Layoffs at the Observer
Five people lose their jobs
From the February, 2009 issue
The Ann Arbor Observer Company laid off five staff members on Tuesday.
"They're all good people who have contributed tremendously to the Observer's publications," says publisher and co-owner Patricia Garcia. "By sharing in a staff-wide pay freeze, they helped us adjust to a 10 percent decline in advertising sales last year. Just in the last two months, however, sales for the monthly Ann Arbor Observer have dropped another 20 percent.