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So long, thanks for the stories

Original post made by Emily West, editor of Danville Express, on Nov 3, 2010

The past couple weeks have been significant for me. I've visited Walt Disney World, won a [Web Link national championship] in [Web Link Ultimate Frisbee] and, here's the kicker, accepted a new job in a different field. That means it's time for me to say goodbye as your editor.

These past four years have been quite a ride covering Pleasanton and eventually Dublin, Danville and San Ramon. Before I started, this area was unfamiliar to me. I only knew about Stoneridge Shopping Center and had driven down Pleasanton's Main Street once.

Since then, I have learned a lot about the Valley: its friendly people, great schools and quaint neighborhoods. I've covered countless school board meetings and community events as I moved up from reporter to features editor and then to online editor.

In my short time here, I have also been a part of the changing world of journalism. In 2006, the Pleasanton Weekly had yet to have an online presence and I was writing a few stories a week in addition to getting the police blotter. That soon changed with the addition of the website and the Town Square forums, both of which required daily, if not hourly, attention. In my role as editor of the Danville Express and San Ramon Express, added to my responsibilities was filling daily email editions and getting late-breaking news online right away.

What attracted me to journalism back in college was how it filled my love of telling stories. I thrived on meeting people, asking questions, mulling over the conversation in my mind, finding something catchy and presenting it in a printed package. People doubted that there could be real news behind the trappings of suburbia, but I can attest that they are many stories here, some that are just waiting to be told.

Thank you for sharing your community and your lives. While I leave behind my reporter's notebook and red pen, I will cherish the many stories and conversations and carry them with me in my new endeavors.

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Posted by Harald A. Bailey
a resident of another community
on Nov 3, 2010 at 6:26 pm

Dear Emily,

Best wishes with your future's definition.

We, as neighbors, challenged you and your journalism. We expect much immediate attention. You provide diliberate consideration.

I would hope that the writing skills you have shown are in your future. I hope the scope of your public skills are successful for your career.

Applause for your reactions to challenges and appreciation for your growth as a writer.

Best wishes,

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Posted by Jan Hersh
a resident of Danville
on Nov 3, 2010 at 7:33 pm

Congratulations on your outstanding achievements and best of luck in the future. I wish you would've mentioned what you'll be doing next.

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Posted by jrm
a resident of Vista Grande Elementary School
on Nov 3, 2010 at 7:51 pm

jrm is a registered user.

Emily...kudos for you for your graceful administration of this web, and indeed all the additional challenges facing your industry that young future talent like you face in your chosen field. You have been kind and responsive at the wee hours of the morning..and did your best to set things right. I want to say job well done and I hope you return to journalism soon...I just want to give you a cyber pat on the back...and I know others do as well..
Thank You-

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Posted by psmacintosh
a resident of Danville
on Nov 4, 2010 at 9:47 am

Good job!
Thanks for the hard work and interesting subjects.

Best wishes in your new move.

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Posted by Alamo Ron
a resident of Alamo
on Nov 4, 2010 at 2:13 pm

My highest accolade: You are fair and balanced.

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Posted by American
a resident of Danville
on Nov 4, 2010 at 5:31 pm

Emily: You did a great job, thank you! Can you please take Hal Bailey with you?

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Posted by Rick Pshaw
a resident of Danville
on Nov 4, 2010 at 8:24 pm

If you can't take Hal B with you, at least please block him forever.

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Posted by Ralph N. Shirlet
a resident of another community
on Nov 5, 2010 at 9:30 am

Dear Emily,

Since we went to different schools together it is only appropriate that we run off together in opposite directions. All the gang down here @ODDs, a Saloon for Fools, will miss your efforts to keep this forum on track and focused on issues.

Walk, don't run to the nearest exit and celebrate,

Ralph N. Shirlet
Fleiss Waters
Spike Marvel
Oxymo Ron
Forest Warn
Anita LaVerne Swiner
Hal Bailey (the devil, you say!)

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Posted by Charlie
a resident of Danville
on Nov 13, 2010 at 3:09 pm

Hi Emily, you will be missed. I appreciated your thoughtful articles and was looming forward to more. Wish you the best in your new ventures! Would like to follow your future challenges and adventures.

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