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So Long, Farewell, Goodbye

Why am I writing this?

Well, I didn't want to fade off into oblivion without an answer to the public about what will be the sudden disappearance of most of the Patch editorial staff.

As you are probably aware, Patch had been sold recently by AOL, its former parent company, to Hale Gobal in a joint venture to turn around Patch.com and its 900 websites after years of losing cash.

Hale Global has become known to have, what many call, an impressive track record of turning around companies and cultivating growth within the troubled business. But, sometimes there comes a price.

A large round of layoffs happened in August, but another round of layoffs just occurred. After today, most stories probably will stop posting.

It is a little jarring to me. I mean, I'm only a substitute editor, not completely invested as many of the former long-time local editors were. I started out as an education and crime reporter with Patch in Glendora. As Patch continued to evolve to adapt to the economic tide in which it swam, I and many editors did as well.

I covered crime for Glendora, Claremont-La Verne, Diamond Bar-Walnut, Arcadia, Monrovia, La Crescenta-Montrose, Altadena … well, I eventually covered stories for our entire county network and have found it an incredible learning experience.

I want to thank everyone at Patch who had faith in me to write the news.

It has been interesting to see the evolution of Patch, from a hyperlocal news website to what it will eventually become.

Patch will live on.

In what form? I've been sworn to secrecy, but you will all find out in time.

I must say I have enjoyed covering crime, education, city politics and human interest stories in town.

I don't want to necessarily speak for every other editor, but it is safe to say we did our best to bring you the news despite what we were up against financially.

I have enjoyed covering stories in Glendora. It is a delightful foothill community and there was certainly much to write about. I only wish I could continue to cover the stories of Glendora's residents, public safety efforts and the stories of kindness continuing to unfold from the aftermath of the Colby Fire.

I just want to give you a heartfelt thanks for taking time to follow us. So long, farewell, goodbye.
TAG91740 January 30, 2014 at 04:08 PM
Thank you Aaron for all of your articles. You are passionate and diligent in your research and thorough in reporting your findings. Your articles will be missed, as well as those of the other reporters. Prayers to all in your future endeavors. Best Wishes.
Ann Marin January 30, 2014 at 04:57 PM
Aaron, I am so disappointed in Patch. It was a great service to the community and you, in particular, have been incredible. I hope you find gainful employment elsewhere, and if we Charter Oakans are lucky we'll be able to continue to read your work! Beat wishes in everything you do.
Betty Gervais January 30, 2014 at 07:35 PM
Good luck to you Aaron, hope you will continue reporting! Hope the patch doesn't fade like the "GLENDORA PRESS" did a number of years ago. It was all about local news, local organizations, local people in our town. Who cares what someone in Hacienda Heights is doing... referring to the Highlander Paper. Thanks for your reporting!
Paul H. January 30, 2014 at 09:22 PM
Stupid AOL selling you guys off. I'm so glad I stopped using AOL a long time ago. Well thank you for your contribution to the patch, and may bigger and better things lie ahead for you...
Zak Bushey January 30, 2014 at 10:21 PM
I think we need to continue a community based website for breaking news in Glendora. I'm sure Aaron would join me if I can get something together. Everyone interested in this? I would be interested in backing this and will need followers

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