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San Luis Obispo’s homeless barred from services

By JOSH FRIEDMAN, KAREN VELIE and DANIEL BLACKBURN Scores of homeless, barred from Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo’s homeless services, spend their days begging for food, looking for shelter and avoiding city police who target them. CAPSLO receives... (Continue reading)

Paso Robles man may have been killed to silence him

Paso Robles’ Victor Hugo Sanchez may have been murdered to prevent his testimony in an upcoming criminal trial — a trial that now probably will not happen. Sanchez, 37, died from multiple bullet wounds Feb. 23 as he stood in... (Continue reading)

Los Osos sewer costs escalating

By KAREN VELIE The cost to construct a sewer system in Los Osos is slated to run over its $173 million budget because of pay raises, extended contracts and under estimated workloads. On Feb. 24, San Luis Obispo County’s Public... (Continue reading)

Excelaron appeals $6 billion lawsuit dismissal

By KAREN VELIE An appellate court will determine if San Luis Obispo County officials should be able to have a lawsuit dismissed after their staff provided deceptive information in an apparent attempt to mislead the plaintiff. In what could become... (Continue reading)

APCD skews report on Nipomo Mesa air quality

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A member of the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District Board discovered last week that district staff used incomplete data sets to compile a report which inaccurately portrays escalating pollution levels on the Nipomo Mesa.... (Continue reading)

CAPSLO threatens whistleblowers in homeless inquiry

By CALCOASTNEWS STAFF Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo (CAPSLO) is threatening more than a dozen persons who have come forward with information about wrongdoing at the nonprofit which serves the homeless in San Luis Obispo County. These threats... (Continue reading)

Torres sues private investigator over questions about abuse of homeless

By DANIEL BLACKBURN Dee Torres, homeless services coordinator for Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo (CAPSLO), has filed a slander lawsuit against private investigator Mike Brennler. The suit, filed by attorney Roy Ogden, alleges that Brennler slandered Torres in... (Continue reading)

Chumash cemetery unearthed in Los Osos

By KAREN VELIE Members of the Chumash community want sewer collection system excavation halted in Los Osos where Native American remains were unearthed at what is believed to an ancient cemetery. Chumash leaders are asking that the area remain intact... (Continue reading)

Homeless director accused of pocketing donations

KEEPING THEM HOMELESS By KAREN VELIE, JOSH FRIEDMAN and DANIEL BLACKBURN (Editor’s note: This is part of an ongoing series about San Luis Obispo County Homeless Services and the nonprofits managing the program.) Homeless Services Coordinator Dee Torres routinely took... (Continue reading)

Paso Robles lenders arrested on multiple fraud charges

By KAREN VELIE Heritage Lending principals Candy Wells and her husband Ronald Wells were arrested Tuesday on seven felony charges. The court has set their bail at $2.5 million each. Prosecutors from the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s office... (Continue reading)

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