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Temecula Patch's Founding Editor Says Farewell

Peter Surowski, who started the site in October, 2010, steps down as the head of the local news website.

Today is my last day as the editor of Temecula Patch, and I want to thank you.

As you read the articles I wrote and edited, you gave me I don't know how many hours of your life. I can never pay you back for that. Thank you.

Many of you sent me news tips, via email, phone calls, text messages. They really helped. We acted on a lot of those tips, and they turned into really cool stories.

Others gave me feedback, and that helped me direct how we run the site. Many of you commented on the stories, which added a lot of interesting stuff. Heck, a lot of times, the comments are more interesting than the story!

Occasionally, one of you wrote a nice email to tell me how much you enjoy the site. To you, I really want to say thanks. Those were the highlight of my week. That's a big part of what kept me going.

I'm leaving Patch for another opportunity -- no good things last forever, after all -- but I'll still be reporting on southwest Riverside County, so if you see me on the street, in the grocery store, at a coffee house, I hope you'll say hi. That would really make my week!

As for Temecula Patch, I feel as though it were my baby. I started the site in October, 2010, under the command of Regional Editor Aldrin Brown, who is still my boss -- until the end of today, that is. He's a great guy, and he's going to take care of the site until we find a replacement.

Thank you for making my job a pleasure. I hope I've helped you in some small way in your lives. I don't like to say goodbye, so I'll just steal a line from a journalist who was much better than me and say good night, and good luck.

