Carmel it aint
Ron Kaye knew LA the way Tom Landry knew a football field: every inch, for decades. The Daily News's new top editor, Carolina Garcia, at least has one thing going for her: she won't be biased by much previous knowledge of the gridiron of Los Angeles.
Who is Carolina Garcia?
Of the Monterey County Herald, a paper with a fifth of the circulation of the Daily News?
One thing jumps out at you on this impromptu c.v.: Carolina Garcia...
"Most dangerous story: 'Can’t recall anything that was especially dangerous...'"
The idea of a local top editor having had time to create such a document is an entertaining one. But certainly of equal intrigue will be Ms. Garcia's mixing with the same stellar, street-wise newsroom that has brought us, for example, the unparalleled coverage of the slaying of SWAT officer Randal Simmons. Does she know what such coverage takes? Will she deem it worthwhile?
It will certainly be new ground for her, as will learning the impact of gang life in Los Angeles; in fact, there are probably more dangerous gangs in LA than there are homicides in Monterery County each year. I don't have the figures, but there are almost certainly at minimum a dozen times more homicides in the City of Los Angeles than in the County of Monterey.
A top ed at a newspaper can float above this a bit, as Russ Stanton seems to be doing at the Times, spending his days greenlighting apologies, retractions and whatnot. But that seems unlikely at the Daily News, already tightly held, where Ron Kaye knew the paper's newsroom best of all the paper's sections. Wishing Carolina Garcia all the best in the transition, and hoping she finds the high drama of the big town down south to her liking.