Tom Prete, editor-in-chief of the Ocean Beach Bulletin, at the Cliff House restaurant. Prete, a long-time west side resident, was also an editor at the SF Independent and SF Examiner newspapers. Photo by Philip Liborio Gangi
by Thomas K. Pendergast
(Originally published in the June, 2012, issue of the Richmond Review newspaper, a community news source serving the Richmond District of San Francisco.)
According to Tom Prete, there's a simple way to tell if anyone living, working or playing near San Francisco's Ocean Beach will fully appreciate the Ocean Beach Bulletin, an online community newspaper.
"If you're standing on Sunset Boulevard and your first impulse is to think about what's east, if you look east toward downtown and City Hall, you probably won't entirely get what it is that we're doing," says Prete, the Internet news organization's editor. "But, if your first instinct is to turn west and look toward the beach, you're one of ours."
Prete grew up in the City, near Stern Grove, and went to St. Ignatius High School. He graduated from Humboldt University with a journalism degree in 1991 and has either reported for or edited many newspapers, including the SF Independent, SF Examiner, Redwood City Tribune, Sunset Beacon and Richmond Review.