|Los Angeles Times|
Front page from October 23, 2006
|Founded||December 4, 1881|
|Headquarters||202 West 1st Street|
Los Angeles, California 90012
The Los Angeles Times (also known as the LA Times) is a daily newspaper published in Los Angeles, California and distributed throughout the Western United States. Events 4004 BC - Creation of the world begins according to the calculations of Archbishop James Ussher 42 BC - Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. A newspaper is a written Publication containing News, information and Advertising, usually printed on low-cost paper called Newsprint. Broadsheet is the largest of the various Newspaper formats and is characterized by long vertical pages (typically 22 inches or more The Tribune Company is a large American Multimedia Corporation based in Chicago Illinois. David Hiller is a news executive He has served as publisher president and CEO of the Los Angeles Times, which is owned by Tribune Publishing "December 4th" redirects here For the song by Jay-Z, see December 4th (song. Year 1881 ( MDCCCLXXXI) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common Los Angeles (lɑˈsændʒələs los ˈaŋxeles in Spanish) is the largest City in the state of California and the American West The United States of America —commonly referred to as the This is a list of the daily Newspapers in the World by average circulation A newspaper is a written Publication containing News, information and Advertising, usually printed on low-cost paper called Newsprint. Los Angeles (lɑˈsændʒələs los ˈaŋxeles in Spanish) is the largest City in the state of California and the American West The Western United States &mdashcommonly referred to as the American West or simply the West &mdashtraditionally refers to the region comprising the westernmost It is the second-largest metropolitan newspaper in the United States and the fourth-most widely distributed newspaper in the United States. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the The United States of America —commonly referred to as the  In addition to its print product, the Times also publishes a 24-hour news Web site at latimes. com.
Founded in 1881, the Times has won 37 Pulitzer Prizes through 2004; this includes four in editorial cartooning, and one each in spot news reporting for the 1965 Watts Riots and the 1992 Los Angeles riots. The Pulitzer Prize, ˈpʊlɨtsɚ PULL-it-sər is an American award regarded as the highest national honor in Newspaper journalism, The term Watts Riots refers to a large-scale Race riot which lasted six days in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles California, in August The Los Angeles riots of 1992, also known as the Rodney King uprising or the Rodney King riots, were sparked on April 29, 1992 when a jury In 2004, the paper won five prizes, which is the third-most by any paper in one year (behind The New York Times in 2002 (7) and The Washington Post in 2008 (6)). The Pulitzer Prizes for 2004 were announced on April 5, 2004. A listing of the Pulitzer Prize award winners for 2002 Journalism Public Service: The New York Times, for The Washington Post is the largest and most circulated Newspaper in Washington D The 2008 Pulitzer Prizes were announced on April 7, 2008, the 92nd annual awards
The paper was first published as the Los Angeles Daily Times on December 4, 1881, but soon went bankrupt. This is a list of the publishers of the Los Angeles Times, along with their terms of service "December 4th" redirects here For the song by Jay-Z, see December 4th (song. Year 1881 ( MDCCCLXXXI) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common The paper's printer, the Mirror Company, took over the newspaper and installed former Union Army lieutenant colonel Harrison Gray Otis as an editor. The Union Army was the army that fought for the Union during the American Civil War. Lieutenant Colonel ( Lieutenant-Colonel in English from the French grade 's spelling is a rank of Commissioned officer in the armies Harrison Gray Otis ( 10 February 1837 &ndash July 30, 1917) was the second publisher of the Los Angeles Times Otis made the paper a financial success. In 1884, he bought out the newspaper and printing company to form the Times-Mirror Company.
