Uncovered SLO

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State lawmakers keep their schedules private

California lawmakers, supposedly public servants, continue to keep their daily schedules private, despite attempts by the Associated Press to gain access to 2009 records. [Associated Press] All but one of the 120 current members of the Senate and the Assembly... (Continue reading)

Bordonaro’s well-placed friends

(Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series about San Luis Obispo County Assessor and Republican politico Tom Bordonaro.) Amidst allegations that San Luis Obispo County Assessor Tom Bordonaro has reportedly used his office and his foundation to enrich his... (Continue reading)

Heritage Oaks Bank reports accounting error

Paso Robles-based Heritage Oaks Bancorp blames accounting errors for a recently discovered additional $1.8 million in losses for the fourth quarter of 2009. The parent company of Heritage Oaks Bank now reports a fourth quarter net loss of $3.4 million... (Continue reading)

Details of superintendent’s relationship with student released

Superintendent Dean Smith agreed to resign rather than face termination for an inappropriate relationship with a former student. An investigation funded by the San Miguel School Board resulted in charges for terminating Smith, 55. The investigation found that Smith had utilized his... (Continue reading)

County tax assessor’s actions under scrutiny

San Luis Obispo County Assessor Tom Bordonaro is arguably the most politically connected officeholder on the Central Coast -- and its most controversial. Bordonaro, 50, of Paso Robles, is a former two-term state assemblyman, failed Congressional candidate, and the current chairman... (Continue reading)

Are nonprofit hospitals profiting?

In these tough economic times, French Hospital Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, which was losing money a few years ago, is now raking in more than $6 million a year in profits, according to a CalCoastNews analysis of data... (Continue reading)

Firm angling for Los Osos project fails the smell test in New Orleans

The engineering firm on track to be San Luis Obispo County’s choice to oversee the multi-million-dollar Los Osos wastewater project is the subject of a new scathing report by the inspector general of New Orleans. [Times-Picayune] The 28-page report claims... (Continue reading)

School secretary arrested for assaulting niece’s romantic rival

A San Miguel school secretary and two of her family members have been arrested for allegedly assaulting a pregnant teen in front of the victim’s two-year-old son, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department said. All three defendants in the case,... (Continue reading)

Federal action against Heritage Oaks Bank

Federal regulators have banned the parent company of Paso Robles-based Heritage Oaks Bank from paying dividends or incurring debt as part of a written agreement the company and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco signed on Monday. As part of... (Continue reading)

Ashburn admits to being gay

Republican state Senator Roy Ashburn admitted on a Bakersfield talk radio show Monday morning that he is gay. [Huffington Post] On the Inga Barks talk show, Ashburn said, “I’m gay. Those are the words that have been difficult for me... (Continue reading)



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