Santa Barbara Politics, Media & Culture

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Community Post: Operation Cold Shoulder

For Immediate Release – February 15, 2007

Wake-Up Wendy Wednesday
A Rally to Launch Operation Cold Shoulder

Wednesday, 21 February 2007
12 noon to 1 pm in De La Guerra Plaza, downtown Santa Barbara

SANTA BARBARA – Organizers expect hundreds of people to rally and show support for the newsroom employees of the Santa Barbara News-Press. Nearly 50 writers, editors, and other staff have been unfairly terminated from their jobs or have resigned out of principle since the well-known meltdown of this community institution last July. This demonstration will be an opportunity for people to advocate for worker rights and a credible free press that actually reports on itself. Creative picket signs and costumes are encouraged.

Speakers will include:
· Brian Barnwell, Santa Barbara City Councilmember
· Elizabeth Robinson, KCSB radio and community TV journalist
· Bill Connell, the Hot Dog Man
· Kathleen Rodriguez, sports fan
· John Zant, 38-year veteran sports reporter recently terminated
· Newsroom Employees with personal stories, updates, and announcements

This rally aims to inspire action. Operation Cold Shoulder will be launched as a community response to the continuingly abhorrent behavior practiced by the News-Press, such as terminating loyal employees who write the truth, refusing to meet with neutral community leaders, intimidating local small businesses, suing other journalists doing their job, declining to publish well-reasoned but contrary opinions, allowing the important news to go unreported, and other insults. The News-Press is violating the public trust as part of its business plan, and now needs to be shunned and given the Cold Shoulder until it becomes the valuable and meaningful newspaper and community asset it once was only 8 months ago.

Operation Cold Shoulder includes these and other actions that everyone is encouraged to follow:
  • Continue cancellations of newspaper subscriptions.
  • Urge advertisers to stop buying ads in the newspaper and at the News-Press controlled radio station, KZSB-AM.
  • Find the news in other newspapers and media, such as radio, TV, web sites, and blogs.
  • Suggest that individuals, public agencies, community organizations, and political leaders stop sending news releases and announcements to the News-Press, and stop giving interviews and returning calls and emails.
  • Ask the public to stop placing classified ads, calendar listings, garage sale notices, wedding announcements, and obituaries in the News-Press and instead place them in other publications.
  • Request non-profits NOT to invite the News-Press society-page writers to their charity events.
  • Encourage news sources, individuals, and organizations NOT to participate in any of the KZSB radio programs, activities, or public service announcements.
  • Write letters to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) expressing concern that the News-Press controls a radio station and a newspaper in the same town.
  • Raise awareness that the News-Press owns and controls the other local publications Goleta Valley Voice, El Mexicano, and Blue Edge Magazine.
  • Picket every Wednesday at 12 noon through the end of March.

Operation Cold Shoulder and this rally are a community-based campaign separate from the Union activities of the newsroom employees. This campaign is by local people concerned about the continuing decline of this daily newspaper of record for the Santa Barbara area.


Anonymous David Pritchett said...

We promise not to close the freeway.

2/15/2007 8:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm connected to Wendy and could be directly affected by the Cold Shoulder. But you know what? Do it. Please. Call me a coward, but I'll collect my paycheck from that nightmare as long as I can, then move on when the time comes.

This is an evil woman, and she must be stopped. Go for it.

2/15/2007 10:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Daily Sound newspaper has 28 pages today, a record. They wrote long on the anti-war demonstraton held at UCSB yesterday, as well as covered the nuances of SBCAG.

Their web site still is a pain, though.

2/16/2007 9:32 AM  
Anonymous Friend of Truth said...

Do people have the courage or willpower not to have anything to do with the Newspress any more?

That is really what that cold shoulder plan seems to be all about.

2/16/2007 6:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

kind of overly ambitious don't you think to predict "hundreds" will be at this rally.....if the past couple weeks are indicative it will be more like two dozen familiar faces..........

2/16/2007 10:06 PM  
Blogger Stare Girl said...

Thanks for the idea list. Not all of us can go to the Wednesday rally but want to show our support.

I've already been working on the last point of raising awareness about McCaw's ownership of the other publications, found my local news over at edhat, here, the Indy, and SB Sound (although their website has a lot to be desired). I'd work on getting others to cancel but all but one of my friends and family have already done so. I think they will cancel now with Zant gone however.

Many years ago I worked on getting advertisers to cancel their ads and move to other stations with some success. I would like to see a concentrated effort to do this. Perhaps you could help by listing advertisers on the blog?

Anyone have a link to whom to write at the FCC? Thanks

2/16/2007 11:07 PM  
Anonymous Cabalista said...

