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Metro Publishing Inc., purchased East Bay Express
by Lynda Carson (tenantsrule [at] yahoo.com)
Tuesday Mar 24th, 2020 11:37 PM
According to San Jose Inside, which is supported by Metro Silicon Valley, and owned by Metro Publishing Inc. — Dan Pulcrano, Stephen Clark Buel the former owner of Telegraph Media / East Bay Express, continues as a contractor and editor during the transition.
Metro Publishing Inc., purchased East Bay Express

By Lynda Carson - March 24, 2020

Metro Publishing Inc., incorporated on 9/12/1983 and owned by Dan Pulcrano of San Jose, has purchased the East Bay Express for an undisclosed amount.

According to San Jose Inside, which is supported by Metro Silicon Valley, and owned by Metro Publishing Inc. — Dan Pulcrano, Stephen Clark Buel the former owner of Telegraph Media / East Bay Express, continues as a contractor and editor during the transition.

Reportedly in a quote by Stephen Buel, “These are obviously extraordinary times for independent publishers,” outgoing East Bay Express editor and publisher Stephen Buel said. “That Metro remains enthusiastic about our industry even amidst the unprecedented chaos of this moment in time shows the depth of Dan’s commitment to local businesses and independent journalism. The Express could not be in better hands.”

That remains to be seen.

According to Wikipedia, “Metro Newspapers also known as Metro Publishing is an American newspaper company based in San Jose, California. It publishes four free alternative weekly newspapers in Northern California: Metro Silicon Valley, Good Times, the Pacific Sun and the North Bay Bohemian; and three community newspapers: the Gilroy Dispatch, the Hollister Free Lance and the Morgan Hill Times. Together, the publications reach a weekly audience of about half a million people, according to The Media Audit.”

Additionally, according to San Jose Inside, “Anchored by the Metro Silicon Valley weekly, the group also includes the Santa Cruz Good Times, the North Bay Bohemian and the Pacific Sun, the nation’s longest publishing alt weekly. “The East Bay Express has for four decades been a bastion of great writing, distinguished investigative journalism and important cultural coverage,” Metro founder and CEO Dan Pulcrano said. “It fits perfectly with our strengths and mission to serve local communities in the greater Bay Area.”

Metro Silicon Valley has for three years in a row won the state’s top awards amongst weeklies for both Investigative Reporting and Arts & Entertainment Coverage. “We believe this combination offers readers the benefits that come with greater depth of editorial resources while providing local businesses unprecedented access to markets in local publications with strong reader loyalty,” Pulcrano said.”

Reportedly, back in January of 2019, the East Bay Express laid off one-third of its employees including award winning journalist Darwin BondGraham (winner of George Polk Award), after the Express lost a law suit filed by Terry Furry, who sued because he was illegally denied overtime pay.

Additionally according to the report, “Buel stepped down as publisher in July and announced he would sell the publication. His resignation came after admitting to taking down blog posts and using the N-word during a staff meeting, which prompted Rasilla and Kilat to quit. Rasilla and Kilat were hired back after Buel left the newsroom. Buel and his wife, Judith M. Gallman, also own Oakland Magazine, Alameda Magazine, the East Bay Monthly and Bay Woof.”

Robert Gammon has reportedly left the Express to work with the staff of state Senator Nancy Skinner.

East Bay Publishing LLC, (jurisdiction Delaware) is listed as still active with the California Secretary of State, was incorporated in 2007, and Stephen Buel is listed as the Agent for Service of Process.

Lynda Carson may be reached at tenantsrule [at] yahoo.com

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§Cristina Waters, contributing editor of Good Times, supported fascist
by Lynda Carson
Wednesday Mar 25th, 2020 12:51 AM
Cristina Waters, contributing editor of Good Times, supported fascist

Note: Back on August 20th, 2017, it was Cristina Waters, contributing editor of Good Times, a Santa Cruz weekly owned by Metro Publishing Inc., and Dan Pulcrano, who attacked and criticized me for exposing restaurant owner Roger Grigsby for being a campaign contributor to KKK racist David Duke. National and worldwide media attention occurred after I exposed Roger Grigsby and Julius DeRoma as campaign contributors to KKK racist/fascist David Duke, and their business were boycotted and shut down as a result.

Unfortunately, Cristina Waters, contributing editor of Good Times, supported Roger Grigsby back then, and attacked me in the process.

