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Palo Altans have mixed views of news trends

Original post made on Nov 14, 2007

Palo Alto historically has been covered by multiple daily newspapers, including the Palo Alto Times (later the Peninsula Times-Tribune, which folded in 1993), the San Jose Mercury News, and occasionally the San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Examiner.

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Posted by Robert
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 14, 2007 at 3:28 pm

Ah, how the Palo Alto Weekly loves to pat its own back. Pathetic.

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Posted by Fireman
a resident of another community
on Nov 14, 2007 at 3:52 pm

The weekly is a joke.. Should be named the City of Palo Alto weekly.
Printed a letter from Diana Diamond to me. This letter explained to me Why Diana could not look into the information I dropprd off for her. This information had informed them about how Emily Harrison was attacking Employee's..This was 1 year before her 3 week suspension.

How many good posts have been removed. How many times have you had something removed?
I will admit I was glad several had been removed. Sign on San Diego is a open forum.. look there... Post there ... Lets make this place accountable... The City and the weekly...

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Posted by Likes Newspapers
a resident of Gunn High School
on Nov 14, 2007 at 5:43 pm

We still subscribe to the Mercury News, but are increasingly disappointed that it appears to be slowly "fading away". We are predicting its imminent demise, leaving us with CNN's "news lite" and having to decide whether to hunt for anything else online, especially in text format instead of videos that run poorly on our browsers.

My family actually really likes the Palo Alto Daily, which still seems to be going pretty strong and has a good selection of interesting articles, and we try to pick up a copy every weekday. We generally find the Weekly far less informative and less interesting to read - if it didn't turn up in our mailbox, we probably wouldn't go looking for it, and as it seems the weakest paper in our opinion, it often goes unread at our house.

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Posted by facts don't matter
a resident of Barron Park
on Nov 15, 2007 at 10:12 am

How do you reconcile your post with the fact that the Weekly has sued the city not once but twice over the release of public documents, reported on the internal strife and subsequent dismissal of the utilities director, as well as the suspension of Emily Harrison. "City of Palo Alto Weekly" indeed...

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Posted by TK
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Nov 15, 2007 at 10:44 am

It's nice to see the Weekly online. I thought the Weekly went out of business several years ago when it stopped being delivered in the mail. I was looking online for something else the other day and found your website. Do you have a printed version of your paper, too?

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Posted by TK
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Nov 15, 2007 at 10:51 am

One more thought -- it's dumb for the reporter to ask politicians (city council, school board, etc.) or developers what they think about the local media. They don't want more coverage of what they're doing! Particularly if they have some scam going on the side. So of couse they'll say things like how the media are too controversial or too sensational in the hopes that you'll tone it down and write more stories about the flower show or a kids poster-making contest. That kind of fluff. These politicians and developers are the very people you should be making uncomfortable with your coverage---and if you're not, then who needs you? You ought to ask average people what they want. Again, though, it's nice to see what the Weekly has a website that allows people to post comments. Let me know if you are still printing, too!!!!!

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Posted by Weekly Reader
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 15, 2007 at 11:17 am

I have always read the local newspaper rather than the nationals. I like to get a feel for local issues and if I can get a feel for the local reporters too, so much the better. I enjoy reading local news and local perspective. I enjoy reading about things I take part in and finding out local history or events that I might like to take part in.

Saying all that, I still look forward to the two issues of the Weekly, but lately get more bored with it as I find that most of the news and articles I have already read on the online version. Now does that make me stop reading, actually no. What is does is make me want more of what I can't get from the online version. I like to see pictures of local events in print, to cut out and keep scrapbook style or to send to those I know who don't live locally or use a computer. I like to see the views of those you stop in the street, I like to read the letters page, specifically so as you always print names and addresses. I like to peruse to see where the garage sales are and if any of my friends or neighbors are putting their homes up for sale. I read the building permits for the same reason.

Saying all this, is there a future for the printed page. I don't know. Online news is one thing, the feel of your local paper with a cup of tea when the mail comes, is another. I will get my national news from the computer or the tv, but local news, not the same at all.

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Posted by Fireman
a resident of another community
on Nov 15, 2007 at 1:54 pm

Facts don't matter:

Yes true. This has made me wonder... I gave info to Diana on Emily and many other issues.. Long before Emily was caught.Over one year.. I tried to print this Letter for you all to see.. It was gone in 20 seconds.. All the comments gone.. The a post asking Jay why..Gone..

The letter siad yes you have good info and lots of it. Jay will not look into it.. I will try to post it again. Again I have several copies and copied the post before it was removed.. Copied the post went to add something gone??

How much has he let slide?...... The reason I gave him/them this info was because they sued the City...

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Posted by PA Weekly circ dept
a resident of Downtown North
on Nov 15, 2007 at 2:26 pm


Click on Palo Alto Weekly at top of this page in green left-hand
column right (1st item under NEWS).

This will take you to Palo Alto Weekly Home page. Scroll down to the
bottom where you will see:

About the Weekly | Contact Our Staff | Home Delivery Options |
| Send Feedback | Job Opportunities | Advertiser Information |

click on Home Delivery Options.

You can request printed version there.

If you have any questions, you can email our circulation director Bob
Lampkin at

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Posted by TK
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Nov 16, 2007 at 12:37 pm

PA WEekly circ department -- thank you for the response. It's been a long time since I've seen the weekly so it will be nice to pick one up. Glad to see you're still alive and kicking.

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