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Changes at L.A. Land

October 30, 2008 | 12:25 pm

Jsnfvinc I hope you will indulge me in a personal note: I'm going to be leaving the L.A. Times, and leaving L.A. Land, at the end of this week. Please hold your applause, Shockg. And no, this is not a sign that the housing market has reached a bottom in Los Angeles.

Seriously, it's hard to leave. I like doing this. I've enjoyed writing this blog, hearing from so many of you and helping to build a kind of community together. It has been one of the best assignments I've had in 21 years as a journalist. Thanks for reading, commenting and helping to shape the blog.

But I have a chance to do a different kind of work, in the corporate world, and, after 21 years, the time feels right to turn the page and begin a new career. As much as I love newsrooms and newspapers, life is short, and change is good.

Good news: The higher-ups here have been big fans of L.A. Land, and they intend to continue it. One high-ranking editor once told me the comments are the best reading on the blog. After I got over my initial hurt (journalists are thin-skinned), I agreed. The comments rock, and I hope you will continue to support the blog.

Look for me in the comment section -- I'll be the guy asking Cal what he thinks and telling Uncle Billy to cheer up.

MyLessThanPrimeBeef, I'm counting on you for comic relief in the comment section below. And Shockg, no hard feelings -- it's been great having you around.

-- Peter Viles

Thoughts? Wishes for the new version of the blog? E-mail tips and unprintable comments to Peter Viles.

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