Layoffs and Downsizing

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2014

    Laid-Off OC Register Workers Respond to Aaron Kushner Calling Their Layoffs a "Reset"!

    Last Friday, sources and people affected let me know that the Orange County Register had just laid off people in their sales department, with figures ranging from a believable six to an unbelievable 70. So we went straight to the top: owner Aaron Kushner and his Minister of Information, Eric Morgan. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2013

    SoCal Edison Laying Off Hundreds of Workers At Shuttered San Onofre Nuke Plant

    If there's anything sad about the fact that the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) will never reopen--other than the prospect of those giant concrete boobies someday being dismantled--it's the 600 pink slips that went out Monday to employees at the aging nuclear power plant, and the fact ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2013

    Chris Anderson, Former Register Publisher, Cutting Staff and Print Days at The Oregonian

    You may remember N. Christian Anderson III as the former publisher (and, if you're really old, editor) of the Orange County Register.He left the Register in the middle of those cost-/staff-cutting days of 2007, later popping up at The Oregonian, where he just announced delivery of the print edition ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2012

    Appeals Court Publishes Costa Mesa Ruling That Bans Cities From Outsourcing Jobs

    A three-judge Fourth District Court of Appeals panel has published a ruling that prohibits general law cities in California from laying off city workers by outsourcing their jobs to private sector companies. The ruling, which was issued Aug. 17, prevented the city of Costa Mesa from laying off 200 e ... More >>

  • Columns

    April 19, 2012

    Mop Jock

    [Hey, You!] Gym etiquette for meatheads

  • Blogs

    February 29, 2012

    Blizzard To Lay Off 600 Employees

    ​Blizzard Entertainment, maker of the mammoth online game "World of Warcraft," is laying off about 600 workers from its global operation. About ninety percent of the jobs being cut are not related to game development, and the "World of Warcraft" development team will not be impacted. (And hopefull ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2012

    [UPDATED with Santa Ana Hypocrisy?] "Bain" of Mitt Romney's Existence: Shitty Stewardship of Anaheim Company

    ​UPDATE, JAN. 13, 10:42 A.M.: Even those who question Mitt Romney's commitment to conservatism would agree that, when it comes to business, he has steadfastly advocated in public speeches that government must get out of the way so they can flourish. But now, a second Orange County connection to Ro ... More >>

  • Columns

    September 8, 2011
  • Blogs

    July 18, 2011

    [UPDATED with Judge Issues Written Order, City Gets It Now:] Judge Blocks Costa Mesa Layoffs Until Civil Trial

    ​UPDATE, JULY 18, 4:49 P.M.: Though she made her ruling two weeks ago, Orange County Superior Court Judge Tam Nomoto Schumann issued the written order blocking the city of Costa Mesa from laying off employees and privatizing their jobs late Friday night.The written order just added fuel to the nev ... More >>

  • Columns

    July 14, 2011

    This Elephant Never Remembers

    [Hey, You!] Trunk off, GOP push-pollster!

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2011

    Costa Mesa Layoffs May Not Happen As Soon As Anticipated, Judge Tells City To Wait For Civil Trial

    ​Finally, the Costa Mesa employees who got layoff notices earlier this year have caught a break--or at least a reprieve. Joseph Serna of The Daily Pilot reports that an Orange County Superior Court judge ruled today that the city cannot lay off employees and outsource their jobs to private co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2011

    [UPDATED: Police Chief Uncertain of Cocaine Involvement] City Employee Commits Suicide, Jumping Off Costa Mesa City Hall

    Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyHuy Pham, in a photo brought to a candlelight vigil for him​UPDATE, MAY 31, 8:16 A.M.: Costa Mesa's police chief, Steve Staveley isn't entirely convinced by the conclusions being made from the coroner reports that Huy Pham had cocaine in his system at the time of his ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2011

    Costa Mesa Fires City Workers While City Leaders Get Free Lunch

    ​Yesterday, lawyers for the Orange County Employees Association (OCEA) filed a complaint in Orange County Superior Court, asking a judge to stop Costa Mesa's city council from firing 100 city employees. The complaint, which names Thomas Hatch, the city's chief executive officer, as a defendant, al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2011

    Newport Beach is So Trying to be the Next Costa Mesa: Considering Layoffs, Including Lifeguards

    ​Newport Beach sits just to the south/southeast west of the oh-so-troubled city of Costa Mesa. It's a city full of pretty people and prettier cars. It has 10 miles of coastline. Its population is 90-plus percent white and the median value of a home is said to exceed $1 million. And yet, just like ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2011

