tom.abate (at) patch.com Tom Abate has lived in San Leandro since 1998. A native of Brooklyn, Tom came to California in the 1970s when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He later attended UC Berkeley and was editor of the campus newspaper. A lifelong media lover, Tom attended the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University and worked for many years as a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle. He is now editor of San Leandro Patch. The father of three children, Tom is an avid gardener.