Uncovered SLO

Hurst records held hostage by family friend

By KAREN VELIE and DANIEL BLACKBURN Investors of the failing Atascadero lender Hurst Financial Corp. (HFC) say they are being prevented from collecting their records by a relative of Hurst’s beleaguered president. Robert Borba of Stinchfield Financial, another hard money lender, was... (Continue reading)


A Sept. 16 article erred in reporting that Morro Road LLC owns Tastee Freeze in Atascadero. In fact, the LLC owns only the real property; the restaurant is a lessee not owned by or connected to Kelly Gearhart or any... (Continue reading)

Cal Poly boss Warren Baker to retire? Finally?

By DANIEL BLACKBURN and KAREN VELIE While academic associates might consider it an oxymoron, seldom-seen Cal Poly President Warren Baker may retire shortly. Baker has been discussing his plans with friends and ironing out financial issues with university officials, according to numerous... (Continue reading)

Market plunge darkens taxpayers’ pension obligation

By DANIEL BLACKBURN San Luis Obispo County taxpayers are looking down the black hole of a swelling, multi-million-dollar deficit of the county workers’ pension plan that poses a monumental problem with few real solutions, complicated by Monday’s record-breaking 500-point plummet of... (Continue reading)

BULLETIN: Gearhart crashing, burning

By THE EDITORS Attorneys for North County developer Kelly Gearhart, the darling of Atascadero city officials, hard-money lenders, and local banks, encountered Judge Charles S. Crandall Tuesday morning. The San Luis Obispo County Superior Court jurist took position and control from... (Continue reading)

Local group trying to buy The Tribune

A group of county investors, hoping to keep The Tribune locally owned, is making an attempt to purchase the struggling daily from its parent McClatchy Newspapers. Both Publisher Chip Visci and McClatchy treasurer Elaine Lintecum declined comment. The investment group advocates a... (Continue reading)

COMMENTARY: Girl chief gone wild?

By KAREN VELIE and DANIEL BLACKBURN Lisa Solomon, chief of the Paso Robles Police Department, just loves to dance. But is she dancing with the stars? Or dancing on the bars? Dancing is what she does whenever she’s asked if she thinks there... (Continue reading)

Woman attacked, gang connection alleged

By DANIEL BLACKBURN and KAREN VELIE A Paso Robles woman was sexually assaulted shortly after midnight Tuesday in her own front yard by three Hispanic men who shouted racially-charged slurs. The woman, in her mid-20s, was attacked from behind as she parked... (Continue reading)

DUMPSTER CHRONICLES: Lender Hurst in a can

FIRST IN A SERIES By KAREN VELIE and DANIEL BLACKBURN Atascadero lender Hurst Financial Corp. (HFC) is fielding accusations of fraud from a second state agency, but the company’s bigger problem might already be in the bag. Hurst’s president, James Hurst Miller Jr.,... (Continue reading)

Commentary: Marijuana and the badge

By STACEY WARD When the sheriff came to town, backed by countless federal agents, to bust a legitimate, city-approved business, we could all breathe ahuge sigh of relief. No more squirrelly riff-raff posing as patients to get theirmarijuana fix. No more “medical”... (Continue reading)