Historian Kevin Starr lists Otis (with Henry E. Huntington and Moses Sherman) as a businessman "capable of manipulating the entire apparatus of politics and public opinion for his own enrichment. Henry Edwards Huntington ( February 27 1850 &ndash May 23 1927) was a railroad Magnate WikipediaPersondata --> Moses Hazeltine Sherman (1853-1932 was a land developer who built a streetcar line and owned property in the San Fernando Valley " Otis's editorial policy was based on civic boosterism, extolling the virtues of Los Angeles and promoting its growth. Boosterism is the act of "boosting" or promoting one's town city or organization with the goal of improving public perception of it Towards those ends, the paper supported efforts to expand the city's water supply by acquiring the watershed of the Owens Valley, an effort (highly) fictionalized in the Roman Polanski movie Chinatown which is also covered in California Water Wars. Owens Valley is the arid valley of the Owens River in southeastern California in the United States. Chinatown is a American Neo-noir film directed by Roman Polanski. The California Water Wars describes the disputes between Los Angeles, California and the Owens Valley over Water rights The disputes
The efforts of the Times to fight local unions led to the October 1, 1910, bombing of its headquarters, killing 21 people. Events 331 BC - Alexander the Great defeats Darius III of Persia in the Battle of Gaugamela. Year 1910 ( MCMX) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common year starting The Los Angeles Times bombing was the purposeful dynamiting of the Los Angeles Times building in Los Angeles California, on Two union leaders, James and Joseph McNamara, were charged. James and John McNamara were Irish-American Los Angeles Trade unionists They are best known for their attack on the offices of the Los Angeles The American Federation of Labor hired noted trial attorney Clarence Darrow to represent the brothers, who eventually pleaded guilty, although supporters then (and since) believed the two men were framed. The American Federation of Labor (AFL was one of the first federations of labor unions in the United States Clarence Seward Darrow ( April 18, 1857 – March 13, 1938) was an American Lawyer and leading member of the American The paper soon relocated to the Times Building, a Los Angeles landmark.
On Otis's death in 1917, his son-in-law Harry Chandler took over the reins as publisher of the Times. Harry Chandler (1864-1944 was an American Newspaper publisher and Investor who became owner of the largest Real estate empire in Harry Chandler was succeeded in 1944 by his son, Norman Chandler, who ran the paper during the rapid growth of post-war Los Angeles. Norman Chandler ( September 14, 1899 - October 20, 1973, both Los Angeles, California) was the publisher of the Post-War is the fifth studio album by M Ward. It was released on August 22 2006 by Merge Records. Norman's wife, heiress and fellow Stanford alum Dorothy Buffum Chandler, became active in civic affairs and led the effort to build the Los Angeles Music Center, whose main concert hall was named the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in her honor. Leland Stanford Junior University, commonly known as Stanford University or simply Stanford, is a private Research university located in Dorothy Buffum Chandler ( 19 May[[ 901]] - 6 July 1997) was a Los Angeles cultural leader The Music Center (officially named the Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County) is one of the three largest performing arts centers in the nation The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is one of the halls in the Los Angeles Music Center (which is one of the three largest performing arts centers in the United States Family members are buried at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery near Paramount Studios. The site also includes a memorial to the Times building bombing victims.
The paper was a founding co-owner of then-CBS turned independent television station KTTV; it became that station's sole owner in 1951 and remained so until it sold it to Metromedia in 1963. CBS Broadcasting Inc ( CBS) is an American radio and Television network. KTTV, channel 11 is an Owned-and-operated television station of the News Corporation -owned Fox Broadcasting Company, located in Los Angeles California Metromedia (also often MetroMedia) was a media company that owned radio and Television stations in the United States from 1956 Now that station is owned by Fox through Newscorp. News Corporation (often abbreviated to News Corp) (,,) is one of the world's largest media conglomerate companies by Market capitalisation
The fourth generation of family publishers, Otis Chandler, held that position from 1960 to 1980. Otis Chandler ( November 23 1927 &ndash February 27 2006) was best known as the publisher of the Los Angeles Times between Otis Chandler sought legitimacy and recognition for his family's paper, often forgotten in the power centers of the Northeastern United States due to its geographic and cultural distance. The Northeast is a region of the United States. As defined by the U He sought to remake the paper in the model of the nation's most respected newspapers, notably The New York Times and Washington Post. The Washington Post is the largest and most circulated Newspaper in Washington D Believing that the newsroom was "the heartbeat of the business", Otis Chandler increased the size and pay of the reporting staff and expanded its national and international reporting. In 1962, the paper joined with the Washington Post to form the Los Angeles Times-Washington Post News Service to syndicate articles from both papers for other news organizations.
During the 1960s, the paper won four Pulitzer Prizes, more than its previous nine decades combined.
A Pulitzer Prize in 1990 went to the Times' Jim Murray, considered by many to be one of the greatest sportswriters of the century.
