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LA Weekly Parent Company Village Voice Media On the Hook for $21 Million

Must not have been a very happy Thanksgiving for LA Weekly and Village Voice Media honcho Mike Lacey. For those who didn’t hear the news, the great California newspaper battle is officially over. The California Supreme Court rejected VVM-owned SF Weekly’s appeal in its predatory pricing case with rival San Francisco Bay Guardian. VVM now has to fork over $21 million to the Bay Guardian–money it doesn’t have.

The SF Appeal has a nice link roundup of all the developments you need to catch up.

So what happens now? Will the SF Weekly shut down?

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Wiener & Pals Recall the Good Old Days at the LA Weekly—It’s All Jill Stewart’s Fault

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In The Nation, Jon Wiener, the UCI prof and John Lennon expert, bewails the new era or rather the passing of the old era at the LA Weekly. He has reinforcements from Tim Rutten, Kevin Roderick, and Harold Meyerson, and to summarize: it’s all Jill Stewart’s fault.

Matt Welch, on book leave from the LAT, isn’t so sure about that or most of Wiener’s other assumptions. Bob Norman makes the point in a letter to Romanesko.

Wiener emailed Jill Stewart a pretty general question in March:

My basic question: the departure of Harold and your arrival seem to signal a major political shift in the paper. Is this correct?

And Stewart replied:

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