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Michelle Mowad (Editor) March 13, 2014 at 10:10 PM
Justanotheropinion, you are welcome to blog here on Patch. And you are welcome to email editorRead Moremiche lle.mowad@patch.com.
Justanotheropinion March 15, 2014 at 01:09 AM
Thanks Michelle. But with all due respect, you not being a local prohibits you from reallyRead Morecovering SP or any other area you are responsible for. You can re-post articles until the cows come home, but a distant editor has no sense of the community they are trying to cover. You didn't know that massage parlors were a hot button for SP, so how would you have known to re-post this? You didn't know it was a hot button, therefore you didn't repost it much less even know to look for this article. Furthermore, you can't canvas the town for local interest stories. You can't go and meet with residents and local business owners to research and write about. You simply aren't here. This is no knock against you. Patch's way of covering local news is garbage (i.e. scour the internet and repost other peoples stories & recipes). Great initial idea, but the way they have elected to go about it will lead to their demise. I only posted the link because I hoped there might be a few readers left and they would recognize the importance of the article. Michelle, thank you for what you do - you are working with what you've got. Again, not a knock on you. This 'business model' is for shi*.
Carl Petersen III February 24, 2014 at 07:48 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
henk friezer February 01, 2014 at 07:02 PM
As you can already see at top of page they have dispensed with local editors (all of them on westRead Morec oast). The stories are very generic most do not pertain a specific local community least of all the community whose title is at top of each page. They are consolidating their features so they apply all over but to a specified area. If you go to various Patch sites you will notice all the makeup and stories are the same (with a couple of exceptions). They never even explained about the change of ownership or what happened.
Windrunner February 06, 2014 at 09:00 PM
Yet, we are still here. Sad, isn't it?
Justanotheropinion February 12, 2014 at 01:43 AM
@Stargazer - it should show Patch that LOCAL people are looking and hungry for LOCAL news. BasedRead Moreon the crap they have posted the last 2 weeks, this site should end soon. Hopefully.
BASIC Design February 05, 2014 at 11:14 PM
Not to make it sound too obvious, but fireplace smoke is full of soot and depending on the type ofRead Morew ood being burned, potentially deadly. Beside CO2 being produced, some woods can produce toxic gases not suitable for inhalation, in particular in an indoor fireplace situation. It's not necessarily alarmism as much as it is more testing and data confirming what has been known for a long time. Do you remember when homes were allowed to burn trash, any trash, in their backyard? All these are/were not brought about by the EPA. Believe it or not California and in particular Southern California have much stricter state guidelines than the fed. You are giving the EPA way too much credit and power, which many folks always point to when it inconveniences their lives. However they are the only ones standing between ourselves and irreversible devastation that 'American' companies would cause if left up to them. Your best bet for the data you are looking for is probably found at the SCAQMD (Souther Californian air Quality Management District).
Fortified- AKA Carlos Danger February 11, 2014 at 12:43 AM
Yes as I discovered, the AQMD, has all the information I was looking for. They are not theRead More"onl y ones standing between ourselves and irreversible devastation". The southern Ca. air has made gigantic needed advancements. If the smog was as bad as the 1970's, I would not be still be here. I am just a bit weary of the militant religious green movement, and want facts.
GenXsurvivor February 20, 2014 at 03:36 PM
The AQMD suffers from serious lack of QED.
Just My Opinion February 01, 2014 at 06:19 PM
So, who's the executive making these decisions? Are they gonna do the reporting and writing? Or isRead MoreP atch going the way of the Do-Do bird? Sad times
James Gordon February 01, 2014 at 09:16 PM
Patch had been an AOL asset. AOL sold Patch to Hale Global recently, so it's a whole new ballRead Moregame. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/after-sale-from-aol-the-patch-news-site-lays-off-hundreds/ I hope Patch manages to find its groove and best of luck to all the people who are no longer employed.
Windrunner February 06, 2014 at 08:59 PM
Down to four editors I heard. So, nothing but police blotters and countrywide adverts, unless theRead Morelo cal politicos are hot and heavy.
