Report: ‘LA Times’ Circulates Another Petition Against Possible Cuts

By: E&P Staff published Friday a memo sent out to Los Angeles Times staffers from the paper’s California Investigations Editor Vernon Loeb, urging them to sign yet another petition — this time in support of Editor Dean Baquet and in opposition to proposed cuts.

The memo notes that staffers Frank Clifford, Jim Newton, Henry Weinstein, and Loeb drafted the new petition. In the memo, Loeb states the petition is designed to express “our regret and disappointment over the dismissal of Jeff Johnson and our total support for Dean in his efforts to convince our new publisher, David Hiller, that we cannot cut our way into the future and must invest in our newspaper and our Web site.”

After the announcement yesterday that Publisher Jeff Johnson was stepping down, the fate of Editor Dean Baquet seemed to hang in the balance as well. Although Baquet has thus far agreed to stay at the Times, the petition is a sign of support of the editor’s efforts to stave off staff reduction and expresses disappointment in Johnson’s dismissal.

The last petition, which contained more than 400 signatures and supported Johnson’s position, was sent two weeks ago to the Tribune Co.

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