Most guesses I'm hearing put the number at more than 50, with the editor ranks expected to take the heaviest hit. These are the delayed execution (second memo) of the previously foretold exits tied loosely to the demise of the daily California section. If the talk among Timesers is correct (and frankly, it usually is about these things), there will be names that resonate.*Updated: LAO reports that former public health reporter and Bottleneck blog writer Steve Hymon (who was a frequent guest on "Which Way, LA?") was notified yesterday that he was out at the Times.
**Updated II: The firing of Hymon has me troubled - not only because another good journalist got laid off, but because it seems to be a rejection of everything experienced journalists are being told to do to survive: give their beats a more populist flavor, find a locally relevant niche, embrace blogging and other new media strategies, etc. I don't know the Times' internal politics or why Hymon was picked over anyone else, this is just a gut level reaction.