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As a syndicated columnist whose work appears week to week in a host of papers, Gustavo Arellano has a front-row seat to the region’s shifting media landscape.

He’s seen it up close in the slipping number of publications able to carry his popular OC Weekly column Ask a Mexican, not to mention the latest round of newsroom buyouts at the OC Register and news that the Long Beach Register will fold into the Los Angeles Register (got all that?).

Arellano chatted with VOSD Radio co-hosts Scott Lewis and Andrew Keatts about OC Register CEO Aaron Kushner’s big ambitions, how the paper’s reputation “doomed” it and the most frequently asked question he gets for his column this time of year.

Download the episode below, on Stitcher or on iTunes. While you’re there, review our show and let us know how we’re doing.

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Show Notes

• For more context on the Vergara v. California teacher tenure case, check out Mario Koran’s story following Tuesday’s big hearing, and the most blistering observations on the state of education in California by Judge Rolf Treu. Oh, and here’s the Slate piece where we all learned the expert witness’ key stat was a “guesstimate.”

• Speaking of education, San Diego Unified got a pat on the back in our Fact Check this week.

• We were pretty surprised and bummed when U-T San Diego CEO John Lynch pulled out of our June 24 One Voice at a Time event. We’re still waiting for an explanation on that one. We decided against planning any kind of back-up event. Sorry to all those who bought tickets and were, like us, looking forward to the convo.

• Maybe you caught a glimpse of A1 of the U-T on Tuesday, where the paper put to bed any “speculation” of planned acquisitions. Speculation, to be clear, that publisher “Papa” Doug Manchester started.

Catherine Green

Catherine Green was formerly the deputy editor at Voice of San Diego. She handled daily operations while helping to plan new long-term projects.

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