Michael Sigman was publisher of the LA Weekly from 1990-2002. It was Sigman who originally hired Laurie Ochoa in 2001, and in a piece on today’s Huffington Post he reminisces about his time at the paper and questions the current ownership’s judgement:
The Weekly has cut way back on editorial spending for obvious reasons — the Internet, Craigslist, the recession — and by most accounts Laurie has done a brilliant job keeping the paper’s quality as high as possible under the circumstances.
Was “parting ways” with Laurie — a smart, sophisticated editor who knows L.A. like the back of her hand — a good idea, especially with no replacement in sight? (Ah, but they’re advertising for a new editor on Craigslist!) No. To paraphrase Freud, sometimes a mistake is just a mistake.