Your (not so) favorite blogger leaves the Tribune

Today marks my last day with the San Gabriel Valley Tribune after working here for three years and a month. My time as a reporter here has been extremely rewarding and what I always hoped it would be. After all, the San Gabriel Valley is heavy on crime and has its share of political controversy. What’s not to love?

My time as a blogger, on the other hand, has been extremely humbling. After 933 blog posts and the 4,696 comments that followed since we started the Leftovers from City Hall blog, I had to swallow my pride many a time, whether because I was a little too honest or had a post with one too many errors or, well, you get the picture.

Readers, thank you for your patience and your attention. It is my experience at the Tribune, the government accountability stories and the many contacts I’ve interviewed through the years that have inspired me to pursue a career in public service. Beginning Aug. 24, I will attend USC to pursue a master’s degree in public administration. Thanks for dealing with me through the years.

Sincerely,

Jennifer McLain

  • Vince Perez

    Good luck to you Jennifer. Thank you for your efforts. I hope you complete your studies and return to the SGV to help improve local government.

  • Dog Spot

    Jennifer,

    You’re a good reporter, and best wishes to you as you pursue a career in public service.

  • Anonymous

    Good luck jennifer. Yes, your time as a blogger had its challenges, but overall I thought you were a solid young journalist.

    I hope you take any criticism and use it to continue to improve. I’m confident that future successes are ahead of you.

  • Anonymous

    Good luck, Jennifer. When you’re done, hope you will return to clean house in SGV politics.

  • anonymous

    Thank you Jennifer for reporting on El Monte, we never has a reporter who told it as it is, except now and then the tribune would take one story, an example, MOE and several other stories and run them for weeks, that I wanted to change Newspapers. I hope the tribune knows what they have with you…Congratulations on your new career, I hope the tribune has a reporter that tells about the corruption going on in our town.

  • anonymous

    Thank you Jennifer for reporting on El Monte, we never has a reporter who told it as it is, except now and then the tribune would take one story, an example, MOE and several other stories and run them for weeks, that I wanted to change Newspapers. I hope the tribune knows what they have with you…Congratulations on your new career, I hope the tribune has a reporter that tells about the corruption going on in our town.

  • LP RESIDENT

    Jennifer can’t wait to get one of those public administration jobs……remember all the hard hard work she did collecting data and reporting it?? Looks like that was actally career research.

    Thanks for all the truely mediocre reporting. You got most of the facts right most of the time.

  • http://www.lawatersheds.org Kerjon Lee (Public Affairs Manager for the LA County Flood Control District)

    Jennifer-It’s always hard to see a seasoned reporter leave the LA Market. In this case, I’m relieved that it’s of your own choosing. Best of luck in your academic pursuits.

  • Gilman

    Good Luck Jennifer….

    Remember to be part of the solution and not part of the problem….as you begin your public service.

  • Gary Boze (Public Information Officer, L.A. County Public Works)

    Hi Jennifer, It has been a pleaseure working with you. Your professionalism, great questions and pleasant attitude will be missed. I wish you the very best in your pursuit of a MPA.

  • Gary Boze (Public Information Officer, L.A. County Public Works)

    Jennifer, it has been a pleasure working with you. Your professionalism, great questions and
    gracious attitude will be missed. I wish you the very best in your pursuit of a MPA. Best of Luck.

  • Anonymous SGV Latino

    Jennifer,

    You have truly been one of the hardest working, tenacious and honest reporters the Tribune has ever had. Your loss is a serious blow to the paper. Best of luck in your future endeavors!

  • Anonymouse

    Don’t worry. Frank Girardot’s ego is more than enough to fill the void if ALL the Trib’s reporters took off. Maybe he’ll report on how how lovely his farts smell.

  • calwatch

    Best wishes in your studies, and hopefully you’ll clean up some city government from the inside.

  • James Hunley

    Jennifer don’t go. The public needs you. I hope that your decision to leave is your own decision and not as a result of preasure applied by corrupt officials. You have displayed courage , integrity and backbone to the likes that we will not see again. Keep in mind that what ever career you choose will never match reporting public corruption. You will be miised. Good Luck

  • To James Hunley

    Hey Jim, you should be more worried about getting the layers of filth and parasites off your skin. Of course, we all know that you’ll need a hell of a lot more than just Irish Spring to get you clean. So I’ve got the number to a team of exorcists if you want it. That might help with the first five layers of stench. You may even look human afterwards!