District 2 Supervisor Bruce Gibson
UPDATE (1/31/13 3:00 PM): Here is Mrs. Tornatzky’s comments that she’s made on The Tribune (Courtesy: DISQUS)
UPDATE (1/31/13 9:30 AM): Since the article was published, I’ve been in communication with Lynette Tornatzky, who insists that one of the quotes — though they’re all linked to and verified — we’ve shown of hers was “Photoshopped.” She’s been invited to send us an e-mail and explain specifically her issues with the content shown, but has continuously been unable to do so. Our contact form does work! She continues to insist that I am the “multi-monikered anonymous” who disagree with her views. Paranoia is not a good defense.
Shirley Montague-Devine also responded to the article by asking for my home address to send us her resume. The behavior we’ve seen from Gibson’s most ardent supporters — since this article was published — have been very bizarre and cult-like. We sincerely hope that Gibson doesn’t actually give tacit approval to this kind of behavior.
UPDATE (1/24/13): We received a reply from Lynette Tornatzky, who had this to say about the article and my statements about it. She italicized comments made by me in the Tribune’s January 23 editorial on Gibson, which reflected the nature of the article. “The above statements are all untruths,” she wrote. “But thanks for confirming for me that the bloggers using multiple monikers who spout these same words against me on the comment sections in the various venues are now revealed as being you!” Uh… OK!
News surfaced this week that District 2 Supervisor Bruce Gibson has re-hired Cherie Aispuro to be his legislative assistant a month after he revealed that he had an affair with her and subsequently transferred her to the County Clerk-Recorder’s office. This came as a surprise to many who thought that Gibson would not reintroduce the topic in such a bizarre way. It’s highly unusual for a sitting politician to continue working with his mistress after already removing her from his office. Gibson’s defiance has clearly overshadowed any of his politics or accomplishments. Because of Gibson’s defiance, the conversation has transmogrified from the morality of his actions to the way he’s handled the issue in spite of growing criticism.
Of course, Gibson has his supporters — and clearly they’re not the kind of surrogates he should have.
Continue reading Meet Bruce Gibson’s Surrogates →
Supervisor Gibson’s Tribune
On December 6 The Tribune published an editorial that said District 2 Supervisor Bruce Gibson shouldn’t resign. This comes as no surprise to us, given that The Tribune has consistently offered favorable coverage, and was, in fact, contacted by Gibson himself to cover “the exclusive” about his extramarital affair. It would go against the grain for The Tribune to bite the hand that feeds them. But their editorial missed a few things and airbrushed a few details with an elitist stroke, which drew our ire.
Continue reading Tribune Chooses Gibson Over Readers →
Lou prepares for war
“We forgot, though, that sewer opponents are nothing if not wily.”
The Tribune wrote that in their “Bouquets and Brickbats” editorial on Friday, March 2. The Tribune, which is notorious for publishing their disdain of Los Osos sewer critics, achieved a new low, even by their already non-existent standards. The “sewer opponents” are “nothing” and “wily.”
Continue reading Los Osos: Wild in the Streets →
"SEXTRA, SEXTRA, READ ALL ABOUT IT!"
“An item of interest,” Cal Coast News Senior Correspondent Dan Blackburn wrote to Razor Online on February 2.
Mr. Blackburn provided a link to the News Frontier Database, which is maintained by the Columbia Journalism Review (CJR), which is affiliated with Columbia University School of Journalism. In CJR’s database, Cal Coast News (CCN) was added as an online news site. A profile was included for the site, which was penned by Chasen Marshall of the CJR. Shortly after the email by Mr. Blackburn was dispatched to me, Cal Coast News published an article claiming that they were “featured” in the database.
Continue reading Cal Coast News Uncovered →
The evil engineers of division
Razor Online has an exclusive report, detailing a large-scale operation by County officials to discredit Los Osos wastewater project dissent in never-before-seen detail.
When San Luis Obispo County Public Works Director Paavo Ogren attended a town hall meeting on June 19, 2007, he was asked by a resident about working with Dana Ripley of Ripley Pacific Company and the STEP/STEG collection system. He calmly told the resident, “Personally, I’m not a fan of that technology. Besides, [Ripley] and his project is more or less absurd. I don’t want to work with him, and… so what’s the point in complaining, right? We just follow the process. I just do what I’m told.
“It’s part of the game.”
Continue reading Inside The County Sewer ‘Game’ →
The Tribune is the worst newspaper in America.
The Tribune is known for many things, but journalism is not one of them.
In an opinion column titled, “It’s your right to be contentious, just don’t get violent,” Tribune’s Bob Cuddy, on Tuesday, again aimed his crosshairs at Los Osos residents who often speak at San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors meetings. The article itself was published on the very same day when residents talked about an item on the agenda: a resolution officially declaring the County’s intention to proceed with implementation of the Los Osos wastewater project.
Continue reading The Tribune: Worst Newspaper in America →
UPDATE (4/12, 12:19 AM PST): All the binders are now available online: Binder #1, Binder #2 and Binder #3. In the event that the information is taken down or the site is unavailable, a download mirror will be provided so that the documents will always be available.
UPDATE 2 (10:47 PM PST): After “probably a couple of . . . → Read More: UPDATE: Transparency is Easy
The Tribune’s Bob Cuddy has not stepped into Los Osos deeply enough to gauge public opinion regarding the wastewater project. In his article on March 2, Cuddy reported that Chairman Mecham is no longer allowing a “special speaking time” for Los Osos since it detracts from other board business. Where’s the comments from the sewer critics? Take that, journalism! Since Cuddy wouldn’t elaborate on the finer details, we’ll discuss them here.
Continue reading Another Brick in the Wall →
The Tribune published their poisoned tongue-and-cheek editorial “Bouquets and Brickbats” with the first five paragraphs dedicated to Lisa Schicker’s complaint.
The editorial compares the accusation against San Luis Obispo Public Works Director Paavo Ogren with a drowsy attempt at being funny. The Tribune compares the complaint to some obsession over the Kardashian family. For those who didn’t recognize the pop culture reference or it went over their head, click here.
Continue reading The Tribune Should Call Off Its Fatwa Against Los Osos →