The paper's early history and subsequent transformation was chronicled in an unauthorized history Thinking Big (1977, ISBN 0399117660), and was one of four organizations profiled by David Halberstam in The Powers That Be (1979, ISBN 0394503813; 2000 reprint ISBN 0252069412). David Halberstam ( April 10 1934 – April 23 2007) was an American Pulitzer Prize -winning Journalist It has also been the whole or partial subject of nearly thirty dissertations in communications or social science in the past four decades. 
The Los Angeles Times paid circulation figures have decreased since the mid-1990s. It has recently been unable to pass the one million mark, a milestone easily surpassed in earlier decades. Some believe the circulation drop was a result of a liberal bias attributed to the paper, which alienated many readers; others attribute the drop to the increasing availability of alternate methods of obtaining news, such as the Internet, cable TV or radio. Others also believe that the drop was due to the circulation director (Bert Tiffany) retiring. Still others believe the circulation drop was a side effect of a succession of short-lived editors who were appointed by publisher Mark Willes after Otis Chandler relinquished day-to-day control in 1995.  Willes, the former president of General Mills, was criticized for his lack of understanding of the newspaper business, and was derisively referred to by reporters and editors as The Cereal Killer. General Mills ( is a Fortune 500 Corporation, mainly concerned with Food products which is headquartered in Golden Valley, Minnesota
Other possible reasons for the circulation drop include an increase in the single copy price from 25 cents to 50 cents or the rise in readers preferring to read the online version instead of the hard copy.  Editor Jim O'Shea, in an internal memo announcing a May 2007, mostly voluntary reduction in force, characterized the decrease in circulation as an "industry-wide problem" which the paper must counter by "growing rapidly on-line," "break[ing] news on the web and explain[ing] and analyz[ing] it in our newspaper. Layoff is the temporary suspension or permanent Termination of employment of an Employee or (more commonly a group of employees for Business reasons " 2004 Pulitzer Prize winner Nancy Cleeland, who took O'Shea's buyout offer, did so because of "frustration with the paper's coverage of working people and organized labor" (the beat that earned her her Pulitzer). She speculated that the paper's revenue shortfall could be reversed by expanding coverage of economic justice topics which she believes are increasingly relevant to Southern California; she cited the paper's attempted hiring of a "celebrity justice reporter" as an example of the wrong approach. Social justice, sometimes called civil justice, refers to the concept of a Society in which Justice is achieved in every aspect of society rather than Southern California, or So Cal, is defined as the southern portion of the U 
In 2000, the Times-Mirror Company was purchased by the Tribune Company of Chicago, Illinois, ending one of the final examples of a family-controlled metropolitan daily newspaper in the U. The Tribune Company is a large American Multimedia Corporation based in Chicago Illinois. Chicago (ʃɪˈkɑːgoʊ is the largest City by population in the state of Illinois and the American Midwest of the United States. S. (The New York Times, The Seattle Times, and others remain). The Seattle Times, one of two daily Newspapers serving Seattle Washington, United States, is the largest daily newspaper in the state of John Carroll, former editor of the Baltimore Sun, was brought in to restore the luster of the newspaper. John S Carroll (born 1941 or 1942 is an American newspaper journalist who served as the editor of The Los Angeles Times and The Baltimore Sun The Baltimore Sun (officially just The Sun) is Maryland ’s largest general circulation daily newspaper and provides comprehensive coverage During his reign at the Los Angeles Times he eliminated more than 200 jobs, but it was not enough for parent company Tribune. Despite operating profits of 20 percent the Tribune executives were unsatisfied with returns and by 2005 John Carroll had left the Los Angeles Times.
Dean Baquet replaced John Carroll, who refused to impose the additional cutbacks mandated by Tribune. Dean P Baquet (born in New Orleans Louisiana) is an American journalist Baquet was the first African American to hold this type of editorial position at a top-tier daily. During Baquet and Carroll's time at the paper it won 13 Pulitzers, more than any other paper but the New York Times.  Subsequently, Baquet was himself ousted for not meeting the demands of the Tribune Group- as was publisher Jeffrey Johnson - and replaced by James O'Shea of the Chicago Tribune. O'Shea himself left in January, 2008 after a budget dispute with publisher David Hiller. David Hiller is a news executive He has served as publisher president and CEO of the Los Angeles Times, which is owned by Tribune Publishing
The paper's content and design style has been overhauled several times in recent years in attempts to help increase circulation. In 2000, a major change more closely organized the news sections (related news was put closer together) and changed the "Local" section to the "California" section with more extensive coverage. Another major change in 2005 saw the Sunday "Opinion" section retitled the Sunday "Current" section, with a radical change in its presentation and columnists featured. There are regular cross-promotions with co-owned KTLA to bring evening news viewers into the Times fold.
