Friday, December 31, 2010
Viewing: Friday, January 7, 2011, 1600 to 1900 Hrs
Rosary: Friday, January 7, 2011, 1900 Hrs
Cabot and Sons Mortuary
300 North Fair Oaks Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105
Saturday, January 8, 2011, 1100 Hrs
Saint Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Church
322 N Avenue 61
Los Angeles, CA 90042
Interment immediately following
Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery
5835 West Slauson Avenue
Culver City, CA 90230
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Just received word that retired pressroom first colorman at the Los Angeles Times for many years, Owen Brennan III, passed away last night.
Affectionately known as "Sarge" by his pressroom colleagues, he will be missed by everyone he touched.
Our condolences go out to his son Owen Brennan Jr., former Los Angeles Times pressroom supervisor.
From Owen Jr.: "Dad died at 10:07pm last night followed by my Mom at 11:55pm. We're sad that they're gone, but happy that they're not hurting anymore. I don't know what the other would have done without the other if one had survived the other."
Friday, December 24, 2010
Publisher Eddy Hartenstein sent the following memo to Times employees:
As we approach year-end, I want to thank each and every one of you for doing your part in this enterprise we call the Los Angeles Times Media Group.
And “doing” is the understatement of the year. Together, we have far exceeded our own stated mission of being the No. 1 source of news and information for Southern California. We have continually and methodically improved upon our goals of serving the diverse communities and constituencies of our immense geographic region, and done so throughout 2010 with distinctive style and, above all, heart and soul.
It is well worth the “ink” to highlight a number of our business and editorial accomplishments. They encompass giving our readers some of the best journalism anywhere in the world, with an emphasis on accountability reporting and news they can use, as well as creating new digital, event and distribution revenue streams. We are committing resources to areas that we know are of key interest to our readers and advertisers, and that make California the unique place that it is. All of these efforts are aimed at further distinguishing our coverage and reach in the crowded media landscape.
Continue reading here.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
A Tribune memo says the company will make a 1.5 percent profit-sharing allocation to the 401(k) accounts of eligible employees in February 2011. Also, the memo adds, company leaders will begin holding town-hall style meetings with employees in early 2011.
From: Tribune Communications
Sent: Monday, December 20, 2010 11:14 AM
Subject: Message from Nils, Don, Tony and Eddy/2010 Profit Sharing Contribution
As 2010 comes to a close, we want to take a moment to thank you for your hard work, effort and dedication throughout the year. Your focus on innovation, results and contributions to improve our company have made a huge difference.
In spite of a challenging economy, an increasingly competitive advertising environment, and a noisy bankruptcy process, our financial results this year have been very strong. We’re projecting the company will generate more than $600 million in consolidated operating cash flow in 2010—up about 27% from 2009. And when the company succeeds, Tribune employees benefit financially, as well.
Under our 401(k) Savings Plan, if Tribune exceeds certain financial targets, the company may award a discretionary profit-sharing allocation to eligible employees. We’re pleased to tell you that based on our estimated 2010 year-end results, the company will make a 1.5% profit-sharing allocation to the 401(k) accounts of eligible employees in February 2011.
The allocation amount is based on your base pay and commissions paid through December 31, 2010. You must be employed on the last day of the year in order to receive it. The profit-sharing allocation vests in two years, and past service counts towards that requirement.
The allocation will be made to the funds you’ve designated for any matching contributions you receive from the company to the 401(k) Savings Plan (if applicable). If you do not contribute to the 401(k) or have not designated a fund, the profit sharing allocation will be invested in the Vanguard Target Retirement Fund closest to the year in which you turn age 65.
This is one way of recognizing the work of employees across Tribune and reinforces what can be accomplished when we work together as one company. Your input, your ideas, your creativity and your energy are critical to our long-term success.
We also believe that two-way communication is important. In early 2011, we will begin holding town-hall style meetings with employees at our various business units. We’ll do as many as possible in person, but because of time and travel constraints, we’ll conduct some via satellite hook-up. These meetings will give us a chance to speak with you directly and take your questions. We’re working on a schedule now.
We’re closing out a strong year; thank you again for making 2010 a success. Have a safe, healthy and happy holiday season.
Nils, Don, Tony and Eddy
SOURCE: Jim Romenesko
Hollywood producer Brian Quintana who challenged United States Senator Barbara Boxer in the June 8, 2010 Democratic primary is preparing to run for California's 28th Senate District. The Co-Producer of Superman: Man of Steel received 338,442 votes from fiscally conservative Democrats, Latinos and younger voters. Quintana’s base, name ID and appeal to crossover voters could make him a formidable candidate. Further, he campaigned heavily for Lt. Governor-Elect Gavin Newsom , Superintendent of Public Instruction-Elect Tom Torlakson, Secretary of State Debra Bowen, and may have some chits to call in.
Quintana received more votes statewide and in Los Angeles County than Ted Lieu for Attorney General in the June primary. Quintana received more votes than Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa did in any of his elections, and received 118,948 more votes than (two-time) California Attorney General candidate Rocky Delgadillo which could make him California's rising star in the Latino community which accounts for 34.9% of the district's population. Further, he tied Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Chuck DeVore in Los Angeles County, proving his appeal to conservative white voters who adamantly opposed Barbara Boxer.
