The L.A. Times Guild called an emergency meeting on Thursday after leadership was told that the newspaper intends to “imminently execute another major round of layoffs,” according to a memo. Merida took the newsroom by surprise with his decision, leaving after less than three years, five months before his contract was up. Merida was also reportedly frustrated with Soon-Shiong’s involvement in the newsroom as well as budgeting shortcomings which eventually led to mid-year layoffs in 2023. Layoffs were carried out by the LAT in June, where 74 roles were cut from the organization, equating to over 10% of the newsroom. More layoffs were expected at the newspaper in 2024.