Friday, February 06, 2009

They Won't Leave Town and They Won't Back Down

On the second anniversary of her firing from the Santa Barbara News-Press, Dawn Hobbs, who had covered "courts and cops" for the paper vowed that "I won't leave town and I won't back down."

Melinda Burns (l) and Dawn Hobbs (r) both former News-Press reporters with their lawyer Ira Gottlieb at this morning's press conference.

The statement preceded the repeat of the demonstration that got her fired two years ago, Teamster union members, unfurling of a banner on the Anapamu Street overpass that spans the 101 freeway that bisects Santa Barbara during the morning rush hour.

This time the theme was "something at the News-Press stinks." A point punctuated by the presence of two Teamster union members who were dressed as skunks.

Hobbs was joined by another fired News-Press reporter, Melinda Burns and both were accompanied by the Union's lawyer Ira Gottlieb and Union organizer Marty Keegan.

While Hobbs and Burns explained their positions on the turmoil at the paper to members of the news media who stayed behind after brief news conference, other Teamster Union members went to the overpass and held banners displaying them to both north and southbound traffic.
© 2009 by Craig Smith and