The new 'less newsy' look is part of a redesign that's been hashed out over the last several weeks. The note says the paper will be "more reader-friendly" but acknowledges the changes were hastened by a desire to cut newsprint costs. The note also echoes Editor Carolina Garcia's pledge last week to focus almost solely the Valley:
We thank you for your loyal support as we confront this troubled economy. We are committed to producing a relevant local news report that is focused on the San Fernando Valley.From the rumor file: I've heard rumblings that the Daily News plans to put its Valencia printing plant up for sale as early as next month. I'm not sure if that would mean restarting the presses in West Covina, since the three San Gabriel Valley papers are currently printed in Valencia, or if the DN and its SGV sisters would be outsourced to Southwest Offset Printing, which prints the Daily Breeze*.
*Originally I said the Press-Telegram was printed at SOP. It's printed in Valencia.