COMMENTARY: Oh, my. What a month we have had!
February 18, 2008
FROM THE EDITORS:
We knew when we first posted that UncoveredSLO.com would attract readers. We worried whether just two of us would be able to generate enough solid reporting to keep those readers.
That, happily to report, is no longer a concern. The flood of real, and really important, news tips being directed our way regarding an assortment of odd and illegal goings-on around San Luis Obispo County has been – and continues to be – a daily source of satisfaction. That’s because we know beyond a doubt that much genuine news goes unreported in SLO County, due to the incestuous intertwining of the county’s political, governmental, business, and media hierarchy.
That in turn creates a need, and leaves open the door for UncoveredSLO.com., whose only special interest is in surviving to keep reporting. UncoveredSLO.com has tapped into a wellspring of knowledgeable people with important information of vital community concern to share, and who, until now, might as well have flushed that important information down the toilet.
Our first 30 days on the Web included a variety of articles we thought were both interesting and noteworthy, including Atascadero’s faulty FEMA application, which appears to have attracted the attention of the FBI; the county’s Probation Department turmoil; state pension fund problems; Cal Poly’s Engineering College deal with the Saudis that excludes women, gays, and Jewish people; hi-jinks and sex discrimination at Atascadero’s police headquarters; and the arrival in this county of the Minutemen. You didn’t read any of this anywhere else.
We already have some readers who love us, some who really, really hate us, and a lot who just read and make their own judgments about our credibility and our own transparency. To our critics, we appreciate your taking the time to criticize; we do what we can. To all of our readers, our goal is the same as yours – an informed and involved public.
Our start-up month was gratifying. Now, watch us this month.