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– The owner of the Atascadero News says the publisher of the Atascadero Daily News is stepping on his name, according to a cease and desist letter sent by attorneys this week, KSBY reported Friday night.

In mid-June, John Tompkins, owner of Atascadero News parent company News Media Corporation, left a voice mail for his former employee Scott Brennan. In it, Tompkins says, “You’ve got my attention now, so I’ll be coming after you – personally…You want to go to war with us? We’ll go to war.”

“I was just shocked. I was surprised. I couldn’t believe it, and I wasn’t 100 percent sure he was serious until I got an email from their attorneys Wednesday,” Brennan said.

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News staff of the Paso Robles Daily News wrote and edited this story from local contributors and press releases. Scott Brennan is the publisher of this newspaper and founder of Access Publishing. Connect with him on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, or follow his blog. He can be reached at