Castro Valley may be small, but it sure has a lot to say. Former Castro Valley Forum reporter Robert Souza published the first issue of his new magazine in the first week of November, and is continuing to publish magazines monthly. The magazine is focused on Castro Valley and its local news.
His magazine, Castro Valley News, will work hard to provide Castro Valley with information about everything that affects the life, business, education, sports, and entertainment of local citizens.
“Our goal is to have the magazine available at as many businesses in Castro Valley as possible,” said Souza. “Our next goal is home delivery via USPS.”
Recently laid off from his job as a Forum reporter in late August for economic reasons, Souza feels his new magazine is the best way to start his new future.
The magazine includes stories like “ Businessman bringing Lake Chabot market back to life” about the Lil’ Grocer marketplace building reopening with a new owner soon. It also includes reviews such as Val’s Burgers and local issues in Castro Valley.
There is even a letters to the editor page where you can write in and use your voice to help change something in Castro Valley you feel strongly about. Filled with ads and Castro Valley news, Souza’s magazine is worth reading.
“It’s sad for me, because the nearly eight years I spent with that publication were an exciting and enriching experience that words fail to describe,” stated Souza. “It was the best job I ever had, and I wish them the very best going forward.”
“We want to use print media to direct those who may not be engaged in social media and online information to what the web has to offer, especially for Castro Valley,” said Souza when discussing his goals with his team.
His team includes Yon Hardisty, webmaster, and Chet Wehe, photographer, who have both never stopped working hard doing what they love.
The magazine already has attention, as its page on Facebook with over 4,000 likes is growing every day.
When asked why people should read his magazine, Souza replied, “Because I know Castro Valley like the back of my hand!”