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LA Times is back in local hands. What do locals have to say about it?

The Los Angeles Times building.
Kevork Djansezian/AP
The Los Angeles Times building.

After 18 years, the Los Angeles Times is back in local ownership. 

Chicago-based  Tronc Inc. announced it was selling the Times to Patrick Soon-Shiong, an LA billionaire and biotech entrepreneur, for more than $500 million. The deal also includes the Times's Spanish-language paper, Hoy, and the San Diego Union-Tribune. We asked nine prominent Southern Californians what they make of the deal, which comes after months of tumult at the newspaper.

Jessica Lall, President and CEO of the Central City Association

Robert Garcia, Mayor of Long Beach

Andy Bales, CEO of the Union Rescue Mission

Andy Lipkis, Founder and President of TreePeople

Norberto Santana Jr., Publisher of the Voice of OC

Gary Toebben, President and CEO of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

Ann Burroughs, President and CEO of Japanese American National Museum

Steve Soberoff, President of the Los Angeles Police Commission

Ron Hartwig, Vice President of Communications for the J. Paul Getty Trust