Chronicle covers the L.A. mayoral race

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In the previous post, Kevin Whited expressed a desire to see more local news (actual NEWS, not local Live Journal offerings), and today’s Chronicle has a prime example of the problem on page A1 — the paper sent a reporter to cover the Los Angeles mayoral race!

And not only is the story on the front page, but it is the main focus of the front page with a big photograph (Los Angeles Times credited — the Chronicle didn’t send a photographer apparently), and some reference graphs with demographics information for Los Angeles and Houston.

Why? Why didn’t the Chronicle, if it wanted to cover L.A.’s mayoral race, use Los Angeles Times stories?

Because the story is focused on race and takes the opportunity to call Houston’s Hispanic population less politically mature than L.A. Hispanics.

It’s a very strange story. Maybe the Chronicle can find something local for Kim Cobb to work on, because goodness knows there are plenty of local and Texas topics that could use some Chronicle sunshine.

KEVIN WHITED ADDS: Remember that editor Jeff Cohen once said he wants front-page stories that appeal to Houston’s ethnic groups. Granted, one wonders if calling Houston-area Latinos less politically mature than their LA counterparts is exactly what the big boss at 801 Texas Avenue had in mind.

The references to “analysts say” and “political experts” are a bit perplexing. For examples, here’s one at the beginning:

Can Houston, with similar Hispanic-leaning demographics, be far behind in building a coalition to elect its first Hispanic mayor?

Give it 10 more years, political analysts say.

Later in the story, Dr. Earl Ofari Hutchinson and Tatchio Mindiola are “experts” who are cited, but neither expert predicts an Hispanic mayor in Houston in ten years, nor does expert pothole consultant Lee Brown (or anyone else cited in the story).

So, we’re left wondering just who these experts are who are saying things that appear nowhere in the story. A good editor might have helped out us mere readers with that.

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