This is Fred Ortega. He was a reporter with the San Gabriel Valley Tribune and the Pasadena Star News. He now works for Judy Chu, who sits on the board of equalization.
I enjoyed reading Fred's stories when he covered the city of West Covina. He was always fair and from the photo above, looked like a pleasant guy.
I'm sure he will be missed, but with the state of newspapers the way they are going, I don't blame him a bit for leaving.