Pasadena Star-News Moves from Offices It Occupied Since 1990 to Nearby Suite (link): The Pasadena Star-News newspaper downsized its physical presence in Pasadena this weekend, moving from ground floor offices in the Lieberg Building at 911 East Colorado Boulevard it occupied for 26 years to an office suite in the 2 North Lake building.
The newspaper, which was founded in 1886 and for many decades reigned supreme as Pasadena’s dominant local media, had previously been located in its own 63,863 square foot, four-story building at 525 East Colorado Boulevard. During most of the 20th century, the Star-News had piled off the presses in that imposing, stone Star-News building, which was capped by twin radio towers that broadcast original Star-News programs under the call sign KPSN. Operations there were closed in 1990.
Executive Editor Frank Pine of the Southern California News Group, the division of parent company Digital First Media which operates the Star-News, said in a Star-News article published Friday that this weekend’s move reflected the fact “the amount of space offered at 911 East Colorado was no longer necessary.”
“Much of the San Gabriel Valley News Group’s operations moved to its newer, larger facility in Monrovia,” Pine said in the article.
Newspaper management, however, sought to find a smaller space that “would continue to provide the Star-News a home in downtown Pasadena.” the article said.
“The Star-News has been in Pasadena since 1886 and always will be,” long-time staff member Larry Wilson said in a recent email. Wilson is currently the public editor for the Pasadena Star-News, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, and the Whittier Daily News.
Mod: OK, so things are tough in the ink and paper trade. The Star News needed to move to smaller and less expensive quarters. Nothing too momentous there considering the unhappy circumstances. So what exactly is this 2 North Pine location all about? Check it out (link):
Mod: As you might or might not know, Singpoli is the same company that the esteemed city-suing attorney Richard McDonald does a lot of work for these days. The ownership of this titan of local real estate firms is suspected by many informed parties of being a key moving force behind the race-based redistricting lawsuit being contemplated against the City of Arcadia. Something we discussed here yesterday. And, if you were not aware, Singpoli is controlled by the same fellow featured in this following screenshot we just ripped from the steaming hot pages of Facebook. Quite obviously the dude has blown his chill over something.
Mod: There is a longish story behind that one, and as soon as I figure it out I'll share it with you. So to the melancholy theme that kicked off this post we can now add the observation that architectural criticism has become a race issue as well. What isn't these days? We should also be deeply miffed at the shocking notion that the Pasadena Star News is now safely cocooned in an office building controlled by the area's premier excitable real estate developer. Right? Not so fast, pardner. Singpoli also owns the building the Pasadena Star News just moved out of as well. The following screen shot is from the Los Angeles Times (link).
Mod: Maybe this is all just more of the same? More or less?