LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — After just two weeks in office, Mayor Eric Garcetti has waded into the debate over a potential sale of the Los Angeles Times.
In an interview recorded on Wednesday, Garcetti told the Huffington Post’s Jacob Soboroff that he remains opposed to a bid by billionaire businessmen David and Charles Koch to buy the Times, which has the fourth-highest daily circulation in the United States.
“I’d rather see local ownership,” Garcetti said. “Outside of them specifically, I think HuffPo should buy the L.A. Times.”
“Arianna, you heard the Mayor,” Soboroff replied, in reference to Arianna Huffington, the Post’s chair, president, and editor-in-chief.
The interview apparently marked the first time Garcetti has voiced his position on the rumored sale, which has been the target of strong opposition from local union leaders who say the Koch brothers will bring “radical, right-wing extremism” to the news outlet.
Garcetti was elected the 42nd mayor of Los Angeles in May after a contentious campaign against former City Controller Wendy Greuel.