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Removing stories from Web sites is like unringing a bell

We recently received a request that other media groups across the United States are receiving at least daily, sometimes hourly. We were asked to remove a story from...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Jan. 11, 2008
Last comment by Gina Channell-Allen, on Mar 12, 2008 at 3:06 pm | 12 comments | 13452 Views

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Newsroom consolidation means loss of public 'watchdogs'

Aug. 13 will mark a day that will change the landscape of media in the East Bay. The sale of The Contra Costa Times by the McClatchy Company in April 2006...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Aug. 8, 2007
Last comment by booster, on Jan 13, 2009 at 1:26 am | 7 comments | 13418 Views

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Anonymity allows open and diverse dialogue

The Weekly's online Town Square forum within the past week or two has been filled with supportive, informative and cathartic dialog. Some of the posts, however,...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Nov. 15, 2007
Last comment by Opague, on Oct 14, 2009 at 12:47 pm | 11 comments | 13370 Views

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The Brown Act is not black and white

Two days after I moved to California from Illinois, I received a phone call from someone accusing a local city council of Brown Act violations. Feigning knowledge,...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Dec. 19, 2013
Last comment by Alabaster Schwarz, on Dec 21, 2013 at 7:29 am | 1 comment | 13121 Views

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We are looking for Heroes, and one in particular

Ernest Hemingway said, "As we get older it is harder to have heroes -- but because of that it is all the more necessary." Few have understood the need for heroes...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Oct. 22, 2013
There are no comments yet. 12875 Views

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107 volunteers rally to create Holiday Shop in their leader's absence

Monda Wiseman has spent 17 years helping make the Discovery Shop in Pleasanton successful. Now the volunteers are helping...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Oct. 30, 2013
There are no comments yet. 12349 Views

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'Safe' reporting on suicide

It is important that visitors here understand why portions of comments have been removed from a thread about a teen suspected of taking her own life. Speculating...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on May. 29, 2011
There are no comments yet. 12154 Views

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Word!

"Selfie" was named word of the year for 2013 and it is officially part of the Oxford dictionary. Oxford defines the word as: "(n.) a photograph that one has...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Dec. 11, 2013
Last comment by Biff, on Dec 17, 2013 at 1:54 pm | 3 comments | 11867 Views

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Fails and flubs: Notable mistakes and corrections of 2013

As we start a new year, it's time to make plans and set goals. It's also time to reflect on last year, and one of my favorite year-end reviews is the best (of the...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Jan. 2, 2014
Last comment by Gina Channell-Allen, on Jan 3, 2014 at 10:36 am | 2 comments | 11767 Views

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Anonymity: Good for bringing issues to light or only a license to troll?

The lead from a recent Associated Press story caught my attention. The author, Barbara Ortutay, wrote, "Mix blatant bigotry with poor spelling. Add a dash of ALL...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Dec. 26, 2013
Last comment by Right, on Jan 2, 2014 at 7:22 pm | 68 comments | 11478 Views

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Bandwidth and the spinning wheel: Net neutrality

Have you seen it? As you've been perusing your favorite websites today, have you noticed the "spinning wheel of doom?" Today is "Internet Slowdown Day," initiated...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Sep. 10, 2014
Last comment by Formerly Dan from BC, on Sep 12, 2014 at 10:14 am | 4 comments | 10752 Views

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Weekly, TV30 to host Pleasanton mayoral, city council candidates' forum

The Pleasanton Weekly and TV30 will co-host a free public forum for the Pleasanton City Council mayoral and city council candidates from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Aug. 30, 2014
Last comment by Gina Channell-Allen, on Aug 31, 2014 at 4:02 pm | 2 comments | 10200 Views

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Happy birthday Pleasanton Weekly!

The Pleasanton Weekly will celebrate its 14th anniversary Jan. 28. In today's media environment, that is quite a notable accomplishment. Jeb Bing, the Pleasanton...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Jan. 21, 2014
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Jan 26, 2014 at 12:54 pm | 5 comments | 10129 Views

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"Your Community, Your Newspaper, Your Life."

This is the 73rd National Newspaper Week! I thought I would address one of the questions I am asked often: "What's going to happen to the newspaper industry? Aren't...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Oct. 8, 2013
Last comment by Julia, on Oct 14, 2013 at 10:02 am | 6 comments | 10068 Views

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Let the Sunshine in!

It's Sunshine Week! Sunshine Week is "a national initiative to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information," according...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Mar. 17, 2015
Last comment by fat joey, on Mar 19, 2015 at 8:33 pm | 8 comments | 9742 Views

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Be a sport: Send us your youth sports news, scores and photos

Sorry I haven't written a blog in a while, but I actually have been doing a lot of writing ... and submitting a lot of

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Jul. 29, 2014
Last comment by Gina Channell-Allen, on Aug 16, 2014 at 8:13 am |
2 comments | 9720 Views

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Supporting journalism is an investment in our community

The Pleasanton Weekly staff is humbled by and appreciative of the outpouring of support we have received so far in the Support Local Journalism membership drive....

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on May. 23, 2011
There are no comments yet. 9440 Views

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Editorial: Pleasanton Police Department's unwarranted silence unacceptable

It has been almost three months since 19-year-old San Jose resident John Deming Jr. was shot and killed by Pleasanton Police Officer Daniel Kunkel outside an auto...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Oct. 1, 2015
Last comment by Formerly Dan from BC, on Dec 10, 2015 at 6:51 pm | 27 comments | 9304 Views

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There's still time to contribute to the Holiday Fund

The Pleasanton Weekly's 2014 Holiday Fund contributions topped $50,000 as of Dec. 22, and the campaigns continues into January, ending Jan. 15. It's a timely...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Dec. 22, 2014
There are no comments yet. 9220 Views

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D.A. Nancy O'Malley: 'Citizen of the Year'

Congratulations to Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley, who was honored as "Citizen of the Year" at a dinner hosted by the Tri-Valley Community Television...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Feb. 5, 2015
Last comment by Michael Austin, on Feb 5, 2015 at 3:03 pm | 1 comment | 9051 Views
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