Uncovered SLO

The SLO police chief, her lost gun, and a conflux of failures

By KAREN VELIE For more than a year, Cheyne Orndoff has asked the county to correct an error that lists him as a convicted man on probation in a law enforcement database, when he was actually the victim of the... (Continue reading)

SLO police chief accused of dispersing misinformation

By KAREN VELIE Attempts by San Luis Obispo city administrators to limit and manipulate information about the police chief’s failure to retain her firearm has led the family of the man who found the gun in a bathroom stall to... (Continue reading)

Geopolitical analyst Alex Alexiev, former SLO County resident, dies at 77

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Alex Alexiev, an accomplished geopolitical analyst who lived and worked in numerous locations around the world, including San Luis Obispo County, where he raised a family and resided for 15 years, died early Sunday morning in his... (Continue reading)

San Luis Obispo police chief accused of coverup over stolen gun

Clarification: The chief left her personal weapon, a Glock 42 which holds six rounds, in the restroom and not her department issued gun. Sean Greenwood called the SLO Police Department at 7 p.m. on July 11 to report he had... (Continue reading)

Emails detail ties between SLO City manager and violent employee

By KAREN VELIE An investigation into a San Luis Obispo city inspector who violently assaulted a woman in a bar ended several weeks ago, but the employee remains on paid administrative leave while city management ponders what they should do... (Continue reading)

South SLO County district passes controversial labor agreement

By Cal Coast Times staff Amid allegations large donations from several unions were swaying their decisions, on July 18 two members of the South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District board voted to require the use of local union members... (Continue reading)

Lying in Trash trailer: Shedding light on SLO County misconduct

By Cal Coast Times Staff Seven years ago, a CalCoastNews article led to a lawsuit that forever reshaped the lives of its authors, their families, and its subjects. Following a $1.1 million judgement against CalCoastNews and reporters Karen Velie and... (Continue reading)

Morro Bay awards pot shop permit to political donor

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Following the lead of Grover Beach and San Luis Obispo, the city of Morro Bay has awarded one of its marijuana dispensary permits to Natural Healing Center, a business owned by local pot mogul Helios Dayspring, a... (Continue reading)

Battle over Grover Beach church exposes income tax issues

By KAREN VELIE The ongoing fight over the fate of the Bethel Baptist Church of Grover Beach has been complicated by an IRS decision to revoke the church’s nonprofit status. [Cal Coast Times] A former pastor and his executive staff... (Continue reading)

SLO developer sentenced to 270 days in jail for assault

Correction: Ryan Petetit’s four-year sentence was stayed and he is to serve 270 days in jail. By KAREN VELIE A San Luis Obispo County developer was sentenced Wednesday to four-years in prison for five felonies related to the violent assault... (Continue reading)