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Daniel Blackburn

Daniel Blackburn is editor of KCCN.tv

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Adam Hill predisposed to not being deposed

Adam Hill, photo by Daniel Blackburn

By DANIEL BLACKBURN and KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Adam Hill was scheduled to be deposed Friday in a case involving CCN, but the deposition is on hold while Hill mounts a legal battle to stop his requirement to testify under oath. Charles Tenborg filed a lawsuit against CalCoastNews in 2013, claiming libel. […]... (Continue Reading)

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California Valley sprouting pot farms

More than 100 pot farms of varying sizes and levels of sophistication have quietly sprung up in the California Valley, with little or no effort to conceal what likely are legal growing operations. Photos by Daniel Blackburn

  By DANIEL BLACKBURN Isolated and sparsely populated California Valley, on the eastern edge of San Luis Obispo County, is parched, flat terrain, part of the largest remaining native grassland in California.  And now it’s becoming known for the widespread — and wide open — introduction of a not-so-native grass, as in high-grade marijuana. Sheriff’s […]... (Continue Reading)

Former police chief’s son suspected of counterfeiting, burglary

Lisa Solomon

By DANIEL BLACKBURN and KAREN VELIE Paso Robles police caught a break in a counterfeiting case when officers recognized a man videotaped passing a counterfeit bill at a CVS Pharmacy as the son of former chief of police Lisa Solomon and a San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputy who worked the DARE program. On Tuesday, […]... (Continue Reading)

Lawsuit accuses PB Companies principals of fraud and deception

Oak Knoll Homes

Editor’s Note: The lawsuit by Jonathan and Crystal Westbay against PB Companies, Alder Partners, Ryan Petetit and Russ Sheppell is at the bottom of this article. By KAREN VELIE and DANIEL BLACKBURN PB Companies principals engaged in fraud and deception in order to lure a Nipomo man to invest in their companies and provide access […]... (Continue Reading)

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AG council considers speech restraint

AG City Council 6

By DANIEL BLACKBURN A verbal joust over the limits of individual free speech looms Tuesday when the Arroyo Grande City Council meets at 6 p.m. A recent request by one council member to place on a future agenda a discussion about “council communications” suddenly has morphed into a resolution for adoption prepared by City Manager […]... (Continue Reading)

Media collusion cultivates corruption

Supervisor Adam Hill

OPINION by DANIEL BLACKBURN Let’s not parse words: the local daily newspaper is the leading cause of widespread governmental corruption so widely associated with San Luis Obispo County. This truism was driven home Sunday morning when The Tribune’s editorial board cheerily backed Adam Hill for another District 3 supervisor’s term, ignoring an ever-growing accumulation of […]... (Continue Reading)

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The supervisor, his toadies, and the Internet

Daniel Blackburn

OPINION by DANIEL BLACKBURN Karen Velie’s adult daughter Autumn died two years ago after suffering a seizure in her bathtub. In the aftermath and in the midst of family grief, a rumor was floated that Karen, co-founder of CalCoastNews, was being sought by investigators as a suspect in her daughter’s death. The rumor was widely […]... (Continue Reading)

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Marketing phone poll targets Arnold campaign

Supervisor Debbie Arnold

By DANIEL BLACKBURN An expensive and anonymous telephone poll aimed at voters in San Luis Obispo County’s  District 5 attempts to discredit incumbent Supervisor Debbie Arnold with a series of carefully-crafted questions. Arnold’s opponent, Eric Michielssen, told radio station KPRL that he had no knowledge of sponsors of the so-called “push poll.” Arnold had no […]... (Continue Reading)

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Who win$ if state controls Paso Robles water basin?

Water pipes laid out at a Justin Vineyard and Winery property

Editor’s Note: This is first in a two-part series examining economic rewards tied to North County water. Cindy Steinbeck’s letter is at the bottom of this article. By DANIEL BLACKBURN A quiet but frenetic land rush in the North County fueled by rich and generous investors suggests that underground water, not wine, may be the […]... (Continue Reading)

How would state seize Paso Robles water basin?

water money

By DANIEL BLACKBURN What would it mean if the state should ever assume responsibility for and control over the Paso Robles water basin? State officials have authority of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014 (SGMA) to act in cases of over-drafting of any of California’s numerous water basins. With two of this county’s supervisors […]... (Continue Reading)

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