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The LA Times California Section is Now Gone

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If you only read the LA Times local section online, you wouldn't have noticed know the difference, but today the paper dropped the California section, rearranging the " A section, with local news starting on page A2, followed by national and foreign news, editorial pages and obits," notes Kevin Roderick at LA Observed. "The second or B section now has Business and some classified ads."

Why is this happening? Among the many questions the paper answers in their Readers' Representatives Blog, this is about the bottom line: Until today, the daily newspaper has been printed at two times: Calendar was printed on the presses in the late afternoon. The main, California, Business and Sports sections had later deadlines with press runs that were late in the evening. By reducing the number of sections, all of the daily sections can be printed at once several days a week. That saves on manufacturing costs, including press runs and distribution.