typographical sector of the Northern California Media Workers Union.

Message from James O'Shea - Editor LAT

I regret to announce that Doug Frantz has decided to leave the Los Angeles Times. I am sure everyone agrees that Doug's departure is a loss to the newspaper. As Managing Editor, Doug has proved a solid leader, guiding the editorial department through some troubled and rugged days. He is an extraordinary journalist and a dedicated editor who cares deeply about the newspaper and the staff. His career here has been spectacular, both as a tough-minded editor and one of the world's best investigative reporters. He has been a huge help to me, convincing people to give me a chance at a time of uncertainty and turmoil. I can't thank him enough. I will miss his wisdom, candor, professionalism and solid news judgment. The only comfort I find in his decision is that Doug leaves the newsroom his legacy of high standards and excellent, hard-hitting journalism. Doug's last day will be July 6. I know you all join me in wishing him well in the future. I will begin the process of selecting a replacement for Doug soon.


SOURCE: LAObserved

Media News for Thursday Morning

LAT Olympic security head syed Akbar

Bakersfield Paper scratches 40 jobs - Bakersfield Californian
Paper Shakeup - The Foothills Cities Blog

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

What is a Newspaper Stand Grandpa?

We all experience déjà vu now and again; occasionally it even makes me say WTF.

Back in December 2005 my pressroom supervisor at that time told me “Ed, the pressroom is a drag on the company! We produce no income for the newspaper, only cost the company money”. I thought this was a rather odd statement, and if he really believed this he should either work for free or quit. Well he left the company the next month when the Times Chatsworth Facility was closed, I take it he believed the pressroom was a drag on the company.

Just a few weeks ago a manager at the Los Angeles Times told me the same words I had heard from my former supervisor nineteen months ago, and the two men have never met one another. My former supervisor left before my current manager arrived from Chicago, so I’m left wondering how these two men came up with this same type of thought?

Could they have read the same book or training manual on pressrooms bringing major newspapers down through costs of producing a daily paper, or did they attend a class meant to scare them straight. If history repeats itself, the last person sharing this belief with me, will be leaving the Times shortly, and saving the company his salary, and no longer a drag on company profits.

If pressrooms are such a drag on company profits at newspapers, why not shutter all the printing presses that produce newspapers, fire the employees, and make all profits from the Internet? Publishers don’t shut down their pressrooms because eighty to ninety percent of their profits come from the hard copy of their product. But, the gap between Internet profits and hard copy profits are narrowing everyday, with estimates of two to six years before the Internet matches or exceeds the revenue brought in by producing a real newspaper.

As a blogger I enjoy keeping track of my audience, if I were to choose to use the numbers my Internet Service Provider supplies I would be reporting numbers of over four and a half million hits since the inception of this blog on January 1st, 2006. Since I sell no products or services, I opt to use a counting system that only counts actual users, so I’m proud to say we have had 95,826 hits from March 31st, 2006 to date.

Can we believe the numbers reported by major newspapers regarding online visitors, maybe is all I can say, but I know the number of online users is growing everyday by leaps and bounds.

It will not be long before an entire daily newspaper will be downloaded onto your hard drive, which Newspaper and Technology magazine is offering for free today, putting us all out of work in the pressroom.

Dear Paris

Quote by Conrad Hilton

Dear Paris,
"Mom, Mom! It's not right," you said.
Well, life isn't fair.
And what a cold bucket of water it was for you to learn in such a way.
But hey, I guess you had to learn sometime.
Or that's what we tell our kids.
As it was told to us.
And as we keep finding out, even when we are in our middle ages.

You think your term didn't fit the crime?

Well, the judge seemed to think you deserved time in the slammer. How stupid do you have to be to understand NO is NO when it comes to driving without a license? How pathetic was it for you to blame the people that "handle" you, as though you were an illiterate, vegetative being, who cannot make decisions for herself? It seems you've picked out your outifts and plastic surgeon without any issues. Seems if you can do this, you can read the junk that comes in the mail.

It's true, maybe the rich don't. But that sure as hell isn't how Conrad Hilton started out way out there in nowheresville Texas in 1919. This was before your family settled into the vat of aimlessness that you exhibit now. He took a few risks. I doubt anyone handled him. What happened? Did the tradition of hiring people to do things for them rub away those instinctive edges that makes sturdier people? Conrad obviously thought so. When he died, he left nothing to his descendants. Nada. But your granpappy Baron contested the will. So here you are now. Conrad's worst nightmare: a pretty slacker with a knack for burger porn.

From what I've read in that glossy trash magazine Vanity Fair, you're a nice, well mannered person. Everyone one should be, but perhaps it's different for you. You live from party-to-party so you need to be. But here's where maybe a bit of meanness could come in. Fire your PR person. Then fire all the other people that you pay to do things for you. Then break away for the major dorkage that has stuck to your family since they became rich. Go to a very small, liberal arts college in nowheresville USA. Not an Ivy, no. That won't do. But somewhere where the kids aren't rich, they're kind of gawky, and totally unlike you. BTW, we're not talking about another dumb TV show. We're talking about college, where you do things like study. Make friends. Get A's. Join a tutorial group. Major in something. Get a degree. Then decide what you want to do. Sure, you're a bit older, but hey.... you're kind of behind anyway.

