News-Press Mess: from 2006 to 2010

Benefit for Jerry Roberts

Cruisin' for a Court Bruisin'? The City of Santa Barbara may be laying itself wide open to be sued for discrimination due to an unfair voting system. The potential charge: that its at-large system of electing the city council raises an almost insurmountable barrier for a Latino to win a council seat, although Spanish-surnamed people make up more than 30 percent of the city's population. Read story.

Thursday, May 31, 2007

McCaw Responds to L.A. Times Column

Read story.

Thursday, May 31, 2007

News-Press Fires at Lou Cannon

The esteemed journalist and Ronald Reagan biographer is viciously attacked for his L.A. Times opinion piece. The News-Press shows that it can, in fact, go even deeper into the previously uncharted bowels of journalism. Read story.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Leana Orsua Goes to KSBY

It's official: Leana Orsua began working as KSBY's Santa Barbara bureau chief this week. Plus, more media notes. Read story.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Ethical Misbehavior

Mom in Jail: What's this? The "mother of the year" spent Mother's Day behind bars? Sylvia Vasquez, who locked her kids in cages, got sentenced to a cage herself-just for a year in the county jail, which, to many, is nowhere near enough time in the hoosegow. How about until the children are old enough to draw Social Security? Read story.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Where Are They Now?

Barney vacations in Hawaii, checks out Warner's Kona Village Resort, and returns in time to catch up on all the new News Press drama. Read story.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

All the Snooze Too Fat to Print

Nick Welsh ponders what must be going on behind the scenes everyday at the News-Press in his first-ever online only Angry Poodle Barbecue. Read story.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Leana Orsua Quits the News-Press

UPDATED AT 2:30 PM: The News-Press' most senior South Coast reporter quits. Read story.

Thursday, May 3, 2007

News-Press Can't Have Child Porn Back

Judge James Brown upheld his ruling that denied the News-Press' attempts to get this child porn-laden hard drives back. Read story.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Judge Unveils Ruling Against News-Press

Denied. That's Judge James Brown's tentative ruling in the News-Press' attempt to get their child porn Read story.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

News-Press Wants Computer Back

A rally is scheduled to coincide with tomorrow's attempt by the News-Press to get a computer loaded with child porn back. Read story.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Campaigns of Vilification

From Pulitzer to the Outhouse: How tragic that a newspaper that won a Pulitzer Prize under T.M. Storke now resorts to page-one character assassination. Sunday's Santa Barbara News-Press hit-piece attacking former editor Jerry Roberts was written in outhouse slime, not proud printer's ink, a sick masterpiece of slick innuendo. Read story.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

All the News Not Fit to Print

RIP-n-READ: One of the more depressing aspects of the self-inflicted mutilation taking place at the News-Press is its withering effect on our ability to laugh. I hate to admit it, but it's hard to crack wise when you have lawyers threatening to sue you to kingdom come. Greeting me on my computer Tuesday morning as I sat down to write the latest installment of this agonizing tale were not one, but two threatening letters from attorneys. Read story.

Thursday, April 26, 2007 Banished from News-Press Computers

Inside sources say that the News-Press management has blocked access to and other websites. Read story.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Roberts vs. The News Press

Barney delves deep into the still-unfolding News Press kiddie porn scandal. Read story.

Monday, April 23, 2007

News-Press Owner Threatened with "Massive Retaliation"

Former Santa Barbara News-Press editor Jerry Roberts angrily denounced a front page article in Sunday's edition of the News-Press, indicating that he may have downloaded thousands of pornographic images involving children and minors as "libelous," a "smear," and "an unconscionable story." Read story.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Shameless News-Press Breaks Out the Kiddie Porn

On Sunday, the News-Press suggested that former editor Jerry Roberts downloaded child pornography to his work computer. Roberts responded at an afternoon press conference. Read story.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

News-Press Legal, Hiring Updates

Here's a fast rundown of the three top stories related to the News-Press in recent days: 1) the union's brief opposing the newspaper's exceptions to the union vote approval; 2) the hearing on the anti-SLAPP motion related to the Susan Paterno libel case on Monday, April 16; and 3) the announcement by the News-Press on Tuesday, April 17, that they've hired a new gossip columnist. Read story.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Feds Add Complaints Against News-Press

On Monday afternoon, word came from the National Labor Relations Board's regional office that two more complaints will be tacked onto the laundry list of unfair labor practice charges being filed against the Santa Barbara News-Press: the entry of News-Press attorney David Millstein into a union meeting last February and the alleged videotaping of union rallies by newspaper management. That brings the laundry list of federal complaints up to 19. UPDATED: Barry Cappello's response is included in this Tuesday morning update Read story.

