Times Community News Acquires La Cañada Valley Sun and Crescenta Valley Sun Newspapers

LOS ANGELES, April 7, 2005 – The Los Angeles Times announced today that its Times Community News division has acquired the La Cañada Valley Sun and the Crescenta Valley Sun from Century Group newspapers.

The La Cañada Valley Sun serves La Cañada Flintridge, Calif., and is distributed to 10,000 homes and businesses on Thursdays. The Crescenta Valley Sun serves La Crescenta, Montrose and northern Glendale, and has a Friday circulation of 15,000. Both weekly papers are located near Glendale, where Times Community News publishes three newspapers.

The Valley Sun newspapers will become part of the Times Community News group, which publishes six newspapers: The Daily Pilot in Newport Beach/Costa Mesa, Glendale News-Press, Burbank Leader, Foothill Leader, Huntington Beach Independent and Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot.

Will Fleet, publisher of the Glendale News-Press, Foothill Leader and Burbank Leader, will oversee the Valley Sun newspapers. "We believe in the foothill area community, and we are impressed with the distinctly local newspapers that the Valley Sun staff has built over the years," said Fleet. "We're looking forward to becoming even more involved in the La Cañada and La Crescenta communities."

Jerry Bean, president and owner of The Century Group, stated, "I agreed to sell these papers to The Times in part because of its reputation for producing quality newspapers. We wouldn't have sold to just anyone."

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Bean purchased the La Cañada Valley Sun in 1989 from legendary local editor Joe DuPlain, who had published the newspaper for 40 years. Bean launched the Crescenta Valley Sun in 2002.

The Century Group also publishes seven weekly newspapers in the Inland Southern California area near Riverside and San Bernardino. Bean started the company in 1987 after a 20-year career with the Gannett Co.

Times Community News newspapers maintain separate editorial and business staffs from those of The Times, and focus exclusively on in-depth local coverage of their respective communities. The Daily Pilot and Glendale News-Press have won the California Newspaper Publishers Assn.'s general excellence award in their category.

David Garcia