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Editorial: For he's a jolly good fellow ...

And we wouldn't be the same without him

Last week, 10 local nonprofit organizations that serve the residents in the Tri-Valley received checks from the annual Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund, which this year raised a total of $72,156.

Oftentimes the people who work behind the scenes at these nonprofits do so without fanfare.

So it is with the man who has worked behind the scenes of the Pleasanton Weekly Holiday Fund for 16 campaigns -- until last week, when he was finally and formally thanked for being the driving force behind the Fund and behind the Pleasanton Weekly.

Jeb Bing is well known in Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley because of his work at the Pleasanton Weekly. Recently retired from his post as editor of the Weekly, Jeb now serves in the capacity of editor emeritus.

If it weren't for Jeb, the Holiday Fund would not be the robust campaign people look forward to every year. If it weren't for Jeb, the Pleasanton Weekly would definitely not be what it is today. As the founding editor for the Weekly, Jeb set the tone for what the paper is today -- a community newspaper with a mission of providing high-quality journalism and lively community interaction.

As a surprise at the end of the Holiday Fund check presentation at the Rotary Club of Pleasanton's meeting Feb. 23, Jeb was presented with commendations for his years of work and accomplishments on behalf of State Senator Steve Glazer, Assemblywoman Catharine Baker, Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley and the city of Pleasanton.

Jeb is the quintessential, old-school newsman and we -- the Pleasanton Weekly staff, readers of the Pleasanton Weekly and PleasantonWeekly.com, and residents of the Tri-Valley -- are fortunate for everything he has created and nurtured.

After a few words from Jeb and a round of applause, the Rotarians and their guests sang "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow." Fitting song, and we agree.

Comments

7 people like this
Posted by Cam
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 3, 2017 at 11:30 am

I couldn't agree more. This recognition is so well deserved. Jeb has worked tirelessly for the community and published a newspaper that captured the heart of Pleasanton. He is a man of integrity who should consider running for the City Council. How about it, Jeb?


6 people like this
Posted by Pat
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Mar 3, 2017 at 11:33 am

I've read the Pleasanton Weekly from the beginning, and have always enjoyed it. I haven't agreed with every single piece, but consider it a fair, well-balanced paper. Jeb Bing has done a great job all these years, and I'm sorry to see him retire because he truly is Mr. Pleasanton. Congratulations on a great run, Jeb!


6 people like this
Posted by Bob Williams
a resident of Valley Trails
on Mar 3, 2017 at 12:40 pm

Jeb has been a great friend to all of Pleasanton and especially the underfunded, overworked non-profit groups.
His tireless appearances, photos, and articles have helped further the Community of Pleasanton.


4 people like this
Posted by The Olson Family
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 3, 2017 at 2:02 pm

Hats off to Jeb and the Pleasanton Weekly for another successful Holiday Fund. Helping these deserving groups who do so much for our community is so important and the Weekly and those who contributed should be proud.


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