Uncovered SLO

CalCoastNews’ top stories of 2021

By CALCOASTNEWS STAFF A partisan battle over redistricting, Kristin Smart’s alleged killer arrested, marijuana mogul admits he paid bribes to a county supervisor and a controversial plan to stop off-roading at the Oceano Dunes — these were some of San... (Continue reading)

Flores’ lawyer files a motion to dismiss Kristin Smart murder charges

By KAREN VELIE Lawyers representing Paul Flores on a charge he murdered Kristin Smart during an attempted rape in 1996 filed a motion on Dec. 17 to dismiss the case. After more than a month of testimony, San Luis Obispo... (Continue reading)

New California laws you need to know in 2022

By KAREN VELIE The new year brings hundreds of new laws with major consequences to Californians. Here’s a summary of seven new laws taking effect in 2022. No more pigs packed into pens, increase in pork prices Legislation to protect... (Continue reading)

Paso Robles police release video of fatal officer involved shooting

By KAREN VELIE Paso Robles police released body cam video on Wednesday of a fatal officer-involved shooting at an apartment complex on July 6. Multiple members of the of the San Luis Obispo Regional Special Weapons and Tactics Team shot... (Continue reading)

Federal judge rules that San Simeon deprived property owner

By KAREN VELIE A federal judge ruled last week that San Simeon Community Services District’s refusal to provide a water hookup deprived a property owner the right to the free use of his property. The ruling opens the door for... (Continue reading)

Oceano Dunes closure canceled, reopened to vehicles and camping

By KAREN VELIE Two days after temporarily shuttering the Oceano Dunes to cars and camping, California State Parks announced Friday the park will remain open. Because of storm activity and the Arroyo Grande Creek flowing to the ocean, on Dec.... (Continue reading)

Students speak out during Atascadero teacher’s sentencing

By KAREN VELIE Before a judge sentenced a former Atascadero school teacher to four years and four months in prison, on Thursday students and parents spoke out about the impact Chris Lynn Berdoll’s sexual misconduct has had on their lives.... (Continue reading)

SLO County adopts new district map, opponents announce lawsuit

By KAREN  VELIE After a lengthy and contentious process, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 on Tuesday to adopt the Patten Map, with supervisors Bruce Gibson and Dawn Ortiz-Legg dissenting. Split along party lines, local Democrats... (Continue reading)

State delivering 5% of allocated water, Arroyo Grande wants in

By KAREN VELIE After implementing water conservation requirements and fines, the Arroyo Grande City Council recently made plans to deal with ongoing water shortages, which includes purchasing water from other agencies, recycling and buying into the state water program. Last... (Continue reading)

San Simeon on notice, stop encroaching on your neighbors

By KAREN VELIE Local property owners continue to spar with San Simeon Community Services District officials over the district’s encroachment on neighboring properties, with one property owner recently serving the district with a cease and desist order. Working to have... (Continue reading)