Patterico's Pontifications

12/17/2009

L.A. Times Laying Off Even More People

Filed under: Dog Trainer — Patterico @ 12:42 am

More layoffs at the L.A. Times.

We used to hear that this paper was profitable — just not enough so to cover Sam Zell’s debt.

I wonder if that is still the case. In fact, I doubt it.

20 Comments

  1. looks like someone there is the “decider”…..

    i still say the Spring street building would make a great mixed use lofts/condos/office space/shops development….

    they have been calling again, in the last few weeks, offering ever decreasing rates to restart our subscription. the voices are either resigned or desperate. they’ve even resorted to direct mailing to try and get business ads for the paper.

    Comment by redc1c4 (fb8750) — 12/17/2009 @ 1:17 am

  2. Yes, it is a fantastic location and the parking is even better.

    But dude, you wouldn’t believe the inside. Would need to be totally gutted to even rent as office space.

    Except for one floor that is occasionally used for filming.

    Comment by I have totally never been there (c2c6c2) — 12/17/2009 @ 2:06 am

  3. The good news for all of the J-school grads being let go is that they will still get their checks from the DNC.

    Comment by BT (74cbec) — 12/17/2009 @ 4:50 am

  4. And yet we still have a business page that seems to always have a leftist rant-column on it by Hiltzig of Horowitz.

    Pretty much a metaphor for the California business climate.

    Comment by Kevin Murphy (3c3db0) — 12/17/2009 @ 8:26 am

  5. um, OR Horowitz.

    Comment by Kevin Murphy (3c3db0) — 12/17/2009 @ 8:26 am

  6. Before Trump knocked it down to build a giant phallus his Chicago Trump Hotel and Tower, the old Sun Times building had some very cool office space. They knocked stuff down and made it kinda lofty. A friend had an ad agency there. Very cool space.

    And, to be fair, kudos to Trump for keeping the lower portion of his building in that same distinctive shape.

    Comment by carlitos (57cfe1) — 12/17/2009 @ 8:28 am

  7. But they’ve kept Hiltzik, Rutten and Lazarus, so the paleolibs will still get their comforting fairy tales.

    Comment by Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (9eb641) — 12/17/2009 @ 8:33 am

  8. um, OR Lazarus. Thinking David Lazarus, I wrote Horowitz. Showing my age.

    Comment by Kevin Murphy (3c3db0) — 12/17/2009 @ 8:43 am

  9. Fairy tales for paleolibs is a cool turn of phrase. It covers a lot of stuff, too, now that I think about it.

    Comment by carlitos (57cfe1) — 12/17/2009 @ 8:47 am

  10. They could turn it into a museaum delineating the ways that unbridled, messianic, Progressivism turned a Garden of Eden into the La Brea Tar Pits writ large.

    Comment by AD - RtR/OS! (2917cb) — 12/17/2009 @ 9:08 am

  11. I still don’t need a subscription to the LA Times since my Parrot died.

    Comment by BarSinister (9a86c3) — 12/17/2009 @ 9:21 am

  12. The Los Angeles Times Spring Street building, like Dodger Stadium and the Los Angeles Central Library, is located directly above the Elysian Park thrust fault zone. :)

    Comment by Official Internet Data Office (0a4bf0) — 12/17/2009 @ 9:54 am

  13. we should only allow new construction here in SoCal where the buildings won’t be near earthquake faults…

    Comment by redc1c4 (fb8750) — 12/17/2009 @ 10:17 am

  14. carlitos,

    There’s an interesting piece by a longtime media guy suggesting that the leftward bias is partly for economic reasons, not just for ideology.

    The paleolibs don’t want to hear anything that conflicts with their community-based reality. So the media reports through leftist-colored glasses so paleoleftists can stay cuddly inside their cocoon.

    Comment by Bradley J. Fikes, C. O.R. (a18ddc) — 12/17/2009 @ 10:50 am

  15. they have been calling again, in the last few weeks, offering ever decreasing rates to restart our subscription.

    Comment by redc1c4 — 12/17/2009 @ 1:17 am

    Recently, the Audit Bureau of Advertiser Fraud Circulations changed the rules, with heavy input from Tribune Co.’s Circulation Honcho.

    Newspapers can now count you as a paid subscriber, for advertising purposes, if you pay only a penny, even for a full year. 25% of the regular sub rate used to be the best discount. Now, if you are still inclined to buy the dead tree version, you can pretty much name your own price. Just ask, and quit if they don’t give you a phenominal deal. Within days, if not minutes, you’ll get your way.

    If even one of you can save some money, it will have been worth the post.

    Comment by Matador (176445) — 12/17/2009 @ 10:55 am

  16. Duh, didn’t do the strike thing right.

    Comment by Matador (176445) — 12/17/2009 @ 10:56 am

  17. But dude, you wouldn’t believe the inside. Would need to be totally gutted to even rent as office space.

    If’s we’re going to be doing that, I suggest we just turn it into the biggest damn bar and nightclub in the world.

    Duh, didn’t do the strike thing right.

    You have to manually make it so it says “strike”.

    proof that this method works

    We don’t really know why the “strike” button doesn’t work, but for some reason, it doesn’t.

    Comment by Scott Jacobs (d027b8) — 12/17/2009 @ 11:04 am

  18. Thanks Bradley – will check it out later.

    Comment by carlitos (57cfe1) — 12/17/2009 @ 11:17 am

  19. You tempt me, Matador. I normally pick up free newspapers to use as cage lining for my burmese python. If I could get a subscription for a penny, that would be worth it.

    Comment by luagha (5cbe06) — 12/17/2009 @ 1:41 pm

  20. With hacks like James Rainey still employed, the downward trend will only accelerate.

    Comment by GeneralMalaise (a38f27) — 12/17/2009 @ 5:05 pm

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