Sunday, December 14, 2008

California bilingual newspaper closes

El Mexicalo, a weekly bilingual newspaper published in Bakersfield since 1980, has shut down due to concerns about the slowing economy.

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Five employees had to be laid off as a result of the closure, said Esther H. Manzano, publisher and owner of the Spanish-English paper, which typically consisted of eight to 12 pages of local and national news geared to Hispanics.

Manzano said she chose to cease publication following the Nov. 13 issue because advertisers have cut back on spending.

“It took me a long time to make that decision because, you know, the economy’s so bad,” she said. “A lot of our accounts are reducing to the point where it’s not effective.”

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