This morning's newspaper feels like the smallest and lightest Los Angeles Times I've ever seen, with only six pages each in the Business and Sports sections (and not a single ad in Sports — not one.) At 2:30 pm on KCRW, I'm hosting a half-hour installment of Politics of Culture where we'll talk about what's happened to the Times — and what it means for Southern California — with ex-editor Jim Newton, Los Angeles Magazine editor Kit Rachlis and the Los Angeles Civic Alliance's David Abel, publisher of The Planning Report and other publications.
More departures: More than a dozen new exits, some voluntary and some by layoff, came down in the newsrooms yesterday. Among those confirmed leaving is Leslie Brenner, the former Food editor who until recently was acting editor of the Los Angeles Times Magazine (and even more recently gave that brutal review to Richard Riordan's Gladstone's Malibu.) Executive Editor John Arthur sent an email around the newsroom saying that former page one editor Sara Lessley had volunteered to leave, effective next Monday. I reported yesterday that politics reporter Scott Martelle and Opinion web editor Tim Cavanaugh were laid off.