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Today Is My Last Day as Editor of North Hollywood-Toluca Lake Patch

It has been the adventure of a lifetime.

I began my job as editor of North Hollywood-Toluca Lake Patch on Aug. 30, 2010, a little under two years ago.

After my two-week vacation, which begins today, I will take on a new role at Patch as an associate regional editor, so this will not be too long of a goodbye because I am not going too far. My new duties will include helping manage and supervise 15 Patch sites in the Los Angeles area, including North Hollywood-Toluca Lake Patch. I will be continuing to contribute to the site in many ways, and my byline will still be showing up. I also still live here. 

your new editor, . Arin has been the editor of Calabasas Patch for over two years. Calabasas was only the fourth Patch site launched in California, so Arin is one of our most experienced editors on the entire West Coast. With Arin at the helm and me giving him support and guidance, today is the beginning of a new, improved and more potent North Hollywood-Toluca Lake Patch.

I owe a special thanks to Mike Szymanski, the editor of Studio City Patch, who has been my partner in crime from the beginning. Mike has been a joy and an inspiration to work with and his support has been invaluable to me.

I also owe a great deal of thanks to each and every member of this community that I have gotten to know, and to each and every reader and commenter.

This has been without a doubt the most challenging, difficult, exciting and rewarding job of my professional journalism career, and that is because the communities I cover are among the most fascinating, diverse and unique in the entire world.

I'm a midwestern boy raised in Minnesota who went to college in Chicago. North Hollywood, Toluca Lake and the entire San Fernando Valley will always be a slightly surreal place to me, a place where the ordinary and the extraordinary dance together in the moonlight. I joined the dance, and it's been the adventure of a lifetime.

I am now off to Minnesota to visit family and friends for two weeks. Despite my two years of intensive study of this place, which has I believe made me one of the world's leading experts on the greater North Hollywood area in regard to it's history and current issues, I probably will always understand the Midwest better. This Valley, with its movie studios, sun-scorched boulevards, ex-porn stars on the PTA, dreamers, superstars and rivers either too empty to too full, will always be a wonderland to me. But it has also become a place I love, and place that is truly home.

Mike Szymanski August 16, 2012 at 07:24 AM
Enjoy your vacation Craig... welcome Arin! We'll all be an even more powerful team to take on the NoHo-Toluca Lake and The SC!
Arin Mikailian (Editor) August 16, 2012 at 08:21 AM
Thanks, Mike! I really look forward to being a part of the team.
AgapeLove August 16, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Since hearing about Patch.com at a Chamber breakfast meeting, Patch.com has become the main source of my daily routine for local news. Craig have an awesome vacation back in the midwest. I am a California native but I spent a few years in Arkansas so I know what you mean. California is something special especially the SFV. Welcome Arin! I look forward to reading your articles.
Deb Dianne August 16, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Thanks Craig. Arin, I'm a Midwest-to-valley girl and read the Calabasas Patch also. Welcome!
robert August 16, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Thank Craig, you did an excellent job and good luck. Bring it on Arin.
Gail Lindquist August 16, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Thank you for all the wonderful stories you have shared with the community. Best of luck to you in your new journey!
Anthony Pardines August 16, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Thanks so much Craig, it's been great covering some of the crazy stuff with you. And welcome to you, Arin, as you've already noticed, NoHo weaves such an intricate web. So have a well-deserved vacation, Craig... and Arin, let's hear more about this 'Porn Star PTA' that Craig speaks of.
Michelle Gilstrap August 16, 2012 at 04:30 PM
I have enjoyed working with Craig and the whole Patch team. Look forward to Arin taking on his new role. Always nice to have Patch on board for new events in North Hollywood and Toluca Lake.
Danielle Directo-Meston August 16, 2012 at 04:42 PM
You've been such a great editor who really cares about this community...I'll be sad to see you go, but I hope to see you around!
Toluca Lake Observer August 16, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Congratulations, Craig, in your move up within the AOL/Huffington organization. Your work on our local Patch has been exemplary. As a native Minneapolitan (and a retired broadcast journalist) I wish you a great vacation. We still return for reunions, etc., and I was there last September for a little R & R. I love Minnesota--except for muggy summer days and blizzardy winter days. (They pass quickly.) Congrats again.
Reverend Joseph Shore-Goss August 16, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Great news enjoy your vacation and see you soon
Frank Mihelcic August 16, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Good luck in your new position and have a fun time in the Land of 10,000 lakes. Be careful and stay away from the mosquitoes and lutefisk. Your home state is beautiful but talk about extremes, Minnesota -25 degress winters, North Hollywood +102 degrees summers.
J. Ryan August 16, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Represent! Movin' on up! Not coincidentally (considering similar backgrounds) I just returned from vacation / home visit from there a few weeks ago. I don't think you'll be dealing with the 100 degree days at 80% humidity I had (the experience of which made the recent heat wave here seem not so bad)-- so enjoy! Eat some walleye, drink a Surly or Summit or two, and don't forget to stock up on the tax-free clothing while you're there.
Ted Hollis August 16, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Thanks, Craig, for keeping us connected in a fun, articulate way. All the best in your new responsibilities. Welcome aboard, Arin!
Teri Markson August 16, 2012 at 08:41 PM
I have been reading the NoHo Patch for a few years now and appreciate all that you've done for our community. A special thank you for your excellent piece on the Valley Plaza mall and its history/woes. Best to you.
Cathy Flynn August 16, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Thank you Craig for being such a wonderful editor and advocate for the community of Valley Village. It's been a pleasure getting to know you and your family and I am very grateful that you will continue to live in the 'hood. Congratulations on your well-deserved promotion!
JAGR August 17, 2012 at 05:08 PM
I'm going to miss you Craig...you care about the stories and defend the readers against abusive nuts....I'll never forget how you helped me personally when a reader started to harass me, even privately...if you weren't there, I wouldn't have felt safe to come back and I really enjoy this place...so I'm happy to know that you will still be there somewhere....congratulations on your promotion, and welcome Arin...
Zombie Joe August 20, 2012 at 01:44 AM
Already missing you Craig. Thanks for all the NoHo-TL support over the years. Hoping you fulfill your every dream no matter where you report from.
Star Garden - L.A. August 29, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Welcome Arin! Congrats Craig and thank you for your continued support of Star Garden.

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