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Friday, October 30, 2009

Travis Armstrong Resigns from the Santa Barbara News-Press

Had to come out of retirement for this one. Apparently, Travis Armstrong has resigned from the News-Press. What's next? How did it happen? Did Miss Yolanda walk him out the door to a chorus of expletives? I doubt it -- I think Travis saw the writing on the wall about himself, about declining circulation...maybe even a pending sale (assuming the court cases are handled). More on this at Craig Smith and other news outlets this weekend.

Opening a bottle of champagne....

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22 Comments:

Anonymous Treat Treat Treat said...

whooo hoooooooooo--------feels like a grainy lens is being lifted from Santa Barbara. Those of us who have endured the spiteful, often delusional, bitter ramblings of this maniac couldn't be happier. Who knows? Maybe Wendy without Travis won't be near as bad.
Hall a f-in lu la!

10/30/2009 9:44 PM  
Anonymous Mayor Emerita said...

I heard Marty Blum is available to start a new job on January 12, 2010.

10/30/2009 9:57 PM  
Blogger Don McDermott said...

Hot dog diggity dam. What a time to take a hiatus S.D.L.G. and T.A. is reportedly...gone! Looking toward the future but with the owner I have concern about a successor. Still hoping Miller-McCune could get a hold of that paper and return it to local ownership and with an eye towards journalistic ethics. A wall between the NewsRoom and the editorial pages would be a great start regardless. Reinstate the reporters too! McCaw Obey the .......

10/30/2009 10:14 PM  
Blogger Bill Carson said...

Travis was the best thing that's happened to Santa Barbara in a long, long time. Hopefully the void his departure creates will not be filled by those who still seem addicted to the status quo hypocrites who he so eloquently exposed.

10/30/2009 10:55 PM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

Don...Bill...nice to hear from you :)

Emerita -- don't think Blum would be into the job!

10/30/2009 10:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not sorry to see Travis go but this celebration over his departure is silly. Travis was two things for the News-Press: The ham-fisted enforcer and the lightning rod for a lot of stuff. Do you really think things will be different now? Of course they won't be. The News-Press will remain a petty, vindictive, irresponsible vanity press as long as you-know-who is in charge.

10/30/2009 11:27 PM  
Anonymous MBR2 said...

Nice to see you reopen for this news, perhaps after the election you may or may not reopen from time to time, either way its nice to see BlogaBarbara back for this! Hope you have enjoyed your time away.

Good riddance to Travis, wonder who his replacement is Nipper?

10/30/2009 11:38 PM  
Anonymous Just sayin' said...

Note that the N-P's "salute" to him spoke of what TA railed against, without saying he was in favor of anything. That would include analysis and linking cause with effect, as opposed to seeing conspiracy in coincidence and venom everywhere, except, perhaps, where Randall von Wolfswinkel went, or should I say, spent. That was just a benign half a mil lavished on the fortunate candidates by a benevolent Texas rich fellow. Imagine what Trav might have spewed if Oprah -- or OMG, an out-of-town personage -- had spent that kind of bank on a progressive candidate in the SB City race.

10/31/2009 12:35 AM  
Anonymous Of COURSE we're celebrating said...

Anon--- I completely understand the rejoicing that many of us are experiencing. Those who for NINE YEARS have lived under the hostile, bitter rantings of a man who attacked unrelentingly and quite personally, for no reason. And would not permit even a letter in response, or a conversation over coffee with his victims. He stifled and distorted public discourse in a community that for decades had thrived on it. So yes, we rejoice. Hard to imagine Wendy could find another editor who would match Armstrong's twisted vision.

10/31/2009 9:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone who thinks the Munchkins don't deserve to sing out with "Ding, dong, the witch is dead," at the news of Armstrong's departure, however it occurred, doesn't really know Armstrong. When he left the San Jose Mercury to come to Wendyland, his colleagues gave him a farewell party - AFTER he left!

10/31/2009 9:37 AM  
Anonymous One of many cabal members said...

The community-- those who he "named" as enemies and all the rest deserve to celebrate---perhaps in de la Guerra Plaza sometime next week?? in view of his now empty office? ahh this is so sweeet

10/31/2009 1:11 PM  
Blogger ewmyss said...

Let's have a Travis Appreciation Day at City College Stadium - where nobody shows up! GB

10/31/2009 1:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Jeeeeeezus and Goddess, too!!!

10/31/2009 5:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

DING-DONG, (one of) the witches dead...!

10/31/2009 5:27 PM  
Anonymous Pale Rider said...

Armstrong = one down, four to go: Steepleton, Apodaca, Von Wiesenberger, and last but not least, McCaw. She does not have a clue about the newspaper business and, sadly, never will.

10/31/2009 8:04 PM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

Allowing anons only because of this special, Hallows Eve weekend special news from the News-Press....please use an identity....

10/31/2009 10:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ach, he vas only following orderz.

11/01/2009 1:57 AM  
Anonymous sa1 said...

Great Minds think alike...

Not sure why I decided to check back and was surprised to see these posts. Hope things are great with you Sara...we miss you.

11/01/2009 8:03 AM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

Thanks SA1 -- hope things are well with you too....kind of waiting to hear more though about what TKA's future is or what the circumstances of his fall were.

11/01/2009 10:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sara,

It is very good to see you here again and that you seem happy and well. For me, that news is the best part of this post.

11/02/2009 7:11 AM  
Blogger Don McDermott said...

Sara; nice to have you back... I am also waiting for tid bits of TA info to surface. I was wondering while looking at channel 18 and waiting for election results if you're considering a roundup of this "crazier than Sarah Palin" ciudad de Santa Barbara election?

11/03/2009 8:11 PM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

Might as well while I am waiting...might need to see what happens tomorrow.

11/03/2009 10:35 PM  

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