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'L.A. Times' Buys Out 42, Lays Off 20 More, Shuts Two Papers, in Round of Cutbacks
Editor and Publisher ^ | 6/21/2004 | staff

Posted on 06/21/2004 9:53:11 PM PDT by BurbankKarl

'L.A. Times' Buys Out 42, Lays Off 20 More, Shuts Two Papers, in Round of Cutbacks

By E & P Staff

Published: June 21, 2004

NEW YORK The Tribune Company-mandated layoffs came to the Los Angeles Times late Monday, and it wasn’t pretty. Some 62 employees will exit the paper, 42 through buyouts but 20 more non-voluntarily. In addition, two newspapers in the Inland Empire area that the Times owns were shut down, with staffers let go or “relocated to other parts of the company,” the Web site, L.A. Observed, reported.

The two papers, which the Times owns through its Times Community News unit, are the Rancho Cucamonga Voice and Claremont/Upland Voice.

In a memo sent to staff late on Monday, Times editor John Carroll said that all 42 staffers who applied for voluntary buyouts had been informed that they were accepted, and 20 more employees were laid off. He wrote:

“All of the people who are leaving have made meaningful contributions to the paper and to life in the newsroom. We are sorry to be losing them. This is a wrenching time for them, and all for those who are staying, some of whom are taking on more responsibility.

“In recent years, this staff has shown tht it can make an already impressive newspaper steadily stronger. With your inspired work, that trend can continue in the months to come, and it can continue rapidly. It is crucial that this episode of cost cutting prove to be nothing more than that: a bump in the road, not a change in direction. I appreciate all that you are doing for the Los Angeles Times."

Among those taking the buyout were metro reporter turned novelist Dave Ferrell.

Faltering ad revenues at the Times led to the cutbacks. Tribune also ordered cuts at several other papers, including the Baltimore Sun.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; US: California
KEYWORDS: lat; layoffs; newspapers
This comes on top of Tribune inflating circulation around 8% on some of their papers (which means reduced ad income soon)
1 posted on 06/21/2004 9:53:11 PM PDT by BurbankKarl
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To: doug from upland
In addition, two newspapers in the Inland Empire area that the Times owns were shut down, with staffers let go or “relocated to other parts of the company,” the Web site, L.A. Observed, reported.

The two papers, which the Times owns through its Times Community News unit, are the Rancho Cucamonga Voice and Claremont/Upland Voice.

2 posted on 06/21/2004 9:58:45 PM PDT by hole_n_one
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To: BurbankKarl

Well that sounds like a good start


3 posted on 06/21/2004 9:58:45 PM PDT by al baby
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To: BurbankKarl
Rancho Cucamonga Voice

Never heard of it!

4 posted on 06/21/2004 9:58:57 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.)
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To: BurbankKarl

A good thing happening to our ultra-leftist daily.


5 posted on 06/21/2004 9:59:53 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Mike Darancette

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6 posted on 06/21/2004 10:01:42 PM PDT by BurbankKarl
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To: BurbankKarl

The LA Times has been hit hard with all their leftist bias now for years and as they got more left, the people who read them left as well.

They also felt their future was in hispanics, so they also own now the La Opinion.
Guess you won't see any backing by them of removing illegals soon. LOL


7 posted on 06/21/2004 10:04:51 PM PDT by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: hole_n_one
Sing to the times --- OUT OF TIME
8 posted on 06/21/2004 10:06:56 PM PDT by doug from upland (Don't wait until it is too late to stop Hillary -- do something today!)
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To: BurbankKarl

It was the LA Times and the Washington post that brought the lawsuit against FreeRepublic. Look at the price they are paying for that. I know I avoid clicking on there articles when linked from elsewhere. I ceartinly would not buy there newspaper.


9 posted on 06/21/2004 10:09:03 PM PDT by Revel
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To: BurbankKarl

l.a. who?


