Uncovered SLO

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SLO County Jail procedures deemed unconstitutional

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By STEW JENKINS California’s 3rd District Court of Appeal recently upheld a ruling barring a county jail from requiring glass partitions between inmates and lawyers, a more than 40 year practice of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department. In... (Continue reading)

SLO County’s disappearing budget surplus

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By JOSH FRIEDMAN Less than six months after the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors awarded extra pay to all employees after staff claimed a $30 million budget surplus, the county is running in a deficit. The county is... (Continue reading)

Democrats losing membership in SLO County

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By JOSH FRIEDMAN and KAREN VELIE As the Republican Party loses ground in California and risks losing statewide competitiveness, it is the Democratic Party that is suffering the greater erosion in San Luis Obispo County. Since 2009, the Democratic Party... (Continue reading)

Probation department seeking low sentence for Gearhart

Kelly Gearhart

By KAREN VELIE With just two weeks until Kelly Gearhart’s sentencing hearing, his probation officer and federal prosecutors are disagreeing over the number of the defendant’s victims, a fact that partially determines sentencing guidelines. While both sides agree on most... (Continue reading)

Did illegal ticket quotas hasten Gesell’s exit?

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By KAREN VELIE and DANIEL BLACKBURN San Luis Obispo Police Chief Steve Gesell’s command staff initiated an illegal ticket quota scheme with pizza as a reward, emails obtained by CalCoastNews show, an activity that may have contributed to Gesell’s being... (Continue reading)

Hill campaign threatens radio station’s advertising and broadcast license

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The Facebook page of “Jenny Herzog” described in this article disappeared at 8:40 p.m., about seven hours after this posting.) By DANIEL BLACKBURN A mysterious, self-described volunteer for Supervisor Adam Hill’s reelection campaign has warned that the campaign... (Continue reading)

SLO police chief facing administrative leave

By CalCoastNews Staff San Luis Obispo Police Chief Steve Gesell will be placed on paid administrative leave by the end of the work day, today, Friday, May 8, sources say. It is the first step in what reliable and informed... (Continue reading)

Raised eyebrows over Pemberton brothers SLO project

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By KAREN VELIE A pair of developers whose prior business deals resulted in claims of fraud and a bankruptcy with $1.4 million in unpaid wages, debts and charity pledges that were never fulfilled have started looking for investors in a... (Continue reading)

Cal Poly sacks football player, may have been illegal procedure

EDITOR’S NOTE: A letter from Marvin Abou’s landlord and the university’s response are at the end of this story. By CCN STAFF The suspension of a 22-year-old Cal Poly student athlete within hours of his arrest on suspicion of felony... (Continue reading)

Adam Hill gets roasted in violation of party by-laws

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Adam Hill must be a glutton for punishment. The two-term District 3 supervisor, often the target of scathing criticism in public forums and on social media, has decided to willingly subject himself... (Continue reading)



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