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For Contra Costa Times, a fight for the spoils

Monday, August 29, 2011

When the CoCo Times vanishes and it and other soon-to-be-defunct Bay Area News Group papers imagealong the I-680 corridor are blended into a new product called The Times on Nov. 2, what happens to the newspaper’s flagship Walnut Creek offices? The newspaper won’t be printed there, and MediaNews execs intend to shutter the sprawling printing press and editorial complex in the Shadelands business park inaugurated by the late Dean Lesher in 1975. Staffers will be dispersed to smaller digs elsewhere.

Add: None of that sits well with Walnut Creek officials who are trying to persuade parent MediaNews to at least leave the newspaper’s editorial offices open in Shadelands. Meanwhile, Concord is rumored to be in the hunt for a big chunk of the CoCo Times’ office spoils. With the changeover two months away, MediaNews execs aren’t saying much, even to their own newspaper. Here’s the company line BANG chief Mac Tully gives the CoCo Times:

"We will do what is best for the company and our readers and everyone we serve."

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