With the Downtown Los Angeles pressroom overworked, the Los Angeles Times has quietly sent crews back to Costa Mesa to fire up the recently shuttered Orange County presses. There are shifts to run the presses from 4 p.m. to midnight and after midnight, pressman Ed Padgett blogged tonight. "No word how long the facility will be in operation at this time, but the Olympic Facility cannot handle the additional workload at this moment," he posted. The paper suffered a sizably PR hit (and possibly advertising losses) when Friday's papers were late, some of them well into the day, or were missing the Sports section and coverage of the Lakers' championship due to pressroom troubles. The Times shut down the OC plant last week as a cost-saving move.
Catching up: The LAT's Readers' Representative finally posted a short item on the situation late Friday afternoon.
Previously on LA Observed:
Big problems at the L.A. Times this morning
Hartenstein apologizes for L.A. Times delivery snafu *