"I have met with local elected officials, the business community and neighborhood leaders throughout the district. I am leaning toward a run, and will make a formal announcement after conferring with family over the Christmas Holiday," stated Quintana who grew up in the South Bay. "I spent week-ends growing up there which means I spent week-ends along the coast from Redondo Beach to Venice. Each year I would stray farther and farther, and hope dad wouldn't notice." Quintana notes that, "Several immediate family members lost their jobs in the aerospace industry so I was personally affected. I have spent the last fifteen years working in the entertainment industry and with various sports franchises. As a State Senator, I will continue to lure those high paying jobs to the South Bay region."
The 28th Senate District includes the following communities: Carson, El Segundo, Gardena, Hermosa Beach, Lennox, Lomita, Long Beach, Los Angeles (Cheviot Hills, Harbor City, Mar Vista, Palms, Playa del Rey, Rancho Park, San Pedro, Sawtelle, Terminal Island, Venice, West Los Angeles, Wilmington), Manhattan Beach, Marina del Rey, Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, and Torrance. The Governor has two weeks after the new legislative term begins to call a special election.
Quintana first ran to represent Hollywood in the State Assembly in 1992. His supporters have included entertainment mogul Barry Diller, Studio chief Sherry Lansing, producer Steve Tisch, actress Anjelica Huston, and Hollywood billionaire David Geffen. In January 2009 USA Today mentioned him as a prospective candidate to succeed Congressman Xavier Becerra who at the time was considering the post of President Barack Obama's Commerce Secretary. Quintana, an aide while in college to current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, clearly intends to continue his political involvement for decades to come.
The Governor has scheduled the special election for February 15, 2011.
For more information please visit www.bqforsenate.com or call 323-850-1040.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Saturday, December 18, 2010
a farewell gig at The Horseshoe Lounge in
Riverside tonight for thier drummer, Tony. He is moving to Washington in January.
Come down and help send him off tonight at 9:00 PM.
4640 Galena St. Riverside, Ca.
They're gonna blow the roof off the place!
(Pictured)Ronnie Pineda, Pete Mastin, and Bill Conover
Friday, December 17, 2010
"Dec. 15th , Today I received a recall letter from Greg Malcolm saying that I
will be recalled the week of Dec. 26th.I was wondering if any one else also got
one. I hope so. Scott Bodily"
- Four in the morning - Gary Scott
- Creditor suits rip through Tribune staff - UPI
- Watch a Newspaper Reinvent Itself - NY Times
- Merc-Guild talks focus on vacations - SF Press Club
- Classiest sendoff to an entire copy desk you’ll ever see - ACES
- $180 Million in bonuses for Tribune Co. Executives - Michael Miner
- Former LAT publisher cleans up - but can he keep it? - Mark Lacter
- A Simple Guide For Talking Union This Holiday Season - Union News
- List of 209 Tribune Company Managers Who Made Bank - Tina Dupuy
- Air Force bans access to newspapers posting WikiLeaks - Kevin Baron
We will spare you a quip about making lists and checking them twice. Naughty
execs? Not news. Naughty Tribune execs ditto. Seeing the list of who made what
while hardworking scribes – including a dude who lost his eye covering the Iraq
War for the LAT – were laid off, bought out or downgraded – very nice. Knowing
all those people on the list may have to give the money back – even better.
Michael Miner at the Chicago Reader writes:
All told, the Tribune Company payments came to about $180 million.
That’s a serious piece of change — especially to someone who worked there for years
and didn’t share in a penny of it; and most definitely to someone whose humble role
in the privatization process was to get laid off.
Here’s the PDF I was forwarded — it shows what everyone got. A few high-fliers,as the expression goes, made out like bandits. For instance David Hiller, CEO of the Los Angeles Times before he left the company in July of 2008, got $3,972,558 in a deferred bonus, $2,328,067 for his stock, $2,083,333 in phantom equity, a total of $3,050,523 in excise tax gross ups, and $3,960,000 in executive transition. That comes to nearly $15.4 million. Then again, it’s a trifle compared to what Dennis FitzSimons, CEO of the entire company, walked away with — $28.7 million.
See the list and read the rest of the piece here.
The List of 209 Tribune Company Managers Who Made Bank - FishbowlLA
Just like a hospital, fire station, and police department, the newspaper always has someone working twenty-four seven, weekends, and holidays.
One of the bright ideas from Tribune Towers in Chicago, to conserve funds, was the elimination of the free meals for employees working on Thanksgiving and Christmas, while the company gave out lucrative bonuses to the executives.
This year was much different from many as the publisher of the Los Angeles Times, Eddy Hartenstein, bought Thanksgiving dinner for the employees that worked the holiday.
This was appreciated by most and I would like to thank Eddy for this move in the right direction.
You're just one decision away from being free of the limiting demands of your ego. Living your life at the highest level is a choice you can make right now, in this moment.
Accept the positive power that has always been yours. Take the initiative and make full use of the unique power that comes with being you.
In times of unquestioned joy you've glimpsed your true purpose. Take the opportunity now to express that purpose and bring great new value to life.
