Patch Welcomes HuffPost San Francisco

07/18/2011 10:47 am ET | Updated Sep 17, 2011

We at Patch want to welcome our new HuffPost San Francisco colleagues to the Bay Area. Patch, HuffPost Media Group's local news operation with over 800 sites across the country, has 65 sites in the Bay Area. They stretch from South San Francisco to Campbell to Benicia and Napa and Elk Grove. Our full time local editors are all professional journalists covering towns around San Francisco, the Peninsula, Silicon Valley, the East Bay and Sacramento.

If you live or work in a Patch town, we invite you to get to know your local Patch. Want to freelance or blog for us? Pick your nearest Patch, contact the local editor, and they'll take it from there. We're always looking for new ways to connect with and cover our communities.

Just as we do with the HuffPost Los Angeles team, we'll be collaborating with our HuffPost San Francisco colleagues on important stories here and we'll contribute others that may pique your interest -- a mix of breaking news, features, blogposts, and more, which you'll find on the HuffPost San Francisco local pages. You'll see Bay Area stories like these that you may want to follow and that grabbed national attention. Mountain View Patch broke the story of Mountain View High School students who kept journalist Jose Antonio Vargas' secret. Los Altos Patch and Mountain View Patch are covering the deportation saga of UC Davis student Mandeep Chahal, voted 'Most Likely to Save the World' by her classmates at Los Altos High School. San Mateo Patch is following the story about a San Mateo woman who sued Abercrombie & Fitch, alleging they fired her for wearing a headscarf.

Every week Patch editors will bring you great local stories around the Bay Area, from San Bruno Patch's moving story of a WWII soldier who finally gets a proper burial in a national cemetery 66 years after his death to San Ramon Patch and Belmont Patch's tales of the heartbreaking search for a group of lifelong friends who were on a fishing boat that capsized off Mexico and one survivor's harrowing 16 hours in the water clinging to a cooler to Redwood City Patch's feature on Mystery War Ships that became the inspiration for the villain's vessel in a James Bond movie.