Uncovered SLO

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EFI financial battle hints at new suspects

By KAREN VELIE A third figure emerged as a possible suspect in fraud precipitating the collapse of hard money lender Estate Financial Inc. (EFI) during yesterday's courtroom squabble over the remains of the once rich and influential entity. San Luis Obispo County... (Continue reading)

AG asked to probe Dancing Star animal slaughter

By KAREN VELIE Systematic killing of protected animals at the Dancing Star Foundation’s Cayucos sanctuary and excessive salaries of a husband-wife team of self-proclaimed environmentalists may violate the non-profit corporation’s filings with the state of California. Lucy Sheldon, a with assistance from... (Continue reading)

Sheriff’s spokesman Bryn in Parkinson’s corner

By DANIEL BLACKBURN Sheriff Pat Hedges won’t endorse a successor just yet, but his department spokesman isn’t bashful about trumpeting his choice. Rob Bryn wrote and distributed a press release last week announcing the candidacy of Ian Parkinson, a captain in... (Continue reading)

Gold for some: EFI trustees bill estate $4.5 million

By KAREN VELIE While most people touched by the Estate Financial Inc. (EFI) debacle have been monetarily devastated, a select few are in line to do quite well. Trustees and their special attorneys have collected, or are requesting, compensation of $4.5... (Continue reading)

Picking at bones of EFI: Lawyers wrangling

By KAREN VELIE During the latest battle over assets of failed Estate Financial Inc. (EFI) , attorneys for trustees, former co-owner Charlie Applebaum, Joshua Yaguda’s wife, and Heritage Oaks bank argued their clients alleged claims at an asset hearing on Friday. San... (Continue reading)

UPDATE: Unmasking Dalido’s mysterious foe

By KAREN VELIE Centervest, the group that contracted to take the torch from Ernie Dalidio and propel his proposed development through the system, has backed out, reportedly because of the economic downswing. Meanwhile, Dalido’s team continues attempts to unmask their mysterious... (Continue reading)

Medical pot icon Charlie Lynch gets national attention

ABC’s John Stossel explores an American anomaly -- medicinal marijuana which is legal in some states, including California, but unlawful under U.S. law. Stossel’s third segment of his series “Bailouts and Bull” examines the extraordinary case of Charles Lynch of... (Continue reading)

Lou Dobbs to Cal Poly President: “bureaucratic moron”

CNN’s Lou Dobbs recently called out California Polytechnic State University President Warren Baker for squelching diversity and free speech. “Let me say this to Cal Poly's president, you sir are a coward and a fool and as far as I’m concerned,... (Continue reading)

Sand, sun, bailout bucks for Heritage Oaks Bank officials

By DANIEL BLACKBURN If members of Heritage Oaks Bank’s board of directors and high ranking officials must kill a little time waiting for the U.S. government to deliver their allotment of $21 million in taxpayer bailout money, they might as well... (Continue reading)

Copeland grip on downtown SLO nightmare for some

By DANIEL BLACKBURN There are nicknames aplenty for the city of San Luis Obispo, and many have a commonality, the name Copeland: “Copelandville,” “Copelandburg,” “Copeland Kingdom,” and of course, “Cope-Land, ” to list but a few. References to the Copeland family, and... (Continue reading)



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