Worry and fear can no longer pull you down or hold you back.
Though life is relentlessly demanding, you have chosen to be even stronger.
Because you have chosen to persist, you will. Because you know why you must succeed, you do.
Every moment is a decision, and therefore every moment is an opportunity of incalculable value. Decide now, and again and again, to bring your highest possibilities to life.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Tribune is bankrupt, but Hartford Courant staffers still get a Christmas bonus Poynter.
It’s not much, but still… “As a small token of appreciation and in the spirit of the season, we are offering employees one $15 voucher for the Broad Street café good for Dec. 20 to Dec. 23,” says a memo (click MORE to read) from Rich Graziano, publisher of the Tribune-owned Hartford Courant. At Landmark Communications’ Greensboro News & Record, staffers did a bit better. Editor John Robinson tweeted yesterday: “Distributing $50 gift cards to newsroom staff makes this one of the better days of the year.” Did your media organization give a Christmas bonus? Let us know in Comments.
From: Graziano, Richard
Sent: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 5:14 PM
To: zzWTIC.Everyone; HC-ALL Courant and Subsidiaries
Subject: Happy Holidays CT1 Media Employees
Thank you for your hard work and everything we’ve accomplished this year. As a small token of appreciation and in the spirit of the season, we are offering employees one $15 voucher for the Broad Street café good for Dec. 20 to Dec. 23 (café is closed on Dec. 24).
To pick up a voucher, please come to the entrance of the café (under the TV) on Thursday, Dec. 16 from noon -2 p.m. or Friday, Dec. 17 from 9-11 a.m. If you are unable to pick one up during these times, please stop by Chelsea Roy’s desk here on the 4th floor.
Only one voucher will be issued per employee, so please do not lose or misplace it. You’ll be required to sign for the voucher upon receipt.
We hope you will visit the café next week (Dec. 20 – Dec. 23) and enjoy the food. Thank you for a great year and here’s to 2011. The opportunities are limitless. I wish you and your families a great holiday season, and a safe and happy New Year.
ceo, president & publisher hartford courant
general manager wtic/wcct
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The Union and the Company, along with our respective legal counsel met to arbitrate grievances filed on behalf of the membership. On Monday December 6, 2010 Executive Vice President Denson, Attorney, Adam Stern and myself were prepared to present our arguments before the agreed Arbitrator regarding the assignment of crew positions in violation of the collective bargaining agreement.
The Company presented a defense that was never argued during the grievance process Steps 1, 2 or 3 and their defense is that this grievance was not an arbitral case under the language of the CBA. Obviously, we disagree and our Counselor, Adam Stern did a magnificent job stating that fact. The Arbitrator in this case will make a decision on whether this case can be arbitrated. We anticipate a favorable decision and look forward to presenting the merits of this grievance once his decision is rendered.
All parties again met on Wednesday December 8, 2010 to present our case regarding the Company’s hiring of part-time employee Marvin Crayon. The collective bargaining agreement has express language describing eligible candidates for part-time employment in our shop and it is our position that Mr. Crayon did not meet that criteria.
The Company’s defense in this case is that they were not notified that the Union sought to arbitrate this matter following their Step 3 denial of our grievance. That was disputed by our Counselor and we presented the document appealing their step 3 denial including our intent to arbitrate. The Company’s defense is that they did not receive the e-mail containing our response to their Step 3 denial. We possess the proof that the e-mail was sent to the Company and will present this evidence to the arbitrator in this case for her decision on Timeliness. The company never informed the Union of what the timeliness issue was and like previous arbitrations chose to present this defense the morning of arbitration. Upon receipt of the arbitrator’s presumed favorable decision, we are prepared to present the merits of this case at that time.
Each time we have met to arbitrate our grievances; the company has presented a different defense apparently in hopes of one of them sticking to the wall. Brothers and Sisters, it should be obvious that the company has no intention of resolving our disputes in a harmonious fashion as the contract states, and they agreed to. These defenses that the company is arguing are intended to stall and delay in hopes that the members will lose faith in the process and decertify the union next year. We have waited too long for resolution and we need to stand steadfast and allow the arbitration process to finally obtain the unbiased ruling on the true intent and agreements of our 1st contract. SVP Russ Newton and Tribune hopes there won’t be a second contract so all of these grievances will disappear and our fight against their punishment, disrespect and harassment for organizing will have been lost without a fight!!
Additional messages can be viewed at Save Our Trade
The company is offering one week’s pay for every year of service, with the deadline for applying set at January 5th, 2011, and company separation to occur between January and March of 2011.
My separation package has not arrived, as of this moment, and not certain if this is company wide or just for pressroom employees?
This will not make the employees that were let go earlier this year from the pressroom empty handed very happy.
Will keep you updated as information becomes available.
