West Hollywood Patch Team Is Growing

New editors will continue to provide coverage of issues and events you care about most.

Meet the expanded West Hollywood Patch team.

Beginning today, veteran Patch editor Marie Cunningham and associate editor Brantley Watson are joining with long-time contributor James Mills to cover the issues and events that matter most to Weho residents.

Look for Marie, Brantley and James around town, and send them news tips at westhollywood@patch.com. James will continue to cover City Hall with the same thoroughness and insight you’ve come to expect.

West Hollywood Patch is also looking to add more bloggers to Local Voices. Interested? You don’t need to be a professional writer to be a blogger. We don’t have requirements for how often or how much you post. Whether you are part of a group or organization, the owner of a local business, or a community member, we invite you to share what’s on your mind. Email the team at westhollywood@patch.com.

Don’t forget to post your events and announcements and, if you’re a business owner, claim your listing in the Directory.

Chloe Ross September 18, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Welcome to new editors - but hope James is your main man. He is excellent and gives Chapel Hill a good name. His WeHo reporting is the best. Looking forward to even greater coverage. Congratulations.
Sheila Lightfoot September 18, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Veteran editor... associate editor... from where, with what experience in West Hollywood, may I ask? We had an editor. His name is James Mills. James knows us, he knows this City, he knows what's important to us. WHY ISN'T JAMES MILLS OUR EDITOR? The WH Patch was never more informative than it has been under James' watch. Are you looking for more of us to blog to try to make up for the content and coverage of the City that will be lost without James as our editor? Oh, but James will still cover City Hall… yada, yada yada. This is an OUTRAGE! I have been blogging for the Patch because James Mills brought the people I wanted to reach to this site. AOL obviously doesn't care about serving the residents of West Hollywood anymore, so it will no longer serve as an effective local source of information. They've just thumbed their noses at all their loyal readers. The bean counters must think we won't notice when pertinent content is replaced with generic drivel. Since I’m assuming advertising is what supports publications like this, how are you going to get more advertising dollars without the readership, which I’m assuming has been quite high under James Mills’ tenure? Or do you expect us to sell your ads as well as write your content?
Sheila Lightfoot September 18, 2012 at 05:16 PM
In summary, get your act together, AOL, this is a very stupid decision. Getting rid of your readers is no way to improve your business. I’d say getting rid of an executive who can’t figure out how to capitalize on a successful local Patch is a much better business decision. Unless AOL wises up in a hurry, we can say goodbye to the West Hollywood Patch as we've come to know it… not that I expect them to care.
scott ferguson September 18, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Methinks thou dost protest too much. I have found WeHo Patch to be interesting, but for whatever reason, not remotely reflective of the views of the city in its entirety, but rather a forum taken over by a minority who, though they often have interesting opinions, have a very narrow agenda. Has there really been a need for 15 or more blogs on term limits? I know these have generated traffic (I have been part of this of course) but I suspect this is a turnout to the vast majority of WeHoans who have much wider interests and concerns than personal vendetta against the current council members. James has been entirely fine with me, and has indeed been a friend in need and responsive to my concerns, so this is not meant to be a criticism of him. But it does sound that for whatever reason some people are concerned that a better reflection of the cities issues and opinions is threatening to some people.
Sheila Lightfoot September 18, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Chloe, my friend, you misinterpreted their pretty language making it sound like we're getting more, not less. They just canned James. The "new" editors, who I'm sure are nice and capable people, are probably existing editors from another Patch being asked to do double duty by keeping an eye on the WH Patch.
scott ferguson September 18, 2012 at 05:48 PM
duh - "turnoff" not "turnout" - sorry
me September 18, 2012 at 07:42 PM
duh, not 15 "blogs" either....get it right
me September 18, 2012 at 07:49 PM
i agree 100%!!!....james was sooo much better than the last 3 people (combined) that have been through the revolving door as editors.....i know a # of us sent richard core an email in support of james a while back and i, for one, got zero response from him.....his email address is: richard.core@patch.com .....i see he's the one who wrote this piece....
Ali September 18, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Scott, do you have to be negative nellie on everything?
Rudolf Martin September 18, 2012 at 10:02 PM
I have noticed some blogs on here that actually were advertisements for local businesses lately. If that is the new policy for the weho patch - instead of great local journalism (a la james mills) and spirited opinion pieces/comment threads - then I'm out of here.
Rudolf Martin September 18, 2012 at 10:09 PM
'scott', your comments probably add up to 300 blogs. i'm sure the patch would gladly publish if you submitted one instead of only complaining about other people's blogs.
scott ferguson September 18, 2012 at 11:44 PM
By the standard of the blogs and comments of WeHo Patch, I am way down any list of negative people. The non-stop negativity towards the city constantly on view here is something you seem oblivious to. I think you confuse "negative" with "different opinion than my own." Those are two very different things.
