No More News Press Deliveries?

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By Photodude

The last SB News-Press paper we received was Saturday, 22 January.  Both their main phone line and the circulation phone line are continuously busy.  When I get circulation (805-966-7171) to ring, it just rings and rings.  Nobody ever answers.

Has the News-Press gone out-of-business?

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patrick Jan 25, 2022 12:30 PM
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Saw this on their web site:

oops Jan 25, 2022 12:49 PM
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I didn't get Saturday's paper. On Monday, received Sunday & Monday. I don't normally get Monday's so I assume it was a makeup.

Curmudgeon Jan 25, 2022 01:06 PM
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Got through the phone line after several tries. They will credit account for missed days.
Also, I emailed the circulation department and got a swift response back.

EastBeach Jan 25, 2022 01:58 PM
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Yes I'm a bit surprised they still have enough subscribers to make it worthwhile.

ZeroHawk Jan 25, 2022 03:48 PM
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people still buy that rag? i haven't picked up a copy since Wendy bought the place in 2000. Here are her accomplishments with our case you all forgot:
2016, staff at the newspaper had dropped from 200, from when she purchased the newspaper, to 20.

In 2006, McCaw was accused of interfering with the newsroom editorial judgment at the News-Press. Five editors and a columnist resigned over the controversy. A number of other publishers and editors have resigned since she purchased the paper in 2000 over differences with McCaw

On October 7, 2016, the Santa Barbara News-Press was the first newspaper in the United States to endorse Donald Trump for president during the 2016 elections. It was one of only six newspapers in the country to do so. According to biographer Sam Tyler, there was no question McCaw was "behind the endorsement.

In April 2017, a federal judge ordered McCaw to offer reinstatement and around $2 million in back pay to former columnist Richard Mineards

In July 2018, after several administrative and court decisions against McCaw and the News-Press, the National Labor Relations Board announced it would seek $2.2 million on behalf of dozens of newsroom employees who were mistreated by McCaw. McCaw would be ordered to pay $936,000 to “make employees whole” for illegally hiring nonunion temporary workers, $705,000 in back pay for two employees whom she illegally laid off or fired, and $222,000 for employees whose merit pay she illegally suspended.

Maybe these are some reasons why she can't even get a paper boy to throw her "news" papers at driveways. final nail in the coffin.

a-1643157004 Jan 25, 2022 04:30 PM
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Not to mention all the absolute BS she gets up to in her personal life, spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on lawyers to prevent legally mandated beach access near her property.

Alexblue Jan 26, 2022 10:57 AM
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I think she still hasn't paid Richard Mineards what she owes him.

He should put a lien on her house.

ZeroHawk Jan 26, 2022 11:03 AM
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yeah that beach access thing...that's a hoot! when i heard about it, i brought my kids, and dogs down and we set up camp all day every weekend for two months. several other friends and their kids joined us.
our beaches are just that..."our beaches".

ZeroHawk Jan 26, 2022 11:06 AM
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Rinconer, i don't always pay attention, but when i am, i'm a hawk....wendy is just bad for SB as a whole. a close friend of mine worked at the news press and was fired once she took over in 2000. he worked there for 25 years. he was already struggling and had some learning problems and disabilities. this caused him to lose his apartment, his pet, then his vehicle, he was homeless for 6 months, being too proud to take handouts. he lived on the street and worked odd jobs, was clean and sober too (just never did anything, wasn't an addict). He passed away about 2 years ago. i'll never...ever forget that and what she caused. so yeppers...its a little personal with me i guess

a-1643281170 Jan 27, 2022 02:59 AM
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Every one of us who cancelled the News Press after the great debacle/meltdown/controvery/mess paid attention, and many, I imagine most, of us still do.

A 9-10 page listing of documents NLRB v. Ampersand Publishing

Hard to find news articles after all these years. I googled "news Ampersand Publishing v NLRB"

These articles require free registration to read and they're law articles not news.

"NLRB Asks DC Circ. To Fine Publisher For Stalling Bargaining
By Braden Campbell · July 7, 2021, 3:43 PM EDT

The National Labor Relations Board asked the D.C. Circuit to order a California newspaper publisher in a nearly 14-year contract fight with a Teamsters unit to bargain with workers and give..."

and this one:

"NLRB Tells 9th Circ. Its $2M Payment Order To Publisher Is OK
By Emily Brill · December 9, 2021, 8:18 PM EST

The NLRB told the Ninth Circuit on Thursday that it followed a reasonable process to determine what a California newspaper publisher owed workers and a union after being held responsible for...

