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San Diego Reader Founder Pushes Another Anti-Abortion Ballot Measure

Jim Holman is back at it again. The San Diego Reader founder and publisher of the ultra-religious website California Catholic Daily is putting his money where his mouth is regarding his anti-abortion beliefs. The San Diego CityBeat reports that Holman is pushing yet another ballot measure in the state of California to require notification be given to the parents of minors who are seeking abortions. Holman’s last effort, Prop 4, was narrowly defeated in 2008. This measure is his fourth attempt to make parental notification the law of the land.

A little context from CityBeat:

The first measure, Prop. 73, would have redefined abortion in the state Constitution as “the death of the unborn child….” That wording disappeared from 2006’s Prop. 85. For 2008’s Prop. 4, backers came up with a politically appealing official title—“Parental Notification, Child and Teen Safety, and Stop Predators Act”—and the short title “Sarah’s Law.” Sarah, they said, was a teen who got pregnant by an older man, had an abortion without her parents’ knowledge, contracted an infection and died. Planned Parenthood’s opposition researchers did some digging and found out that Sarah was really Jammie Yanez-Villegas who lived in Texas and was impregnated by her common-law husband—meaning she wouldn’t be subject to any parental-notification law, let alone one in California.

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San Diego Reader Hit with Gender Discrimination Lawsuit

The San Diego Reader is being sued by three female former employees in its sales department for gender discrimination, sexual harassment and wrongful termination. Kelly Bonelli, Amy McKibben and Beth Wexler all say publisher Jim Holman fostered a “boys club” environment at the paper–which only became worse with the hiring of John-Paul Franklin as sales manager in 2008.

San Diego CityBeat‘s Dave Maass has the story.

“For many years, women seemed to be tolerated, but not equal to men,” the lawsuit states. “The environment became noticeably worse in 2008 when JP Franklin became the manger [sic] of the sales department…. Franklin has and displayed a very ‘bullying’ style of management, and it is ostensibly directed more toward women than men.”

As examples, the plaintiffs say that Franklin would regularly engage in casual conversations with male staff, but abruptly stopped whenever a woman tried to join in. He “frequently” went to lunch with male employees, but rarely included female workers. Franklin is currently listed on the Reader masthead as “general manager.”

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