The decision to oust Los Angeles Times publisher Austin Beutner is being criticized by more than 50 L.A. business and community leaders who sent a letter to Chicago-based Tribune Publishing Co. executives on Thursday, asking them to restore the newspaper’s local leadership, the Los Angeles Times reports. The leaders argued that a commitment to Los Angeles and local causes should be the top priority. Timothy Ryan, the longtime publisher of the Baltimore Sun, has been named as Beutner’s replacement.

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