Two years ago on Nov. 30, I created this blog for the Ventura County Starís Universal Desk. And this Nov. 30, five years after coming to work at The Star, will be my last day as an employee at the paper (My last day in the office is Nov. 21). I and 16 other newsroom colleagues (44 paperwide) have been laid off.
The past five years have been exciting, challenging, fun, hectic, rewarding, frustrating, interesting, tiring, exhilarating Ė I could go on, but copy editors hate too many adjectives. Iíve worked as a journalist for 27 years and I donít yet know if my next job will be as a journalist.
To those who remain at The Star: Itís been a pleasure working with you. If I could give a bit of advice, it would be to compliment your colleagues more for jobs well done. Donít let complaints and criticism be the only things co-workers hear about.
Laid-off cartoonist Steve Greenberg contributed a caricature to the blog.