"I note only that there are vast numbers of people who apparently are not working, are on public food assistance, and enjoy the technological veneer of the middle class."Read more at Victor Davis Hanson's Private Papers Site
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
- York heads to the Los Angeles Times - Gary Scott
- NY Times Views of 2011 From 1931 - Abnormal Use
- Will The New York Times’ new paywall model work? - NJL
- Four in five consumers prefer print over online - Printweek
- 2010 layoffs and buyouts at U.S. newspapers - Paper Cuts
- Why Wikileaks is bad news for the newspaper - Daily Monitor
- Highlighter ranked as a top student newspaper in nation - Coloradoan
- Transform your plant into a regional production center? - News & Tech
- Tribune Company First Client of Reuters America - Matthew Fleischer
- Trib Creditors Take Aim At Employees’ Stock Compensation - Paid Content
Thursday, December 09, 2010
Tribune's ex-CEO wiped his drive on way out the door - LA Observed
- Zell's Paper Caper - New York Post
- Tribune's "four-ring circus" to go to creditor vote - Reuters
- Suing Sam Zell – Tribune Bankruptcy Gets Personal - The Wrap
- Tribune Lenders to File Suit Against Sam Zell - Hollywood Reporter
- Creditors file $1.6M claim against Tribune CFO - Breaking Business
- Tribune Co. creditors to vote on 4 reorganization plans - Boston Herald
- Tribune Co. creditors sue seeking to reclaim funds - Chicago Business
- Sam Zell Will Likely Be Sued by the End of the Day - Matthew Fleischer
- Sam Zell Being Sued for General Craven Fiscal Incompetence - Gawker
- Tribune Judge Prods Rival Bankruptcy Plans Toward Vote - Businessweek
You have chosen every thought, every feeling, every response and every action. Now you have the opportunity to choose again.
If you're completely satisfied with where you are, keep making the same choices that have brought you here. If you prefer to experience more valuable, fulfilling results, then make more positive, appropriate choices.
Any outcome is within your power to create because any choice is within your power to make. The priorities you choose determine the realities you get.
Every moment of every day you are exerting a powerful and effective influence on your world. Whether that influence is positive or negative depends entirely on the choices you make.
Not only can you choose, you can learn from what you choose and continually improve the quality of your choices as you make more and more of them. Because you're able to learn and adapt, nothing you truly desire is out of your reach.
So look deep within and become familiar with your most authentic desires. Then commit to making the choices that will fulfill every one of them.
Tuesday, December 07, 2010
Friday, December 03, 2010
When you make a habit of expecting the best, you will occasionally be disappointed. Though it is a risk, it's a risk that's well worth taking.
The alternative to being occasionally disappointed as a result of your high expectations is to be continually unfulfilled. Which would you rather have?
Everyone has the ability to live a fulfilling life.
Unfortunately, many people fail to summon the courage to do so.
Working to fulfill your most profound desires is a risky thing because it opens you up to the possibility of disappointment. Sometimes it might seem attractive to simply lower your expectations and avoid the disappointment, but it doesn't work that way.
Sure, when you choose to expect the best, you risk being disappointed from time to time. However, when you expect nothing good from life, you put yourself in a state of continual disappointment that can eventually lead to intractable regret.
Go ahead, acknowledge and accept the fact that your high expectations will sometimes result in disappointment. Remind yourself that when those disappointments come, you can raise your expectations even higher, moving forward with more energy and determination than ever before.
Thursday, December 02, 2010
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
- It’s Tablet Time - Newspaper Death Watch
- Newspaper Outlook on Ad Revenue Growth - Kubas
- Civil Court and Arbitration Updates - Ronnie Pineda
- Ousted Tribune exec hopes NewsFix helps boost KIAH - Chron
- Reporting and Qualification Model for Newspaper Members - E&P
- 116 Taser-Related Deaths in the United States - Electronic Village
- Newspaper unions at Detroit dailies ratify two-year contract - Crains
- Judge in Tribune Co. bankruptcy pushed to his limits - Chicago Tribune
- Tribune Co. creditors want insiders to return $250M - Chicago Breaking
- Steve Lopez Changes the lost and found Policy at MTA - Los Angeles Times
Accordingly, please read this notice carefully.
The Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Tribune (the “Committee”) filed a lawsuit in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware on November 1, 2010, entitled Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of the Tribune Company v. FitzSimons, et al. (In re Tribune Co.), Adversary Proceeding No. 10-54010 (Bankr. D. Del) (KJC) (the Lawsuit”).
This lawsuit arises out of a leveraged buyout transaction (“LBO”) by which Tribune converted to a privately held company in 2007. The LBO happened in two steps: (1) in June 2007, Tribune executed a tender offer that resulted in shareholders tendering their Tribune shares in exchange for $34 per share, and (2) in December 2007, the remaining shares of Tribune were converted to a right to receive cash, also at $34 per share.
If you received proceeds in either step of the LBO, you are likely a member of the Defendant Shareholder Class, even if your name is not currently on the list of shareholders on “Exhibit A” to the Complaint, and you should consider consulting a lawyer to determine whether your rights are affected by this lawsuit.
A copy of the Complaint is available at http://www.kccllc.net/. If you have any questions, please contact Landis Rath & Cobb LLP at TribuneUCC@lrclaw.com or (302) 467-4428.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
While you can write those things and in some cases may even be warranted, we suggest including your full name along with an email address, and your phone number. This way Ed can confirm you said this, so your future grand children can google you one day and find out that you thought so-and-so was an ass-kisser.
