Uncovered SLO


Did county staff ignore board direction at first cannabis hearing?

By KAREN VELIE Months after the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors passed a temporary resolution barring expansion of marijuana cultivation or additional grows, the county planning department is processing multiple  expanded cannabis cultivation permits. [Cal Coast Times] On... (Continue reading)

Grover Beach staffers picket city hall, consider strike

By KAREN VELIE Multiple city workers marched around Grover Beach City Hall Monday during the city council meeting in protest of the city’s stalled negotiation with the employee union. [Cal Coast Times] For six months, the union and the city... (Continue reading)

Do SLO County Jail visitation rules increase recidivism?

By KAREN VELIE One sunny day in September, Jazmine Paredes arrived 46 minutes early to the San Luis Obispo County Jail for a scheduled visit with her husband, but was turned away because she wasn’t 45 minutes early even though... (Continue reading)

SLO police chief under fire for incriminating tweet

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo Police Chief Deanna Cantrell’s Twitter page has brought a lot of people deemed suspects into the center of attention. The most recent is a long-time city business owner who the chief’s Twitter page listed... (Continue reading)

Erik Howell ordered to pay $959,307 for court costs, attorney fees

By KAREN VELIE A judge ordered Pismo Beach Councilman Erik Howell and four other members of the California Coastal Commission to pay $959,307 in attorney’s fees and court costs to attorney Cory Briggs and the nonprofit Spotlight on Coastal Corruption... (Continue reading)

SLO City Council votes to remove multiple parking spaces

Correction: SLO City Council voted to take away one side of Broad Street on Tuesday, not both sides of the street. In the staff report, the city stated option C, which the city council voted for, included both sides of... (Continue reading)

Bicycle advocate, leader or hypocrite?

San Luis Obispo Mayor Heidi Harmon appears to want everyone to bike – except her. [Cal Coast Times] While Harmon attempts to push city residents towards a “driver-less future,” she does not regularly ride her bicycle to city meetings. On... (Continue reading)

Waste chief Bill Worrell, targeted in probe, splits IWMA

San Luis Obispo County waste management agency’s board of directors met Wednesday to discuss manager Bill Worrell’s request for an early retirement, only to learn Worrell is already gone. His sudden departure leaves limited options for recovery of his county-funded... (Continue reading)

Haste makes waste: SLO County board will fix Brown Act violation

The San Luis Obispo County Integrated Waste Management Authority (IWMA) board will reconsider on Aug. 29 its recent decision to allow its embattled administrator to retire amid criminal investigations into misappropriation of public funds. [Cal Coast Times] On Aug. 8,... (Continue reading)

Grover Beach man arrested in child sex sting

Arroyo Grande police arrested a Grover Beach man last month for trying to solicit sex from a 15-year-old girl he met online, who was actually an undercover cop, Commander Shawn Cosgrove said. [Cal Coast Times] After chatting with an undercover... (Continue reading)