Editor of Capistrano Dispatch to, Well, Dispatch to a New Job

Jonathan Volzke is leaving the publication he launched 10 years ago. He was also editor for the San Clemente Times and Dana Point Times.

Jonathan Volzke, longtime editor at the Capistrano Dispatch and its sister publications in San Clemente and Dana Point, has announced he will be leaving the post next week.

The San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce made the announcement today to its members. Volzke said he will be taking a position with Faubel Public Affairs, a public relations firm based out of Lake Forest.

"It was always part of my plan to transition to a new career at some point,  and I know The Dispatch is in great hands with [CEO] Norb Garrett and the team at Picket Fence Media," Volzke told the .

"I'll remain a Capistrano resident, as a director of the Historical Society and hopefully be part of many exciting things happening here," Volzke said. "I've watched the team at Faubel work on several projects and I'm excited to join them on the next chapter in my life."

Volzke started covering San Juan Capistrano first for the Orange County Register. Since 2002, the Dispatch has been making a first weekly, now semimonthly appearance on driveways everywhere in town.

The Dispatch merged with the San Clemente Times in 2007, and the Dana Point Times was created in 2008, according to Volzke's biography at the Dispatch.

In addition, his popular Coffee Chats (currently held at the on Friday mornings) regularly attracts 60 or more locals to discuss the issues of the day.

Volzke said he will continue to host Coffee Chat while assuming his new duties at Faubel. 

The Dispatch made the official announcement just before noon today. 

