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Rosemont Patch is a Year Old: Now What?

What would you like to see more of on this site?

My, how time flies. It feels like just yesterday I was walking downtown, fresh from running around to various press offices in the Capitol, when I noticed that Rosemont Patch had been "born."

As I checked my phone for the thousandth time, I saw that the veil had been lifted and Rosemont Patch was live for all to see. It was the culmination of nearly two months of preparation, last-minute scrambling, and massive amounts of energy drinks (I know, I know).

Now, one year has passed since that day. Today Rosemont Patch turns 1.

I had lived in Rosemont for some time before taking a job with Patch, but this position has taught me more than I ever would have thought possible about this community and the people in it.

There's a strong spirit in Rosemont to make the neighborhood a better place, and it's fascinating to report on and watch residents tackle large issues like crime and blight.

Then there have been the regional issues, the ones I had been following before but now had an entirely new way of covering thanks to this site.

I've immensely enjoyed my job covering Rosemont, and hope to continue it into the foreseeable future. But (and come on, you knew there was a "but"...) I need your help. Take our poll below or post a comment telling me what I should be covering in year two. There are tons of things happening around the area every day, and I need to know what you want to read about. Or if there's a specific story you want me to follow up on, let me know.

As always, you can contact me with any specific feedback at 916-200-6496 or cody.kitaura@patch.com.

Here's to another great year, Rosemont.

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Be sure to check out our follow up to our . .

And just for fun, . The videographer wanted to get me on the monkey bars, but we had to settle for the slide.

David Ryan November 18, 2011 at 07:11 PM
Congratulations Cody, job well done!
Raider Nation November 18, 2011 at 07:37 PM
Less on crime and more about positive things the youth in this community are doing. Move away from depicting much of the youth in Rosemont as vandals or troubled youth. The majority are good kids and should be shown as such. Put the crime reports on the crime tab so those who want to see that can do so without having to wake up to front page negativity. And for those who don't want to read about shoplifters at Save Mart we won't have to. More articles on much needed improvements throughout the community.
Raider Nation November 18, 2011 at 07:39 PM
FYI for those who are continually craving the crime reports you can do so by submitting your email to the sheriff and you will receive updates on crime in the area.
Cody Kitaura (Editor) November 21, 2011 at 04:56 PM
Hi Raider Nation, Thanks for your comments. Crime coverage is a big part of what we do and it's another important piece of knowing what's going on in the community. At the same time, it's important we're fair in our coverage. I always appreciate tips about positive things youth are doing (we have some stories on their way); you can send them to cody.kitaura@patch.com or call me at 916-200-6496. As for much-needed improvements, what improvements do you mean? Thanks!
Michelle Tyler November 21, 2011 at 07:34 PM
For 20+ years now the Rosemont Community has a very organized and active Boy Scout Troop 380 that meets on Kiefer Blvd. The community has supported this troop for several years now by participating in Scouting for Food to collect cans for the Sacramento Food bank every November, and for the past several years now, has been participating in Christmas tree recycling. Several of the boys who need to do Eagle Scout Projects in order to earn Scouting's Highest Rank in fact do their projects in and around the Rosemont Area. For example, this last Saturday, one of our boys put on a free running clinic/camp at Rosemont HS with top coaches for all who wanted to attend for his Eagle Project. And the list goes on and on.....I think this is exactly the kind of positive things your readers may want to hear about concerning the youth in this community.
Cody Kitaura (Editor) November 21, 2011 at 09:31 PM
Thanks for your comment, Michelle. I just got your voicemail, and I'll give you a call soon.
Raider Nation November 22, 2011 at 03:24 PM
Cody I do want to say overall you are doing a great job. It is nice to read about local news. As for the improvements, I would like to see someone thoroughly investigate these landlords who own the Rosemont Plaza and find out what is going on with them and if they are really trying to help the community in any way. Also, follow up with the County regarding the new street lights that were supposed to be installed throughout Rosemont and maybe look into these homes throughout Rosemont that have been foreclosed on and are becoming blights to the neighborhood. I would love to see more articles like the one above from Michelle and also find students or young people of Rosemont to hear from them regarding how they feel about living in Rosemont and whether they take pride in their community. Just a few suggestions. Thanks again
MJ November 22, 2011 at 04:52 PM
Great job Cody! You've written some great stories the past year and I, for one, am appreciative. Thanks for your involvement w/the schools, it's great! I wouldn't have any pics of powder puff if it weren't for you being there and taking them. As for reporting crime, I think there should be a section in the patch to see just that. It's important to know. Thanks for all you do :)
Tina Wong November 23, 2011 at 05:35 PM
Yes, thank you Cody for giving our community a voice and a way to communicate with each other. It is so important. I hope Patch is making enough money to keep it here in Rosemont. Some things I would like to see: More involvement with students, to get their thoughts and opinions. Perhaps some on going project with RHS since I don't think they have a journalism class or paper. Some coverage of the senior center on Routier--it's a pretty lively place. I take a Tai Chi class there and maybe others would like to participate in activities there--you don't even have to be a senior. And yes, more investigative reporting on the Rosemont Plaza and Rosepoint Plaza (I could give you more info on our attempts to work with the owners and local government.)
Tina Wong November 23, 2011 at 05:37 PM
Also, I'd like to see more outreach, so Patch grows in audience/subscribers. Maybe a contest or some kind of promotion.
Colby Meuret December 15, 2011 at 09:39 PM
I think it's great to be able to read about actual LOCAL happenings in a small community. Wonderful job and keep up the good work!
Victor Calderon December 16, 2011 at 07:53 AM
Great job covering Rosemont, Cody! Here's to a great second year!

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