Jim Newton, the paper's Los Angeles city-county bureau chief, was appointed editorial page editor, the Times said in a news release. Newton will oversee the Times' editorial and opinion pages.
He replaces Andres Martinez who resigned in March after it was announced that the newspaper would cancel publication of a Sunday's Current section to avoid the appearance that a conflict of interest after Hollywood producer Brian Grazer was tapped as a guest editor. Grazer had a business relationship with a woman Martinez had dated. Eventually the quarterly guest editor program was scrapped.
Newton joined the Los Angeles Times in 1989.