But don't go on yet another major PR junket in an attempt to reshape your public persona.
Be somebody of your chosing. Earn it.
And shut yer yap. Get off the TV.

A Short Holiday on Tomales Bay

Hot tub on the bayKanani might never come back!

Wednesday Afternoon Teasers

Peninsula Press Club: Old Media consolidation destroys value

Old Media consolidation destroys value

In the past year, 14 dailies in the Bay Area were consolidated into one company, MediaNews Group, which is now struggling amid slowing ad sales. At a conference in New York put on by PricewaterhouseCoopers, experts said media conglomerates are a thing of the past. "Consolidation in the old media world destroys value," said Laura Martin, founder and CEO of Media Metrics LLC. "They are buying stuff (and audiences) because they don't know what else to do." Here's a report on the panel discussion by The Hollywood Reporter. Martin also said that the young technology entrepreneurs that make a difference in today's world want cool and hip work environments. "That's not the big media companies," she said.

Fireworks and the 4th of July

With the 4th of July holiday one week away it seems that the craziness has already started. In my neighborhood we have been bombarded with illegal firecrackers, bottle rockets and other explosive devices that drive my dogs (and me) absolutely crazy. For my dogs, a large German Shepherd and an American Pit Bull, the noise created by these illegal fireworks makes them desperate with fear. So desperate, in fact, that they have broken every screen in my rear windows and pulled the sliding screen door off the track with their teeth. I have tried many times to contact the local police department, only to be told that they don't have the resources

It seems to me that celebrating this holiday by breaking the law just doesn't seem right. With many local cities banning legal fireworks, what makes people think it's o.k. to use the illegal variety?

Electronic Greetings with Trojans

A few days ago an electronic greeting card arrived, and since I receive many greetings in this manner from my daughters and friends, I opened or followed the link back to the greeting.
Luckily I’m testing a new anti-virus program called Avast, which caught a Trojan attempting to enter my system, and the Trojan was deleted before it could invade my home network and my server.

I have contacted the website the Trojan originated from, their Internet Service Provider, and my ISP in an attempt to stop the spread of this nuisance.

Several variations of this bogus electronic greeting have arrived, but you will not get one from my site, if you do delete delete delete.

Here’s one of the messages.


You just recieved an electronic card!
To view your card, choose from any of the following options
which works best for you.
Method 1
Just click on the following Internet address (if that doesn't work for
you, copy & paste the address onto your browser's address box.)

Method 2
Copy & paste your card number in the view card box at

Your card number is
(For your convenience, the greeting card will be available for the next
30 days)


Anti-virus programs slow page loading, but save you from headaches of lost data and having to remove viruses and Trojans.

Wednesday Chuckle

I rear-ended a car a few days ago...

The driver got out of the other car.

He was a DWARF!!!

He was pissed!

He looked up at me and said, "I am NOT happy!"

I said, "Well then, which one are you?"

Have a nice day, Folks!

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

The Road Map To Earning an LAFD Badge

The Road Map To Earning an LAFD Badge

What does it take to become a Los Angeles Firefighter? Has the application process changed? What about the requirements - are they more stringent or less?

These questions spring eternal.

As with other City career positions, there are minimum requirements that an applicant must meet before stepping through the door to the LAFD Recruit Training Academy.

The applicant must:

Be at least 18 years old at the time of application;

Have a U.S. high school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent, or a California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE) certificate;

Complete a Preliminary Background Application as part of the application process at the time of filing;

Have a valid California Driver’s License at the time of appointment; and,

Have a valid CPAT card to show before he or she begins the process of becoming a Los Angeles Firefighter.

The CPAT or Candidate Physical Abilites Test is a relatively new requirement for those seeking a career position as a Los Angeles Firefighter.

To learn more about CPAT - and build your own road map to earning an LAFD badge, please contact the Los Angeles Fire Department Recruitment Unit at (213) 485-8032 or visit:

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Mary Emma Esplin Funeral

Mary Emma Esplin, spouse of retired Los Angeles and Orange County pressman Eugene Esplin, passed away on June 23rd, 2007 after a lengthy illness. Our sympathy goes out to the Esplin family.

Friday, June 29, 2007 at 11:00 AM
(Please plan to arrive a few minutes early.)

Service: Funeral Service
Location: Rose Hills Memorial Park
Rainbow Chapel - Enter Park through Gate 17
3888 Workman Mill Rd

Driving Directions (courtesy of MapQuest)
Whittier, CA, 90601

Concludes: Concludes At Interment Site
Entombment:Mausoleum of the Valley - Enter Park through Gate 10

Submitted by Harold Rios

How Addicted to Blogging is Edward?

As I visited one of the regular blogs I read daily, this little test to see how deep my addiction to blogging is, caught my attention. If you’re a blogger and want an idea where you stand, follow the link and see where you stand.