Alan Reynolds January 29, 2014 at 04:32 PM
http://jimromenesko.com/2014/01/29/hale-global-lays-off-patch-employees/
Donna Evans (Editor) January 29, 2014 at 05:29 PM
Wow, Justanotheropinion, thanks! Although, to be fair, it is not the fault of the many talented and Read Moretired journos employed by Patch. It's utterly the fault of top management. Or, mismanagement. But the complement is well received :-)
Donna Evans (Editor) January 29, 2014 at 05:31 PM
No idea why patch is identifying me as the editor - i am not, I left the company before theRead Morebloodle tting in August. I am happily employed by the Los Angeles Downtown News and reporting on stuff Downtown, where I live.
John 91030 February 01, 2014 at 10:08 AM
JP, Welcome to SP! I have noticed a frequent panhandler on State St (on the median curb @ FairRead MoreOak s by FedEx-Kinkos), over the last month or so. I have not noticed an encampment there, tho. The SPPD is a friendly and helpful PD. They embrace positive 'reach outs' from citizens, and support the 'see something - say something' model. It's likely that if you phone the SPPD and ask for an appointment to visit an officer AT the station, they will meet with you and listen to your concerns. Re the encampment at the 110frwy / golf course, I think that side of the 'wash' is LA City. Perhaps the SPPD may have knowledge / thoughts about that situation. JB
John Pak February 03, 2014 at 04:19 AM
John Pak February 3, 2014 at 01:13 amThank you for the advice. The encampment is quiteRead Moreapparent behind the bushes on the unused exit ramp from south 110 on fair oaks.I will bring it up with the police and hopefully they have a plan for such situation. I am also surprised by the amount of armed robberies occurring near my home as this was something unexpected. Just recently, a teenager was robbed by two hooded men brandishing a handgun few blocks from where I live. It's this the norm?.if not m
John 91030 February 24, 2014 at 04:53 PM
JP, that's NOT the norm. SP is a pretty quiet town. BTW, I see your 110 / Fair Oaks encampmentRead Morenuisa nce is gone as of today ;-)
BASIC Design January 20, 2014 at 08:06 AM
It was the city's attempt to try to help pedestrians by shortening the distance between sidewalks.Read MoreT he cost of course has been more vehicular traffic and oddly enough, bicycle riders and pedestrians safety as well. There seems to be a lack of understanding of what these streets truly are and how to appropriately address the need for pedestrian safety in that type of situation.
amyjones January 20, 2014 at 01:19 PM
Glad to know I'm not the only one who thinks they were more of a mistake than a solution. Now ifRead Moreon ly we can get them removed.
Justanotheropinion February 12, 2014 at 01:41 AM
Despite what was said, this was not to protect pedestrians - it was to 'curb' traffic flow. Read MoreCOnside ring the amount of back up on the streets - N/S or E/W, it has indeed curbed traffic. It's the SP way of 'calming traffic'. Complete fail.
GenXsurvivor January 03, 2014 at 04:42 PM
D - It's still a great area, don't get me wrong. Crime is just an unfortunate reality in any city.Read MoreH ighland Park has a lot of crime, so it often spills over the borders. The choppers were really the most annoying part, though. The rest of the area was nice, overall. Especially being close to the Arroyo Seco trails. Great place to go for walks. I really love the Archery range, there, too.
BASIC Design January 20, 2014 at 07:57 AM
Most of the tagging done there is pretty much from kids (young teens) and it starts from severalRead Morespo ts. Some walk across the bridge to visit friends, others start at the train station and work there way to that area either via Mission (which a few spots got tagged a couple weeks ago) or alley adjacent RR tracks between Orange Grove and Pasadena. Most of these kids either live or have friends who live near that area where most residents are renters and not owners. If it were owners, it would probably be a different story.
BASIC Design January 20, 2014 at 07:58 AM
And yes, it is tagging and definitely not street art.
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