Palo Alto Weekly
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The Palo Alto Weekly is a community newspaper published every Friday by the Embarcadero Publishing Company. The online edition of the paper is posted by 10 a.m. Friday. The Palo Alto Weekly serves the San Francisco Peninsula communities of Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Atherton, Portola Valley, Stanford, East Palo Alto and Los Altos Hills. In January 1994, the Weekly became the first newspaper in the United States to publish on the World Wide Web.
His vision for the paper was simple. He thought that a community as educated, progressive and sophisticated as Palo Alto deserved a well-written newspaper that covered issues and people thoughtfully and insightfully and that served as a place for community dialogue and debate. He believed a newspaper should strive to do more than just report the news. It should also provide the context, analysis and commentary needed to stimulate public participation and the resolution of important community issues.
The Chicago Tribune bought both the Palo Alto Times and Redwood City Tribune in January 1978. The two papers merged into one "new" Peninsula Times tribune, and started covering regional issues instead of local Palo Alto news.
It was then that Johnson decided it would be beneficial to start the Palo Alto Weekly. Together, Johnson, business manager-to-be Bob Heinen, and editor-to-be Tim Clark found 14 investors. Starting in a makeshift office in Johnson's own Palo Alto home, the Weekly published its first issue Oct. 11, 1979.
The first issue cost 35 cents and had a whimsical cover illustration of a map of Palo Alto, in The New Yorker style, by Palo Alto artist Jim M'Guinness. The main story was a profile of Bill Zaner, the then-new Palo Alto city manager.
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