Uncovered SLO


Howell and other Coastal Commissioners facing huge fines

Pismo Beach Councilman Erik Howell could face multiple fines of up to $30,000 each if a San Diego judge rules against him in a California Coastal Commission conflict of interest case. In all, millions of dollars of fines could be... (Continue reading)

Shooting threat locks down Atascadero High School

On the morning that students were due to walk out of class to protest gun violence, Atascadero High School was placed on lockdown, or “shelter in place,” as a result of a student’s social media threat to carry out a... (Continue reading)

Paulding and Compton battle over Trilogy project

The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 last week to deny an appeal of the final phase of the Trilogy development in Nipomo, a vote that is now being dubbed unethical by District 4 supervisor candidate Jimmy... (Continue reading)

SLO County sheriff deputy’s history of shooting suspects

One of the San Luis Obispo County deputies who shot and killed a man driving on Highway 101 last year, was sued four years earlier after he shot an unarmed man in the back. While the district attorney in Los... (Continue reading)

John Wallace pleads to criminal conflict of interest charge

Former South County Sanitation District administrator John Wallace pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor conflict of interest charges Tuesday as part of a plea deal that will allow him to avoid a trial on four felony charges. [Cal Coast Times] Wallace... (Continue reading)

Judge questions district attorney’s case against John Wallace

A Santa Maria Superior Court Judge questioned on Monday why the conflict of interest case against John Wallace is being heard in criminal court and not civil court. Judge Timothy Staffel voiced concerns that neither of the victim agencies, the... (Continue reading)

SLO seeking sales and property tax increases to fund projects

On top of the city’s existing .5 percent sales tax, San Luis Obispo officials are putting forward the idea of a 1 percent sales tax and additional property taxes, in order to fund infrastructure projects that are said to require... (Continue reading)

SLO County Sheriff Ian Parkinson sued over tampons

A lawsuit was filed Wednesday against San Luis Obispo County, Sheriff Ian Parkinson and the sheriff’s department, alleging civil rights violations of female inmates over the alleged failure to provide tampons to women who are menstruating. [Cal Coast Times] State... (Continue reading)

SLO County selects new public works director, Hill back at work

The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to do a background check and attempt to negotiate a contract with the board’s undisclosed choice for the job of public works director. [Cal Coast Times] In Nov. 2017, the... (Continue reading)

David Boyer enters race for SLO County assessor seat

Former deputy assessor David Boyer announced last week that he is running against San Luis Obispo County Assessor Tom Bordonaro for the county assessor seat. [Cal Coast Times] Boyer, 43, worked as a deputy assessor for five years before recently... (Continue reading)