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Carrier exemption moved to governor

The State Assembly early last Saturday passed AB 170, which would provide a one-year extension to comply with a new landmark labor measure, AB5, USA Today reported. “The newspaper industry will try to figure out a model that works for distribution within the means the industry has, and to work with the legislature to try…

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AB 5: The effort continues

This Tuesday afternoon, the CNPA push continues to convince the state legislature to protect the independent contractor status of newspaper carriers. An exemption for freelancers has already been amended into the bill. As General Counsel Jim Ewert told the San Francisco Chronicle, “My fear is that if print revenue drops because fewer eyeballs are reading…

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Tri-County Sentry is CNPA applicant

Tri-County Sentry has applied for membership in CNPA. Lisa Grace-Kellogg is publisher of the Oxnard-based Sentry, which was founded in 1978. The weekly broadsheet is billed as “The Tri-County’s only multicultural newspaper.” Until confirmation by the CNPA Board of Directors on Oct. 24, Tri-County Sentry is a provisional member of CNPA and is eligible for…

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Whitney Prout departs CNPA; Helpline is open

CNPA Legal Counsel Whitney Prout has left the association to become an associate at the law firm of Gordon and Rees in Sacramento where she will have a real-property practice. Prout was with CNPA for eight months. “Whitney was a terrific asset for CNPA, as a lobbyist and as a staff attorney providing expert advice…

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Action Item: Tell readers about AB 5

CNPA offers a choice of two op-eds to consider regarding Assembly Bill 5, which could, if passed, end the home delivery of some newspapers in California. Staff requests that you consider publishing whichever piece you are most comfortable with as soon as possible. Meanwhile, here are some recent AB 5 op-eds created and published by…

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Action items and opportunities …

CNPA General Counsel Jim Ewert has contacted key people at your shops this week with an alert regarding AB 5. Please help Jim to help you. Meantime, here are three opportunities to enhance your staff’s skills and your newsroom’s reach. 1. Report for America seeks applications for news organizations to host a corps member. Any…

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Let’s go far … together

From the Summer issue of California Publisher “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” I have been thinking quite a bit about the meaning of this proverb as I lead the CNPA board this year. We all know the threats to our industry. The disruption of…

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Cal Press wants to fund your intern

News editors and publishers with an interest in grant-funded interns in 2020: The application deadline is Nov. 22 for the California Press Foundation’s internship grants program. The program will provide up to four $2,500 grants to college students who obtain newsroom internships in CNPA-Member newsrooms in spring or summer 2020. Also, Cal Press directors have…

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WEHOville is Digital News applicant

West Hollywood-based WEHOville has applied to be a Digital News Member of CNPA. Hank Scott is publisher of the company, which was founded in 2012. “WEHOville has two primary goals,” its website says. “One is to be the complete source of information we need to make the most of life in California’s most creative and…

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Chino’s champion

Own and operate newspapers for 60 years and you’ll earn a reputation.Stick around until you’re 90 and the recognition will keep finding its way to you. All you’ve got to do then is be tickled by it. Allen P. McCombs, CNPA’s president in 1982, just turned 90. He still writes a column for Champion Newspapers,…

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