Uncovered SLO

State agencies battle over the future of the Oceano Dunes

By KAREN VELIE Two California state agencies claim to have control over the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area. The California Coastal Commission and California State Parks have been fighting for years over which agency will decide the future of... (Continue reading)

Cannabis hides in plain sight in SLO County

By KAREN VELIE The signs around the field of budding cannabis plants growing in rural San Miguel say the grow is part of a legitimate and legal research project. And, neighbors believe the plants are part of a permitted Cal... (Continue reading)

Port San Luis commissioners told to stop bullying, harassment

By KAREN VELIE The Port San Luis Harbor District has served cease-and-desist letters on two commissioners ordering them to stop bullying, harassing, slandering and threatening a staffer. The district hired attorney Susannah Galiano with the Ventura based law firm of... (Continue reading)

San Luis Obispo BLM protesters want to sack judge, refuse diversion

By KAREN VELIE Attorneys for several Black Lives Matter protesters expressed interest on March 3 in disqualifying San Luis Obispo County Superior Court Judge Rita Federman from the case, while at the same time displaying no interest in a diversion... (Continue reading)

Attorneys for BLM protesters take another swipe at SLO County prosecutors

CORRECTION: Judge Rita Federman has taken over the cases from Judge Matt Guerrero. By KAREN VELIE Attorneys for two San Luis Obispo Black Lives Matter protesters are asking the court to hold prosecutors in contempt of court for allegedly withholding... (Continue reading)

Port San Luis Harbor commissioner refuses to sign reprimand

By KAREN VELIE During a contentious Port San Luis Harbor District board meeting on Tuesday, commissioners voted 3-2 to reprimand Commissioner Bob Vessely for allegedly violating the Brown Act by emailing confidential closed session information through his public email. District... (Continue reading)

If others do it too, why was a Pismo Beach official censured?

By KAREN VELIE Using the others do it too excuse, the only public speaker during last week’s censure of Pismo Beach Councilwoman Marcia Guthrie, argued against the public lambaste claiming others on the council also violate the law. Susan Testa... (Continue reading)

Port San Luis commissioner under fire for violating the Brown Act

By KAREN VELIE Port San Luis Harbor District Commissioner Bob Vessely is facing a public reprimand at Tuesday’s board meeting for providing confidential documents to a third party in violation of the Brown Act. After participating in a Feb. 9... (Continue reading)

Friends of the Oceano Dunes wins another legal battle against regulators

By KAREN VELIE Another contentious legal battle ended Friday with a Sacramento County Superior Court judge ruling in favor of Friends of the Oceano Dunes. The judge determined the California Department of Parks and Recreation violated the California Public Records... (Continue reading)

SLO County IWMA repeal of polystyrene ban spurs political fight

By KAREN VELIE Divided along party lines, the San Luis Obispo County Integrated Waste Management Authority (IWMA) took the first step to repeal a countywide ban on polystyrene. The repeal requires a second vote, scheduled for March 3, for ratification.... (Continue reading)