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From the Newsroom to the State Room

Over the past few years, three reporters – Nancy Vogel, formerly of the LA Times and Sacramento Bee; Dorothy Korber, of the Bee; and John Hill, also of the Bee – have migrated to Sacramento’s Senate Office of Oversight and Outcomes. There, they still dig deep into the good and bad of state government affairs, but for a much different kind of readership.

Their most vocal critic has been Dan Walters, a columnist who remained at the Bee. And coming to the defense of the trio of ex-journalists’ in today’s excellent in-depth article at Stateline.org is Mark Martin, a former San Francisco Chronicle reporter who now works for an overarching oversight committee. It’s enough to make you reach for a journo-to-politico flow chart.

“The Oversight Office has very talented journalists who did some terrific work when they were working for newspapers,” Walters says. “They do produce stuff, but it’s basically staff type of stuff, and doesn’t come up to what I know they’re capable of doing. It doesn’t seem to be generating anything that really is of big significance.”

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Anti Paparazzi Bill Signed Into Law in California

AB 2479, the law which would impose strict penalties, even jailtime, on photographers who “recklessly” chase celebrities in vehicles or corner them on sidewalks, has been signed into law by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. The bill was crafted by House Speaker Emeritus Karen Bass, with help from LA City Attorney Carmen Trutanich, and it’s kind of an odd one, since reckless driving and false imprisonment are already crimes in California.

Hollywood is obviously pleased, but newspaper unions not so much.

“We don’t deny there’s a big problem, we just think that this particular bill is overly inclusive,” general counsel for the California Newspaper Publishers Association Tom Newton told The Wrap last month. “I don’t represent paparazzi, I represent photojournalists and these folks drive cars. Under this law though, if you harbor an intent to capture an image then it appears to us you could be subjected to enhanced criminal prosecution.”

Previously on FBLA: California Assembly Passes Anti-Pap Law