Patrick Lee Regional Editor
Northeast Los Angeles/San Gabriel Valley
Email: Patrickl (a) patch.com
Phone: 626 396 7042
Birthday: February 4
Bio: I am Regional Editor for Patch, overseeing three Northeast Los Angeles and eight San Gabriel Valley Patch sites. I went to school at Occidental College in Eagle Rock and love the San Gabriel Valley! I worked for 14 years as a reporter and editor with such daily newspapers as the Los Angeles Times, L.A. Daily News, L.A. Herald-Examiner and Milwaukee Journal. I also helped start up and run an entertainment news and information site for Syfy Channel for 10 years. I live in Pasadena with my lovely and talented wife, Maria, and our Boston terrier, Lucy. I'd love to hear from you: patrickl (a) patch.com
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How would you describe your political beliefs?
I am a moderate liberal with a strong belief in fairness and equity in public policy, reasonable government regulation and a strong, free press. I am also a strong believer in the strength, creativity and efficiency of the free-market economy.
Are you registered with a certain party?
I am a lifelong Democrat.
I do not consider myself a religious person. But I strongly believe in the right of all people to worship as they see fit, as long as religious freedom does not impinge on the rights of others.
Local Hot-Button Issues
What do you think are the most important issues facing the community?
Where do you stand on each of these issues?
I believe that the key issues in our communities are responsible government, strong schools, reasonable development, crime prevention and mitigation, preservation of neighborhoods and economic opportunity. I am in favor of public policies that encourage all.
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