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AT&T rated worst by consumers for cell service

Consumers have decided that AT&T provides the worst cell phone service in the country. [LA Times] A new study by Consumer Reports finds that AT&T ranked behind first-place U.S. Cellular. Verizon Wireless, Sprint and T-Mobile also scored higher than the exclusive... (Continue reading)

Opponents and proponents of gay marriage argue in federal court

As a gaggle of noisy protesters shouted through bullhorns and brandished signs outside, lawyers for the backers and opponents of the initiative to ban gay marriage made their case inside a federal appeals courthouse Monday. [CaliforniaWatch] The 2 1/2-hour hearing... (Continue reading)

Unplug Wikileaks? Enact a federal Shield Law instead

OPINION BY PETER SCHEER — The Obama administration has made no secret of its desire to unplug Wikileaks, the whistleblower website infamous for data dumps of classified records. Of the few options available to the government, the best is one... (Continue reading)

Gearhart’s control of Atascadero

As he built his empire, Kelly Gearhart’s relationships with public officials made it possible for him to skirt building requirements, thereby saving him hundreds of thousands in development costs. These exceptions risked public safety, cost the county revenue and negatively impacted... (Continue reading)

Concerned over water rate increase in Atascadero

OPINION BY KATHLEEN ARAGON On November 10th, I was the only member of the public present when the Atascadero Mutual Water Company Board of Directors discussed raising the basic water rates. Due to the success of the water conservation program,... (Continue reading)

San Luis Obispo employee accused of bilking city

A San Luis Obispo Public Works inspector is under investigation for misappropriating public property for his own profit. Sources claim Ron Faria, president of the San Luis Obispo City’s Employee Association, asked his supervisor if a mower that had been previously... (Continue reading)

Famed local chef Bill Hoppe dies

Wilhelm “Bill” Hoppe, the European-trained chef, who transformed the Central Coast restaurant experience, died Sunday night at his home. Hoppe opened his first restaurant Hoppe’s on the Embarcadero in Morro Bay in the mid-1980’s. He later moved the popular restaurant... (Continue reading)

Why Lois Capps is worried

California House Democrats, including veteran representative Lois Capps (D-Santa Barbara), are likely to face serious challenges to their long-held seats in the upcoming 2012 election. [North County Times] The reason: Changes in California’s election code and political boundaries make the... (Continue reading)

Kelly Gearhart: Fraud, arson and betrayal

Amid a federal investigation into racketeering, money laundering and mail fraud, developer Kelly Gearhart’s stepmother claims her notorious stepson’s illicit activities also included forgery, bribing public officials and arson. The latter exploit was one that helped fund Gearhart’s transition from being... (Continue reading)

Cal Poly’s first grievance hearing

For the first time in the history of Cal Poly, a dispute between a faculty member and administrators will be heard at a public grievance hearing to be held on Friday at 9 a.m. in building 33, room 290. Journalism... (Continue reading)