Uncovered SLO


Judge dismisses Gearhart’s bankruptcy protection

A federal judge has ruled that Atascadero developer Kelly Gearhart’s bankruptcy was applied for fraudulently and as of October 7 his creditors may legally go after his future earnings, according to a November 8 court order. “They can sue him for... (Continue reading)

New local economic forecast based on misleading numbers

Economists hired by business leaders in San Luis Obispo County said the local economy appears to be showing signs of recovery while providing seemingly misleading numbers to attendees at the first annual Central Coast Economic Forecast held at Embassy Suites... (Continue reading)

Oceano’s jobless rate highest in San Luis Obispo County

Several south San Luis Obispo County communities have the areas highest unemployment rates, according to figures released by the state’s Employment Development Department. Oceano leads the county with an 18.4 percent jobless rate for September. Trailing is Nipomo at 13.2 percent,... (Continue reading)

Pot doctors in trouble with medical board

A Central Valley marijuana clinic owned by a Morro Bay locksmith is under fire for hiring doctors on probation with the California Medical Board. [Fresno Bee] Pacific Referral owner Kim Valois hired Dr. Juanita Gandy of Morro Bay and Dr.... (Continue reading)

Robert Fowler files $127 million personal bankruptcy

Developer Robert Fowler, a partner in the failed R.W. Hertel and Sons, filed for personal bankruptcy listing $127.6 million in debt, on Sept. 26. Fowler said $105.6 million are personal guarantees he made on business loans, according to his bankruptcy filing.... (Continue reading)

“Taking care of their own” – Callahan claim filed

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo city officials have confirmed that a workers compensation claim based on presumptive causes was filed on behalf of former Fire Chief John Callahan that is slated to cost the taxpayers about $7,000 per month.... (Continue reading)

The workers’ comp case that San Luis Obispo won’t discuss

San Luis Obispo city officials are refusing to answer questions about a workers' compensation claim filed on behalf of San Luis Obispo Fire Chief John Callahan, who died last summer, slated to cost the taxpayers about $7,000 per month. Information about... (Continue reading)

How Arroyo Grande blew a million dollars

At the same time the Arroyo Grande City Council was looking to reduce the deficit by cutting money from after school programs and law enforcement, the Council voted to pay almost twice the current market value for the empty former... (Continue reading)

Confidential prisoner records found discarded in dumpster

A box of California Men’s Colony (CMC) prisoner files, that contain private information such as psyche evaluations and social security numbers, was found in a dumpster at the Shell gas station on Madonna Road near Highway 101 in San Luis... (Continue reading)

Arroyo Grande criticized for lack of flood control

Over the past thirty years, the City of Arroyo Grande has failed to protect homes and the Arroyo Grande Creek from flooding and erosion problems that the city has been paid by developers to correct. Currently, the city and a developer... (Continue reading)