Thanks Darleene

78%How Addicted to Blogging Are You?

Mingle2 - Online Dating

Message from David Hiller - Publisher LAT

From: Hiller, David
Sent: Monday, June 25, 2007 11:18 AM
To: zzAll LATimes Employees
Subject: LA Times Presidential Debates


I’m pleased to bring you further news of the back-to-back Super Tuesday presidential candidate debates we’ll be co-hosting in early 2008. With the California primary moving to February 5th, SoCal voters will play a key role in the outcome of the election. The Ronald Reagan Library and POLITICO.COM will now join The Times and CNN to host the final pre-primary GOP presidential debate on January 30th.

The location of the January 31st Democratic debate is still being finalized.

Today’s press release is attached, and we’ll keep you posted.


Los Angeles Times Presidential Debates

* * * MEDIA ADVISORY * * *
Reagan Library Partners with CNN, The Los Angeles Times And For Final GOP Presidential Debate, January 30, 2008
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Foundation announced today that it has joined forces with CNN, the Los Angeles Times and POLITICO.COM to host the final GOP presidential debate before the 2008 “Super-Tuesday” primary in California and several other key states. Mrs. Ronald Reagan has extended invitations to the front-runner GOP Presidential candidates to return to the Reagan Library for this final debate, which will be held on Wednesday, January 30, 2008. The event will give voters one last opportunity to hear the GOP front-runner candidates discuss their positions in a debate format before casting their votes in the February 5, 2008 primary. This will serve as a follow-up to the first debate of the full field of GOP Presidential candidates that was held at the Reagan Library on May 3, 2007.
Specific details of this debate will be announced at a later date.

“We are very pleased to be a host of the final Republican presidential debates before Super Tuesday," said Jon Klein, president of CNN/U.S. "Given the timing, these debates should play an important role in the outcome of the presidential election and it is extremely fitting that they will be held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library."
“The Los Angeles Times is very pleased to co-host the final pre-Super Tuesday Republican candidate debate with the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, CNN and,” said Los Angeles Times Publisher David D. Hiller. “California’s February 5th primary will be a crucial factor in the 2008 presidential nomination process and we look forward to bringing our readers and users vital insight into the candidates via this public forum and across multiple media.”

"The Reagan Library debate will come at a critical moment in a critical election,” said John Harris, editor-in-chief of POLITICO.COM. “It is destined to be one of the most newsworthy candidate exchanges of the campaign season. is thrilled to be participating with CNN and The Los Angeles Times, with their stellar reputation at covering big political stories, at this major political event."

“The Reagan Presidential Library is delighted to be able to host this important debate on the eve of these crucial primary votes,” said Frederick J. Ryan, Jr., chairman of the board of trustees of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Foundation. “It was President Reagan’s dream that his Library play a meaningful role in our democratic process and this event will be another milestone toward fulfilling that goal.”
About CNN
CNN Worldwide, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company, is one of the most trusted sources for news and information. Its reach extends to nine cable and satellite television networks; one private place-based network; two radio networks; wireless devices around the world; CNN Digital Network, the No. 1 network of news Web sites in the United States; CNN Newsource, the world’s most extensively syndicated news service; and strategic international partnerships within both television and the digital media.

About the Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles Times is the largest metropolitan daily newspaper in the country, with a daily readership of 2.2 million and 3.3 million on Sunday. The Los Angeles Times and its media businesses and affiliates – including, The Envelope/, Times Community Newspapers, Recycler Classifieds, Hoy, and California Community News – reach approximately 8.1 million or 62% of all adults in the Southern California marketplace.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning Los Angeles Times, has been covering Southern California for over 125 years and is part of Tribune Company (NYSE: TRB), one of the country’s leading media companies with businesses in publishing, the Internet and broadcasting. Additional information about the Los Angeles Times is available at

The Politico is a Washington, D.C.-based political journalism organization that distributes its content via television, the internet, newspaper, and radio. Its coverage includes Congress, Washington lobbying, and the 2008 presidential election. The Politico and launched in January, 2007 with the mission of covering with enterprise, style, and impact. The Politico is a publication of Capitol News Company, LLC. The Politico and were a sponsor of the Republican Presidential Candidates debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on May 3, 2007.

About the Reagan Library
Located in Simi Valley, California, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library houses over 55 million pages of Gubernatorial, Presidential and personal papers, an extraordinary collection of photographs and film, and over 100,000 gifts and artifacts chronicling the lives of Ronald and Nancy Reagan. Home to Air Force One 27000, it now also serves as the final resting place of America’s 40th President.

# # #

Media Contacts:
Reagan Library Foundation: Melissa Giller; (805) 522-2977
CNN: Edie Emery; (202) 898-7657
LA Times: Nancy Sullivan; (213) 237-6160
POLITICO.COM: Kim Kingsley; (703) 647-7699

Media Blips for Tuesday

Chatsworth Employees Reunion

On Sunday June 24th, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. a group of over twenty former Chatsworth Pressroom employees gathered in Newhall, California for a reunion. The men and women at the Los Angeles Times are a tight knit group, so gatherings are not uncommon; the writers at the newspaper have the Old Farts Society, and the former Times truck drivers have an annual breakfast.