She refuses to give up a PENNY, but will pay lawyers til... who knows. Her estate will probably continue the battle.
Dang it, I'm all worked up, she and the whole issue always do that to me!

dukemunson Jan 25, 2022 04:23 PM
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It’s sad that our two printed news options (news press and independent) are just total train wrecks.

dukemunson Jan 26, 2022 12:16 PM
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The independent isn't a news's a one sided opinion rag. We all lose if we end up in an echo chamber.

a-1643156871 Jan 25, 2022 04:27 PM
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We assume that the paper decided to go to any even cheaper delivery person. Probably didn't pay the people who had been doing it for the last year or two. Possibly the last gasp of a feeble and dying pretense of being a news service. So we cancelled the subscription. Felt bad about this even though our politics is completely opposite of hers. Wanted to keep the printed word alive and have some exposure to the other side.

patrick Jan 25, 2022 04:55 PM
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Maybe your paper was delivered, but blew away? It’s only like 4 pages thick, so the smallest gust will send it flying.

doulie Jan 26, 2022 10:00 AM
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Patrick - Delivered. The good 'ol days when a bundle of papers were dropped off in our front yard by a News Press district manager. They would then be folded and placed in a canvas bag. The bag was placed on a rack attached to sit above the rear wheel and frame of a bike. Then drive off to deliver. While riding, reach back for a paper that would then be tossed into the yard of a subscriber. The paper back then wasn't going to be blown anywhere, especially the Sunday edition.

a-1643280379 Jan 27, 2022 02:46 AM
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Patrick, the Independent referred to your joke! Which I laughed at when I first read it yesterday.

fitz Jan 25, 2022 06:43 PM
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SB would benefit from the Newspress meeting a swift demise. I stayed at a local hotel a few years ago and they had copies of the Newspress delivered to my room. What an utter embarrassment for this community.

Luvaduck Jan 26, 2022 06:48 AM
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I enjoy scan-reading the Independent, but it was formed to voice one POV, and it does, and it's target audience is much younger than me. The Newspress has the opposite POV, but it's the personal view of the owner and she's not honest, maybe not sane. Hard to tell with some people. I go online for actual news.

a-1643210181 Jan 26, 2022 07:16 AM
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This is third hand information, from a friend of a friend. They got through on the phone and were told the paper was sold. That’s all the woman on the phone would say. As a side note, I wrote a letter to Jeff Bezos over a year ago, urging him to buy the paper. Wouldn’t it be great if he did?

patrick Jan 26, 2022 08:03 AM
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It would be great if it sold, but I don’t really trust Bezos to run an unbiased paper.

toot Jan 26, 2022 09:40 AM
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You think Bezos would treat the employees of his paper any better than he treats his employees at Amazon?

ZeroHawk Jan 26, 2022 11:00 AM
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Toot, i work near (very very close) to amazon in town and know several employees. i assure you they are very well cared for...

EastBeach Jan 26, 2022 12:45 PM
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Bezos doesn't run it, but he already owns the Washington Post (of Woodward and Bernstein fame). They always publish a disclaimer if the story involves Bezos and has published stories both "good and bad" about him. Unlike the SBNP, there is a firewall between the owner and publisher/editors.

a-1643245025 Jan 26, 2022 04:57 PM
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Eastbeach - Yes, I knew Bezos owned the Post, and has for a few years. As I haven’t seen any major changes in its coverage, that is why I sent Bezos the note encouraging him to buy the news Press.

a-1643529052 Jan 29, 2022 11:50 PM
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Sure, it would be great. I subscribe to WaPo.

But "third hand information"?! NO Thank You.

