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Examiner Peninsuala, stop "free" SF Examiner paper

Original post made by Ebara, Menlo Park: University Heights, on Jan 27, 2008

The free "Examiner Peninsula" edition of the San Francisco Examiner keeps getting delivered to our West Menlo Park address, and we can't get them to stop delivering it. Has anyone else had this problem?

We call circulation, but can't get the paper to stop permanently.

This Examiner "junk" newspaper is a nuisance(in sharp contrast to the Almanac, which as useful real estate info and news of local interest to property owners - - And, the Almanac in my experience has been responsive to all customer service requests).

How can I get the Examiner to stop?


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Posted by Mary Menlo
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Jan 28, 2008 at 1:34 pm

I have called the Examiner Circulation on at least 4 separate occasions and the delivery gets stopped for anywhere from 1 month to about 6 months. I wish I knew why they keep re-delivering despite my heated objections. The last time I told them I would take them to small claims court for littering if they didn't stop. It seems to have worked the best since its the longest that I haven't had their useless paper thrown in my driveway!

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Posted by HardColdReality
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jan 28, 2008 at 5:15 pm

As it is a "free" paper, the Examiner survives solely on ad revenues and what they can charge is based on their circulation rate - how many papers are printed and delivered. Thus, good luck trying to get them to stop delivering!

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Posted by Amy
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jan 29, 2008 at 7:56 am

I've had success stopping the Examiner Peninsula, but in another community (I work in downtown Menlo Park, and live on the peninsula). After calling Examiner customer service, ask to talk to a supervisor, and document everything in writing.
I've had several years without the paper. But it might depend on how responsible the contract distributor is.

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Posted by ebara
a resident of Menlo Park: University Heights
on Mar 20, 2008 at 7:16 am

In San Francisco, the free "junk newspaper" litter on private property got so bad that a law is now proposed for the city, requiring publishers of free papers to respond to requests to "do not deliver."

Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi proposed the regulation: A link to the SFGate story is here:

Web Link

This law may not help peninsula cities, but it shows the attention the problem is starting to generate.