Newsom: If Chronicle vanished, under-30s ‘won’t notice’ – San Francisco Business Times:

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” src=”http://images.bizjournals.com/email/cwatch/w.gif&#8221; height=”13″ width=”13″ style=”padding: 3px 2px;” />The Economist, Britain’s gift to journalism and a success in the U.S., has more bad news for the shrinking <img title=”CompanyWatch allows you to receive email alerts with stories related to your companies of interest.

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The British news weekly noted in a story on “The rebirth of news” and attempts to revitalize journalism using new technologies and formats, that the <img title=”CompanyWatch allows you to receive email alerts with stories related to your companies of interest.

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” src=”http://images.bizjournals.com/email/cwatch/w.gif&#8221; height=”13″ width=”13″ style=”padding: 3px 2px;” />Hearst Corp.-owned Chronicle “is trimming its already pared-down staff in an attempt to avoid closure.” And adding insult to injury, if it were to close, the newspaper said, quoting San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, “People under 30 won’t even notice.”

Last week, the Chronicle, under orders from Hearst Corp. to trim payroll costs significantly or face possible closure, laid off 39 editorial and business staffers late last week, according to a tally by the Media Workers Guild.

The Guild said the layoffs announced last Thursday and Friday, May 7 and 8, “appear to be enough to meet (Hearst’s) immediate cost-cutting goals.” The 39 involuntary layoffs included 18 newsroom positions and 21 in advertising, ad production and other commercial departments, according to a statement on the Guild’s web site.

Combined with 112 buyouts previously announced, the Guild said, “that brings the total number of jobs eliminated since March to 151.”

It’s not clear yet whether the staff cuts and other moves by the 144-year-old paper will be enough to stem financial losses estimated at more than $50 million annually by Hearst and as much as $70 million per year by other informed observers.

Newsom is by far one of the worst mayors the city of San Francisco has had. Ronald Reagan was once a democrat until (probably got a big money offer) and became a Republican. San Francisco politics leaves very little room for Republican office-holders and Newsom is the worst democrat until he becomes what he really is: A Republican disguised as a democrat backed by big money and little respect or concern for this city and its people. Willie Brown kept the Street Cars from disappearing and you can list the benefits of that on so many levels. The a&**&hole mayor is cheering the city newspaper (who won’t sell out to his wolf-in-sheep’s-clothing type) to die so he has nothing but his sycophants running around. The only good lobby left supporting him are the SF gays’ lobby and little do they know as soon as Newsom and his gang no longer need their support, they will be casted aside also. Newsom will rank in history as one of the corruptest officials this city has had.

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