Uncovered SLO

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Shandon students storm out of class in protest

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Shandon High School students stormed out of class today in protest of the  firing of Shandon Joint Unified School District Superintendent Rodney Wallace at a special board meeting Tuesday. The school board fired Wallace by a 5-0... (Continue reading)

Kelly Gearhart’s trial delayed a fourth time

By KAREN VELIE For the fourth time, former Atascadero “Person of the Year” and prominent North County land developer Kelly Gearhart’s fraud trial has been delayed. Gearhart’s public defender, Kim Savo, successfully requested another delay in her client’s trial originally... (Continue reading)

Torres’ price for attempting to silence public debate

By KAREN VELIE Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo’s homeless services director’s attempt to stifle free speech could end up costing her an additional $41,930 for her opponent’s legal fees. In September, San Luis Obispo Superior Court Judge Barry... (Continue reading)

Homeless man demands $115,000 from CAPSLO

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A homeless man demanded $80,000 last month from the Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo (CAPSLO) for turning him away from a homeless shelter because he had a service dog with him. In two Sept. 23... (Continue reading)

Escrow companies linked to Gearhart win civil lawsuit

A lengthy and complex civil fraud trial featuring  Kelly Gearhart and his associated property predators ended Tuesday with complete exoneration of three escrow companies alleged to have conspired with the disgraced North County developer. Hurst Financial investors, many of whom... (Continue reading)

Los Osos hires district manager during contentious meeting

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Amid screams of outrage from the audience, the Los Osos Community Services District Board of Directors hired an embattled executive Saturday as its new general manager. During the 8 a.m. special meeting, the board voted to hire... (Continue reading)

SLO council appoints Barasch to investment committee

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The San Luis Obispo City Council appointed former mayoral candidate Steve Barasch to the Investment Oversight Committee Tuesday, despite opposition from staff and the mayor. Barasch, who has criticized city financial decisions during regular appearances at council... (Continue reading)

SLO management snubs policy critic

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Amid allegation of financial inadequacies, San Luis Obispo’s assistant city manager ordered the city clerk to leave the name of an outspoken applicant for a position on the Investment Oversight Committee off a staff report for Tuesday’s... (Continue reading)

Gearhart properties to be auctioned

By KAREN VELIE Three of former north county developer Kelly Gearhart’s properties will be sold at auction in October including the Paso Robles golf course property known as Vista del Hombre. A New York firm will hold the auction on... (Continue reading)

Central Coast ground water quality poorest in state

By KAREN VELIE In southern San Luis Obispo County and northern Santa Barbara County researchers found more wells with high concentrations of nitrates, arsenic and molybdenum than anywhere else in the state, according to a recent report by the U.S.... (Continue reading)

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