Here's the List of OC Register Reporters Who are Taking a Buyout or Getting Laid Off: UPDATED

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Will be updated through June 20, if not beyond...

CURRENT COUNT: 66 gone.

ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 9, 8:03 A.M. The last time the Orange County Register announced massive layoffs, we had a running tally of who was getting the axe. That list topped out at about 31; the list expected this time might be significantly longer, so consider this the definitive go-to place to find all the names, which we'll post as we confirm until Monday, at which point we'll post them all. Feel free to add or correct in the comments. The names here are those who applied for the buyouts, per sources; it's not still clear if Reg owner Aaron Kushner will accept the buyouts--that's the subject of another post I'll write later.

A quick note on schadenfreude: While we have many enemies at the Reg, we also have many friends and people we admire there. Any glee we have in these layoffs is directed solely at Register owner Aaron Kushner, who deserves all the scorn on Earth for deciding to blindly lead hundreds of people off a cliff with his unfettered expansions instead of listening to those in the newsroom who urged cautious growth. Those folks who'll be losing their jobs, on the other hand, we feel for deeply--because there but for the grace of Camel cigarette ads and alt-medicine notices goes us.

Now the list, in the order we get confirmation. Note: some of the early names were laid off before the layoffs were even announced, meaning there's a LOT of problems with Kushner's financials:

Sandy Coronilla, graphics reporter: Her layoff happened before the buyout. From Twitter:

Laura Olson, Sacramento reporter: Only hired in November. Not clear if she was laid off orShe left on her own accord to take her next gig: she's already headed to the Allentown Morning Call--and you know Kushner's enterprise is in trouble when folks are leaving to pinche Allentown. From Twitter:

TJ Simers, sports columnist: This one's a shocker. The longtime Los Angeles Times columnist jumped ship to Grand Street in September, one of Kushner's high-priced free agents that his Minister of Information, Eric Morgan, so loved to proclaim--and now, he's gone. His column explaining his rationale for the buyout is here.

Bruce Chambers, staff photographer: A longtimer. From Facebook:

Keith Sharon, staff writer: Another longtimer, and one of two reporters (the other being Tom Berg) that the Register would usually assign their attempts at literary journalism to. From Facebook:

Kevin Sablan, business columnist: Sablan also tweeted a lot for the paper. From Twitter:

Jessica Peralta, web content at Coast Magazine, the Reg's luxury rag: Peralta was also part of the ill-fated Squeeze OC.

Greg Hardesty, features writer: This one is particularly crushing to the newsroom--Hardesty's lifestyle stories frequently made national news, and he was a beloved presence in the newsroom. A journalism presence in Orange County since his days at UC Irvine's New University back in the 1980s.


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alpacarules
alpacarules

Sure miss reading the columns of past Register writers. Wonder how many more journalists will jump off the sinking ship?

jimgilchrist
jimgilchrist

The demise of the Register proves once again that there is a GOD.  


I have claimed for years that the Register is just another piece of scrap in the junkyard of second-rate journalism.  Specifically, my beef was the blatant libeling propaganda conducted by the Register's commentary writer, Frank Mickadeit, who wrote at least six outrageously false stories essentially trying to con the public into thinking I was conducting some kind of criminal enterprises from within the Minuteman Project.  


Peculiarly, these fantasies were written and published after the Minuteman Project sued one of Mickadeit's friends for various torts.  Those law suits were won repeatedly in Superior Court.  I also proved in court every single one of Mickadeit's lies as the ugly propaganda they were, much to his disappointment.


Mickadeit is a delusional fool commonly known to violate the most elementary cannons of professional journalism.  Hopefully, he is not representative of most writers on the Register staff.


Good riddance to DIRTY JOURNALIST Frank Mickadeit.  Welcome L. A. Times; a newspaper that maintains a much higher caliber of professionalism in the newspaper industry.


Jim Gilchrist, Founder and President, The Minuteman Project

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melsent
melsent

It is becoming very hard to make a living in the newspaper industry. Everything has gone online. http://ow.ly/yd2jh

Bubblehead
Bubblehead

As far as I'm concerned, the Register's downward spiral began when they removed their anonymous commenting system...

mhip
mhip

I was much sadder when The National went under...

YoureNoHelp
YoureNoHelp

AT WHAT POINT will it be easier to publish a list of those STILL THERE, or has that already passed?

