Uncovered SLO


Plans afoot to shutter (finally) Morro Bay’s skyline-busting power plant

By DANIEL BLACKBURN Officials at the Morro Bay Power Plant are planning to bring down the curtain on the 54-year-old facility and currently are telling city council members that “continued operation of the plant is unlikely” beyond 2015. Plant owner Dynegy’s representative... (Continue reading)

EFI UPDATE: Corporate criminals?

By KAREN VELIE and DANIEL BLACKBURN In an attempt to explain the ongoing financial calamity created by Estate Financial Inc. (EFI), trustees recently held a meeting in which they frequently used the “F” word (fraud) and appeared to explain an apparent... (Continue reading)

Flow, baby, flow: Starbucks keeps water faucets wide open

Starbucks calls it “the dipper well system.” You might call it a million and a half gallons of San Luis Obispo County water wasting down the drain each and every month.... (Continue reading)

Paso city computer pressed into service to slam citizen

At least one Paso Robles city computer was used to post on this Web site’s blog dozens of derogatory, revealing remarks and private information about a citizen in the aftermath of a recent CalCoastNews commentary on Paso Robles police practices.... (Continue reading)

A message for the birds: Avoid this no-fly zone

Pigeons are dropping from the Atascadero skies, bleeding from the eyes and dying after allegedly being drugged by pest control workers ... (Continue reading)

Cal Poly Provost reassigned?

Cal Poly President Warren Baker announced that a Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost has been reassigned, on Monday. ... (Continue reading)

DUMPSTER CHRONICLES: Law, disorder, and the DA

SECOND IN A SERIES By KAREN VELIE and DANIEL BLACKBURN A disengaged and reticent district attorney failed to investigate numerous complaints targeting fraudulent hard money lenders and big-name developers during the past 18 months, even as new and unsuspecting investors were being... (Continue reading)

COMMENTARY: Under Paso Robles’ wild’n’crazy “Big Tint”

By DANIEL BLACKBURN and KAREN VELIE A businessman seeking equal justice is learning that tinted vehicle windows, tinted law enforcement, and tinted truth has put him squarely in the path of conflict with Paso Robles’ dancing police chief, Lisa Solomon. Last week,... (Continue reading)

Former Ralph’s Paso manager indicted for strike actions

By DANIEL BLACKBURN Craig Totman, a former manager of Paso Robles’ Ralph’s grocery store, has been indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly making false statements to investigators probing the 2003-2004 grocers’ strike. Totman, 55, was one of eight people named... (Continue reading)

Santa Margarita School principal convicted of DUI

By KAREN VELIE Santa Margarita Elementary School Principal Melanie Karp has been sentenced to two days in the county jail and three years probation for driving under the influence of alcohol. Commissioner Stephen B. Sefton also levied a fine of $1,726 and... (Continue reading)