Uncovered SLO

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Toxic substance department records point to inaction in chemical cases

By KAREN VELIE Almost two years ago, a San Luis Obispo city employee ordered others to dump chemicals and paints at a city facility. The state’s Department of Toxic Substance Control began an investigation and told witnesses that criminal cases... (Continue reading)

Oceano board accused of skirting Brown Act

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A government watchdog organization has again accused the Oceano Community Services District Board of Directors of violating California’s open meeting law, the Ralph M. Brown Act. Attorney for Californians Aware Terry Francke authored a letter Friday to... (Continue reading)

County rebuffs California Coastal Commission

By DANIEL BLACKBURN County planners have snubbed California Coastal Commission (CCC) investigators in an ongoing dispute over permit requirements for a controversial Morro Bay commune. Acting Planning Director Kami Griffin, responding to a formal complaint from the state agency, stated... (Continue reading)

Employees fleeing San Luis Obispo

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The city of San Luis Obispo pays its workers about $100,000 a year on average and boasts a reputation as “the happiest city in America,” yet it struggles to retain employees, particularly high-ranking ones. Since January 2010,... (Continue reading)

Gibson plants 500 trees while calling for ag moratorium

By KAREN VELIE and JOSH FRIEDMAN San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Bruce Gibson planted 500 new citrus trees on his rural Cayucos property several months ago while pushing to impose tough water conservation measures on agriculturalists in the Paso Robles... (Continue reading)

Homeless man sues CAPSLO over bed bug infestation

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A homeless man filed suit Tuesday against two San Luis Obispo nonprofits for illnesses he suffered following a bed bug infestation at a homeless shelter the organizations own and operate. Bed bugs bit Jeff Stone during his... (Continue reading)

State eyes Morro Bay commune for violations

By DANIEL BLACKBURN A destination for the downtrodden on the outskirts of Morro Bay has been circumventing a variety of building codes and environmental regulations for more than four decades, and now an official of the California Coastal Commission is... (Continue reading)

Morro Bay city attorney’s job back on chopping block

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Morro Bay City Council members have set special meeting for Monday to discuss terminating city attorney Rob Schultz. Schultz and City Manager Andrea Lueker have been battling to keep their jobs since September 11, when Mayor Jamie... (Continue reading)

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)



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