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New Times Founders Endow Chair to Improve Coverage of Latino Communitiesnew

Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin are giving $2 million to establish a Chair in Borderlands Issues at Arizona State University.
Arizona State University  |  12-18-2014  11:00 am  |  Industry News

Court Allows Phoenix New Times Owners to Sue Sheriff Arpaio for 2007 Arrestnew

The ruling overturns a lower court ruling granting Maricopa County sheriff Joe Arpaio qualified immunity.
Bloomberg  |  08-29-2012  5:14 pm  |  Legal News

Court Will Rehear Phoenix New Times Lawsuit Against Joe Arpaionew

The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that it will rehear Phoenix New Times' lawsuit against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Phoenix New Times  |  11-14-2011  11:18 am  |  Legal News

VVM's Michael Lacey Wins Clarion Awardnew

The Association for Women in Communications has awarded Village Voice Media executive editor Michael Lacey with the 2011 Clarion Award for newspaper feature writing.
Village Voice Media  |  08-25-2011  5:09 pm  |  Honors & Achievements

Village Voice Media Pledges $1,000 To Maui Time Legal Effort

In response to the attempt by the Maui police and district attorney to subpoena identifying information about online commenters to Maui Time, Village Voice Media Holdings has pledged $1,000 to Maui Time to help in its legal efforts. (FULL STORY)
AAN  |  06-02-2011  5:32 pm  |  Legal News

Village Voice Media Vows To Remain in San Francisco

“Neither judges with gavels nor editors with delusions fueled by martinis can tell people which website or newspaper to read,” said VVMH executive editor Michael Lacey. (FULL STORY)
Village Voice Media  |  11-24-2010  1:50 pm  |  Legal News

Mike Lacey, Phoenix New Times Honored By SPJnew

The national Society of Professional Journalists has named Michael Lacey, Stephen Lemons and Paul Rubin as recipients of the New America Award for a series that ran in Phoenix New Times.
Society of Professional Journalists  |  09-01-2010  12:11 pm  |  Honors & Achievements

Phoenix New Times Celebrates 40th Anniversarynew

New Times, which got its start in 1970 as a reaction to the Kent State shootings, hosted a party over the weekend to celebrate 40 years in existence. Native Arizonan and former alt-weekly writer and NPR editor Bill Wyman takes the anniversary occasion to look back and take stock of what New Times has built; it was the first paper started by Michael Lacey, who now oversees the Village Voice Media chain with business partner Jim Larkin. After saying he has "no reason to suck up" to Lacey and Larkin, Wyman concludes: "Aren't they everything we supposedly value about the press in the U.S.? They are idiosyncratic and uncorruptible, uncompromising and fearless; unlike a lot of places that adopt the motto, Lacey and Larkin really do print the news and raise hell. And as this troubled time for a troubled industry continues, they just may end up being the last men standing."
Phoenix New Times  |  05-25-2010  8:17 am  |  Honors & Achievements

VVM Underwriting Legal Challenge to Arizona Immigration Lawnew

In a note to readers published last week in Phoenix New Times, Village Voice Media executive editor Michael Lacey and CEO Jim Larkin say that VVM is underwriting the cost of the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona's forthcoming litigation against the state's new and controversial immigration law, would make the failure to carry immigration documents a crime and give police broad power to detain anyone suspected of being an illegal immigrant. "Arizona has chosen to insist that all law enforcement in the state adopt the police-state tactics of infamous Sheriff Joe Arpaio," write Lacey and Larkin, who both have been the target of Arpaio, before inviting New Times readers to chip in to help the ACLU fight the new law. "We would like to extend an invitation to you, our readers, to join in this struggle against the cracker policies of Arizona politicians and certain elements within law enforcement typified by Sheriff Arapio."
Phoenix New Times  |  05-05-2010  10:06 am  |  Industry News

