Wondering how much a Patch job pays? From the LA Weekly:
Each local editor — who essentially acts as reporter, editor, aggregator and community-outreach manager — is given a website, a MacBook Pro, a digital camera with video and an iPhone or BlackBerry, and reportedly paid between $38,000 and $45,000 with health benefits.*Update: Here's an even better link (thanks to a reader) that shows the broader scope of where Patch plans to plant roots in California. Duarte, Glendora and Walnut/Industry are all in SGVN territory and they're looking for an associate editor to oversee all of the San Gabriel Valley. AOL already has people in Altadena and South Pasadena (Altadena launched yesterday).
Some of the listing are wrong - not sure if that's the fault of Patch or the job site. Hawaii Gardens should be Hawaiin Gardens, and Folsom, Fair Oaks, Elk Grove, Citrus, El Dorado Hills and Cameron Park are Sacramento-area cities, not San Francisco. Similarly, Banning-Beaumont, Yucaipa, Redlands, Mission Viejo, Murrieta and Temecula are all well outside of Los Angeles County.
Details such as these matter a great deal if you're going to cast your networks as hyperaware of hyperlocal issues.