Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The Increasingly Sad State of the Pasadena Star News

Mod: It has been a rough couple of weeks. I had to kick a few old friends off of this virtual reservation. No big deal, I never really liked them that much. The United States has fallen into the hands of the literal scum of the Earth. Again, hardly surprising. Nothing this good can ever last, and far too many people these days are easily duped. It is a natural de-evolutionary process. And now our local daily newspaper of record appears to have fallen into the hands of one of the biggest real estate developers in the valley. OK, I can deal with that as well. But all of this put together is a lot of loss to sustain, even for me. The following inconclusive screed starts with an article published by Pasadena Now, a popular local on-line news site often accused of shamelessly kissing up to the local establishment. Something that probably earns the guy a fairly decent living. There are a lot of people like that. Just not The Tattler.

Pasadena Star-News Moves from Offices It Occupied Since 1990 to Nearby Suite (link): The Pasadena Star-News newspaper downsized its physical presence in Pasadena this weekend, moving from ground floor offices in the Lieberg Building at 911 East Colorado Boulevard it occupied for 26 years to an office suite in the 2 North Lake building.

The newspaper, which was founded in 1886 and for many decades reigned supreme as Pasadena’s dominant local media, had previously been located in its own 63,863 square foot, four-story building at 525 East Colorado Boulevard. During most of the 20th century, the Star-News had piled off the presses in that imposing, stone Star-News building, which was capped by twin radio towers that broadcast original Star-News programs under the call sign KPSN. Operations there were closed in 1990.

Executive Editor Frank Pine of the Southern California News Group, the division of parent company Digital First Media which operates the Star-News, said in a Star-News article published Friday that this weekend’s move reflected the fact “the amount of space offered at 911 East Colorado was no longer necessary.”

“Much of the San Gabriel Valley News Group’s operations moved to its newer, larger facility in Monrovia,” Pine said in the article.

Newspaper management, however, sought to find a smaller space that “would continue to provide the Star-News a home in downtown Pasadena.” the article said.

“The Star-News has been in Pasadena since 1886 and always will be,” long-time staff member Larry Wilson said in a recent email. Wilson is currently the public editor for the Pasadena Star-News, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, and the Whittier Daily News.

Mod: OK, so things are tough in the ink and paper trade. The Star News needed to move to smaller and less expensive quarters. Nothing too momentous there considering the unhappy circumstances. So what exactly is this 2 North Pine location all about? Check it out (link):


Mod: As you might or might not know, Singpoli is the same company that the esteemed city-suing attorney Richard McDonald does a lot of work for these days. The ownership of this titan of local real estate firms is suspected by many informed parties of being a key moving force behind the race-based redistricting lawsuit being contemplated against the City of Arcadia. Something we discussed here yesterday. And, if you were not aware, Singpoli is controlled by the same fellow featured in this following screenshot we just ripped from the steaming hot pages of Facebook. Quite obviously the dude has blown his chill over something.


Mod: There is a longish story behind that one, and as soon as I figure it out I'll share it with you. So to the melancholy theme that kicked off this post we can now add the observation that architectural criticism has become a race issue as well. What isn't these days? We should also be deeply miffed at the shocking notion that the Pasadena Star News is now safely cocooned in an office building controlled by the area's premier excitable real estate developer. Right? Not so fast, pardner. Singpoli also owns the building the Pasadena Star News just moved out of as well. The following screen shot is from the Los Angeles Times (link).


Mod: Maybe this is all just more of the same? More or less?

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35 comments:

  1. Have you just become aware of foreign property owners? Take a look at the many buildings going up in downtown L.A. All over the country for that matter. Congress has even decided to review the matter. What point are you trying to make? How did all this come about is the real question. We no longer produce anything here, we own very little. Who do you think is responsible for allowing this, Mr. Mod? I say let's blame Trump.

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    1. Tensions between the races has ratcheted up this year. Do you think that is bright, Bart?

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  2. Stand in Solidarity with the Standing Rock first nations in the pipe line protest today. One at the U of Redlands and 4 p.m. and another downtown LA. at noon. Check on line for addresses.

