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Friday, October 3, 2014

Ocean Beach Bulletin Shutters, says "Goodbye" to the Avenues of San Francisco

Posted By on Fri, Oct 3, 2014 at 7:50 AM

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The under-reported western edge of San Francisco will receive even less media attention now that the hyperlocal Ocean Beach Bulletin announced it was folding after four years.

OBB publisher Tom Prete said goodbye to followers in a post Wednesday, saying that he'll be taking a break from the news organization, which he operated “as a one-man band.”

“The fact is that the way things are now, I’m not able to give either the Bulletin or my family enough attention, and you deserve better,” Prete wrote in the post. “My family certainly does.”
News of the shutdown riled up disappointed readers, who thanked the bulletin for years of service to the community. “It's a sad day,” a user with the handle @marklukach tweeted

The online news site covered San Francisco’s far-western edge neighborhoods near Ocean Beach, including the Sunset and Richmond districts. OBB produced original content as well as weekly news roundups, which they promoted with their popular Twitter account.

Remaining in the area are few news organizations, whose content is rather unavailable for online news junkies. Readers in the Sunset District may turn to their doorsteps for the Sunset Beacon, a monthly paper with district-wide circulation, but a website that has not been updated since August.

“At some point I may revive the Ocean Beach Bulletin in a different form,” wrote Prete. “But for now it’s time to take a break and do some thinking.”

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