What do you think about Rich Tosches coming to the Independent? I didn't follow his column in The Gazette all that closely. It'll be interesting to see if he pokes fun at Indy publisher John Weiss et al. while he's at the Independent.
Is this a step up or down for Tosches? Depends on what The Gazette paid him. It's probably pretty much a lateral move.
Name a reporter currently at The Gazette who worked there two years ago. I couldn't name a Gazette reporter from two years ago. Is [former] editorial page editor Dan Njegomir still there?
What kind of things should Tosches write? Keep lighting a fire under the utilities and the county commissioners. Look into [city manager] Lorne Kramer back when he worked for [former Los Angeles Police Chief] Darrel Gates.
Should the Independent hire cartoonist Chuck Asay, too? Frankly, I don't see him being much of a local power.
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What's your feeling on Tosches coming to the Independent? I saw that on the local TV news last week. It's great. He was one of the few Gazette reporters who brought fresh insights into local issues.
Is this a step up or down for him? I don't really read The Gazette, and I do read the Independent, so I'd have to say it's a step up for us readers.
Can you name a reporter still at The Gazette who was there two years ago? I didn't know The Gazette used reporters. I thought they relied on AP stories.
What should Tosches write about? Insights into the community. Perspective-type pieces.
Should the Independent try to hire Chuck Asay away from The Gazette? I'm not all that familiar with Chuck Asay, so I can't say. But I'm a huge fan of Tom Tomorrow. The Independent should stick with him.
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What are your thoughts on Tosches coming to the Independent? I've missed his column since he was demoted by The Gazette. He stirred the pot; he was a whistle-blower. He was funny and compassionate.
Is this a step up or a step down for him? The Gazette is a bigger paper, but the Independent will give him a freer voice.
What should he write about? Do more investigative reporting. Bring up issues that are controversial.
Should fhe Independent try to hire Chuck Asay away from The Gazette? No. In fact, I think The Gazette should get rid of him.