Santa Barbara Politics, Media & Culture

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Back to Future, Back to the Bridge

Doc Brown, Marty McFly? No, it's the illegally fired reporters from the News-Press who will be unfurling a banner tomorrow in an early morning press conference reminiscent of their protest action two years ago to get Santa Barbarans to cancel their subscriptions. As a tactic then -- I'm not so sure it was the best one. As one now, maybe they will have some news that will coincide with it. It certainly points toward how nothing has been done on the News-Press' part to address the NLRB decision in the reporter's favor. Here's most of their press release....I wish them the best! -- Sara

Back to the Bridge: A Press Conference and Banner Drop on Feb. 6

Friday, Feb. 6 marks the two-year anniversary of the day that six of us Santa Barbara News-Press reporters were fired — illegally — for holding a banner on the Anapamu Street footbridge encouraging motorists to cancel their newspaper subscriptions. A federal judge ordered our reinstatement in December 2007, but News-Press owner and co-publisher Wendy McCaw appealed that decision — and we are still waiting for justice. In all, nine News-Press reporters have been illegally fired for union organizing.

This Friday, the Teamsters will be returning to the Anapamu Street footbridge to ask motorists to cancel their News-Press subscriptions. Also, we’ll update you on the status of negotiations and on recent developments in our legal case as we continue our fight for reinstatement and a fair employment contract.

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Blogger Bill Carson said...

I guess Das is off limits for you Sara. I'm (not) surprised you didn't feel the need for a post on his idiotic support of pay raises for city workers, AND for his incredibly classless attack on Dale Francisco.

Once again, bias is as bias does. And you've got the nerve to criticize the Wendy/Travis.


2/05/2009 8:38 PM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

LOL -- actually hadn't seen that yet. I did read about how Salud seems to think Das in the one for Assembly though. Thanks for the tip Bill -- will look it up. Can't miss a day of news around here!

2/05/2009 9:16 PM  
Anonymous Peter Pan said...

Didn't someone just get arrested for messing up traffic with a banner on the overpass. Hope they get arrested too for this stupid gesture on public highway distracting motorists.

But more likely no one will figure out what they are saying or even care. They are their own echo chamber now. But I guess it is nice for them that you do. If you had not posted this here, the whole thing would have passed with a big yawn.

If "no one" still reads the Newspress, who will this matter to and why. It sure does not matter to those who still do. They think this pack is a bunch of jerks who don't deserve to ever get any jobs back. Whatever.

2/05/2009 11:22 PM  
Anonymous Not yet in despair said...

Peter, we know it's OK with you when Wendy McCaw breaks the law and defies the humanitarian concept that employees have the right to organize. Some of us in the community, however, do care about morals, ethics, and human and employee rights. For us, these issues remain vital and important. We expect to see a change for the better.

2/06/2009 3:06 PM  
Anonymous Peter Pan said...

Wendy has broken no law. Everything is moving along the legal system as it should. And you know it. Only because you have no valid legal argument against her, do you resort to keep lying about the facts .

Here we go again. We keep going down this same path. If Wendy had broken any laws she would be in contempt of court, and that has never happened. So stop your whining.

Don't buy your distorted value judgment she "defies humanitarian concepts". Take your "high moral ground" and find some place that pays you for it.

We like the NewsPress with your "high moral" bias totally removed from its pages. You come across as both dense and narcissistic.

2/06/2009 11:26 PM  
Anonymous Captain Hook said...

Someday Peter Pan needs to grow up and see the real world, much as we'd all like to remain in Neverland, forever and always playing and thinking like children.

Peter, ask Tinkerbell for some advice about the News-Press. She's often enlightening and thoughtful, and couldn't do any worse than Wendy and Arthur have done since all the true professionals left the paper.

The News-Press speaks for itself. It's a poor shell of what used to be a newspaper, now a gaudy piece of fake jewelry to be worn on Wendy's middle finger as she holds it up in a salute to all of Santa Barbara.
We salute you too, Wendy and Arthur, 'cause the feelings are mutual.

2/07/2009 6:19 AM  
Anonymous Imagine my surprise said...

So I was as surprised as anyone to learn that Salud Carbajal is a "contributor" to A McCaw publication....what gives?

2/07/2009 7:47 AM  
Anonymous Complicit said...

I'm not too surprised as he has always been quiet about the Mess.

2/07/2009 8:29 AM  
Anonymous Delusion free said...

