As part of Dean Singleton’s plan to consolidate the suburban dailies he has acquired, the Oakland Tribune will leave the Tribune Tower in downtown Oakland when its lease expires next year, according to a report in the East Bay Express (which was later confirmed by the San Francisco Business Times. The plan is to move all of the business and most of the advertising functions of Singleton’s Bay Area papers (Mercury News, Contra Costa Times, Oakland Tribune, San Mateo County Times, Palo Alto Daily News, etc.) into a building MediaNews will lease in San Ramon at the Bishop Ranch Business Park. MediaNews is calling its new San Ramon facility “The California Newspaper Partnership Shared Services Center,” a name familiar to former Knight Ridder employees, whose paychecks were mailed from Knight Ridder’s Shared Services Center. The massive consolidation will likely result in fewer jobs, though numbers haven’t been given. Some 116 advertising and business positions at the Mercury News will move to the San Ramon office. It is not known how many other business side jobs will move there from Singleton’s other Bay Area papers. Meanwhile, Robert Gammon of the East Bay Express reports that the Oakland Tribune’s news staff will move to an office building the company is leasing along I-880 across from the Oakland Coliseum. (Photo from [PPC, Jan. 21: Oakland Tribune Tower sold}

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    “It turns out the tip we had about the Oakland Tribune business staff being laid off was not far from reality. A reporter who works there told us the tiny business reporting staff has volunteered to go to part-time status in order to save jobs at the paper. This is terrible news for Oakland and means that residents will learn very little about local businesses that create jobs and opportunity, local entrepreneurs who are developing new technologies, lawsuits involving local businesses, innovative workplace practices and issues like sexual harassment and employment discrimination — to name a few things that are traditionally covered by a decent local news organization.”

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