Susan Luzzaro 6:30 p.m., July 31
Woman's Business Magazine Sputters, Vows Recovery
"San Diego Business Woman Magazine," which bills itself as a "very high end lifestyle magazine focusing on the needs and desires of women here in San Diego," is well behind schedule, but promises it will catch up and pay the money it owes. The first edition was supposed to come out the end of January with a publication date of February and March, but never made it. There are rumors that the first edition will come out at the end of March, but I couldn't confirm them.
Nanette Martin, who did stories and photography at social events, says she got a $1,000 check that bounced. She asked for cash or a money order to replace the bounced check, but didn't get it. So she quit. Miles Anthony Lane of Miles Lane Transportation agreed to provide transportation. (The publishers have held several networking parties.) In return, Lane would get a quarter-page, $1250 ad. "I haven't heard hide nor hair of them; I don't know where they are or when the publication is coming out," he says. "I did $1250 worth of driving."
The owners of the magazine are Loreane Tomlinson, mother of the former star running back for the Chargers (who recently signed with the New York Jets); a Texas investor, and Irene Egerton, the editor. Workers and advertisers who put time and/or money in the publication "will get everything," says Tomlinson, who says that she never signed a check that bounced, although someone else in the organization might have. Tomlinson says Egerton was called out of town on an emergency, "and we can't afford to spend the extra money to hire somebody. We can't afford everybody we need. We have a skeleton crew." (I left a message with that crew but it was not returned as of this writing.) The original plan was for a monthly, but the group now plans to publish once every other month, says Tomlinson. Susan Spanos, wife of the Chargers head Dean Spanos, was to be on the first cover, and may still be. However, the Spanos family did not put investment funds into the venture, says Tomlinson, denying rumors that it did.