Uncovered SLO

Phillips 66 shutting down refinery in Nipomo

By KAREN VELIE Phillips 66 on Friday announced plans to shut its refinery in Nipomo during the first quarter of 2023. For more than 60 years, the 1,780-acre Santa Maria Refinery next to Highway 1 on the Nipomo Mesa has... (Continue reading)

Paul Flores allegedly said he knew what happened to Kristin Smart’s body

By KAREN VELIE The suspect in the murder of Kristin Smart attempted to make a plea deal in 2003. Paul Flores would lead San Luis Obispo County law enforcement to her body in exchange for a minor sentence, according to... (Continue reading)

San Simeon directors refuse to pay attorney, want to see bills

By KAREN VELIE At a San Simeon Community Services District meeting on Tuesday, the directors voted unanimously not to pay their attorney firm because attorney Jeffrey Minnery is refusing to provide them unredacted bills. During the past two monthly meetings,... (Continue reading)

State seeks rehearing over appellate ruling on SLO County prosecutors

By KAREN VELIE The Court of Appeal should rehear a dispute over the disqualification of the entire San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office in a case against seven Black Lives Matter defendants because of factual errors and omissions in... (Continue reading)

Atascadero police chief terminated after dispute with city manager

By JOSH FRIEDMAN and KAREN VELIE The city of Atascadero fired its police chief on Wednesday, citing incompatibility with the city’s top executive as reason for the termination. For weeks, City Manager Rachelle Rickard discussed firing the chief after he... (Continue reading)

Pismo Beach loses appeal, ordered to pay developer more than $1 million

By KAREN VELIE The city of Pismo Beach was ordered Monday to repay the developer of a storage facility more than $1 million for overcharging development impact fees, along with court costs, according to a Second Appellate District ruling. Developer... (Continue reading)

Giovanni’s in Morro Bay sued over sexual harassment claims

By KAREN VELIE A former employee has sued Giovanni’s Fish Market in Morro Bay alleging she was sexually harassed. It is the fourth such claim made against the company in less than three years. The civil complaint, filed by attorney... (Continue reading)

Nearly $4 million awarded to SLO County water projects, San Simeon declined

By KAREN VELIE Six of the seven applicants vying for a cut of $3,8 million in state grants awarded San Luis Obispo County are in line to receive funding for water projects, while one local agency was declined because of... (Continue reading)

Atascadero administrator seeking to terminate chief of police

By KAREN VELIE After less than two years on the job, the Atascadero police chief is out of the department until the city council has an opportunity to determine whether or not to approve his proposed termination. It has been... (Continue reading)

Another woman accuses Paul Flores of rape, jurors cry

By KAREN VELIE A woman who was allegedly roofied and raped in 2011 by Paul Flores, the man on trial for the murder of Kristin Smart, testified Friday against her alleged attacker. For the second time in less than a... (Continue reading)