If your group from the Los Angeles Times has an event you would like publicized, drop a message my way for everyone too see.

Photos by Mike Randall

Monday, June 25, 2007

Monday Chuckle

A woman came home, screeching her car into the driveway, and ran into the house. She slammed the door and shouted at the top of her lungs, "Honey, pack your bags. I won the lottery!"

The husband said, "Oh my God! What should I pack, beach stuff or mountain stuff?"

"Doesn't matter," she said. "Just get out."

Enjoy your day, Folks!


He's in LA, he's in San Dimas, at the ice house, he's tearing up the freeways of So Cal and is running through the blogosphere. My space, blogger, and now facebook. There isn't anyone that doesn't know Edward.

But let's say the internet didn't exist.
My bets are that Ed would either be running San Dimas as Mayor or he'd be the President of the International Rotary.
Something like that, you know?

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Take Back the Times: Does Sam Zell Have Any (Good) Ideas On Future?

Although it's true that billionaire real estate magnate Sam Zell has not yet assumed full control of the languishing Tribune Co., he may not be able to safely wait until the end of the year to put forward his ideas for rejuvenation, if he has any. Tribune Co. says revenue slipped drastically again in May, by 11.1%.


Zell said only that advertising sales techniques must be improved. But that goes without saying. Otherwise, he asked, essentially, for time, until the deal closes.

But the L.A. Times and other Tribune newspapers may not have time. If further cutbacks and layoffs are to be avoided, fueling a continued downward spiral, things are going to have to turn brighter revenue-wise, or at least level out.


All over the country, newspapers are in trouble, but not as much, usually, as Tribune. The New York Times was down 3.6% below last year, according to a recent statement. In California, both the San Francisco Chronicle and San Jose Mercury-News are cutting back so much, there is fear they may go under.

Continue reading entire article by clicking on link below.

Take Back the Times: Does Sam Zell Have Any (Good) Ideas On Future?

Social Networks

Most people working in the newspaper industry have heard of Craig’s List, MySpace, and Face Book, as newspaper executives attempt to place the blame for falling revenues on these social networks that accept and publish free advertising online.

Personally, I don’t care much for Craig’s List, as the advertisements seem so out of order, but that’s my opinion. Many enjoy Craig’s List as new sites spring up in cities across the country.

I joined MySpace at the urging of my daughter Kristine several years ago, and use it when I have the time, which seems to be once per week if that. The problem with MySpace is the backgrounds some users insert into their pages, the text is completely un-readable, and the animations are so intense my computer locks up.

Two weeks ago Kate Coe sent an invitation to join Face Book, and being curious about the network, I joined. If you don’t know Kate, she’s one of the two writers on Fishbowl L.A., and a good friend of Nikki Finke’s.

The users at Face Book are made up of mostly younger college educated people, and are not filled with the graphic’s you find on MySpace. This is much more to my liking; if you’re not a member of Face Book take a peek, and after you register add me as a friend.
You can locate my profile by searching for Edward Padgett.
UPDATE: I have been informed Nikki Finke and Kate Coe are not good friends, and have never met face to face, my error folks. 06.25.07 3:47 p.m.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

What I'm Listening To Now

At This Time
(click and listen)
Lately I've been listening to really different things. For those of you who know me, I grew up with an eclectic musical palate: from Beethoven to Brubeck. Earlier this year I went through a Fred Astaire kick. You know me.... I love all sorts of music. I stumbled back into Burt Bacharach and his old stuff, then decided to listen to more recent things. The guy is 78. And he's still doing what he loves and more to the point, what he feels is important.

His CD "At This Time" is about... oh.... 2 years old. Ancient history in the music business. But it isn't in the poetry world, in which I inhabit.
Where Did It Go
Growing up in New York City
I could ride the subway by myself
And never ever be afraid
Where did it go?
And tell me what happened to the world I knew
Is it really gone?
How did we wind up in this place instead
Is it really gone?

I think these songs, with his voice that is cracking and wise, tinged with bewilderment, anger, sadness and even reassurance, speak to the way that a lot of us feel today. This is music where you can understand all the words, and they resonate to our restless soul. A bellwether for the future. Elvis Costello, Rufus Wainwright and Chris Botti make appearances.

Saturday Morning Links

The Tribune Takeover - Business Law
Newspaper Layoffs on the West Coast - On the Record with Tara

Friday, June 22, 2007

The Pasadena Ice House this Sunday

This Sunday the Pasadena Ice House will be hosting a new show and everyone that enjoys a good laugh should attend. Email Shang or visit Flow on MySpace to be placed on the guest list, that’s right, it’s FREE. Your favorite paparazzi, me, isn’t sure he will be able to attend at this moment, but you can bet it will be fun filled.

