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  • Annual "Thank you" party / event
  • Lunch with the Publisher


In our modern world where small, locally-owned businesses are giving way to large chain stores and online shopping sites, a healthy local news business model must have multiple revenue streams to survive, supported by both advertisers and readers.

Readers supporting Palo Alto Online is an essential piece to allowing us to continue providing quality journalism to our community.

Contributing to support local news helps fund a professional staff of local journalists who focus on sharing the stories that matter most to our community.

We hope you believe in our mission of keeping our community connected and informed and value it in a way that justifies your financial support. Quality local journalism will not survive without the support of its readers. Additionally, your membership qualifies you to other benefits including unlimited access to online content, our exclusive monthly behind-the-scenes newsletter, Local Scoop, discounts on local entertainment and dining, free ticket giveaways, and invitations to our own special events.

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