This decision is a reflection of difficult economic challenges faced by the Mercury News and the newspaper industry in general.
Of course, the MN promises to continue to carry many of the local stories that used to appear in The Guide in its daily sections, but it's going to be tough to do with falling ad revenues, fewer pages and fewer reporters.
A premonition of the cutback appeared in Tuesday's business section: an AP article, Newspaper circulation falls 2.6%.
The declines...show an acceleration of a years-long trend of falling circulation at daily newspapers as more people, especially young adults, turn to the Internet for news and as newspapers cut back on less-profitable circulation.
Today's MN business section had more bad news: a recent patent application indicates that Google's next target may be classified advertising.
Google's next gobble: classifed ads? suggests this will put Google in direct competition with eBay and craigslist...but the biggest loser in this scenario would be the daily newspapers, which have been losing classified ad revenues to online companies for some time.
Not exactly a fun time to be in the newspaper industry.