Santa Barbara Politics, Media & Culture

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Another NP Employee Fired?

Craig Smith and The Independent both reported on Anna Davison's firing from the News-Press yesterday -- it turns out she wasn't the only one. Although no reason was given, it seems Bob Guiliano attended a going-away party for Davison -- are News-Press private investigators spying on union members and management that fraternize with them on their own time? Joe McCarthy would be proud....

As dd asked in yesterday's post, how many are left of the original staff?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe McCaw didn't like her recent story regarding Carpinteria banning marijuana dispensaries in their town. The papers editorials are very pro pot. Maybe they wanted a hit piece on the city council as opposed to what she wrote, which I thought was a balanced article that simply reported on what happened at the meeting. As a Libertarian I abhor policies of prohibition, but at the same time, family-oriented communities should have the right to protect their quality of life. And if that means banning certain businesses that can be a magnet for illegal activities, I can't really argue with that.

1/27/2007 9:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The union and ex-employees are VERY paranoid.No one was fired for going to Alcorn's party, or McDonald's. Maybe, just maybe, they were not as good an employee as the people make them out to be. I believe a bombshell of conduct by a former employee, is about to be exposed. It will forever change the way people jump in to protect someone they really do not know on a personal level. The one's who came to the defense of the ex-employee will now be tainted with a stain that can never be erased.

1/27/2007 9:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where is the HR Director in all this morass? If she had any integrity, and was unable to persuade the powers that be of their stupidity, she should have left long ago.

1/27/2007 10:20 AM  
Anonymous Eckermann said...

Oh please Anon. 9:58, words like "bombshell" and "tainted with a stain that can never be erased" are replete with manufactured dramatic effect; but without some facts to back up the dramatic words, they are simply just that, drama with no substance. You are anonymous so why be shy about revealing the facts you know, or think you know? While it is easy to make unsubstantiated insinuations on an anonymous blog, it is irresponsible and contributes nothing to the dialogue.

1/27/2007 11:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"not as good an employee as the people make themout to be"?

According to Craig Smith, "Davison worked at the Santa Barbara News-Press for nearly five years, and has won national recognition for her coverage of science and health affairs. These honors include her three-part series on the restoration effort at the Channel Islands; her story on 'Sam, the World's Ugliest Dog,' which brought by far the most traffic on the News-Press website ever, crashing the server; and her two fellowships in science and health at esteemed universities."

Sounds like that's an unassailable record of positive accomplishments.

1/27/2007 11:17 AM  
Anonymous First District Streetfighter said...

As for the second anonymous comment above and its purported prediction and jabs about the unknown infraction(s) of fired Newspress employee(s), I am confident it does not come from any Newspress editorialists or "editors" as even Armstrong and Steepleton know how to place a proper apostrophe.

However, that grammar error is consistent with the prior pathos of Agnes Huff n Puff.

1/27/2007 11:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't we stop with the NP? It's been almost a year and no one really cares anyway.

1/27/2007 12:08 PM  
Anonymous a survivor, so far said...

Goodness, 9:58, what a load of horse feces. Your grammar and syntax are different than Nelville's but your vague insinuations of wrongdoing -- without a shred of evidence -- are classicly his. And let's face it, any "bombshell" from the N-P smear machine will be, at best, of dubious merit.

Those of us who do or have worked at the N-P know a whole lot more about the people who've been fired or forced out by McCaw & Co.

And those of who do or have worked there know what a hell that place has become. Millstein occupying Jerry Roberts' office, McCaw's minions scampering about and holed up elsewhere, the tension, the fear, the despair brought about by these people is nearly unbearable.

So, 9:58, we know the people we "jump in" to defend. We know what's going. You have no clue.

And 10:20, the HR director is Yolanda Apodaca, a woman I used to like until she became the Angel of Death, McCaw's own Grim Reaper. How she can look herself in the mirror every morning is beyond me.

1/27/2007 12:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why, oh why, would anyone deliberately continue working there under these conditions?!

1/27/2007 12:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yolanda Apodaca, the Human Resources director, has no intention of jeopardizing her job by really doing her job.

She started at the News-Press as a front office telephone operator.

She's got a sweet gig now and she'll do whatever Wendy&Co. want her to do to keep her job.

Few employees trust her.

1/27/2007 1:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To answer the question of how many are left: There's six of the original news reporters left ... Dawn Hobbs, Barney McManigal, Rob Kuznia, Nora Wallace, Melissa Evans and Tom Schultz. The news staff used to include 15 reporters, including: Josh Molina (resigned), Chuck Schultz (resigned), Scott Hadly (resigned), Camie Cohee (resigned), Hildy Medina (resigned), Melinda Burns (illegally fired), Anna Davison (illegally fired), Shelly Leachman (resigned) and Scott Steepleton(promoted to associate editor).

The copy/design desk has lost five people since July due to resignations; about four of the original are left.

The sports department lost two reporters and its editor (only Mark Patton and John Zant are left from the original crew), with Barry Punzal promoted to editor.

The Life section lost one reporter to resignation (Starshine) and its editor (Andre Huebner, fired). Three of the original remain: Karna Hughes, Marilyn McMahon and Tom Jacobs.