Monday, November 29, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Some of the greatest benefits of this world can only be experienced by allowing yourself to be vulnerable. You cannot love if you are always on guard. You cannot be loved if you're in fight or flight mode. True love is offered through sincerity and received through and open heart.
The holiday season is upon us. It's a time of reflection, gratitude, and recognition. Drop your defenses and give yourself permission to be a vessel from which love can freely flow.
Take your gloves off and embark on this journey with a generous spirit, a loving resolve, and a positive attitude.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
Former Los Angeles Times Electro-Tech David Craddock passed away Sunday from a massive heart attack at the age of fifty.
David is survived by his loving wife Tania and three sons.
Funeral services are currently pending, with a possible service date of Saturday December 4th.
Friday, November 19, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
"Although this is positive, I would give this back in a second to have my friends back with me right now." -SSG Salvatore Giunta after receiving the honor.
Monday, November 15, 2010
What strikes everyone is his reluctance to see himself as extraordinary. As Giunta says,
"It sounds really awesome in theory, but it’s not…what’s it worth, Brennan, Mendoza? It’s worth a lot, I don’t want to downplay it, it is the Medal of Honor, the highest award in the country, but … I didn’t do shit, I did what I did because in the scheme of this whole painting the picture of the ambush, that was my brush stroke. It wasn’t the most important brush stroke, I just completed the picture."It's with a lot of mixed feelings that he accepts this award. A person doesn't become a hero alone, but as the result of circumstance and with the foundation made with the help of others. He is accepting this in honor of the men who were there with him, including SGT Josh Brennan and Medic SPC Hugo Mendoza who died that day. This is reason enough to accept the nation's highest honor.
Join me in wishing the men of the 2/503 Battle Company peace and good will.
"The description that resonated best with me comes from a study done by Bessel van der Kolk, M.D. and Alexander McFarlane as traumatic memories, which induce emotional and physical manifestations of stress. Rather than being filed under a bad memory, they are replayed over and over again, and these intrusive thoughts become the reality a person builds their life around."Read the rest at: The Kitchen Dispatch
Thursday, November 11, 2010
- Tribune Excludes Five From Bonuses - Bull Fax
- Creditors Pitch Rival Tribune Reorganization Plans - BUN
- Jersey Journal Staffers Protest Pay Freeze - MediaBistro
- 2010 layoffs and buyouts at U.S. newspapers - Paper Cuts
- LA Times to Spruce Up Its Insert Pubs - Matthew Fleischer
- Honolulu Advertiser Employees Get Severance - MediaBistro
- Times employees who sued Zell win a round - Kevin Roderick
- Sacramento Press Eyes Expansion - Newspaper Death Watch
- Tribune executives may have to give up past bonuses - Radio Twit
- Bankruptcy judge approves $40 million in Tribune Co. bonuses - Tribune
They will have his services on Thursday November 11th in Central Point and Gayle has requested that if anyone wants to send something that send it to their home.
Gayle's address is:
555 Freeman Rd #167,
Central Point , OR 97502.
The passing years are gently worn by some of the WWII vets. While there are those still able to make the march, others sit at the staging area. They wear caps emblazoned where and with whom they served. Many have medals pinned to their jackets. Their vision is not as keen, sharp sounds are softer now. Yet, here they are, craning their necks, listening for the familiar sound of boots on the ground. They are waiting for their brothers who are marching for them.
Veterans gather every November 11 not just for the fanfare, hoopla, or flag waving. They come together to feel the bonds of service. For this was a time in their life when brotherhood was never a question and trust meant the difference between life and death. Unlike the camaraderie displayed among actors on a screen, or by athletes on a team, what separates them is the oath they took to protect and serve our country. Often this meant saving the life of their brothers, even if it could cost them their own. What distinguishes them is each has walked the warrior path, embodying a code of ethics and honor. In combat, they put aside their own needs. They would die for each other, they would die for you, they have died for us.
We know this day stirs old memories of those they have lost. Battle buddies who sat with them in a trench, a hooch, on the deck of a carrier, on a stretch of beach but didn’t make it through. The sounds and smells of war come back, not only today, but late at night when everyone in the house is asleep. For it’s not just the physical harm they risked, what they put on the line was their soul, sacrificing their own sense of peace. What many have worked so hard to get back is the same certainty they had during the war –a cause or person who makes them feel that life matters as much now as it did back then. Hand to hand; face to face; eye to eye; brother to brother; soul to soul.
Some have weathered the toll of war better than others. The men and women who trudged through fields, jungles and urban decay have to regain their balance in fog of war. Today, when the word veteran is greatly shortchanged by stereotypes, when they themselves are politicized, finding their inner peace hasn’t been easy. Some have failed, others struggle. But many, who have reclaimed it, work tirelessly to help those who are still on the march, trying to catch their breath. They are, and always will be –warriors.
This is why we gather on Veterans Day: to see and honor the brotherhood between those who have served and continue to do so. All we have to say to them when we walk by are five simple words: “Thank you for your service.”
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
When you can get free from the demands of your ego, you also free yourself from most of your self-imposed limitations. In practicing genuine humility, you will find enormous power.
