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Southland Publishing, Inc. is a publishing company based in Pasadena, California with five offices in Southern California (San Diego, Downtown Los Angeles, Pasadena, Playa Vista and Pasadena. The company produces weekly newspapers, monthly magazines, direct mail products and affiliated websites throughout California and selected states throughout the U.S.

Southland Publishing, Inc.
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationPasadena, California
Key peopleBruce Bolkin, president; David Comden, vice-president
Publication typesThe Argonaut, Pasadena Weekly, San Diego Citybeat, Ventura County Reporter, Arroyo Monthly, Ventana Monthly, Playa Vista Direct, Ventura Direct, Los Angeles Downtown News
Nonfiction topicsGeneral news, arts & entertainment, politics
ImprintsNewspapers, alternative weekly, magazines



Alternative weekliesEdit

  • Pasadena Weekly[1]
  • San Diego CityBeat
  • Ventura County Reporter[2]

Community weeklyEdit

Monthly magazinesEdit

Direct Mail monthlyEdit

Ventura Direct


Southland Publishing, Inc. was founded in 1998 converting from the former name Ventura Newspaper, Inc. This was done to reflect the vision of building a multi-media company throughout Southern California.

The first publication for Southland was The Ventura County Reporter, a newsweekly serving Ventura County, California. In January, 2001, Southland purchased the Pasadena Weekly in 2001 from Tribune Company (then owners of the Los Angeles Times). Southland Publishing then purchased SLAMM magazine, a music biweekly, from publisher Kevin Hellman in 2002, changing the name to San Diego Citybeat..

Southland then purchased The Argonaut in 2013. The Argonaut, founded in 1971, was initially focused on the new Marina del Rey and has since expanded its coverage to include West Los Angeles: Santa Monica, Venice, Playa Vista, Playa Del Rey, Westchester and Marina del Rey. In 2017, Southland purchased the Los Angeles Downtown News from Sue Laris, who founded the publication in 1972.

The Los Angeles Downtown News was launched to serve the downtown commuter crowd of the 1970s. Since that time, Downtown Los Angeles has blossomed into a 24/7 live work urban city with thousands of htel rooms and condos built to accommodate the workforce. In addition, the area is now home to world class entertainment facilities, museums and restaurants.

Pasadena Weekly was launched in 1984 and it covers community news on Pasadena, such as city government, public safety, and events, along with opinion, arts, entertainment and dining listings, and an 8-days listing with events scheduled for the Pasadena community. It is published on Thursdays and it is available only on newsstands located in the downtown area for free. It also publishes "Happy Birthday, Pasadena" to celebrate the city's anniversary of incorporation in June, the "Best of Pasadena" edition in October, and a "Welcome Pasadena" edition in December during Christmas involving the Rose Parade.

San Diego CityBeat converted SLAMM Music magazine into an alternative newsweekly seeking to target young, educated readers in San Diego, an audience whose needs, Southland's owners felt, were not being met by the other two major publications in San Diego, the San Diego Union Tribune and the San Diego Reader.

The Ventura County Reporter was founded in 1976 in Oxnard, California. Purchased from Nancy Cloutier in 1997, the paper was then known as the Ventura County & Coast Reporter, officed in Ventura Harbor Village. The weekly was renamed the Ventura County Reporter and David Comden was brought in to be publisher in 1998. The VCReporter is now located at 700 E. Main Street in downtown Ventura.


  1. ^ Iwan, Christine (2001-01-19). "Ventura Newspapers Adds Second California Weekly". Retrieved 2015-05-25.
  2. ^ Blume, Howard (2003-04-17). "Profit Is the Best Revenge". L.A. Weekly. Retrieved 2015-05-25.
  3. ^ Argonaut Online
  4. ^ Southland Publishing Acquires The Argonaut
  5. ^ "Southland Publishing Buys Los Angeles Downtown News". Los Angeles Downtown News - The Voice of Downtown Los Angeles. Retrieved 2018-07-03.
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