LA Civic Leaders Stand Up for Local Ownership of LA Times

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Austin Beutner may not be a household name in Los Angeles, although he was First Deputy to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.  What's made him a cause celeb for the business and political establishment is his firing last week after 13 months as publisher of the LA Times. There’s special anger because his replacement is an out-of-towner — Timothy Ryan of the Baltimore Sun.  Sixty-six local leaders have signed an open letter demanding what they call a renewed "commitment to Los Angeles."