Windsor Square resident John H. Welborne became the new owner/publisher of the Larchmont Chronicle on May 1st, and on Thursday, toasted the transition of the five decade old newspaper as a “celebration of entrepreneurship, acumen, and continuity.”
The monthly local newspaper was founded by Jane Gilman and Dawne Goodwin in 1963 and for approximately 30 years they ran it together. Gilman continued on, and has published some 620 issues of the paper in total. She is expected to continue as Editor during the transition, as are many of the Chronicle writers and publishing staff who joined the festivities at Lucy’s El Adobe on Melrose.
The Chronicle will be moving out of its long-time office at 542 N. Larchmont Blvd in June. Welborne said they haven’t found new office space yet.
Welborne, known for his jaunty bow ties, was instrumental in pushing through the Park Mile Specific Plan that puts a three-story height and commercial limits on Wilshire Blvd between Highland and Wilton. He was also involved in the restoration of the Central Library and Angels Flight downtown. He is a lawyer and has lived in Windsor Square his entire life. He is married to architect and urban planner, Martha Welborne, who is Executive Director of Countywide Planning at Metro LA.
The Larchmont Buzz is pleased to be included as part of the “transition team” to the Larchmont Chronicle as it moves forward.
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