Uncovered SLO


State regulators cancel EFI sales permits

By KAREN VELIE Estate Financial Corp. (EFI) of Paso Robles can no longer solicit nor accept investor money because the troubled lender’s state permit to do so has been revoked. Specifically, regulators from the California Department of Corporations (DOC) have stopped the... (Continue reading)

Mussel inspection method lacking?

By KAREN VELIE A tiny, invasive bivalve and a statewide drought of increasing severity are on a collision course in San Luis Obispo County. Hoping to prevent an infestation of the Quagga mussel into local waters, the county Parks and Recreation Department... (Continue reading)

Cal Poly College of Engineering budget bleeds

By KAREN VELIE and DANIEL BLACKBURN Red ink sullies Cal Poly’s College of Engineering and the internationally respected educational institution now operates at a deficit for the first time in decades, according to a slide prepared, presented, and distributed by the... (Continue reading)

COMMENTARY: Keeping you confidential

By THE EDITORS Internet journalism and Web sites like this wade through uncharted legal and ethical waters. One of the first difficult issues to surface related to the content not of our news articles, but to the readers’ comments that the news... (Continue reading)

Vendor lawyer Hall helps county official buy house

By DANIEL BLACKBURN and KAREN VELIE A top county official’s Arroyo Grande home was jointly purchased by her and the family trusts of local lawyer Clay Hall, whose firm receives hundreds of thousands of dollars annually as the vendor responsible for... (Continue reading)

Cal Poly-Saudi deal: No women, no problem

A controversial proposal to partner Cal Poly’s engineering department with a fledgling university in Saudi Arabia has spurred a steam of leaked e-mails between Cal Poly officials, who express a desire to push ahead with the pact despite possible gender... (Continue reading)

O’Malley threatens mayor with alley brawl

By KAREN VELIE Atascadero City Council member Tom O’Malley challenged Mayor Mike Brennler to handle a dispute regarding council procedures his way, man-to-man out in the parking lot, said numerous attendees of Thursday’s “public trust and campaign reform workshop.” During the conciliatory-turned-contentious... (Continue reading)

BULLETIN: Paso cops clip “No-Cruise Night”

By DANIEL BLACKBURN Paso Robles police officials are trying to corral the “First Annual No-Cruise Night” even as the spontaneous resurrection of a 30-year Memorial Weekend tradition gains steam. Participants want to return to Paso Robles one of the largest custom... (Continue reading)

Cruisin oldies plan unsanctioned Paso revival

By DANIEL BLACKBURN “Old habits like you are hard to break.” - Country western singer Ronnie Milsap. Hold the obituary on Paso Robles’ famous Memorial Weekend custom vehicle cruise. Some longtime participants, quoting Yogi Berra in proclaiming, “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over,”... (Continue reading)

Our “Tell Ten” Campaign

One of our readers posted what we here at UncoveredSLO.com think is a great idea: If you like this site and think it should continue to report on San Luis Obispo County activities, tell ten friends about UncoveredSLO.com. And ask... (Continue reading)