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Original post made by Michael Austin, Pleasanton Meadows, on Jun 21, 2014

The Pleasanton weekly, owned by a Palo Alto publishing company, apparently does not have a mission statement. I searched for one on the weekly web site and could not find one. They have a privacy policy, regarding cookies, etc. The weekly has a terms of use statement.

My concern is regarding decisions that take place in the city council meetings that the Pleasanton weekly seemingly ignores.

Seemingly ignores, much to the consternation of the weekly readership and the Pleasanton electorate.

Several bloggers attempted to post minutes from the June 17, 2014 city council meeting. Where the council voted unanimously to spend $200,000.00 to pay a consulting contractor to get out the word for the water conservation law enacted by the city council.

The weekly immediately took those posts down along with their related commentary.

Posting the minutes of that city council meeting certainly would have raised the ire of the weekly readership and the Pleasanton electorate. Could this be why the weekly editorial staff took the posts down? They don't want to deal with the negative commentary surely to follow the posts?

The weekly would be the first to inform, this is not censorship. It is terms of use. the weekly has twelve terms by which all posters must follow. If the poster does not want to accept these terms of use, then do not post.

The Bay Area news organizations from San Jose to San Francisco and beyond posted that story on their net works, that came out of that Pleasanton city council meeting, June 17, 2014. The weekly is continuing to not post it.

So, the weekly is removing postings regarding that Pleasanton city council meeting minutes under the terms of use statement.


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Posted by Right
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 21, 2014 at 5:38 pm

The PW is nothing but a sock puppet for the teachers union. Wake up Pleasanton!

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jun 21, 2014 at 5:50 pm

Prove it.

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Posted by Daveg
a resident of Birdland
on Jun 21, 2014 at 6:17 pm

Daveg is a registered user.

I will be interested to see if either Gina or Jeb respond to the question that has been put forth regarding deletions about the Pleasanton City Council meetings. I'm still shocked that the city is going to spend up to $200,00 for a consulting firm to inform us about the water shortage, apparently because the city's hotline for information regarding the drought was being overwhelmed. They couldn't think of some other way to get out the word!?

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Posted by Here the Mission
a resident of Castlewood
on Jun 21, 2014 at 10:26 pm

The parent company is Embarcadero Media. I looked on their website and the Mission Statement is posted.

Web Link

I will say that one of their statements is laughable, if it weren't for the fact that the PW's breech of responsibility has had such tremendous negative impact. I am referring to ...

"We raise and comment on important public issues, ask hard questions and provide a check on government."

Since WHEN has the PW asked ANY HARD QUESTIONS about ANY major issue. Did you ask Jerry Windmills McNerney ANYTHING about OBAMACARE? Did you ask McNerney or Stark about Solyndra? How about the (failed) Stimulus? Fast and Furious? Benghazi? The IRS scandal? The Senate not passing a (required) budget? The border crisis? How about State Government...regarding the Bullet Train to Nowhere? Many many more!

The PW is definitely FAILING Embarcadero's Mission in providing a "check on government" and probably others. In fact, I challenge the PW or anyone to list where they've provide any "checks" on government...unless their "checks" have been in increasing regulations and backing candidates who are in favor of bigger and bigger government, limiting the freedoms of the individual.

Embarcadero's Mission Statement
Web Link

Our company aims to provide an accessible vehicle for getting the community talking to itself.
We raise and comment on important public issues, ask hard questions and provide a check on government.
We are a responsible and involved corporate member of the community.
We aim editorially at providing an understanding of our communities for our readers not available elsewhere.
We provide a forum for our readers to express and advocate their views on local issues.
We provide an effective way for businesses to communicate with their prospective customers, and for the community to be knowledgeable about the goods and services available from the business community.
We help readers focus on the potential inside all of us to become truly exceptional community members.
We seek to produce the highest quality product and services to our readers, advertisers and the general public.
Company Values
To create an atmosphere of respect, trust and individual and group recognition.
To take risks and celebrate our wins.
To be an open system constantly learning and refining our skills and strategy.
To promote from within, developing our people and their potential so that we will be ready for opportunities within and outside the company.
To foster open, candid communication, and a problem-solving and innovative environment within the company.
To treat every contact we have with the public as if our reputation were being established by it, ensuring that such contacts are friendly, prompt and responsive.

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Posted by Right
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 21, 2014 at 11:16 pm

It's all a conspiracy. See, if local newspapers with only one reporter can't adequately investigate world crises represented by Benghazi and IRS, then our world is doomed and the federal government takes over. This is exactly what our Dear Leader wants. Either he's got Holder and his boys muscling local newspapers like the PW, or the newspapers are part of the overall conspiracy to take us over, spearheaded by public workers' unions, especially the teachers. This is a crisis of magnanimous proportions.

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Posted by mjarivers
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 22, 2014 at 2:03 pm

mjarivers is a registered user.

Unfortunately, the weekly editorial staff limited comment for this blog to registered users only. I encourage everyone that attempted to comment to go ahead and register. It is harmless. Or, post your thoughts on this subject, on a new posting. Keep it acceptable.

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Posted by Formerly Dan from BC
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Jun 22, 2014 at 10:15 pm

Formerly Dan from BC is a registered user.


Don't expect Gina/PW to say anything regarding the $200k drought PR campaign. They very quickly deleted 2 blog posts on the topic.

I tried to email Gina to inquire why the deletions but the email bounced back due to her's not recognizing a email address.

Can you imagine that? A filter that doesn't recognize

I guess she doesn't want questions.

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Posted by liberalism is a disease
a resident of Birdland
on Jun 23, 2014 at 11:56 am

liberalism is a disease is a registered user.

Expanding on what Right said, nothing stopped our former hippy mayor from pontificating about global issues, so why should the PW? Unless you think what happens on the other side of the world , in our global economy, has nothing to do with us....

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Posted by Gina Channell-Allen
president of the Pleasanton Weekly
on Jun 23, 2014 at 5:20 pm

Gina Channell-Allen is a registered user.

Michael, et. al,
We did remove two other posts because they contained no discussion of the subject, just a sentence and a website. Also, we had planned to cover the issue with our own story: Web Link

And Formerly Dan of BC, we don't "filter" emails; I'm not even sure it's possible to filter all emails from a particular domain. I'm very interested in getting a copy of the error message you received to determine what happened. Please try to forward them. If they bounce again, please call me so we can arrange for me to get printouts. The IT people should really know what the error is that you are seeing.

Also, I know you posted this on a Sunday, but my office phone has voicemail... 600-0840, x. 119. Feel free to call.

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Posted by mjarivers
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 23, 2014 at 5:42 pm

mjarivers is a registered user.


Thank you for that explanation.

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Posted by Formerly Dan from BC
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Jun 23, 2014 at 9:50 pm

Formerly Dan from BC is a registered user.


The message came back to my spam filter and I eventually deleted it. When/if it happens again I will forward it to you.

That first thread was just getting started and yes, it had all the makings of a doozy.

And respectfully as far as your explanation as to the thread containing no discussion of the subject...well...let's just say that your excuse is somewhat weak. There were legitimate questions being asked on both threads and they were quashed as quickly as I've seen anything on PW.

Given that certain posters (name rhymes with lolo) rarely have anything substantive to offer yet his/her posts never disappear due to not being pertinent to the discussion, your contention seems a little inconsistent.



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