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Copley Closes Two LA Area Dailies

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Copley Closes Two LA Area Dailies

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With cuts at the Daily Breeze, job losses hit 150 in coastal retrenchment

TWO OF THE three Copley Los Angeles Newspapers ceased publishing March 14 and the third, the Daily Breeze in Torrance, will reduce its work force by 100 employees, publisher Thomas J. Wafer Jr. announced to stunned staffers.

Copley shut the Outlook in Santa Monica and News-Pilot in San Pedro after market studies showed that the oceanside cities could no longer support separate newspapers,Wafer said. The Outlook's circulation was 23,000 and the News Pilot's was 12,500. The Daily Breeze, with a circulation of 76,000, began fielding a daily zoned edition for the Los Angeles port city of San Pedro on March 16.

A Daily Breeze staffer said that rumors of the closures had surfaced in recent weeks, "but the news still came as a shock."

Outlook editor Skip Rimer, who lost his job, commented: "As a newspaperman for 20 years, I know any time a newspaper closes, it's painful, and it's especially painful when it's your own paper. Newspapers have an important role in society, and when you lose one, it's one less voice in the community."

David C. Copley, president of Copley Press Inc., which owns the three papers, said the closures will allow the company to focus its resources on the Daily Breeze, which has greater potential in the South Bay. Copley also publishes the San Diego Union-Tribune and eight dailies in Illinois. In February 1992, Copley shut down the afternoon San Diego Tribune and blended it into the morning Union, leaving San Diego a one-newspaper town. …

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