Uncovered SLO

Court overturns judgement against California Coastal Commissioners

By KAREN VELIE A California appeals court on Monday overturned a state court ruling that found five California Coastal Commission board members, including Pismo Beach Councilman Eric Howell, had violated conflict of interest regulations, leading to $45,000 in civil penalties... (Continue reading)

SLO County judge nixes marijuana billboards on interstate highways

By KAREN VELIE A San Luis Obispo County judge ruled Friday that marijuana billboards on California’s interstate highways and some state highways are prohibited by Proposition 64, a voter initiative approved in 2016. California’s Business and Professions Code bars marijuana... (Continue reading)

Claim exposes former SLO County supervisor’s sexual misconduct

By KAREN VELIE A recently released claim and settlement agreement exposes deceased San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Adam Hill’s sexual misconduct and destruction of records. Last week, SLO County settled a sexual harassment complaint Hill’s former legislative assistant Nicole Nix... (Continue reading)

Which SLO County candidates amass the big donations?

By KAREN VELIE Amid a partisan divide, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors is in line to set campaign limits at $25,000, raising questions over which party historically garners the largest donations. In the past, there were no... (Continue reading)

Arata’s attorneys seek to give SLO County prosecutors the boot

By KAREN VELIE In the latest move in an unusually crude legal battle, attorneys for Black Lives Matter protester Tianna Arata accuse San Luis Obispo County District Attorney Dan Dow of violating his legal duties while attempting to promote his... (Continue reading)

Surge in coronavirus cases to restrict dining at SLO County restaurants

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Restaurants, gyms and churches in San Luis Obispo County must revert back to outdoor-only operations following an announcement made Monday by California Gov. Gavin Newsom that returns the county to the most restrictive reopening tier in the... (Continue reading)

SLO County prosecutors squabble over protests, racism

By KAREN VELIE Reflecting community discord, employees of the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office have conflicting views on law enforcement, racism and the BLM protests, according to an email string released by District Attorney Dan Dow on Friday.... (Continue reading)

SLO pays $70,000 after officer shoots and kills family pet

By KAREN VELIE The city of San Luis Obispo agreed to settle a claim from a couple who alleged a police officer shot and killed their dog without provocation. The city agreed to pay a $70,000 settlement while refusing to... (Continue reading)

San Simeon officials knowingly deceived a grant provider

By KAREN VELIE The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) accused the San Simeon Community Services District of knowingly applying for a grant they were not eligible for, according to an Oct. 23 email rescinding the grant. The NFWF also... (Continue reading)

Lawsuit: Paso Robles officer raped and threatened victim

By CCN STAFF A federal lawsuit filed against the Paso Robles Police Department claims an officer raped a victim and then threatened to have social services take her children if she told anyone. A motion to dismiss was denied, and... (Continue reading)