Peter, the only density apparent around here is your misunderstanding of the law. Wendy has been found guilty of firing eight reporters, of spying on her former staff, of threatening current staff, of demanding illegally that they remove pro-union messages, and of several other offenses. She is about to be prosecuted for firing a ninth reporter, discontinuing annual raises in retaliation for union support, bargaining in bad faith, and hiring temporary workers to thwart union support. Those are the facts. You can continue to be in denial about them, and wait for her to be held in contempt, but that is not the criteria for her to be found guilty. And by the way, has she paid Sue Paterno her attorneys fees yet?

It's sad that it all comes down to money for you, Peter. There are other matters in this life that are far more important, like how people treat each other and the environment -- even Wendy might agree with the latter. The News-Press could improve its circulation if it respected both its readers and its employees.

2/07/2009 8:34 AM  
Anonymous Peter Panned said...

Peter Pan must be right. Everyone, everywhere, all the time, who ever breaks a law automatically and swiftly, always, is held in contempt of court.

No one ever gets away with a crime do they?

2/07/2009 9:44 AM  
Anonymous Wet Blanket said...

What is breaking a law is claiming Wendy is breaking the law. This is slander per se, if I am not mistaken.

2/08/2009 10:02 AM  
Anonymous Get a towel said...

Wet blanket, truth is a complete defense to a charge of slander. Wendy McCaw has violated many laws, and has not been brought to justice yet on most of those violations. Prosecutors try those charges because they believe they have gathered enough evidence to prevail before a judge, and because whatever defense the News-Press has offered would not stand.

By the way, if your definition were correct, then Wendy and her newspaper would have committed slander and libel many times over, since she and it have lied about the Teamsters engaging in "illegal" secondary boycotts, which the NLRB has determined were in fact lawful. The difference between what Wendy's adversaries have said about her behavior and what she has said about them is that her adversaries have told the truth, and she has lied, and her management witnesses, and she herself, have been found to have lied under oath.

2/08/2009 10:34 PM  
Anonymous Peter Pan said...

When Wendy is "brought to justice" and refuses to respond, then get back to me about "breaking the law". You are lying so now quit back-peddling. Do you see why you own bias affected the quality of what you are writing? Hope so. No wonder you are still out of a job.

2/09/2009 7:09 AM  
Anonymous Please hand me that towel said...

Peter Pan, you continue your clueless posts. Being "brought to justice" and not responding may be roughly the way to be in contempt of court, but of course it is not the only way to break the law. Do you have to even be convicted if you murdered someone in cold blood, or have you already violated the law? Wendy has already been adjudged guilty of numerous labor law violations, and will be prosecuted for more. She and her henchmen (Steepleton and Armstrong) have all been found to have lied under oath, the latter two twice each. Those findings of deceit, exaggeration and just making stuff up are not going to be overturned.

Face it, PP, you're defending the indefensible, and probably getting paid well for it. As for my career, as I said, you're clueless. Please do keep it that way as you learn to "pedal" faster.

2/09/2009 11:17 PM  
Anonymous Peter Pan said...

Handtowel, I am glad you are not earning a living writing.

2/10/2009 10:16 PM  
Anonymous Doo rag said...

Peter Pan, and all of your otherwise dubious "pen" names under which you scribble, you indulge your psychoanalysis and guessing games to a fare-thee-well, but you're really just a joke, and not a funny one, let alone a perceptive one.

If I were a bad writer, unable to link cause and effect, and factually challenged, I'd apply for Travis Armstrong's job.

By the way, it looks like Wendy is about to get another dose of justice, right here in town! It'll be fun to see her minions spin that sucker.

2/10/2009 11:36 PM  
Anonymous Peter Pan said...

Doo doo rag, revenge is a dish best served cold. Go get your self a frappucino.

2/12/2009 9:59 PM  
Anonymous Da doo ron ron said...

Peter Putz, I don't know if that was a threat or an invitation to join you for coffee (or a statement that Wendy isn't done dishing out pain, which is her specialty), but there is a difference between retribution and justice. If Wendy hadn't brought her ridiculous hypersensitive malicious megalomaniacal vindictive claim against Roberts, she wouldn't have spent her millions on her own lawyers, the arbitrator, and now, his lawyers, too. She's already paid Sue Paterno's lawyers a nice six figure sum for her trouble, and while she did her best to ruin Jerry and blame him for her own mismanagement and that of her clueless management crew, it didn't work.

Happy Valentine's Day, Pete.

2/13/2009 7:34 AM  

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