In early 2006, The Times closed its San Fernando Valley printing plant, leaving press operations at the Olympic Plant and Orange County. The San Fernando Valley or The Valley is an urbanized Valley located in the north-western section of the city of Los Angeles California, United States Orange County is a county in Southern California, United States. Also in 2006, the Times announced its circulation at 851,532, down 5. 4% from 2005. The Times's loss of circulation is the highest out of the top ten newspapers in the U. S.  Despite this recent circulation decline, many in the media industry have lauded the newspaper's effort to decrease its reliance on 'other-paid' circulation in favor of building its 'individually-paid' circulation base - which showed a marginal increase in the most recent circulation audit. This distinction reflects the difference between, for example, copies distributed to hotel guests free of charge (other-paid) versus subscriptions and single-copy sales (individually-paid).
In December 2006, a team of Times reporters delivered management with a critique of the paper's online news efforts known as the Spring Street Project. In December 2006 a team of Los Angeles Times reporters delivered management with a critique of the paper's online news efforts known as the Spring Street Project.  The report, which condemned the Times as a "web-stupid" organization," was followed by a shakeup in management of the paper's Web site, latimes. com, and a rebuke of print staff who have "treated change as a threat. "
On April 2, 2007, the Tribune Company announced their acceptance of Sam Zell's offer to buy the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, and other media assets. Events 68 - Galba, Governor of Hispania, names himself legatus senatus populique Romani, breaking the line of Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. The Tribune Company is a large American Multimedia Corporation based in Chicago Illinois. Samuel "Sam" Zell (born September 1941) is a US-born Billionaire and Real estate Entrepreneur. The Chicago Tribune is a major daily Newspaper based in Chicago, Illinois, United States, and owned by the Tribune Company Zell reportedly plans to take the company private and sell off the Chicago Cubs after the 2007 season. The Chicago Cubs are a Professional Baseball franchise based in Chicago, Illinois. He will also sell the company's 25 percent interest in Comcast SportsNet Chicago. Comcast SportsNet (or CSN) is a group of Regional sports networks The group is primarily owned by the Comcast Cable television company Up until the time of shareholder approval, Los Angeles billionaires Ron Burkle and Eli Broad may submit a higher bid in which case Zell would receive a $25 million buyout fee. Ronald Wayne Burkle (born November 12, 1952 in Pomona California) is an American Business magnate. Eli Broad (born June 6, 1933) a native of Detroit Michigan is a Jewish American billionaire who presently resides in Los Angeles, 
According to the Jewish daily The Forward, the pending purchase of the Times had stirred debate as to what influence would Samuel Zell, who has a reputation for being a "committed Zionist", effect on the paper's coverage of Israel. The Forward (פֿאָרווערטס Forverts) is a Jewish-American weekly Newspaper published in New York City.  One former Los Angeles Times political reporter, Ken Reich, assumes the paper's policies will be shaped to "some degree. " Reich elaborates:
By the mid-1940s, the Los Angeles Times was the leading newspaper in terms of sales in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The Greater Los Angeles Area, or the Southland, (not to be confused with the Los Angeles Metro Area which includes only Los Angeles and After World War II, it launched The Mirror an afternoon tabloid to compete with Hearst's Herald-Express. The Mirror absorbed The Los Angeles Daily News in 1954 and ceased publication in 1962, when The Herald-Express was merged with the morning Los Angeles Examiner. The Daily News of Los Angeles, also known as the Los Angeles Daily News, is the second largest circulating daily Newspaper of Los Angeles The Los Angeles Herald-Examiner was a major Los Angeles daily newspaper published Monday through Friday in the afternoon and in the morning on Saturdays and
