Journalists at Star-News, 10 Other Southern California Daily Newspapers Announce Plans to Unionize

first_img Make a comment Top of the News 18 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Journalists at Star-News, 10 Other Southern California Daily Newspapers Announce Plans to Unionize STAFF REPORT Published on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 | 2:29 pm HerbeautyTop Important Things You Never Knew About MicrobladingHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRed Meat Is Dangerous And Here Is The ProofHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like A Bombshell And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 things only girls who live life to the maximum understandHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Signs Your Perfectionism Has Gotten Out Of ControlHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday More Cool Stuff STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Subscribe Business Newscenter_img STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Journalists with the Southern California News Group, which owns the Pasadena Star-News, announced Wednesday their plan to unionize at 11 daily newspapers and more than a dozen weekly publications.Nearly three-fourths of the newspapers’ non-management editorial employees — including reporters, photographers, designers, copy editors and online editors — have signed authorization cards that will be submitted to the National Labor Relations Board in a petition for a union election.The journalists’ union, the SCNG Guild, will be a unit of the Media Guild of the West, a local of The NewsGuild-CWA. MGW represents hundreds of journalists at the Los Angeles Times, the Arizona Republic and other news outlets.The journalists of the SCNG Guild are eager to better serve their communities across Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Most newsrooms have endured pay cuts, with some employees going a decade or more without raises. SCNG newsrooms are stretched thin through layoffs and attrition.“Our journalists have labored for years under increasingly difficult conditions. We intend to reverse that trend,” the guild said in its mission statement.“Readers need the services we provide more than ever,” the statement reads. “Our online traffic is surging, and our digital subscriptions are up. The public is clamoring for information that can help them and their families stay healthy and safe.”The news group includes the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, the Riverside Press-Enterprise, the Long Beach Press-Telegram, the Torrance Daily Breeze, the San Bernardino Sun, the Pasadena Star-News, the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the Whittier Daily News and the Redlands Daily Facts.The papers attract an online audience of 17.6 million monthly unique visitors, according to the company, and some 451,000 Sunday print subscribers.The company is owned by Alden Global Capital’s MediaNews Group. The New York-based hedge fund is known for slashing newsroom budgets to the bone. Last week, Alden Global announced a $630 million deal to buy Tribune Publishing newspapers, even as it refuses to invest in its own newsrooms.“The Southern California News Group likes to say that ‘Local. News. Matters,’” said reporter Josh Cain, SCNG Guild organizing committee member. “But hollowing out our newsrooms with layoffs and attrition does not improve our ability to cover the news. Buying up every local paper in Southern California, cutting its staff to the bone and covering the same number of communities with even fewer resources does not help our readers. We want to save local news, and organizing will help us do that.”Ten of SCNG’s daily newspapers and some of its weekly editions are more than a century old. (the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the youngster of the group, was established in 1955.) By unionizing, journalists are looking to stave off further cuts, “while providing a framework for allowing our newspapers to thrive,” according to their mission statement. Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Report Forecasts Potential Revenue From Legalizing Recreational Marijuana In State

first_imgPexels Stock Image.ALBANY — A new report is foreshadowing potential revenues the state could see if lawmakers legalized recreational marijuana in New York.The Citizens Budget Commission’s report however says state leaders should be cautious about relying on those potential revenues to help close budget gaps.“What we’ve seen is that that takes generally over a year to get from legalization to a functioning commercial market. Those times have been trimmed quite a bit, frankly, as more states have implemented and states can draw on what has happened around the country. So about one year is reasonable there,” said Patrick Orecki, the report’s author.Orecki says once the commercial market is in operation, it takes time for people to start using dispensaries to buy products. “That generally takes about two to three years consistently for customers to move to those marketplaces and for those marketplaces to yield substantial tax revenues for the state,” furthered Orecki.He explained that in the past the Governor’s Administration has forecasted about $300 million in revenue from the legalization of recreational marijuana annually once established, but, it can be reliant on different factors like tax framework structure.“California is generating the most revenue of any state because of its size, especially, but it has experienced a lot slower maturation of that revenue source than some other states did,” explained Orecki. “They’ve had a fairly sticky illicit market where people are still just using the same channels that they use to purchase marijuana previously. So, every state’s experience is absolutely different in it.”Governor Andrew Cuomo has voiced support for legalizing recreational marijuana use.Earlier this month, he called it the “right policy” and said, “the state is going to be desperate for funding.”According to the Citizens Budget Commission, California brought in about $764,000,000 from recreational marijuana revenues from July 2019 to June 2020. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ars Nova & The Great Comet Producers Reach Settlement

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 3, 2017 Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 has avoided collision. Following a billing dispute that led Ars Nova to pursue a lawsuit against the show’s commercial producers, the two announced on November 2 that they have reached a settlement.“Ars Nova and the producers of The Great Comet deeply regret that a contractual dispute became public, and are pleased to share that the matter has now been resolved, privately, and will continue to achieve success for The Great Comet on Broadway,” the joint statement read.The clash began when Playbills for the musical’s Broadway premiere failed to precede the title with “The Ars Nova production of…” on the title page, as the two parties had reportedly agreed upon in a 2012 legal document. Instead, the non-profit off-Broadway company, where the show originated in 2012, was included in the list of producers above the title and had a creative credit in small print at the bottom of the page.This contract violation led to a lawsuit from Ars Nova against producer Howard Kagan. This resulted in Kagan barring members of Ars Nova from attending the first preview performance and threatening to schedule the cast recording on the day of the off-Broadway company’s annual gala, limiting the performers’ availability.On October 31, Kagan and two other lead producers—his wife Janet and Paula Marie Black—released a statement agreeing to Ars Nova’s terms, provided the company drops the legal claims.The Great Comet, starring Josh Groban and Denée Benton in their Broadway debuts, is still set to open officially on November 14 at the Imperial Theatre. View Commentscenter_img Denée Benton in ‘Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812′(Photo: Evgenia Eliseeva) Related Showslast_img read more