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Hurst’s lending practices under scrutiny

By KAREN VELIE and DANIEL BLACKBURN Hard money lending schemes and questionable business practices have jeopardized hundreds of millions of dollars of investors’ money and placed several San Luis Obispo financial firms directly in the path... (Continue reading)

Fraud lawsuit filed against Gearhart, Hurst

By KAREN VELIE and DANIEL BLACKBURN Local investors are alleging they were bilked out of millions by Hurst Financial and developer Kelly Gearhart. David Rios and Murray Powell filed an 11-count lawsuit Tuesday in San Luis Obispo... (Continue reading)

COMMENTARY: Justice, SLO County style

By KAREN VELIE You know how the SLO County criminal court system is in turmoil right now? That’s because the county Probation Department and administrative offices came up with the brilliant idea of letting everyone use... (Continue reading)

INSIDE EFI: Under The Microscope

Part 3: The good times are gone (Editors’ note: This is the third and final article in a series examining the high-rolling, multi-million-dollar Paso Robles financial lender, EFI, and its current problems.) By DANIEL BLACKBURN One of the... (Continue reading)

INSIDE EFI: The Long Fall

Part 2: Maybe money does grow on trees By DANIEL BLACKBURN (Editors' note: This is the second in a series examining the high-rolling, multi-million-dollar Paso Robles financial lender, EFI, and the fascinating reasons for its current critical... (Continue reading)

CORRECTION

In an April 29 story about Paso Robles’ Vista del Hombre project, UncoveredSLO.com reported incorrectly that “Hurst has not foreclosed on Vista del Hombre, despite its contractual promise to protect investors if developers are delinquent... (Continue reading)

INSIDE EFI: An Investors Nightmare

Part 1: Divorce sparks nasty public war By DANIEL BLACKBURN (Editors’ note: This is the first in a series examining the high-rolling, high-interest, high-risk, hard money business, and a close-up look at the primary players in one... (Continue reading)

Hedges backs down to court, will return pot

By DANIEL BLACKBURN Sheriff Pat Hedges will return a small baggie of marijuana to its rightful owner today. The lawman had refused to return the medical marijuana to Arroyo Grande’s D. Craig Steffens even after an order... (Continue reading)

Gearhart’s $28 million Paso project imperiled

By DANIEL BLACKBURN and KAREN VELIE It’s only a few second’s drive time between the weathered plywood sign on Paso Robles' Jardine Road announcing the imminent approach of “Vista del Hombre,” and its equally unimpressive, unmarked... (Continue reading)

County rules tighten for indigent law services

By KAREN VELIE County administrators have pulled the plug on easy, free legal counsel for the indigent. In a move resulting in considerable confusion and contention, San Luis Obispo County’s Probation Department recently began billing indigent individuals... (Continue reading)



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