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Letter From the Editor: Saying 'Goodbye'

Jacqueline Howard of Hermosa Beach Patch steps down as editor and thanks the community.

What I love the most about living in Hermosa Beach is the ocean and the sun. Our local environment fascinates me—surf, beach wildlife, solar power.

A la the "nature versus nurture" debate, many argue that people learn from their environments, and their environments have the potential to shape who they are.

I was born and raised in Cincinnati, but in a way, I've grown up here too. Hermosa Beach has shaped who I am not only as a person, but also as a journalist.

Some of the stories I have written since 2010 while serving as editor of Hermosa Beach Patch—including and the Macpherson Oil lawsuit—have caused me to look at communities and science differently.

I'm now ready to take these lessons and apply them to a new chapter in my career as the associate editor of The Huffington Post science page.

As Friday marks my last day as a Patch editor, Hermosa Beach will not just remain a part of my professional journey, but also my personal life.

It’s nearly impossible to individually list the many community members who have supported me both personally and professionally—but to you I say "thank you," and you will remain a part of me always.

For now, I still reside in Hermosa and, of course, I will continue to read Hermosa Beach Patch for local news and information as guest editor  takes the reins.

I'm sure Hermosa Beach soon will carve out a special place in her heart, as it has mine.

nick shattuck March 16, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Congrats on the new job. I may be new to the area but I've been a fan from day 1.
Nicole Mooradian March 16, 2012 at 07:15 PM
We'll miss you!
C McCormick March 16, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Congratulations Jacqueline on whatever new road you are taking in your career. You were such a pro - and a delight to work with! Welcome aboard Anne Louise.
smh March 17, 2012 at 08:36 PM
I have enjoyed your reporting jacqueline --- what a talented journalist! I hope to follow your contributions at Huffington Post!
marco a. sandoval March 18, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Although I currently do not live in Hermosa, I did once. I aslo spent much of my youth and teens down in Hermosa (pier & 22nd street). So I say thank you Jacqueline for your hard work. Huffington Post NICE! I expect to see you in some of those pictures that Arianna posts on fb. MAS

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