Uncovered SLO

SLO City inspector placed on leave after assault conviction

By KAREN VELIE Amid public outrage over a San Luis Obispo City inspector’s unprovoked assault on a woman and a man at a local nightclub, on Tuesday city administrators placed Chris Olcott on paid administrative leave. [Cal Coast Times] More... (Continue reading)

SLO City employee guilty of random assault, video

By KAREN VELIE A San Luis Obispo city employee pleaded guilty last month to assaulting two people at Mr.Rick’s in Avilia Beach and was sentenced to 60 days in the SLO County Jail. [Cal Coast Times] On May 28, 2016,... (Continue reading)

Nipomo cannabis grower’s license revoked over illegal activity

By KAREN VELIE The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Tuesday to revoke licensing and shut down the CFAM Management marijuana cultivation at the former Clearwater Nursery in Nipomo because of illegal activities. [Cal Coast Times]... (Continue reading)

McClatchy gives first-place award for poor second

Judges in journalism contest were not told By Cal Coast Times Staff In an editorial about the importance of a free press, the New York Times noted the need for journalists to hold government accountable, mentioning an article about the... (Continue reading)

State investigators raid SLO County’s largest marijuana cultivation

By KAREN VELIE Shortly after state investigators raided San Luis Obispo County’s largest marijuana cultivation site, county staffers rescinded their recommendation of approval and are asking the Board of Supervisors to shut down the grow. [Cal Coast Times] In 2016,... (Continue reading)

Progressive to challenge Arnold in SLO County District 5 race

Former Atascadero Mayor Ellen Beraud announced Saturday that she will challenge San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Debbie Arnold for the District 5 seat on the board of supervisors. [Cal Coast Times] Beraud, who currently works as a dietician at Atascadero... (Continue reading)

Amid scrutiny, city council members amend financial disclosures

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay, and Grover Beach city officials have amended their financial disclosure reports amid scrutiny over unreported donations from a marijuana business owner and a liaison for PG&E, according to a Cal Coast Times... (Continue reading)

SLO New Times twists facts on Templeton marijuana appeal

By KAREN VELIE For several months, untrue rumors that the appellant against a proposed marijuana grow on York Mountain Road in Templeton lived nowhere near the site and was motivated to oppose the project because of his opposition to marijuana... (Continue reading)

All SLO pot shop permits awarded to political donors

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The city of San Luis Obispo has selected the three dispensaries that will receive permits to operate marijuana shops in SLO, all three of which are major donors to the mayor and a pair of councilwomen. [Cal... (Continue reading)

Grover Beach pot shop tied to illegal marijuana grow

By KAREN VELIE Law enforcement agencies simultaneously raided a marijuana retail store in Grover Beach and a large marijuana grow in Los Alamos Thursday morning because of alleged fraudulent licensing and the black market diversion of cannabis, according to the... (Continue reading)