Endangered by AB5
In case you’re wondering why I missed my first column in 25 years last week, it’s because of a new law passed by the state of California. If I’m not a full-time employee of the Montecito Journal, I’m only allowed to write 35 columns a year, not my usual 52. Few small papers can afford to take on additional employees. Even many large dailies are cutting out freelancers. Seems like newspapers are having enough trouble these days without adding another state law. Just saying. I’ll be writing three columns a month instead of four unless things change.