    Michael Jackson's Ghost Spooks Propofol Maker Teva

    ​The worldwide scorn directed at those closest to Michael Jackson in his final days may have extended to the drug Propofol and its Irvine-based maker, which announced it is laying off 200 employees this year after having already let go 70 workers.Teva Pharmaceuticals maintains it already discontin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2010

    [UPDATED:] Port's Marine Clerks Strike

    ​UPDATE: As feared, unionized marine clerks working at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach went on strike early today (updates throughout) . . . Unionized marine clerks working at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach went on strike just minutes after their contract with a consortium of 14 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2009

    Workers Rally to Save Jobs of Live Emergency Dispatchers

    ​Before this evening's Santa Ana City Council meeting, union workers will stage a rally in front of City Hall to draw attention to layoffs they claim will lead to 9-1-1 emergency calls being answered by an electronic menu rather than a live dispatcher.

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2009

    Criminal Defense of the Day: "I'm An Unemployed Wine Taster"

    Lil Erna / Flickr / Creative Commons​Imagine you're a vagrant wino (in these times, not hard to imagine). You get picked up by Newport Beach police. How to explain the stink on the breath... the unwashed clothes... the sad look in your eyes?From Corona Del Mar Today:Two transient men were arrested ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2009

    Healthcare Workers to Protest Job Cuts at Kaiser Orange County

    Coming to Anaheim Thursday.​Kaiser Permanente employees will picket outside the Kaiser Orange County facility Thursday to protest the health behemoth's plans to slash 1,350 jobs in coming months.Kaiser workers in purple shirts are scheduled to chant, carry signs and speak with patients about the e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2009

    Cop Union To Sue OC Prosecutor Tony Rackauckas

    Union Boss Quint Unhappy With Rackauckas​The union representing investigators in the district attorney's office, notified county officials this morning that it will file a lawsuit tomorrow in federal court to block District Attorney Tony Rackauckas' plan to implement a temporary layoff plan as a w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2009

    Layoffs and Furloughs Soon To Hit OC Prosecutors & Investigators

    Tight times at the DA's office​Folks aren't buying products and services like they used to and the impact of dwindling government sales tax revenues is about to be felt hard inside the local agency charged with putting criminals in prison. In an interview this morning, District Attorney Tony Ra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2009

    Entrepreneur Magazine Editorial Staff "Decimated"

    If you believe it is the entrepreneurs who are going to save this shitty economy, close your eyes. Fishbowl LA has the scoop on Irvine-based Entrepreneur Magazine and "decimating" their editorial staff this week. We hear from former employees that the layoffs include the executiv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2009

    Pissed-Off Teachers Can Really Stop Traffic

    California law mandates that school districts notify teachers and administrators about possible layoffs for the following school year by a certain date. This year's deadline is Sunday and, facing uncertain financial futures, many districts are issuing pink slips. Once the numbers are crunched, many ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2009

    LA Times Cuts California Section

    The Los Angeles Times plans to lay off even more employees with the recent decision to rid the local news section. California news will now be folded in the front section alongside national and foreign news.Quoted from a memo sent by publisher Eddy Hartenstein:"In the coming weeks, we will introduce ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 15, 2009
  • Blogs

    January 6, 2009

    OC Weekly Not Alone; Village Voice Media Cuts Widespread

    As editor Ted B. Kissell's "A Bad Week at the Weekly" post about layoffs at OC Weekly continued (and is continuing) to generate comments, newsroom staffers received a memo about the matter this week from our Village Voice Media overlords. Now, before I reveal what was in the memo, let me itera ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2008

    Daily Grill Execs to Take 10% Pay Cut

    Here's somewhat encouraging news in discouraging times. Although "at least eight people were laid off this year from the company's office in Woodland Hills", according to an article in the LA Times, about a dozen Daily Grill executives -- whose annual salaries range from $100,000 to $350,000 -- are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2008

    Times OC Takes Another Big Hit

    Los Angeles Times management has laid off two more veteran reporters in its already-decimated Orange County bureau, according to Times sources. The latest to leave will be Gil Reza and Christian Berthelsen, two outstanding veterans with long lists of accomplishments. Amazingly, the Times OC edito ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2008

    Goodbye Tony D. ... and the Pilot, too?

    Sad news about a really good guy, Tony Dodero: the former editor-in-chief of the Newport Beach/Costa Mesa Daily Pilot is being let go as the director of news and online for L.A. Times Community News publications, which include the Pilot, Huntington Beach Independent and Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2008

    "Confusion" at Register over buyouts

    "Breaking" news in its "Newspaper Deathwatch" category: Media Bistro reports Orange County Register employees are unsure whether to take the buyout currently being offered or risk having future buyout offers lowered: Nervous staffers at the Orange County Register had been considered asking for vol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2008

    Monday Night Football at The Pelican Grill? Whaaa?

