Robert Plotkin, a 36-year-old former Monterey County deputy district attorney, has created a stir in the Marin County town of Point Reyes Station by purchasing the town’s Pulitzer Prize-winning weekly newspaper. The Chronicle’s Peter Fimrite writes, “Business owners, community leaders and ranchers from Point Reyes Station to Nicasio have pilloried him, mostly for perceived slights and his aggressive style.” The story also mentions that Plotkin got a restraining order from the paper’s former owner, David Mitchell, after the two were involved in a scuffle. Mitchell responded by suing Plotkin for terminating his contract and cutting off his access to newspaper archives, and for maliciously outing him as a manic-depressive in a column. In this photo, by the Chron’s Chris Stewart, Plotkin passes awards on the newspaper’s wall including a Pulitzer Prize earned in 1979 for work Mitchell did exposing the Synanon cult, which operated in West Marin.
New publisher upsets, fascinates locals
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