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News-Press Mess: from 2006 to 2010

News-Press's Daily Goings-on Scrutinized at NLRB Hearing

Days four and five of the National Labor Relations Board hearing against the Santa Barbara News-Press rolled along last week, with a few moments of excitement scattered amid a tedious two days of testimony and paper-shuffling. The government called four people to the stand Thursday and Friday, including Melinda Burns-the first of the fired News-Press reporters to testify. Read story.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Cannon Blast

Barney squashes Reagan rumors, asserts Cost Plus is here to stay, and talks about getting served by the News-Press. Read story.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

News-Press Trial Rolls On

The hearings roll on for the Santa Barbara News-Press. Read story.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

The Long Road to Justice

This may be the Trial of the Century when it comes to newspaper labor law, but what I found inside that courtroom only a well-paid paralegal or a highly motivated reporter could stay awake for. Read story.

Friday, August 24, 2007

NLRB Rules In Favor of News-Press Employees

A National Labor Relations Board panel ruled 3-0 on August 17 that the election by Santa Barbara News-Press workers to affiliate with the Teamsters last September was done legally Read story.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Red Dog Rising

UNHINGED AND UNCORKED: First, we need to get a couple of points out of the way. It happens to be the case that I am far and away the sanest person I've ever met. I may, in fact, be the only sane person I've ever met. In the world of ideas, there's what I think-which happens to be clear, accurate, insightful, and, above all, unbiased-and then there's what everybody else thinks, which is just the opposite. Throughout the years, I've been forced to learn the wisdom of masking such notions. Read story.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Just Say No to Tall Buildings and Fences

Wendy Fined: While News-Press owner Wendy McCaw apparently won't face any federal fines even if found responsible for unfair labor practices, she's run up more than $13,000 in fines in Hope Ranch over a fence and foliage. And the fines are mounting at the rate of $200 a day despite efforts by officials of the private enclave where she lives to get her to follow its rules. Read story.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

A Trying Trial

Barney talks to Mayor Blum about not being subpoenaed, gets the scoop on Sotheby's mobile home ban, and talks police priorities with Karen Christman Read story.

Friday, August 17, 2007

The Canine Ultimatum

WHERE'S WENDY? I know it's perverse to feel sorry for a guy who gets paid $650 an hour to beat the crap out of people. But after watching attorney A. Barry Cappello try to defend News-Press owner Wendy P. McCaw-now on trial for firing eight reporters because of their pro-union sympathies-I must confess to feeling pangs of sympathy for the guy. Read story.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Bias Is as Bias Does at the News-Press

Former editor Linda Strean takes stand in between Steepleton's testimony. Read story.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

A Tale of Two News-Press Histories

The NLRB began their case against the News-Press on Tuesday morning. Read story.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Drunks and Subpoenas

Fiesta Drunkathon? So there are two Fiestas: one a delightful community block party, the other a drunkathon for people who hit town with no interest other than mass partying downtown. Read story.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Barking for Rain

HOT ENUFF FOR YA? If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. Or, at the very least, put down that butcher knife. Read story.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

County Issues Stop-Work Order on McCaw's Beachfront Project

Read story.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Kiss and Tell

Barney talks about Capps' upset, national praise for two SB pubic access channels, and the purchase of another Kona Beach hotel by a Santa Barbara investor. Read story.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Capps, Miller Tell NLRB to Make Decision on News-Press

In a letter to National Labor Relations Board Chairman Robert J. Battista, Rep. Lois Capps joined Rep. George Miller in urging the NLRB to pick up the pace in resolving the pending cases before it. Read story.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Partying for Obama

Presidential candidate Barack Obama seems likely to clean up big-time at the September 8 party Oprah is throwing for him at her Santa Barbara home. Read story.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Stopping the Presses

Former News-Press staffers to concentrate on upcoming labor trial. Read story.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Lou Cannon Tears Up Wendy McCaw

Here is veteran journalist Lou Cannon's response to News-Press owner Wendy McCaw's latest personal attack. It essentially sums up everything about the situation. Read story.

Friday, July 6, 2007

Black Friday

One year ago today, July 6, 2006, all hell broke loose at the Santa Barbara News-Press. After 46 years there, it was my last day on the job. Read story.

Friday, July 6, 2007

Don't Kick a Dead Dog In the Mouth While It's Down

ONE YEAR LATER: On this day back in 1687, a mathematical bigwig named Sir Isaac Newton published what would become his runaway bestseller, Principia Mathematica. In it, Newton postulated many of the theorems that have since tormented countless generations of restless high school students. Specifically, Newton's theory of momentum holds that bodies in motion stay in motion, and his theory of inertia holds that bodies at rest stay that way, too. Read story.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

NP Meltdown Anniversary

It's Been Quite a Year: Anyone who's been paying attention knows what's happened at the News-Press since the fateful meltdown day of July 6, 2007. The question is: What now? Read story.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Other Folks Talk About the News-Press

A panel of newspaper veterans and analysts cover modern day newspaper practices and politics, as evidenced by the Santa Barbara News-Press, Los Angeles Times, and the Wall Street Journal. KCRW, a Los Angeles public radio station, has the broadcast of July 3 -- with Jerry Roberts, Lowell Bergman, Lou Cannon, and Alex Jones -- on line. And Ms. McCaw wants a word with you (about 2,379, in fact). Read story.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

KCRW Takes on News-Press Meltdown

Former editor Jerry Roberts, esteemed writer Lou Cannon, and legendary broadcast journalist Lowell Bergman to discuss the News-Press meltdown, owners who meddle in news coverage, and more on July 3. Read story.

Monday, July 2, 2007

Is News-Press' Surf Mag Blue Edge Wiping Out?

The three staffers who kept the surf culture publication alive quit on June 22. Can it stay afloat? Read story.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Jerry Roberts Raises Cash

Former Santa Barbara News-Press editor Jerry Roberts is still stunned. A benefit party held in his honor last Saturday night at the Hope Ranch home of former county supervisor Susan Rose raised $135,000 to help him wage his legal battle against News-Press owner Wendy McCaw, his former boss and current nemesis. Read story.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

News-Presser Scott Steepleton Lets Lawyers Do His Talking

When The Indy contacted the associate editor directly about his job, the News-Press' attorneys responded with threats. We'll take it as a "no comment." Read story.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

The Latest News-Press Generated Drama

The Firing Line: Just when we thought things had cooled at the News-Press meltdown, Mayor Marty Blum, NP owner Wendy McCaw, her editorial writer Travis Armstrong, journalist Lou Cannon, and former NP editor Jerry Roberts all fired off blasts. At the same time, the feds filed a sizzling charge of wholesale unfair labor practices against the News-Press, setting an August 14 hearing here. Read story.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Feds File News-Press Complaint

The NLRB sets a hearing date, Tom Jacobs moves on to greener pastures, and Barry Cappello responds to Barney's NP article. Read story.

Friday, June 1, 2007

Ka-blam! Cannon Returns Fire at the SB News-Press

Lou Cannon responds to a Wendy McCaw-penned editorial that ran in Sunday's paper. Read story.

Thursday, May 31, 2007
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