10 posted on 06/21/2004 10:09:48 PM PDT by isom35
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To: BurbankKarl

Looking for a good quote here, and not coming up with one. The only thing that comes to mind is the swine that returns to its own vomit. May the NYT rest in peace (and all their ilk).


11 posted on 06/21/2004 10:11:50 PM PDT by widowithfoursons
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To: Revel

Yes, we stopped buying it at work...I told them why when they called...I said they wrote fiction about the Governator!


12 posted on 06/21/2004 10:12:07 PM PDT by BurbankKarl
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To: BurbankKarl

I sympathise with the 62 people that have been made redundant. However, I am sorry that John Carroll is not among them. Pity. Carroll deserves the West Coast, "Walter Duranty Red Journalism Award", for 2003 and 2004.


13 posted on 06/21/2004 10:14:31 PM PDT by elbucko
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To: BurbankKarl

Good news bump.


14 posted on 06/21/2004 10:18:14 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: BurbankKarl
My last five years in Orange County, CA, I only subscribed to the Orange County Register. Would you believe they still have a photo of my nephew from a year and a half ago in Afghanistan.

I doubt sincerely there will be any layoffs at the Orange County Register.

15 posted on 06/21/2004 10:18:23 PM PDT by Slip18
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To: Mike Darancette
Rancho Cucamonga Voice
Never heard of it!


That is because it didn't sell! Also, my paper, The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, kicked the snot out of it and their other paper in the area!
16 posted on 06/21/2004 10:26:59 PM PDT by cartoonistx
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To: BurbankKarl; All

WOW

Is LA Times going belly up

Inquiroring minds want to know

Well Karl everybody know LA TIMES SUCKS even their sport section


17 posted on 06/21/2004 10:30:15 PM PDT by SevenofNine ("Not everybody , in it, for truth, justice, and the American way,"=Det Lennie Briscoe)
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To: Slip18; BurbankKarl; All

I adore OC County Register rack ittt

I read it at work and have delieve to my crib on Sunday morning


18 posted on 06/21/2004 10:34:34 PM PDT by SevenofNine ("Not everybody , in it, for truth, justice, and the American way,"=Det Lennie Briscoe)
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To: BurbankKarl

Where is a repub with a bankroll when ya need 'em.

Somebody on the conservative side needs to buy out the LAT and make a real paper of record.


19 posted on 06/21/2004 10:45:52 PM PDT by CyberAnt (President Bush: a core set of principles from which he will not deviate)
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To: cartoonistx
The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, kicked the snot out of it

Bulletin is the best in the Inland Empire (at least), great headlines and your cartoons are excellent.

20 posted on 06/21/2004 10:52:50 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.)
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To: BurbankKarl

Richly deserved at that.


21 posted on 06/21/2004 10:58:11 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (There are people in power who are truly evil.)
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To: A CA Guy
The LA Times has been hit hard with all their leftist bias now for years and as they got more left, the people who read them left as well.

Not quite. That leftist bias helped produce a generation of customers that couldn't read the paper, nor could they earn enough money that the paper could command a decent price for advertising.

22 posted on 06/21/2004 11:00:55 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (There are people in power who are truly evil.)
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To: Carry_Okie

I cancelled the subscription because of their liberal bias. I'm sad to see people lose their jobs, but I refuse to partake in their liberalness.


23 posted on 06/21/2004 11:02:38 PM PDT by television is just wrong
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To: television is just wrong

One can only go so far with ads for lingerie and tanning salons.


24 posted on 06/21/2004 11:05:37 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (There are people in power who are truly evil.)
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To: Carry_Okie

Yep, nice to look at, but you wouldn't want to own one.


25 posted on 06/21/2004 11:06:37 PM PDT by television is just wrong
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To: Carry_Okie

I think the bulk of who are forced to subscribe are professionals in law and finance who are made to follow the market.
Those subscribers leaving would cut IMO current subscriptions in half.


