Even after last year's cutbacks, our local rag, the San Francisco Chronicle, has some 300 editorial employees and managers. You'd never know it from reading the newspaper, which seems mostly filled with wire copy these days. Online, too, evidence of the Chronicle's bench strength is scant. Consider this note sent to subscribers to the Chronicle's "Top o' the Bay" newsletter:

Due to staffing limitations, Top O' The Bay will be taking a week off, and will return next Monday, October 13. Thanks for reading!

Odd. Valleywag just lost three of our writers, and we're still managing to blog.