Steve SomeRandomguy Sobol
Steve SomeRandomguy Sobol

I live in Apple Valley, next door to Victorville, home to one of the Register's sister publications, the Daily Press. There have been some absolutely stellar reporters here over the years, but not many, because Freedom Communications never wanted to invest a penny up here, always preferring the higher-profile flagship newspaper. I don't understand, given the way things are going for print media, why the new owner invested so much money into the Register. The only plausible answer I can come up with is "he's a flaming moron". Unfortunately, his idiocy is causing problems for many innocent victims. The one good thing about his lack of investment up here is that his stupidity won't cost any of my neighbors *their* jobs.

Wendy De La Puente
Wendy De La Puente

Ha, guess you never followed her grocery column. The comments about the different Mexican markets were totally uncalled for. Good for her, She adopted a child. Childless women are generally not picky of whom they adopt nor should they be.

Jeff Keller
Jeff Keller

Wow, you got that she was a racist out of that? I sure hope her adopted black son doesn't find out.

Wendy De La Puente
Wendy De La Puente

Marla Jo Fisher doesn't work there. OC Register confirmed it. She said so on her frumpy page and then deleted it. I think she's just in denial because she's worked there so long. She's not even a good a Deal's Diva. This is 2014, you don't refuse to cover Northgate in your comparison grocery column because (her own words) "I don't like that store" She is a racist. Good for OC Register in deciding to get rid of her.

Lynn Drazba Ellsberry
Lynn Drazba Ellsberry

Even more glad that I stopped my subscription a few months ago. I can get news anywhere. The only reason to keep the register was some of the columnist l really loved to read. Now most of them are gone. What a shame.

Carol Rosenstiel
Carol Rosenstiel

It will be a different paper. Sad to see. Interesting to watch.

Jovany Leon
Jovany Leon

Just sell the register at a loss. This is ridiculous.

joshglk
joshglk

This is getting more and more sad. I worked with a lot of these people and to see them go is unbelievable. These names are some of the most well known names at the paper. I think my former editor is leaving (can't confirm but he isn't on this list yet) and I worked with Chris Boucly on a few occasions, he was in charge of the south county bureau (MV, LF, LN, Etc.) I don't understand how the paper will operate without a lot of these people, Kushner and Spitz really screwed up and to make it worse, a lot of us actually believed in them...Or at least enough not to do something as stupid as hire hundreds of people then lay off around the same number of people 1 year later.

fishwithoutbicycle
fishwithoutbicycle topcommenter

I think Kushner's having a party...the theme of which is "Everyone Gets Laid (Off)". :-(

chrisl8
chrisl8

From Chris Long: 

I will overlook the fact that my name has been posted here without my permission. I guess it doesn't really matter anymore. On Saturday I will reach the end of my 44-year newspaper career. It started in 1970 at the Santa Monica Evening Outlook (my hometown paper) as a reporter and copyeditor. It included 25 years at the Outlook and Daily Breeze (after a merger). I came to OCR as a copyeditor on the sports desk in 1996 and stayed 5 months. I was sent away and spent 14 months at the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. When a more competent sports editor took control at the OCR, I was called back in 1997 for an 18-year stint on the sports desk that concludes Saturday. 

  Two statements by Aaron Kushner stand out from early town hall meetings. After being asked how he can succeed when most other newspapers are failing, he said, "We (he and Spitz) are smarter than they are." The other statement was, "You can't cut your way to success." Now, he is doing what all the guys he's smarter than have done.

I am 62 and am looking forward to not working anymore.

theirony
theirony

On Facebook feed tonight via oc register. "OC Register celebrates expansion in Southern California with a party at the House of Blues". Can't pay employees but can afford to party and live in a hotel. This company continues to defy logic and class.

OobopShabam
OobopShabam

Hollywood guy Barry Koltnow "retired," a euphemism (Kushnerism?) for "I took the buyout."

JohnnyTsunami
JohnnyTsunami

I worked for Theresa Cisneros for awhile and although her editorial style was too hands-off for my liking, I'm saddened to see her go. With all these people dropping like flies at the Register, I would be surprised to see anyone still stumping for Kushner and mean it.


While I hate Kushner and the way he's ruining things with his failed experiment, I hope the Register pulls out of its death spiral. We still need local news coverage and the OC Weekly and LA Times, while good papers in their own right, aren't enough.  

chuckconners
chuckconners

Liked Chambers work. Register is like California.Shutting down. You guys pay top dollar to live in a third world cesspool. And you know it"s true every month when the bills are due. Or tax day.

hmltn
hmltn

Counting time as an intern, I'd be just over 5 years at the Register.

