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Lisa Rizzo

Lisa Rizzo is a professional freelance journalist for hire. Educated at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in California, she has a Bachelors of Science degree in journalism and is a member of The Society of Professional Journalists.

Rizzo is the former evening news producer of NBC affiliated television station KSBY-TV 6. She entered the field of journalism 15 years ago and has since acquired experience in nearly all forms of media.

Currently, as a regular freelance reporter for CalCoastNews, an independent investigative online newspaper, Rizzo has covered a variety of topics that have unveiled environmental crisis, financial fraud in the military, and corruption in government.

Lisa Rizzo offers a variety of writing and producing services for individuals and business:

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Blogger wins free speech battle, Cal Poly dean loses

The former Cal Poly College of Engineering dean who filed a defamation lawsuit against numerous defendants and the university loses round one and is ordered to pay a defending San Luis Obispo blogger nearly $17,000 on the grounds of freedom of speech in the public interest. “We might not like peoples’ opinions or point of view – but this is the... (Continue Reading)

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Santa Lucia Bank facing regulatory deadlines

Santa Lucia Bank has been ordered to increase its shareholder equity by $12 million in less than three months in a state enforcement action -- a challenge in the face of plummeting stock prices. The Atascadero based bank’s stock prices have fallen from $8.15 a year ago to a current 42 cents. The consent order, issued by the California Department of Financial... (Continue Reading)

Third student rape reported to Cal Poly

A third woman in a matter of days reported she was raped, in a trio of unrelated cases alarming the Cal Poly community. The University Police Department said a woman reported she was raped in her room at the school’s Poly Canyon Village on Sunday night. Like the two other allegations of sexual assault, she also said she was unconscious at... (Continue Reading)

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Rape suspect turns himself in

Police arrested a Cal Poly student Thursday after he was identified as the main suspect in a reported rape of a drunk and unconscious “college-aged” woman at a fraternity house last Saturday night. Joseph Trupiano, 23, was taken into custody late Thursday after he, accompanied by an attorney, came to the police department around 5:30 p.m. to face the sexual assault... (Continue Reading)

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Rape at Cal Poly fraternity

San Luis Obispo Police sent out an alert today advising students of a reported rape of a college-aged woman who police say was intoxicated and unconscious at the time of the assault. The San Luis Obispo Police Department and the Cal Poly University Police Department confirm the sexual assault was reported following a party at Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity Saturday... (Continue Reading)

Aviation fuel polluting air and water with lead?

The Center for Environmental Health (CEH) is taking legal action against several major oil companies and suppliers for allegedly causing the pollution of drinking water sources and air around 25 airports throughout California, including San Pedro Creek in Goleta and a nearly one-mile radius around Santa Barbara Municipal Airport. This week, the environmental watchdog group served ExxonMobil, Chevron, BP, Shell, AvFuel... (Continue Reading)

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California ranks worst state for business

For the seventh year in a row, California tops the list as the worst state to do business, according to Chief Executive magazine's annual "Best & Worst States" survey which took the pulse of 550 CEOs across America. The executives evaluated the states on a variety of issues, including regulations, tax policies, workforce quality, education resources, quality of living, and infrastructure. Texas... (Continue Reading)

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Cal Poly tops own patent record

Cal Poly reports that three patents have been issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office to university faculty this academic year—a record number of patents earned for a single year. In an announcement this week, Cal Poly’s Research and Graduate Programs Office boasted the inventions which represent ingenuity in medicine, manufacturing, and computing. John Sharpe, a professor in the Physics... (Continue Reading)

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Foreclosures, lawsuits and filings

San Luis Obispo County developer John King’s lifelong climb to success has been clouded in recent years by a series of financial challenges which according to the King Ventures head were brought on by the collapse of the banking industry and were also plaguing several of his former business partners. Rob Rossi, local businessman and sometime partner in King projects, said... (Continue Reading)

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EFI sues Bryan Cave attorneys $100 million for malpractice

A bankruptcy trustee filed suit Friday against Estate Financial Inc.’s (EFI) former attorney and her employing firm, Bryan Cave LLP, alleging a cover up which led to the swindling of more than $100 million from more than 1,500 San Luis Obispo County investors. The complaint claims Bryan Cave LLP, an internationally renowned law firm with 1,000 plus lawyers, and one of... (Continue Reading)

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