Uncovered SLO

SLO County’s district map selection process exposes political divide

By KAREN VELIE After months of debate and mudslinging, San Luis Obispo County has a new political map that makes major changes to the supervisorial districts. Supervisors voted 3-2 on Tuesday to adopt the Patten map, with supervisors Bruce Gibson... (Continue reading)

Regulators in hot water again over the Oceano Dunes

By KAREN VELIE For more than a decade, San Luis Obispo County’s Air Pollution Control District has claimed that 100% of the dust particles blowing on the Nipomo Mesa are the result of off-roading at the Oceano Dunes. It is... (Continue reading)

San Simeon CSD considers protecting manager from financial liability

By KAREN VELIE The San Simeon Community Services District Board will consider indemnifying its district manager, shortly after the state discovered the community could seek reimbursement for funds spent under an illegally executed agreement. Currently under an investigation by San... (Continue reading)

FPPC fines San Simeon official, considering further court action

By KAREN VELIE The California Fair Political Practices Commission voted Thursday to penalize San Simeon’s general manager for the “inherent harm” he did to the community by sitting on both sides of the negotiating table. In 2016, as San Simeon... (Continue reading)

Threats and altercations mar SLO County’s redistricting process

By KAREN VELIE Amid taunts and threats of lawsuits and riots, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors whittled down the number of redistricting maps on Friday. Two maps remain, one likely to get liberal support and the other... (Continue reading)

Lucia Mar trustee slammed as hypocrite for hosting party

By KAREN VELIE A Lucia Mar School Unified School District trustee has been branded a hypocrite for hosting a celebration party at her home — while saying the board cannot meet in public because she has underlying health problems. In... (Continue reading)

Friends of Oceano Dunes wins another victory against the APCD

By KAREN VELIE The court awarded Friends of the Oceano Dunes $121,241 on Monday for attorney’s fees and court costs for litigation the group filed objecting to the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control Board’s (APCD) agreement to implement... (Continue reading)

Proposed congressional map splits SLO County into two districts

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A draft redistricting map produced by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission calls for splitting up San Luis Obispo County into two different congressional districts. Currently, California’s 24th congressional district, represented by Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara), is comprised... (Continue reading)

Northern SLO County water district officials accused of subversion

By KAREN VELIE The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office ordered Shandon-San Juan Water District officials to stop violating the Ralph M. Brown Act last week, after determining the agency was covertly working to secure additional water rights by... (Continue reading)

SLO cannabis business owners play multi-million dollar shell game

By KAREN VELIE Cannabis business owners in San Luis Obispo County are swapping properties and retail outlets worth millions of dollars as they fight to keep licenses and stay in business. And they continue to court public officials and employees... (Continue reading)