20ftjesus
20ftjesus topcommenter

Any predictions on how this is going to end?  (besides badly)

OobopShabam
OobopShabam

And here, God help us, is what's left.  Apparently grammar is no longer taught in cub-reporter school. From today's webpage:


After the President attended a breakfast fundraiser in Laguna Beach and deportation made their voices heard outside Angel Stadium, UCI commencement ceremonies have the attention of an expected 40,000.

and

It appears President Barack Obama’s daughters, Malia and Sasha, will not be joining he and first lady Michelle Obama on their swing through Southern California this Father’s Day weekend.

Hopefully
Hopefully

Fact:  None of the papers are making any money

Fact:  LA Register is a joke

Fact:  Long Beach Register will go away

Fact:  22 Community papers are at 50% of revenue loss

Fact:  Owners are out of operating revenue and last real estate is OC Register

Hopefully
Hopefully

Sorry, but while you are all running around looking for jobs, Mr. Kushner is enjoying his east coast digs this weekend.  Monday is just another day in paradise living in a high priced hotel in Fashion Island.  I see all these messages about how bad it is that people in content lost their jobs.  What about the people that actually sell for the company so that you all can have your jobs?  This seems to be missing out of all the messages/comments.  What about the fact that hourly people have to clock out so as not to be fired but stay there because they are on deadlines?  What about the people that are on the streets and make these two assholes money and then get screwed when it comes time to pay the?.  What about the fact that OC Register bounces checks because they can't make payroll?

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

All of these new rules that are being put into place make no sense. Many of them cannot be performed when you have a high turnaround rate.

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

I've always wondered how the OC Weekly pays it's writers when the magazine is free but I do realize that it's thru advertising but maybe I answered my own questions except for how it's done. If the Reg is bleeding money then where did that money come from and the paywall was a really stupid idea. It actually cost them readership and subscriptions. By the time the stories are published the stories are actually day old news in most cases..

Lon Hall
Lon Hall

and first they screwed us Irvine residents out of the wonderful Irvine World News and this week, we aren't even getting their Thursday piece of shit that replaced it.

processlife
processlife

maybe they can cut overhead and just run it online like most ghetto journalists do...similar to the ocweekly. 

Kelly Hughes Davis
Kelly Hughes Davis

The Register's lean to the right seemed to get stronger the past few years. If Obama cured breast cancer, their headline would read "Obama Refuses to Cure Prostate Cancer." I hope the decent journalists find jobs at decent papers.

JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

@jimgilchrist 

Wooooooooo.....SNAP! 



And I totally agree about the LA Times, Jim.  There's a reason why one of these papers is emerging from bankruptcy, and the other is headed for extinction...and you pretty much stated it.



And I guess you can say the OC Register really does foster community...Mr. Gilchrist and Mr. Arellano (and myself, Jeremiah Bartholomew InOC) agree on something!!

GustavoArellano
GustavoArellano moderator editortopcommenter

@mhip Wow, THAT'S a call-back—RIP The National!

JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

Bingo on "flaming moron"

sherreeg
sherreeg

@theirony  It defies logic why anyone would publicize this event at a time of crisis for the Register. As one FB poster put it, the PR person must have taken the buyout too.

IMClean
IMClean

@theirony Talk about having poor taste and being clueless! Judging by the comments after the Facebook post, many people feel the same way.

Coyote625
Coyote625

@Hopefully ... does your 22 community newspaper count include the18 Los Angeles Register community papers? Important to remember the distribution of all Los Angeles Register newspapers is FREE!

BTW... King Kushner is very pleased with sending 2 writers to Brazil to cover World Cup Soccer event. Too bad ad revenue dollars do not support KK's decision to dispatch the 2 writers. UNIDOS, another FREE weekly paper, is paid advertising light.

KK should eliminate the top heavy senior management and pay the creditors. Burns' management team has too many inept managers who pull in too much money.

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

@Hopefully  And the internet is taking that all away because of instant publishing. I was out of work for almost an entire year and got unemployment insurance and got cut off by the EDD just as thousands of others did because even Mayor Jim Righeimer even stated: "The City of Costa Mesa is mathematically bankrupt, there is no jobs creation going on  here". But then they announced a $7 Million surplus, where did the money come from (we need an investigation.) 

JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

LMFAO @ "Thursday piece of shit" 


tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

And at the same time he supports transgenderism, go figure that one out.

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