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Westside : Copley Newspapers Announce Layoffs

The slow economy and rising newsprint costs caused Copley Los Angeles Newspapers to lay off almost 40 employees Monday from its three daily publications in the area--the Daily Breeze in Torrance, the Outlook in Santa Monica and the News-Pilot in San Pedro--company officials said.

Another 20 positions have been cut through attrition, said James Box, editor of Copley’s Los Angeles publications.

Publisher Thomas J. Wafer Jr. gave the news in person to the staffs of each paper, explaining that 1995 is shaping up to be the most unprofitable year in the chain’s history. However, the company expects to save about $3 million in salaries and benefits by making the cuts, Box said.

In the past five years alone, Box said, Copley has cut the number of full-time employees from 800 to 480.

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The current staff cuts should be the last for at least a few years, Box said.


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