Uncovered SLO

SLO County’s soaring six-figure pension club

By JOSH FRIEDMAN As unfunded pension liabilities wreak havoc with some local government budgets, the number of San Luis Obispo County retirees receiving six-figure pensions is soaring. More than 100 retirees from just the city and county of San Luis... (Continue reading)

SLO County staffers accused of bias in rating projects

By KAREN VELIE At a contentious San Luis Obispo County Parks and Recreation Commission meeting last Thursday, several members of the public accused parks and recreation staffers of employing subjective criteria to determine which projects to move forward. Once a... (Continue reading)

AG man threatens Lauren Southern, gets kicked off Twitter

By KAREN VELIE An Arroyo Grande man threatened to forcibly stop activist-journalist Lauren Southern from speaking at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo on Thursday evening. Southern is a Canadian conservative with libertarian leanings who is a vocal critic of... (Continue reading)

Who’s directing SLO County’s marijuana laws?

By KAREN VELIE Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of articles about how high-end investors, small marijuana growers and fortune hunters are battling for a place in California’s new gold/green rush. Three San Luis Obispo County supervisors... (Continue reading)

Santa Margarita quarry back on the table

By KAREN VELIE Two years after losing their bid to operate a rock quarry in rural Santa Margarita, the owners of the proposed quarry filed a new application for a reduced project. In the revised application, truck trips are reduced... (Continue reading)

County administrator Dan Buckshi resigns abruptly

By KAREN VELIE In a snippy letter to the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors, county administrator Dan Buckshi announced his resignation Friday Morning. In 2012, the board of supervisors, with a liberal board majority that included supervisors Adam... (Continue reading)

Bible quotes about gays in SLO teacher’s letter cause outrage

A letter to the editor written by a San Luis Obispo High School special education teacher and published by the school’s student news site has prompted outrage on the Central Coast over alleged shaming of the LGBT community. The letter... (Continue reading)

SLO City sued over controversial housing development

By KAREN VELIE A group of concerned citizens is suing the city of San Luis Obispo, arguing that a proposed 33 unit apartment complex at 71 Palomar Avenue that includes the removal of 55 old growth trees is in violation... (Continue reading)

Sanitation district violates Brown Act amid Brown Act violation investigation

By KAREN VELIE The South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District may have violated the Brown Act while conducting an investigation into an alleged Brown Act violation. On April 19, during a closed session meeting, sanitation district board member and... (Continue reading)

Battle lines drawn over SLO rental inspection election

By JOSH FRIEDMAN In the coming months, attorney Stew Jenkins, former council member Dan Carpenter and others will campaign for San Luis Obispo voters to approve a non-discrimination in housing ordinance that would replace an unpopular rental inspection program. On... (Continue reading)