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Gearhart appraiser loses license over land fraud

An Atascadero-based appraiser whose inflated appraisals helped North County Developer Kelly Gearhart defraud investors out of more than $100 million has lost his license. The California Attorney General’s office ordered Terry Pippin to surrender his license in December. Pippin made false... (Continue reading)

Morro Bay police officer’s guns stolen

A Morro Bay police officer who left two guns in an unlocked vehicle parked in San Luis Obispo discovered early Friday morning someone had stolen the weapons. Former San Luis Obispo City Councilman and Mothers Tavern owner Paul Brown left an... (Continue reading)

Our top news picks of the year

Picking the top CalCoastNews stories of 2011 is no easy chore, but fortunately we have our readers to help with the selections. And while the numbers don’t always tell the whole story, it helps to know which stories have been... (Continue reading)

SLO employee discriminates via Facebook

A San Luis Obispo Police department administrative assistant called her fellow staffers names and told them where they should go after a department employee asked to have her photo taken off a Christmas tree for religious reasons. The outburst was a... (Continue reading)

School chief’s wife defends contracts with district

By DANIEL BLACKBURN Rancorous relations among factions in the Coast Unified School District (CUSD) fester after the wife of district Superintendent Chris Adams angrily and publicly derided “lies and accusations about our family that pervade our district and community and... (Continue reading)

San Luis Obispo conceals toxic waste release

Eleven months after a San Luis Obispo city employee dumped toxic chemicals at a public facility, city officials have still not reported the illegal discharge to state authorities as required by law. The failure to report the spill could leave the... (Continue reading)

Santa Maria police officers shot each other

The only bullets fired in Thursday’s fusillade killing a 24-year-old Santa Maria man and wounding two officers came from police weapons. A local newspaper initially reported that the fatally wounded man, Samyr Ceballos, started a shootout. “Never once did I... (Continue reading)

Home Depot stores profiting on veterans

Veterans, enticed by the promise of special discounts, load their carts at Home Depot stores only to discover the advertised discounts require a non-existent veterans’ service card. While a portion of veterans receive medical cards, the bulk are expected to utilize... (Continue reading)

Guth’s Pasolivo olive ranch sale squashed

A secretive process to sell Karen Guth’s Pasolivo Olive Ranch in Paso Robles has been stopped and the purchase of the ranch is now open to the public. Currently, the 131 acre ranch including three stand alone homes, a studio apartment... (Continue reading)

Double dipping and moonlighting at Cal Poly

During a time of stagnant professor salaries, laid off lecturers, and increasing student tuition and fees, some California Polytechnic State University administrator compensations are increasing through raises, double dipping and moonlighting. Former Cal Poly president Warren Baker is taking home about... (Continue reading)

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