Farewell From Editor Jessica Mullins

I’ve loved getting to know Fairfax, San Anselmo and San Rafael and you still might see me around town.


Friday is my last day as editor of San Rafael Patch and San Anselmo – Fairfax Patch. 

I’m leaving Patch for a new gig. Soon, I’ll be the weekend-morning online editor for the San Francisco Chronicle’s SFGate.com. I’m thrilled about the position and could go on and on about it, but instead I’d like to formally say goodbye to y’all — members of the wonderful communities I’ve been covering — and reflect on my time with Patch.

Working at Patch has been exhilarating and a blur. As the manager of two local news sites, it’s been my job to try to stay on top of everything happening in our communities while producing daily content, managing social media and doing countless tasks in between. I’ve met with lots of local officials, regularly worked from coffee shops in these towns and, most importantly, formed a connection with my readers at community events or on social media.

Much of what I’ve done at Patch has been immensely rewarding, such as writing about San Rafael High School Sophomore Ulysses “Uly” Lopez’s stolen racing bike and the unbelievable outpouring of support that came from our local cycling community.

At Patch I’ve closely covered the various stages of George Lucas donating a downtown San Anselmo building to the town’s chamber of commerce. I was the first to break the story about the building donation and — almost exactly one year later — was sitting on the pavement in the park, not far from the podium, while George Lucas told the large crowd that Indiana Jones and Star Wars were both created in San Anselmo before he unveiled bronze statues of Yoda and Indiana Jones.

Other unforgettable moments including tagging along with the San Rafael Police Street Crimes Unit during a prostitution sting, watching “Video” Bob Albritton’s Dance Dance Revolution moves before San Rafael’s Starbase Arcade shuttered, tasting gourmet doughnuts at San Rafael’s new doughnut shop and filming hundreds of seniors dancing in a San Rafael flash mob.

Patch has also provided precious opportunities to continue to learn and grow, whether I was covering controversial meetings about affordable housing, learning about the differences between mountain lions and bobcats, writing about the admirable resilience of a Fairfax teen fighting Leukemia or quickly learning how to moderate some testy commenters during my first month on the job.

I’ve had the opportunity to work with some very talented people at Patch and I’ll never forget many of the kind and interesting people I’ve met while working in downtown San Anselmo, Fairfax or San Rafael.

I want to thank those who regularly read the content on the sites, commented on articles and posted events or blog posts. Y’all kept me motivated and kept me in check. I can’t tell you how much it actually meant every time I would get an e-mail or comment from someone thanking me for something I wrote. And, yes, I’m also grateful for the criticism I’ve received.

The sites are being left in good hands. Gideon Rubin, who regularly works as a guest editor for Patch, will be formally filling my shoes on Oct. 28. Look for an introduction from him when he begins.

While I’m calling this a “farewell” as the editor, I’ll still be around.  I’m not planning on moving out of my San Rafael apartment anytime soon, I’ll still regularly visit Roco Dance in Fairfax and I’ll probably continue to frequent my favorite hangouts — Marin Coffee Roasters, M.H. Bread and Butter, Royal Ground Coffee and Good Earth. I won’t have my “Patch” laptop anymore, but if you recognize me, please don’t hesitate to say hello.

I also might start posting "Where is This" photos from my personal Instragram account and i'll start getting more active again on my personal Twitter account, @Mullin_Around, if you want to stay in touch that way. 


