Uncovered SLO

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Supervisor Adam Hill excoriates Democratic leadership

By KAREN VELIE In a scathing email to a San Luis Obispo County Democratic party group list, Supervisor Adam Hill has charged Democratic legislators with “taking bribes” and failing to support local elected officials. Specifically, Hill takes issue with state... (Continue reading)

Fired SLO police officer loses latest bid to get job back

By KAREN VELIE A former San Luis Obispo police officer who was fired from the department in 2014 appears to have lost his latest bid to get his job back, according to a tentative ruling issued June 28. In 2016,... (Continue reading)

Man alleges torture in SLO County Jail

By KAREN VELIE Jeremiah Mobley knew he needed help. So, he called 9-1-1 to report he was having mental health issues and needed assistance. But instead of receiving mental health treatment, deputies placed the man into full body restraints and... (Continue reading)

Tanker truck crashes in route to Phillips 66 oil refinery

A tanker-truck hauling 5,200 gallons of crude oil crashed near Highway 1 in Nipomo Friday evening causing a small leak. Approximately five gallons of oil leaked from the truck. The tanker truck was in route from San Ardo to a... (Continue reading)

Bwah! Hill loses vote; cancels trip with chamber

By KAREN VELIE County supervisor Adam Hill dropped out of a planned trip to Colorado with members of the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce after local business leaders failed to support Hill’s attempt to redirect county budget priorities. Chamber... (Continue reading)

Exclusive: Throat slashing victim tells his story

By KAREN VELIE A 40-year-old San Luis Obispo woman allegedly lured a former boyfriend to a secluded location, began rubbing his shoulders, tilted his head back and cut his throat from one side to the other with a box cutter,... (Continue reading)

CalCoastNews staff appeals million-dollar libel award

CalCoastNews reporters have filed an appeal of a $1.1 million libel judgment in the case where much of the information used by Karen Velie and Dan Blackburn was kept from the jury. In 2012, CalCoastNews reported on the Integrated Waste... (Continue reading)

Supervisors battle over roads, safety, housing and parks

By KAREN VELIE The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors sped through budget hearings Monday agreeing on most expenditures while having heated discussions over several proposals including Nipomo parks, road maintenance, housing and law enforcement. For more than eight... (Continue reading)

Water board chastises sanitation district—again

Just one week after the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board chided the South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District Administrator Gerhardt Hubner for a lack of transparency, the board is chastising Hubner for attempting to manipulate water board... (Continue reading)

Another felony charge against John Wallace

By KAREN VELIE Criminal charges are stacking up against John Wallace, the latest for an alleged conflict of interest while he was the general manager of the Avila Beach Community Services District. Wallace, 73, was already facing two felony and... (Continue reading)

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