The Weekly won second place in the CNPA's prestigious Public Service category among all state weekly newspapers in its circulation category for its 2010 Holiday Fund campaign and the series of stories that supported it. The Almanac in Menlo Park, also published by Embarcadero Media, won the first place award for its series of stories about how Proposition 13 has affected local education.
The Pleasanton Weekly's articles were part of this newspaper's 2010 Holiday Fund series of stories and public campaign effort to support five Tri-Valley nonprofits and their need for financial support to meet their growing obligations in 2011.
The campaign raised just under $150,000 with nearly $30,000 being given to the five organizations: Hope Hospice, Open Heart Kitchen, Axis Community Health, Valley Humane Society and the Ryan Comer cancer resource center at ValleyCare Health System.
In addition, the CNPA presented the Pleasanton Weekly with Certificates of Achievement for "General Excellence" for its issues of March 12, 19 and 26 in 2010, the category in contention, and for "Investigative and Enterprise Reporting" for reporter Glenn Wohltmann's story about Pleasanton public school expulsions, published last July 9.
The "Better Newspaper Contest" awards are based on circulation categories to daily and weekly publications. The Pleasanton Weekly competes with other California weekly newspapers in the 11,001-25,000 circulation category.