The Capistrano Insider, written by former Reg editor/reporter Jonathan Volzke, has posted an internal memo indicating the Register cuts will be deeper than initially thought: 110 layoffs, including 30 in the newsroom.
The memo from publisher Terry Horne delivers the bad news:
Orange County Register Communications is reducing our workforce by approximately 110 associates, across the organization. Many associates are being notified today, and this process of notification is expected to be complete by Friday, October 31.
This decision is not a reflection on the work or the contributions of the associates leaving us this week. It is based on a simple, but unfortunate marketplace reality — we must reduce costs. Asking talented people to leave our organization is by far the most difficult part of this process. I hate having to do it, but it’s absolutely necessary.
Amazingly, Horne tries to wrap this life-shattering news in empty platitudes:
Thank you for your resiliency during this challenging time. Leaders thrive in times of uncertainty, and I have the utmost respect for the dedication our leaders display on a daily basis. I appreciate your contributions to our strategy and serving our community.
In other words, you’re out of a job, but you’ve earned Horne’s respect. Congratulations.