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Start the Presses: We say goodbye, we say hello

July 25, 2011|Dan Evans

There are so many things going on here that I'm having a hard time figuring out where to start.

So, somewhat arbitrarily, I’ll begin by announcing our latest “Meet the Editors” event. As I mentioned before, I'm going to hold these events on a monthly basis, rotating the venues through our coverage areas. The point is to provide an informal setting for people to meet our staff, ask questions about our coverage, suggest stories, or just vent about the state of the world.

Last month, we held our event in Burbank, so this time we'll do it in Glendale. Here are the details:

When: 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Tavern on Brand, 208 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale

I also want to encourage people to write to us. Our Forum page is one of the most popular features in the paper, and because of our circulation, a letter to the editor has more impact here than it does in any other local newspaper, website or blog. I encourage you to take advantage, and you can do so by emailing either me at dan.evans@latimes.com or City Editor Jason Wells at jason.wells@latimes.com.

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Next, I want to announce some of our myriad staff changes. As many of you know, Joyce Rudolph is stepping down at the end of this month from her position as features editor, a position she's held for more than 35 years.

Joyce is a priceless asset, and I'm very sad that she's retiring. However, she told me she wants to leave open the possibility of continuing to write for the paper. After, of course, she takes a well-deserved break.

But Joyce is just one of several people who have moved on. Our Burbank reporter, Gretchen Meier, left earlier this month to create a Web-services company. And if that weren't enough, our award-winning Glendale City Hall reporter, Melanie Hicken, turned in her notepad Friday to attend journalism graduate school at New York University.

In addition, business and politics reporter Bill Kisliuk has moved up within our organization to become city editor of Times Community News' newest paper, the Pasadena Sun. The paper, which will come out Fridays and have a combined Sunday edition with the La Cañada Valley Sun, launches Aug. 5. I'm going to be leading that publication as well, so if I seem a bit frazzled or distracted the next time we meet, please don't take offense.

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