Lorax Jan 26, 2022 03:09 PM
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Yes same here. I got a rapid response by email and was told the delivery system was being changed that had caused the interruption. I like to support a printed paper, I read them all and find them all biased. All our news is managed , were such a political community.

a-1643272193 Jan 27, 2022 12:29 AM
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How about when you're told a paper will be sent out? What a joke. THAT NEVER HAPPENS.

a-1643282132 Jan 27, 2022 03:15 AM
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KEYT did an interview with someone who went to the NP building because she couldn't get through.
I thought it had a funny punchline:

Also, SB City staff reportedly has been trying to reach the News Press/Wendy to discuss De la Guerra plaza plans and cannot get a call back:

"The elephant under the rug, of course, is the News-Press building — which helps anchor the plaza — and its owner, Wendy P. McCaw, whose hostility to the occupants of City Hall has been exceeded only by the steadfastness of her refusal to engage. A number of questions were asked about “the due diligence” undertaken by City Hall in getting McCaw — whose property will undeniably be affected by any of the proposed changes — on the phone. “I continue to do outreach to the News-Press,” stated city planner Brad Hess, who is bird dogging this project. “All I can say — it hasn’t been reciprocated.”

It's all just so darn community minded...

Mesarats Jan 27, 2022 07:07 AM
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It would be naive to think Wendy would choose a credible individual or news organization, when the option of a right wing corporate propaganda media monger who has been buying local papers for the sole purpose of controlling content.

Yes, it’s as bad as it sounds.

She can dump the NP and still forward her political agenda

a-1643345728 Jan 27, 2022 08:55 PM
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I'm surprised there is not a single mention of Noozhawk in this thread, as an alternative. It's much better news than, well, any other daily. Much better than KEYT.
(I won't touch their editorial policy...)

Re: The Independent, (which I've been reading since it was The News and Review, wow am I old), describes itself as "the leading source for news, arts & entertainment, and lifestyle coverage in the greater Santa Barbara area."
Of course, "leading source" is their own judgment, but when you consider their triple focus, it's pretty accurate. Also, they've always been the go-to arts and entertainment source, and they're only a weekly. They're not trying to be like a daily *news* paper; they have a different focus.

a-1643345847 Jan 27, 2022 08:57 PM
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Noozhawk is full of religious pap and "business oriented" (i.e. "ignore COVID") drivel.

a-1643354449 Jan 27, 2022 11:20 PM
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I agree completely. That's why I said I would not touch their editorial policy. And why I haven't contributed money to them. But it IS a good news site.

a-1643527057 Jan 29, 2022 11:17 PM
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I haven't read the News Press in almost 2 decades, but would they cover jail/sheriff issues like this? (I don't know, it's possible they did. But I have doubts. If I'm wrong, just share the link. )

Noozhawk, regardless of its editorial policy, did. That's the sign of an informative news site.

I re-read the above article while reading this one:

a-1643528840 Jan 29, 2022 11:47 PM
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This article conveys crucial information for citizens. It has nothing to do with the opinion material I find offensive at the publishing news site.

I've wanted to donate to Noozhawk. This conversation has been helpful in clarifying my thoughts. I'm going to get over my qualms and do so. They employ and publish good journalists and their articles. I will, of course, make my thoughts about their editorial policy clearly known along with my "donation" which is not a subscription.

There's a comment above from a current News Press subscriber who just cancelled who didn't agree with the paper but didn't want to cancel because they support journalism. There is SO much good journalism out there! I intended to reply that sometimes a boycott is necessary. It goes both ways -- sometimes supporting good journalism is necessary.
Support what you support -- as much as you can with money.

a-1643529538 Jan 29, 2022 11:58 PM
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Philosophically and politically, this all fits in with honoring Gary K. Hart.
(I assume Edhat will post this news.)

I am emotional because I am old enough to remember. To remember common goals and efforts. To remember Mr. Hart in person, and his work.
My true deep condolences to his family, so many of us so appreciate him!

a-1643529980 Jan 30, 2022 12:06 AM
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Gary Hart is (was) like Bill Wallace. Your good friend, your favorite uncle. And in a position to make things happen and always open to collaboration. The news made me think of Bill. And Jack O'Connell, of course. Sorry, just reminiscing and appreciating their service.

a-1643536772 Jan 30, 2022 01:59 AM
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To whomever downvoted my memorial comment, I wish you would discuss why. Have a conversation about the issues!
Also, you missed downvoting the one right below, where I mention Bill Wallace and Jack O'Connell too.

First District Jan 30, 2022 01:02 AM
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I had reason to rely on Gary Hart. One issue regarded a pre-school. The other regarded Caltrans widening the 101. I remember that the powers-that-be wanted to raze Santa Barbara Junior High. He saved it by acquiring funding to retrofit the building.

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