Space Shuttle has Landed

Our house shook as if an earthquake hit, but it was the Space Shuttle letting everyone in Southern California know it is about to touch down. My children naturally thought it was an earthquake, as they ran to my side asking what the shaking and noise was. As a child growing up in Los Angeles, sonic booms were a common occurrence almost weekly, till a ban was imposed.

Friday Morning News

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Helicopter Air Show This Saturday in Los Angeles

We warmly welcome you to join the men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department at the nation's premier (and yes, free!) public safety helicopter air show from 9 AM to 4 PM on Saturday, June 23, 2007 in Los Angeles.

The American Heroes Air Show is a family event at the Hansen Dam Sports Complex in the San Fernando Valley community of Lakeview Terrace.

And yes, you heard it right - admission is FREE!

Continue reading by clicking on link below

Helicopter Air Show This Saturday in Los Angeles

Can the Media Donate to Political Parties

Today's breaking news on many blogs regard the donating of cash to politicians, from editors, writers, and newscasters. Can the media make donations and still be unbiased in reporting, is the question. We value your comments on this matter.

Investigative reporter Bill Dedman writes: " identified 144 journalists who made political contributions from 2004 through the start of the 2008 campaign, according to the public records of the Federal Election Commission. Most of the newsroom checkbooks leaned to the left: 125 journalists gave to Democrats and liberal causes. Only 17 gave to Republicans. Two gave to both parties."

To have an idea of the number of articles written on the Blogosphere , click here to visit Technorati.

Source : Romenesko

Peninsula Press Club: More reporters leaving the business

Another day, another list of reporters who are leaving newspapers. Two members of the Chron's Sacramento Bureau are departing, Mark Martin and Greg Lucas. Martin is going to the Little Hoover Commission while Lucas is leaving to "write more travel stories and feed my seemingly unquenchable wanderlust," according to a note quoted by Steven Maviglio's Majority Report political blog. "And I don’t think I’m too old to learn the new trick of blog although I’m troubled since it’s a four-letter word like work and golf ... " Lucas says in the note. He adds a P.S.: "I’ll see you around campus. I’ll be the guy with the earring and the 'Will Write 4 Food" sign.'"

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More reporters leaving the business

Leave it to Beaver opener

This is for my new web friend Speedcat Hollydale from Minnesota.

Thursday Morning News

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

NLRB Decision and Certification of Representative

Los Angeles Times press operator Al Albanes has posted the findings of the National Labor Relations Board regarding the objections on the outcome of the union election held on January 4Th and 5Th, 2007, on Save Our Trade Website.

The document is in the PDF format.

New bidders emerge for Dow Jones

GE and media firm, Pearson, have emerged as the latest bidders for the Dow Jones Company according to reports.Both the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times outlined the potential deal on their websites Sunday. Though the value a possible offer is still unclear it would compete with News Corporation's Rupert Murdoch's roughly $5 billion or $60 a share bid. The Wall Street Journal reports that, according to analysts, given the complexity of the deal and the lack of a clear leader in the group such a tie up is a "long shot". Jeanne Yurman reports from New York.

Tribune Revenues Down 11.1% in May

Publishing Advertising Revenues Decline 11.8%

Television Revenues Down 11.0%

CHICAGO, June 20, 2007 -- Tribune Company (NYSE: TRB) today reported its summary of revenues and newspaper advertising volume for period 5, ended May 27. Consolidated revenues for the period were $406 million, down 11.1 percent from last year’s $457 million.

Publishing revenues in May were $292 million compared with $325 million last year, down 10.3 percent. Advertising revenues decreased 11.8 percent to $230 million, compared with $261 million in May 2006.

  • Retail advertising revenues decreased 1.0 percent with weakness in the amusement category partially offset by strength in the home furnishings and specialty merchandise categories. Preprint revenues, which are principally included in retail, were flat for the period.
  • National advertising revenues declined 17.9 percent, with most categories down for the period
  • Classified advertising revenues decreased 20.0 percent. Real estate fell 30 percent with significant declines in the Florida markets, Chicago and Los Angeles due to difficult year-over-year comparisons. Help wanted declined 20 percent and automotive decreased 7 percent. Interactive revenues, which are primarily included in classified, were $22 million, up 22 percent, due to growth in all categories.

Circulation revenues were down 6.2 percent due to single-copy declines and continued selective discounting in home delivery.

Broadcasting and entertainment group revenues in May decreased 13.0 percent to $114 million compared with $131 million last year. Television revenues fell 11.0 percent, with lower automotive, movie and political advertising partially offset by strength in the retail and telecom/wireless categories. Results also reflected fewer Cubs home games in the period versus last year.

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Tribune Company (NYSE: TRB) will announce second quarter 2007 earnings on Wednesday, July 25, before the NYSE opening. The full text of the earnings announcement and accompanying financial tables will be available on Tribune’s website, There will not be a conference call.

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SOURCE: Tribune Company

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Here's a short video I made as I tested Billy Roundtree's digital camera, hope you enjoy it.

24 Things SisterFriends Should Never Apologize For

To all my SisterFriends - Single, Married, or otherwise.

