LOS ANGELES — LA Weekly’s staff has been slashed as Voice Media Group completes its sale of the alternative newspaper to Semanal Media.

The Los Angeles Times reports 9 of the 13 members of the editorial staff were let go Wednesday.

Mara Shalhoup, who lost her job as editor, called the cuts devastating.

Brian Calle, who will be managing LA Weekly’s operations for Semanal, confirms the sale closed Wednesday. He declined to provide details about what to expect from the venerable publication, founded in 1978.

Shalhoup says the print edition due out Thursday is already finished.

Semanal is a newly created media company. Chief Executive David Welch, a Los Angeles attorney, declined comment to the Times.

The Times says none of Semanal’s other financial backers or managers have disclosed their identities.


Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com/