Readers are asking why The Union is publishing a story in Thursday’s newspaper about a store opening in Yuba City, well outside its circulation area.
This happens to be the same store that took out a full-page ad in The Union a day earlier called the 99 cent store. I wrote a blog item about this on Wednesday.
Under the byline “special to The Union,” the story reads: “The Yuba City High School band will perform at 7 a.m. Yuba City Vice Mayor John Duke will cut the ribbon at 8 a.m. Two city council members, Tej Maan and Leslie McBride, and Assistant City Manager Steve Kroeger, Division Fire Chief Peter Daley and Economic Development Manager Daron Gale also are expected to attend.”
Why is that relevant to our community, readers are asking.
“I was with Steve F. as far as it being bad to set a precedent that local papers should reject out-of-area advertising,” reader Max Norton wrote on this blog.
“But it’s advertising no more–apparently the opening of this store is now legitimate news. This, I do find a bit silly.”
Meanwhile, “mom and pop” stores are opening in our community, such as “Stik It” Kabob restaurant and a second Nevada City Seafood store — both in Nevada City — that have not yet been reported in the paper.
“Great to see the paper promoting the Shop Local campaign! Oh wait…,” one reader wrote on The Union’s website.
“Are the residents of Penn Valley closer to GV or YC? Do they all work in GV or NC, or do they drive to YC or Marysville to work? So what would be local for them?” wrote another. “If there was an ad for GM or Ford in the Union would you complain that they are not promoting shop local?”