Santa Barbara News-Press Ends Daily Carrier Delivery, Changes Same-Day Mail Delivery | local news

The Santa Barbara News-Press is discontinuing its carrier delivery service and transitioning to same-day mail delivery for its newspaper subscribers.

As KEYT News first reported, the change was announced in a flyer sent out with last Thursday’s issue.

“Starting next week, the Santa Barbara News-Press will no longer be delivered by your carrier. Unfortunately, labor shortages, higher gas prices and other recent economic challenges have necessitated this change,” the statement said.

“Copies of the Santa Barbara News-Press will continue to be delivered to subscribers’ homes via same-day mailing,” said editor-in-chief Dave Mason Noozhawk in an email.

He did not respond to questions about the reason for the change in delivery or the number of subscribers affected.

KEYT reported that the US Postal Service does not offer delivery on Sundays, so subscribers can pick up a copy of the newspaper at a kiosk or store, or have it mailed with the daily edition on Monday.

The News-Press sells subscriptions to its website, which has a paywall, and subscriptions with online access and daily newspaper delivery.

It is the only seven-day-week newspaper in Santa Barbara County. The Santa Maria Times switched from a daily newspaper to five days a week (Tuesday through Saturday) in July 2021.

At the same time, the Santa Maria Times began delivering its newspapers through the same-day mail.

SMT officials said at the time that Assembly Bill 5 was a reason for changing the delivery method.

“AB5 requires newspapers to start hiring hauliers as employees rather than independent contractors from January 2022, which is not feasible in the current economic climate,” the newspaper said.

Multimillionaire Wendy McCaw bought the Santa Barbara News-Press from the New York Times Company in 2000.

In 2006, during the “news-press meltdown,” as it’s known locally, 15 editorial staff resigned over alleged “unethical interference” by the publisher and owner.

Eight employees were laid off in 2006 and 2007, and the remaining newsroom staff later voted to join the Teamsters Union.

More labor disputes followed, with more than 10 cases before the National Labor Review Board, Noozhawk reported in 2020.

Courts found that the Santa Barbara News-Press broke federal labor laws by firing the eight reporters in retaliation for union activities and ordered the organization to pay severance pay to former employees.

— Noozhawk’s editor-in-chief, Giana Magnoli, can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *