The Palisadian-Post, which was founded as The Palisadian in 1928 and remained a weekly institution for decades, has moved out of Pacific Palisades to an office suite on Victory Boulevard in Canoga Park.
Owner Alan Smolinisky, who lives in the Palisades, has not revealed why he decided to move the newspaper’s office from the 881 Alma Real building out to the San Fernando Valley. The phone number is unchanged, just in case you have business to transact or a story to pitch.
CTN contacted Editor Sarah Schmerling and asked why the Post moved to Canoga Park or to see if Smolinisky wanted to comment. (Neither have responded. When they do, the story will be updated.)
Reflecting the challenges faced by every community newspaper in the country, the Post began publishing twice-monthly in April.
These moves can be contrasted to what Smolinisky told the L.A. Times in January 2013 (shortly after he acquired the Post), in an article titled “Pacific Palisades Newspaper Junkie Buys His Own Paper.”
“Pacific Palisades is my favorite place on Earth, and the Palisadian-Post is my favorite newspaper” and “I have a moral obligation to make sure this newspaper is published every Thursday for as long as I live.”
In December 2013, a second L.A. Times story (“A Different Palisadian-Post Is Arriving at Subscribers’ Mailboxes”) quoted Smolinsky’s vow to his readers: “I promise you that this must-read paper will continue to arrive in your mailbox every Thursday.”
During his first year as owner, Smolinisky terminated the Post Printing operation, sold the Post’s property at 839 Via de la Paz and downsized into one suite on Alma Real.
Meanwhile, he fired every business and editorial employee save for sports editor Steve Galluzzo, staff photographer Rich Schmitt and the receptionist. Galluzzo is still with the paper, but Schmitt was cut loose in March with nary a farewell salute for his 21 years with the paper.
The Post, a profitable operation before Smolinisky took command, never recovered from his actions, which undermined the paper’s respected, long-established reputation within the community.