The shoe dropped Sunday for the press operators at the San Diego Union-Tribune, sold last month to the parent company of the Los Angeles Times and put under LAT publisher Austin Beutner. Sunday's early morning press run was the final one in San Diego. The LA Times has extra capacity on its presses these days — who doesn't — so starting Monday, the Union-Tribune was printed up here and driven down there. No word on any deadline impact in LA or delivery hitches in San Diego.
From the U-T story:
They were a part of history, bringing the biggest news events — from Watergate, to the 9/11 terror attacks and raging local wildfires — to San Diegans’ doorsteps.
And now, the presses at The San Diego Union-Tribune are themselves history, with the final print run in Mission Valley coming to a close at 1 a.m. Sunday….
The purchase allowed for the consolidation of the two newspapers’ printing operations in L.A. About 100 of 178 layoffs at the U-T, announced after the sale was final, came from the paper’s operations department.
“It really is the end of an era,” said longtime pressman Stan Angeles, who joined the company in 1970, when its headquarters was still in downtown San Diego. Angeles, 65, wasn’t on duty Saturday night but came in with his 16-year-old granddaughter to witness the last run.