    Last month I collected tents, sleeping bags and winter clothing that GreenPeace was taking for the long winter protest. I will find out if they need additional donations and post here tomorrow.

    There is a Native American film festival at the Laemmle this week (Thursday last day). Check on line for times of the different movies.

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  3. Pasadena is/was a conservative town. The Star News forgot it's base, and began preaching and beating it's own drum. Readership fell, the paper couldn't pay it's bills and still "they"are are saying what happened. They just don't get it.

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  4. A very sad state of affairs. Money, of course, is the driving force behind this.

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  5. Whats the news with the Navajo Nation and their struggle with pure drinking water and clean soil for growing their crops?
    After the EPA accidently!!! released the gold sludge from the mining sites and the toxins ran through that section of the river; never got much media attention. Why the cover up? The toxins will effect generations they cannot be removed.

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  6. 6:40, I can't find what your talking about, link please.

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  7. Wonder how the new regime is going to handle that. How would Russia or China governments handle that 7:49?

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    1. Arrests and imprisonments would be my guess.

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    2. Pence might call for more Biblical punishments. Kind of like they do in Saudi Arabia.

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  8. Frank Girardot former editor of Pasadena star news works for singpoli. Singpoli is funded with Chinese communist money. Maybe we will all be working for them.

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  9. 8:04am. What? Anyway 7:56am. Try Arizona Navajo news links. Last year under the Obama Administration the EPA was systematically cleaning the (gold)mining trailings from the State of Colorado. The story had a short shelf life; very embarrassing.
    Sorry can't be more helpful; you'll have to research. Story shouldn't be burried to deep. There was a televised special; showing how corn and crops had been poisoned and drinking clean water was no longer available from the toxins running the length of the Colorado River.

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  10. Great rollerskates on the Cowboy in the photo with the bull.
    Just like in that photo Mr. Moderator, your friends recognize the "bull" so go ahead , skate into the future with us; your friends will still be there for you.

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    1. Pretty sure it's a bison.

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  11. Whether you like it or not, there will be shifts in housing development across the state:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/14/business/mountain-view-california-confronts-housing-crisis.html

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    1. It is all the people fleeing from the red states. They're almost like Syrian refugees.

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    2. Despite all the badmouthing you hear from the usual losers, California is the world's sixth largest economy. They can't wait to get out of Kansas.

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    3. That is actually not true. 28% of the people moving to California are from outside the US. Kansas is among the least mobile states in the US.

      http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/16/upshot/mapping-migration-in-the-united-states-since-1900.html

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    4. Really? Sounds corny.

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  12. 10:57am. Not a lot of Christians in Saudi Arabia. Koran is the book, not the Bible.

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  13. 11:04am. Can't afford to get back into California, unless your Singpoli.

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  14. or you could get a better job

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  15. 7:52am. No worries. No drama Obama is on his way out, hopefully now the Country will share the values of being American of many cultural backgrounds; not I see you for your skin.

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    1. Nor the Tang colored combover on your head.

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    2. What do you even mean?

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    3. Ok. Emperor Blond.

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    4. I'm gonna miss Obama. He was so rational

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    5. I predict a huge Obama nostalgia boom starting in a quick few months. When people wake up to what Trump, Ryan and the rest of the benefit thieves want to do to things like Medicare, people are going to freak out.

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  16. 12:56pm. Now thst we have a job creator. Trump, Trump, Trump.

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    1. The US now enjoys some of the lowest unemployment figures in years. If you can't get a job it probably has something to do with your personal hygiene.

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    2. 3:40, you poor soul, you fell for the hype. Just keep wearing your red make America great hat while stimulating your brain listening to Rush Limbaugh and in 4 years we'll get rid of the mistake president.

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  17. The election is over, would you give it a rest? As Obama said when he met with the Republicans in 2008, Say what you want, but "I won".

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    1. Clinton now leads the orange baboon by over a million votes. There are 4 million votes in California that have not been counted yet.

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