Uncovered SLO

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San Luis Obispo leads county in cost of government

By KAREN VELIE The city of SLO leads the pack in San Luis Obispo County with the highest rate of employees per population base with 103 residents per employee among cities with population more than... (Continue reading)

Court opens door to criminal charges in South County sewage spill

By KAREN VELIE A Superior Court judge’s ruling Wednesday has left the door open to criminal prosecution of South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District officials over a massive spill of raw sewage in December... (Continue reading)

SLO firefighter accused of assault placed on leave

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo city administrators placed a firefighter who was arrested for allegedly beating a man unconscious at a local pub on unpaid administrative leave several months ago, city staff confirmed while... (Continue reading)

Gearhart pleads not guilty to fraud

By KAREN VELIE and DANIEL BLACKBURN Onetime Atascadero “Person of the Year” Kelly Gearhart pleaded not guilty to 16 charges of mail fraud, wire fraud and money laundering at his arraignment Monday at a federal... (Continue reading)

Paso Robles city officials manipulate election?

By DANIEL BLACKBURN EDITOR’S NOTE: See both versions of City Council candidate Jim Reed’s campaign statement at the bottom of this story. Jim Reed wanted to help initiate major changes in the way Paso Robles’... (Continue reading)

SLO homeless win big in ticketing battle

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo City Council agreed Thursday to dismiss all tickets given this year to homeless residents for sleeping in their vehicles. In April, attorneys Saro Rizzo and Stew Jenkins filed a... (Continue reading)

Adam Hill’s chief aide departing

San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Adam Hill’s administrative assistant Susan Devine is stepping down amid swirling allegations that the supervisor exploited government resources promoting his reelection campaign, and then mounted an attempt to destroy media... (Continue reading)

Worker shortage threatens state crops

By DANIEL BLACKBURN A plaintive, years-long cry from California farmers worried about an adequate supply of harvest laborers now is being heard statewide as the prediction – often scorned by critics — begins to materialize.... (Continue reading)

Bank accused of harassing Shell Beach couple

By KAREN VELIE Following years of allegedly being bombarded with no less than 75 collection calls a week, an elderly Shell Beach couple has filed a lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase. Not long after JPMorgan Chase... (Continue reading)

Sheriff’s department sex scandal lands three under investigation

CORRECTION: While senior deputy Todd Steeb and Pozdolski’s wife are under investigation, Sheriff Ian Parkinson placed only John Pozdolski on paid administrative leave. By KAREN VELIE An alleged affair between a senior San Luis Obispo... (Continue reading)

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