Uncovered SLO

SLO County agency awards Justin winery grant, conflict of interest alleged

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District is paying to put five electric vehicle charging stations at Justin Vineyards & Winery where Carla Willey, wife of agency head Gary Willey, has worked as chief financial officer... (Continue reading)

Validity of SLO County judge’s ruling headed to Supreme Court

By KAREN VELIE The Court of Appeal declined to rehear a dispute over the disqualification of the entire San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office in a case against seven Black Lives Matter defendants, prompting state and local prosecutors to... (Continue reading)

Cambria and Cayucos residents facing huge garbage rate increases

By KAREN VELIE Amid public outrage, officials in Cayucos and Cambria have agreed to raise trash rates over 40%. While trash rates throughout the state are increasing because of new regulations regarding food waste and increases in gas prices, Cambria... (Continue reading)

Bruce Gibson’s campaign attacks former mayor’s book on corruption

By KAREN VELIE The campaign for San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Bruce Gibson lashed out at former Grover Beach Mayor Debbie Peterson over her book about corruption in the county in a campaign Facebook post rife with misinformation. Gibson’s campaign... (Continue reading)

Phillips 66 shutting down refinery in Nipomo

By KAREN VELIE Phillips 66 on Friday announced plans to shut its refinery in Nipomo during the first quarter of 2023. For more than 60 years, the 1,780-acre Santa Maria Refinery next to Highway 1 on the Nipomo Mesa has... (Continue reading)

Paul Flores allegedly said he knew what happened to Kristin Smart’s body

By KAREN VELIE The suspect in the murder of Kristin Smart attempted to make a plea deal in 2003. Paul Flores would lead San Luis Obispo County law enforcement to her body in exchange for a minor sentence, according to... (Continue reading)

San Simeon directors refuse to pay attorney, want to see bills

By KAREN VELIE At a San Simeon Community Services District meeting on Tuesday, the directors voted unanimously not to pay their attorney firm because attorney Jeffrey Minnery is refusing to provide them unredacted bills. During the past two monthly meetings,... (Continue reading)

State seeks rehearing over appellate ruling on SLO County prosecutors

By KAREN VELIE The Court of Appeal should rehear a dispute over the disqualification of the entire San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office in a case against seven Black Lives Matter defendants because of factual errors and omissions in... (Continue reading)

Atascadero police chief terminated after dispute with city manager

By JOSH FRIEDMAN and KAREN VELIE The city of Atascadero fired its police chief on Wednesday, citing incompatibility with the city’s top executive as reason for the termination. For weeks, City Manager Rachelle Rickard discussed firing the chief after he... (Continue reading)

Pismo Beach loses appeal, ordered to pay developer more than $1 million

By KAREN VELIE The city of Pismo Beach was ordered Monday to repay the developer of a storage facility more than $1 million for overcharging development impact fees, along with court costs, according to a Second Appellate District ruling. Developer... (Continue reading)