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Hymon’s Layoff Reveals Devoted Following

March 23, 2009

Steve Hymon, you are loved.

This Morning, LA Observed broke the story of Hymon’s severance from the LA Times. The story was picked up by virtually every major LA blog (make that every major LA blog now that I’ve written on it), including Curbed, LAist, Streetsblog – the works. Hymon, the diminutive but “scruffy” reporter, who intermittently resembles Rick Moranis or a non-bald David Cross (see photo), began his career at the LA times covering the city hall beat, then was eventually assigned to transit. Despite an interview in which he voiced a personal disdain for riding on Metro, he offered in-depth coverage of issues related to subway, bus, and bike planning in LA, in addition to car-centric projects. His articles were a great resource for everyone working to make LA less of a car-only city, right up to his last piece on buses in Santa Monica.

A flurry of comments has ensued; some call for Times subscribers to drop their subscriptions en masse, others even plug transit advocacy leaflets as a viable alternative to the nation’s second largest metropolitan newspaper. The only thing that can really be gathered from this outpouring of opinions is that Steve Hymon has groupies. Despite his mistreatment by the Times, I have a feeling he’ll land on his feet – after all, reporters have thick skin. Maybe he can even lend a hand in reviving the once-proud Metro Rider LA, a site now lying dormant somewhere out there on the interwebs. As for the Times, despite their grievous misjudgement, I do not wish them failure. Nor do I see this layoff as cause to stop buying their papers from vending machines on occasion (I’m too cheap to subscribe). The Times is home to many fine reporters, and despite all the buzz about newspapers being replaced by the internet, you just can’t get that level of coverage from a blog, except maybe this one. It’d be nice if one of LA’s resident billionaires would step up and wrest control of the paper from its evil Chicagoan overlord, but even then, we wouldn’t be much better off. I hope the Times makes it, but if it doesn’t, I’ll cope.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 24, 2009 10:12 pm

    Gotta remember, Steve was the politics writer at the Times before transportation. If he came back in blog form, it would be more in the Ron Kaye format than Streetsblog/Metro Rider

  2. Drew permalink*
    March 25, 2009 11:31 am

    Thanks, Damien. I was pretty much joking about Hymon writing for MRLA; the reason that will never happen is the reason that site went offline in the first place: lack of funds. Besides, we all know Hymon hates the Gold Line šŸ˜›

    You’re right that if Hymon does reemerge, it will probably be in web based form ala Ron Kaye or Marc Cooper. Certainly this strong showing bodes well for the prospects of a potential


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