SLO woman receives pardon for felony conviction

August 10, 2019

Laurie Gardner

Gov. Gavin Newsom pardoned a 41-year-old San Luis Obispo woman earlier this week for a prior felony conviction. [Cal Coast Times]

While working as a corrections officer, in 2004, Laurie Gardner pleaded no contest to a felony count of possession of a controlled substance for sale. She completed four years of probation, but the stain remained on her record making it difficult to get a good-paying job.

Gardner then earned a degree from Cal Poly while working and raising her son. In an attempt to move on, she applied to former Gov. Jerry Brown for a pardon but never heard back.

On Thursday, Newsom’s office announced he had issued seven executive pardons, including one for Gardner.

With her clean record, Gardner said she plans to apply for a job with the city of San Luis Obispo.


She’ll fit right in.


She’s a shoe in.


You mean shoo-in?


Thank you for the correction. I learn something new everyday.


Sounds like a perfect employer choice.


Great work Governor Newsom. We all deserve at least one second chance.


As a felon,she’s fully qualified to work for the City of SLO, pardon or not.


Good on her for paying her dues and picking herself up. Even I would give Newsome a thumbs up for this one. However, if she intends to live a life of no more crime after what she has been through, a job with SLO City might not be the best thing considering what we’re seeing coming out of the PD currently or “other” cases involving SLO City employees.


She will fit right in…..

Mitch C

A convicted felon will fit in nicely with the current City of SLO administration.


She’ll fit right in with Chief Cantrell and her dirty officers, bully Chris Olcott, DA Dan Dow, City Manger Derek Johnson, Mayor Harmon and the rest.