In 1989, its last rival for the Los Angeles daily newspaper market, The Los Angeles Herald Examiner, went out of business, making Los Angeles nominally a one-newspaper city. The Los Angeles Herald-Examiner was a major Los Angeles daily newspaper published Monday through Friday in the afternoon and in the morning on Saturdays and However, in the suburban neighborhoods of the San Fernando Valley, The Times still competed with The Valley News and Greensheet, which later renamed itself The Daily News of Los Angeles to compete with the Times. The San Fernando Valley or The Valley is an urbanized Valley located in the north-western section of the city of Los Angeles California, United States The Daily News of Los Angeles, also known as the Los Angeles Daily News, is the second largest circulating daily Newspaper of Los Angeles The L. A. Times has an Orange County edition (with its own printing presses and editorial staff) that competes with the Santa Ana based The Orange County Register. Founded in 1869 Santa Ana ( is the most populous city in Orange County California and is the County seat and a city of about 353184 people. The Orange County Register is a daily Newspaper published in Santa Ana, California. La Opinión, a Spanish language daily newspaper previously owned by The Times for several years in the 1990s, also sells many papers. La Opinión is a Spanish-language daily Newspaper published in Los Angeles California and distributed throughout the six counties of
Outside of the city of Los Angeles proper, The Times also competes against several smaller daily papers in nearby Southern California cities. Examples include The Long Beach Press-Telegram, The Daily Breeze (South Bay), The Ventura County Star, The San Gabriel Valley Tribune, and The Pasadena Star-News. The Long Beach Press-Telegram is a major conservative daily newspaper published in Long Beach California. The Daily Breeze is a 70000-circulation daily Newspaper published in Torrance California. South Bay is a Region in the southwest peninsula of Los Angeles County, California, United States. The Los Angeles Newspaper Group is an umbrella group of local daily Newspapers published in the greater Los Angeles area by MediaNews Group. The Los Angeles Newspaper Group is an umbrella group of local daily Newspapers published in the greater Los Angeles area by MediaNews Group.
In the 1990s, the Los Angeles Times attempted to publish various editions catering to far flung areas. Editions included a Ventura County edition, an Inland Empire edition, a San Diego County edition, and a "National Edition" that was distributed to Washington, D.C. and the San Francisco Bay Area. Ventura County is a county in the southern part of the US state of California ( Southern California) The Inland Empire is a region mainly located in the Riverside and San Bernardino counties of Southern California and generally encompasses the San Diego County is a County located on the Pacific Ocean in the far southwest of the U Washington DC ( formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington, the District, or simply D The San Francisco Bay Area, commonly known as the Bay Area, or the Bay, is a geographically and ethnically diverse metropolitan region that surrounds the The National Edition was closed in December 2004. Of these, only the Inland Empire and Ventura County editions remains, although nearby cities such as Bakersfield, Las Vegas, Barstow and Needles still sell the Times in selected newsstands.
Some of these editions were folded in to Our Times, a group of community newspapers included in home delivery and newsstand editions of the regular Los Angeles Metro newspaper. Our Times was also founded in Santa Monica, due to the closure of the long time Outlook newspaper.
Today, remnants of Our Times are the Times Community Newspapers that are inserted on a regular basis in some areas of the Los Angeles Times. Times Community Newspapers are primarily independent local newspapers that were purchased by the Los Angeles Times during its expansion phase, but have a large enough readership and advertiser base to be continued. These include the News-Press in Glendale, the Leader in Burbank (and surrounding areas), the Sun in La Crescenta and surrounding regions, the Daily Pilot in Newport Beach and surrounding cities, and the Independent in Huntington Beach. Glendale ( is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. Burbank is a city in Los Angeles County California, United States. La Crescenta-Montrose is a Census-designated place (CDP and an Unincorporated area in Los Angeles County California, encompassing those parts of the Huntington Beach is a seaside city in Orange County in Southern California, United States.
Among its current staff are columnists Steve Lopez and Patt Morrison, popular music critics Robert Hillburn and Randy Lewis, film critic Kenneth Turan, entertainment industry columnist Patrick Goldstein and numerous award-winning reporters.
