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Karen Velie

Karen Velie lives in San Luis Obispo County.

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Marx and Democratic consultant fined for campaign violations

Jan Marx

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

The site of the Chesterfield "mansion party" murders. Photo courtesy of WTVR.

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

Heidi Harmon

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

Harry Farmer wins a seat on the Cambria board.

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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SLO County Democratic Central Committee seeking to suppress


By KAREN VELIE A group of Democrats are planning to voice their disapproval Monday night over the San Luis Obispo County Democratic Central Committee’s plan to pass an amendment to their bylaws that purporting will strip other Democratic clubs of the ability to make independent endorsements. If passed, groups such as the Progressives for SLO […]... (Continue Reading)

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Gay man reportedly assaulted by Trump supporters


By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo police are treating the assault of a 47-year-old gay man near the Frog & Peach Pub on Hiquera Street as a hate crime, said Capt. Chris Staley. On Nov. 10 at about 9:30 a.m., Alan Estes of Morro Bay parked his SUV on Hiquera Street with plans to take […]... (Continue Reading)

Deputy’s DUI arrest leads to allegations of favoritism


UPDATE: Sheriff’s spokesman Tony Cipolla said deputy Jim Fellows is facing a temporary suspension from the department following his trial. The department also detailed its reasons for retaining an officer arrested while on probation. By KAREN VELIE A San Luis Obispo Sheriff deputy was arrested after he was caught driving over 100 mph while intoxicated. […]... (Continue Reading)

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