Peter Surowski, who writes the “Menefee City Beat” column for the Press-Enterprise, was one of the first to some sad news today. U-T San Diego has closed The Californian, a paper it gained last year as part of its acquisition of the North County Times. A total of 12 employees are reportedly affected.
Late this afternoon, Surowski’s colleagues at Southwest Riverside News Network (SRNN) received confirmation:
An official statement provided by U-T San Diego marketing director George Bonaros today confirmed reports of the closing of the Temecula office of The Californian.
“The U-T is finalizing its transition following the North County Times acquisition. The U-T has replaced the U-T Californian section of the newspaper in Southwest Riverside with the North County section of U-T San Diego. The U-T intends to continue serving its Southwest Riverside subscribers with the high-quality, award-winning journalism associated with the U-T San Diego brand,” Bonaros said.