Uncovered SLO

FPPC investigating Supervisor Gibson for conflicts of interests

The state’s Fair Political Practices Commission has mounted an investigation into San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Bruce Gibson concerning conflict of interest allegations. [Cal Coast Times] In 2016, the county board of supervisors approved a vacation rental exemption for a... (Continue reading)

Deputies question jail safety, elect not to endorse Ian Parkinson

Members of the Deputy Sheriff’s Association have voted twice not to endorse San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson in his campaign to keep his seat in the June 5 election, while questioning his management of the county jail. [Cal... (Continue reading)

Central Coast community reeks of marijuana

Carpenteria is a charming coastal community peppered with antique stores, mom-and-pop shops and gourmet cafes. But with an onslaught of marijuana cultivations, some say the southern Santa Barbara County community stinks, literally. [Cal Coast Times] After multiple nurseries switched from... (Continue reading)

Fact checking the Compton and Paulding Nipomo debate

Cal Coast Times monitored Monday’s San Luis Obispo District 4 supervisor debate, which included claims on everything from Nipomo having a 400 percent increase in crime to accusations that a candidate is in the pocket of special interests. [Cal Coast... (Continue reading)

Caren Ray challenges Jim Hill for AG mayor seat

Arroyo Grande Mayor Jim Hill and Councilwoman Caren Ray have both announced plans to run for the mayor’s seat in the November election. Amid allegations of graft and corruption by former mayor Tony Ferrara and other city officials, in 2014... (Continue reading)

SLO County hit with another jail death lawsuit

The family of a 60-year-old man who died in the San Luis Obispo County Jail in April filed a lawsuit Friday against San Luis Obispo County alleging negligence that resulted in death. Kevin Lee McLaughlin died of a heart attack... (Continue reading)

SLO doctor accused of operating prescription drug mill

By KAREN VELIE A San Luis Obispo doctor with a history of dispersing drugs without performing the required medical exams was charged Wednesday with six felony counts associated with running a pill mill is also facing losing her medical license.... (Continue reading)

DA hires discredited investigator to look into perjury questions

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo County District Attorney Dan Dow has hired an investigator to look into whether an expert witness used by his office committed perjury. But the investigator he chose has had his work criticized by the... (Continue reading)

Supervisor Bruce Gibson accused of conflicts of interest

By KAREN VELIE One morning last week, activist Julie Tacker decided she had had enough, and she began putting together a conflict of interest complaint against San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Bruce Gibson. [Cal Coast Times] Since 2011, Gibson has... (Continue reading)

SLO County judge threatens to fine state over jail inmates

A San Luis Obispo County judge is considering fining the California Department of State Hospitals over the continuing failure to accept mentally ill inmates. [Cal Coast Times] For years, the mentally ill have languished in the county jail even though... (Continue reading)