Are these changes new since the SCNG took over or are they a continuation from when Birthday Card Boy owned it? Looking at their other papers, I'd say that Fryer's and Albano's jobs are both secure for the time being, but yeah, they do have a lot of consolidation. I'm always seeing stories about something that happened in Whittier in the Star News and something that happened in Pasadena on the SB Sun's site, and half of the time they're written by the same person.
But in the last few years, just from digging for scores for the football pool, the SGV Tribune seemed to be more reliable than the Register. Their writers seemed to keep working after the games where the Register's people went home and wrote their stories in the morning. Even now, their "live updates" aren't anything more than Twitter embeds - same as we have in the sidebar, maybe even less, considering we also get Sondheimer's tweets. But I think they do a pretty admirable job, considering the condition of the market. You want five sports reporters and box scores, you have to bring back all those tire ads that used to pay for them.
Don't look at me, I just work here.