Uncovered SLO

Emails expose SLO High School’s failure to protect students

By KAREN VELIE Emails and letters pull back the curtain on San Luis Obispo High School’s response to allegations of sexual misconduct against history teacher and head basketball coach Jeff Brandow, findings that expose multiple inconsistencies. After receiving allegations of... (Continue reading)

Former SLO police chief fired following lengthy investigation

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo’s former police chief Steve Gesell was fired on Thursday by his new employer after a four-month investigation. Following several CalCoastNews investigations that showed Gesell used public funds to pay for a family trip to... (Continue reading)

San Luis Obispo gym owner arrested on gun and drug charges

Correction: The illegal drug found in Cole Corrigan’s possession was testosterone and not methamphetamine as initially reported in charging records. By KAREN VELIE The owner of a gym where a spy camera was recently discovered hidden in a bathroom has... (Continue reading)

SLO County supervisors argue over Proposition 13 protections

By KAREN VELIE The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 on Tuesday to no longer support the two-thirds majority vote to raise taxes in its state legislative platform, while arguing over the meaning of Proposition 13. Before... (Continue reading)

Cal Poly swim coach accused of misconduct, on leave

By KAREN VELIE Cal Poly’s head swim coach Phil Yoshida is on indefinite leave amid an investigation into allegations he is verbally and emotionally abusive to students and assistant coaches, according to an article in the Orange County Register. On... (Continue reading)

SLO County supervisors to vote on dropping support for Proposition 13

By KAREN VELIE The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to consider repealing its support of Proposition 13 and of the two-thirds vote required to raise taxes, even though they voted unanimously in February to support the... (Continue reading)

San Luis Obispo drops plan for homeless parking, unsure about future plans

By KAREN VELIE The city of San Luis Obispo and a nonprofit dropped plans on Wednesday to provide an overnight parking area for homeless people on Palm Street near the Veterans Memorial Building after neighbors raised procedural, safety and legal... (Continue reading)

Santa Barbara County’s unfunded pension liability up 73%

By KAREN VELIE Santa Barbara County’s unfunded pension liability increased 73% in one year, primarily because of poorly performing investments and higher than predicted cost of living increases. The Santa Barbara County Employees’ Retirement System reported an unfunded pension debt... (Continue reading)

San Luis High School’s long history of covering up sexual misconduct

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo High School recently made headlines when its district board fired head basketball coach and history teacher Jeff Brandow amid allegations of sexual misconduct with a student. The decision to terminate a winning coach appears... (Continue reading)

Owner of SLO woman’s gym accused of peeping in window

By KAREN VELIE The owner of a gym in San Luis Obispo where a spy camera was recently discovered hidden in a bathroom, was arrested following a peeping Tom incident in Los Osos more than a decade ago. Last month,... (Continue reading)