Local LA papers relaunch sites–with blog-like designs

Hop Studios ( Travis Smith & Susannah Gardner) have redesigned 5 local LA-area newspaper web sites owned by Tribune via LATimes:

The designs remind me of Topix.net, in a way, and have a nice organizational clarity–very blog-like and able to include more interactive features, I hope.
Travis says:
“The front page of one paper is only 19K — 50K if you include all the graphics and style sheets.”
Nice.