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Investors can speak at Gearhart’s trial

Victims of the financial fraud of former North County developer Kelly Gearhart will have a chance to speak at his sentencing hearing on June 1 in Los Angeles. Gearhart and James Miller, the former president of Hurst Financial, defrauded more... (Continue reading)

Did Steve Gesell game the city to get his settlement?

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By JOSH FRIEDMAN and KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo’s embattled outgoing police chief Steve Gesell had applied for a new job several months prior to City Manager Katie Lichtig placing him on administrative leave, a job he was first in... (Continue reading)

Mike Seitz resigns from sanitation district

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By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District legal counsel Mike Seitz announced his resignation Wednesday shortly after an outside investigator began an audit of the sanitation district’s management practices. In his letter of resignation, Seitz said he is... (Continue reading)

SLO County Jail procedures deemed unconstitutional

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By STEW JENKINS California’s 3rd District Court of Appeal recently upheld a ruling barring a county jail from requiring glass partitions between inmates and lawyers, a more than 40 year practice of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department. In... (Continue reading)

Gesell lawyers up for employment dispute with SLO

San Luis Obispo Police Chief Steve Gesell, who is currently on paid administrative leave, has retained a Pismo Beach lawyer who is arguing the city has no good cause to terminate Gesell’s contract. On Friday, City Manager Katie Lichtig placed... (Continue reading)

Out with the old, in with the new in Arroyo Grande

By KAREN VELIE The Arroyo Grande City Council has hired Dianne Thompson to replace ousted city Manager Steve Adams and plans to replace long-term city attorney Tim Carmel with Heather Whitham. The council is slated to confirm both hires on... (Continue reading)

SLO City Council votes to outlaw odors

By KAREN VELIE The San Luis Obispo City Council voted 3-2 Tuesday to enact an ordinance that allows the city to prosecute people who allow foul odors to creep across their property lines for a misdemeanor. During public comment, a... (Continue reading)

Morro Bay attorney charged with embezzlement

A Morro Bay attorney was arrested Wednesday and charged with felony grand theft by embezzlement, according to the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office. John Patrick Fennacy, 50, specializes in estate planning, was a former Morro Bay planning commissioner... (Continue reading)

Seitz survives another performance review

South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District legal counsel Michael Seitz appears to have the support of the majority of his agency’s board, despite the release of documents showing he gave legal advice that benefitted his own firm while costing... (Continue reading)

Attorney Michael Seitz performance again under review

Following the release of documents that shows South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District legal counsel recommended legal actions that benefited his firm while costing ratepayers, the board will again review Michael Seitz’ performance and contract. In 2010, failures at... (Continue reading)



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