Uncovered SLO

Sheriff Parkinson finds no wrongdoing in death of inmate

By KAREN VELIE There are multiple reports, logs and press releases documenting Andrew Holland’s time in county custody and his death, many of which include conflicting information. San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Department staffers appear to be manipulating the truth... (Continue reading)

Sanitation district deletes recordings from the Wallace years

By KAREN VELIE During a contentious South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District board meeting on Wednesday evening, members of the public condemned the current administrator for eliminating recordings of tapes that documented former administrator John Wallace’s leadership. In January... (Continue reading)

Los Osos directors want a planning commission

By KAREN VELIE Several Los Osos Community Services District board members want the district to create and operate its own planning commission. At Thursdays 7 p.m. meeting, the board will hear a Government Services Committee report written by directors Jon-Erik... (Continue reading)

SLO may give $2,000 bonuses to 93 high-ranking employees

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Update: The San Luis Obispo City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a plan to hand one-time payments of $2,000 to 93-management level employees, including City Manager Katie Lichtig and City Attorney Christine Dietrick. Original: Although the city... (Continue reading)

Convicted polluter and politicos battle over water basin control

By KAREN VELIE Amid a battle over control of the Paso Robles groundwater basin, a local political group has become a vocal advocate for large land owners, including one property owner convicted of polluting an aquifer in Colorado, who are... (Continue reading)

Did county violations lead to Atascadero man’s death?

By KAREN VELIE Editor’s Note: This is part two in a two-part series about the death of Andrew Holland and the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department’s use of restraints and safety cells. Part one looked as Holland’s arrest, incarceration... (Continue reading)

McClatchy to sell the SLO Tribune building

By KAREN VELIE McClatchy, running in the red for years, is planning to sell The Tribune building on Higuera Street this year, according to a presentation McClatchy made on Feb. 28 to JP Morgan. In 2015, McClatchy incurred a loss... (Continue reading)

Costly disputes plunge sanitation district into the red

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Claims of juvenile behaviors are mounting at the South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District, with at least five investigations launched over the past year. The ongoing squabbles have become increasingly costly to rate payers. Over the... (Continue reading)

SLO repeals rental ordinance, considers nondiscrimination

The San Luis Obispo City Council repealed the city’s controversial rental inspection ordinance on Tuesday. However, the council did not adopt a nondiscrimination in housing ordinance and instead voted to allow 30 days for city staff to analyze the proposed... (Continue reading)

Alleged Paso Robles pedophile headed to trial

Following testimony revealing that Paso Robles man Jason Porter allegedly held down a 4-year-old girl while he performed oral sex, a San Luis Obispo judge ruled there is enough evidence for the child molestation and sexual abuse case to go... (Continue reading)