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A Farewell From City Times Readers

August 06, 1995

With the announcement last month that City Times would cease publication after today's edition, readers wrote and called with their reaction. Here are some of their comments:

ADRIANNE SHROPSHIRE

Community organizer, AGENDA

"It is not unusual to see reporters, note pads in hand, hanging around corners in south Los Angeles. Nor is it unusual to see news vans racing through the crowded, narrow streets that make up South-Central, southwest or southeast L.A. However, those reporters are usually rushing to cover some violent act that does not represent life in south Los Angeles. In contrast, reporters for City Times rushed to get the real stories, the stories that spoke of the realities of life in south Los Angeles. City Times will be missed by all of us who relied on the paper to bring us reports from the sectors of our city that we rarely hear about in any positive way. It will be missed by young people who can no longer turn to the Sports section and see themselves or their friends. It will be missed by those of us who surf the Billboard looking for something to do east of the Westside. And it will be missed by people in Koreatown who want to know what's happening in South-Central, by people in South-Central who want to know what's happening in East Los Angeles, and by people in East Los Angeles who want to know what's happening in the Crenshaw district.'

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RUDY CORDOVA

Senior vice president, Pico Union Residents for United Community

"It would be a shame to have this section of the paper close. Without this we don't know what's going on in this section of the city. It keeps me informed of what's happening in other areas of Los Angeles besides Pico-Union. It's a way of networking and coming together with other communities. The paper is read. It's really sad to hear this. It's sad. It's really going to cause major problems. You have a very viable paper there. Closing it is going to affect a lot of people.'

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JIMMY DODSON

President, Leimert Park Merchants Assn.

"City Times was one of the reasons I never missed the Sunday paper and why I started subscribing to The Times. It was crucial to a community like ours. The reason why The Times started it was because inner-city, minority communities were not getting coverage. The Times addressed it by coming up with City Times, which was terribly successful. The first thing I looked for was Crenshaw area news, then on to the Sports section, then other communities. I could read about their problems and their solutions. In terms of editorial merit, it was extremely successful. I hope they find a way to bring it back.'

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H. COOKE SUNOO

Community Redevelopment Agency project manager for Wilshire Center-Koreatown

"City Times recognized that many different neighborhoods comprise the core of the city, and gave readers perhaps the only vehicle to see the composite pieces of individual neighborhoods. If I as a Korean American looked through City Times, I immediately would see that Central Americans and others also comprise the section of the city I'm interested in. With City Times, the Los Angeles Times recognized that the future of our city is in the future of our neighborhoods. It helped communities strengthen our own identities, thereby strengthening the social and economic fabric of the city.'

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MIKE JARAMILLO

Employment director, Chicana Service Action Center

"It's going to be a heartbreak. It's going to hurt. City Times--You needed it.'

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HIND BAKI

Spokeswoman, Good Samaritan Hospital

"I was so sad to hear about City Times. It's one of my favorite sections of the paper. I read about things I never knew. This is the heart of L.A.'

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MARK RIDLEY-THOMAS

Councilman, 8th District

"The elimination of City Times is a great loss for its readership. We have lost a great microphone, bridge and showcase. Born out of the civil unrest of 1992, it served in terms real and symbolic as a golden microphone for the community. It gave people a voice. City Times helped residents feel they were taken seriously, paid attention to, and empowered. City Times also served as a bridge across Central City neighborhoods. The staff was bright, energetic and reflected the diversity of the communities it covered. Each week, communication flowed across blocks and streets to diverse audiences. People were more informed and sensitive to the concerns of others. It enhanced our human relations. The newspaper was also an urban showcase that balanced the bad news with the good--good news and good people making a difference. It put a human face on the information. The closing down of City Times is Los Angeles' loss. Regretfully, there is no comparable replacement.'

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ROSARIO MARIN

Huntington Park councilwoman and chairwoman of the state Council on Developmental Disabilities

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