A death in the family

March 27, 2009


L.A. CityBeat, one of our sister papers, is gone.

Our group publisher announced today that yesterday’s issue of March 26 would be the alt-weekly’s last. The paper, like so many others countrywide, has struggled to stay afloat in this economy, not to mention against the backlash of print-based publications.

It was a shock to hear the news because, like the term “sister paper” implies, it’s like losing a close member of the family. I never met anyone from CityBeat, but I did read their work and I know their editorial and production schedules were like our own here in Ventura, where it’s hard enough to pump out a quality product even when the economy is thriving and readership is high.

They will be sorely missed as a member of the Southland Publishing family.


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