Saturday, May 29, 2010

Thought For Today 5-29-2010

Feeling and longing are the motive forces behind all human endeavor and human creations.

- Albert Einstein

Friday, May 28, 2010

Friday Afternoon in the Blogosphere

Richard Renchard with Owen Brennan III

Thought For Today 5-28-2010

It's only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth -- and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up -- that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.

- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Richard Renchard Rest in Peace

Sad news to report, former Los Angeles Times press operator Richard Renchard has passed away two days ago. Nicknamed "The Vulture" by his colleagues in the pressroom he will be missed by his family and friends. Richard is pictured at the left with David Joe.

Map at bottom of page

Services for: Richard Le Baron Renchard

Visitation :

Date: Thursday, June 03, 2010
Location: Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills
Start Time: 4:00 PM

Prayer Service:

Date: Friday, June 04, 2010
Location: Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills
Old North Church
Start Time: 7:00 PM

Funeral Service:

Date: Saturday, June 05, 2010
Location: Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills
Church of the Hills
Start Time: 9:30 AM

6300 Forest Lawn Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90068


This week on the Milblogs

Andrew Lubin writes on Sebastian Junger's book WAR.
Should we be in Afghanistan? The Kitchen Dispatch
Soldier's wife has twins while he is deployed Fast Surgeon in Afghanistan
USMA grad argues back, service academies are not mediocre: Rajiv Srivinasan
Dogs of War: Flag Gazer
Confusing and complex, Tribal Militias: Free Range International

Thursday, May 27, 2010

1500 newspapers and magazines now on the iPad!

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Please remember and support those troops who are serving and those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

Thought For Today 5-27-2010

The nice thing about self-love is that it's hardly ever unrequited.

- Solomon Short

Year of the Latino

The June 2010 California primary is noteworthy for it's record number of Latinos vying for Statewide office. Six Democrats, two Republicans, two Peace and Freedom and two Non-Partisan candidates are vying for six statewide offices:

Brian Quintana, Democrat for United States Senate
Al Ramirez, Republican for United States Senate
Carlos Alvarez, Peace and Freedom for Governor
Charles "Chuck" Pineda, Jr, Democrat for Governor
Abel Maldonado, Republican for Lieutenant Governor
Rockard J. Delgadillo, Democrat for Attorney General

Pedro Nava, Democrat for Attorney General
Robert Torrico, Democrat for Attorney General
Dina Padilla, Peace and Freedom for Insurance Commissioner
Hector de la Torre, Democrat for Insurance Commissioner
Lydia Gutierrez for Superintendent of Public Instruction
Gloria Romero for Superintendent of Public Instruction

Surprisingly, the most formidable of the group is a Republican - Abel Maldonado. Unfortunately, three Latinos in a crowded field for Attorney General are likely to dilute the Latino vote and ensure the victory of a non-Latino.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Wednesday Afternoon in the Blogosphere

Thought For Today 5-26-2010

Leadership involves finding a parade and getting in front of it.

- John Naisbitt

The Last Weeks of Production in Orange County

The Los Angeles Times Orange County Production Facility closing has changed several times, with the latest news keeping two crews at the facility untill June 12th, 2010. All other crews transfer to the downtown facility this Sunday.

Michael Miller’s Crew will operate the Orange County presses Sunday through Tuesday, with Lloyd Brown’s crew running from Wednesday through Saturday, for the last two weeks of production from Costa Mesa.

Reminder to the folks transferring this Sunday, the cafeteria at Olympic will be closed when you arrive, so I suggest bringing in a lunch until you discover the many different restaurants near the plant.

It's a Girl

Blanca and Martin Alvarez welcomed a new member to their household yesterday with the birth of a baby daughter, named after her mother. Congratulations to the new parents.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Counterfeit Money from the U.S. Post Office

Los Angeles Times writer David Lazarus wrote an exceptional article on counterfeit U.S. currency passed to a citizen from a United States Post Office here in the Los Angeles area. The citizen is out $800.00 and you could also be taken if you accept currency from the U.S. Post Office.

Read this scary story at the Los Angeles Times

Richard Harman Rest in Peace

The following message arrived this afternoon concerning retired Los Angeles Times Platemaker Dick Harman. I scanned through Flickr without locating a photo of Mr. Harman, if anyone would like to share a picture of Richard please feel free to send it our way. Thank you.


In case the word did not get passed to anyone at the Times, Dick Harman from Platemaking, passed away yesterday. Dick had been sick for several years with several illnesses and I don't know what actually killed him. Per Dicks wishes, there will not be any services and he will be cremated.