Kim March 31, 2012 at 07:50 PM
@Steve, "sour grapes"?
shelly March 31, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Thanks Jonathon for always allowing both sides of the story and perspectives.
Steve Behmerwohld March 31, 2012 at 08:55 PM
"Kim", no sour grapes, I've just been trying to defend a friend. I don't always agree with Jonathan, but I think everyone is entitled to their opinion. You guys seem to think that you're the only people in town who are entitled to an opinion (and that your opinion is ALWAYS right). I love a good respectful debate. I just don't like bullies. I don't think it matters if you attack someone online using a "Nickname" with no last name or a "Strange alias" as you put it. Both are equally gutless. I missed you at Coffee Chat yesterday at El Adobe. If you come by next week, I'll buy you a Champaign. I just hope nobody else gets "Power struct". If they do, I'm sure you'll blame Duane and SDGE.
Kim March 31, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Steve, I don't know who "you guys" are when you are adressing me pesonally...are you now adding your new spin to this article..apparently you have an opinion as do I...does that make us both bullies? I think not, just voicing opposite opinions, although your recent post is a bit attacking. I think it is healthy to differ in opinions, and I am just stating mine backed by facts. Interesting that JV even states in the above article "it was always part of my plan to transition to a new career at some point"...yes indeed, his opportunity came along and he seized the moment...but at whose expense? Mull it over.....PS, I didn't miss you at the chat!
Steve Behmerwohld March 31, 2012 at 09:58 PM
"Kim", since you continue to hide behind your "nickname", I'm going to discontinue my part of this discussion here. As I've said here before, I think people who post anonymously are about the same as the kids who leave graffiti around town. PS, Jonathan never was a "Writter". Maybe you're thinking about the guy from 3's Company. Have a nice life.
Kim March 31, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Well Steve, since I am a lady, I'll let you have the last not so nice words. I do suggest you stop attacking as you have now lost credibility too, even suggesting I am someone else (Kim M?) whom you obviously wish to defame. Stick to the topic at issue. JV was a dismal writer, yes he wrote "opinion" articles quite frequently adding who he supported for City Council and how he intended to vote, again a power play.....strange for an editor to say the least, and as previously stated, he published articles that benefited his clan, and sadly, not for the clarity of city residents education on relevant topics, but in an attempt to trigger his own personal agenda...those are the facts....like it or not!
Bill Koelzer April 01, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Jonathan, as a fellow journalism major, past editor of five publications, one with 200,000 paid subscribers, past Senior VP of the formerly biggest ad/PR agency in Orange County, author of five books on Internet Marketing, author of three national Internet marketing columns, SC Patch blogger and business writer for the San Clemente Journal, and having known you and followed your work for some 25 years...I think you are a terrific writer and editor and never mind what some of these people say. They are "in their box" and you are a guy who has always been thinking "outside of the box." And whenever you do that, actually take a position in life, and overtly stand up for something, which most people are too timid to do, the cowards of the world will hide their real names in blogs and throw tomatoes at you from the concealing bushes. It takes guts to take a stand; I applaud you and wish you well in whatever future stands you take in your exceptional Journalistic career.
Kim April 01, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Well Bill, with your exemplary background, you should know better than make the comments you do about JV and his background as a terrific writer and editor. What a sham, and you know it. He has no guts, simply hiding behind those like you that have a need to protect him, with reason. Those of us that know, know!
Bill Koelzer April 01, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Kim, are you an employee of a corporation. Or a boss at one? Businesses are a lot like people. Each one has a personality based largely on that of the top person in the firm. Employees mirror the attitudes and opinions of the top person. This is particularly easy to see in smaller firms where the top person actually hires all the employees. If he or she is a jerk, say, curt with customers, most employees are, too. Therefore, when you live much of the time in that small box called "What I know," so will everyone who works for you. That is often why even huge firms frequently change their CEOs. The new CEO came in "knowing" what needed to be done. (You supply the punch line) In smaller firms, a "know it all" manager who doesn't listen often causes much employee turnover. Employees don't live in the same box as the manager. Extremely Good managers, however, know to comfortably live a lot in the box called "I don't know" which is where all the employees quite naturally live in a firm. When they're all in that same box together, they can make breakthroughs Together . This is done only when you are able to evacuate the boxes in your business and personal life that keep you caged up----and then move into the limitless space that exists outside of those boxes where breakthroughs live. Jonathan is basically getting promoted into the corporate life which is choosing him, actually TRUSTING him, to stay "outside the box" in his creative thinking. And you?
Kim April 01, 2012 at 01:18 AM
Bill, thanks so much for the lecture, and yes, I have owned several corporation as a woman, so I truly understand how it goes. And yes, they were successful, I know that will be your next question. But, to stay on topic, what in the heck motivates your comments? Has JV won the Scripps Howard Award for journsliam, and it passed by me? In fact, has he won any award in his field, reconized by any Department of Journalism...Doubtful....perhaps some city fly-by-night award.... JV was simply the front man, placed in a position of aurthority by his lead people to express what they wanted to get published, or not. I can't even comment on your last sentence. You should know better than to write such a travesty!