Get beyond the desire to control others, and you vastly improve your ability to control your own actions. Let go of the need to be right, and you open yourself to experience new truth.
Get free of the need to blame, and your own sense of responsibility grows stronger. Stop seeking to place judgments on others, and you're free to powerfully improve your own actions.
Give up the thought that you're better than everyone else, and a whole new world of opportunity opens up to you. Stop seeking unfair advantage, and you're free to develop an unstoppable effectiveness.
Quit demanding the most and start expecting the best. You'll experience a level of true abundance that you never before could have imagined.
Live each moment with humility, love, respect and gratitude for the whole of life that surrounds you. And you will find a treasure that has no end.
Monday, November 08, 2010
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Sent: Tuesday, November 02, 2010 10:19 AM
Subject: Message from Don, Nils, Tony and Eddy/Restructuring Tribune Interactive and Human Resources
As members of the Executive Council, we've spent the last several days speaking with the leaders of our business units and with our employees, getting their input and thinking about the best way for the company to continue moving forward. As many pointed out, we have accomplished a lot over the last two and a half years -- thanks largely to your creativity, effort and dedication. We also received an abundance of feedback about additional ways to improve our capabilities to capitalize on opportunities.
Fortunately, there is a lot of opportunity ahead.
Today, we continue moving ahead by announcing several organizational changes designed to streamline corporate operations and increase collaboration across the company. These changes entail restructuring Tribune Interactive and our Human Resources organization in ways that enable us to enhance our focus on revenue, reduce overall expenses, leverage centers of excellence within our business units, and improve the level of service to our internal stakeholders and customers.
Tribune Interactive is evolving in recognition of the importance of digital and mobile revenue to Tribune Company's future and will be renamed Tribune Digital. In this new configuration, all functions related to revenue will be headed by Don Meek as EVP/Tribune Digital. Don will report to the Executive Council and his day-to-day contact will be Tony Hunter. As part of this evolution, Doug Thomas will continue as EVP/GM of Tribune365, and report directly to the Executive Council, with Eddy Hartenstein as his main point of contact.
Under Don's leadership, Tribune Digital will develop high-value, market-driven projects to drive business unit results. We’ve also charged Don and his organization with determining the solutions required to drive more revenue in the short term, while positioning us for future growth. The scope of this effort will include Advertising Operations, Innovations, Product Development, Market Support, Audience Development, sales of our technology solutions to outside clients and related Finance and Operations functions.
Eddie Tyner will lead the company’s Marketplaces (Classifieds) strategy and incorporate ForSaleByOwner into his organization. Eddie will collaborate with the business units to refine our strategic direction and drive innovation in this critical revenue category. He will report to Don Meek.
Julie Anderson and her content team will report to Gerry Kern. Julie and Gerry will define the most effective way to ensure collaboration and coordination in the delivery of content to our business units.
Stephen Waldon and the Healthkey content team will report to Tami Dennis, VP/Health Content at the Los Angeles Times. We expect the excellent working relationship between the Healthkey content team and our business units to continue.
The Research and Business Intelligence functions will be divided between Kathleen O'Hara's marketing team at the Chicago Tribune and Bill Nagel's business services team at the Los Angeles Times, and we anticipate increased collaboration across the entire company on these important functions and initiatives.
TRG -- The Results Group -- led by Ellen Glassberg will become part of Bob Fleck's organization at Chicago Tribune and continue to work with all the business units across Tribune Company.
We're also planning to restructure the company's Human Resources organization in a way that will allow us to share best practices and leverage the HR expertise residing in the corporate office and in our business units. We want employees to feel connected not only to their individual business units, but to Tribune as a whole. We've asked Gwen Murakami, Janice Jacobs and Mike Bourgon to lead this effort. This leadership team will focus on both business units’ human resources needs and corporate shared services functions.
As a result of these steps, several positions are being eliminated and Marc Chase, Carolyn Gilbert, John Martin, Jeff Kapugi, Geoff Melick, Betsy Phillips, Barb Buchwald, Ken Perry, and Louise Sheard will be leaving the company. We appreciate the contributions of these individuals and wish them well in their future endeavors.
We are confident these changes will enable us to improve operating results and internal collaboration. Let’s stay focused on the future.
Don, Nils, Tony and Eddy
SOURCE: Jim Romenesko
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
No one else can guarantee that you will be successful or fulfilled in your life. And that's what makes success and fulfillment so desirable.
If you wish to experience life's true richness, you must make your own way toward it. Others can lead you and guide you and encourage you, yet no one can do it for you.
You are blessed with the magnificent opportunity to express what it means to be alive in your own unique way. The fulfillment of that opportunity, by very definition, must come from you.
The real meaning of accomplishment is not what you get.
Accomplishment has value because of what you put into it.
Though no one else can guarantee your success, you can guarantee it by making the commitment to do whatever you must do. You can guarantee it with your intention, your focus, your action and your persistence.
Today, tomorrow, in any place, whatever the situation, you can make a difference, for your own life, and for your world. Grab that opportunity, make the most of it every chance you get, and you'll guarantee your own success.
