Newspaper publisher laid off to save money

“Since we’ve always been very lean, it made financial sense to eliminate my position. This will give the papers a cushion in difficult times.” And with that David Cohen (pictured) has stepped down as publisher of Silicon Valley Community Newspapers, a group of 11 weeklies in Santa Clara County that includes titles such as the Los Gatos Weekly Times, Cupertino Courier, The Campbell Recorder and Sunnyvale Sun. SVCN became an independent company on Dec. 17, 2001, when Cohen spun off

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Los Gatos laments loss of newspaper

A couple of years ago there was a newspaper war in Los Gatos, an upscale community of 28,000 west of San Jose. The hard-charging Los Gatos Daily News (led by Christina Bellantoni, now a Washington muckraker) was battling the equally independent Los Gatos Weekly Times. The San Jose Mercury News was trying to “out local the locals.” The three newsrooms battled for the hearts and minds of West Valley readers. That changed in 2005 when the Merc’s parent company, Knight

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