Palo Alto Weekly co-founder buys Marin’s Pacific Sun

The Pacific Sun, a weekly newspaper in Marin County, has been sold to a Menlo Park man with roots in the newspaper business. Embarcadero Media — the parent company of the Palo Alto Weekly, Mountain View Voice, Pleasanton Weekly and The Almanac in Menlo Park — has sold the Sun to Bob Heinen for an undisclosed price. Heinen, a co-founder of the Palo Alto Weekly in 1979, previously held a stake in Embarcadero Media, but he gave up his interest

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Palo Alto Weekly asks readers for donations

The Palo Alto Weekly today asked readers to pay $5 a month to support the cost of operating its print and online editions. The Weekly, founded in 1979, operates in a competitive city with two daily newspapers. “As more residents turn online to stay informed about the community, and businesses rocked by the recession suspend their advertising or turn to inexpensive marketing alternatives, the traditional business model that allowed local journalism to be almost solely supported through advertising is quickly

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Palo Alto Weekly promotes Dong to editor

Palo Alto Weekly Managing Editor Jocelyn Dong, who was raised in Palo Alto and has risen through the paper’s editorial ranks over the last 11 years, was named today editor of that publication. The following is from the Weekly’s announcement: Dong will take over for Jay Thorwaldson upon his retirement at the end of January.  “Jocelyn was the obvious and easy choice for this position,” Weekly Publisher Bill Johnson said. “She is a meticulous, thoughtful and innovative journalist with high

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PA Weekly editor Jay Thorwaldson to retire

Palo Alto Weekly Editor Jay Thorwaldson announced today he will retire from his position in February after an award winning career of reporting and editing that has spanned 50 years. However, he intends to write a regular online and print column for the paper after his retirement. Thorwaldson has been at the Weekly for the past 10 years, public affairs director at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation for 18 years, 15 years at the now defunct Palo Alto Times and

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Printer moving from Redwood City to San Jose

Southwest Offset Printing — which has a plant in Redwood City that prints the Palo Alto Weekly, Palo Alto Daily Post, Financial Times West Coast edition and many other newspapers — has signed a new 10-year lease with AMB Property Corp. to move its presses to San Jose, the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal reports. The company is moving to a 68,502-square-foot facility at 587 Charcot in North San Jose. The deal was worked out through the San Jose Redevelopment Agency,

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NY Times reports on Palo Alto newspapers

New York Times reporter Miguel Helft writes in Sunday’s edition: People in Palo Alto frequently call Dave Price a contrarian. While they typically mean it as a slam, Mr. Price, the co-founder and editor of the Palo Alto Daily Post, considers it a badge of honor. “We are contrarian, but there are good reasons to be that way,” said Mr. Price, whose newspaper opposes just about everything that the city government does. Mr. Price’s contrarian streak extends to his take

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Weekly papers move to central office

The Mountain View Voice and the west Menlo Park-based Almanac are closing their offices later this month and moving to a new, $5 million, 10,000-square-foot office building at 450 Cambridge Ave. in Palo Alto’s Califoria Avenue District (see photo). The Palo Alto Weekly will also move to the new building and close its offices in downtown Palo Alto. A story in the Voice noted: Owned and built by the Voice’s parent company, Embarcadero Media, the new building boasts energy-efficient and

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Former editor Bothun arrested again

Brian Bothun, former editor of the Palo Alto Daily News, has been arrested again on drug charges. This time Bothun was arrested at 4:50 a.m. on April 5 in a Palo Alto parking lot and booked for possessing and being under the influence of dangerous drugs, according to a report in The Almanac. He was cited for being under the influence of drugs by Menlo Park police in July 2008 and he was later charged with possession of child pornography

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Don Kazak leaves the Palo Alto Weekly

“After helping start this newspaper almost 30 years ago, I’ve decided I wanted to take my journalism experience and find ways to use it in the non-profit world or an educational role,” wrote Don Kazak in his final column for the Palo Alto Weekly, which was printed today. “It’s been an extraordinary experience to work here for so long and to be such a part of the community through the people I’ve gotten to know.”

Weekly publisher sees end of print edition

Palo Alto Weekly Publisher Bill Johnson said Monday that four or five years from now his newspaper and others in his chain might drop their print editions and only appear online. Other papers his company owns include The Almanac (Menlo Park), Mountain View Voice, Pleasanton Weekly, Danville Weekly and Pacific Sun (San Rafael). The Palo Alto Weekly, which had been printing two editions a week, dropped its Wednesday edition in September and now only comes out on Fridays. In a

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