San Mateo County Times About to Move

By: E&P Staff The San Mateo County (Calif.) Times this weekend will move its news and business departments from its location since 1964 at S. Amphlett Blvd., next to Highway 101, to smaller, more modern leased space at the corner of Ninth Ave. and South Claremont St.

The paper will sell its South Amphlett site. Its telephone numbers are unchanged.

The Times, a family-owned paper until 1996, shut down its press and is printed at the San Jose Mercury News, as is the Santa Cruz Sentinel, to the south. The San Mateo and Santa Cruz dailies are part of the California Newspaper Partnership, which is majority owned by Media News Group, owner of the Mercury News.

In his Thursday account of the move on the paper's Web site,, columnist, blogger and 44-year Times veteran John Horgan recalls a "bustling place [where] camaraderie among the staff members was a hallmark. An annual Christmas party hosted by the outfit's photographers was a much-anticipated event. However, the increasing flow of adult beverages, combined with more than a few, shall we say, interesting liaisons, caused those revels to be halted due to liability concerns.

"It all hit home when a managing editor, overcome by several flagons of firewater and clutching the pathetic remnants of a cheap, stale cigar, collapsed into a potted plant near the archives room. Reviving him and then getting him back to his long-suffering spouse turned out to be a daunting task. Shortly after that, the holiday soiree was canceled."


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