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Press Club Condemns L.A. County Sheriff’s Dept. Over 1st Amendment Violations of TMZ’s Harvey Levin

October 23, 2009 Leave a comment
Harvey Levin at this weeks' RTNA Media Workshop
Harvey Levin speaks at this weeks’ RTNA media workshop.

Club condemns the actions of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in violating a reporter’s right under state law to maintain confidential sources in the case involving website TMZ’s Harvey Levin. The department obtained a search warrant to examine Levin’s private telephone records thereby identifying the reporter’s confidential sources, a direct assault on freedom of the press.

Harvey Levin is the founder and editor of TMZ.com, a Hollywood celebrity website. According to records examined by the Los Angeles Times, a now identified Sheriff’s deputy, who believed he was acting as a confidential source and a whistleblower, leaked the story behind actor Mel Gibson’s drunk-driving arrest in 2006.

Levin says the department is seeking “revenge” for his publishing the story that charged the arresting deputy was ordered by superiors to suppress the details of Gibson’s abusive language and behavior and anti-Semitic remarks.

Levin says he only found out about the warrant that authorized the sheriff’s department to see his home telephone records when he read about it in the Los Angeles Times. “We share Mr. Levin’s outrage as well as the deep concern of the executive director of The Reporter’s Committee for the Freedom of the Press,” said Los Angeles Press Club President Chris Woodyard, a reporter for USA Today.

“The tradition of protecting a reporter’s sources is key to the media’s role as watchdog-that’s why the California Shield Law was enacted. And that’s why there is a federal shield law winding its way through Congress. This assault on the First Amendment should not be tolerated in a free society.”

Woodyard will have press availability to discuss this issue. Please contact Press Club publicist, Edward Headington, at number or email above to arrange for an interview.

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Media Guru George Mc Quade to Discuss Evolution of Media On Live TV

September 19, 2009 Leave a comment
MAYO'S V.P. George McQuade
MAYO’S V.P. George McQuade

Veteran TV/Radio Broadcaster turned Publicist Mc Quade To share secrets of PR business

LOS ANGELES, CA —Vice President George Mc Quade, MAYO Communications, an award-winning full service entertainment and public relations firm in Los Angeles is scheduled to appear live this Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009 on CSU Dominguez Hills campus HD TV station. Mc Quade will discuss the evolution of media, secrets to powerful media relations campaigns and public relations with TV host Chris Burnett, CSUDH.

“The media is changing faster than the media can even report on it,” said Mc Quade, who manages media relations and new business for MAYO Communications as V.P. “The most important message I drive home to students and budding PR Pros is to acquire as much digital media arts skills as possible from radio, TV to blogging and websites.  Even TV stations like KNBC have what they call a “content center,” which used to be the called the newsroom. Surviving writers, producers and editors are being retrained as multi-media experts writing their stories, but now recording radio and TV interviews, too, for instantly posting Online.”
Mc Quade will be available for call-in questions during the hour show segment that airs 2:30 – 3:30 pm, Saturday. The Public Relations Show begins at 1:50 p.m. He speaks regularly at publicity, broadcast news and film classes at USC, UCLA and Loyola Marymount University.
Mc Quade is currently the West Coast bureau chief for O’Dwyer Publications (www.odwyerpr.com), Manhattan, NY, where he writes a monthly column on everything from new media to entertainment publicity and public relations.  McQuade is the former president of Entertainment Publicists Professional Society (EPPS), Los Angeles and New York chapters, with nearly 500 publicist members nationwide.
Before MAYO Communications, McQuade was a Los Angeles correspondent for NBC Mutual Radio News, ABC Entertainment News and provided high profile stories as a reporter for KNX, KFI during the LA Riots and was most known as the news voice of KGIL Newstalk 1260 AM in the San Fernando Valley. His last TV news job was as an original writer for Today In LA Weekends, KNBC-TV Ch. 4 News, the first 90-minute weekend news broadcast in the market. He later moved to media relations at the nation’s largest Gas Company (SoCalGas Co.) and was Director of Public Relations at the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles.
MAYO Communications (www.MayoCommunications.com) is a full service marketing communications and PR firm with offices in LA, San Diego, New York and Bern, Switzerland, serving celebrity, corporate, government and nonprofit clients. A short list of MAYO clients include: USC, Southern California Leadership Council, SafeMedia Corporation, World-Trade Center LA/LB, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) with Chief Economist Jack Kyser, senior vice president.
On the entertainment side the short list includes: H20 Productions, N.C., Music Artists Eddie Money, Benny Mardones, Stevie Wonder, Saints of the Underground (legendary rock artists from Alice Cooper, Ratt and Warrant) on Warrior Records.
The MAYO niche: “We don’t guarantee media, we just get it!”
For more about MAYO Communications visit: http://www.mayocommunications.com or call 818-340-5300.
About CSU Dominguez Hills — California State University, Dominguez Hills is a highly diverse, urban university located in the South Bay, primarily serving the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The university prides itself on its outstanding faculty and friendly, student-centered environment. Known for excellence in teacher education, nursing, psychology, business administration, and digital media arts, new degree programs include computer science, criminal justice, recreation and leisure studies, social work, and communication disorders. On campus is the Home Depot Center, a multi-purpose sports complex that hosts world-class soccer, tennis, track and field, lacrosse, and cycling.

