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Penny Arévalo (Editor) April 03, 2014 at 01:52 PM
Good advice. :-)
Elaine Piconi April 05, 2014 at 01:54 AM
Great advice, Alden. Everyone should have locked mailboxes nowadays. Judd and Elaine Pichicato
Penny Arévalo (Editor) March 28, 2014 at 03:34 PM
Hi Anon, we're in an in-between phase right now. We do have great plans in the works. Until then,Read MoreI' m juggling all of Orange County and half of Los Angeles County. It's a tall order, and no, it CAN'T last forever. So i just ask for a little patience while we reinvent local news in a way that makes financial sense. And if you have any local news tips, please send them my way. penny.arevalo@patch.com :-)
Fortified- AKA Carlos Danger April 01, 2014 at 05:27 PM
Penny, of all the "57 states I've visited", you're the only one that looks active, andRead Moreint eracts with readers.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) April 01, 2014 at 05:34 PM
Lucky for me, I only have to worry about 37 of them! ;-)
jan sultan March 14, 2014 at 09:52 AM
So do the City Council members who voted for the bridge project have any vested financial interest Read Morein the project? Let's' watch who gets the bids for the job, and see if there are any connections; architects and engineers, concrete contractors, labor pools. Maybe we can indict someone while we are at it. When something makes no sense...follow the money. Given your presentation it seems inconceivable that we would go ahead with this project.
Caneel Joyce February 25, 2014 at 12:52 PM
I vote for the subway option.
John Vanni February 25, 2014 at 09:26 PM
I'm more concerned about the mall expansion. Do we really need a huge mall with a huge parkingRead Morestruc ture here? This will bring more traffic, people and crime to our quaint beach town. Most people dont know how many rapes, robberies and car break-ins occur at the DelAmo mall. Get ready for a bigger crime report in the Beach Reporter!
dr.rgm February 26, 2014 at 08:41 PM
Richard G I sense the Mall expansion is the real reason for the widening. With potentially 3 majorRead Mores hopping malls dumping traffic on to Sepulveda and also Roscrantz this will act as a pseudo-mitigation to gain support of local residents.
Tom Allard February 23, 2014 at 11:55 AM
New Owner of Patch Lays Off Hundreds By LESLIE KAUFMANJanuary 29, 2014 Just two weeks ago, AOLRead Morean nounced that it was handing over the majority stake in Patch, its troubled local news enterprise, to Hale Global, an investment company that specializes in turning around troubled companies through technological innovation. Hale said at the time that its intention was to keep operating all of Patch’s 900 sites and that no staffing decision had been made. On Wednesday morning, the decision became evident when hundreds of Patch employees were laid off in a reorganization. Neither Hale Global nor AOL would comment on the layoffs. The media blogger Jim Romenesko provided a link to what is purported to be an audio copy of a conference call Patch’s chief operating officer, Leigh Zarelli Lewis, had with selected employees at 10 a.m. “Patch is being restructured in connection with the creation of the joint venture with Hale Global,” Ms. Lewis said, according to an excerpt printed on the blog. “Hale Global has decided which Patch employees will receive an offer of employment to move forward in accordance with their vision for Patch and which will not. Unfortunately, your role has been eliminated and you will no longer have a role at Patch and today will be your last day of employment with the company... Thank you again and best of luck.” Later in the morning, there was a conference call for employees who were staying on. Patch had roughly 450 employees before the layoffs Wednesday. In the call, remaining employees, including journalists as well as advertising sales employees and engineers, were told that all 900 Patch sites would remain open. AOL’s chief executive, Tim Armstrong, helped create the Patch network while at Google in 2007 and championed AOL’s decision to buy it in 2009. But although Patch expanded quickly, it ultimately lost $200 million to $300 million over the years, and Mr. Armstrong was under pressure from investors to dump it. In an effort to make it profitable, he laid off hundreds of employees last year. When that did not work, AOL sold the majority stake to Hale on Jan. 15 in a deal whose terms were not disclosed. When AOL announced the sale, it said that it had turned to Hale instead of other potential partners because the company shared Mr. Armstrong’s belief that local online news had a bright future.
Liz Spear February 23, 2014 at 01:56 PM
Hi Charlie, My # is 310-613-6016. Look forward to hearing from you!
Penny Arévalo (Editor) March 08, 2014 at 11:45 AM
If you didn't already see it, here's an interview with the new boss.Read Morehttp://streetfightmag.com/2014/ 03/06/new-patch-owner-running-company-in-lean-entrepreneurial-mode/
Carl Petersen III February 25, 2014 at 07:27 PM
A response to a comment that is misquoted. One of the quotes that I focus on in this week's blog:Read Moreht tp://goo.gl/L5mPCw
Penny Arévalo (Editor) February 07, 2014 at 08:23 PM
Hang tight! I'm adjusting to my new role as editor of all of OC and most of LA. I'd love to learnRead Moremo re about your community. And, I can tell you that this is temporary. We're building a whole new Patch. Can't wait to share!
ManBchMom February 11, 2014 at 10:19 AM
I am also very disappointed with the changes to Patch. Nothing against you, Penny, but you can'tRead Morebe an effective editor of a local news source when you don't live in the local area. I do not like this new format on Patch. Patch used to have a neighborly feel with stories that were not "important" enough to make the newspaper but were of interest to residents of the local community. I wish it would go back to that format. I can see these "trending" articles anywhere on the internet.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) February 11, 2014 at 10:30 AM
I understand. But this is NOT the end product. We couldn't innovate while we were bleedingRead Morefinancial ly. So we're battening down the hatches while some great things are in development. Again, bear with us. This week, I'm in the north end of my territory, reacquainting myself with some territory I used to cover 24 years ago. Perhaps I can make it to Manhattan Beach (my favorite beach, by the way, when I was at UCLA) soon.