1. Never apologize for pursuing what makes you happy. Even if you need to quit your job, transfer schools, or move across country, always do what you really want.

2. Never apologize for using proper English. Keeping it real doesn't mean you have to speak Ebonics.

3. Never apologize for giving your best in a relationship that just didn't work out.

4. Never apologize for being successful. Only haters want to keep you at their level.

5. Never apologize for crying. Wear waterproof mascara and express yourself.

6. Never apologize for ten pounds you need to lose. People who truly care about you will accept you as you are.

7. Never apologize for being frugal. Just because you save your money instead of blowing it on the latest fashion emergency doesn't mean you're cheap.

8. Never apologize for being a single Mom. Babies are a blessing.

9. Never apologize for treating yourself to something special. Sometimes you have to show yourself some appreciation.

10. Never apologize for leaving an abusive relationship. Your safety should always be a priority.

11. Never apologize for keeping the ring, even if you didn't get married.

12. Never apologize for setting high standards in a relationship. You know what you can tolerate and what simply gets on your nerves.

13. Never apologize for saying NO!

14. Never apologize for wearing a weave or braids. You bought it, so it's yours!

15. Never apologize to you new friends about old friends. There's a reason she's been your pal from day one.

16. Never apologize for ordering dessert or more than one dessert.

17. Never apologize for dating outside your race. Just because you found Mr. Right across the color line doesn't mean you don't love your brothas.

18. Never apologize for demanding respect. You are to always be treated as a queen.

19. Never apologize for not knowing how to cook. Even if you can't burn like Grandma, you know how to order good take-out.

20. Never apologize for your taste in clothes. It's your style.

21. Never apologize for changing your mind. It is your prerogative!

22. Never apologize for making a decision from your heart, even if others don't agree. You have to live with the consequences, not them!

23. Never apologize for making more money than your man. You work hard and you deserve to get paid!

24. Never apologize for being you!

Keep your head up, Girls, and keep moving forward!

Television Viewing Falling

As a child growing up in Alhambra, California I remember having only seven television stations to choose from, and this was on a black and white television set. Sometime in 1964 we were treated to a color television, with a built in turntable and radio, and we were really living then.

Saturday mornings were spent in front of our boob tube watching Heckle and Jeckle cartoons, The Jetsons, and many other favorites before pulling my Stingray bicycle out and riding to Granada Park for some outdoor fun.

Last year I removed the television from my bedroom and gave it to my son, as well as my VCR and two boxes of tapes, it was a waste of time I felt. I much rather waste my spare time on the Internet, than in front of a television.

We have satellite television in our home, with just the basic programming, and there are over one hundred and fifty channels to select from, yet my children still tell me there’s nothing on TV.

There are a few programs I do enjoy like the Sci-Fi Channel, The History Channel, and Comedy Central, but I use our Tivo to tape the programs before viewing. Seems advertising rates have fallen, how else could I understand eight commercials every few minutes, which I bypass.

And the television stations cannot figure out why their ratings are falling, too many commercials.

Peninsula Press Club: Merc to cut 40 newsroom jobs; no buyouts

Peninsula Press Club: Merc to cut 40 newsroom jobs; no buyouts

The Mercury News announced it will eliminate 40 of its 240 full-time newsroom jobs next month, a 17 percent reduction, executive editor Carole Leigh Hutton announced today. No decisions on who will be laid off have been made, but the number of layoffs will likely be less than 40 because some employees were planning to leave before the cuts were announced.

No buyouts are being offered.

Under the paper's agreement with the San Jose Newspaper Guild, management has to consider four factors in determining who gets laid off, according to Hutton — qualifications, competency, the ability to do available work and seniority.

"It's a business decision. It's a difficult thing to do," Hutton told the AP. "We value the work of these people. We're not laying off poor performers. We're laying off journalists that are a key part of our organization."

The Merc cut 52 people from its newsroom through buyouts in November 2005 and laid off 15 in December 2006, according to the Guild.

The cuts were not unexpected, though the size was less than previously reported. John McManus of San Jose State j-school, posted an article May 31 that said the Merc planned to cut 60 jobs, about a quarter of its newsroom. On June 6, Hutton called a staff meeting to say that there would be cuts, but an exact number hadn't been determined.

Hutton, former editor and publisher of the Detroit Free Press, replaced Susan Goldberg, who resigned last month to take the top newsroom job at the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Her departure followed a meeting where management told her that deep cuts needed to be made in the newsroom of the paper Dean Singleton's MediaNews Group has owned since August.

The Chronicle is also in the midst of cutting 100 of its 400 newsroom positions. Two weeks after the planned layoffs were announced, the No. 2 person that newsroom, Managing Editor Robert Rosenthal, resigned

Wednesday Morning Links

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Yes, This Is News

This won't be found in the LA Times. Though really, it should. So here it is, an exclusive for the heart and soul of the paper --the Pressmen.

-Yesterday, I attended an honor & graduation at my son's high school. They told me to be there because even though it wasn't his year to graduate, they'd be giving him an honor for being ASB secretary.

