It looks like Will Swaim, the former editor of the only Orange County alt. weekly, will be opening up shop in Long Beach. According to the Orange County Business Journal:
[Orange County Business Journal]
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Long Beach is the largest North American city without an independent newsweekly,Ã¢â‚¬Â Swaim said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“And itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a city with everythingÃ¢â‚¬â€pioneering musicians, visionary artists, world-class restaurants and the kind of political climate only an investigative reporter could truly appreciate.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Several others from OC Weekly are joining Swaim at [the new paper], The District. They include Steve Lowery, SwaimÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s interim replacement as OC Weekly editor, as well as the Santa Ana weeklyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s former art director, sales director and sales manager.
Swaim, who lives in Irvine, left OC Weekly in January, citing Ã¢â‚¬Å“philosophical differencesÃ¢â‚¬Â with owner Village Voice Media of Phoenix.
The company, formerly New Times Media, bought the Santa Ana paper in early 2006.