Palo Alto Weekly drops Wednesday edition

The Palo Alto Weekly, which has been printing two editions a week for the last 15 years, has announced that it will drop its Wednesday edition and only publish on Fridays. The move comes six weeks after the Palo Alto Daily News killed its Monday edition because of a lack of advertising. However, the Weekly says it will launch an online edition called Express that will be e-mailed at 10 a.m. Monday-Friday. “The new electronic daily edition will contain a

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City gives paper newsracks it wanted

[Full disclosure: The Press Club’s webmaster is Dave Price, an owner of the Daily Post.] The newest newspaper in Palo Alto, the Daily Post, announced in Monday’s edition that the city of Palo Alto has given it 27 spaces in the city-owned modular newsracks along University Avenue, the town’s main drag. Previously the city was only willing to give the paper 14 spaces. The Post complained, saying it should get the same number as its competitors. The Palo Alto Daily

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City takes newspaper’s racks

[Full disclosure: The Press Club’s webmaster is Dave Price, an owner of the Daily Post.] The city of Palo Alto seized 27 newsracks belonging to the 2-month-old Daily Post on Thursday. The action was triggered by complaints from the rival Palo Alto Weekly. A city public works official, Bob Morris, agreed with the Weekly that placing free-standing racks (such as the blue one at left) downtown violated the city newsrack ordinance, which forces newspapers to use modular newsracks (the unit

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‘Hyper-local’ citizen journalism site closing

Another attempt at a “hyper-local” Web site has bit the dust. Backfence has announced it is shutting down its 13 sites including those serving Palo Alto, San Mateo and Sunnyvale. Paidcontent.org attributes the death to Backfence’s inability to get any local traction editorially and a series of managment troubles. When word leaked out that Backfence was coming to Palo Alto last year, the Palo Alto Weekly redesigned its Palo Alto Online site, adding blogs and weblogs. The Palo Alto Daily

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Mixed decision in paper’s suit for records

A judge has denied a request by the Palo Alto Weekly for reports written by an outside investigator about a scandal that rocked the Palo Alto city Utilities Department, resulting in the discipline of 19 employees including six who lost their jobs. The employees were accused of doing private jobs for homeowners, often using city equipment, while on the clock for the city. Judge Kevin McKenney granted two of the paper’s requests — for documents regarding time-card falsification and personnnel

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