First, thanks for making it to this page, which is no small feat on a Sunday. The editorial page, which runs in this section on Sundays and in the California section on other days, is the one place in the newspaper where the Los Angeles Times as an institution expresses its own point of view, as formulated by its editorial board. The board, made up of about a dozen people, operates independently of the newsroom. (And, perhaps more important, the newsroom operates independently of the editorial board.)
This page is also where readers offer their own views as letters to the editor. On the opposite page (hence the name Op-Ed), we publish the views of regular columnists and outside contributors.
In the coming weeks and months, these pages will change, though our basic mission will not.
* There will be a modest cosmetic redesign.
* On occasion, board members will write, under their byline, "A SoCal Life," articles that reflect on life in this region.
* A box on this page, in the letters space, will appear some days, critiquing editorials in other newspapers.
* Analytical editorials that grapple with fundamental principles underlying a policy debate will be labeled "Framework." These will be archived on our website (latimes.com/opinion) and also in a separate outline by subject matter that we hope, over the years, will evolve into a coherent and consistent political philosophy.