Marie Cunningham September 19, 2012 at 12:27 AM
@Rudolf Martin From here on out, I will be monitoring blogs very closely on the site. Unless a blog is from a Weho resident or person deeply ingrained in the community, and unless a blog contains info pertinent to the Weho community, it will not be posted. "Advertisement" blogs will also be rejected. I took over as editor on Monday and noticed that blogs were getting through that don't belong on the site. Best, Marie
GoodGriefCharlieBrown September 19, 2012 at 04:08 AM
Watch your heads when the new censorship witch of WeHo Patch flies around too low on her broom. She'll get you, my pretties! Marie Cunningham sounds confrontational, controlling & arrogant. Why does power trip come to mind? Just asking. Can't help but wonder from where this power princess with a penchant for purging free speech emerged. How many ways can you say control freak? Oops... Censorship time again.
scott ferguson September 19, 2012 at 04:22 AM
The only censorship is likely to be not allowing posts that make personal attacks to be posted. That's part of the TOS. This site is private property, we are all guests, and they can hold us to those standards. I see nothing wrong with that. Do you?
Marie Cunningham September 19, 2012 at 05:35 AM
Wow @GoodGriefCharlieBrown... I can assure you I am no witch. I just want people to treat others with respect and not cuss at each other in the comments section. It's not censorship. It simply violates our Terms of Service. This is what our terms of service says: "While we encourage people to be honest and post what’s on their mind, communities thrive when people care about each other, and as such, Patch expects all of its users to be respectful of others. This means that whether you are being complimentary or critical, whether you are agreeing or disagreeing with the subject of an article or another user’s comment, you should act in a civil manner and refrain from personal attacks—after all, these are your neighbors." Your personal attack on me is quite unfounded. Not sure why you think I am "confrontational, controlling & arrogant." I am just trying to do my job to the best of my ability. Hey, let's talk about the site over coffee, my treat? You can email me at mariec@patch.com if you would like to set something up. Best, Marie
joninla September 19, 2012 at 06:07 AM
I will definitely remain openminded and keep my high opinion of value our Patch provides WeHo until/unless there is a noticeable change. Keep in mind, anyone starting a new job/position anywhere will have a learning curve and I hope people won't over react at the slightest error/problem that will (not 'may' but there will be minor problems which are not necessarily motivated by anything at all). I will give the new editor my good thoughts and hope it will be a mutually successful continuation of our only real means of weho information exchange. I wouldn't blame any new replacement for the loss of their successor. It was a decision made by people above the current and past editor(s). Welcome Marie :)
Marie Cunningham September 19, 2012 at 06:31 AM
@joninla Thank you! That was really nice to hear. I really mean it...anyone can email me anytime at mariec@patch.com with complaints, suggestions, you name it. Best, Marie
GoodGriefCharlieBrown September 19, 2012 at 04:46 PM
@Marie Cunningham: I have read your list of impressive credentials, great education with impressive degrees & work experience. It makes me surprised that you have ended up on this site, censoring silly little words by silly little commenters. I had no idea anyone took all this stuff so seriously as to expend your kind of talent & energy on it, especially along with your distinguised education & qualifications. I say this respectfully of course, my words accompanied by a softly playing violin & an aromatic floating gardenia in a large brandy snifter. Or maybe this is just a stopover for you while you continue to try to expand your work (& life experience) in an upward fashion.Good luck in any case.
scott ferguson September 19, 2012 at 06:40 PM
What part of personal attacks are not allowed is a problem for you? That is certainly the way the overwhelming majority of your fellow posters no matter what their opinions want here, and is the way adults conduct respectful discussions. Just because you have a fake screen name and aren't talking to someone in person doesn't excuse abusive behavior. Set up your own website if you don't like the rules. But all of us are subject to the same rules, and I suspect nearly everyone except you prefers that.
me September 20, 2012 at 12:15 AM
im just curious to know when the new "team" will actually kick-in and bring the focus back to WEST HOLLYWOOD....we have the amazon piece, the shuttle piece, CA key dems/repubs and others articles, but very little weho happenings
scott ferguson September 20, 2012 at 12:29 AM
I have zero inside information, but my guess is these outside things were brought here to add some variety from the incredibly narrow, repetitive and often contentious posts mainly appealing to a very narrow segment of the city's population (those opposed to the city council). I can see how that would most people not want to come here. But that is totally a guess.
GoodGriefCharlieBrown September 20, 2012 at 01:56 AM
I was wondering how to get "deeply ingrained" in the West Holllywood community so I can be heard. Is there a particular process or ritual of qualification? Also I wonder how to impart "pertinent information", and wonder if the definition of "pertinent" is at my discretion or someone elses. After all, one's man's pertinent might be another man's poo poo. Ya know?
me September 23, 2012 at 06:09 AM
...when will we be back to being the "west hollywood" patch????.....i understand there's a new WEHO website in development elsewhere on the net and i can't be any happier to hear this news!!!!!!......the patch has lost its way i'm afraid.....


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