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Soccer mom asks Keane about outsourcing

The Walnut Creek focused “Crazy in Suburbia” blog was concerned after reading Maureen Dowd’s column about a Pasadena publisher who hired reporters in India to cover local news by using the Internet and phone.

Dowd went on to quote MediaNews Group chief executive Dean Singleton as saying he favored outsourcing including possibly having one news desk for all of his papers, “maybe even offshore.” MediaNews is the majority owner of the Contra Costa Times.

That prompted the Crazy in Suburbia blog to ask Kevin Keene, executive editor of Media News Group’s papers in the East Bay including the Coco Times, whether coverage of Walnut Creek City Council meetings and other local news will be outsourced to India.

In an e-mail, Keene told her “no.”

Soccer mom wrote:

As for the picture, that’s what Soccer Mom has posted on her Web page, but she explains in the “About Me” section that it’s not her in the photo (it looks like Victoria Beckham). “I’m not that skinny and I’m not rich. However, I do have a son who plays soccer …”

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