Aaron Kushner and Eric Spitz Resign from Orange County Register Effective Immediately

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BOOM! goes the Kush!

UPDATE #1, 5:20: The Weekly has obtained audio of the meeting in which it was announced that Kushner and Spitz were stepping down. Still trying to pin down Kushner's speech, but far more interesting for sure would be the words of his former co-owner, Eric Spitz, whose angst was audible as he rambled about Kushner's greatness.

Spitz is going to remain at Freedom Communications in a capacity, but is sure going to miss the Kush. "Not much happens without a dream," Spitz said, talking about Kushner, "and for something great to happen, there must be a great dream. Behind every great achievement is a dreamer of great dreams. Much more than a dreamer is required to bring it to reality, but the dream must be there first."

And he went on like that.

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OC Register Loses Latino Reporter, Editor in Further Gabacho-fication of Paper

As Kushner sings, "La la lalalala la lala la la"

Back in 2013, at the height of the Orange County Register's much-ballyhooed hiring spree, we did a blog post criticizing the paper's lack of diversity in expanding the paper, especially in getting next-to-no Latinos. And that situation has gotten even worse, with the departure of editor Theresa Cisneros and crime reporter Salvador Hernández.

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OC Register Parterning with Nonprofits to Sell Year-Long Sunday Subscriptions for 10 Cents

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How low can Kushner swing?

First, the Orange County Register offered Latinos a two-year subscription for the Sunday edition for $2. Then, as we reported last week, they offered the same subscription to Catholics for a buck. Now comes word that over the holidays, the Reg partnered with local nonprofits for a fundraiser: the non-profits tried to sell subscriptions on behalf of the paper to their followers.

The most recent deal? The Sunday paper for 10 cents. A dime.

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OC Register Offers Blasphemously Great Subscription Deal for Catholics--$1 for 2 Years!

Demon Kushner looking for Catholic blood...

One of the various strategies Orange County Register owner Aaron Kushner used to boost subscription numbers was to offer ridiculously cheap discounts to select audiences. For instance, he offered Latinos a two-year subscription to the Sunday Reg for $2. The way he got around accusations of discrimination was by offering the deal as a bundle--people who'd take the plunge would get the Reg and their throwaway Spanish-language weekly, UNIDOS. But the deal was only offered to Mexicans--and SanTana Mexis at that, not Coto de Caza wabs.

Kushner's segregationist subscription scandal (sorry; couldn't resist) continues. Over the holidays, Catholics in Orange County were subjected to an even better discount courtesy of the Diocese of Orange: two years of the Sunday Register for a dollar. A DOLLAR.

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OC Register Counter-Sues LA Times, Calling Them a Mean Ol' "Bully"

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So remember the lawsuit that the Los Angeles Times filed this past October against the Orange County Register and its owner, Aaron Kushner over unpaid bills to delivery drivers? Welp, Kushner and the Reg not only denied all the Times allegations in motions filed in Los Angeles Superior Court last week, they also counter-sued for--bear with me--express indemnity, breach of contract, "breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing," intentional interference with contractual relations and prospective economic advantage, misappropriation of trade secrets, and unfair competition.

That's all legalese for Kushner's main allegation against his rival: that the Times are a bunch of mean ol' bullies.

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Long Beach Register, Like Los Angeles Register, is Now a Collector's Item

Building community, August 2013-December 2014
The Orange County Register company-owned Long Beach Register ceased publication Sunday, joining their Los Angeles Register in becoming a collector's item.

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100 Layoffs Happening at OC Register, Riverside P-E TODAY: UPDATE

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Here we go again!

1ST UPDATE, 11:40 A.M.: Here's a note from new Orange County Register publisher Rich Mirman explaining the layoffs to his crew. He confirmed what we broke--100 layoffs across the Register and the P-E.

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OC Register Sales Reps Ain't Getting Their Commissions this Thanksgiving

Current vs. Former OC Register Reporters in Facebook Free-for-All!

The Precious Kushner is driving people MAD

Morale has gotten so bad among former and current employees of the Orange County Register that they're now fighting among themselves on Facebook groups--the ultimate sign of desperation and cattiness.

I've known about a private Facebook group called OC Unregistered now for a while. Usually, it's a place for Reggers (Regites? Regenes? Registerians?) to share memories, job leads, and generally keep in touch. But as the reign of Freedom Communications owner Aaron Kushner has increasingly become like something out of Game of Thrones, the sniping because Kushner haters and the keeper of the page has lead to a schism.

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Rich Mirman Thinks He Can Save the OC Register

He delivers! (to your doorstep)
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The last thing Rich Mirman expected to do when he became the new publisher of the Orange County Register on Oct. 13 was to deliver newspapers--but he had no other choice. The daily was in a state of chaos, the grand journalism dreams of Register owner Aaron Kushner in shambles. Tens of thousands of subscribers hadn't received their paper for more than a week, the result of Kushner switching delivery companies after the Los Angeles Times claimed he owed them at least $2.5 million in unpaid delivery bills. That fiasco came just weeks after Kushner sold off the paper's longtime Grand Avenue offices, shut down the Los Angeles Register, and laid off about 30 reporters and editors--the second mass cutting in the newsroom this year alone. Irate phone calls and emails kept flooding the Register, with cancellations numbering in the thousands.

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