Uncovered SLO


SLO County pension plan bleeding; is it unbowed?

SECOND IN A SERIES By DANIEL BLACKBURN County supervisors soon will learn that its hemorrhaging employee pension plan may find partial redemption by buying into in a struggling investment marketplace. But the plan’s top executive said Tuesday he worries that a declining economy... (Continue reading)

Dalidio eyes RICO lawsuit against development foes, alleges unfair business practices

By KAREN VELIE Local developers illegally interfered with the development of Ernie Dalidio’s property, costing him millions of dollars in lost revenue, the San Luis Obispo farmer claimed in court declarations filed earlier this month. At the same time, Dalido’s lawyers hinted... (Continue reading)

EXCLUSIVE: Alleged junkyard shooter of four is son of murdered SLO woman

Lee Isaac Bedwell Leeds, arrested this week for the shooting deaths of four people at a junk yard in Santa Maria, is the 31-year old son of Sharon Ostman, a homeless woman murdered in downtown San Luis Obispo. Ostman’s half-naked body... (Continue reading)

Hedges ponders appeal of Tangemans medical pot order as state high court considers deeper debate

By DANIEL BLACKBURN A battle of Titans unfolds: In one corner, a gaggle of California cities, counties, and law enforcement agencies; in the other, the state Supreme Court. In the middle of the ring is a small baggie of medical marijuana... (Continue reading)

UPDATE: Estate Financial investors fighting back

Investors, builders and attorneys squeezed into a large, sunny conference room at a beautiful, ocean-side hotel earlier this week to talk about something most found unpleasant: How they were going to recoup millions of unaccounted-for dollars placed with Paso Robles... (Continue reading)

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Since its launch in January, UncoveredSLO.com has carved its niche in San Luis Obispo County, reporting on subjects that other local media won't, or can't. We have done so in the belief that an informed public is better than the... (Continue reading)

Hard money lending schemes creating fiscal chaos, devastating SLO County investors

By KAREN VELIE and DANIEL BLACKBURN A number of San Luis Obispo County investment firms have allegedly participated in schemes that may have already cost local investors more than $500 million, setting the stage for a colossal fiscal collapse unrivaled in... (Continue reading)

COMMENTARY: Fiscal greed, information need

Last month, the Harvard Political Review suggested there “is no doubt that if journalists can no longer fill their role as the public’s watchdog, the media’s already-declining reputation among the public will suffer.”... (Continue reading)

Attorney clamps down on city officials

By KAREN VELIE Atascadero City Attorney Brian Pierik has been dishing out advice to city officials that some consider misleading regarding disclosure of e-mails from their personal accounts. Also, the city attorney cited the anti-secrecy Brown Act as his reason for excluding... (Continue reading)

Area lawmakers go easy on the perks

By DANIEL BLACKBURN This county’s two state lawmakers, both millionaires, were modest in their acceptance of gifts and free travel from lobbyists and special interest groups during the past year, according to documents made public today by the Fair Political Practices... (Continue reading)