LA CityBeat, the alternative-to-the-alternative weekly newspaper in Los Angeles announced today that this week's would be its last issue. I'm not going to dig up old hatchets. As a founding "senior writer" in 2003, I left the paper in 2005 to do magazine journalism. I stayed on as a freelancer, penning my Groundswell dance music column, until last year. I'll miss the old days. It was a rare publication that covered dance music perhaps more than any other non-trade publication in the nation, although the Village Voice chain seems to be doing it more and more these days.
Although I had problems with the way the place was run in the last year, it's disappointing to see that L.A. can't support two weekly newspapers. More than anything, the paper's demise is a product of the soft economy and an advertising and media world that's migrating online.