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More print sections to change starting next Sunday

Writes Editor Russ Stanton in a note published in today's Times, "In-depth journalism remains our hallmark and we are committed to that mission in the face of economic challenges to our industry and our nation as a whole." Stanton's note to readers (which can be found in the post above this one) is part of an insert that details how The Times plans to meet those challenges while continuing to provide  "world-class coverage."

The plans are part of a reorganization of the paper brought on by a requirement to cut costs, as reported in a July 3 news article that said the paper would reduce the number of pages it publishes each week by 15%.

The latest changes and cutbacks start next Sunday in the Book Review and Opinion section, and Real Estate.

Today is the last issue of the combined Opinion and Book Review section. Starting next Sunday, Opinion moves to the back pages of the main news section, where it appears during the week. (More opinion continues to be published online, at latimes.com/opinion.)

The Book Review will become part of the second section in Calendar on Sundays starting next week. That section, now called Arts & Music, will become Arts & Books, and will include book reviews and features. (Book reviews will continue to run in Calendar during the week, and more book reviews and news can be found at latimes.com/books.)

Today's Real Estate section is the final issue, a number of its features moving to Home, others to Business. Home, which shifts from Thursday publication date to Saturdays, will add Hot Property, Neighborly Advice and other columns to its lineup. (Additional photos of homes from Hot Property columns will continue to be published at latimes.com/realestate.) The Sunday Business section will expand its focus on personal finance to add more coverage of real estate, including Home of the Week.

Other changes have already been announced or taken place: The last print issue of The Guide was published July 24, but the listings continue at theguide.latimes.com. Highlights from The Guide will also appear daily in the Calendar and Food sections in the coming weeks.

Highway 1 ended after July 9; from that section, Dan Neil's Rumble Seat column has moved to the Friday Business section.

The Los Angeles Times Magazine printed its last edition July 6.  Merl Reagle's crossword puzzle, which had appeared there, moves to Calendar on the first Saturday of the month. Weekly puzzles continue to appear at latimes.com/crossword.

An earlier entry on this journal reported that Sports discontinued the handicap and the charts for horse racing  in early July.

In a memo to staff earlier this month, announcing the cuts to come, Stanton wrote, "Through all of our changes, we continue to give readers terrific coverage, whether it's the continuing collapse of the housing market, public pools that have been taken over by gangs, or the controversy surrounding liver transplants at one of our most prestigious hospitals. We've provided insight into the historic presidential campaign, and we've delivered exclusive, on-the-scene looks at the brutal repression in Zimbabwe and the continuing war in Iraq. The future of The Times, in print and on the Web, depends on that kind of journalism -- exclusive, original, excellent. We will not retreat from that commitment."

 
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My wife and I are distressed by the Times' plans to scrap the Sunday Book Review and downsize it to a few pages in the Calendar section.

While we understand the economic difficulties the Times and other print media are suffering through, the Sunday Book Review is not only a joy to read, but represents, in many ways, the cultural and intellectual health of our city.

I grew up in a working class neighborhood near downtown Los Angeles and my parents knew that the way their five children would make it in this world was through education and books. My parents introduced us to such writers as Mark Twain, Miguel de Cervantes, Willa Cather, and Ernest Hemingway. My fondest memories concern our frequent visits to the public library. Because of this emphasis on reading, my parents planted the seeds for their children's success. Four of us finished college, and three of us went on to earn advanced degrees. The schools represented in our family include Stanford, UCLA, Harvard and Loyola University. My parents went through tough economic times but they never denied us our dreams. Today, I'm a government lawyer; I am also the author of four books of fiction and the editor of a new anthology of Los Angeles fiction by Latino writers.

Instilling in us the love of books was key to this success. My wife and I have filled our house with books which has been a perfect environment for our teenage son. In fact, he has been working on a novel and has written some very beautiful poetry.

We urge you to reconsider your decision regarding the Sunday Book Review.

Thank you for consideration.

I am saddened by management's decision to collapse the Book Review section into the calendar section. If I may offer a possible alternative, I suspect that there are sufficient numbers of bibliophiles who would pay a premium for a substantial stand alone section of the L.A. Times Book Review. Instead of $1.50 on Sunday, I'd fork over an additional 50 cents to get a bonafide robust version of the Book Review. That section alone makes the entire issue for me on Sundays (and the Opinion pages).

If the attendance at the Book Festival your paper hosts every year is any indication, there is an audience that will pay more for quality. Please reconsider.

Yesterday's paper was thinner than most newsletters! It appears the print edition is dead, with only advertising remaining. Sad, sad, sad. First the great writers got fired, then it seems all the writers got fired, and now, the paper isn't thick enough for a bird cage.

Hey, Why get rid of the automotive section? Southern California is where the "car culture" was born and raised.
Cars are very important to LA. Look around you!
Susan Carpenter is the greatest for keeping up on what's happening on 2 wheels. PLEASE DON"T LOOSE HER. Foe God's sake what am going to have to do, read the San Gabriel ValleyTribune?


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