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Mission & State Open for Investigative & Narrative Business

Mission & State, the much anticipated content operation headed by former Slake Media founder and LA Weekly editor Joe Donnelly, promises “narrative journalism from the heart of Santa Barbara.” Among the articles dotting today’s official website launch is a shining freelance example by Jervey Tervalon of that motto.

The New Orleans born, LA raised Tervalon was very much an African-American anomaly when he decided to study at UCSB in the 1970s. He frames the city’s homogeneous demographics with various anecdotes and reminiscences, including this ugly and embarrassing SBPD episode:

Not that Santa Barbara was immune from the sort of de rigueur profiling we were used to back in Los Angeles. I speak, of course, of the infamous Harlem Globetrotters arrests in 1984 when Santa Barbara’s finest, in a desperate search for black men of average height who had pulled a jewelry heist on State Street, apprehended at gunpoint three Globetrotters who happened to average 6 feet, 5 inches.

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CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California Announces Winners of Ruben Salazar Awards

CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California announced the winners of its 13th annual Ruben Salazar Journalism Awards this week. The awards are named after the late, great LA Times columnist and given to the best print, broadcast, ratio and photographic works that deal with Latino issues in California. LA Times staffer Richard Fausset won in the print category for his series  “The New Latino South.”

KCET’s Yvette Cabrera and producer Saul Gonzalez won in the TV category for their story “The Border Between Them.”

Curiously, there were no winners in the Radio, Photography or Commentary categories.

Journos React to Surprising OC Register Layoff

It’s certainly not unusual, sadly, to hear about another round of layoffs at a SoCal daily newspaper. But the idea that the Orange County Register would not be able to find a way to keep Latina columnist Yvette Cabrera on staff is truly mind-boggling.

FishbowlLA was tipped to this development around the same time that James Rainey sent out the first tweet and Kevin Roderick got up the first post. Cabrera is the executive director president of CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California and was voted Best Columnist in 2011 by the OC press club.

So far, the most impassioned and detailed reaction to this developing layoff news (word is as many as eight other Register staffers may also be involved) comes from Gustavo Arellano of the OC Weekly. He writes:

Yvette was always kind to me, penning articles on various members of my family over the years. I, on the other hand, didn’t return the favor, both as part of the “Spy vs. Spy” game that is the rivalry between the Reg and your favorite infernal rag, and because I always wanted her to be tougher, more radical, more of an Agustín Gurza than a feel-good columnist. Immaturity on my part, I can now say with a bit more years under my belt.

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Fundraiser Tonight For The Latino Journalists of California

The CCNMA is having an event tonight hosted by Ruben Martinez to raise funds for scholarships and to help keep CCNMA going. There will be wine tasting, appetizers, live classical guitar, and an auction of autographed books and artwork.

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The “friends” of Martinez include Augustin Gurza (ex-Los Angeles Times), Sid Garcia (ABC7), Luz Villareal (Dateline NBC associate producer), Yvette Cabrera (Orange County Register columnist), Vikki Vargas (NBC4 Orange County bureau chief), Louis Sahagun (Los Angeles Times), Josefina Lopez (author, Real Women Have Curves) and Soledad St. Hilaire (actress).

Entrance is free, but RSVP is requested- ccnmainfo@ccnma.org

BREAKING: Register Lays Off 80-90 Employees

In a news story about the cuts, Register Editor Ken Brusic says, “In this round of layoffs, managers protected basic reporting and editing staff and targeted high salary employees, so that fewer people were laid off.”

But we know of at least four newsroom staffers who were shown the door. Names and more info as we get them confirmed.

[UPDATE: Well, the OC Weekly got the same tip we did and went ahead and published the names before we could get them confirmed -- not that the Weekly confirmed them, but as long as they're out there we figured f---k it. Among the departed:

Robin Hinch, obit writer, editor and resident baby shower party thrower

Neil Pichon, a design editor with a thick British accent.

Andy Horan, who started at the paper as a wee lad only to move up in the ranks to Sunday editor.

Steve Plesa, travel editor who has been at the paper for longer than we've been alive.

Greg Gibson, sports editor and nice guy.

Daniel Anderson, a photographer and husband of Register columnist Yvette Cabrera

We knew all these folks, and -- man -- does this news suck.]