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WHAT IS HAPPENING TO COMMUNITY NEWSPAPERS?

Assembly Bill 5, which took effect January 1, 2020, requires most “independent contractors” to be reclassified as employees.

☞ In recognition of the critical role newspapers play in informing our citizenry, the Legislature granted newspapers a one-year exemption to AB 5 for newspaper carriers.

☞ That exemption is ending soon. Already operating under extreme financial pressures that have worsened as a result of COVID-19, local newspapers cannot take on the additional cost of hiring paper carriers as “employees.”

☞ If forced to comply with AB 5, many community newspapers, including local, ethnic, urban, suburban and metro papers, will be unable to sustain operations. They will close their doors, leaving many communities with no local news source.

☞ For those that continue to exist, news operations will be forced to make deep cuts to both print and digital community coverage and offerings in order to survive.

IF NEWSPAPERS ARE NOT EXEMPTED FROM AB 5, READERS WILL LOSE.

☞ Limited home delivery.

☞ Fewer local news reporters and less hometown coverage.

☞ Loss of sports, comics, games and investigative reporting.

☞ Days of week eliminated from print.

☞ End of the ethnic newspapers that inform California’s diverse population.

☞ Less access to information that matters to our community.

☞ The voice of a free media, a cherished institution enshrined in the U.S. Constitution.


For more information on how you can help contact Brittney Barsotti at 916-288-6006 or brittney@cnpa.com.

What Others Are Saying

“Americans often take our free media for granted, assuming it will always be there to serve us — and it has been, especially during the pandemic. Newsrooms are working around-the-clock to provide readers with the latest information on how and where the virus is spreading and what health experts are recommending to protect the public. But their economic crisis reminds us that just as any other Main Street company, newspapers must also keep the lights on and the doors open.”

– Tracy Hernandez | Founding Chief Executive Officer of the Los Angeles County Business

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Steinberg to judge: The Bee needs to ‘be bolstered and rebuilt, not milked’

For nearly as long as there has been a city of Sacramento, journalists from The Sacramento Bee have been keeping a watchful eye on what we do inside City Hall. In my current job as mayor of Sacramento, and in my former role as President Pro Tem of the California State Senate, I have experienced firsthand the paper’s important role in exposing local and state officials who don’t sufficiently safeguard the public treasury or the public trust.
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Editorial: Local newspapers are dying. Here’s how we can save them

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Santa Barbara City Attorney Ariel Calonne Supports Local Journalism

I support local journalism because the Constitution demands a free press to protect our democracy. That sounds very big and conceptual, so let me break it down to what I understand and why I care. My career inside local government has taken me to four great cities — Palo Alto, Boulder, Ventura, and Santa Barbara. The common thread between these diverse cities is an enlightened populace that actively participates in their city government. In other words, cities work and communities thrive when the people control local government, never the other way around. “Of the people, by the people, for the people” means we are accountable to ourselves, as Santa Barbarans and Americans, for building a great community.
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Opinion: Newspapers are essential for our recovery, and they need help

The personal and economic toll of the pandemic is painfully clear. Tragically, we have lost more than 100,000 Americans, and many businesses have eliminated jobs. Local newspapers have kept citizens and consumers informed throughout the crisis, but these outlets also suffered due to COVID-19 and need support to continue to provide valuable information in these uncertain times.
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For more information on how you can help contact Brittney Barsotti at 916-288-6006 or brittney@cnpa.com.