LAobserved.com is reporting on the latest round of forced/voluntary retirements at the Los Angeles Times and noted that the Orange County bureau will lose Bill Lobdell.
Lobdell has served the Times in numerous capacities, including as editor of the Daily Pilot, which covers Newport Beach and Costa Mesa. In recent years, he proved to be an excellent investigative reporter, uncovering a series of sensational church scandals plaguing Southern California.
But we've learned that it's not just Lobdell. Veteran Times OC reporters David Reyes and David Haldane will also be departing.
By my calculations, this latest round of personnel moves leaves just eight reporters in Orange County for the paper.
“We found out yesterday,” said one source. “It was sad. Hopefully, that's the end [of layoffs] for us.”
— R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly