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Almanac to suspend publishing print edition after next week

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Faced with the mandated closure of virtually all local businesses and the resulting advertising cancellations, The Almanac will suspend publishing its print edition after the March 25 issue, Embarcadero Media President Bill Johnson has announced.

The suspension will continue until the coronavirus crisis has been brought under control, businesses reopen and consumer activity resumes.

In the meantime, The Almanac will continue and expand its extensive online reporting as the only news organization devoted to local news coverage of the community. With monthly unique visitors now exceeding 125,000 and 9,000 receiving Express, our free daily news digest email, The Almanac is the primary source of local news on the virus crisis and all other local issues for residents.

“As an advertising-dependent business, it is simply not viable to continue absorbing the high costs of printing and mailing newspapers in this environment,” Johnson said. “Our hope is that readers and major community institutions will recognize the important role we play in our communities -- Menlo Park, Atherton, Portola Valley and Woodside -- and step up to help stabilize The Almanac through subscriptions and Institutional Memberships.”

The Almanac and its editorial staff have been honored repeatedly with statewide awards for in-depth reporting and local news coverage of city issues and the schools.

“Our ability to weather the COVID-19 crisis and the associated economic impacts depends on thousands more readers becoming subscribing members. That will help us shift our revenue model from one dependent on struggling small businesses to one that relies on readers each contributing a modest amount of as little as $5 per month,” Johnson said.

Readers can sign up to support The Almanac at

The Almanac's sister paper, the Palo Alto Weekly, will continue to publish a smaller edition with a reduced circulation. The Mountain View Voice, like The Almanac, will temporarily suspend its print edition until the COVID-19 crisis is over.

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9 people like this
Posted by Print is obsolete
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Mar 20, 2020 at 10:36 am

Should have been down a long time ago—few people bother to read the almanac let alone the print edition. Waste of paper

26 people like this
Posted by Trump fired the national pandemic team
a resident of another community
on Mar 20, 2020 at 10:48 am

The whiners who have an axe to grind seem almost in glee.

With the depression we are entering killing most ad revenue, local papers will drop like flies. Please consider supporting local papers. We will greatly miss them when they are gone.

30 people like this
Posted by Polly
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Mar 20, 2020 at 12:53 pm

I am so grateful to you as our primary connection to what is happening in our community. I am checking in with the Almanac for important information all the year, and especially at this time. Thank you!

32 people like this
Posted by pearl
a resident of another community
on Mar 20, 2020 at 1:08 pm




23 people like this
Posted by WP
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Mar 20, 2020 at 1:17 pm

Makes good business sense, glad to have your publication as a prized source of local news. SJ Merc has gone downhill, switched to digital only version and their site is almost unusable with the way it pops ads. Thanks for doing important work, I still like your print version and hope you can afford to resume publishing sometime before the end of 2020. Stay strong!

18 people like this
Posted by Francesca Segre
a resident of Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on Mar 20, 2020 at 2:44 pm

Keep up the reporting. So important to have hyperlocal news at a time like this. Thank you!

25 people like this
Posted by Thank you
a resident of Menlo Park: South of Seminary/Vintage Oaks
on Mar 20, 2020 at 2:57 pm

The Almanac has tried to be the source of factual information on city government, with its only missteps coming from quoting evasive city council members and city staff. Kate Bradshaw was our link to the truth in all matters citywide.
To Print is Obsolete poster: it’s sad you feel compelled to be mean. May you be well and may you be free from danger.

12 people like this
Posted by Peninsula
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Mar 20, 2020 at 3:58 pm

I enjoy reading the print but I totally understand as I also get it online. Be safe everybody

16 people like this
Posted by R Chevalier
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Mar 20, 2020 at 7:28 pm

The almanac has been filling a big gap for local residents. As soon as possible we should get it funded. Can you remind all of us how to send in contributions to it?

Editor's Note: Thank you for your supportive words and offer to help. You can start a subscription by clicking on the "Subscribe" buttons at the top right of every web page or going to Web Link

17 people like this
Posted by Online-only Almanac
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Mar 20, 2020 at 9:20 pm

As a former resident of Menlo Park currently living in Portola Valley, I have seen what a great job the Almanac has done in covering all the important local issues -- especially those related to the quality of our schools and town government.

Losing the print edition's advertising revenue is obviously going to be a big problem for the publisher.

In my opinion, it is unlikely that the print edition will come back any time soon, if ever. But, all of us should consider helping by subscribing to the online edition of the Almanac.

If you're already a subscriber, please encourage your (online) friends to join!

[Note: I am writing as a long-term subscriber to the Almanac, and have no business or personal connection to the publisher.]

7 people like this
Posted by Long -long - ago
a resident of Portola Valley: other
on Mar 21, 2020 at 7:21 am

Does anyone remember when there were pages & photos of youth soccer & baseball. Does any one know how to bring back those days? Always fun to see scores & standing every week

20 people like this
Posted by Loyal reader
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Mar 21, 2020 at 2:04 pm

This is clearly the responsible thing to do, and I am glad you’re making online access available. I love and trust the Almanac and will pay up to help keep you going. Thank you for all the great journalism. (And I hope you will return to a paper edition When This Is Over).

18 people like this
Posted by pogo
a resident of Woodside: other
on Mar 22, 2020 at 10:18 am

I would urge readers to start or renew their subscriptions to The Almanac. We need to support local journalism!

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