Point Reyes paper will test new ownership model

Mark Fitzgerald of E&P says the 3,00-circulation Point Reyes Light in west Marin County is using a new ownership model called L3C that might save some newspapers from closing. By incorporating as a L3C, or low-profit limited liability company, papers could continue to operate as if they were for-profits, but also allow them to accepted tax-deductible donations and foundation money. But no newspaper has tried L3C ownership until now, Fitzgerald writes. But with an L3C, a high net worth individual

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Nonprofit consortium buys Point Reyes Light

A consortium of West Marin residents has purchased the Point Reyes Light from Robert Plotkin (pictured), who had promised to turn the weekly into a New Yorker magazine of the West but encountered hostility from residents and community leaders. The Chronicle says Plotkin sold the paper for far less than the $500,000 he paid David Mitchell for the paper five years ago. Mitchell, who won a Pulitzer in 1979 for public service reporting, feuded with Plotkin over the past few

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West Marin publisher feud ends

The Marin Independent Journal reports that the bitter two-year conflict between the current and former publisher of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Point Reyes Light has ended with both parties agreeing to drop all lawsuits between them. “Both hope to resume a friendly relationship,” current publisher Robert Plotkin (right) and former publisher David Mitchell (left) said in a statement published in the Point Reyes Light and on Mitchell’s blog. “Each wishes the other well, and both are now looking forward to getting

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New W. Marin paper to hold public meeting

Amid criticism over the changes a new owner of the Point Reyes Light has made, the paper in Bodega Bay is starting a paper in West Marin called the Pilot. Here is the Pilot’s staff (we’re suckers for pictures of newsies): From left: Joel Hack, with Jim’s dog “Birdy”, Jim Kravets, Jeremy Sharp, Sandy Duveen, Larken Bradley, Ellen Shehadeh. Not pictured are Kathryn LeMieux and Dewey Livingston. The MediaNews Group-owned Marin Independent Journal ran a blurb this morning saying the

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Paper’s changes spark protest, competition

A new publisher’s attempt to turn the Point Reyes Light community weekly into “The New Yorker of the West” has sparked a demonstration (see flyers above) and the launch of a competing newspaper, according to today’s Chron by Peter Fimrite. Joel Hack and Scot Caldwell of the Bodega Bay Navigator plan to start the new west Marin County paper next month. It will feature several former Light employees who left after former prosecutor Robert Plotkin bought the Light in 2005.

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Weekly’s bookkeeper accused of embezzling

The former bookkeeper of the Point Reyes Light newspaper in Marin County, Lashanda Goldstein, 29, of Santa Rosa is facing felony charges of embezzlement and burglary for taking $62,000, according to today’s Marin Independent Journal. The money allegedly was skimmed from payroll accounts and through the use of a company credit card for personal purchases, sheriff’s detective Sandra Scott told the IJ. The newspaper became suspicious when its credit card provider called to report unusual transactions, she said. The Light’s

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Ex-publisher sues over mental health hold

Former Point Reyes Light publisher David Mitchell (pictured) is suing Marin County, claiming he was falsely imprisoned when a sheriff’s deputy took him to a mental health ward because he suspected the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist was suicidal, the Marin IJ reports. Mitchell, 63, said in the suit that in March 2006 a deputy came to his home and quizzed him about his mental state. Mitchell admitted he spoke philosophically about suicide. The deputy took Mitchell to Marin General Hospital,

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