Monday, November 01, 2010
Additional cases and grievances will be heard on November 8,10, and 11, 2010.
Saturday, October 30, 2010
For a major photographic portfolio in an upcoming issue, Esquire is looking for multigenerational families of combat veterans: sons or daughters who served in Afghanistan or Iraq, fathers (Vietnam), and grandfathers (World War II or Korea) who each served in combat and are willing to be photographed together representing three generations of American military history. Esquire has a long tradition of honoring American troops in wartime and we hope to add this unique portfolio of veteran families to that history.
If you and your living father and grandfather (or son and grandson) have served America at war and would like to participate in this project, please send a note with your contact information to the Esquire Veterans Project. email@example.com
"Why would the American government support a decree which is going to drive their implementation companies out of the country? It is not like the American government doesn’t use armed security contractors back in the states. Contractors guard prisons, fly convicts around the country, guard court houses and important officials. Why the hostility to security contractors in Afghanistan? Who knows? This is Afghanistan."Read the rest at Free Range International
Friday, October 29, 2010
Tribune braces for competing bankruptcy plans
Still recovering from a management scandal that claimed its chief executive a week ago, Tribune Co. is bracing for its next disruption: How to cope with legal challenges from Aurelius Capital Management and other unhappy creditors seeking to upend its bankruptcy case.
Creditors face a midnight Friday deadline for submitting restructuring plans that would contest a settlement filed Oct. 22 by Tribune Co., its biggest senior creditors and the committee charged with representing the company's junior creditors.
Aurelius intends to file a competing plan, said Mark Brodsky, chairman of the litigious New York hedge fund. So does a group of senior creditors known as the SoCal lenders, one of its lawyers confirmed. Another group of bridge loan lenders represented by Wells Fargo Bank also is considering a filing, although the group's lawyer, Thomas Lauria, of White & Case, said it may end up joining another opposition camp.
Tribune Co. Co-President and Chief Restructuring Officer Don Liebentritt last week hailed the company-endorsed plan as the best way "to conclude its bankruptcy proceedings as soon as possible." But many creditors vow to fight a plan they insist continues to shortchange their interests.
"They settled amongst themselves … again," Lauria said, noting key junior creditors were absent from the negotiations.
Entire article can be read here.
Tribune Company announced today that it has filed with the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, a Plan of Reorganization that would keep the company intact, sharply reduce its debt, and turn ownership over to holders of the company’s Initial and Incremental Term Loans.
The Plan, which must still be approved by Tribune creditors and the Court, incorporates the terms of two previously announced settlement agreements endorsed by the mediator and reached by its Unsecured Creditors Committee, Oaktree Capital Management, L.P., Angelo, Gordon & Co, L.P., and JPMorgan Chase Bank.
“We are pleased to be able to put before the court and our creditors the previously announced settlement of LBO claims in a plan that maximizes the value of the bankruptcy estates, preserves all stakeholders’ legitimate entitlements and enables the company to conclude its bankruptcy proceedings as soon as possible,” said Don Liebentritt, Tribune’s Chief Restructuring Officer. “In addition, we believe this plan has broad support within the senior lender class, including from an ad hoc group of lenders called the Credit Agreement Lenders, which collectively represents approximately $5 billion of Initial and Incremental term Loans—Oaktree, and Angelo, Gordon, are part of this ad hoc group.”
Documents filed with the plan contain highlights of the company’s recent and projected financial performance. The company expects operating cash flow for full year 2010 to be $617 million, approximately $123 million higher than 2009*.
Under the Plan, Tribune expects to continue its recently implemented employee retirement plan, featuring a 401(k) plan with company matching contributions and an annual discretionary profit-sharing contribution based on the achievement of certain financial goals; the company’s employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) would terminate and the shares held by the ESOP and in employee accounts would be extinguished.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
- A Hard One to Spin - Chicago Reader
- We thought the internet was killing print - Guardian
- LA Times Drops More Comic Strips - Pandora Young
- Glitch on Page A22 of LA Times - Los Angeles Times
- Why I'm no longer a newspaper subscriber - Robert Niles
- Newspaper circulation drops slightly less sharply - Gary Scott
- Breaking the Mold in Sacramento - Newspaper Death Watch
- Tribune Names Names, But No Numbers - Wall Street Journal
- Zell-era sculpture quietly leaves Tribune building - Kevin Roderick
- Tribune Creditors have Green Light to Sue Sam Zell - Courthouse News
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Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Sent: Monday, October 25, 2010 8:50 AM
This morning, the Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) released its bi-yearly report on paid circulation results for the six-month period ending September 2010. In it, The Times reported Daily (Monday–Friday) circ of 600,449 and Sunday circ of 901,119. Although this is down from last year by 8.7% and 8.4% respectively, these declines were expected and primarily due to efforts to improve our overall operations and financial position.
It’s important to note that the rate of decline is slowing and we are projecting it to continue to slow as we carry our strategic plan forward. Since early April, a cross-departmental team has been focused on our Sunday print edition, which is the second largest of any newspaper in the country, behind only the nationally-distributed New York Times. We’ve been better coordinating content of interest to that large readership and have increased our budget for a multimedia marketing campaign that has thus far yielded over 20,000 new home delivery orders and better single copy performance. In fact, September circ figures show Sunday losses of just over 6% and October looks stronger yet.