Peter Surowski July 01, 2012 at 11:59 AM
Aw, thanks, Barbara! If that's how you feel, then my work here is done, because that's just what I was trying to do. What you said means a lot to me. Thank you. :)
Daniel Lane July 01, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Peter, I added another pic!
Temecula parent July 01, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Peter, thank you so much for making the Temecula patch what it is today. It's the first thing I read in the morning, as I know I'll be quickly up to speed on what's going on in our valley. Your articles have always been well-written and capture the heart of the story in just a few words. Thanks again, and good luck at the PE!
Jacqui Dobens July 01, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Peter! Peter! Although I will miss you greatly my friend I'm wishing you the best on your new venture. Stay in touch my friend:~)
sam shepperd July 01, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Splendid job.
Peter Surowski July 01, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Thanks, Parent! I tried to keep the stories concise. Nobody wants to hear me rambling on and on, right? I appreciate the good-luck wishes.
Peter Surowski July 01, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Jacqui, my most fun blogger! I'll call you to thank you in person -- well, sort of -- but I'll still thank you here. Thanks for all the great articles. They were always fun to edit. :)
Peter Surowski July 01, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Thanks, Sam!
Rhiannon July 02, 2012 at 04:25 PM
I don't even live in Temecula and read your site at least a few times a week. Congratulations. I am happy for you but I will miss reading up Temecula news. Have fun at the new gig!
mom of 4 July 02, 2012 at 04:40 PM
I love reading the patch and it always keeps me up to date on current issues in the community. I appreciate your coverage for our schools and much more. You will be missed. Good luck at the press enterprise. You will be a great addition.
Brenda July 02, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Wanted to 2nd Barbara's comment here before I write mine. I also hope the atmosphere stays the same, and the closeness of so many people you brought together, our ideas, discussions, good or bad, LOL, not just the tragedies but the City "goings on" so we felt we had a say. At least in the Patch we did :)
Brenda July 02, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Peter, Peter, Peter! I just paid the patch 1 milion to get you to stay!!! **snicker** I been sitting on this announcement since you posted it with too many things to say, and trying to edit it so it fits in one post!!, LOL. The Patch is also the first thing I go to with my coffee, then off and on during the day when I am doing work on the internet, that being the reason I see all the posts, and respond quickly, which I get condemned for, and "living on the internet all day". Your articles have been put out to us prompt, and often times within a few minutes of something happening, and why? Because I know you stay up all hours of the day and night working on your Temecula Patch. You have a dedication that someone like the PE looks for and I congratulate you on your new position and can put money on it that you will keep moving up and up because you do care about what your readers say and feel. Even when someone berates you for a spelling error, or not enough info, or story a bit wrong in the beginning(not because of you, but errors in information given to you by authorities)you maintain composure and respond to them professionally and jokingly. You know me, my response would be something like "ok you stay up 2 stays straight running around for news and remember which "there" to use". LOL You'll be greatly missed Peter, hope only the best for you, be good out there, safe, avoid check points. :) Your biggest fan and supporter! Muah!
Peter Surowski July 03, 2012 at 04:50 AM
Thanks, Dan. I miss you too, in a very platonic, brotherly, macho-type way.
Peter Surowski July 03, 2012 at 04:51 AM
Thanks, Delvina! I promise to take your advice. :)
Peter Surowski July 03, 2012 at 04:54 AM
Dang, Brenda. That almost brought a tear to my eye! And here I am trying to be all tough and stuff, and you're blowing it for me. I appreciate what you said. I think I'm leaving Temecula Patch in good hands though; we put a lot of work into making sure the transition is smooth.
Peter Surowski July 03, 2012 at 04:56 AM
Thanks, Rhiannon. You've made me feel good. :)
Peter Surowski July 03, 2012 at 04:58 AM
Thanks, Mom of 4. I'll miss writing the stories you read! But don't worry, the rest of the Patch staff knows what to do. They'll keep you in the loop. And thanks for the good luck wishes. If you're really a mother of four, I'll wish you good luck with that too. I'm raising one 9-year-old girl, and I know I can use all the luck I can get with that!
Peter Surowski July 03, 2012 at 05:06 AM
I'm going to print this comment and keep it in my family scrap book! Thank you so much, Brenda. You've really touched me. Don't let the haters in the comments get you down. (I know you don't.) I pretty much bash my head through the wall when a reader catches me -- and mocks me -- for a typo, but I'm glad you couldn't tell by my response. I've seen you stick up for me in the comments section. I never responded, but I was reading it and appreciating it. I'm one of your biggest fans. :) Stay in touch. My new email's psurowski at pe dot com.
Brenda July 03, 2012 at 05:56 PM
LOL is that the same as psurowski@pe.com?? Hahahahaha You silly goose it took me a minute to figure that out. :)
nicholas biddle, jr. July 04, 2012 at 05:42 AM
Peter, I was shocked whwn you left. You made the Patch so great, so soon. I'll always remember our hilarious conversations, your kind comments, and your blockbusting news scoops. All best, Nick Biddle
Brenda July 04, 2012 at 08:44 PM
I have a fan!!!! Woot!!! (count it 1 fan!) I am honored you speak so kindly Mr. Peter :) Sticking up for you in your articles, well yes, comes naturally. Its obvious you work hard to get articles out fast as you can and to see someone read the article and then only comment that you spelled something wrong just royally pisses me off. Its about the article doh and how fast we are learning about this "news", not the missing letter by spell check, LOL. Or berating you or other writers for incorrect statements. Its the first article, then updates will come along if the story has them, or any changes in what happened, who, what, when, where. You can talk to one Sgt. at a scene, then another, and get two different stories, so you have to put the story together as best as you can with THAT mumbo jumbo, then witnesses if there is any, and of course those are always different. You get 5 people who'll say they performed CPR when you know it takes one or two at most to do that unless everyone is laying lips on everyone else. When I read the article I miss all that unless someone comments on it. I am just interested in the bottom line of the article and don't even see the spell errors. Hope you are having a great 1st week at the new place and as PE is my 2nd stop for news in the morning I will be seeing you my yiddle buddy.
Mark July 06, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Peter, what is your new email address?
Peter Surowski July 07, 2012 at 05:36 AM
Let me spell it out so some weird web-crawling program doesn't grab it and put me on some lame email list. It's psurowski at pe dot com.
Mark August 14, 2012 at 04:30 AM
Peter, we need you back here! The Temecula Patch is just not the same with out you. Not that many court stories, not that many good stories and frankly, it is just not the same. I follow you on PE and I like the Menifee City Beat!
Brenda August 14, 2012 at 07:38 PM
***clapping***
Mark August 14, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Thanks Brenda!!!! Em I right or em I right? He needs to get his a$$ back here...
Brenda August 14, 2012 at 11:50 PM
Yep :/ These people that came over from the Murrieta Patch and over took the TM Patch and have been so horrible to Mirna, the girls, in comments, has been insanity. We need Peter back to protect the girl editors from these "dopes" and no I did not say that because I do not call people names. Letters are not working on my keyboard. :)
Peter Surowski August 23, 2012 at 07:32 PM
You follow my new blog? That's so cool! Thanks a lot for that. It's good to know I'm not the only one reading it. :)
Peter Surowski August 23, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Ha! Better get that keyboard fixed. ;)
Brenda August 23, 2012 at 08:19 PM
***snicker*** The girls and guys do a good job though in your place Peter and stay up on everything, getting those breaking news stories out. I read your articles just sometimes cant figure out how to reply through the facebook program. Have facebook but I don't see a box to comment on or in on PE article or a link that says Make a Comment. Hmm you prolly blocked my IP!!! LOL

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