Uncovered SLO

SLO developer sentenced to 270 days in jail for assault

Correction: Ryan Petetit’s four-year sentence was stayed and he is to serve 270 days in jail. By KAREN VELIE A San Luis Obispo County developer was sentenced Wednesday to four-years in prison for five felonies related to the violent assault... (Continue reading)

SLO County clerk recorder’s wife charged with embezzlement

The wife of San Luis Obispo County Clerk Recorder Tommy Gong was charged Monday with embezzling more than $32,000 from the Atascadero High School Band and Pageantry Booster Club, the District Attorney’s Office announced on Monday. [Cal Coast Times] Prosecutors... (Continue reading)

SLO County raises management salaries, cuts services

By JOSH FRIEDMAN At a time in which San Luis Obispo County government is tightening its belt, the county has a staffer who collects more than $500,000 a year in total pay, while another six employees receive more than $300,000... (Continue reading)

San Luis Obispo developer’s sentencing delayed a fourth time

By KAREN VELIE The sentencing of a developer with close ties to San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Adam Hill was delayed again, this time to allow the court to consider Ryan Petetit’s sentencing suggestions. [Cal Coast Times] For the fourth... (Continue reading)

Coastal Commission wants to ban off-road vehicles from the Oceano Dunes

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The California Coastal Commission is considering settling the decades-long dispute over usage of the Oceano Dunes by the outright banning off-road vehicle riding on the South County beach. On July 11, the Coastal Commission plans to discuss... (Continue reading)

Templeton man agrees not to grow cannabis outdoors, plants 15 acres

By KAREN VELIE Shortly after negotiating an agreement not to grow cannabis outdoors for 20 years, the owners of an indoor marijuana grow in Templeton applied for and received a permit to grow 15 acres of industrial hemp, a cannabis... (Continue reading)

Kelly Gearhart’s sentence reduced five years

By KAREN VELIE Notorious North County developer Kelly Gearhart won a five-year sentence reduction on June 11. He is now scheduled for release on March 2, 2023. [Cal Coast Times] In July 2015, U.S. District Court Judge Otis Wright II... (Continue reading)

SLO County promoting marijuana over hemp

By KAREN VELIE While growing and selling marijuana is legal in San Luis Obispo County, officials are planning to place a temporary moratorium on the growing of industrial hemp in part to protect the county’s budding marijuana industry. [Cal Coast... (Continue reading)

Cal Poly awards Carson Starkey a degree posthumously

Cal Poly awarded a degree posthumously to Carson Starkey, the victim of a 2008 fraternity hazing incident, at the university’s graduation ceremony held over the weekend. [Cal Coast Times] Starkey, 18, an Austin, Texas native, died on Dec. 2, 2008,... (Continue reading)

Grover Beach church leaders accused of misappropriation of funds

By KAREN VELIE A group of parishioners fighting to retain control of Bethel Baptist Church in Grover Beach has accused a former pastor of misappropriating church money. They say that Ronald Kennedy used church money to pay off personal credit... (Continue reading)