No, not overly ambitious. The past two weeks were not rallies and had different intents.

2/17/2007 12:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ummmm....Brian Barnwell and Elizabeth couldn't PAY me to be there for such lively speakers.

2/17/2007 7:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah Anon 7:59AM, but, Bill Connell there is a real show stopper!

2/17/2007 9:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I found these video links to Barnwell talking about the Newspress. Seems like pretty strong comments to me.

No videos found of Elizabeth Robinson, though.

2/17/2007 10:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could Brian Barnwell be any more incoherent? A hand few people in the Plaza doesn’t make for community support. There are a handful of reporters who should start looking for some type of work and move on. We’ve still got the Independent, the Daily Sound, KEYT, etc. It’s over!

2/17/2007 12:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous 12:48 and before that and before that and before that…

I find your argument intriguing. You say that a handful of people does not make community support and that these are just a few disgruntled employees.

So I’m curious, why are you so invested in this? Why does it irk you so? If it’s over, and no one cares, why do you? Just let those people write away in the blogosphere where no one (as you say) will pay attention. Certainly no one will miss your contribution (note no plural here).

2/17/2007 4:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

so now Brian "buildout" Barnwell is not cowering? oh right, he's coming up for reelection. yawwnnn.

2/17/2007 6:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's a partial list of NP advertisers. My guess is that boycotting them is not a good solution. Until recently, the NP was our newspaper of record, so it made sense that every business who advertises would advertise there.

I think calling these folks and asking them not to advertise until the union issue is resolved would be the best tactic.

Some of the businesses listed here may not be current advertisers, and some may have gone out of business as I got these names from several lists, and there will be duplicate listings. But all have at one time advertised in the NP. This is not a full list by any means, but it's a place to start.


NP Advertisers

Bob's Vacuum
Brazil Baroque
California Closets
David Roth Photography
Decorating Den
Everlasting Beauty
Freedom Signs
Italian Pottery Outlet
Pet House
Qui Si Bella Spa
Russ Camera & Video
Santa Barbara Consignment Company
Santa Barbara Symphony
Spa Tropics
Surf Country
Ablitt's Fine Cleaners
Andy Samarasena Photographer
Best Western Peppertree Inn
Best Western South Coast Inn
Bryan McLain
Catering Connection
Café Buenos Aires
Calligraphy by Lisa Adams
Catering by Woody's
Channel Islands Videographers
Cutting Edge Hair and Body Salon
Fess Parker's DoubleTree Resort
Grant House Sewing Machines 805-967-3680
Hennings Cake Boutique
Hotel Mar Monte
Luna Gitana
Mak Events
Norvell Bass Cleaners
Pure Joy catering
Qui Si Bella
Rivera Productions
Santa Barbara Bridal
SB Botanic
SB Dove
SB Events
SB Locations
SB Trust for Historic Preservation
Spiritland Bistro
Santa Barbara Airbus
Santa Barbara Zoo
Soul City Survivors
Stow House Gardens
Summerland Presbyterian
Take A Bow Wedding Choregraphy
The Little Guest
The Wedding Singer Don Jose Cheverez
Unity Church

Ace Awning

Bob's Vacuum


Carpinteria Glass Company
(805) 684-6657

Elliot's Unfinished Furniture

E Pro Insurance Agency
(805)679-EPRO (3776)

For Your Home Furniture

Hollyhock Cottage
(805) 684-7307

Home Improvement Center



Marble Expo

Olga Furniture
(805) 278-6660

Peggy's Used Treasures

Pacific Stoneworks

Reid's Appliances

TJ's Carpets

The Sacred Space

Santa Barbara Roofing
(805) 963-ROOF

Santa Barbara Sunrooms

Spa Tropics

Stone West
(805) 658-0007

Summerhouse Fine Decorative Textiles
(805) 564-3335

Susan Willis Ltd.