Russ Burgess

Jose Gomez

On Sunday May 23, 2010 we gathered to pay our respects to Jose Gomez, below are a few photographs of the memorial. Additional photos can be viewed here.

Thought For Today 5-25-2010

Wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving.

- Kahlil Gibran

Monday, May 24, 2010

Thought For Today 5-24-2010

The problem with doing nothing is not knowing when you're finished.

- Benjamin Franklin

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Thought For Today 5-23-2010

Religion is not something separate and apart from ordinary life. It is life -- life of every kind viewed from the standpoint of meaning and purpose: life lived in the fuller awareness of its human quality and spiritual significance.

- A. Powell Davies

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Thought For Today 5-22-2010

Life is meaningless only if we allow it to be. Each of us has the power to give life meaning, to make our time and our bodies and our words into instruments of love and hope.

- Tom Head

Friday, May 21, 2010

Save Our Trade: Payroll Check Notice

Date: May 20, 2010

To: All Hourly Pressroom Employees

We have experienced a problem processing this Friday’s (May 21, 2010) payroll checks. Unfortunately, all payroll checks for tomorrow will be live checks. Anyone who has signed up for direct deposit will be receiving a live check. We expect to have them available by 10AM tomorrow. If you will be coming in to the facility to pick-up your check, please contact your supervisor to confirm the arrival time of your check. If you would like to make other arrangements, for example have us mail your check to your home, please inform your supervisor.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Save Our Trade: Payroll Check Notice

Thursday, May 20, 2010


Everyone enjoyed themselves at the Los Angeles Times get together at the Brix 42 Restaurant in Pasadena last night. The party was created by former Times staffer Dana Bonner pictured with myself. Thank you Dana

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Memorial Service for Jose Gomez

Memorial Service for Jose Gomez:

Sunday, May 23, 2010 – 2:00 PM
3247 Bronco Lane
Norco, CA 92860

Sign of the Times at the LA Times

The Los Angeles Times Orange County Facility was scheduled to be shut down on March 15th, 2010, but has been given several reprieves, is now set to close on June 15th, 2010. I’m hearing that the plant may continue running one press twice per day until further notice, let’s see what happens. As you know the Orange County Register changed ownership, which means there is a slight chance the Los Angeles Times may produce their newspaper sometime in the near future.

Pressman Mark Austin discovered he’s unable to add his daughter to the Tribune Company health care plan till January 1st, 2011 under the new Obama health care package.

Another colleague from the Orange County Plant was informed the Tribune Company does not reimburse union members for using public transportation. And we thought the Tribune Company was a green company.

Employees at the Los Angeles Times California Community News in Irwindale have begun signing pledge cards to form a union. One of the workers that came outside and spoke with us on Monday shared what our VP of Operations told her and her colleagues: “Don’t trust the union, trust me like my workers at the Los Angeles Times Olympic Facility do!” We had a great laugh after this was shared.

Monday, May 17, 2010

KBA Compacta 216 Web offset printing press

Olympic Facility Cafeteria Closing May 29th

Everyone’s favorite chef at the Los Angeles Times Olympic Facility will be saying farewell to Mohini Bappi as she departs the facility on May 29th. Seems the company feels the cafeteria is costing more than it’s worth, as the cafĂ© will be closing.

DATE: May 13, 2010
TO: All Employees
FROM: Mark Banuelos, Sr. Manager, HR
SUBJECT: Elimination of Cafeteria Services – Olympic Facility

Due to declining usage, cafeteria service at the Olympic facility will be terminated beginning Saturday, May 29. Employees can continue to utilize the cafeteria seating area and we will ensure that vending machines in the facility are adequately stocked with product.

Monday Night in the Blogosphere

Inside California Community News

Sunday, May 16, 2010

The Death of Press

The world is changing! The death of press means a world without newspaper and magazines, without printing works, without paper industry. The world of tomorrow will be without press! We will have two media forms, with interest in news and communication. I called them INFO-GROUP and INFO-JOINT, and two system for the people. These are Takeop and Audiopress!

Save Our Trade: Half Mast For Fallen Two From O.C.

By Ronnie Pineda

It is with great sadness to report the loss of two long time Orange County
Pressroom employees. Supervisor Jose Gomez has lost his admirably fought battle against cancer. Jose has my deep respect as a fighter for his unwillingness to allow his illness to take away from the things that were important to him, those obviously were his commitment to family and friends. Jose will be missed by many.

Brother Alan Miller was struck by a vehicle when it drifted onto the shoulder of the road and ran into his bike from behind while cycling in Corona. Alan was a man of very few words and his reclusive nature was understood and accepted by everyone in O.C. Alan sadly appeared void of emotion and deeply tormented due to traumatic events in his life; faith tells me that his pain and burdens have been lifted and he is now filled with peace.

