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About the Editorial Board

The Southern California News Group (SCNG) includes eleven daily newspapers in Southern California and their digital platforms: Los Angeles Daily News, The Orange County Register, Riverside Press-Enterprise, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star News, Whittier Daily News and the Redlands Daily Facts.

What we do

The editorial board and opinion section staff are independent from the news-gathering side of our organization. Through our staff-written editorials, we take positions on important issues affecting our readership, from pension reform to protecting our region’s unique natural resources to transportation. One of our most important duties is making endorsements of candidates and measures in local, state and national elections. The editorials are unsigned because, while written by one or more members of our staff, they represent the point of view of our news organization’s management.

In order to take informed positions, we meet frequently with government, community and business leaders on important issues affecting our cities, region and state. During elections, we meet with candidates for office and the proponents and opponents of ballot initiatives and then make recommendations to voters.

Who we are


Ron Hasse is President and Publisher of the Southern California News Group representing eleven daily and six weekly publications throughout Southern California. Ron has served as President since 2013 and has been a senior executive with the Southern California News Group since 2009. Mr. Hasse has lived in Los Angeles and Orange counties for the last 30 years.


Phone: 818-713-3883


Twitter: @rhasse


Frank Pine is executive editor of the Southern California News Group. In nearly 20 years working for Southern California news media, Pine has directed reporting that has earned national acclaim and led transformational efforts to deliver news on digital platforms. He also has served as a journalism adviser and guest lecturer at local colleges and universities. A native of Southern California, he has lived in both Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties.


Phone: 909-483-9360


Twitter: @fpine


Sal Rodriguez is the opinion editor for the Southern California News Group. He got his start in journalism investigating the abuse of solitary confinement in American prisons and jails with Solitary Watch. He first joined the newspaper business in 2014 as an editorial writer and columnist for the Orange County Register and the Press-Enterprise. He lives in Los Angeles.




Larry Wilson is the public editor for the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the Pasadena Star-News and the Whittier Daily News and an editorial writer and columnist for SCNG. Larry was named editorial page editor of the Pasadena Star-News in 1987, and subsequently became the paper’s editor for 12 years. He lives in Pasadena and is based in the West Covina and Pasadena offices.


Phone: 626-544-0844


Twitter: @publiceditor


Susan Shelley is a columnist and editorial writer for the Southern California News Group, writing on local, state and national issues. She’s also Vice President of Communications for the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, California’s leading taxpayer advocacy organization. Susan is a frequent guest on Southern California radio and TV news and interview shows to talk about politics and policy, speaks often to groups and organizations, and is the host of the Howard Jarvis Podcast for KABC.



Twitter: @Susan_Shelley


Steven Greenhut is an editorial writer and columnist for the Southern California News Group, where he focuses on politics in the state Capitol and Southern California. He was on the Editorial Board of the Orange County Register from 1998-2009. The author of two California-focused books (“Abuse of Power” and “Plunder!”), Greenhut has written about California issues for many national publications and think tanks. Greenhut lives on a small ranch outside Sacramento.


A veteran of several decades in the newspaper business, Roger Ruvolo won awards as a sportswriter and opinion writer; he also has served as a features editor, business editor, news editor, newsroom manager and helped supervise newspaper production and operations.




Richard Boddie is a member of the editorial board. He is the president and founder of The Motivators, a speakers bureau. He previously taught political science at Coastline Community College for 17 years. Born in Elmira, New York and raised in Rochester, he has lived in Huntington Beach since 1977.