Three months after ceasing publication, a “final commemorative issue” of the San Francisco Bay Guardian will hit the streets Thursday.
The 48-year-old Guardian was shut down in October by the San Francisco Media Co., which also owns The San Francisco Examiner and SF Weekly. Since then, former employees and others calling themselves Guardian-in-Exile have been raising funds in hopes of producing another issue of the alt-weekly.
In a statement issued Tuesday, Guardian-in-Exile said, “The 24-page issue was produced by former Guardian staff and funded by the Guardian's readers and community, which reacted strongly to the October 14 decision by San Francisco Media Co. (SFMC) to shut down this venerable progressive institution. Now, the Guardian's journalists will have the final word, not the corporation that took over the locally owned paper in 2012.”
The San Francisco Public Press, a nonprofit organization, is distributing the commemorative issue along with its own winter publication, according to the statement, and it can be found in bookstores and other outlets in The City. To find a location, visit sfpublicpress.org.
Several thousand copies are expected to be distributed around San Francisco by “Guardianistas,” the statement said.
And a PDF version of the paper is available to be downloaded now at www.gumroad.com/
guardianinexile. The statement said that “readers can pay what they wish to download the issue and will also have the option to download an extended edition with 20+ more pages of Guardian memories, and choose to receive a Guardian-in-Exile T-shirt as well.”
Guardian-in-Exile said it continues to seek donations in hopes of finding a place to store the Guardian's archives, which remain under the control of the San Francisco Media Co., and possibly produce more editions of the paper.