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Junk debt: How the open market for delinquent debts leads to lawsuits and wage garnishments

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Junk debt: How the open market for delinquent debts leads to lawsuits and wage garnishments

BY COLIN RIGLEY

There are a variety of terms you’ll hear when people talk about this money issue, including “unsecured debt” and “debt buyers.” Among those who’ve felt the business end of a related lawsuit, it’s usually called “junk debt.” But for Diane Gillett, “it was the perfect storm of crap.” “I said I was a shit magnet,” she said. In the backroom of her b... [ Read More ]

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Breaking News

Excelaron appeal denied

BY COLIN RIGLEY

A state appeals court has upheld a lower court’s ruling against oil-drilling company Excelaron. On July 24, the Second Appellate District court issued its ruling that wil...
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News

Huasna Valley area oil project shrinks in scope

BY COLIN RIGLEY

Dero Parker is frustrated. He’s frustrated by the community resistance he didn’t really expect, and frustrated by a permitting environment he’s not used to. Mostly tho...

Fired Oceano general manager runs for a seat on the board that fired him

BY RHYS HEYDEN

The last time Lonnie Curtis was in an Oceano Community Services District Board of Directors meeting, he was unanimously terminated by the board, he called a critic a “hemorr...

John Conner has dropped out of the race for San Luis Obispo mayor

BY COLIN RIGLEY

One of San Luis Obispo Mayor Jan Marx’s only competitors announced that he’s no longer in the running. In an email, John Conner, who owns Petit Soleil bed and breakfast i...

Suspect identified in Atascadero grass fires

BY JONO KINKADE

A 14-year-old with a lighter seems to have sparked a busy afternoon for North County firefighters on July 18. The Atascadero Fire Department responded to two vegetation fires...

Grover Beach hires a firm for street repair bond education

BY CLIFF MATHIESON

The Grover Beach City Council took the next steps on a $48 million street repair bond measure at its July 21 meeting. Since the dollar amount has been finalized and the wordin...

Ripple effects: Low revenue caused by low lake levels may bring layoffs to staff at Lake San Antonio and Nacimiento

BY JONO KINKADE

The road to Lake San Antonio is bordered by plenty of indications of how dry California is these days. Barren hillsides are more pale than the typical golden-brown hue of gr...

A basin situation: South County water issues are coming to a boil

BY RHYS HEYDEN

As water becomes scarcer every day in dried-up San Luis Obispo County, the cracks are starting to show—literally and metaphorically. As the water level steadily drops in ...

Cougars & Mustangs

BY CHRIS WHITE-SANBORN

Patrick Hickey, Tyler Grossi, Ryan May, Austin Feavel, Loren Acosta, Michael Silva, Grace Stokes, Michael Mullen ... holy smokes! Congratulations! Cuesta IS an awesome schoo...

Commentary

Help maintain the community's investment

BY GIL STORK

Dear community members: To fully understand where Cuesta College is today, I need to start from the beginning. I came to Cuesta College as a 26-year-old man in 1967, three y...

Letters

Be consistent

Thom Danfield - Los Osos

In the July 10 issue of New Times, I was pleased to read both Jono Kinkade’s article “Anti up” and the “Shredinator’s” comments (“Over a double barrel of ale”)...

Shredder

Preparation J

Is there a word for birds that only know a single song, and then they sing that song over and over until you start looking for a frying pan or really large cat to just make ...

Street Talk

What makes you grumpy?

Betsi Clark Kendra Dimino Alex Wielandt Mike Jennings

Strokes and Plugs

Bibliophiles assemble: SLO Literacy Council seeks tutors

BY ADRIANA CATANZARITE

According to a study conducted by the U.S. Department of Education in 2012, about 14 percent of the population cannot read. In addition, 21 percent of adults read below a fi...

Arts

Central Coast Shakespeare Festival brings laughs with 'The Taming of the Shrew' and 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'

BY CLIFF MATHIESON

From the moment viewers step out of their cars at the Central Coast Shakespeare Festival (CCSF), they are transported back in time. Not to the sixteenth century, but to the ...

Morro Bay artist M.L. Burdick brings color and complexity to Linnaea's Cafe

BY JESSICA PENA

When M.L. (Margaret) Burdick saw a documentary about greed, she did not intend for its themes of human suffering and rampant materialism to end up in her art. But, lo and be...

Former SLO resident Christine McKinley returns to town July 24 to read from her new book and play music at Linnaea's

BY GLEN STARKEY

If you’ve ever watched The History Channel television show Brad Meltzer’s Decoded, or if you happened to live in SLO in the mid-’90s and followed the music scene, you'...

Weird Al has a new album; Cambria's Pewter Plough Playhouse stages Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park

BY JESSICA PENA

You Can Call Me Al Last week, I did not think I needed a pop-polka version of the dance/lumberjack hit, “Timber.” Boy was I wrong. Once again, Cal Poly alum and master of...

Music

Gorgeous folk duo Birds of Chicago plays July 26 at Castoro Cellars

BY GLEN STARKEY

Have you ever noticed how some voices seem to go together, complement one another, and weave around each other like children playing a game in a field of wildflowers? That's...

Film

'Lucy' starts with a bang and ends with an eye roll

Writer-director Luc Besson (The Professional, The Fifth Element) helms this story about a young woman (Scarlett Johansson) implanted with a bag of drugs and forced to smuggl...

Flavor

Nom Nom Nom The Good Food 'Truck'

BY HAYLEY THOMAS

Nom Nom Nom The Good Food Truck isn’t actually a truck. Covered in chalkboard paint and colorful customer doodles, the compact two-wheeler—slyly named after the sound on...

Hayley's Pick

Vina Robles 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon and Nautical Bean's Rainforest Latte

  Vina Robles 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Wine people are invariably my people. My friends and family like to drink it, know how to cook with it, and don’t feel weird talki...

Hot Dates

Bearly there

We all know that the U.S. Census is just part of a plot by the Federal Government to blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, but now they’re going after the bears! On Aug. 9, from 1 t...

Revolution evolution

The San Luis Obispo Library will screen the documentary American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs on Aug. 1, at 7 p.m. American Revolutionary explores the life ...

A touch of glass

Gallery at the Network will be glassing up the joint with Elegant Etchings in Glass, an exhibit featuring artists Melissa Campbell and Kami Oisboid, Aug. 1 through Sept. 30. C...