Uncovered SLO

Oceano Community Services District reduces fiscal oversight

During a virtual meeting with low public attendance, on April 22 the Oceano Community Services District Board of Directors elected to reduce the number of people required to sign checks, from two to one: either the district’s general manager or... (Continue reading)

Congalton to revisit 2008 Kelly Gearhart interview

Kelly Gearhart lashed out against CalCoastNews reporters in 2008 on Dave Congalton’s KVEC radio talk show, saying reporters were wrong about the value of properties and legal requirements. During the same show, one of Gearhart’s bankers claimed that reporters had... (Continue reading)

Neighbors describe suspect Paul Flores as quiet, paranoid and smart

By JOSH FRIEDMAN and KAREN VELIE Approximately a dozen San Luis Obispo and Los Angeles county deputies descended Wednesday morning on the home of Paul Flores, a suspect in the 1996 disappearance of Cal Poly freshman Kristin Smart. Some neighbors... (Continue reading)

SLO County officials ask governor to ease shelter restrictions

By JOSH FRIEDMAN With San Luis Obispo County having successfully flattened the coronavirus case curve and some residents demanding an end to the statewide shelter-in-place order, a bipartisan group of elected officials is petitioning Gov. Gavin Newsom to allow a... (Continue reading)

San Luis Obispo County allows some businesses to reopen

San Luis Obispo County is now allowing several types of businesses to reopen, including pet grooming, construction, recreational fishing, and elective surgery centers. In addition, the county planning department will resume processing permit applications. The community has successfully flattened the... (Continue reading)

District Attorney orders San Simeon to correct Brown Act violation

By KAREN VELIE The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s office recently ordered the San Simeon Community Services District to correct a Brown Act violation, or face litigation. On March 20, the district board held a special meeting without allowing... (Continue reading)

Inmate at Santa Barbara County Jail tests positive for coronavirus

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A Santa Barbara County Jail inmate has contracted coronavirus, the first case among prisoners at the facility. Previously, one Santa Barbara County custody deputy tested positive for the virus. Santa Maria police officers arrested the 40-year-old man... (Continue reading)

Coronavirus springs Kelly Gearhart from federal prison

By KAREN VELIE Former San Luis Obispo County developer Kelly Gearhart is scheduled for an April 29 transfer from federal prison into confinement at his Wadsworth, Ohio home as part of a plan to limit the spread of the coronavirus... (Continue reading)

One dead, one injured after shooting at former judge’s Arroyo Grande home

By KAREN VELIE One man is hospitalized with multiple gunshot wounds and the shooter is dead following a dispute at a former U.S. magistrate’s Arroyo Grande home on the 100 block of Pine Street. During an argument over “drug-related activity,”... (Continue reading)

SLO County Supervisor Adam Hill resigns as board chair

By KAREN VELIE Bowing to community pressure, San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Adam Hill announced on Saturday afternoon he would be relinquishing his role as chairman, while remaining on the board of supervisors. In a letter emailed to the county,... (Continue reading)