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Archives: February 2009
Yesterday we posted the LA Times’ statement in regard to the pressman union’s protest on Monday. Today union president Ronnie Pineda has released a response:
In these economic times, is it fair to offer pressroom employees a severance package substantially less than non-union employees just because we organized and ratified a contract? The contract states that the company can fashion severance for our members, so why is it being fashioned far less than ALL other employees being laid off? Because were union? The Times could give our members the same as the non-union employees, actually, they could give more if they wanted to! How does that respect our rights to organize Nancy?
The Los Angeles Times has NEVER respected our right to organize! And it is obvious by the numerous changes our shops have undergone since ratification. Prior to organizing, the company had the right to make these same exact changes to our operation, but they didn’t, and there is only one reason why they did after ratification. The contract didn’t change anything because they had the right to do these things all along, but they didn’t and they don’t have to now. These are all calculated moves by the company and another example of how the company continues to employ union busting techniques and coerces employees into blaming the union. How does that respect our rights Nancy?
The rest of the statement after the jump-
FBLA made it to the SPJ mixer last night in the back room of the Redwood Bar and Grill downtown. Laura Chick was the featured speaker, and had a friendly, informal chat with a room packed full of sweaty journalists. She offered her insights on accountability and transparency in city hall, the responsibility of journalists to keep local politicians on their toes, her audits of the city’s anti-gang programs and the LAPD’s rape kit testing program, the future of the Los Angeles City Controllers office, and her decision to leave public office after 16 years of service. After she finished speaking, Chick was swamped by journalists eager to continue the dialogue. While graciously pushing her way to the door, she was kind enough to pose for a picture with a geeky FBLA editor-
It’s hard to believe we’ll have to say goodbye to Akbar and Jeff. Matt Groening‘s cartoon “Life In Hell” has run in the LA Weekly for the last 22 years. The cartoon itself is 29 years old- it originally ran in the now defunct Los Angeles Reader. Groening tells CNN.com:
[T]he alternative newsweeklies are really struggling. In fact, this coming week will be my final week after 22 years in the LA Weekly. I and all the other cartoonists are being dismissed because they can’t afford to pay.
We’ll see. I’m still in a bunch of other papers, so I may continue to do my strip, but it doesn’t look good.
We’re shocked that the LA Weekly would drop such a successful cartoon- by the creator of “The Simpsons”, no less! Take it from a former Weekly employee- the paper wasn’t paying very much for the strip. And Groening has been good to the Weekly over the years- making himself available to the staff for interviews, illustrating covers for the Weekly for the paper’s small standard fee despite his enormous success, and continuing to read the paper itself. Dropping the cartoon seems incredibly short-sighted, so it’s probably safe to assume it was a decision made by the corporate offices in Phoenix.
This is from LAT Editor Russ Stanton and it’s not about slashing jobs so…we like it:
From: Stanton, Russ
Sent: Wednesday, February 25, 2009 12:18 PM
Subject: New Arts & Entertainment group; Sallie Hofmeister, editor
Entertainment is Southern California’s signature industry and biggest global export. With more than 50 reporters, editors and producers in Calendar, in Business and at latimes.com, we have among the largest number of journalists — and the best report — in town on this important subject.
For several years, our staffs covering entertainment, the business of entertainment and the arts have been located on different floors and our coverage strategy could best be described as loosely coordinated. That approach is inadequate today given that we face fierce competition, have moved to an integrated newsroom and publish in different mediums.
Today we are establishing a new department that will be headed by Sallie Hofmeister, who is leaving her post as business editor for the masthead job of Assistant Managing Editor/Arts & Entertainment. She will report to Managing Editor Davan Maharaj.
The rest after the jump…
James Flanigan, business columnist for the New York Times, and author of the recently released book “Smile Southern California! You’re the Center of the Universe: The Economy and People of a Global Region,” will speak to TOWN HALL Los Angeles on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at the TOWN HALL Los Angeles Clubhouse.
In his new book, Flanigan argues that Southern California is an economic model for the United States and the world, examining foundations of the region’s growth, among them: entrepreneurship, international trade, new technologies and the entertainment industry’s evolution. Also discussed is the role of immigrants in building local businesses and bringing capital to the region. Throughout the book, Flanigan includes interviews with businesspeople providing insights on the present and future of the Southern California economy. “Smile Southern California!” offers an insider’s view on Southern California which ranks as the 17th largest economy among nations worldwide.
For more information and tickets – go here.
Patrick Range McDonald penned a cover story in today’s LA Weekly that’s pretty damning of our humble city council. Not unwarranted. Just damning.
While Los Angeles visibly falls apart, its illegal graffiti, illegal billboards and illegal street peddlers metastasizing, its remarkable congestion clogging each new block that’s been targeted by speculators with a “transit-oriented” project – while all this unfolds, the council burns up time on Band-Aid responses and self-congratulations. It assiduously avoids its actual job: dealing with overarching issues, such as traffic, a chronic lack of parks, and overdevelopment, which have residents fuming.
“If someone did a ride-along with a City Council member for a day,” insists Garcetti, noting that he’s on the job 24/7, “and saw the work we do, I think they would be very moved.”
Totally worth reading the whole delicious article.
Today’s LA Times has an interesting article about a new approach to combat the problem of prostitution in Los Angeles. Launched by the city attorney’s office, this pilot program is a one-day crash course for johns caught soliciting prostitutes. Class curriculum covers sexually transmitted diseases, the dangers for johns of being set up by prostitutes to be beaten and robbed, and the abuse and violence the women who sell sex so often endure. The men take the class to avoid prosecution and jail time, but the results have been promising. So far, only one of the 44 graduates of the program has been rearrested. Similar programs in other cities have had encouraging results. Bill Margolis, one of the instructors of the class and a retired LAPD detective, tells the Times:
“We’re never going to arrest our way out of this problem and we’re never going to stop it altogether. But we can try to educate johns about the dangers to themselves and about the violence the women face. Hopefully we can reduce the demand.”
Reducing demand for sex workers is a good thing, don’t get us wrong. But it may not be great for certain local publications that rely on sex ads for advertising revenue. Pimps aren’t the only ones in L.A. making money off of prostitutes.