Long Beach publication The District W...

Long Beach publication The District Weekly closing

There are 34 comments on the Long Beach Press-Telegram story from Mar 17, 2010, titled Long Beach publication The District Weekly closing. In it, Long Beach Press-Telegram reports that:

The District Weekly, an alternative publication that covered Long Beach's political, arts and entertainment scene for nearly three years, closed Tuesday, the Press-Telegram confirmed today.

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LBAJ

United States

#1 Mar 17, 2010
I hate to see things close. But this publication had poorly researched stories and only existed to bash the Press Telegram. They would have needed to step it up a bit to be relevant to the city. Hopefully someone with a little more journalistic experience will replace them and publish a good independent paper.
Former LB resident

Signal Hill, CA

#2 Mar 17, 2010
I initially enjoyed reading the District but over time the writers' personal vendettas ruined what should have been honest, unbiased journalism.

It seemed like a waste of talent.
Ken Rabin

Hermosa Beach, CA

#3 Mar 17, 2010
Former LB resident wrote:
I initially enjoyed reading the District but over time the writers' personal vendettas ruined what should have been honest, unbiased journalism.
It seemed like a waste of talent.
I agree with the above comment. In the beginning it was loaded with great and relevant stories and community happenings. Also, they were full of great quality advertisers.
Overtime, all seemed to diminish. But I am not one to pass judgement, as I am sure their long term goal was to remain a high quality and informative voice to the people. Their problem, is probably similar to those of most small businesses,... if the revenue doesn't come in, it is difficult to maintain the quality and offerings, and grow,... and without those qualities and offerings, less revenue comes one way. A self-fulfilling prophesy of decline and possible closure.
If this be the case, I do empathize with them and to all those who stuck with it until the end. It are usually at such times when you know who are "real", sincere, and care,.... in contrast to those who don't care, are self-centered, or are like "rats", who flee trouble when things get a little uncomfortable.
Croak

United States

#4 Mar 17, 2010
Sorry to see The District Weekly close. Dave Wielenga and Theo Douglas (both ex Press-Telegram) offered a good alternative view on life in Long Beach.

I am guessing the potential loss of advertising from the medical marijuana shops did not help the paper's business plan.

Best of luck to the reporters and staff. There's a lot of talent that needs a good home.
Croak

United States

#5 Mar 17, 2010
Just a couple of years ago, you could go out on Friday and pick up a stack of free alternative papers, of varying quality, chock full of music listings, movie reviews, and ads for dating and, uhhh, "escorts."

Now it's down to LA Weekly, and even that paper is quite stodgy compared to its recent past. Its editor is Jill Stewart, another Press-Telegram alumnae.
Keith Krupp

La Habra, CA

#6 Mar 17, 2010
Sorry to see this rag go. I was always astounded at how good some of the writing was.

It's a shame.
Joe

AOL

#7 Mar 18, 2010
I was an enthusiastic poster at The District until someone there deliberately thought to expose my real ID in retaliation for my political beliefs. The ID they divulged was not my own but one I'd planted for such a contingency. That was the day I abandoned them forever.
Croak

Los Gatos, CA

#8 Mar 18, 2010
Joe wrote:
I was an enthusiastic poster at The District until someone there deliberately thought to expose my real ID in retaliation for my political beliefs. The ID they divulged was not my own but one I'd planted for such a contingency. That was the day I abandoned them forever.
So are you telling us your real name isn't Joe? And why would anyone care about your political beliefs? Unless your real name is, uhh, Barack Hussein Obama....
Elliott

Whittier, CA

#9 Mar 18, 2010
Yawn.
LOL

United States

#10 Mar 18, 2010
Wow. This time, the Press Telegram scooped the District Weekly on their OWN demise!!
How can on newspaper beat the other to the punch regarding the closing of their OWN PAPER?
An unintended comical ending to the District Weekly.
good

United States

#11 Mar 18, 2010
When I read that "story" about how proud the journalist was of the high school kids hanging out after school to cat-call a few goofy church people-I knew the District Weekly was going off the deep end. A couple of goofy Press Telegram rejects demonstrating why they were rejected.
LOL

United States

#12 Mar 18, 2010
Maybe Theo can hook a gig fetching coffee at LBReport.com
sad

United States

#13 Mar 18, 2010
With the District Weekly gone, I look forward to the hard-hitting investigative reporting skills of Paul Eakins minute-taking at the next city council meeting.
Good Riddance

Long Beach, CA

#14 Mar 18, 2010
Maybe Theo and Dave W. can get a job working for Peter Matthews.
Agent Orange

Westminster, CA

#16 Mar 18, 2010
Considering the majority of advertisers were medical pot houses and strip joints can this really be a surprise
figures

Seal Beach, CA

#17 Mar 18, 2010
Agent Orange wrote:
Considering the majority of advertisers were medical pot houses and strip joints can this really be a surprise
But The District Weekly just loved the elected Lowenthal triplets (Suja, Alan and Bonnie).
Lakewoodian

Long Beach, CA

#18 Mar 18, 2010
That is a shame. How am I supposed to know what is going on in L.B.?
Juan Pardell

San Jose, CA

#19 Mar 18, 2010
Kudos to the District Weekly for investigating stories in Long Beach that established news publications wouldn't.
Croak

Norwalk, CA

#20 Mar 18, 2010
Agent Orange wrote:
Considering the majority of advertisers were medical pot houses and strip joints can this really be a surprise
Don't knock it. The pot shops' money is just as green as everyone else's.
Croak

Norwalk, CA

#21 Mar 18, 2010
The District Weekly folds, but the Beachcomber still lands in my gutter every two weeks with its purile clown cartoons endlessly goofing on the city prosecutor.

There is no justice in this world.

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