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We had another installment in our ongoing conversation about the status of Channel 2 Public Access tonight. Trudy Jarrett and Monique Matta were my guests and they responded to allegations raised on the show last week by Ron and Leslie Bearce.
We’ve probably done six or seven segments since last spring and it is sad to see what a mess the group has become. It became so bad that the San Luis Obispo City Council ordered them into mediation. An agreement has been reached and signed, but it doesn’t appear like all parties will hold to things.

It’s sad because Channel 2 is the TV version of Hometown Radio — average people getting a chance to get their ideas and thoughts and creativity across to the community. It’s too important to screw up but that is exactly what is happening.

Based on the hours of listening I’ve done, this is my take: Ron and Leslie Bearce are good, decent people, passionate about public access. But they’ve turned the Charter studio into Jonestown and they’re trying to get everyone to drink the Kool Aid. I’ve heard story after story of intimidation by the Bearces. Monique read a very detailed letter tonight by Jose Lemos showing how far ron has been willing to go, including fabricating charges of racism on the spot against Charter. Even now, with the mediation agreement signed, Ron has been organizing meetings on his own, stirring the pot. He, his wife and two children have become involved in Charter far deeper than is probably healthy.

When I saw Ron last week, he looked tired, a walking heart attack waiting to happen. In my opinion, the Bearces need to walk away from Channel 2. They’re only creating a stressful antagonistic situation. It became clear from the interviews tonight that this all started when the new board started taking away their many shows. If the Bearces won’t go quietly, the board should get a restraining order against him and the SLO City Council also may need to step in.

Very sad all around, but I think the pattern of behavior is pretty clear.

  1. Jaded Producer
    October 9, 2007 at 5:20 am

    You are correct, Dave. The Bearce’s should take A COUPLE OF DECADES OFF…

    The main reason they were taken off the air is because both B’s feel they should be on the air CONSTANTLY!!

    THAT is the bottom line,,except they are also reponsible for Michael Passerelli giving up his fairly lucrative job at Access TV..and the e-mails and harrassment has continued against Kristan Mulgrew, who is the most fair person I have ever met.

    I get the distinct feeling that our buddy Ron is of the mind…”if WE aren’t allowed on the air..nobody will be.”

  2. Ed Merrill, Jr.
    October 9, 2007 at 5:25 am

    If you do an internet search for Scientology in San Luis Obispo, Ron Bearce’s name comes up as one who attempted to found a franchise here in the mid-1980’s. He obviously has had some intensive training from this cult.

    Lately, he has “picked up” an ex-convict, who personally threatened one of our members at our July Producers’ Meeting. A police report was filed on this incident; Michael Passarelli was also harrassed and followed to his car with shouted threats from this individual. The ex-convict has since had his membership revoked.

    Ron surrounds himself with these kinds of bullies, hiding behind them physically and has taunted Board members after one particular meeting with these street bullies beside him.

  3. Sylvia Biddle II
    October 9, 2007 at 5:47 am


    Thank you for putting Trudy and Monique on tonight. You did the community a real public service.

    How can you tell if Ron Bearce is lying? His lips are moving. The guy is a pathological liar and has bullied his way around the studio long enough. I am so proud of Monique for standing up to him.

    I only hope the City Council was listening tonight.

  4. Anonymous
    October 9, 2007 at 3:31 pm

    Thanks for allowing both sides to speak. I’m afraid for you because you’ve pointed out the Bearce behavior and you’re not in favor of it. It won’t be long now, if you turn down another appearance on your show for them, before they will attack you and KVEC. I know the patterns of the Bearce Production unit all to well. Once he finds that his manipulations on you don’t work, he’ll attack you, your value system, the place you work, the people you do business with, etc. Be wise and careful Dave.

  5. Brett
    October 10, 2007 at 4:35 am

    One thing Ron Bearce said when he was on a month or so ago that kind of intrigued me was that he mentioned something about how much money all the advertising would be worth if you had to pay for it.

    I didn’t think much of it until this weekend when I was out of town and watched the same program I’ve seen on Channel 2 here.

    So my question is, are some programs paying the Bearces to have them aired?.

  6. osos pete
    October 10, 2007 at 10:54 pm

    The Bearces are Central Coast icons. They have had over 1000 different people from the community on their channel 2 programs. To kick them to the curb like a pair of old shoes is a outrage.

