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RIP Jack Kyser

Just saw from Marc Lacter at LA Biz Observed that former chief economist of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. Jack Kyser died over the weekend. He was 76.

There’s probably not a news journo in Los Angeles who at one time in their career didn’t call Jack Kyser looking for a quote. The “guru” of the LA economy, Jack had a remarkable ability to explain the often complicated machinations of our regional economy in terms that even the most degenerate alt-weekly journo like myself could comprehend. I probably worked with him on five or six stories over the past few years, and he always had an answer ready for just about any factual question you could throw his way. He was also always free with his opinions on the more open-ended questions, which made him highly quotable.

On top of that he was just a really pleasant guy and a delight to talk to. He’ll be missed.

More on Kyser from a 2009 interview with the LA Business Journal.

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Newspaper Circulation Shrinking Nationwide–LA Times Down 8.67%

The Audit Bureau of Circulations released its most recent report on newspaper circulation in America and the results were not pretty. Circulation was down 5% overall compared with figures from six months ago. Papers at the top of the food chain took major hits. The LA Times was down 8.67%, the NYT down 5.52% and the Washington Post down 6.43%. The Wall Street Journal was the only paper in the top 10 to post gains, growing its circulation by 1.82%.

In California, the San Diego Union-Tribune was down 7.39%, the San Francisco Chronicle got slaughtered, dropping 11.21%, while the San Jose Mercury News stayed flat.

Marc Lacter got a hold of LAT publisher Eddy Hartenstein‘s memo to staff regarding his paper’s shrinking numbers. Posted after the jump.

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