Sports columnist Bill Plaschke is also a panelist on ESPN's Around the Horn. William P "Bill" Plaschke (born September 6, 1958 in Louisville Kentucky) is an American journalist who has written for the ESPN, originally an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American Cable television network dedicated to Around the Horn (sometimes abbreviated ATH) is a daily half-hour Sports talk program on ESPN filmed in Washington D T. J. Simers writes a sports column and until recently co-hosted a local radio show with his daughter. The Times also has Helene Elliott, the first female sportswriter to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, and former sports editor Bill Dwyre is now one of the staff's columnists. Helene Elliott is an American Sportswriter for the Los Angeles Times who is a general sports columnist The Hockey Hall of Fame ( Temple de la renommée du hockey in French) is located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
One of the Times' best-known columns is "Column One," a feature that appears daily on the front page to the left-hand side. Established in September 1968, it is a place for the weird and the interesting; in the How Far Can a Piano Fly? (a compilation of Column One stories) introduction, Patt Morrison writes that the column's purpose is to elicit a "Gee, that's interesting, I didn't know that" type of reaction. Patt Morrison is a columnist for the Los Angeles Times, host of the 2-hour weekday talk program Patt Morrison on 89
The Times also embarks on a number of investigative journalism pieces, researching and dissecting a certain scandal or unfavored part of society. A series in December 2004 on the King-Drew Medical Center led to a Pulitzer Prize and a more thorough coverage of the hospital's troubled history. Martin Luther King Jr-Harbor Hospital ( MLK-Harbor or King-Harbor) formerly known as Martin Luther King Jr Most recently, Lopez wrote an acclaimed five-part series on the civic and humanitarian disgrace of Los Angeles' Skid Row. A skid row or skid road is a run-down or dilapidated urban area with a large population of impoverished abusers of Alcohol and often other Drugs .
The credibility of the Times suffered greatly when it was revealed in 1999 that a revenue-sharing arrangement was in place between the Times and Staples Center in the preparation of a 168-page magazine about the opening of the sports arena. Staples Center is a multi-purpose sports Arena in Downtown Los Angeles California adjacent to the L The magazine's editors and writers were not informed of the agreement, which breached the "Chinese wall" that traditionally has separated advertising from journalistic functions at American newspapers. Publisher Mark Willes also had not prevented advertisers from pressuring reporters in other sections of the newspaper to write stories favorable to their point of view. 
Michael Kinsley was hired as the Opinion and Editorial (Op-Ed) Editor in April 2004 to help improve the quality of the opinion pieces. Michael Kinsley (born March 9, 1951 in Detroit Michigan) is an American political Journalist, commentator Television host and pundit An editorial, leader (UK or leading article (UK is an article in a Newspaper or Magazine that expresses the opinion of the Editor His role was controversial, as he forced writers to take a more decisive stance on issues. In 2005, he created a Wikitorial, the first Wiki by a major news organization. A wikitorial is a term coined by the Los Angeles Times to describe a traditional Editorial that can be edited in the fashion of a Wiki (computer A wiki is a page or collection of Web pages designed to enable anyone who accesses it to contribute or modify content using a simplified Markup language. Although it failed, readers could combine forces to produce their own editorial pieces. He resigned later that year.
On November 12, 2005, new Op-Ed Editor Andrés Martinez shook things up by announcing the firing of leftist op-ed columnist Robert Scheer and conservative editorial cartoonist Michael Ramirez, replacing the two with a more diversified lineup of regular columnists. Events 764 - Tibetan troops occupy Chang'an, the capital of the Chinese Tang Dynasty, for fifteen days Year 2005 ( MMV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Andrés Martinez (born c1966 was editorial page editor of the Los Angeles Times from September 2004 through March 22 2007 Robert Scheer (born 1936) is an American journalist who writes a nationally syndicated op-ed column for the San Francisco Chronicle Michael Patrick Ramirez (born May 11, 1961) is a two-time American Pulitzer Prize -winning Editorial cartoonist. The change was not well-received by liberal readers, many of whom accused the newspaper of trying to silence liberal voices and remove controversial writers.
The Times has also come under controversy for its decision to drop the weekday edition of the Garfield comic strip in 2005, in favor of a hipper comic strip Brevity, while retaining the Sunday edition. Garfield is a daily-syndicated Comic strip created by Jim Davis. Brevity is a single-panel Newspaper Comic strip created by Guy Endore-Kaiser and Rodd Perry. Garfield was dropped altogether shortly thereafter. Garfield is a daily-syndicated Comic strip created by Jim Davis. 