So much to my son's dismay (because teens want nothing more than their mothers to either look like Paris Hilton or just disappear), I showed up with balloons and gifts. There were 8 graduates. I wanted to make a very big deal out of their success. All have overcome incredible obstacles and for some, this might be the only graduation they have for awhile.

All of these kids have varying degrees of emotional and mental challenges. They were just super, couldn't have asked for nicer kids. A lot of them live in group homes, some are foster children. As tough as I think my kid has it, it's nothing compares to the hell they've probably had to go through in their young lives. I recognized how lucky they were to have found this school.

At one point, each grad gave a rose to 3 people who'd meant a lot to them.
They had to tell why they were giving them the flower.
"I want to thank my therapist for helping me deal with frustration."
I want to thank my teacher for teaching me my whole life."
I want to thank my aide for helping me when I didn't know what to do."
"I want to thank my Mom, because she's my Mom."

And one girl who has limited speech ran around the room handing them out, and even gave one to her bus driver.

This is the most honest thing I've ever heard at ANY graduation. How many of us should have stood up and said the same things? And how trite are all other commencement speeches compared to this? Commencements at Harvard can barely compare in either integrity or soulfulness of these kids. And as long as I'm on a roll, I might as well tell all the ivy leaguers reading this piece, you don't have anything over these kids.

So finally they get around to other honors. Never mind, none of the parents can hear because we're bawling. Everyone was so proud.
I hear my name being called. Me...mine...I look up at the teacher.
"Would you please come up here? You're our parent of the year."
Wow. Each teacher had their parent of the year, and in this class, I'd been chosen.

All that nagging, all these years.
We are not perfect. But we accept this in ourselves and one another. It hasn't been easy --in fact it's been hard.

Now I'm off to the backyard to clean up dog poo. The beasties have been at it again. Someone has to do it. Might as well be the Parent Of The Year.

Newspapers Reducing Size

I read with interest that the New York Times will be cutting an inch and a half from their newsprint, on LAObserved, and not wanting the Easterners to out do the Los Angeles Times we will be cutting our newspaper down by one and three quarters inches.
The Los Angeles Times currently uses 49.75 inch rolls of newsprint, and the cut down will have the newspaper at 48 inches.

The newsprint cut down project at the Los Angeles Times begins on September 16th, 2007, and the first reduced width newspapers will be published sometime in October. The savings in newsprint will be substantial for all newspapers, and some are even going to a smaller format, forty-six inch widths.

At this rate, all newspapers may become tabloids one day.

Nine Fire Fighters Killed Charleston, S.C.

Nine Charleston firefighters were killed fighting a blaze at a furniture warehouse and this is in their honor.

The Firefighter’s Prayer:

When I am called to duty,
Whenever flames may rage,
Give me strength to save a life
Whatever be its age.

Help me embrace a little child
Before it is too late
Or save an older person from
The horror of that fate.
Enable me to be alert
And hear the weakest shout
And quickly and efficiently
Put the fire out.
I want to fill my calling
To give the best in me
To guard my every neighbor,
protect his property.
And if according to Your will
I must answer death’s last call
Bless with Your protecting hand
My family one and all.

Juneteenth - A Day of Celebration

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is an annual holiday in fourteen states of the United States. Celebrated on June 19, it commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas. The holiday originated in Galveston, Texas; for more than a century, the state of Texas was the primary home of Juneteenth celebrations. However, one small community in Arkansas (Wilmar) boasts that its celebration, called "June Dinner" has been consistently observed and celebrated, except for one year, since approximately 1870. Since 1980, Juneteenth has been an official state holiday in Texas. It is considered a "partial staffing holiday" meaning that state offices do not close but some employees will be using a floating holiday to take the day off.[1] Thirteen other states list it as an official holiday, including Arkansas, New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Connecticut, Alaska, and California where Governor Schwarzenegger proclaimed June 19th "Juneteenth" on June 19, 2005. [2] [3] However, some of these states, such as Connecticut, do not consider it a legal holiday and do not close government offices in observance of the occasion.[4] Its informal observance has spread to some other states including Alabama, with a few celebrations even taking place in other countries.
Though the Emancipation Proclamation had been issued on September 22, 1862, with an effective date of January 1, 1863, it had little immediate effect on most slaves’ day-to-day lives, particularly in Texas, which was almost entirely under Confederate control. Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, the day Union General Gordon Granger and 2,000 federal troops arrived on Galveston Island to take possession of the state and enforce the emancipation of its slaves. Standing on the balcony of Galveston’s Ashton Villa, Granger read the contents of “General Order No. 3”:

The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.[6]

That day has since become known as Juneteenth, a name derived from a portmanteau of the words June and nineteenth.

