DirecTV and KSBY have been engaging in some darn fine finger-pointing over the contract impasse that led DirecTV, a satellite television provider, to drop local NBC affiliate KSBY on Jan. 1. If you pressed us to pick a winner in this PR face-off, though, we’d have to go with KSBY for effectively double-demonizing DirecTV as “a multi-billiondollar corporation” (Black Mark No. 1) “located in Los Angeles” (Black Mark No. 2).
DirecTV customers, in the meantime, are caught in the middle; they’re minus the programming they’ve been paying for and have come to expect. They have no “Biggest Loser.” No “Blacklist.” No “Parks and Recreation.” No “Celebrity Apprentice.”
On top of that, the Super Bowl is right around the corner. (Well, technically, it’s next month. But still.)
As much as we appreciate KSBY’s advice on how DirecTV subscribers can continue to watch NBC programming — use an antenna; switch to a provider other than DirecTV; or watch at a friend’s house — a better solution is for the two parties to end their posturing and negotiate an agreement ASAP. Otherwise, their Super Bowl snacks will consist of deep-fried brickbats-slathered in week-old guacamole and sprinkled with sloppily shredded TV listings.
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A great asset to county parks
We toss a congratulatory, SLO-grown bouquet to Nick Franco, who has been named the county’s new parks director.
Yes, this is the same Nick Franco who has served for 11 years as State Parks superintendent of the San Luis Obispo Coast District, which includes Hearst Castle and Montaña de Oro. And it’s the same Nick Franco who received a ridiculous, two-week suspension after he allowed Hearst Castle’s Neptune Pool to be refilled for a Lady Gaga video shoot.
Franco’s appointment is great news for local residents; his excellent reputation is well-deserved and his handling of the Lady Gaga incident — he took the suspension with grace and good humor — only adds to his standing.
Great hire, county.
An inspiring float from the Polys
We suspect they’ve seen more than enough flowers lately, so we offer balloon bouquets to the float-making crews at the two Cal Polys (SLO and Pomona). Their impressive Rose Parade entry — “Soaring Stories” — won the Lathrop K. Leishman Trophy for the most beautiful noncommercial float.
If you missed it, the colorful Poly float featured a fairy-tale castle with a drawbridge, a waterfall, a jumping fish, and a griffin springing from the pages of a book. It was a gorgeous interpretation of this year’s Rose Parade theme, “Inspiring Stories.”
Congratulations, Cal Polys.
Welcome to the world, baby
Finally, we offer a big bouquet of baby’s breath to San Luis Obispo County’s first newborn of 2015: 7-pound, 13-ounce Abraham Valdovimos of San Miguel.
The son of Nereida Damian and Hector Valdovimos was born at Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton at 12:03 a.m. A quick Google check revealed that little Abraham was among the first babies born in California in 2015 — but a few births reportedly occurred at the stroke of midnight.
No matter when they arrive, babies are a blessing. We congratulate Abraham’s parents, as well as all SLO County families welcoming New Year’s babies into their homes in these first days of 2015.