Steve Behmerwohld April 01, 2012 at 01:28 AM
Bill, thanks for supporting Jonathan, but this is a waste of time. As "Kim" said, she has owned several successful corporation "as a woman". You just can't argue with that. I'm guessing that if she used her real name, you would recognize her from Mensa.
SJCNative April 01, 2012 at 03:00 AM
With just a first glance, I would say Bill Koezler has quite an ego! Myself, I am just happy to be a cancer survivor .
Kim April 01, 2012 at 03:25 AM
SJC native agreed...Bill is beyond reproach...forget the ego..... he is over the top with his imposed CV, had to be summoned by the fat cats to help redeem JV.. Steve was failing miserably and too aggressive....the facts are in, there is no redemption. Steve...accusations..Mensa, Kim M..are you lucid?...again, you are wrong and out of order with your outbursts. I am Kim , not Mensa or Kim M... I have stated my case thru a public network staying on topic..I rest my case. Again,JV was placed in a position by the good ol'd boyz to get a mission done. Look into the SDG@E issue, prop B and the rest of the agenda promoted by his leaders. "Mark N." my words, citizens of Capo, it will play out just as I have described it . Again, stay tuned as City Council elections are just around the corner! The readers can now figure it out for themselves. Over and out!
Sharon Y. April 01, 2012 at 03:54 AM
I find JV to be one of the most hypocritical, dishonest, immoral persons I have ever encountered, don't let the door hit you on the way out!
Kim April 01, 2012 at 03:58 AM
@ Steve..what happened, I thought you were out as your 2:58 posting stated. Who are you all going to enlist now? I'm waiting!
Kim April 01, 2012 at 04:02 AM
Shannon, "Touche/!
Steve Behmerwohld April 01, 2012 at 04:03 AM
Sharon Y. I think he leaves the toilet seat up too.
Kim April 01, 2012 at 04:07 AM
Steve, night night, you are over the line absurd....no wonder you are his friend as you stated.
Steve Behmerwohld April 01, 2012 at 04:13 AM
"Kim" Who's Shannon?
Kim April 01, 2012 at 04:14 AM
@Stee, a typo......
Steve Behmerwohld April 01, 2012 at 04:18 AM
"Kim" Sweet dreams.
Kim April 01, 2012 at 03:47 PM
SJCNative, Point well taken, and his friend Bill Koelzer is a web marketing consultant...his defense of JV is crystal clear...And Steve, if Menza refused you, try Intertel...I hear you can buy your way on to thier list!
Steve Behmerwohld April 01, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Bill's comment about "the cowards of the world will hide their real names in blogs and throw tomatoes at you from the concealing bushes" was right on the money. SJCNative, thanks for sticking to the subject. We're all really glad that you're a cancer survivor. "Kim", you type better in the AM.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) April 01, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Guys, stop sniping at each other! Some people liked Jonathan as a journalist, some didn't. Leave it at that and move on (Jonathan has). I want SJC Patch to be a place where we can disagree without insults. Kay???
Kim April 01, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Penny, there is no sniping on my part...I stuck to the topic until the males testosterone broke loose. As you know, it is simply "wrong" for a journalist to use his or her position as a "bully pulpit" and spin political topics in a direction as to sway the average voter. That is what JV tried to do...most saw thru it, but many may have not really researched the subject and just bought it becasue it was written and published in the Dispatch, Jon's way!. Just plain wrong...
Penny Arévalo (Editor) April 01, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Well, like I said, it's not really wrong. It's just a different style of journalism. Not saying that's what Mr. Volzke did, just saying that advocacy journalism exists.
Kim April 01, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Well said, what is your position on simply omitting articles, refusing to publish them becasue they might have gone against what the Dispatch/JV/suporters wanted in print. It that freedom of the press?
Penny Arévalo (Editor) April 01, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Kim, I'm not going to go into my personal opinions about Mr. Volzke (or pretty much any other article here; my contributions in the comments section is to encourage others to participate and police things when they get out of hand). But editors do have discretion. I reject story ideas all day long! I do try to focus on what is of interest to the greatest number of readers. And we have an announcement feature and calendar at Patch that's open for anyone to use without my gate-keeping. We also accept blogs and letters to the editor on almost any topic, from almost any point of view. (Example of things that wouldn't get published are in Patch's terms of use: http://sanjuancapistrano.patch.com/terms) But when you're basically one person running the show, there is only so much you can do in 24 hours. We have to make choices about how to use our time. I hope the stories that appear here make it clear how I intend to cover SJC at Patch. :-)
SJCNative April 02, 2012 at 04:18 PM
That is the wonderful thing about a blog. You are not required to use your real name. As I have expressed to you previously, I am quiet and shy. This forum allows me to speak my thoughts where otherwise I would keep them to myself. Of course,f that is ok with you? If something I have said is untrue, then please tell me where I am incorrect.
Kim April 02, 2012 at 04:31 PM
SJCNative, well put...in Steve's case, he might be better off using another name! As you say SJCNative, that's the wonderful thing about a blog,not having to be squelched, intimidated or shy about expressing your feelings.


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