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★ Add your name to the growing list of supporters of local 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.

AB 323, authored by Assemblymember Blanca E. Rubio, will extend California newspapers’ exemption from AB 5 for two additional years in order to help them stabilize operations in the post-COVID environment, and prioritize newspaper outlets for state agency public outreach advertisements.

☞ 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.


☞ 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

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 Federation


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For more information on how you can help contact Brittney Barsotti at 916-288-6006 or