"I am hearing, on reliable authority, that the Cardinal Archbishop of Los Angeles, Roger Mahony, has approved a coadjutor bishop recently selected for him by the Holy See. This news – and the name – will be publicly announced 'soon.'
"This new bishop, once announced and appointed, will automatically succeed Mahony as the Archbishop of Los Angeles as soon as Mahony retires, presumably before Mahony’s mandatory retirement at age 75 (February 27, 2011). Mahony has said that the current class of seminarians will be the last one he personally ordains..."
Thomas Peters quotes archdiocesan spokesman Tod Tamberg as calling the rumor "speculation" -- but that is not a denial.
Thanks to today's (January 25) online New Oxford Review Daily Feed for reporting about this.