Uncovered SLO

Alleging corruption, Grover Beach Council member resigns

By KAREN VELIE Debbie Peterson resigned from the Grover Beach City Council at the end of Tuesdays board meeting because of allegations of corruption related to the local marijuana industry. [Cal Coast Times] After 11 years on the council, Peterson... (Continue reading)

Dark money raises questions about SLO’s marijuana shop point system

Correction: SLO Councilwoman Erika Stewart was not sworn in until the day after the vote and did not participate in setting the criteria for marijuana shop applications. And a representative of Helios Dayspring said that donors affiliated with other cannabis... (Continue reading)

Are SLO officials skirting laws to protect marijuana kingpin?

Editor’s Note: This is first in a series about allegations of backroom deals in the battle to control the local marijuana market and San Luis Obispo officials’ attempts to withhold public information. By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo city officials... (Continue reading)

Three San Luis Obispo County high schools make lowest performing list

By KAREN VELIE Three San Luis Obispo County high schools made the California Department of Education’s list of the state’s 781 poorest-performing schools in 2018, published last week. Only two county high schools scored above the standard in both English... (Continue reading)

Are Los Osos officials overlooking misappropriation of funds?

By KAREN VELIE After determining Los Osos Community Services District board members overcharged the district for stipends, the board voted unanimously Thursday not to make themselves reimburse the district. [Cal Coast Times] For several years, Los Osos board members submitted... (Continue reading)

SLO County Supervisor Adam Hill’s mic turned off during outburst

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Adam Hill lashed out at Tuesday’s board meeting when he was told to end a discussion because it violated the Brown Act. Hill continued his rampage prompting Supervisor Debbie Arnold to cut... (Continue reading)

Los Osos official questions SLO County’s legal authority

By KAREN VELIE The Los Osos Community Services District is planning to keep Christine Womack on the board for four more years after questioning the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors’ authority to rescind her appointment, according to a... (Continue reading)

Cambria sexual assault trial ends with disputed verdict

By KAREN VELIE A Cambria man accused of sexual assault was found guilty on Friday of three lesser charges, of which the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office and the defendant’s attorney do not agree. In 2017, the district... (Continue reading)

Alleged victim in sexual assault case gives conflicting details

By KAREN VELIE During a controversial sexual assault trial Tuesday, San Luis Obispo County Superior Court Judge Jacquelyn Duffy discussed the alleged victim’s inconsistent statements. [Cal Coast Times] Defendant Herbert Connor is charged with sexual battery, inflicting corporal injury and... (Continue reading)

Lawsuit filed against Mindbody over proposed sale

By KAREN VELIE A shareholder filed a class action lawsuit against San Luis Obispo-based software company Mindbody and its board of directors on Thursday for allegedly failing in its fiduciary duty to its stockholders. [Cal Coast Times] The suit alleges... (Continue reading)