DECEMBER 22, 2020
Street Media, the publisher of L.A. Weekly and Irvine Weekly, announced today the purchase of San Francisco’s Marina Times newspaper from its current owners, Publisher Earl Adkins and Editor in Chief Susan Reynolds.
The acquisition of the 36-year-old Marina Times was made public the same day that Street Media announced its purchase of The Village Voice in New York City, giving the expanding company anchors in Los Angeles, Orange County, New York, and San Francisco.
“I think that there are certain communities that are special,” L.A. Weekly CEO and Publisher Brian Calle told the Marina Times. “L.A. is special to me. Orange County is special to me. San Francisco is special, and New York is special.”
Calle cited his own experience reporting on local crime and politics, noting that it can be very consequential work for readers. He said few people are successfully trying to find a sustainable model for local news, but he remains passionate about it. “They’re so important; you have to try,” he said.
“I think San Francisco is obviously an iconic city in California, but it is also a city at a crossroads,” he said, citing the city’s struggle with the pandemic and its continuing role as a tech business capital.
Calle said the print Marina Times will continue to be published, but he is looking forward to expanding its online and digital presence. In New York, he plans to return the Village Voice to a quarterly print edition, with increased frequency possible in the future. The Voice ceased publishing several years ago.
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