New editorial writers at the Los Angeles Times

You may have noticed a subtle shift in the subjects opined about on the Los Angeles Times editorial page. An editorial weighed in on Helena Bonham Carter's creatively matched shoes at the Golden Globes (the paper approved), on a study about sleeping in the same bed as your pets and, this morning, on Lindsay Lohan's latest brush with the law. The shift corresponds with Metro reporter Carla Hall moving down to the second floor to join the editorial board. Also coming to the editorial page later this month: Sandra Hernandez, formerly of the Los Angeles Daily Journal. The staff announcement:

To: The Staff
From: Nick Goldberg, Editor of the Editorial Pages

I am extremely pleased to announce that Carla Hall, a reporter at The Times for 17 years, has moved to the opinion pages as a member of the editorial board. Everyone who reads the paper knows Carla’s stylish writing; what some may not remember is how many different stories she’s covered during her time here, from the inauguration of Barack Obama to the death of Princess Diana to the groping allegations against Arnold Schwarzenegger. She’s covered animal welfare, the Pellicano trial and the McCourt divorce. Before coming to the paper, she worked for the Style section of the Washington Post. And, during a brief career as an actress, she played a drug dealer in a TV show produced by the World Wrestling Federation. She is a graduate of Harvard. We’re very pleased to welcome her to the editorial pages.

Memo continues after the jump.

I am also very happy to announce that Sandra Hernandez, an accomplished, L.A.-based journalist, will be joining the board as well. Sandra has worked as a staff writer at the L.A. Daily Journal, covering criminal justice and immigration, and as a staff writer at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, where she covered Latino affairs as well Latin America and the Caribbean. She worked as a freelance correspondent in Colombia, Venezuela and Brazil – writing for the Times, among other places – and was a staff writer at the L.A. Weekly for six years before that. Sandra is a graduate of UCLA and Columbia Journalism School. We’re looking forward to her arrival.

Goldberg's email went out Jan. 27. Hall came to Los Angeles originally to work on "Capital News," a short-lived TV drama about Washington reporters that starred Lloyd Bridges and featured, among others, Helen Slater and Chelsea Field.

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