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Metro Newspapers Acquires Pacific Sunnew

San Jose-based Metro Newspapers publishes Good Times Santa Cruz, Metro Silicon Valley, and North Bay Bohemian.
PRLog  |  05-06-2015  8:00 pm  |  Industry News

Metro Newspapers Acquires Good Times Santa Cruznew

Santa Cruz Weekly will be merged with Good Times. The deal also includes three daily newspapers.
Silicon Valley Business Journal  |  04-01-2014  2:30 pm  |  Industry News

Dan Pulcrano Buys Online Paper in Los Gatos, Calif.new

Pulcrano, the CEO and executive editor of Metro Newspapers Group, has signed an agreement to purchase the Los Gatos Observer. The site will be run by the division of Metro known as Boulevards.
Los Gatos Observer  |  02-17-2009  1:17 pm  |  Industry News

Metro Newspapers & Boulevards Launch Virtual Valley Network

Metro and Boulevards are joining forces with a Bay Area NBC affiliate, two leading local citizen journalism sites, and the news aggregator Topix to create "a wide-ranging community-based news initiative ... that will span print, web, citizen journalism and broadcasting." Stories from Metro will be available for the broadcast partners to use, and stories from the citizen journalism sites and the TV network will be excerpted in a new section called "Mashup!" in Metro's print edition. "We are concerned about the consolidation, layoffs and disinvestment in local publishing and want to make sure that communities here are well covered," Dan Pulcrano, executive editor of Metro and CEO of Boulevards, says in a statement. "We will be expanding our news coverage and adding resources." (FULL STORY)
Boulevards Press Release  |  03-07-2008  8:34 am  |  Press Releases

How Dan Pulcrano Went from Print Publisher to Web Pioneernew

The Metro Newspapers CEO is "one of the few publishers that have successfully navigated the treacherous straights between print media and the new world online," the trade magazine Domain Name Journal says in a cover profile. The story concentrates on Pulcrano's creation of Boulevards New Media and his acquisition of a "near priceless portfolio that includes 20 of the 30 largest American city names in the .com extension." But Pulcrano also talks about how he got into journalism and ended up creating Metro Newspapers in the first place. He started publishing underground papers at age 11, later reported for the San Diego Reader, and then was approached by Jay Levin to help launch the L.A. Weekly when he was 19 years old. "Working there was life changing for me too; from that point on I knew what I wanted to do," he says of his stint at the Weekly.
Domain Name Journal  |  02-13-2008  2:22 pm  |  Industry News

Sen. Feinstein Resigns from Subcommittee After Alt-Weekly Exposenew

In January, Metro Silicon Valley and North Bay Bohemian reported that Sen. Dianne Feinstein's husband Richard C. Blum was a major beneficiary of contracts from the Military Construction Appropriations subcommittee (MILCON) that she chaired. Last month, Feinstein quietly left the subcommittee after six years of service. "Perhaps she resigned from MILCON because she could not take the heat generated by Metro's expose of her ethics," reporter Peter Byrne speculates. "Or was her work on the subcommittee finished because Blum divested ownership of his military construction and advanced weapons manufacturing firms in late 2005?" Whatever the explanation, Feinstein's resignation caused a stir amongst a number of right-wing pundits, who claim liberal media bias is keeping the story out of the mainstream media. UPDATE: Peter Byrne informs AAN that it's not just the right that's up in arms about Feinstein's conflicts: Members of Code Pink and the Raging Grannies protested outside her San Francisco home this weekend. "It is an investigative journalist's dream to watch a story mobilize people across the political spectrum -- from Rush Limbaugh's Dittoheads to the Raging Grannies and Code Pink," Byrne tells AAN News. "And having reactionary demogogues pump up a story whose research was funded in part by The Nation Institute has a delicious irony."
Metro Silicon Valley  |  04-11-2007  9:00 am  |  Industry News

Alt-Weeklies Reveal Sen. Feinstein in Conflict on Military Contractsnew

Metro Silicon Valley and North Bay Bohemian report this week that Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s husband was a major beneficiary of military appropriations blessed by a subcommittee that she headed, parent company Metro Newspapers announced today in a press release. Feinstein (D-Calif.) approved billions of dollars in military construction expenditures awarded to two firms that were controlled by an investment group headed by the senator’s spouse, financier Richard C. Blum, according to the investigative story by Metro's Peter Byrne. The story "examines the many ways in which Sen. Feinstein committed repeated breaches of ethics as (the subcommittee) chairwoman or ranking member from 2001-2005," according to the release.
Metro Newspapers Press Release  |  01-25-2007  7:17 pm  |  Industry News

Metro Launches SV411.com Blog Site

Accuses gubernatorial candidate Angelides of photo theft (FULL STORY)
06-14-2006  6:57 am  |  Press Releases

Ex-AAN Member Sells Chain to Knight Ridder

David Cohen, formerly a co-owner of Metro Newspapers, sold Silicon Valley Community Newspapers to the parent company of the San Jose Mercury News, according to a press release issued on Friday afternoon. SVCN, which was formed in 2002 when Cohen and former partner Dan Pulcrano split up the Metro Newspaper chain, now publishes eight free-distribution community newspapers with a combined weekly circulation of more than 157,000. The papers are distributed in the South Bay area, where the Knight Ridder-flagship Mercury News is the only daily newspaper. According to the release, Cohen will report to Knight Ridder general manager/targeted publications Greg Goff, previously an executive vice president at Village Voice Media.
10-17-2005  2:41 pm  |  Industry News

Missing Urbanview

Anya Sophe Behn  |  10-11-2002  1:33 pm  |  Letters to the Editor

Urbanview Closes, Staff Shifts to Boulevards

"There were tears, but no pink slips," Publisher Dan Pulcrano says of the closing of Metro Publishing Co.'s Oakland, Calif.-based Urbanview this week. Some of the staff will shift focus to Metro's Boulevard New Media, a network of 22 e-commerce sites for major cities across the United States. That business has grown rapidly this past year, Pulcrano says. (FULL STORY)
AAN Staff  |  10-04-2002  3:56 pm  |  Industry News