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Kelly Gearhart blames lenders, claims he is a victim

Kelly Gearhart

By KAREN VELIE Former North County developer Kelly Gearhart contends that employees of Heritage Oaks Bank and Hurst Financial were primarily responsible for defrauding more than 1,200 investors out of more than $100 million. The prosecution argues that Gearhart lulled... (Continue reading)

Supervisor Hill threatens state employee

Supervisor Adam Hill

By JOSH FRIEDMAN San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Adam Hill chastised and threatened the job of a state geologist who is critical of the science used to justify the Oceano Dunes dust rule, a regulation that an appellate court recently... (Continue reading)

Sex offender files lawsuit against Grover Beach

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By KAREN VELIE A registered sex offender filed a federal lawsuit last week against the city of Grover Beach challenging an ordinance that makes it a crime for sex offenders to set up residency in most of the city. The... (Continue reading)

Cuesta College analyst arrested

Lacey Fowler

By KAREN VELIE UPDATE: Statement from Cuesta College, ““Cuesta College follows Education Code when hiring. There is a question in the official application that asks specifically about criminal offenses. Controlled substances and sex crimes are the only two things that... (Continue reading)

Cuesta College breach led to drug bust

Lacey and Chad Fowler

By KAREN VELIE While serving a search warrant at the home of a Cuesta College Human Resources analyst suspected of misappropriation of employee personal information, investigators discovered more than four pounds of methamphetamine and heroin. On May 31, a Cuesta... (Continue reading)

Cal Poly faculty unrest leads to vote of no confidence in Ag dean

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By KAREN VELIE Faculty discontent boiled over in the College of Agriculture with a majority of faculty giving Agriculture Dean Andrew Thulin a vote of no-confidence. It is the latest development in a spring of faculty and staff resentment over... (Continue reading)

Cuesta College losing 35,000 gallons of water daily

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By KAREN VELIE Amid a four-year drought, Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo has nearly doubled its water usage primarily because of a leaking pool. And college officials plan to keep the pool open while putting off any substantial repairs... (Continue reading)

Rod Jarmin and Tammy Jordan’s trial starts Monday

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By KAREN VELIE Four years after they were arrested for seven counts of fraud and embezzlement, Real Property Lenders (RPL) of Paso Robles principals Rod Jarmin and Tammy Jordan’s trial will begin on Monday. In April 2014, Jarmin, 76, and... (Continue reading)

Harley-Davidson thumps California’s Franchise Tax Board

Attorney Stew Jenkins

By STEW JENKINS A California appeals court ruled last week, in a lawsuit brought by the Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Company against the California Franchise Tax Board, that part of California’s statutory income tax scheme is unconstitutional because it discriminates against out... (Continue reading)

Victims chastise Kelly Gearhart at hearing

By KAREN VELIE Former North County developer Kelly Gearhart sat stone-faced Monday as eight of his financial fraud victims told a federal judge in Los Angeles how Gearhart showed no mercy for the elderly victims he preyed upon. Each of... (Continue reading)



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