  7. Anonymous
    October 11, 2007 at 3:29 am

    The BB’s are boring. I am glad they are gone.
    Remeber…It’s SLO, everybody runs a racket here to stay alive.
    Even a wheatherman.

  8. Not a Fan
    October 11, 2007 at 4:33 am

    Ron Bearce is one scary MoFo. He should be banned from Channel 2. The whole family should be banned. They think it’s their own personal playground and pity the fool who crosses them.

  9. no loss to anyone
    October 11, 2007 at 7:24 pm

    Watching paint dry is more exciting that boring couple yaking 24/7 about nothing!

    I like Sherman Williams latex semi gloss enamel. It dries slow and has an interesting effect as the semi gloss surface sets and dries.

    Just a hint for those now looking for something to do with their time since the “Ambian twins” are gone!

  10. Anonymous
    October 15, 2007 at 8:40 pm

    Wake up people, everyone on the current board produces a show where they talk into the camera about theirselves or their beliefs. Rarely do they put on people in the community or local issues. The Bearces have produced shows that are always about subjects that are informative to the central coast life. Don’t just believe the SLOCOPA hype, this board could care less about the quality of local public access. They accuse the Bearces of having big egos and want all the air time but in reality this is what the board wants and they will shove in your face their religious and political views as the bulk of thier programming. I dare someone to compare the worth of programming comparing a Bearce show with one of the current boards programming. Ridiculous, the current board has dogmatically and through cheating tactics taken
    over your airwaves. Its a shame and a disgrace for our County. I am a recent producer who was banned becuase I supported the Bearces. Wake Up and stop the hijaking of your public channel 2 by the crazed religious, political, and self-promotional zealots.

  11. Anthony Bolin
    October 15, 2007 at 9:00 pm

    Everyone who is writing against the Bearce family is either on the board or a affiliated with the board. No one has been treated fairly by this board and anyone who has anything to say negatively about the Bearce family or producers who have cited with the Bearce family are not doing a show for the community and are in danger of losing their time slots because they are doing self promoting shows and that is why they are attacking those of us who do shows for the community like myself, Anthony Bolin, that is why I lost my show. If anyone has anything to say about me or the Bearce family they should have correct information first.
    Anthony Bolin “The Underground”

  12. Another Jaded Producer
    October 16, 2007 at 6:32 am

    Regardless of all the opinions expressed, what everyone can probably agree on is the serious lack of community oriented local programming which doesn’t simply promote the t.v. show producer’s ideology or personal business activities.

    Every time I turn on Channel 2 I see either religious shows, or self-promotional programming that borders on commercial t.v. Examples include a show about tourism hosted by, surprise,surprise, a local vacation planer, Rick Martel whose paid “sponsors” are the very same restaurants that he conveniently features on his programs or “used car salesman” (and current Vice Chairperson) Michael Passarelli who has eliminated any credibility he previously had by years of promoting McCarthy’s Wholesale and his “Tell Momma All About It” program that featured comedians who (again, surprise, surprise) have been enrolled in HIS “comedy classes” (!!!). These duped aspiring comedians should all ask for their money back because they were totally ripped off.

    I would think that anyone who has benefitted financially from their relationship with Public Access should not be involved in the Board or its activities. Whatever happened to professional ethics and standards, guys?

    There is little doubt that Public Access would be better run if the Board was composed of community leaders who have NO PERSONAL VESTED INTERESTS in the channel’s programming, and hence, have no conflicts of interest in governing an organization that receives public funds. Then, and only then, will all claims of Board bias, etc finally be put to rest.

    Let’s hope that someday public access will truly become “public” and not dictated by the special interests of a small group of individuals.

  13. Anonymous
    October 16, 2007 at 4:05 pm

    This is a pattern. Over the years every time a committee chair, the board or Charter employees attempted to enforce the rules they were attacked including attempts to discredit them. The Bearces are always at the center of any storm stirring things up. It has to end now.

    Dave is right to conclude that the Beatce family should leave public access TV. They do not add value to public access TV or our county. It is time for them to go.

  14. PATV is a joke
    October 20, 2007 at 10:36 pm

    public access in SLO county is a huge joke! Everybody but them knows about it.
    These PA loons need a hobby!
    Nobody watches! Unless you need a nap!

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