Although we still see risks in a weak economy, we are actively re-investing in the company. These initiatives include:
* Maintaining editorial staffing levels, enabling us to break major investigative stories such as the Bell scandal, deliver groundbreaking education reform coverage, “Grading the Teachers” and – in the case of our arts & entertainment team – bring on a couple of key new hires
* Launching S.C.O.R.E. our new reader rewards program
* Increasing our color capacity and re-tooling the Olympic production facility
* Launching the new Times Select consumer product
* Creating the Los Angeles Times Celebration of Food & Wine which drew a capacity crowd of 8,000 attendees, 164 exhibitors & 16 sponsors
* Expanding Times Community News’ Daily Pilot into Irvine
* Developing and launching two new iPhone apps
We are also continuing to evolve our multimedia portfolio; getting positive LATExtra feedback, seeing latimes.com’s mobile site averaging 1 million monthly unique visitors and looking towards our forthcoming personalized shopping platform. And our Ink campaign continues to make an impact, with high-profile outdoor billboards atop the W Hotel in Hollywood and at the new, Santa Monica Place, as well as a new in-theatre trailer and upcoming direct-response television campaign.
Thank you for your efforts in helping make the Los Angeles Times a stronger, better company that consistently delivers what advertisers and consumers want in local media.
Eddy Hartenstein Bill Nagel
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
"At times his style is akin to the loved uncle who always sets guests on edge because honestly, though he may be wry, he can also veer into creepy. Still, Sedaris is the one everyone wants sit next to because one never knows what this uncle will say and it will always be interesting."Read the rest and enter here: The Kitchen Dispatch
Monday, October 25, 2010
"As someone who has spent a lot of time with soldiers in the field, I understand the very common suspicion – even dislike – that some people in the military harbor for the press. I know that journalists don’t always act well, don’t always care about the subjects of their work and don’t always disencumber themselves from their political opinions while on the job. The military needs the press, however. No society can call itself democratic if the press does not operate freely; a war without journalists is a war where no one is accountable for their mistakes."Read the rest at: The Sebastian Junger Community.
Update on war photographer Joao Silva: A long time journalist who has covered wars for over twenty years, Silva lost both legs above the knee due to an IED. He was outside of Arghandab when this happen. Flown to Landstuhl, Mr. Silva's wife has been flown in. According to tweets, Mr. Silva had woken up and was coming out of sedation. Prayers and good wishes are appreciated. In addition, three soldiers with him suffered concussions. Prayers are with them and their families as well.
Friday, October 22, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Even if you've made some mistakes, learn from them and keep moving. Even if you've been disappointed, transform that disappointment into determination and keep moving.
To be more creative, innovative and effective, get yourself in motion and keep yourself in motion. When you're constantly and willingly stepping forward to meet each challenge, you create a powerful positive momentum.
Get yourself moving quickly and consistently. Keep yourself moving so those things that normally drag you down won't be able to keep up with your progress.
Action is a great way to overcome doubt. Put your energy into action and you won't have the time or the inclination for doubt.
Even making just a little progress is massively better than making no progress at all, and all those small advances will soon combine to form a major achievement. Keep yourself in motion and you'll get yourself to exactly where you want to go.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
"That was when I noticed something blue ground into the rug between the beds. It looked like gum. I looked around the room more critically. The carpet was dingy, clearly in need of a steam cleaning."Read it here: Crowne Plaza LAX
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
The driver shrieked, lost control of the vehicle, nearly hit a bus, drove up over the curb and stopped just inches from a large plate glass window.
For a few moments everything was silent in the cab. Then, the still shaking Driver said, "Are you OK? I'm so sorry, but you scared the daylights out of me."
The badly shaken passenger apologized to the driver and said he didn't realize that a mere tap on the shoulder would startle the driver so badly.
The driver replied, "No, no, I'm the one who is sorry, it's entirely my fault. Today is my very first day driving a limo, I've been driving a hearse for the past 25 years."
Monday, October 18, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
Sent: Friday, October 15, 2010 2:00 PM
Subject: Message from Randy Michaels/Resignation of Lee Abrams
As you know, earlier this week we suspended Lee Abrams from his position as Tribune Company's Chief Innovation Officer for distributing an email and video link that some employees found offensive. Today, Lee offered his resignation and I accepted it. Effective immediately, Lee will no longer be an employee of Tribune.
SOURCE: Kevin Roderick
Thursday, October 14, 2010
- Trials and Tribune Nation - JVO
- Zell Hell - Veronique de Turenne
- Does investing in print help the bottom line? - NJL
- Tear Down That Wall! - Newspaper Death Watch
- The [Thursday] Papers - The Beachwood Reporter
- Tribune bankruptcy judge extends filing deadlines - CBB
- Lee Abrams suspended, but not for the right reasons - Gary Scott
- Chicago Media Needs To Report On Tribune Co. Management - CP
- Abrams gave Michaels an opening to actually sound high-minded - CR
- Tribune takes newsroom atmosphere down a crooked path - JimmyCsays