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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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Ironman eyes San Luis Obispo County

Ironman, one of the world’s most renowned and challenging triathlon events, could make its mark on the Central Coast, and pump its iron fist in the form of an economic impact that could amount to several million dollars. Real estate developer and hotelier, John King of King Ventures, single-handedly approached Ironman several years ago and has since lobbied to attract the... (Continue Reading)

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High ambulance rates up for approval, again

The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors will soon decide whether to approve a new contract with San Luis Ambulance Service, further solidifying one of the highest rate schedules in California -- and stoking a controversy that burned years ago. If the supervisors approve a new five-year contract, which would replace the old one that is set to expire June... (Continue Reading)

San Luis Obispo leads the nation in prostate removal

San Luis Obispo doctors are pushing radical prostatectomys at a rate nearly three times the national average, according to a recently released health report. Researchers from the Dartmouth Atlas Project and the Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making found that male Medicare patients over 65 with early-stage prostate cancer, who live in San Luis Obispo, are 12 times more likely to... (Continue Reading)

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Some local school districts flunk public records audit

The San Luis Obispo Community College District and the Atascadero Unified School District received F grades for their failure to comply with the California Public Records Act, according to a report released Thursday by the nonprofit group Californians Aware (CalAware). The two San Luis Obispo County districts join a majority of California’s K-12 school districts who received poor marks in the... (Continue Reading)

Sanitation district under fire for treatment of Hispanic workers

By LISA RIZZO The South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District is under state scrutiny once again; this time for its alleged treatment of Hispanic and temporary workers. A complaint was filed with the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA). It alleges the Oceano based sanitation plant is violating safety orders found in […]... (Continue Reading)

Wine exports rebound

California’s wine business is booming again setting a new record in 2010, following a gloomy 2009. U.S. wine exports shot up 25.6 percent in 2010 to a record $1.14 billion in winery revenues, according to the San Francisco-based Wine Institute. Volume shipments rose 1.9 percent to 425.5 million liters or 47.3 million nine-liter cases. U.S winery revenues passed the billion dollar mark... (Continue Reading)

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Federal regulators seize San Luis Trust Bank

Federal regulators shut down San Luis Trust Bank (SLTB) in San Luis Obispo Friday because the bank was critically undercapitalized, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC). At 5:55p.m. Friday, just five minutes before the bank was scheduled to close for the day, the Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS) declared SLTB a failed institution. CalCoastNews watched as dozens of federal agents... (Continue Reading)

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Hate website headquartered in San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, the renowned happiest place in America, is also the home of an apparent “hate” website that has created a multinational online forum against the political left, Muslims, gays and undocumented workers. The website, “I Hate the Media,” (IHTM) is a conservative news outlet that uses humor, satire and even prejudice in its delivery of the news. “Our goal at... (Continue Reading)

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San Luis Trust Bank facing threat of seizure

San Luis Trust Bank (SLTB) may soon be added to the FDIC’s list of failed banks unless it pulls itself out of a “critically undercapitalized” state, according to federal regulators. The bank’s regulator, the Federal Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS), says SLTB, which has only one branch, located at 1001 Marsh St., has until tomorrow, Feb. 15, to be recapitalized, according... (Continue Reading)

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Group wages battle against Glenn Beck

A group of San Luis Obispo County residents, prompted by last month’s shootings in Tucson, Ariz. that left six dead, has mounted a campaign to pressure local radio stations to limit what they call “hate talk.” Since January, outspoken critics of the Glenn Beck Show began campaigning to local radio station KVEC 920 AM to change its programming. They initially contacted... (Continue Reading)

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