Merc moving to downtown San Jose; gets free parking from City Hall

The San Jose Mercury News, which has sold its longtime home at I-880 and Brokaw Road, announced Thursday that it has leased two floors of a downtown San Jose office building for its news, advertising and executive offices. The Merc said a “deal-closer” for the move was the parking incentive the city is offering to businesses moving downtown — the paper will get 200 parking places in a city garage, 160 of them free of charge for four years and

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San Jose City Council offers incentives to lure Mercury News to downtown

The Mercury News, which has sold its building at Brokaw Road and I-880, is looking for a new home for its newsroom and business departments, and San Jose officials are trying to lure the paper to move downtown. They’re hoping a parking incentive program that would save the paper $864,000 over five years will do the trick. Mayor Chuck Reed said the Merc would be a “marquee tenant” downtown. “They do buy ink by the barrel, still,” Reed said. The

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Merc selling headquarters for $30 million

The Mercury News reported today (Sept. 24) that it is selling its headquarters at I-880 and Brokaw Road to Super Micro Computer, which will covert the site to a manufacturing facility. The Merc said it will remain in the building until sometime next year, when it hopes to move 300 news, advertising and administrative employees to a new location “in Silicon Valley.” The building’s sale price was $30.5 million. The building has been the Merc’s home since 1967, when it

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Filming to start on movie about former Merc reporter Gary Webb, who exposed CIA-cocaine link

Renner Filming is set to begin this summer on “Kill the Messenger,” the story of former Mercury News reporter Gary Webb, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who committed suicide after being smeared for exposing the CIA’s role in helping Nicaragua’s Contra rebels import cocaine into California in the 1980s. Jeremy Renner, star of “The Hurt Locker,” has been cast to play Webb in the film being produced by Focus Features International, a unit of Universal, according to The Hollywood Reporter. OC

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Merc writer, critic Jack Fischer dies

Jack Fischer Jack Fischer, who spent 20 years at the Mercury News as a local news reporter, investigative writer and visual arts critic, died Feb. 8 at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View after a two-year fight with lung cancer, the Merc reports. He was 59. As a reporter, he wrote an award-winning 1991 series on guard brutality against inmates at the Santa Clara County Department of Corrections. He did feature stories on such topics as the reopening of San

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Number of stolen news racks rises to 100

A Daily Post rack found in theback lot at the Merc. Post photo. The number of stolen news racks in the South Bay is up to 100 and the Merc is changing its story about how the racks ended up on its property. Here’s KTVU’s report from tonight’s “10’O Clock News.” (Usual disclosure: the editor of the Press Club’s Facebook page is me, Dave Price, the editor, co-publisher and co-owner of the Daily Post. The Merc took some of the

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Metro says Merc’s lying about taking news racks

Dan Pulcrano, owner of San Jose’s Metro, has this posted a point by point response to the Mercury News’ claims about the discovery of its competitors’ newspaper racks in a Merc dumpster. Again, my usual disclosure. The editor of the Press Club’s webpage is Dave Price, editor, publisher and co-owner of the Palo Alto Daily Post. The Merc took at least three Post racks.

Competitors’ news racks found in back lot of San Jose Mercury News, police investigate

San Jose police have opened an investigation of the Mercury News after dozens of newspaper racks from competing publications were found in the Merc’s back lot. The company Circulation Management, which distributes free publications, discovered the racks on Wednesday. Many had been thrown into a metal recycling bin. CBS5’s live shot from outside the Merc Publishers of San Jose Metro and the Palo Alto Daily Post said they never gave the Merc permission to handle their newsracks, yet their racks

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Merc, BANG-EB Guild members OK new contracts

Guild members at the San Jose Mercury News and the Bay Area News Group-East Bay that call for five unpaid furlough days in the next five months in exchange for no layoffs during that time period, according to a statement from the union. The vote at the Merc was 61 to 47. In the East Bay was 33 to 16. According to the Guild, the contracts also call for a freeze on vacation accruals and “new terms for consolidating editorial

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Contract talks open at Mercury News

The Guild reports that it met Monday (Oct. 11) with company representatives Marshall Anstandig, Andy Huntington and Jim Janiga to begin negotiations for a new contract. The following is from the Guild’s bulletin: They provided financial information documenting declines in advertising revenue, Sunday circulation, staffing and newsprint (tonnage). The company emphasized the need for greater consolidation of newsrooms throughout BANG, which was reflected in their explanation of the goals of the proposal. Here’s the company’s opening proposal: • Pay freeze for

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