Posts Tagged ‘public square’

Harsh: Zocalo Public Square Goes After Lindsay Lohan and the State of the State of California – It’s Not Pretty

Monday, February 14th, 2011

College-boy Joe Matthews of Zocalo Public Square has an open letter for you this morn:

“Dear Lindsay Lohan,

“I owe you an apology. Not for prosecuting you for allegedly taking a $2,500 necklace that wasn’t yours – I know, I know, you think the entire universe is a swag display case – or for those previous drunk-driving arrests. I hope there are no hard feelings; I gotta do what I gotta do, though I do appreciate your showing up for your day in court in that white dress last week. Wow.

“What I must apologize for is the fact that you’re being compared to me these days. You may deserve a bad rap, along with your growing rap sheet, but such comparisons between your troubles as a famous actress and pop singer and mine – as a 162-year-old state – are malicious, and terribly unfair.

“To you.

“Last year, the Wall Street Journal, in describing my well-known maladies, called California “the Lindsay Lohan of states.” The newspaper explained that you and I are each like “the prima donna who once showed some talent but is now too wasted to do anything with it.” Unfortunately for you, this metaphor caught fire on the Internet and spread to media outlets, from the Atlantic Monthly to your hometown Los Angeles Times.

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Steve Westly to Speak at San Francisco Event: “Where is My Green Job?”

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Former California State Controller Steve Westly will participate in aat Union Square’s Marines Memorial Club and Hotel on Wednesday, March 10th at 4:00 PM. 

The joint is going to be called “Where is My Green Job?” Tickets are still available and the price is right – they’re free.

Steve Westly, Managing Partner at the Westly Group :

All the deets after the jump.

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Famous Phil Bronstein, Michael Kinsley, Steve Coll ask “What Comes After Newspapers?”

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Publicity-shy San Francisco Chronicle/Hearst Communications editor-at-large Phil BronsteinThe One responsible for our nation’s recent newspaper upheaval, is not one to blow his own horn. You see he’s too polite too mention it, but he will be the star at tomorrow’s “What Comes After Newspapers?” panel at Fort Mason tomorrow night.

This free event is being put on by Zócalo Public Square, the people who just brought you Craigslist Founder Craig Newmark (another purported Killer of Newspapers.)

Get the deets below:

The answer is out there, Phil, and it’s looking for you, and it will find you if you want it to.

It appears there are a few seats left. You should get over there and try to ask them about Rupert Murdoch’s great idea.

Zócalo in San Francisco
What Comes After Newspapers?
  

A Zócalo/New America Foundation Event

Moderated by David Folkenflik, media correspondent, National Public Radio

Thursday, May 07, 2009, 7:30 pm

Fort Mason Center
Golden Gate Room at the Conference Center, Building A
San Francisco, CA 94123

From town tabloids to major metropolitan dailies, newspapers seem to be in their last throes. The availability of free and instant news online, the high profit margins demanded by media conglomerates, and the steep declines in advertising revenue have hit newspapers hard. They have been forced to lay off employees, trim their pages, close print operations or–as The Hearst Corp. has threatened to do to the San Francisco Chronicle–shut down completely. Will a new model or medium rise to do what newspapers have aimed to do for over a century–pursue accuracy and objectivity, doggedly investigate stories, act as a check on power, embody a community’s conversation with itself, and write a first draft of history? Or will the demise of newspapers mean a radical shift in what we know and how we know it? Zócalo hosts a panel–including former Washington Post managing editor Steve Coll, Slate founder Michael Kinsley, and former San Francisco Chronicle executive vice president and editor Phil Bronstein–to discuss the decline of print media and the future of journalism.

The New America Foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy institute based in Washington, D.C. For more information, click www.newamerica.net.