San Diego CityBeat
San Diego CityBeat is an alternative weekly newspaper in San Diego, California
San Diego, California
San Diego is the eighth-largest city in the United States and second-largest city in California. The city is located on the coast of the Pacific Ocean in Southern California, immediately adjacent to the Mexican border. The birthplace of California, San Diego is known for its mild year-round...

 that focuses on local progressive politics, arts, and music. It is published every Wednesday and distributed around San Diego county, although with a focus on the city of San Diego itself, with a weekly circulation (as of January 2011) of 49,750.


Southland Publishing purchased SLAMM magazine, a music biweekly, from publisher Kevin Hellman in 2002. It planned to target young, educated readers in San Diego, an audience whose needs, Southland's owners felt, were not being met by the other two major publications in San Diego, the San Diego Union Tribune and the San Diego Reader
San Diego Reader
The San Diego Reader is the largest alternative press paper in the county of San Diego, distributed free in stands and private businesses throughout the county, funded by advertisements...

. David Rolland, a journalist and editor with more than 10 years experience, was named editor of CityBeat, while Hellman, the former publisher of SLAMM, was named the entertainment/promotions manager of the new weekly. Rolland is still editing CityBeat while Hellman, who organizes the annual North Park Music Thing music festival and San Diego Music Awards, is the weekly's publisher.. CityBeat continues to sponsor the San Diego Music Awards
San Diego Music Awards
The San Diego Music Awards are an awards show held annually in San Diego, California to recognize the best bands and artists in local music. The awards have been held since 1991 and were originally organized by the city's main local music publication, , which eventually became the alternative...

, which was initially organized by Hellman's SLAMM magazine.

Rolland has been appearing on the Editor's Roundtable, a radio show on local public radio station, KPBS
KPBS television is a PBS Public television member station based in San Diego, California, broadcasting on digital channel 30. The station is owned by San Diego State University. KPBS can be found on Cox Communications, Time Warner Cable, and AT&T U-verse on cable channel 11 in standard definition. ...

, since 2004. The addition of Rolland and other local editors to the show's guest list led Bob Kittle, then editor of the San Diego Union Tribune editorial page, and the editors of the San Diego Voice and Viewpoint and San Diego Metropolitan Magazine, who until then had been the show's only panelists, to leave the show.


Editor: David Rolland

Assistant Editor: Kelly Davis

Arts Editor: Kinsee Morlan

Staff Writer: Dave Maass

Music Editor: Peter Holslin

Events Editor: Carissa Casares

Theater Editor: Martin Jones Westlin

Film Editor: Anders Wright

Columnists: Aaryn Belfer, Edwin Decker, Clea Hantman, D.A. Kolodenko, John R. Lamb, Enrique Limon

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