26 posted on 06/21/2004 11:06:42 PM PDT by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: A CA Guy

latimes was awesome 25 years ago.
i can't imagine why anyone reads it today.


27 posted on 06/21/2004 11:45:46 PM PDT by genghis
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To: genghis

FR, Drudge, OC Register is it for me.


28 posted on 06/22/2004 12:16:57 AM PDT by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: BurbankKarl

It's a bummer when the new residents don't speak or read English.


29 posted on 06/22/2004 4:59:30 AM PDT by B4Ranch ( GET READY!!..-> http://www.ready.gov/get_a_kit.html)
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To: doug from upland; ambrose; DoughtyOne; MeekOneGOP; Happy2BMe; PhilDragoo; ntnychik; potlatch; ...
             
CBS POLL: # polled? (under 1500 for sure)
  35% - democrats - (oversampled 10%)
  25% - Republicans LA TIMES POLL: # polled? (under 1500 for sure)
  38% - democrats - (oversampled 13%)
  25% - Republicans AOL ONLINE POLLED: 600,000+
   (with poll moved inside a Teresa Heinz article 2nd day!)
  40% - Kerry
  50% - Bush WASH POST/ABC POLL: 1200+/-
  38% - democrats - (oversampled 8%)
  30% - Republicans

30 posted on 06/22/2004 5:18:24 AM PDT by devolve (---------------- [--------------Hello from Sunny South Florida-------------)
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To: BurbankKarl

One-way information (propaganda/lie) is headed for the ash heap of history.


31 posted on 06/22/2004 5:25:33 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: BurbankKarl
In recent years, this staff has shown tht it can make an already impressive newspaper steadily stronger.

Yes, we can see that.

Have you considered trying to make it more honest?

32 posted on 06/22/2004 6:17:44 AM PDT by Interesting Times (ABCNNBCBS -- yesterday's news.)
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To: cartoonistx
Terrific!
33 posted on 06/23/2004 12:43:11 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (The terrorists and their supporters declared war on the United States - and war is what they got!!!!)
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To: BurbankKarl

With the internet and all the blogs, etc. out there, why would anyone in the 21st century purchase a newspaper.

I suppose it is sort of "retro" - if you are into that sort of thing. I guess some people still make some of their own clothes...


34 posted on 06/23/2004 12:47:35 PM PDT by RobRoy (You only "know" what you experience. Everything else is mere belief.)
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To: Mike Darancette
The Victor Valley (Victorville) Daily Press is great too, owned by the same company that owns Orange County Register .


35 posted on 06/23/2004 12:48:35 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (The terrorists and their supporters declared war on the United States - and war is what they got!!!!)
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36 posted on 06/23/2004 12:52:10 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (The terrorists and their supporters declared war on the United States - and war is what they got!!!!)
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To: television is just wrong
I'm sad to see people lose their jobs...

Look at it this way--they're now free to find respectable work.

37 posted on 06/23/2004 3:54:51 PM PDT by randog (Everything works great 'til the current flows.)
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To: BurbankKarl
(which means reduced ad income soon)

And immediate lawsuits/refunds.

38 posted on 06/23/2004 3:57:10 PM PDT by xm177e2 (Stalinists, Maoists, Ba'athists, Pacifists: Why are they always on the same side?)
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To: genghis
...latimes was awesome 25 years ago.

Twenty-five years ago, the best paper in town was the Herald Examiner.

39 posted on 06/23/2004 4:01:42 PM PDT by Wolfstar (Next big battle in our war against Islamofacism? Here at home, 11/02/04. We can't afford to lose.)
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To: BurbankKarl

Biased journalists on the left are literally creating demand thereby using the market to transfer wealth straight to bank accounts of Conservative writers, news outlets and talk show hosts.


40 posted on 06/23/2004 4:17:36 PM PDT by alrea (I did not have sink with that blue dress nor should lying under oath be impeachable)
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