Uncovered SLO

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Sierra Club California pans Paso Robles water bill

By DANIEL BLACKBURN Editor’s Note: Letters from the Sierra Club California, North County Watch, The Center for Biological Diversity and Katcho Achadjian about a Paso Robles water basin bill are at the bottom of this article. The bill begins its... (Continue reading)

Ray brings boyfriend into political fray

By JOSH FRIEDMAN and KAREN VELIE A San Luis Obispo County supervisor currently running for election has used her political position to further the career of her boyfriend, in violation of an ethic’s policy. Last October, Governor Jerry Brown appointed... (Continue reading)

SLO developer fined by state ethics watchdog

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A San Luis Obispo County developer has drawn a fine from the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) for not identifying himself as a major donor to the election campaign of County Supervisor Caren Ray. The FPPC... (Continue reading)

Questions surround inmate’s death

By KAREN VELIE The mother of a man who died after being incarcerated in the San Luis Obispo County Jail is questioning why her son was placed in a cell rather than taken to a hospital after officers determined he... (Continue reading)

Will Gibson’s emails to his lover surface before election?

By JOSH FRIEDMAN For more than 17 months, San Luis Obispo County officials have claimed they are attempting to comply with the California Public Records Act, yet they have failed to provide emails that could tarnish the reputation of a... (Continue reading)

Fire authority blames voters for parcel tax failure

By JOSH FRIEDMAN After 60 percent of voters rejected a parcel tax initiative for firefighting services, the Five Cities Fire Authority (FCFA) took to Facebook to blame its fiscal woes on South County property owners. On Friday, the votes were... (Continue reading)

Will SLO issue a pension obligation bond?

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Chances are growing that the city of San Luis Obispo will issue a pension obligation bond to gain control of its unfunded retirement plan liabilities, which have soared past $100 million. The city currently has a total... (Continue reading)

Battle for SLO supervisor seat prompts illegal signs

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A sitting San Luis Obispo County supervisor seeking to keep her seat has dozens of campaign signs placed on county and state property in violation of the law. Typically, candidates get permission from supporters to place signs... (Continue reading)

Marx seeking sales tax renewal end-run around law

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo Mayor Jan Marx is seeking to use an appellate court ruling to forego the two-thirds council vote requirement to place a tax increase on the November ballot. In 1986, California voters passed Proposition 62,... (Continue reading)

Raises pending for SLO council, manager and attorney

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Each member of the San Luis Obispo City Council, as well as the city manager and city attorney could receive pay raises in the coming weeks. This week the council is holding closed session meetings in which... (Continue reading)



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