In the business department, one original reporter remains (Maria Zate), the other resigned (Frank Nelson). Ed Jacoby, the editor hired last fall to replace Michael Todd, was also fired. Dale Rimm replaced Ed about a month ago.

The photo staff has remained fairly stable, with the exception of editor Len Wood (a HUGE loss to the paper!), who resigned.

And of course, none of the original news editors remain. Since July, two other editors have left: Dale Myers (resigned), and Bob Guiliano (fired).

Whew. I think that's everybody.

1/27/2007 1:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the list, anon. 1:49. But re: the Life Section, is old-timer Charlotte Boechler still there? Also what role is the hapless Charles Bucher playing these days?

1/27/2007 3:00 PM  
Anonymous Al Bonowitz said...

I believe Charlotte Boechler remains in the Life department, an unfortunate victim of her husband's (Scott Steepleton) careerism.

Copy/design desk losses include Colin Powers, Lindsay Foster, George Hutti and Paula Pisani. Remaining members include Lara Milton, Alan McCabe and Kim Favors.

A list of 31 names (Anna Davison's has not been added yet) is posted at

Please keep them in your thoughts.

1/27/2007 3:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1:49 p.m.: There's also Scene/A&E.

1/27/2007 4:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All these people are gone, and the SBNP is still going strong. Way to go Wendy!!! get rid of the dead wood and rebuild the forest.

1/27/2007 5:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Yolanda Apodaca, the Human Resources director, has no intention of jeopardizing her job by really doing her job.

She started at the News-Press as a front office telephone operator.

She's got a sweet gig now and she'll do whatever Wendy&Co. want her to do to keep her job.

Few employees trust her."

I can see why. It's a shame there is no professionalism in that department - it's sure needed!

1/27/2007 6:57 PM  
Anonymous Park Park Park said...

The list of those separated from the News-Press at Wikipedia is now up to 50 names... including all the columnists, security guards, etc... without prejudice against folks like Ana Fuentes and Vlad Kogan, who are not counted at savethenewspress.

There were pre-July 6 departures too (Morgan Green, for example). And then a whole string of publishers... would be nice if someone really put together a careful pre-July 6 list.

Wendy loses and insignificant portion of her fortune by just holding out forever and paying lawyers to defend her. I think that is her plan... and now she has a huge grudge against the people of Santa Barbara, so she could care less about their once-venerable daily newspaper.

BTW, is Laura Schlessinger gone for a long or short sabbatical?

1/28/2007 2:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What do they fire them all and start over?

1/29/2007 2:03 PM  
Anonymous Good riddance said...

Dr. Laura either:

1 -- figured that Wendy and boy toy's purge (he's a gem) is causing the "News-Press" brand to damage the national "Dr. Laura" brand, so that Dr. L's "sabbatical" will be made permanent, or

2 -- is busy on a national book tour and doesn't have the time of day right now for the News-Mess.

Let's hope it's the former.

1/29/2007 7:42 PM  
Anonymous Insider said...

It's No. 2 but we can always hope for No. 1.

1/29/2007 8:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How much time does the person, Laura Schlessinger, spend at the N-P? Does she work like Barney, or more by phone to a specific contact.. Travis, Nipper? Did anyone notice the Dr. Laura, as a business with employees, will sometimes write as much as 10 words in a column? These people have been writing columns and all else for many years. It's hard to believe a routine media blitz would cause a sudden sabbatical for the trade name. It is unusual for a column to disappear and no note for two days. Her people would prepare for a planned sabbatical and know not to count on N-P to put one in. Travis didn't have a column that Sunday after the NLRB disgrace, and he returned with a pro Wendy column. There is something more than anyone will be honest enough to tell. The Dr. Laura crew uses alot of old material, they dress it up to seem new. They've done the "fake letter routine" for years, a big space filler. Most of the local writing was the hachet work, union and Sara McCune. The name Dr. Laura is more like a product name, it's not one person doing everything, one person does the representation. It's a preformance. This is a business and they have specific positions to promote. If Wendy interfered....? I've heard the Army son's engagement has problems for the business product and image, but I don't see that as a reason for the sudden missing and sabbatical. Wendy may be a bad association for a legitimate columnist, likewise the Dr. Laura product is inferior. Someone at the N-P has the good sense to put quotes around Dr. on-line. If Wendy has fantasies of a legitimate newspaper, possibly she sees the Dr. Laura brand as damage to her. I'd rather read Nelville's writing style..... I hope that doesn't happen.

1/30/2007 10:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check out the Indy website today for news on the Anti-SLAPP suit filed against The Wendy....

1/30/2007 12:28 PM  
Anonymous truth machine said...

I believe a bombshell of conduct by a former employee, is about to be exposed.

Why do you believe this?

It will forever change the way people jump in to protect someone they really do not know on a personal level.

How do you know?

The one's who came to the defense of the ex-employee will now be tainted with a stain that can never be erased.

How do you know? And why do you spell "ones" as "one's"? And do you have an IQ with more than 2 digits? Those of us who do are not impressed by your kind of nonsense.

1/30/2007 2:30 PM  

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