City Council Set to Honor Former Novato Patch Editor Ainsworth

Brent Ainsworth launched the Novato Patch site in November 2010 and recently left to work as the public information officer for the County of Marin.

Novato Patch’s former editor Brent Ainsworth is set to receive a proclamation from the city of Novato at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting in recognition of his contribution to the community while at the helm of the online local news and community platform.

Ainsworth launched Patch’s Novato site in November 2010 and the proclamation is recognition for his leadership, journalistic expertise and commitment to providing timely information to the community, according to Novato city staff.

After two years as editor of one of the most successful Patch sites in the country, Ainsworth left the position in February for a job as the public information officer for the County of Marin.

The nomination for formal recognition came from avid Novato Patch reader and frequent opinion editorial contributor and commenter Tina McMillan.

McMillan said that when she heard that Ainsworth was leaving Patch, she spoke to the city about formally honoring him for his work.

“Until Brent and Patch, there really wasn’t a broad, easily accessible forum where residents could exchange ideas about local issues,” McMillan wrote in an email.

“As editor of Novato Patch, Brent went out of his way to teach people how online blogs and forums work,” McMillan said. “He didn’t take sides and he didn’t judge.”

McMillan has been a frequent commenter and op-ed contributor on Novato Patch’s coverage of controversial issues such as the state-required housing element plan for affordable housing and the construction of downtown city offices.

“I believe we have Brent to thank for the success of Patch in capturing people’s attention and mobilizing the efforts of different grassroots groups," she said.

The proclamation will be presented at the beginning of Tuesday night’s city council meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Novato City Hall.

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Rick Voorhees March 19, 2013 at 03:22 PM
This couldn't happen to a better guy, great job of Tina McMillan to push the City council to honor Brent for his recognition...Way to go Brent and Tina....
Anne March 19, 2013 at 04:02 PM
Well deserved! Brent laid the groundwork for this great Novato news source. Best of luck in your new position w/the county, and they/we are lucky to have you!
Carole Bennett March 19, 2013 at 04:19 PM
Congratulations, Brent!
Carlos Villatoro March 19, 2013 at 04:23 PM
Way to go B! Congrats!
Amy Wigton March 19, 2013 at 05:21 PM
Congratulations Brent!!
Jerry March 19, 2013 at 08:29 PM
A well earned recognition! Novato's loss is the county's gain. Congrats Brent !
josh harris March 20, 2013 at 02:25 AM
congrats to a quality guy, thanks Brent and good luck!
Marie Scully March 20, 2013 at 03:26 AM
Well deserved! Congratulations!
Tom Walsh March 20, 2013 at 04:15 PM
Well deserved. Congrats Brent. All the best to you at Marin County.
Brent Ainsworth March 20, 2013 at 04:56 PM
Thanks, everyone. The attention related to my job change has been sincerely appreciated but awkward as a baby giraffe on ice skates. The Meals on Wheels folks received a proclamation Tuesday, too, and those folks are so much more deserving than a journalist who got paid to cover Novato. I'm now ready for an embargo on all Brent Ainsworth news, aren't you?
Mike Di Giorgio March 20, 2013 at 05:37 PM
Brent was a fair and informed reporter that has an open mind and heart. He has givin Novato a forum to debate issues. Let's not squander it by attacking people on a personal level but focus on the issues. Well done Brent!!
Rev. Daniel Christian March 20, 2013 at 06:18 PM
Congratulations Brent! I knew you when :) You deserve it.


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