By Jennifer Hartel | Photos by Stephen Crowley
On a recent and unseasonably warm February afternoon, I had the pleasure of meeting Linda Pohl and the friendly staff of the Valley Community Newspapers, a family-owned community newspaper, at their office on Riverside Boulevard in Land Park. Upon my arrival, I was warmly welcomed by none other than David Herburger, the paper’s newly minted CEO and General Manager, whose desk is right at the front of the house.
Linda soon joined us to share a bit about herself and her history with the paper. Having been at the paper since 1991, her passion for her job and her community are undeniable. After graduating college, Linda pursued various career paths including working as a flight attendant as well as at the famous Pebble Beach Golf Links, then Linda settled in Sacramento to raise her family. She has 2 children, and calls Pocket home. She is very active in her community, notably with Pocket’s 4th of July Parade and also as a member of Elks Lodge #6, just to name a few.
During my chat with Linda and David, I learned that Valley Community Newspapers, which publishes the Arden-Carmichael News, the East Sacramento News, the Land Park News, the Pocket News and California Kids! joined with the Elk Grove Citizen in January. While this may seem like it would be a catalyst for major changes, both Linda and David insist that it’s business as usual for Valley Community Newspapers. Their dedication is and always has been to the people and community of Sacramento and their focus will remain on highlighting the current events, newsworthy achievements and activities happening in our area.
This commitment is echoed by the rest of the newspaper’s staff, many of whom are longtime employees and consider each other family. During my visit, when I mentioned that I was in need of some fun things to do with kids in Elk Grove, several folks chimed in with suggestions and I was quickly handed a copy of their current issue of California Kids!, which, as promised, is loaded with great ideas and activities for kids of all ages.
The paper’s commitment to its staff and the community it serves is clear: “People first,” Herburger says, and judging by my experience, it’s easy to see that David, Linda, and everyone at Valley Community Newspapers mean it.
Valley Community Newspapers, Inc.
2709 Riverside Blvd., Sacramento, California, 95818
Office (916) 429-9901 firstname.lastname@example.org