Former slaves in Galveston rejoiced in the streets with jubilant celebrations. Juneteenth celebrations began in Texas the following year.[6] Across many parts of Texas, freed people pooled their funds to purchase land specifically for their communities’ increasingly large Juneteenth gatherings—including Houston’s Emancipation Park, Mexia’s Booker T. Washington Park, and Emancipation Park in Austin.[6] A wide range of festivities are traditionally done to entertain participants, from music and dancing to contests of physical strength and intellect. Baseball and other popular American games are played.
SOURCE: Wikipedia

Monday, June 18, 2007

Links of Interest on the Media

Save Our Trade: N.L.R.B. Decision

N.L.R.B. Decision

The N.L.R.B. officially announced their decision to deny the Company's request for a review of our election victory and "certified" our election results.

We now look forward to meeting with our GCC/IBT Negotiator and Attorneys to receive negotiation skills training and for preparation of our contract proposal.

If you happen to still be in possesion of your survey, you need to return it to have your voice included in the contract proposal. If you did not receive one and need a copy contact me haere at and we will get one to you quickly.

A safe and fair work environment is what we seek and look forward to working with management to obtain and to arrive at a fair and amicable collective bargaining agreement.

Congratulations to everyone!
In solidarity!

Los Angeles Times Pressrooms Union

NLRB Hearing Decision
June 18, 2007

The National Labor Relations Board has denied our request for review and has certified the Union as your sole and exclusive bargaining representative. We are preparing to meet with the Union and bargain in good faith with respect to all of your terms and conditions of employment.


Peninsula Press Club: Bronstein: Blogs steal like Johnny Depp

Blogs steal like Johnny Depp

Does Phil Bronstein care that Web sites are ripping off his paper? He tells SFist, a site that uses Chron material, it's "piracy. You should pay us." But he adds, "[I]t's more like a Johnny Depp kind of piracy -- having your pocket picked by a charming degenerate. Besides, we're not in a pay-for-use web world. If we were, newspapers would be making money."

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Beyond My Fluorescent Bulbs

The other night, we watched An Inconvenient Truth. I've known and have taken seriously global warming for a decade. The full impact of it has been creeping in over the years. Perhaps the first place was when I went to Alaska 6 years ago and saw the shrinking glaciers, as well as the devastation wreaked by the spruce beetle, which flourishes under the warmer conditions.

I also was more aware that people around where I live simply drove too much, they tossed trash into the streets, they bought too much, yet they didn't seem happy. Big cars, fat bodies, a sort of slothfulness about themselves that made me think they're really out of touch with their place in this world. Simply put, there was too much waste.

However, I also didn't (and still don't) relate to the Hollywood stars who espouse this stuff, then use up fossil fuels to jet-set around. Something never seemed right. So I did the small stuff, the easy stuff --recycled, bought awnings to reduce the inside temp, bought fluorescent bulbs, drove less, insulated my attic put in drought tolerant plants. I started buying less --clothes, shoes, I love them but I'm at that age, where I just don't want as much. I respect people like Nubia who commutes via train. I'm saving for a hybrid car once this old Volvo goes. Did you know that a gallon of gas produces 22 pounds of carbon dioxide? That trip from OC to ucla is producing 88 pounds each time I go? I'm starting to walk into town a lot more. Good for the environment and to get rid of this middle aged flab that I hate so much.

For the past few years, this has been enough. But no longer. Until I watched that movie, I never realized how dire things are. In fifty years, the amount of carbon dioxide is expected to be so high that life as we know it today will no longer be possible. It'll be hotter, there'll be fewer species, and the air you breathe will be utterly more toxic. But here's the hammer: in fifty years, my kids will be 60 and 66 respectively. And when I think of them, I desperately want to do something.

So I applied to be a speaker, trained in Tennessee. They'll select 1000 people to train. When they asked where I'd give a presentation, all I could write was Girl Scout and Boy Scout Leader groups, churches, AAUW, the public library, oh yeah... and the Pressmen. Really, I'm so lame. I'm not an academic, not a mover and shaker. I can't fill a hall. I'm no science person. I don't even have a laptop. I don't know how to use Power Point. I'm a writer, a mom, a person with a McJob. So when they asked my reasons, this is what I wrote:

"Because I see changing the way we impact the environment as a moral and practical issue. Because I have a blog that pulls in 1000 guests a week. I don't know who they are. But they find something compelling about what I see in this world. Because my goal has been to give voice to people or things that cannot speak themselves, like children with special needs. And mostly because of this: I was raised around farms and rivers. We were conservatives, taught to shoot straight. And when we didn't hit our target the first time, we simply stepped in closer and got it the second time around. Addressing our environment is no different than baking a pie for a fundraiser. It has to be done."

Wish me luck. Probably they won't pick me, but what the hell, I tried.

To All Fathers

Marvel at your power tools
and play with your remote-
Break some wind and tell
a "back in the day" anecdote.

Tinker with your mower
or the engine in your car-
Meet your belching buddies
for some billiards at the bar.

Watch a ballgame on TV
and take a mid-day snooze-
Settle in an easy chair
and kick off both your shoes.

Eat a batch of chicken wings
and hoist a foamy brew-
Do all the things that you enjoy...

HAPPY FATHERS' DAY ONE AND ALL. May your day be blessed!