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Worrell on leave, IWMA fraud investigation continues

By Cal Coast Times staff The San Luis Obispo County Integrated Waste Management Authority Board voted unanimously on Wednesday to place the agency’s manager on paid administrative leave because of criminal allegations of misuse of public funds. [Cal Coast Times] In May, several members of the public asked the board to call for a forensic […]... (Continue Reading)

IWMA credit card used for personal costs, audit shows

By Cal Coast Times staff The San Luis Obispo County Integrated Waste Management Authority spends thousands of dollars of taxpayer money every month on a US Bank credit card “for what appear to be personal uses,” reported Carl Knudson, an investigator hired by a citizens’ group. [Cal Coast Times] Based on documents obtained under the […]... (Continue Reading)

Investigator uncovers false testimony in CalCoastNews libel case

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the third in a multi-part series of articles about San Luis Obispo County’s waste disposal agency. The first reported on the agency’s free-spending use of a public credit card and the lack of credit card documentation of nearly a half-million dollars. The second reported that the SLO County District Attorney’s office […]... (Continue Reading)

SLO IWMA Board calls for special meeting to discuss criminal investigation

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second in a multi-part series of articles about San Luis Obispo County’s waste disposal agency. The first reported on the agency’s free-spending use of a public credit card and the lack of credit card documentation of nearly a half-million dollars. By Cal Coast Times staff District Attorney Dan Dow has […]... (Continue Reading)

Waste agency’s unchecked spending under scrutiny

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first in a multi-part series on the unfettered spending of government funds by the county’s waste disposal agency. Carl Knudson’s report and a graph regarding credit card expenses is at the bottom of this article. By Cal Coast Times Staff A credit card issued without authorization to the manager of […]... (Continue Reading)

Questionable spending at SLO County IWMA on the agenda

Editor’s note: The Wayne Hall letter requesting an audit of the San Luis Obispo County Integrated Waste Management Authority is at the bottom of this story. By Cal Coast Times staff San Luis Obispo County’s public agency responsible for waste disposal is awash in suspicious financial improprieties and has not been properly audited for the […]... (Continue Reading)

The Tribune’s misguided misrepresentation campaign

CCN EDITORIAL A few weeks ago, The Tribune wrote that a CalCoastNews reporter appeared to be missing, in the follow-up to the $1.1 million libel judgment against CalCoastNews and two staff members, Karen Velie and Dan Blackburn. The Tribune claimed process servers had attempted repeatedly to serve Velie at her relatives’ home, her home and […]... (Continue Reading)

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CCN set to battle pernicious lawsuit

By CalCoastNews staff CalCoastNews is preparing to defend itself against a claim of libel in a trial now set for next month in a San Luis Obispo County courtroom. A Northern California journalist predicts the outcome “may determine the fate of CalCoastNews’ eight-year-long experiment to offer local news coverage amid a trend of shrinking news […]... (Continue Reading)

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Public officials tied to cyber harassment of CCN

Update: Maria Kelly said Aaron Och’s allegation that she helped launch Cal Coast Fraud is false. By CCN STAFF Testimony in a libel suit has revealed that government officials or their significant others have shared information and participated in the online harassment of CalCoastNews reporters, their family members, friends, colleagues and acquaintances. Aaron Ochs, the […]... (Continue Reading)

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Poll shows Peschong outperforming his opponents

By CCN STAFF In the race for the San Luis Obispo County District 1 supervisor seat, John Peschong holds a significant lead over his opponents, according to a CalCoastNews poll conducted Thursday. Among decided voters, Templeton businessman Peschong holds a 13-point lead over his closest rival, Paso Robles Mayor Steve Martin. Peschong leads with 45 […]... (Continue Reading)

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