    The Pelican Grill at the Pelican Hill Resort is the last place I would think of when it comes to Monday Night Football. After all, this is a valet-parking, ocean-views, uniformed-waiter, white-table-cloth kind of establishment, where the customers are the country-club types, not the average Joe Six ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2008

    OC Register to Lay Off 30 Newsroom Employees

    Just received word from an anonymous but reliable source that the Register is going to announce the elimination of 30 newsroom positions tomorrow. The paper is hoping to avoid direct layoffs by getting volunteers. Stay tuned for updates on who jumps the ship(wreck).* *Update #1: Apparently, Freedo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2008

    Times OC Loses Three More Vets is reporting on the latest round of forced/voluntary retirements at the Los Angeles Times and noted that the Orange County bureau will lose Bill Lobdell. Lobdell has served the Times in numerous capacities, including as editor of the Daily Pilot, which covers Newport Beach and Costa ... More >>

  • News

    July 3, 2008
  • Blogs

    July 2, 2008

    Times About to Lay Off 250 Employees

    Apparently trying to compete with the Orange County Register for worst place to work on the planet, the Los Angeles Times is about to lay off 250 people, including 150 newsroom employees, according to a source who, for the time being at least, still actually works at the paper. There's been rumors ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2008

    OC Reg Will Outsource to New Delhi

    Late yesterday the AP confirmed news that Nick Schou broke last week right here on our blog: the paper has taken the layoff model to another level and will now outsource some of its editing and layout duties to a "global media" company near New Delhi. With the last round of layoffs knocking 90 pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2008

    OC Register Laying off Five Percent of Workforce

    It's never fun being right about this kind of thing, but apparently the OC Register is laying off 80 to 90 employees, according to a post today on the newspaper's website. Here's about half of the post (it's really short): "... [Publisher Terry] Horne cited Orange County’s sluggish economy, es ... More >>

  • News

    March 20, 2008
  • Blogs

    February 20, 2008

    OC Register Death Watch Part Two

    Last week, I reported that the Orange County Register is in secret talks with Dean Singleton, owner of the Denver-based MediaNews Inc. and an all-around Darth Vader of daily news--he bought and all but killed the Long Beach Press Telegram, just as one example--to share content and lay off writers. I ... More >>

  • News

    February 14, 2008
  • Blogs

    February 13, 2008

    The future of journalism is now! And the future is sexy, illiterate and cost-cutting.

    Today came the announcement of two major developments in the world of Southland journalism. One announcement is superbad and the other superfresh awesome. So which do you want first? Well, the good's so good, you'll probably forget the bad so long as you hear the good last, so here's the bad. Deep b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2007

    A SCOWL in the Night: Anonymous Poet Bemoans the Self-Inflicted Demise of the OC Register

    This week, an anonymous source sent the Weekly a poem called "Scowl," which appears to be a riff on Allen Ginsberg's famous and similarly-titled manifesto of 1950s beatnik angst, "Howl." The poem also appears to be written by someone intimately familiar with the inner workings of the Orange County R ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2006

    My Favorite Sex Offender

    The AP wires are humming today with news that Brian Doyle, former deputy press secretary for the Department of Homeland Security, has been sentenced. Doyle was caught sending sexually explicit messages to Sheriff's deputies posing as a 14-year-old girl named Ashlynne, for which he has been sentenced ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2006

    Register One Step From Layoffs

    To prevent layoffs on the heels of a sharp decline in advertising revenue, Freedom Communications--the parent company of The Orange County Register--today offered voluntary severance packages to employees, according to sources. "If not enough people opt out, then there will be layoffs," a veteran o ... More >>

  • News

    January 22, 2004

    These Jeans Are a Steal

    Mexican factory workers say they work all dayliterallyto keep you in Wet Seal jeans

  • News

    October 16, 2003

    Million-Dollar Munchikins

    How a councilwomans taxpayer-funded multiple childbirth complicated HBs budget crisis

  • News

    February 7, 2002

    Involuntary Separation

    41 Reg pressmen lose jobs before union vote

  • Features

    December 20, 2001

    Mouse Chow

    Disney execs collect big checks while low-wage workers collect free food

  • News

    March 15, 2001

    Moss Appeal

    Mossimo hits Target, cheapskates go nuts!

  • News

    September 28, 2000

    A Big Disaster

    Irvine high-tech firm snuffs extreme-sports'

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