Uncovered SLO

CalCoastNews staff appeals million-dollar libel award

CalCoastNews reporters have filed an appeal of a $1.1 million libel judgment in the case where much of the information used by Karen Velie and Dan Blackburn was kept from the jury. In 2012, CalCoastNews reported on the Integrated Waste... (Continue reading)

Supervisors battle over roads, safety, housing and parks

By KAREN VELIE The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors sped through budget hearings Monday agreeing on most expenditures while having heated discussions over several proposals including Nipomo parks, road maintenance, housing and law enforcement. For more than eight... (Continue reading)

Water board chastises sanitation district—again

Just one week after the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board chided the South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District Administrator Gerhardt Hubner for a lack of transparency, the board is chastising Hubner for attempting to manipulate water board... (Continue reading)

Another felony charge against John Wallace

By KAREN VELIE Criminal charges are stacking up against John Wallace, the latest for an alleged conflict of interest while he was the general manager of the Avila Beach Community Services District. Wallace, 73, was already facing two felony and... (Continue reading)

Water board chastises South County sanitation district

By KAREN VELIE The Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board chastised South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District Administrator Gerhardt Hubner for deceiving the board and for a lack of transparency in a May 31 letter. Hubner appears to... (Continue reading)

Was SLO Mayor Heidi Harmon’s pride flag torched?

It appears that San Luis Obispo Mayor Heidi Harmon was the owner of the home where a gay pride flag was allegedly stolen and burned, according to several sources. On Thursday at 9:52 a.m., a resident on the 1200 block... (Continue reading)

SLO County employee arrested for distributing child pornography

By KAREN VELIE Arroyo Grande police arrested an administrative assistant for the San Luis Obispo County planning department on May 16 for allegedly possessing and distributing child pornography. After a short investigation, police served a search warrant at 35-year-old Alex... (Continue reading)

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)