What Would You Like to See Patch Cover in 2013?

We're committed to bringing you the best in hyperlocal news - so what would you like to see more of in 2013?

Welcome, 2013!

Patch feels very honored and lucky to have you all as readers - and we're committed to bringing you the best in hyperlocal community-minded content.

So, we want to know - what would you like to see more of in 2013?

Is it more...

  • Local government and politics, such as coverage of the City Council, Planning Commission, and the like?
  • Business content, such as new businesses coming to town, why certain businesses are closing, and what it all means for the local economy and real estate?
  • Schools news?
  • Local arts and entertainment, such as the best local events going on around town?
  • More crime coverage, such as local crime trends, police blotters and the like?
  • Or, more coverage of a particular issue in town, such as Pete's Harbor, traffic/congestion, or another?

Tell us what you want to see most on Patch in 2013 in the comments below.

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Jerry B January 02, 2013 at 04:41 PM
I think Patch does a really good job covering our local RWC issues. I'd like local politics covered more, and more crime issues followed. The Police Blotter is ridiculous, I might as well read the supermarket rags. I realize local businesses help support Patch, and that's fine to cover these vendors that help keep our money in our community. Any national issues are covered in many other internet sites and not really needed on Patch.
Jennifer van der Kleut (Editor) January 02, 2013 at 05:39 PM
Thanks for the feedback Jerry! And thanks for reading your local Patch.
Jermaine C. January 02, 2013 at 06:55 PM
Thanks for asking this question. I would also like to see enhanced reporting of local crime. It would be great to have more info on the exact location of crime incidents -- I think I've seen a few Patch sites that include them on a map. Also, it appears that the SMC Sheriff's Office doesn't report crime incidents the way RWC Police does, which means that residents who live in Unincorporated RWC (myself included) do not have any real insight into the crime in their immediate neighborhood. If you have a way of accessing this info and could report it, I'm sure it would be a huge benefit. Towards the end of last year, we saw several instances where burglars were caught by alert citizens who either kept on eye on their neighbor's house or had cameras installed in their homes. This goes to show that the more aware we are of our local crimes, the better chance we stand to help reduce it. Aside from that, please keep up the great work!
Reality Check January 02, 2013 at 07:22 PM
Reporting crime is fine, but let's not have Patch become the equivalent of the 10 o'clock TV news -- which seems to be 50% crime, crashes, traffic jam and fire stories with the balance being mostly endless blather about weather, sports and assorted useless "awww shucks" stories. They typically devote a only few minutes at most to political and international stories. There is very rarely anything at all which promotes intelligent awareness about the world we live in, how it works or anything meaningful or thought-provoking. Local media should focus on local government, governance and other policy issues relating to how well our local elected officials and agencies are functioning, etc. Keep us informed about significant issues of importance so that we're better informed and engaged citizens and voters. News we can use, please!
Rex January 02, 2013 at 08:20 PM
I agree with Reality Check. I don't want to see endless crime reports here. There must be a better way for people to get that information. I'd like to hear about local issues, local events, and good-news stories.
Rex January 02, 2013 at 08:22 PM
Stories about local merchants, especially new ones, is good, too.
NFO Resident January 02, 2013 at 08:47 PM
Some ideas that come to mind: -Stories about different neighborhoods and some history about those areas -Stories about local volunteers -Stories about youth and community activism -Local and county government (issues being discussed, what elected officials are working on, new ordinances,) -Sheriff's crime report -In-depth reporting about the sex-trade/slave business in our area and how that impacts a neighborhood -In-depth reporting about gangs and gang-related crimes
Jennifer van der Kleut (Editor) January 02, 2013 at 10:35 PM
