Uncovered SLO


Estate Financial attorneys blame market downturn

By KAREN VELIE Following a fourth bail hearing and arraignment continuation, Joshua Yaguda’s attorney pointed at the downturn in the market as the catalyst for the financial ruin of Estate Financial inc. (EFI), on Monday morning. “The market shifted and changed,” Yaguda’s... (Continue reading)

Hospitals battle over market share

By KAREN VELIE Care of San Luis Obispo County trauma patients takes a back seat while local physicians and hospital officials battle over lucrative patient dollars. French Hospital Medical Center and Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center continue to scuffle over whether either... (Continue reading)

DRUNK, BROKE: DUI rehab techniques questioned

PART TWO: Offending the offenders By DANIEL BLACKBURN If you’re one of the thousands of people arrested this year and charged with driving while intoxicated in San Luis Obispo County, be encouraged by the knowledge that the entire judicial system and a... (Continue reading)

News moves slowly, Nacimiento gas leak does not

By DANIEL BLACKBURN A gasoline leak in Lake Nacimiento marina supply lines spilled an undetermined amount of fuel near lake waters earlier this month before the problem was noticed by park employees. Following three days of queries by CalCoastNews reporters, Nacimiento Park... (Continue reading)

DRUNK, BROKE: DUI program preps for big growth spurt

By DANIEL BLACKBURN PART ONE: Gold in the pockets of boozing drivers While law enforcement prepares the handcuffs, officials are predicting arrests in this county for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol will set new records this holiday season. And as... (Continue reading)

Atascadero male police officers claim discrimination

By KAREN VELIE A contentious reverse discrimination claim that has embroiled the Atascadero Police Department in controversy heads for mediation Tuesday. Earlier this year, city officials launched an internal probe into complaints of reverse discrimination made by male officers against female officers... (Continue reading)

Former EFI employee: ’We all knew it was fraud’

By KAREN VELIE and DANIEL BLACKBURN Three former employees of defunct Estate Financial Inc. (EFI) claim they witnessed fraudulent behavior while employed at the Paso Robles hard money lending firm. Speaking to CalCoastNews on condition of anonymity, the individuals provided new details... (Continue reading)

Bank board links Santa Margarita Ranch developer, supervisor

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Katcho Achadjian occupies a salaried seat on a local bank’s board of directors along with a key developer in the proposed Santa Margarita Ranch project. Achadjian’s vote on plans for the Santa Margarita Ranch... (Continue reading)

Reclamator inventor sues water resources establishment

By DANIEL BLACKBURN Tom Murphy is not a patient man, but he is immensely optimistic. Murphy scoffed brusquely at questions about whether his sewage-treatment invention, the Reclamator, really works, and suggested the machine’s capability is a foregone conclusion. And he’ll be putting... (Continue reading)

Estate Financial chiefs’ arraignments postponed

By THE EDITORS San Luis Obispo Superior Court Judge Jac Crawford Monday agreed to continue the arraignment of Estate Financial Inc. principles Karen Guth and her son Joshua Yaguda on 26 felony charges to Nov. 21. Irvine-based attorney Dyke Huish requested the... (Continue reading)