Conservative talk radio accused of using actors as callers

Allegations are being made, accusing conservative talk radio show hosts, including Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Glenn Beck, of using paid actors to portray angry callers into their nationally syndicated programs. [Columbia Journalism Review] Published reports suggests that the call-in... (Continue reading)

San Luis Obispo County’s unemployment rate rises

The jobless rate in San Luis Obispo County rose from 10 percent in December to 10.3 percent in January, according to a report released Friday by the California Employment Development Department. The rate is higher than the national average of... (Continue reading)

Protesters battle against Arroyo Grande development

Protesters holding signs lined up along Grand Avenue in Arroyo Grande to protest the proposed Courtland Place Development on Thursday evening. The development is slated to be built on a four-acre parcel on the corner of Courtland Avenue and East... (Continue reading)

California lawmakers pounce on the messenger

California lawmakers on Wednesday reacted skeptically to a new proposal to lower public employee pensions throughout state and local government. [SacramentoBee] Stuart Drown, the executive director of the Commission on California State Government Organization and Economy, known as the Little... (Continue reading)

Upland mayor facing 145 years in federal prison

The mayor of Upland was indicted for extortion, bribery and conspiracy on Wednesday for demanding $70,000 in bribes from two business owners in exchange for assisting them in obtaining business permits, according to a press release. John Victor Pomierski, 56,... (Continue reading)

Price Canyon Project approved by Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach City Council voted unanimously to move ahead on the first stage of annexing land designated for a proposed Price Canyon development at Tuesday night’s city council meeting. City officials voted 5-0 to approve a memorandum of agreement that also... (Continue reading)

Federal action against Santa Lucia Bank

Santa Lucia Bank received an enforcement action by federal regulators telling its board of directors to improve oversight of the bank’s management staff and operations, according to a written agreement signed late last year. Bank officials agreed to correct all violations... (Continue reading)

Patterson calls for suspension of Smart Meters

County supervisor Jim Patterson wants PG&E to temporarily suspend installation of wireless Smart Meters in San Luis Obispo County until specific issues are addressed. [Tribune] Patterson, 5th District supervisor, will ask fellow board members next week to send a letter... (Continue reading)

Screen legend Jane Russell dies in Santa Maria

Jane Russell, 89, who became one of the biggest and most controversial movie stars of the 1940’s and 50’s, in part due to her revealing cleavage, died Monday at her home in Santa Maria. Russell, a former pin-up girl, was... (Continue reading)

Will Republicans lose state budget battle?

As the budget debate continues in Sacramento, some political analysts are continuing to question the current Republican strategy of blocking proposed tax hikes, while not offering fiscal solutions of their own. [LA Times] Recently, 30 of the 42 Republican state... (Continue reading)