C Ross October 10, 2013 at 08:44 PM
Good Luck Jessica! Hope to see you around. :)
Pat Ravasio October 10, 2013 at 11:49 PM
Best wishes Jessica, we'll be looking for your byline in big places! Don't forget to write good things about Marin!
Paula de Blaauw October 10, 2013 at 11:59 PM
Good luck! Thanks for keeping us informed on Patch.
Anna Haight October 11, 2013 at 12:04 AM
I've enjoyed reading your coverage and wish you the best of luck in your new adventure.
Syrah October 11, 2013 at 12:10 AM
Good luck on your next journey....go get em' girl!
Kathy Johnson October 11, 2013 at 09:16 AM
Good luck Jessica! It was great to get to know you after you covered the Boston Marathon bombings. You've done a great job with The Patch. I'll be watching for you at SFGate!
joe mellin October 11, 2013 at 09:28 AM
Thanks for rocking it! I have been living in Indonesia and then Sweden and it has been great to keep up to date with all that is going on in San Anselmo / Fair Fax. Good luck with SF!
jennawulff October 11, 2013 at 09:45 AM
Jessica - you rock! Thanks for all the many many hours you spent making our community a sweeter place. I'll look for you at SFGate. Wishing you all the best!
Ray Lorber October 11, 2013 at 10:35 AM
It has been fun working with you. We will miss you.
Woody Weingarten's blog October 11, 2013 at 10:41 AM
Anyone who doesn't miss you is a damned fool, and I'd never consider myself one of those.
Sierra Salin October 11, 2013 at 11:01 AM
I'm a damned fool, AND, I'm gonna miss you Jessica. Happy trails. Who is taking over?
Connie Rodgers October 11, 2013 at 11:05 AM
The best to you and your next chapter. Enjoyed working with you!
Renee Goddard October 11, 2013 at 11:08 AM
SFGate is lucky to have you. You have provided public access to the local news and a forum for people's passionate views and civic participation. Your commitment to our communities is so appreciated. Good luck!
Brent Ainsworth October 11, 2013 at 11:20 AM
Your service to the community was spectacular, both with Marinscope and then Patch. I was proud to be your co-worker for a little while and I know we'll keep in touch.
Kim Metzger October 11, 2013 at 11:58 AM
Congratulations, Jessica and good luck to you!
Mike Van Horn October 11, 2013 at 12:36 PM
Media personalities often seem so distant and unreachable to regular people. How many letters to editors have I submitted without receiving a response? Jessica, you've been the quintessential small town newspaper reporter and editor. You've always been reachable; you always get back to readers with a "thank you." Running Patch must be one of the toughest gigs. Congrats on your "promotion" to SFGate. Hope to see your byline on the New York Times one of these days. (Northern CA bureau, of course.)
Cody Kitaura (Editor) October 11, 2013 at 12:39 PM
Good luck Jessica! We'll miss you!
Justin Cox October 11, 2013 at 12:58 PM
Congrats on the new gig, Jessica! Enjoy your next chapter.
Scott Moore October 11, 2013 at 03:12 PM
Best of luck, Jess. :)
Erin Cochran October 11, 2013 at 04:12 PM
Congrats Jessica. We appreciated your help and quick response. Thanks so much for all you do and best wishes on the journey ahead!!
Joan S. Dentler (Editor) October 11, 2013 at 04:23 PM
Will miss your amazing FB posts Jessica----you raised the bar for all of us! It was a pleasure working with you---and we look forward to following you on SFGate!
John Neal October 11, 2013 at 06:50 PM
You did an excellent job with Patch and I'm sure you will do the same for SF Gate.
Carol X October 11, 2013 at 08:08 PM
Aw, too bad, I thought you did a good job. Hope the next one isn't bad. Good luck at SFGate.
dirk ooijkaas October 11, 2013 at 09:35 PM
Hey Jessica, thanks for the fair and balanced reporting over the years, best wishes in the new gig!
Paul and Marilena Silbey October 12, 2013 at 01:40 AM
We really appreciated your article on Worried about the Drinking Water in Marin! Guess what? After receiving a copy of our petition with over 2000 signatures, along with loads of scientific reasons to end this toxic mistake, MMWD has placed the issue of Fluoridation on the agenda for Wed, Nov 6th! Hope you can attend as a resident water drinker! 7:30pm at MMWD District Office 220 Nellen Ave, Corte Madera Thanks again, and congratulations!
Stephen Nestel October 12, 2013 at 12:55 PM
I will miss you Jessica. I really enjoy this website. See online soon.
Kate Colin October 13, 2013 at 10:19 PM
Best of luck Jessica! I know you will continue to do well. Thank you for providing quality news coverage on the key issues which concerned the residents of San Rafael. Kate Colin San Rafael City Councilmember
Alaina Yoakum October 14, 2013 at 02:54 PM
I've truly enjoyed reading your articles, and wish you much success!


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