Uncovered SLO

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SLO ambulance charges second highest in state

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Ambulance service charges, currently under review for another rate increase, have soared over the past five years to one of the highest rates in the state. In 2003, the San Luis Obispo Ambulance base rate for a... (Continue reading)

County counsel mulling answer, or waiting for Gibson, or something else

County counsel Warren Jensen promised to respond to allegations of misdeeds, including backdating contracts, lodged by a Los Osos home owner against Public Works Director Paavo Ogren and others back in April. However, with the county embroiled in sex scandals, high... (Continue reading)

Union negotiator resigns in aftermath of sex scandal

By KAREN VELIE Tony Perry says that his affair with Gail Wilcox began long after the sheriff’s union contract was negotiated and announces his resignation as executive director of the Deputy Sheriff’s Association (DSA), in an e-mail to members of the... (Continue reading)

Hertel claims as many as 300 bank accounts

Ronald Hertel, the local developer forced into bankruptcy by creditors, testified that he has as many as 300 personal bank accounts, though he is not quite sure. During his testimony last week, Hertel said he was unable to explain money transfers... (Continue reading)

Wilcox’s Mr. X unveiled

By KAREN VELIE The much-anticipated County investigative report reveals Gail Wilcox was terminated due to an affair with the married Executive Director of the Deputy Deputy’s association Tony Perry. The brief relationship coincided with the early 2009 negotiations between the... (Continue reading)

Appellate court throws out Dalidio ruling

By KAREN VELIE A state appellate court ruling Tuesday paved the way for Ernie Dalidio’s proposed multi-faceted plan to develop his land and, at the same time, gave him the option of refilling a RICO lawsuit against the San Luis Obispo... (Continue reading)

City officials paved Gearhart’s path of destruction

By KAREN VELIE As developer Kelly Gearhart worked to build more than 400 new homes in the Atascadero area, city inspectors and others were apparently looking the other way, allowing Gearhart to avoid paying city fees due to falsified and unfinished... (Continue reading)

Pulitzer prize-winning journalist George Ramos joins CalCoastNews

George Ramos, three time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and former bureau chief with the Los Angeles Times, has joined CalCoastNews. Ramos, former chair of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s Journalism Department, continues to teach reporting and editing classes as a tenured professor... (Continue reading)

County sex scandal reveals misdeeds

By KAREN VELIE In addition to detailing the improper relationship Gail Wilcox engaged in with a sheriff union negotiator, the recently released investigative report commissioned by the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors unveils how government leaders conspired to hide... (Continue reading)

Wilcox’s Mr. X unveiled

By KAREN VELIE The much-anticipated County investigative report reveals Gail Wilcox was terminated due to an affair with the married Executive Director of the Deputy Deputy’s association Tony Perry. The brief relationship coincided with the early 2009 negotiations between the County and... (Continue reading)



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