Uncovered SLO

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Marx’s own emails belie prior claims

By KAREN VELIE and DANIEL BLACKBURN San Luis Obispo Mayor Jan Marx, by her own admission in a series of emails, was a key player in an illegal campaign aimed at torpedoing a development project proposed by rancher Ernie Dalidio... (Continue reading)

Judge rules whistleblowers cannot sue

An alleged whistleblower’s case against the South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District was tossed out because a judge said an employee cannot sue a public entity for wrongful termination because of being a whistleblower. Former lab technician Devina Douglas sued... (Continue reading)

Sanitation district served notice for violations

The South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District has been slapped with a notice of violation for the 12-hour raw sewage spill that occurred in December, 2010, according to an April 18 enforcement action that CalCoastNews received through a Public... (Continue reading)

National flags ignite firestorm at Atascadero Junior High School

A disturbance erupted in the Atascadero Junior High School cafeteria on Thursday when several Caucasian students began waving American flags at students who were waving Mexican flags in celebration of Cinco de Mayo, said Kim Spinks, Atascadero Unified School District’s... (Continue reading)

Foreclosures, lawsuits and filings

San Luis Obispo County developer John King’s lifelong climb to success has been clouded in recent years by a series of financial challenges which according to the King Ventures head were brought on by the collapse of the banking industry... (Continue reading)

EFI sues Bryan Cave attorneys $100 million for malpractice

A bankruptcy trustee filed suit Friday against Estate Financial Inc.’s (EFI) former attorney and her employing firm, Bryan Cave LLP, alleging a cover up which led to the swindling of more than $100 million from more than 1,500 San Luis... (Continue reading)

Princess Palms and beheadings: high times turn hairy

Actor turned developer John King and some of his early business investments in the 1960s, notably in Warehouse Sound Co. and California Cooperage, undoubtedly paid off big and afforded him with greater opportunities. But not everything King touched turned to gold. On... (Continue reading)

The life and times of John King

Love him or hate him, it is indisputable John King’s ventures have in many ways helped restore the aesthetic glory to downtown San Luis Obispo and molded the local hospitality industry thriving today. But in these economically challenging times even... (Continue reading)

Atascadero settlements costing taxpayers

An impending $1.9 million budget shortfall has several former Atascadero officials questioning the city’s alleged mismanagement of its police department which has resulted in more than a half million dollars in controversial personnel settlements. "Its clear that the city manager, the... (Continue reading)

HFI executive bargaining for less prison time

Hurst Financial, Inc. (HFI) president Jay Miller is working on a plea agreement with federal prosecutors in exchange for his testimony against former north county developer Kelly Gearhart, according to inside sources. Miller, 63, is asking to be incarcerated in a... (Continue reading)

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