Los Angeles Downtown News sold

Sue Laris has sold the Los Angeles Downtown News to Pasadena-based Southland Publishing, whose properties include Ventura County Weekly, Pasadena Weekly and the Argonaut.

Laris founded the Downtown News in 1972 and has grown its audited weekly circulation to 40,000 with 795 distribution locations in 16 micro neighborhoods.

David Comden, Southland’s vice president, will be publisher of the Downtown News. Jon Regardie will continue as editor.

“The immediacy, intimacy and personal relevance of the Downtown News has been the cornerstone of our success,” Laris said in a news release. “We have been a hometown paper. David Comden and Southland get it. I couldn’t have hoped for a better hand-off. With Southland as the owner, Downtown News will remain the independent voice of downtown Los Angeles.”