In 2008, during the height of the economic downturn, the position of managing editor at LAT regional newspaper The Daily Pilot was eliminated. Today, in a very hopeful sign, that Times Community News (TCN) slot is being returned to the masthead.

Appointed to the position is 34-year-old Alisha Gomez (pictured). She started out with TCN in 2011 as a contract employee; moved to full-time in July 2012; and now occupies an impressive expanded perch. From this afternoon’s announcement:

Gomez will help oversee the staff of 24 that produces the Daily Pilot, Coastline Pilot and Huntington Beach Independent, which have a combined print circulation of 137,000. She previously served as managing editor of the Huntington Beach Independent and the Coastline Pilot and, on June 3, will add the Daily Pilot to her duties as part of a planned newsroom reorganization.

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