Following the GOP's defeat in the 06 mid-term Elections, an Opinion piece published on November 19, 2006 by Joshua Muravchik, a leading neoconservative and a resident scholar at the right-wing American Enterprise Institute, titled BOMB IRAN shocked readers, including over a million Iranian Americans of California, with its hawkish overtures in support of more unilateral action by the United States, this time against Iran. Joshua Muravchik is a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research and a self-described neoconservative Neoconservatism (or Neocon is a Right-wing political philosophy that emerged in the United States from the rejection of the Social liberalism, Moral relativism The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI is a conservative Think tank, founded in 1943 
On March 22, 2007, editorial page editor Andrés Martinez resigned following an alleged scandal centering around his girlfriend's professional relationship with a Hollywood producer who had been tapped to guest edit a section in the newspaper. Andrés Martinez may refer to Andrés Martinez (editor - American newspaper editor of the Los Angeles Times Andrés Martínez Trueba  In an open letter penned upon leaving the paper, Grazer blasted the publication for allowing the Chinese Wall between the news and editorial departments to be weakened, accusing news staffers of lobbying the opinion desk. In business a Chinese Wall or firewall is an information barrier implemented within a firm to separate and isolate persons who make investment decisions from persons 
Also in March 2007 the Times faced rumors that publisher David Hiller suggested and approved former Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, with whom Hiller has close personal and business contacts, for a guest editorial position at the newspaper. David Hiller is a news executive He has served as publisher president and CEO of the Los Angeles Times, which is owned by Tribune Publishing Donald Henry Rumsfeld (born July 9 1932 is a United States Businessman, Politician, the 13th Secretary of Defense under President  Rumsfeld was an influential Iraq war hawk in the George W. Bush administration. The Presidency of George W Bush began on his inauguration on January 20, 2001 as the 43rd and current President of the United States of America Rumsfeld also has strong ties to the Times' parent company, the Tribune Company, where he was a member of the board of directors. The Tribune Company is a large American Multimedia Corporation based in Chicago Illinois. 
The Times drew fire for a last-minute story before the 2003 California recall election alleging that gubernatorial candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger groped scores of women during his movie career. Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger ( German ˌaɐnɔlt aloʏs ˈʃvaɐtsənɛɡɐ born July 30 1947 is an Austrian American Bodybuilder, Actor The 2003 California recall election was a special Election permitted under California law A governor is a governing official usually the executive (at least nominally to different degrees also politically and administratively of a non-sovereign level of government Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger ( German ˌaɐnɔlt aloʏs ˈʃvaɐtsənɛɡɐ born July 30 1947 is an Austrian American Bodybuilder, Actor While the story itself was not discredited, the newspaper's motives and timing were brought into question. The newspaper ran the story days before the recall even though it had prepared the story weeks beforehand.
Columnist Jill Stewart pointed out that the Times did not do a story on allegations that former Governor Gray Davis had verbally and physically abused women in his office. Jill Stewart is the Deputy Editor of News at LA Weekly, the largest alternative weekly newspaper in the Western U Joseph Graham Davis Jr (born December 26 1942 better known as Gray Davis, is an American politician who served as California 's 37th Governor The Schwarzenegger story was run with a number of anonymous sources (four of the six alleged victims were not named); however, in the case of the Davis allegations, the Times decided against running the Davis story because of its reliance on anonymous sources. 
Times editor John Carroll stated that the Times lost over 10,000 subscribers due to the negative publicity surrounding this article. 
Ever since 1980, the Los Angeles Times has awarded a set of annual book prizes. Since 1980 the Los Angeles Times has awarded a set of annual book prizes The Prizes "currently have nine single-title categories: biography, current interest, fiction, first fiction (the Art Seidenbaum Award added in 1991), history, mystery/thriller (category added in 2000), poetry, science and technology (category added in 1989), and young adult fiction (category added in 1998). In addition, the Robert Kirsch Award is presented annually to a living author with a substantial connection to the American West whose contribution to American letters deserves special recognition" .
The Book Prize program was founded by Art Seidenbaum, a Los Angeles Times book editor from 1978 to 1985; an award named after him was added a year after his death in 1990. The Robert Kirsch Award is named after the longtime Times book critic who died in 1980. Works are eligible during the year of their first US publication in English, though English does not have to be the original language of the work. The author of each winning book and the Kirsch Award recipient receives a citation and $1,000.