You Have Made A Big Mistake

Open letter to LA Times about the laying off of writer Agustin Gurza, who focused on Latino culture, arts and music

By Abelardo de la Pe??a Jr., El Editor
Published on LatinoLA: October 26, 2008

You Have Made A Big Mistake


I just heard that the L.A. Times has laid off Agustin Gurza. I believe you have made a big mistake.

I understand the economic pressures that have been affecting print media, the LA Times being no exception. But Agustin has been the sole link between the L.A. Times and the Latino cultural community and his incisive, intelligent and smart writing is a primary reason why I subscribe to the Times.

He has been not just an advocate, but also a constructive critic and has made a difference in the community, participating in forums, presentations, and workshops that have helped other journalists and the general public understand the complexities of the Latino community and the importance of cultural expressions in our everyday lives.

Instead of spending who knows how much time and staffing on recounting the mob days of more than 50 years ago (sorry if I don't know the details of the recent front page series, because, quite frankly, it's something I don't really care about), the Times could/should have bolstered its coverage of a demographic that deserves more positive coverage.

I am sure Agustin will land on its feet, but more sorrowfully, I lament the slow death of the LA Times.

- Abelardo de la Pe??a Jr.

Editor's Note:

I urge LatinoLA readers to send a letter to the editor of the L.A. Times to express your opinion on this.

- Abelardo, El Editor

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