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Did Steve Gesell game the city to get his settlement?

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)

Steve Gesell’s $120,000 severance

San Luis Obispo City officials agreed Thursday to pay police Chief Steve Gesell a $120,000 severance to end his employment with the city as of May 29. City manager Katie Lichtig placed Gesell on paid administrative leave on May 8... (Continue reading)

SLO County’s disappearing budget surplus

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Less than six months after the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors awarded extra pay to all employees after staff claimed a $30 million budget surplus, the county is running in a deficit. The county is... (Continue reading)

SLO management to negotiate settlement with Gesell

The San Luis Obispo City Council instructed the city manager and the city attorney to negotiate a settlement with Police Chief Steve Gesell at a closed session meeting on Tuesday. On Tuesday’s agenda, it noted that the city was facing... (Continue reading)

Excess enforcement costs taxpayers

OPINION By CHAS SMIT So after a long day of work late, I am driving home on Los Osos Valley Road when a large (New York City style) fire truck shows up immediately followed by a smaller fire truck, four... (Continue reading)

Pismo Beach dispatchers shed their desk jobs

Pismo Beach police dispatchers are now taking work in stride. [KEYT] Police Chief Jake Miller has given the okay to a plan to place a treadmill in the Pismo Beach police dispatch center. Dispatchers approached Miller with the request, citing... (Continue reading)

Cal Poly staff and teachers to get pay raises

Cal Poly administrators announced Friday that the university has committed $2.5 million to staff and teacher pay increases over a four-year period. [Tribune] The announcement was made after the California State University faculty union released a report detailing the struggles... (Continue reading)

SLO prosecutors lose paid time off after whistleblower complaint

The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office is halting a longstanding practice in which prosecutors receive paid time off in exchange for taking on around-the-clock shifts in which they work on-call to assist law enforcement officers. The practice dates... (Continue reading)

SLO backs chief over violations of city’s travel claims policy

By KAREN VELIE and DANIEL BLACKBURN In response to a CalCoastNews exclusive on multiple violations of city travel reimbursement policies by San Luis Obispo Police Chief Steve Gesell, the city manager and finance director worked out a way to explain... (Continue reading)

Steve Adams files claim against Arroyo Grande

By KAREN VELIE Less than a month after the Arroyo Grande City Council agreed to pay former city manager Steve Adams a $71,000 settlement, Adams filed a claim of involuntary separation with the city’s insurance carrier. If the California Joint... (Continue reading)



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