Uncovered SLO


Federal judge rules that San Simeon deprived property owner

By KAREN VELIE A federal judge ruled last week that San Simeon Community Services District’s refusal to provide a water hookup deprived a property owner the right to the free use of his property. The ruling opens the door for... (Continue reading)

Oceano Dunes closure canceled, reopened to vehicles and camping

By KAREN VELIE Two days after temporarily shuttering the Oceano Dunes to cars and camping, California State Parks announced Friday the park will remain open. Because of storm activity and the Arroyo Grande Creek flowing to the ocean, on Dec.... (Continue reading)

Students speak out during Atascadero teacher’s sentencing

By KAREN VELIE Before a judge sentenced a former Atascadero school teacher to four years and four months in prison, on Thursday students and parents spoke out about the impact Chris Lynn Berdoll’s sexual misconduct has had on their lives.... (Continue reading)

SLO County adopts new district map, opponents announce lawsuit

By KAREN  VELIE After a lengthy and contentious process, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 on Tuesday to adopt the Patten Map, with supervisors Bruce Gibson and Dawn Ortiz-Legg dissenting. Split along party lines, local Democrats... (Continue reading)

State delivering 5% of allocated water, Arroyo Grande wants in

By KAREN VELIE After implementing water conservation requirements and fines, the Arroyo Grande City Council recently made plans to deal with ongoing water shortages, which includes purchasing water from other agencies, recycling and buying into the state water program. Last... (Continue reading)

San Simeon on notice, stop encroaching on your neighbors

By KAREN VELIE Local property owners continue to spar with San Simeon Community Services District officials over the district’s encroachment on neighboring properties, with one property owner recently serving the district with a cease and desist order. Working to have... (Continue reading)

Paul Flores wants evidence of sexual assault, murder sent to jail

By KAREN VELIE Paul Flores, charged in the 1996 murder of Kristin Smart, wants prosecutors to provide a second set of discovery materials, which includes evidence described as rape videos, for his review at the San Luis Obispo County Jail.... (Continue reading)

SLO County supervisors vote again on redistricting, lawsuit threatened

By KAREN VELIE Amid threats of a lawsuit, on Tuesday the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors again voted 3-2 to make substantial changes to the supervisorial districts, with supervisors Bruce Gibson and Dawn Ortiz-Legg dissenting. Of the 36... (Continue reading)

SLO Black Lives Matter protester in line for a plea agreement

By KAREN VELIE One of the leaders of last year’s Black Lives Matter protests in San Luis Obispo is expected to plea to one felony count of using threats or violence to deter a police officer. In exchange, 24-year-old Elias... (Continue reading)

Paso Robles school district responds to allegations of discrimination

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights has launched an investigation into allegations that the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District discriminated against Latinos and non-English speakers, allegations the district denies. On behalf of Paso... (Continue reading)