Terra Sol Garden Center
(805) 964-7811

Ventura County Overhead Door

AAA Flooring Source
Ace Awning
A-OK Mower
Bob's Vacuum
California Closets
Callender's Glass
Channel City Lumber
Christine Fancher Landscape Photographer
Closets, Etc.
Coastal Softub
Dempsey Painting
Doors Are Us
Eric's Tree Service
Ethan Allen
Eye Of The Day
F.O.D.S., Inc.
For Your Home Furniture
Golden One Credit Union
Gordon and Grant
Granite Construction
Hot Spring Portable Spas
Illuminations Chandelier & Electrical
Italian Pottery
Interiors by Decorating Den
Island Seed & Feed
Jack's Kitchens
Kelting's Floors
Kenny Construction, Inc.
Kitchen Tune-Up
Knapp Nursery
Los Padres Bank
Mediterranee Antiques
Milgard Windows
Molly Maid
Neuvie Fine Furniture
Pacific Stoneworks
Parade of Green
Paradise Import
Parkway Furniture
Pearl Chase Society
Phil Gulley and Sue Larsen Insurance Agents
PJ Milligan & Co. Furniture
Premium Spa & Patio
RJ Spann Construction
Santa Barbara Beautiful
Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens
Santa Barbara County Water Agency
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
Santa Barbara Roofing
Santa Barbara Steam Cleaning
Santa Barbara Sunrooms
ScaleViper Non-Chemical Water Treatment
Seaside Gardens
Solar West Glass Tinting
South Coast Community Federal Credit Union
Spa Tropics
Stone West
Stoneyard Building Materials
Susan Willis Ltd.
Terra Sol Garden Center
The Nest Home Decor
Tile Collection
Ventura County Overhead Door
Village Pool Supply
Western Farm Service
Woodcraft Shutters

31 West at Hotel Andalucia
Ballard Inn
Beach Grill at Padaro
Bistro 1111 at the Radison Hotel
Café Buenos Aires
El Cazador
Holdren's Steak & Seafood
Miró at Bacara Resort & Spa
Olio e Limone Ristorante
Pizza Mizza Cafe
Quantum Restaurant & Lounge
Rodney's Steakhouse
at Fess Parker's Doubletree Hotel
Santa Barbara City College
Culinary School
Spiritland Bistro
The Taj Café
El Encanto
Holdren's Steak & Seafood
Opolo Vineyard
P.J. Milligan
Tre Lune

The Adderley School for the Performing Arts
School for Performing Arts 805 899-3680
American Youth Soccer Org
Art with a Science Slant
ASAP Cats (Animal Shelter of Santa Barbara)
Bob Brontsema’s S.B. Baseball Camp
UC Santa Barbara
Caesar Uyesaka Stadium
Bonnie R. Corman
Beach Stars Gymnastics
Beit Ha Yeladim Preschool
BMX Promotions of Santa Barbara
Cachuma Lake Nature Center
California Learning Center
Calvary Chapel Santa Barbara
Camp Gan Israel
Camp Haverim’s
Camp Whittier
Cancer Center of Santa Barbara
Cathedral Oaks
Children's Creative Project
Creative Cooking
Cultural School
Dance Unlimited
Dubin Learning Center
Earthlight Pictures
El Capitan Ranch
Elings Park
Fast ForWord Speech/Language Pathologist 805 569-9647
Fereday Swim School
Free Methodist Church of Santa Barbara
Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara
Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara Gymnastics
Goleta Sports
Goleta Valley Community Center
Golf N’ Stuff
Gustafson Dance
Hidden Oaks Clubhouse
Huntington Learning Center
Jensen Guitar & Music Co.
Julie Smith Swimming
Kids Club
Lane Farms
Laguna Blanca
Lynn Hamilton and Associates
Martial Arts Family Fitness
Massage Envy
Marymount of Santa Barbara
Hui Sport Camp 569-1811 ex 126
Metropolitan Theatres
My Gym
Nick Rail Music
Old Town Trolley
Page Youth Center
Peabody Charter School
Pham-Cheng DDS
Play-It-Again Sports
San Roque School
Rainbow School
Safety Town/Soroptimist International
Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens
Santa Barbara Charter School
Santa Barbara Christian School
Santa Barbara
Parks and Recreation
Santa Barbara Gymnastics Club
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
Santa Barbara Water Polo
Santa Barbara School District
Santa Barbara Summer Stock
Santa Barbara Youth Foundation
SBCC Adult Education
South Coast Writing Project
Simple Meals
South Coast Community Federal Credit Union
State Street Ballet
Spirals Gymnastics
State of California
Refugio Junior Lifeguards
The Fencing Dude
Summer Dance of S.B.
Twin Lakes Golf Course
UC Santa Barbara Summer Camps
The Money Camp
The Salvation Army
Westmont College
United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County
Vickie Cisneros, LMFT Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
(805) 684-5822
Wilderness Youth Project
West Coast Ballet and Classical Ballet Studio
Whiz Kidz
Wilson's Swimming
S.B. Swim Camp 805 964-7795
Mind Your Manners
Santa Barbara Sailing Center
Santa Barbara Zoo
Steve Morris Defensive Driving School 965-7979
Beach House
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Young Singers Club 681-7078,
Lobero Theatre Foundation

