(Los Alamitos, 3/27/2013) I’m going to miss print newspapers when they’re gone.
But that doesn’t change the fact that they are dinosaurs facing extinction. Major dailies across the land have cut back to only 3 or 4 days a week. Tribune Corp, parent of the Chicago Tribune and owner of the L.A. Times and KTLA 5 is selling off it’s print media so it can concentrate on broadcast.
Several months ago the Community Media Group reported to their editors and publishers that income was declining while expenses continued to increase. Bottom line: If income (mainly from advertising) didn’t increase, expenses would have to be cut.
Apparently income didn’t increase enough. Last week Community Media consolidated the Publisher position at two of their local papers, the News Enterprise (covering Los Alamitos, Rossmoor, La Palma, El Dorado Park Estates, and Cypress) and the Sun (which covers Seal Beach, Rossmoor, and Rossmoor Highlands).
The newer guy, the N-E’s Lon Wahlberg, was laid off.
I got to know Lon over his tenure here, and appreciated his diligence, his intellect, and his innovations. He wasn’t afraid to take pen (well, keyboard) in hand and write his own Publisher’s column, including one a week ago about the need for a police dog in Los Al. He was also a committed runner and strong supporter of the Race on the Base.
Lon pushed to develop a rotating group of regular contributors to the N-E’s weekly Guest Columns. These included everything from local issues to an informative article on autism by Art DeBolt to an outstanding piece a week ago on one of my favorite places, the original Rancho Los Alamitos.
Kudos to Lon for his commitment to our Community and his diligent efforts. He will be missed!
Armed robbery at Los Al Starbucks
Sadly, today’s News Enterprise reported on page 3 about an armed robbery at the Los Al Starbucks at 4:30 am on Friday March 15 by two suspects described as black men in their 20′s, one apparently with a semi-automatic pistol.
The good news was, nobody was “physically hurt.” The bad news, robberies reported in Los Alamitos last year were up 140 percent, from 5 in 2011 to 12 in 2012.
Just remember, we’re all neighbors, so try to be diplomatic. And watch the language in this family friendly community.
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