Monday, April 9, 2007

News-Press Objects Union Approval

On Thursday, April 5, attorneys for the News-Press filed "exceptions" to a judge's recommendation that the National Labor Relations Board approve the September 2006 vote to unionize. Read those exceptions here and make up your own mind. Read story.

Friday, April 6, 2007

Sticky "Situation" at the Santa Barbara News-Press

Brouhaha? Fooferaw? The dispute between News-Press management and former employees has gone on long enough that you'd think some news agency would have thought up a snazzy catch-all name for it that expresses the magnitude succinctly and objectively. Alas, even an expansive list of possible synonyms falls short. Read story.

Friday, April 6, 2007

Thumbs Up for Santa Barbara News Room

The eight fired News-Press reporters' new online venture means more news for Santa Barbara residents and more friendly competition for the Independent. Read story.

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

On the Beat 4-03-2007

When future President John F. Kennedy honeymooned at the San Ysidro Ranch with Jackie in 1953, he paid a mere $27 a night. Today it would set you back $2,990 to bed down in the vastly renovated Kennedy Cottage, a Ranch spokeswoman confirmed Monday. The renovation is part of a $150 million redo of Ty Warner's Montecito getaway. Stonehouse restaurant and Plow & Angel lounge have reopened as well. Read story.

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

News-Press No-Show at Forum Discussion

A Sunday town hall meeting focusing on the "situation" at the Santa Barbara News-Press yielded stories from fired reporters and a big "no comment" from NP higher-ups. Read story.

Monday, March 26, 2007

On the Beat 3-22-2007

Gangs and Prison Life: A 15-year-old Santa Barbara boy is dead. His life is over. A 14-year-old is accused of his murder. If convicted, his life will never be the same. Police have also charged four other suspects in connection with the older boy's death: two 16-year-olds, one 14-year-old, and a 13-year-old. Read story.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

MidWeek News-Press Follies and More

At lunchtime today, Wednesday, March 21, "Operation Cold Shoulder" --- the community group supporting fired News-Press staffers and advocating for owner Wendy McCaw to get out of the newsroom --- are staging yet another protest outside of the newspaper's headquarters in De la Guerra Plaza. This time, however, the protest will focus not just on the allegedly illegal firings, the unionization drive, and unethical mismanagement of the paper. This time, the protest will also draw attention to the paper's response to last week's gang stabbing on State Street. According to protest organizers, that response was unfair, irresponsible, and vicious to City Hall. Read story.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Labor Laws, Plastic Herons, and Reinstate the Eight Rally

GAIN BUT NO PAIN: Let's see, rob a bank and, if the gendarmes collar you, do they just let you hand back the bucks and walk?No punishment, no fines? Sneak out of a jewelry shop with a fistful of diamonds and Rolexes? Same thing. Hand them back and all is forgiven? Read story.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

On the Beat 3-15-2007

Look for the Union Label: It's been a long, hard struggle since embattled News-Press journalists were forced to protect themselves and newsroom ethics by forming a union last summer. Read story.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Roasting Former News-Press Editor Jerry Roberts

Jerry Roberts had his "Sally Field moment" on Tuesday night, March 13, when more than 167 people showed up at the swanky Field Club Lounge at AT&T Park for The Jerry Roberts Roast, an event that raised more than $30,000 for Roberts' legal defense against the $25 million lawsuit Wendy McCaw has brought against him. Read story.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Scam Central

Granada's 5 million: Contrary to rumors in the blogosphere, Wendy McCaw has not notified the Granada Theatre Renovation Project that she's reneging on her $5 million pledge, according to Granada executive director Peter Frisch. Read story.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007
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