Executive Editor Matt Coker isn't moving north to Long Beach — he's going another 400 miles further. His email to what remains of the OC Weekly staff follows:
From: Matt Coker
Date: Thu, 22 Mar 2007 12:04:39 -0700
To: OC Everyone
Good day, mates-
-For you folks in OC, especially those in the editorial department, please be in the office at 1 p.m. Monday to meet Ted, our new editor. Of course, you folks in LA are also welcome. The new art director, Jose, and Mike Lacey will be here, too! Par-tay!!!
-After 11 years at this damn fine paper, I am heading north to become the editor of the Sacramento News & Review. I want to make it clear that my departure has nothing to do with Ted's arrival nor the shenanigans involving others who have left the Weekly. The timing just happened to work out that way. I had no intention of pursuing the N&R position after the first feelers came my way, but they pursued me pretty hard and ultimately wore me down. I am very excited about my future, very certain that OC is going to remain a great paper and--hell--if I flop, would someone please hire me?
My last day here will be April 13, and Andy VanDeVoorde is already hot on the trail of a replacement so that I can spend some time with that no-doubt talented person before I leave.
If anyone has any questions about any of this, you know where to find me.