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Ex-Bay Guardianistas Embrace Tech Boom, Launch IndieGogo Campaign

Scott Lucas | October 23, 2014 | Lifestyle Story City Life

On the same day that former employees of the San Francisco Bay Guardian and their supporters held an old-fashioned analog rally, the hellraising techie-haters are back—and now they're embracing the tech boom. Former staffers of the SFBG have launched an Indiegogo campaign, and though it's easy to get burned out on crowdfunding these days, the money will go towards a good cause: Producing a final commemorative edition of the 48-year-old alt weekly. (Not, unfortunately, a picture book.) That's worth five bucks, right? After all, we saved so much money getting the paper for free all those years.

The former employees have set a goal of $25,000, of which they've raised almost $1,500 in the first day. If they hit their target, they say they'll be able to put out "a final commemorative edition that celebrates our history, explores what's happening to San Francisco and how that led to the Guardian's closure, and says goodbye to our loyal readers." They also claim they'll be able to preserve public access to the paper's archives—a major controversy in the first days after it was shuttered. Depending on the amount of the donation, supporters will get a mention in the issue, a t-shirt, or an invite to the launch party.

Here's a link to the Save the Bay Guardian page, because, seriously, you have five dollars.

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