Publication of Three California Free Weeklies Suspended for August

By: E&P Staff

Sun Community Newspapers is suspending publication of its free weekly papers in Studio City, Sherman Oaks, and Encino, Calif., next month, the company said Wednesday.

“Sun Community Newspapers will be on hiatus for the month of August, exploring options that will allow us to continue to bring our fiercely local publications free to the community every week,” Sun Community Newspapers Publisher Kelly Mayfield said in a statement.

Civic leaders in the San Fernando Valley communities called the suspension a blow to their communities.

“It means a lot to the community; it’s a viable publication that represents the best of Studio City,” Studio City Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Esther Walker told the Los Angeles Daily News. “It would be a shame for it to stop its publication. The chamber and community rely on it for local news.”

Sun Community Newspapers published their first paper in December of 2002, when they launched the Studio City Sun, then a bi-weekly publication. Since then, the company has expanded to a trio of newspapers. According to Sun’s Web site, the three papers have a combined circulation of 50,000 and a total readership of 126,000.

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