Uncovered SLO


UPDATE: Dancing Star whistleblower shown the gate

By KAREN VELIE Dancing Star Foundation has fired a fulltime employee considered a whistleblower by supporters because of his actions in bringing to light the killing of healthy animals at the Cayucos animal sanctuary. Earlier today, sanctuary foreman Jerry Smith ordered maintenance... (Continue reading)

Money problems driving sanctuary kills

By KAREN VELIE Many healthy animals entrusted to Dancing Star Foundation’s Cayucos sanctuary have been euthanized in recent months after being placed on a “kill list” -- prepared with the help of a veterinarian and weighted heavily by economic considerations. A top... (Continue reading)

Selective code enforcement: Is it ‘God’s will?’

First in a series By DANIEL BLACKBURN Dan De Vaul, meet The Apostle. While county officials pursue a vigorous (some say pernicious) criminal prosecution against high-profile De Vaul and his South County Sunny Acres Ranch for the hapless, another, longer-running code enforcement drama... (Continue reading)

UPDATE: They shoot horses, don’t they? Maybe not

By KAREN VELIE and DANIEL BLACKBURN A temporary halt in the random killing of animals at Cayucos’ Dancing Star Sanctuary has been declared by officials of the Los Angeles-based foundation that administers the facility. ... (Continue reading)

CalCoastNews.com works hard for you

We could spend a lot of space telling you how CalCoastNews.com breaks stories of local importance, day after day, week after week. But you already know that. We could list all the reasons why San Luis Obispo County needs the vigilant... (Continue reading)

Verbal swords still crossing in Atascadero

By KAREN VELIE In Atascadero, change means more of the same when it comes to contentious city council sessions, with councilmember Tom O’Malley and cohort councilmember Jerry Clay demonstrating they have enduring memories. O’Malley’s barrage of accusations aimed at Mayor Ellen Beraud... (Continue reading)

Sanctuary becomes killing field for “protected” animals

By KAREN VELIE A husband and wife team of internationally known environmentalists, paid handsomely to oversee a San Luis Obispo County sanctuary for infirm animals, has ordered the accelerating slaughter of many of their wards. Former and present employees of the Dancing... (Continue reading)

What’s changing for medical pot under Obama?

By DANIEL BLACKBURN Signs abound that federal interest in medicinal marijuana use may be diminishing under the Barack Obama Administration. There’s also no indication that such a relaxation in enforcement by U.S. drug authorities would impact San Luis Obispo County much. Or... (Continue reading)

Gearhart files bankruptcy

By KAREN VELIE Kelly Gearhart, a North County developer with ties to hard money lender Hurst Financial, has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection in Ohio. Gearhart and his wife, Tamara Lowe, filed the bankruptcy petition on Wednesday, stating $6.5 million in... (Continue reading)

Deputies seeking sheriffs’ union split

By KAREN VELIE Members of the county’s largest and most influential union have mounted an aggressive campaign to divide the Deputies Sheriff’s Association (DSA) into two separate unions. If the action is successful, one union would be comprised of sworn peace officers,... (Continue reading)