No details for services have been announced at this time but will be made available as soon as the families make arrangements for their loved ones. Our Sympathies and prayers go out to the Families and survivors of Jose and Brother Alan.

Save Our Trade: Half Mast For Fallen Two From O.C.

Sunday Morning in the Blogosphere

Memorial Services for Jose Gomez to be held next Sunday May 23rd,
time and place to be announced soon.

Life Insurance Beneficiary Designations Tribune Co.

From: Tribune Communications []
Sent: Thursday, May 13, 2010 1:35 PM
Subject: Life Insurance Beneficiary Designations - Now Online

Tribune works to make sure you have the right tools to understand and manage your benefits. To support that effort, you can now manage your life and accident beneficiary designations online.

Next week, you will receive a mailing at home from Minnesota Life, Tribune's life insurance carrier. It explains how to access their secure website,, and name your beneficiary(ies) for your life and accident insurances. Once you name your beneficiary(ies), you can access the website anytime to make changes.

Naming a beneficiary is important so that proceeds are distributed according to your wishes. That's why now is a good time to visit the website and designate who you would like to be the beneficiary(ies) for these plans.

Current designations on file on paper will not be valid after August 30, 2010.

If you do not name a beneficiary with Minnesota Life by Sept. 1, 2010, the plan will designate "default" beneficiaries for you based on the following order of priority: spouse, children, parents, siblings, estate.

Please note that your retirement plan beneficiary(ies) continue to be administered by the Hewitt Retirement Center. To review or change your retirement plan beneficiary(ies), visit or call 800/872-2222 (option 1).

If you have questions about designating a beneficiary for your life and accident insurance, contact Minnesota Life directly at 866/293-6047.

Kevin Dansart
Director, Benefits Administration

Message from Gerry Spector Tribune Co.

From: Tribune Communications []
Sent: Thursday, May 13, 2010 11:32 AM
Subject: Message from Gerry Spector/Don Meek Appointed EVP/CRO of Publishing and Interactive

Today we announced that Don Meek has been named executive vice president/chief revenue officer for our interactive and publishing divisions.

Previously, Don was president/national media sales for interactive and publishing. He will be responsible for developing and implementing sales strategies for the company’s interactive and publishing divisions, including cross-media sales, focusing on improving the company’s revenue management and marketing capabilities.

The press release regarding this announcement is attached.


Press Release:

Tribune Company today announced that Don Meek has been named executive vice president/chief revenue officer for its interactive and publishing divisions effective immediately.

Meek will be responsible for developing and implementing sales strategies for the company’s interactive and publishing divisions, including cross-media sales. He will lead Tribune’s sales management efforts, identify and implement key initiatives companywide and focus on improving the company’s revenue management and marketing capabilities.

“Don’s experience at Tribune and his knowledge of the sales and marketing industry make him the right choice to lead our sales force and grow sales across media platforms,” said Gerry Spector, chief operating office at Tribune. “He’s the guy who sees the revenue before it sees us.”

“I’m fired up to take on this broader role within the publishing and interactive organization at Tribune,” said Meek. “We have outstanding sales teams in our local markets and I’m looking forward to working in partnership with our sales leaders to accelerate our success.”

Previously, Meek held the president/national media sales for Tribune’s interactive and publishing divisions, as well as president/integrated media for The Los Angeles Times. Meek brings a wealth of knowledge from prior sales and media posts at Sony Pictures Entertainment, iFilm Corp, Engine and Fox Sports Net.

Friday, May 14, 2010

In Memory of Jose Gomez

From left, Jose Gomez, Pete Mastin, Dennis Cole, and Greg Mone.

From Wendy Coleman:

Hi Everyone,
I’m sure all you have heard the sad news that our friend Jose Gomez passed away this week. Jose's daughter called today to let everyone know that Jose passed on Tuesday May 11th in Mexico. He took Ludy there to show her where he grew up. He even found an old friend who is now a priest and gave him his last rights. Ludy just arrived home today with his ashes. There will be no church service for Jose; however they will have a memorial at the house. No date has been set so I will let you know ASAP. Also, if you happen to have any pictures of Jose can you send them to John Wenzel. He is going to put a collage together to put up at the memorial. His email address is

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Thought For Today 5-13-2010

Whenever I prepare for a journey I prepare as though for death. Should I never return, all is in order.