New study says economic recovery in 2010

August 16, 2009 Leave a comment

LAEDC Report Says Economy ‘nearing bottom’
in ’09, modest growth likely in 2010

Negative trends in most business sectors. Some key industries–fashion, entertainment and aerospace– facing changed business models. Federal stimulus funding starting to arrive inSouthern California

LA County Supervisor Don Knabe

LA County Supervisor Don Knabe at LAEDC Forecast event.

Los Angeles The U.S. economy “is nearing the bottom this summer” but modest growth is forecast for 2010, the Los Angeles County Economic Development Commission said in a report issued Wednesday.

In its 2009-2010 “Mid-Year Economic Forecast & Industry Outlook,” the LAEDC’s KyserCenter for Economic Research said difficult times would continue for the rest of 2009 and into 2010 for Southern California, the entire state and the nation.

Chief Economist Dr. Nancy Sidhu, LAEDC discusses the Forecast she coauthored.

Chief Economist Dr. Nancy Sidhu, LAEDC discusses the Forecast she coauthored.

“We think the economy is nearing bottom this summer, so the current economic news looks terrible,” said LAEDC Chief Economist Nancy D. Sidhu. “This recession officially began in December 2007 and looks like it will be the deepest downturn since the recession of 1981-1982.”

The LAEDC Forecast projects the U.S. economy will shrink by 2.7 percent during 2009 and then grow modestly — by 1.7 percent — in 2010. Inflation is unlikely to be a problem in the near term, declining by 0.8 percent in 2009.

The report indicates problems have deepened and will persist for the auto and housing industries, noting that conditions have drive two automakers and many suppliers to bankruptcy, while the U.S. housing sector has been shrinking for more than three years. However, the LAEDC said it appears the bottom is near for housing.

With business investment spending and U.S. exports also declining, the only sector that is growing is the federal government. U.S. economic recovery funds are beginning to appear inSouthern California and their impact will grow through the rest of 2009 and 2010, the report found.

The continued economic weakness will be reflected in worsening unemployment, with the economy likely losing 5.4 million non-farm jobs for the year and the unemployment rate reaching 10.4 percent in 2010 — the highest since 1982.

“At mid-year 2009, California too is in a serious recession, and the economic news during 2009 has been dismal,” Sidhu said.

California’s housing industry should hit bottom by the end of 2009 but the recovery will be moderate at best, the LAEDC said. The state’s non-farm employment will fall by 694,100 jobs in 2009 and the unemployment rate will average a painful 11.6 percent.

While the state’s housing sector remains in a very depressed state, the retail sector is also being hammered, with sales expected to decline by 12 percent in 2009, following sales declines in both 2007 and 2008.

Economist Jack Kyser highlights the Forecast.

Economist Jack Kyser highlights the Forecast.

Jack Kyser, the founding economist of the Kyser Center for Economic Research, said the five Southern California counties will continue to suffer in 2009.

“Job losses will continue in construction, manufacturing, retailing and leisure and hospitality services,” he said.

With retail stores of all types continuing to close, the impact is being felt in such other areas as the apparel industry, which is undergoing a change in its business model as store closings reduce the number of potential customers, Kyser noted.

The motion picture/TV production industry is negatively affected by eroding broadcast network audiences and a growing concern for cost containment. The region is also suffering from erosion of in-state feature film production.

“This is not good news for below-the-line workers or the multitude of small suppliers to the industry,” Kyser said.

International trade activity at the region’s ports and airports will continue to decline.

With defense spending set to slow and profit-starved airlines reducing orders for new planes, the Southern California aerospace industry will continue to face difficult challenges in 2009 and 2010.

About the LAEDC
The LAEDC, the region’s premier business leadership organization is a private, non-profit organization established in 1981 under section 501(C) (3). Its mission is to attract, retain, and grow business and jobs for the regions of Los Angeles County. Since 1996, the LAEDC has helped retain or attract more than 152,000 jobs, providing $7.5 billion in direct economic impact from salaries and $128 million in annual tax revenue benefit to local governments and education in Los Angeles County. Visit www.laedc.org or call (888) 4-LAEDC-1.
[Editors: The study results will be posted @ http://laedc.org/newsroom/Midyear-2009-07.pdf and www.MayoCommunications.com/home.htm. Media please call George McQuade for advanced copy or link 818-340-5300 or 818-618-9229 or emailPublicity@MayoCommunications.com.