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SLO fire chief to get pay raise of more than $20k

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By JOSH FRIEDMAN About 28 employees of the city of San Luis Obisop are slated to receive pay raises of at least 10 percent over the next six months, and at least one staffer’s salary could jump by more than... (Continue reading)

Gearhart sentenced, cuffed, headed to prison

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Updated at 6 p.m. By KAREN VELIE and DANIEL BLACKBURN Notorious North County developer Kelly Gearhart was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison Thursday morning by U.S. District Court Judge Otis Wright II in Los Angeles. Gearhart, 54, was... (Continue reading)

SLO Laureate School shuttered, no warning to parents

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By KAREN VELIE Parents attempting to drop their children off on Wednesday morning at the Laureate School in San Luis Obispo were informed the owners of the school had been evicted and the school was closed. The Laureate School is... (Continue reading)

Judge asks why Cuesta Title was not indicted

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By KAREN VELIE During the first day of former North County developer Kelly Gearhart’s sentencing hearing, Gearhart’s attorney attempted to paint his client as a previously honest man whose missteps were a result of the downturn in the market while... (Continue reading)

Kelly Gearhart blames lenders, claims he is a victim

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By KAREN VELIE Former North County developer Kelly Gearhart contends that employees of Heritage Oaks Bank and Hurst Financial were primarily responsible for defrauding more than 1,200 investors out of more than $100 million. The prosecution argues that Gearhart lulled... (Continue reading)

Supervisor Hill threatens state employee

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By JOSH FRIEDMAN San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Adam Hill chastised and threatened the job of a state geologist who is critical of the science used to justify the Oceano Dunes dust rule, a regulation that an appellate court recently... (Continue reading)

Sex offender files lawsuit against Grover Beach

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By KAREN VELIE A registered sex offender filed a federal lawsuit last week against the city of Grover Beach challenging an ordinance that makes it a crime for sex offenders to set up residency in most of the city. The... (Continue reading)

Cuesta College analyst arrested

Lacey Fowler

By KAREN VELIE UPDATE: Statement from Cuesta College, ““Cuesta College follows Education Code when hiring. There is a question in the official application that asks specifically about criminal offenses. Controlled substances and sex crimes are the only two things that... (Continue reading)

Cuesta College breach led to drug bust

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By KAREN VELIE While serving a search warrant at the home of a Cuesta College Human Resources analyst suspected of misappropriation of employee personal information, investigators discovered more than four pounds of methamphetamine and heroin. On May 31, a Cuesta... (Continue reading)

Cal Poly faculty unrest leads to vote of no confidence in Ag dean

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By KAREN VELIE Faculty discontent boiled over in the College of Agriculture with a majority of faculty giving Agriculture Dean Andrew Thulin a vote of no-confidence. It is the latest development in a spring of faculty and staff resentment over... (Continue reading)



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