Katherine Mansfield

The End Of Road: Time to Retire This Blog

Read the rest at:
Get Lost With Easy-Writer: The End Of Road: Time to Retire This Blog
"There are many terrific pieces here that I'm proud to have written. I have to thank the Los Angeles Times Pressmen for giving me my start as a blogger. It was an appreciation I wrote for Otis Chandler that kicked off this blog."

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Wednesday On The Milblogs

"I'm already accepted to embed with 1st MEF (Marine Expeditionary Force) Fwd, to write a "boots-on-the-ground" series, and the Marines will push me out into Helmand-Nimroz-Farah Provinces. This is a critical time in the war; Mr. Obama's staked considerable prestige on tripling American troop strength in order to give Karzai's government a chance to succeed".-Andrew Lubin on Kickstarter

Award-winning Marine Combat Journalist still raising funds for upcoming embed: Please give:
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"Afghanistan Tuna Sandwiches might seem delicious,
but give it an hour. You'll be thinking differently."

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Jose Gomez Rest in Peace

We are saddened with the loss of Orange County Pressroom supervisor Jose Gomez, a very different type of supervisor that treated everyone with a smile and lots of jokes. Jose will be missed by all of his colleagues at the Orange County Facility and the Olympic Facility.

Services are pending at this time.

Alan Miller Rest in Peace

Los Angeles Times Pressman Alan Miller was struck by an SUV on Monday while riding his bike, and passed away at the scene of the accident. Alan worked at the Times Orange County Production Facility for almost three decades, and will be missed by his colleagues at both facilities. A very quiet man that was beginning to come out of his shell, working two days per week at the Times Olympic Facility and three days at the Orange County Facility in Costa Mesa.

The Orange County Register has published the details of the accident.

Services are pending at this time.

Rest in peace our brother.

Thought For Today 5-11-2010

Self-respect is a question of recognizing that anything worth having has a price.

Joan Didion

Monday, May 10, 2010

The FST Sends A Fabulous Note of Appreciation

The Kitchen Dispatch: The FST Sends A Fabulous Note of Appreciation: "'Thank you for everything you have done to help build the morale of the FST personnel, and raise the spirits and quality of life for the local national children whom we treat."

Thought For Today 5-10-2010

For every failure, there's an alternative course of action. You just have to find it. When you come to a roadblock, take a detour.

Mary Kay Ash

Friday, May 07, 2010

Gazing at the Flag: Military Spouse Appreciation Day

Today is Military Spouse Appreciation Day.

Ben Stein wrote this a year ago:
"These women will never be on the cover of People. They will never be on the tabloid shows on TV about movie stars. But they are the power and the strength that keep America going. Without them, we are nothing at all. With them, we can do everything.

They are the glue that holds the nations together, stronger than politicians, stronger than talking heads, stronger than al Qaeda.

They deserve all the honor and love a nation can give. They have my prayers, and my wife’s, every morning and every night."
Read the rest at:
Gazing at the Flag: Military Spouse Appreciation Day

Thought For Today 5-7-2010

Take it easy -- but take it.

Woody Guthrie

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Los Angeles Times Newspaper Kittens

A colleague at Times Mirror Square discovered a litter of kittens in the parking structure and adopted the mother and her litter, here's their story:

Around Valentine's Day 2010, our mom Signal found herself pregnant with six kittens, and no place to go. One lucky day, she found a dry box with a blanket
in the basement of the L.A. Times parking garage, so she had her babies there.
Other kitties lived there too, and there were people who put food out for everyone. Mom managed to keep all six of us babies alive and healthy this way. When the people discovered us, they caught all seven of us and took us home. The next day, mom went to FixNation to get spayed, and get all of her shots.

Now, the seven of us are living in a tiny 5x8 bathroom. It's a little cramped, but at least we're safe here. We've been given our first vaccinations, flea control and some medication to clear up our eye infections. On April 28th, we're all going in to get spayed/neutered, and we'll be tested for FIV/FeLV then too. After that, we'll be ready to go to our forever homes. We'd love to be adopted in pairs. Our mom is looking for a home too, so if you're looking to adopt just one cat, we can highly recommend her! She's a little shy, but she's making progress every day.

Visit their page on Facebook and maybe even adopt one of the kittens!

How Comicstrips Make it to the Page - Newspaper Printing

Thursday Morning in the Blogosphere

One of the four Pressroom Employees
brought back to work after being laid off at the newspaper
Al Albanes

Students kicked off campus for wearing t-shirts with American flags

First, read this article about a school in Northern California.

Okay, I can't say whether or not those students who all decided to wear the same t-shirts and bandannas were doing to incite a fight. What I can say is that those of Mexican heritage, the administration, and the alleged perpetrators were completely lacking historical knowledge.
And that should be more of a pisser than anything else.
I mean, c'mon, get it together.

Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day. It's to mark the anniversary of the Battle of Puebla in 1862, when a small Mexican Army fought off and won a much larger French Army.

I can't say whether the French Army was drunk off their butts after a night of imbibing the best tequila (because the French would only seek out and have premium stuff). However, if one wanted to be irreverent, they should have worn French ones. They could wear berets, screen films by Truffaut, perhaps have a picnic with serving French food made from recipes straight out of the very American Julia Child's "Mastering the Art of French Cooking," and yes, blare Edith Piaf in the cafeteria. They could practice pithy pick-up lines like, "You have that certain je ne sais quois."

The Mexican students could counter by offering up their own well known cuisine, which we eat everyday (salsa and tortillas are staples in my house. Proof of some kind of gastronomic victory). They could have a film retrospective of works by Cantinflas, display artwork by Diego Rivera, and wear their own t-shirts as well. There could be any number of musicians --take your pick. Maybe the boys could get Salma Hayek to show up. If she did, well, needless to say, Mexico will have won again.

But both ought to think about being the melting pot rather than the salad bowl with all its various elements, which has led to separation. Read about that here in Victor Davis Hanson's "The Remains of a California Day."

Thought For Today 5-6-2010

Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so too.


Wednesday, May 05, 2010

"We're at war, America is at the mall."

Well, whomever is calling that car bomb in NYC a failure, is only seeing a partial picture. It's part of this nasty habit of making light of the fact that extremists almost took out a whole city block.
"I know his family for a long time, and they are very humble people," said Faiz Ahmad, a Pabbi villager. "I met Shahzad a year ago. … I found him to be very calm and quiet."
Wake up. He's not that calm, not that quiet, and in fact ...he's deadly. Why are journalists wasting their times getting quotes like this?

Clarence Otis, Jr.

Clarence Otis Jr. Is the CEO of Darden Restaurants Inc., the largest casual dining operator in the nation. The firm operates nearly 1,400 company-owned restaurants coast to coast serving 300 million meals annually. Darden employs 150,000 workers and has annual revenues of $6 billion.

Born in Vicksburg , Mississippi , Otis moved to Los Angeles when he was 6 years old. His father was a high school dropout who worked as a janitor. The family lived in Watts at the time of the 1965 riots. In the post-Watts period, Otis recalls being stopped and questioned by police several times a year because of the color of his skin.

A high school guidance counselor recommended him for a scholarship at Williams College , the highly selective liberal arts institution in Massachusetts . Otis graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Williams and went on to earn a law degree at Stanford. Otis landed on Wall Street as a merger and acquisitions attorney for J.P. Morgan Securities. He joined Darden Restaurants in 1995 as corporate treasurer. He became CEO in 2004.

Thought For Today 5-5-2010

The most pitiful among men is he who turns his dreams into silver and gold.

Kahlil Gibran

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Save Our Trade: General Meeting and Reception Announcement

Save Our Trade: General Meeting and Reception Announcement

Offline till Thursday

Due to my router failing on Sunday morning I will be away from the blog till Thursday when a replacement router arrives via UPS.

Send Andrew Lubin Back To Afghanistan!

Over on Facebook and The Kitchen Dispatch, we're supporting a Former Marine, award winning journalist and professor Andrew Lubin. Lubin is a member of the distinguished US Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Association. Presently, Lubin is raising funds to offset the costs of his eleventh trip to the war zone with the Marines as an embedded reporter. He needs to raise $2700 in order to pay for his ticket. Andrew's reporting has appeared in newspapers, and he's also appeared on the evening news. The writer of many essays, opinion pieces and books, he's an independent journalist worth reporting. Click on the widget below.

Thought For Today 5-4-2010

The world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it.

Helen Keller

Monday, May 03, 2010

Thought For Today 5-3-2010

A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.

Winston Churchill

Sunday, May 02, 2010

173rd Airborne, 2-503 Fundraiser

"A group of Gold Star families, Blue Star families, families of the wounded from OEF VIII and civilian supporters of the 173rd, 2-503 are selling throws as a fund raising project. The immediate goal is to raise funds to fly any medically cleared wounded of the 173rd ABCT from OEF X back to Italy and Germany at the end of the deployment to join their brothers in arms for Memorial Services and other official ceremonies.."
Read more and get the fundraiser link at:
The Kitchen Dispatch

Lessons In Balance In A Field In Afghanistan

There's a lesson here for when things get rough and challenges seem insurmountable.

The Kitchen Dispatch

Saturday, May 01, 2010