Uncovered SLO

Arroyo Grande Council votes to raise mayor’s pay 97 percent

By KAREN VELIE Following pleas from the public not to raise their salaries, the Arroyo Grande City Council voted 3-2 on Tuesday to give themselves a 60 percent increase and Mayor Caren Ray-Russom a 97 percent increase in pay. [Cal... (Continue reading)

Arroyo Grande City Council seeks a 60 percent pay raise

By CCT STAFF The Arroyo Grande City Council will consider granting itself a 60 percent pay raise at its meeting on Tuesday, according to the agenda. [Cal Coast Times] In September, Mayor Caren Ray-Russom asked staff to review council member... (Continue reading)

Paso Robles High School parents angry over locked bathrooms

By KAREN VELIE Amid allegations of drug dealing, vaping and sex in bathrooms, Paso Robles High School administrators are locking the bulk of student restrooms for much of the school day, an action that has angered many students and parents.... (Continue reading)

Politics, loopholes and research exempt hemp

Editor’s note: This is part two in a series about a loophole in state and county hemp regulations and those taking advantage of the lack of oversight. By KAREN VELIE Both hemp and marijuana are cannabis plants. But hemp has... (Continue reading)

Lawsuit targets trove of hidden SLO County IWMA documents

By CCT STAFF A private investigator who spent 23 years as an IRS special agent and whose work helped dismantle a Colombian drug cartel is suing San Luis Obispo County’s waste disposal agency and District Attorney Dan Dow to force... (Continue reading)

McLaughlin SLO County Jail death case not over yet

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo County Counsel Rita Neal is claiming the family of a 60-year-old man who died at the county jail accepted a nearly $42,000 settlement, while the family’s attorney is saying no such settlement occurred. Amid... (Continue reading)

Police investigate San Luis Obispo parking garage death

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo police are taking a second look at the death of a 21-year-old Atascadero man who died in a fall from the Marsh Street parking garage. Thomas “Tommy” Jodry had a blood alcohol of 0.38,... (Continue reading)

Grover Beach residents prevail, city to remove protected bike lanes

By KAREN VELIE The Grover Beach City Council voted unanimously Monday to remove a partially constructed protected bike lane on Newport Avenue, shorty after residents advertised the idea of a recall. [Cal Coast Times] In mid-September, construction workers began construction... (Continue reading)

Morro Bay residents win referendum petition against city hall

By CCT STAFF The citizens of Morro Bay have won the right to vote on a referendum challenging a city ordinance that allows annexation of a property where the city plans to build a $126 million sewer plant. The proponents... (Continue reading)

Cannabis industries’ dirty loophole, research exempt hemp

Editor’s note: This is part one in a series about a loophole in the state and county’s hemp regulations and those taking advantage of the lack of oversight. By KAREN VELIE The signs say “hemp.” But at multiple grows throughout... (Continue reading)