The Argonaut, one of the oldest weekly newspapers on the Westside of Los Angeles, has been sold to Southland Publishing, Inc.

The paper, which covers the area from Santa Monica to Playa del Rey, including Los Angeles International Airport, has chronicled news and culture for more than four decades.

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to bring The Argonaut into our family of newspapers,” said David Comden, Southland’s vice president of operations who will act as publisher.

“The Argonaut has an excellent reputation and we are excited about the community it serves.”

Former owner Arlene Ruiz stated, “I am pleased the new owners will carry on the paper’s tradition into the future.”

Founded in 1971, the then bimonthly was originally called The Marina del Rey Argonaut. Editor and Publisher David Asper Johnson ran The Argonaut from 1971 until his death in 2006.

At its inception, the paper focused on the Marina del Rey area but grew in circulation and influence to now serve eight communities on the Westside of Los Angeles.

Southland Publishing is a media company producing more than 20 newspapers, magazines and websites throughout Southern California. In the Los Angeles area, Southland publishes The Pasadena Weekly, Arroyo Monthly, Life After 50 monthly and Culture Magazine.