Last Friday marked the beginning of the Pleasanton Weekly's 17th year covering the local news, features, events, opinions and sports our readers crave.
And the paper continues to provide dedicated local journalism with the same drive and commitment as it has since the first issue of the newspaper published on Jan. 28, 2000.
"With publications going out of print all the time, seeing the Pleasanton Weekly reaching sweet 16 is reason to celebrate," said Gina Channell-Allen, president and publisher of the Pleasanton Weekly since 2006.
She added: "A strong local newspaper with quality journalism is no longer the norm in our country, which is unfortunate. What professional journalists do -- cover meetings, ask questions and present analyses for debate and discussion -- is so important, but it's not inexpensive."
"Pleasanton Weekly advertisers and Support Local Journalism members have funded reliable and independent local news coverage of Pleasanton for 16 years, and for that, we are truly grateful," she added.
The paper's small group of editors, reporters and regular contributing writers remain inspired to cover the stories readers demand: thorough, on-the-scene reporting of Pleasanton's politics, city government, school district, arts, special events, businesses and community organizations, along with state and regional news, personal profiles, in-depth features and tales of Pleasanton residents past and present making their mark across the country and the world.
At its core, the newspaper hasn't changed dramatically over the past 16 years, offering in tabloid style the best in local and regional advertising, along with the Around Pleasanton column by longtime Editor Jeb Bing and Newsfront, Streetwise, Opinion, Community Pulse, Tri-Valley Life, Sports, Calendar, Fogster classifieds and Real Estate.
Enjoy taking a look back at some of the favorite covers from the Weekly's first 16 years in Pleasanton, starting with its very first edition.