(LC)

See links below…

Christina Waters

https://goodtimes.sc/author/christinawaters/

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Outing the Bay Area campaign contributors of KKK fascist David Duke
by Lynda Carson (tenantsrule [at] yahoo.com)
Thursday Aug 17th, 2017 9:57 PM

Click below…

https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/08/17/18801676.php?show_comments=1


Christina Waters
by --------------
Sunday Aug 20th, 2017 5:10 PM

From: Christina Waters

To: tenantsrule [at] yahoo.com

Today at 3:39 PM

To: Lynda Carson -

Not sure who you are or what you hope to gain by ruining some careers - isn’t there enough fascism erupting in this country already,
without your adding more?

Christina Waters

Christina Waters, PhD

Contributing Editor
Good Times - Metro Newspapers

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Roger Grigsby, David Duke

Click below for links…

https://tinyurl.com/wsyo36x

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(Newsweek)

How Donating $500 to Ex-KKK Leader David Duke Caused This Minneapolis Bar to Shut Down

By Conor Gaffey On 9/3/17 at 12:15 PM EDT

Click below…

https://www.newsweek.com/david-duke-kkk-white-supremacists-minneapolis-659014

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Julius DeRoma, David Duke

Click below for links…

https://tinyurl.com/srnc84o

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§Congratulations to Huge Improv Theater!
by Lynda Carson
Wednesday Mar 25th, 2020 4:51 AM
Congratulations to Huge Improv Theater!

It all seems so strange somehow that my stories actually make a difference sometimes, even in the face of controversy and numerous people attacking me, including Cristina Waters, a contributing editor of Good Times, a Santa Cruz weekly, owned by Metro Publishing Inc., and Dan Pulcrano, for exposing Roger Grigsby as a campaign contributor to KKK Grand Wizard, David Duke.

What a world...

Special thanks to Butch Roy of Huge Improv Theater who put up with me when I repeatedly let him know that he and his Huge Improve Theater was renting from a fascist who was a campaign contributor to David Duke.

Writing the story about the East Bay Express being purchased by Metro Publishing Inc., and Dan Pulcrano, reminded me that I was attacked by Cristina Waters, a contributing editor of Good Times, a Santa Cruz weekly, owned by Metro Publishing Inc., and Dan Pulcrano, for exposing Roger Grigsby as a campaign contributor to KKK Grand Wizard, David Duke.

Regardless, I am proud of Butch Roy of Huge Improv Theater, for deciding to move to a new location away from Julius DeRoma.

Sincerely,

-Lynda Carson
Oakland, CA

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Exposing KKK fascist David Duke supporters in Minneapolis, Massachusetts and beyond

by Lynda Carson (tenantsrule [at] yahoo.com)
Saturday Aug 26th, 2017 11:58 PM

Click below…

https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/08/26/18802258.php?show_comments=1#18802311

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Butch Roy of Huge Improv Theater: "we took it seriously, you can stop."

by Email

Sunday Aug 27th, 2017 12:37 PM

Butch Roy (butch [at] hugetheater.com)

To: tenantsrule [at] yahoo.com

Today at 5:54 AM

We appreciate the information, very much - but we don't do plays and this is not at all how we create shows - so if you're waiting to see those results as an indication that we took it seriously, you can stop.

We do take the information seriously, thank you for sending it our way

Butch Roy
Executive Director
HUGE Improv Theater
3037 Lyndale Ave S

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A huge move for LynLake improv theater

HUGE Theater plans to buy Art Materials building on Lyndale

Zac Farber / zfarber [at] mnpubs.com

June 10, 2019

The theater is launching a $3.2 million capital campaign to buy and renovate a Lyndale Avenue building that was used as a creamery for more than half a century and is currently owned and occupied by Art Materials.

Bernard said one of the factors driving HUGE’s move was the revelation two years ago that the theater’s landlord, Julius DeRoma, had donated $500 to former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke’s campaign for U.S. Senate in Louisiana. (HUGE responded at the time by denouncing Nazis and the KKK.)

Click below…

https://www.southwestjournal.com/news/2019/06/a-huge-move-for-lynlake-improv-theater/

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Landlord's politics were 'catalyst' for huge move by Lyn-Lake's Huge Theater

By Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune
5/20/2019

The long-form improv theater is launching a capital campaign to raise $3.2 million, with $2.2 million earmarked to purchase a building currently occupied by Art Materials at 2728 Lyndale Av. in south Minneapolis (the store has plans to relocate). It's a move executive director Butch Roy says has been contemplated for two years, ever since it was revealed that the company's current landlord, Julius DeRoma, donated money to former KKK leader David Duke's failed Louisiana Senate campaign.

"That was the catalyst that started the conversation," said Roy, who admitted it's yet to be determined how Huge will get out of a ten-year lease after just five years. "But over the course of the past eight years, it's become apparent we've outgrown the space we're in. Our education and community efforts, especially, are constrained. We currently have a waitlist that is long enough to start five extra classes."

