Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Palo Alto Weekly co-founder buys Marin's Pacific Sun

The Pacific Sun, a weekly newspaper in Marin County, has been sold to a Menlo Park man with roots in the newspaper business.

Embarcadero Media — the parent company of the Palo Alto Weekly, Mountain View Voice, Pleasanton Weekly and The Almanac in Menlo Park — has sold the Sun to Bob Heinen for an undisclosed price. Heinen, a co-founder of the Palo Alto Weekly in 1979, previously held a stake in Embarcadero Media, but he gave up his interest in the company to become sole owner of the Sun. That's according to a report in the Marin Independent Journal.

Founded in 1963 by Merrill and Joann Grohman, the Pacific Sun was sold in 1966 to Steve McNamara of Mill Valley, who owned the newspaper for nearly four decades. McNamara sold the paper in 2004 to Embarcadero Publishing (now Embarcadero Media).

The Pacific Sun and its 18 employees will remain in San Rafael except for Publisher Gina Allen, who will move to Embarcadero's office in Pleasanton. Heinen said he plans to move to Marin but has not chosen a city.

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