Bay Guardian Editor: The SF Weekly Suit 'Wasn't Personal'new

San Francisco Bay Guardian executive editor Tim Redmond writes that while he thought Eli Sanders' recent story on the feud between the Guardian and SF Weekly in The Stranger was mostly right, he faults Sanders (and others) for casting the legal battle as a clash of egos. "The thing is, Bruce [Brugmann] and Mike [Lacey] haven't hated each other for decades," Redmond writes. "They weren't terribly close, but they got along fine -- and sometimes, they were political allies." He points to their unlikely alliance at the 1997 AAN Convention (three years after New Times purchased SF Weekly) to push a bylaws measure (and digs up a photo of the two arm-in-arm) as proof. "They were almost, sorta, kinda pals," he writes. "At least for a few minutes."
San Francisco Bay Guardian  |  03-30-2010  10:27 am  |  Industry News

The Stranger Looks at 'The Crazy Alt-Weekly War in San Francisco'new

The legal battle between the San Francisco Bay Guardian and the SF Weekly is "a war straight out of the last century in its ruthlessness and its destructive potential," writes The Stranger's Eli Sanders in a 10,000-plus word cover story this week. The piece covers a lot of ground, but frames the battle as one between two alt-titans: Bay Guardian publisher Bruce Brugmann and Village Voice Media executive editor Michael Lacey. "These two men have hated each other for decades," Sanders writes, "but with increasing venom since 1995, when Lacey showed up in San Francisco in cowboy boots to announce that he and his partners had just purchased the tiny SF Weekly and planned to make a huge success of it."
The Stranger  |  03-17-2010  8:06 pm  |  Industry News

VVM: Last Week's Court Order is 'Very Limited in Scope'

In a message to all Village Voice Media employees sent out today, VVM CEO Jim Larkin and executive editor Michael Lacey say the ramifications of last week's court order that suggested the San Francisco Bay Guardian could seize assets from papers other than SF Weekly has been widely misunderstood. "[The order] simply says the Guardian can try and go after cash distributions New Times receives from its publications as a limited partner or member of the company," they say, pointing out that "the amount of those monies is zero," since the company's publications are "separately organized limited liability companies or limited partnerships that own, operate and publish in their respective communities." They say that as they continue their appeal of the original judgment, "our publications will continue to publish and conduct business as they have all along." (FULL STORY)
Village Voice Media Press Release  |  01-12-2010  4:13 pm  |  Press Releases

New Twist in VVM/Bay Guardian Case

While last year's verdict in favor of the San Francisco Bay Guardian in its predatory pricing lawsuit against SF Weekly and Village Voice Media is being appealed, the Guardian claims VVM is ducking its debts and hiding its assets in an effort not to pay the $15.6 million it owes in damages. VVM executive editor Michael Lacey says that's not correct. "The case is on appeal. You are not entitled to a penny," he writes in a blog post.
San Francisco Bay Guardian | SF Weekly  |  04-14-2009  8:16 am  |  Industry News

Complaint Against Attorney for New Times Probe is Dismissednew

The State Bar has dismissed the final two complaints pending against Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas, including one about his handling of the 2007 investigation of Phoenix New Times that ended with the arrests of Village Voice Media executive editor Michael Lacey and CEO Jim Larkin. "No one in their right mind has ever looked to the Arizona Bar as a beacon of courage, and it has certainly upheld its longstanding reputation with this dismissal today," Larkin says.
Phoenix New Times  |  03-10-2009  8:53 am  |  Industry News

Last Year's Arrest of VVM Execs Becomes Campaign Issuenew

Tim Nelson, the Democrat challenging Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas, is running a radio ad accusing Thomas of ordering the October 2007 arrests of Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey because they reported in Phoenix New Times that they had been served a sweeping subpoena from a special prosecutor demanding information about the paper's online readers, Editor & Publisher reports. The ad says Thomas is responsible for "arresting journalists in the dark of night in front of their families because of what they published," and accuses Thomas of using KGB tactics. (New Times reports that Thomas tried to get the commercial pulled from local airwaves.) "Make no mistake about it: the New Times subpoenas and arrests were a massive abuse of power and the public trust," Nelson said at a press conference yesterday. "They have brought ridicule to our county and its justice system."
Editor & Publisher | Phoenix New Times  |  10-31-2008  9:34 am  |  Industry News