Uncovered SLO

Gathering political allies as redistricting looms in SLO County

By KAREN VELIE As San Luis Obispo County prepares to draw new supervisorial district boundaries, leaders in the SLO County Democratic Party are covertly asking allies to promote redistricting plans that appear to support their candidates. Several days before a... (Continue reading)

Paso Robles removes homeless encampments, deems trash

By KAREN VELIE The city of Paso Robles removed approximately 19,000 pounds of what the city deemed trash from homeless encampments along the Salinas Riverbed during the past two weeks because of the risk of fires, according to the Paso... (Continue reading)

Lawsuit accuses Atascadero officials of bias and retaliation

By KAREN VELIE A businessman filed suit against two Atascadero City Council Members and the city last month for alleged bias and unjust actions in violation of his constitutional rights. The plaintiff, Scott Newton, argues that three council members violated... (Continue reading)

Human blood and fibers discovered in Kristin Smart murder case

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo County investigators discovered human blood under the home of Paul Flores’ father in 2021, court records show. They also found fabric fibers in the place where they believe the body of Kristin Smart was... (Continue reading)

Paul Flores’ sex life revealed, numerous rapes alleged

By KAREN VELIE A San Luis Obispo County judge Wednesday refused to allow prosecutors to add two Los Angeles rape charges to the case against Paul Flores, charged in the 1996 murder of Kristin Smart. Judge Craig van Rooyen said... (Continue reading)

SLO County supervisors argue over clerk recorder appointment

By KAREN VELIE The majority of the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday to allow applicants to apply for the county clerk-recorder’s position — to the dismay of the board minority. Supervisors Bruce Gibson and Dawn... (Continue reading)

Flores could face 2 LA rape charges in Kristin Smart case

By KAREN VELIE The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office is moving to add two charges of rape of an intoxicated person in its case against Paul Flores, charged with the 1996 murder of Kristin Smart. The charges involve... (Continue reading)

Santa Maria attorney accused of defrauding a client to pay for her lavish lifestyle

By KAREN VELIE A Santa Maria attorney is facing 13 felony charges after she allegedly embezzled more than $400,000 from an elderly client which she then used to fund her lavish lifestyle. A judge on Tuesday awarded her client’s beneficiaries... (Continue reading)

Race-baiting and misinformation mar SLO County official’s departure

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo County’s clerk recorder Tommy Gong applied to be the Contra Costa County deputy county clerk recorder in March. He accepted the job before May 4 and announced his departure in June. His job change... (Continue reading)

San Luis Obispo leads the Central Coast in hate crimes

By KAREN VELIE The city of San Luis Obispo leads the Central Coast in the number of hate crimes reported to law enforcement in 2020, according to a report from the California Attorney General’s Office. There were 12 hate crimes... (Continue reading)