Animal Shelter Assistance Program (ASAP)
Assistance League of Santa Barbara
Boys and Girls Club of Santa Barbara, Inc.
Breast Cancer Resource Center
California Academy Foundation
Community Environmental Council
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
Catholic Charities
Domestic Violence Solutions
for Santa Barbara County
Elings Park
Foundation for Santa Barbara City College
Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara
Hospice of Santa Barbara
Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara
La Casa De Maria
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
Project Angels Bearing Gifts
Salvation Army
Santa Barbara Beautiful
Santa Barbara Bridge Center
Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
Solvang Lutheran Home
Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care of Santa Barbara
Work Training Programs, Inc.
The Outdoor School at Rancho Alegre
American Lung Association
Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara
Auction Experts
Boy Scouts of America, Los Padres Council
Cachuma Lake Nature Center
Child Abuse Listening & Mediation (CALM)
Cancer Center of Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Bowl
Devereux Foundation
Dream Foundation
Foodbank of Santa Barbara
Friendship Center
Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County
Independent Living Resource Center, Inc.
Nonprofit Support Center
Planned Parenthood
Rehabilitation Institute at Santa Barbara
San Roque School
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
Sansum-Santa Barbara Medical Foundation Clinic
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County
West Coast Ballet

Ablitt’s Fine Cleaners
SB Airbus
Café Buenos Aires
Elings Park
Enterprise Fish Co.
Channel ISlands Viedographers
Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort
Elements Restaurant
Hotel Mar Monte
Jenessa Nye Photo
Italian Pottery Outlet
Santa Barbara Bridal
Musgrove’s Photography
Gainey Vinyard
Emily Hart-Roberts Photography
Blue Agave
MAK Events
Luners Sound
You’re the Star
Inn of the Spanish Garden
Unitarian Society
moby dick
Unity Church
Spiritland Bistro
Rincon Beach Club & Catering
Santa Barbara Doves
Unique Boutique
California Closets
Hidden Oaks Clubhouse
Santa Barbara Sunrooms
Non-Denominational Minister
Warehouse Discount Center
Opolo Vineyards
Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care of Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens
Molly Maid
UCSB Faculty Club
United Way
Pure Joy Catering
Interiors by Decorating Den
Steve Belinge Photography
Coach Lisa
The Wedding Band
Community West Bank
Events by Philippe
Bobs Vacuum
Cecilia O’Dowd, MD
Patty Montana
Ana Maria's Bridal Boutique
South Coast FCU
Dream Locations
Tim Sweeney Advisor
Peppertree Inn
Channel City Lumber
Four Seasons Biltmore
Santa Barbara Baby Company
Richard Dolwig
ameriflex financial
Massage Envy
Best Western South Coast Inn
Stow House Victorian Gardens
Freedom Signs
Lane Farms
Solvang Lutheran
Camino Real Cafe
Lynn Hamilton
Fiore Med Spa
Dr Barbara Hrach
Country Catering Co.

2/17/2007 8:37 PM  
Anonymous Cabalista said...

Has anyone every called for an actual boycott of advertisers?
A real Boycott?
I do not think so.

The list of actions I am reading under the Cold Shoulder approach indicates simply to "urge advertisers" to stop buying ads in the newspaper and at its radio station.

That very long list of alleged advertisers is in no apparent sequence and has many errors, especially to indicate when any ads were placed. Buying ads last June and earlier was not a problem. That list almost seems irresponsible and misleads on such an important issue with such high stakes.

Maybe they will fix this by the time of that rally described for this post?

2/18/2007 12:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Cabalista, the list above is not of "alleged advertisers," these are actual advertisers in the News-Press.

The reason I posted this list is because I've read 10 or 15 posts in the past few months of people asking for a list of advertisers to call, as though not having a list was hold them back from taking action. Thus, the list.

If you want to put these advertisers in a certain order, be my guest.

As to when, exactly, each advertised in the NP, that would be hard information to glean, and the wait for that information would be another reason for inaction, I fear.

If the idea is to contact advertisers and urge them not to give Wendy money until this mess is resolved, then I think this list is a good place to start.

If you have a better organized list, please post it.

2/18/2007 8:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like this is going to fizzle out before it even starts.

2/19/2007 8:17 PM  
Anonymous Cabalista said...

Dream on.

I can only conclude that all this anonymous criticism, devoid of anything specific, just means that some people in the castle/bubble have something to worry about with a few hundred motivated people outside on the Plaza green next Wednesday.

2/19/2007 11:23 PM  
Anonymous Unfinished Furniture info said...

Interesting article, thanks.

8/11/2008 4:45 AM  

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