Hi everyone! Your RedwoodCity-Woodside Patch editor here. I'm so grateful for all the feedback and excellent ideas. In addition to these comments I received a few e-mails. So here are my first few immediate action items based on your feedback, and I'll continue to look into more of your ideas as well: - Schedule a sit-down with new County Supervisor from RWC, Warren Slocum, to hear his ideas on how to deal with issues in the North Fair Oaks area - I will continue to publish police blotters so people know what is happening right on their streets, but I will look into adding a map feature - Schedule regular sit-downs with members of the RCPD to get a more in-depth look at local crime trends and gang activity - Look at making more contacts in local schools to increase our youth coverage such as what they do for our community and keep an eye on the condition of our schools (this is something I've started working on regularly when I took over as editor already - I hope you like what we've done so far in the past few months!) - Perhaps start a regular feature recognizing local volunteers who do a lot for our community - Talk to the Sheriff's Office to see if we can get some sort of detail on crimes in unincorporated areas of RWC and Woodside Please keep the ideas coming, and any feedback on the action items is welcome too! - Your Patch Editor J.V.
Carol Cross January 02, 2013 at 10:39 PM
I like the NFO's and Reality Check's comments. I, too, would not like to see Patch become a "crime watch" publication. Hearing about local government, activities, businesses, is all to the good. Thanks for the work you're doing! It's a great way to hear about what's going on close to home.
Buck Shaw January 03, 2013 at 03:39 AM
Though we're not part of Redwood City Mr. Slocum does represent us in your cousin Emerald Hills 94062. I would like to see a straight up Yes or No to you reader polls. You always seem to add a third diversionary answer to them. Making them totally useless. Unless of course its intentional to add discussion. Then so be it.
Benjamin Johnson January 03, 2013 at 06:31 AM
I would like see more coverage of the San Mateo County Supes and the budget, jail, programs and spending. Redwood City is the County seat and bears a disproportionate amount of the burden on it's infrastructure because the County has decided to locate most of it's services here. We are home to the the County jail (soon to be 2), Probation, Drug/Alcohol Rehabilitation and many other County services. The Supes need to be held accountable for the decisions that directly affect our community.
Bo January 03, 2013 at 11:35 PM
All the suggestions in the article are good since they focus on local news. Please stop posting articles that are unrelated to local news, and are the same type of articles that I can find in every other news website. A few examples of what I don't want to see on patch: http://redwoodcity-woodside.patch.com/articles/five-minutes-to-a-buff-body http://redwoodcity-woodside.patch.com/articles/tips-to-beat-a-hangover http://redwoodcity-woodside.patch.com/articles/6-tips-for-returningexchanging-christmas-gifts-6efc2486
Jennifer van der Kleut (Editor) January 04, 2013 at 12:24 AM
Are these types of articles uninteresting to anyone else? (we appreciate the feedback!)
Reality Check January 14, 2013 at 06:32 PM
I agree with Bo. The niche that Patch ought to focus on is local news that readers likely can't or won't find covered anywhere else. I've been a bit of a news junkie ever since I was a kid growing up in a neighboring community here on the Peninsula, and the big dailies used to do a better job of covering local stories. The SF Chron and SJ Merc used to have more pages and stories and local editions. Those days are gone, and they've nearly eliminated local coverage. What would make Patch most valuable to the community it serves is to do more watchdog journalism and carry stories that the bigger dailies can't or won't cover. This also builds a stronger sense of community and place and, over time, will improve both the engagement level of readers and the quality and effectiveness of local government in serving the greater good. Leaders that know they are being watched and reported on must be more connected and responsive to their constituents or face the consequences at the ballot box. Our form of elected representative democracy can only work well when the electorate is well-informed about what's going on ... and that's where local media like Patch can and should play an indispensable role.
Jennifer van der Kleut (Editor) January 14, 2013 at 06:50 PM
Great points Reality Check, thank you for the feedback! I am already working on implementing some of the feedback from these comments. We began our coverage of crime in Woodside last week, we are increasing our coverage of county government, and I am working on a few in-depth local/governmental pieces currently as well. And I am attempting to make more contacts in our schools to increase our youth/schools coverage. Thank you everyone!


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