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Karen Velie

Karen Velie lives in San Luis Obispo County.

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Inspection report rips SLO County Jail’s treatment of mentally ill inmates

By KAREN VELIE Editor’s Note: This is part two in a two-part series about San Luis Obispo County health services and sheriff department’s treatment of the mentally ill. Part one looked into several suspicious deaths and one injury that occurred in 2017. Following the deaths of three jail inmates in less than a year, in... (Continue Reading)

John Wallace arrested on felony conflict of interest charges

Editors Note: “The criminal complaint against John Wallace is attached below the article. By KAREN VELIE The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s office has filed felony conflict of interest charges against 73-year-old John Wallace, the former administrator of the South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District. The announcement came Tuesday. After conducting a 10-month... (Continue Reading)

Peschong and Nipomo win amid contentious supervisor meeting

By KAREN VELIE At a particularly ugly and contentious San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, the board voted to award the chairmanship to John Peschong and to move forward on plans to build a sheriff substation in Nipomo. Supporters and opponents of the new political majority packed the board chambers. For... (Continue Reading)

Marx and Democratic consultant fined for campaign violations

By KAREN VELIE The San Luis Obispo City attorney announced Friday that the city has levied fines against both former mayor Jan Marx and County Democratic Party Vice-Chair Cory Black for violating city campaign finance laws. Marx is required to pay the city $300 and Black must pay a $600 penalty. Last week, activist and... (Continue Reading)

When party planning goes bad

By KAREN VELIE After hosting a deadly “mansion party” in Virginia, the party planner fled to Paso Robles where he allegedly shot a man at a gathering. Earlier this week, Karheem Graham-Lutchman pleaded not guilty to a San Luis Obispo County attempted murder charge. Before heading to the Central Coast, Karheem Graham-Lutchman allegedly advertised his... (Continue Reading)

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Woman’s apparent epileptic seizure leads to county confinement

By KAREN VELIE For more than three weeks, a woman found dehydrated and suffering from hypothermia in the creek behind Central Coast Brewery has been confined in the San Luis Obispo County mental health ward. Racheal Momsen, 34, had suffered an epileptic episode that left her disoriented and confused. San Luis Obispo fire personnel rescued... (Continue Reading)

Ruckus over Trump at Harmon’s victory party

By KAREN VELIE During San Luis Obispo Mayor Heidi Harmon’s victory party on Friday, political unrest over Trump led to an argument that included drinks being tossed across a large round banquet table. While Harmon invited all members of the public to attend her victory party last Friday, several attendees made rude comments to a... (Continue Reading)

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Final election results for SLO County

By KAREN VELIE The current president of the Cambria Community Services District Board has been unseated and a purposed transportation tax was defeated, both by slim margins, according to the San Luis Obispo County Clerk Recorders Office’s final election results which were posted on Friday. In the race for three seats on the Cambria board,... (Continue Reading)

County supervisors vote to support workforce housing

By KAREN VELIE The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 on Tuesday to approve a program aimed at providing more workforce housing. Supervisors Lynn Compton, Debbie Arnold and Frank Mecham voted in favor of the program while Adam Hill and Bruce Gibson dissented. In response to concerns that existing policies and fees... (Continue Reading)

SLO County Democratic leadership bows to pressure

By KAREN VELIE After a large group of people who oppose a plan to suppress other Democratic clubs from independently endorsing candidates or measures signed a petition, the San Luis Obispo County Democratic Central Committee voted 16-2 on Monday not to adopt the restrictions. Committee members Susan Devine, SLO County Supervisor Adam Hill’s former administrative... (Continue Reading)

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