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Hey Pinole & Hercules, What Issues Do You Want to Talk About in 2013?

Tell us what you want us to cover in the comments below, and share this story with your friends and family in town.

Now that the holidays are behind us, we want to take a moment to look forward at 2013 to see what local issues we should be covering.

Us editors took a bit of time off during the holidays to relax with family and recharge our batteries, but now we’re back, and we really want you to guide our coverage going forward.

So Pinole & Hercules, what should we be covering in 2013? Whether it’s a simple news tip or a broad issue or subject, please tell us what you want to discuss in the months that lie ahead.

The three of us (Justin, Cody and Josh) are here to converse with you in the comments below this article.  

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Susan D.Keeffe January 04, 2013 at 12:49 AM
I agree with Toni. We have lost our local issues and have generic pablum with no real local information and commentary. I would like to see a real Hercules Patch with reporters covering stories related to the City Council, and other local community issues such as education. Our former Editor, Laila Kearney, actually attended all Hercules Council meetings and provided a live feed for residents. That enabled readers to keep up. There is nothing here I can't get in the local shopping papers. I agree re the negative commentary. If you write articles that lead to responses please consider adopting the same policy Facebook has and require real names be used. It is my opinion folks who actually have to reveal who they are will limit their vitriole. That will help keep discussions meaningful.
Giorgio C. January 04, 2013 at 03:12 AM
Hi Cody, I will respond tomorrow. I also invite you to accompany me when I meet with the WCCUSD HR Director to get answers to a few direct questions I have. Thanks for your interest. Giorgio
Ivette Ricco January 04, 2013 at 05:30 PM
Residents of Pinole and Hercules don't have a local news source that speaks to the issues relevant to them. The West County Times has downsized and their local news focus is primarily on controversy and scandal. The Patch held the promise of a viable local news source, but they have lost their way. The loss of editor Rob Shea is huge. He was a visible presence and reported from the trenches. Over the last year the Patch became a vehicle for negative diatribe. I have begun a blog to foster and encourage positive, constructive, informative dialogue and communication. I invite everyone to visit and contribute. Ivette Ricco, "Life as I know it", riccofreako.com/
Annie R. January 05, 2013 at 08:43 PM
The Patch has become irrelevant. The vitriol, personal attacks, and nastiness spewed by the same people drove many readers toward the exits.
Sarah Creeley January 06, 2013 at 06:46 PM
Join us on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 21st, from 9-12 for an event with the theme, Fulfilling His Legacy: Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We will have a complimentary breakfast from 9-11, and a program featuring Dr. Denise Noldon, the President of Contra Costa College. There is an article about Dr. Noldon in this month's Marketplace. We also will have song and spoken word by local youths and churches. Service groups will be there to share information about their organizations. Join us at the Hercules Middle School Auditorium at 1900 Refugio Valley Road and prepare to be inspired!

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