Brugmann sells building and newspaper

Bruce Brugmann has agreed to sell the Bay Guardian, the longtime progressive weekly, to the new owners of the Examiner for an undisclosed price, according to a report by the Chron’s Andrew S. Ross. The transaction will close next month. Brugmann The deal, which had been rumored for weeks, was announced after Brugmann sold the Guardian’s 27,000-square-foot building at 135 Mississippi St. for $6.5 million, according to a report by J.K. Dineen of the San Francisco Business Times. The sale

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Why the Examiner wants the Bay Guardian

Robert Gammon of the East Bay Express says that some people might be surprised that the Examiner, with its conservative reputation, would be buying the liberal Bay Guardian. Under owner Phil Anschutz, a Colorado billionaire oilman and real estate mogul, the Examiner became a conservative newspaper in a staunchly liberal city. For instance, the Examiner put its endorsement of McCain and Palin on its cover.  But Gammon points out that the Examiner’s new owners, a group that includes Canadian community newspaper

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Examiner to buy the Guardian? Not yet

There are conflicting reports tonight (April 19) on whether the new owners of the Examiner have bought, or are in the process of buying, the Bay Guardian alternative weekly owned by Bruce Brugmann and his wife Jean. Rachel Swan of the East Bay Express reported this afternoon that the sale had been finalized, attributing the information to two sources. Later, the Express quoted Guardian Executive Editor Tim Redmond as saying that the deal wasn’t final but that he was “very

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Bay Guardian lays off 3 editorial staffers

The San Francisco alt-weekly Bay Guardian has laid off three of its editorial staffers — about a third of its staff, according to reports from rivals SFGate and the SF Weekly. The SF Weekly says that among those who lost their jobs was veteran reporter Sarah Phelan. The cuts come just months after the Guardian received an out-of-court settlement from the SF Weekly. The Guardian, owned by Bruce Brugmann, won a $21 million verdict from a jury that found the

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Guardian, SF Weekly settle, terms not disclosed

The Bay Guardian and SF Weekly announced on their respective websites Monday that they have reached a settlement after the Guardian won a $21 million judgment over allegations that the Weekly sold ads at below cost in violation of state law. While both publications wrote tens of thousands of words about the case as it moved through the courts, the announcements were short. Neither side disclosed the terms. The Guardian said: “The parties have settled their differences on mutually acceptable

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SF Weekly, Guardian war in final stage

Randall Chase, an AP business writer in Wilmington, Del., reports that a judge there canceled a hearing Wednesday regarding a request by lenders to prevent the Bay Guardian from collecting advertising revenue from SF Weekly. The Guardian, headed by Bruce Brugmann, has been trying to collect a $21 million award from the Weekly and its parent, Village Voice Media, after winning a lawsuit over pricing issues. A jury found that the SF Weekly illegally priced ads below the cost of

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SF Weekly lashes out at ‘the political left’

The SF Weekly and its parent company, Village Voice Media, is lashing out at the “the political left” for the $21 million judgment it has been ordered to pay the Bay Guardian for anti-competitive business practices. Andy VanDeVoorde, a Village Voice Media executive and spokesman, wrote in the SF Weekly: “The California courts have held fast to a dubious principle: That endorsing politically correct ‘anti-chain’ sentiment is a more important judicial goal than protecting free-market competition.” The problem with that

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State Supreme Court rejects SF Weekly appeal

The state Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to review a $21 million damage award against the SF Weekly and its parent company, Village Voice Media, in a suit brought by the Bay Guardian. A San Francisco jury in March 2008 found the SF Weekly and VVM slashed advertising prices to drive the Guardian out of business, in violation of state antitrust laws. The defendants lost at the court of appeals and its last hope was the state supreme court. But

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NYT reports on SF alt-weekly court battle

Alt-weeklies share an editorial formula that marries anti-establishment politics with heavy entertainment coverage and listings,” says Jonathan Weber of Bay Citizen writing in The New York Times’ Bay Area section. “… The in-your-face, libertarian-leaning approach of New Times was perfect for Phoenix, just as [Bay Guardian publisher Bruce] Brugmann’s old-school leftism was a fit for San Francisco.”

Appeals court upholds $21m verdict to Guardian

A state appeals court on Wednesday upheld a $21 million verdict in favor of the Bay Guardian, saying that the chain-owned SF Weekly and its parent company illegally sold ads at below cost in an attempt to run the locally-owned Guardian out of business. Here’s the ruling, the Chron’s story and the Guardian’s report. The SF Weekly, which until now had been continuously covering the case, hadn’t posted anything about the ruling as of 4 p.m. Friday, more than 48

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