Click below…

https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/nfl/landlords-politics-were-catalyst-for-huge-move-by-lyn-lakes-huge-theater/ar-AABDbL9

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For The Record:

March 25, 2020

It's always a pleasure to hear from others, even my critics.

For what it's worth, I was not trying to imply that Metro Publishing Inc., or Good Times was tolerant of fascism, but was reporting the facts as I knew them

It is a fact and worth reporting that Cristina Waters, a contributing editor of Good Times, and claimed to have a PHD as part of her credentials when she went out of her way to attack me for exposing Roger Grigsby as a campaign contributor to KKK Grand Wizard David Duke.

I do not believe that it was a mistake on Cristina Waters part when she attacked me, as Dan Pulcrano is claiming on behalf of his employee Cristina Waters https://goodtimes.sc/author/christinawaters/ , who still works for Good Times and Metro Publishing Inc.

I never received an apology from Cristina Waters after she attacked me for exposing Roger Grigsby as a campaign contributor to KKK Grand Wizard David Duke.

Additionally, the fact remains that according to Cristina Waters of Good Times, which is owned by Metro Publishing Inc., she wrote a glowing review that still is posted on-line by "Good Times" about the restaurant owned by Roger Grigsby that was boycotted and shut down when people realized that he was a campaign contributor to David Duke...

Review by Cristina Waters:

Thanks to a very gluten-avoidant guest visiting us last week, we discovered the small but powerful menu of “wheat-free” dishes available (if you request it) at the splendid O’mei, where soy-intensive dishes often leave those GF diners in a quandary. Yes,
there is a tiny bit of wheat in soy sauce, so we surveyed other possibilities.

An entree of prawns and baby bok choy, wok’d with lots of garlic and rice wine proved wildly popular with our table. The dish preserved the fresh plumpness of the ingredients, revealed in all their sparkling flavor thanks to the soy-free preparation. Another dish that I always love, called “Ant Climbing a Tree” was a delicious GF choice. This dish uses the sensuous texture of “glass” (bean thread) noodles, along with ginger and minced pork to make a huge flavor impact. I, however, went rogue and started my meal with an order of those addictive Red Oil Dumplings with sauce to kill for. Given the generous spacing of O’mei tables, and the harmonious atmosphere (i.e. we can actually carry on a conversation!) we almost always take out-of-town guests to O’mei . . .

https://goodtimes.sc/restaurants-dining-eating-out-reviews-wine/restaurants-dining-eating-out-review/eating-gluten-free-at-omei/

Sincerely,

-Lynda Carson
Oakland, CA

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See email from Dan Pulcrano, of Metro Publishing Inc., below...

Metro Publishing Inc., purchased East Bay Express article

Yahoo/Inbox

From: Dan Pulcrano

To:tenantsrule [at] yahoo.com

Wed, Mar 25 at 10:59 AM

Hi Lynda,

Thanks for covering Metro’s purchase of the East Bay Express.

I'd like to respectfully take issue with your comment “That remains to be seen” which seems unduly unfair given we are taking considerable risks in the midst of an unprecedented crisis to save a publication that had effectively been shut down a couple days before we signed papers and would likely have never published again. We are trying to keep local media alive when many publications are failing. It didn't seem right for the East Bay to be served only by media owned by hedge funds, or bankrolled by oil companies and other huge corporations.

The suggestion that we are in any way tolerant of fascism is so far from the truth that it misrepresents our very clear legacy in local journalism; I count at least 1000 original articles in our archives that talk about Nazism, racism and fascism, including Lauren Hepler’s piece last year covered by Indybay’s Santa Cruz team. Using a 1000-to-1 example doesn’t seem balanced or fair to the other 99.9% of our writers’ work. The incident with Roger Grigsby was thoroughly and capably covered by Good TImes’ staff news writer Jacob Pierce, and Christina Waters joined the condemnation after her initial mistake. Your reporting helpfully bought this unfortunate episode to life, and the resulting coverage ended Grigsby’s career in the restaurant industry; take a victory lap instead of trying to injure your colleagues in exposing bad behavior.

https://goodtimes.sc/santa-cruz-news/news/roger-grigsby-omei-owner/
http://goodtimes.sc/santa-cruz-news/omei-closed-wrath-owners-support-david-duke/
http://goodtimes.sc/restaurants-dining-eating-out-reviews-wine/restaurants-dining-eating-out-review/beth-love-vegan-cooking-workshop/

I hope that you will set the record straight on Metro’s strong and consistent support for equality issues and educating readers when racist ugliness rears its head.

Dan

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Dan Pulcrano
CEO & Executive Editor
Metro Silicon Valley | Good Times Santa Cruz | Pacific Sun | North Bay Bohemian | East Bay Express

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