Uncovered SLO

Kelly Gearhart wins sentencing hearing appeal

Former North County developer Kelly Gearhart will receive a new sentencing and restitution hearing after the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Judge Otis Wright II erred in sentencing Gearhart to 14 years in federal prison. In 2014,... (Continue reading)

Fact checking SLO County’s jail death narrative

While San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson admits to having some responsibility for the death of a mentally ill man at the county jail, he continues to promote a disputed narrative of the events that led to Andrew Holland’s... (Continue reading)

Judge to Aaron Ochs: ‘Your conduct is troubling’

A San Luis Obispo Superior Court judge Wednesday admonished Los Osos blogger Aaron Ochs for “inappropriate” behavior and “troubling” conduct for his role as a regular online detractor of CalCoastNews, co-founder and reporter Karen Velie, and her family. [Cal Coast... (Continue reading)

Renowned investigator probing CCN lawsuit issues

Carl Knudson Investigations has been retained by friends of CalCoastNews to reexamine details of a published article which resulted in litigation and a $1.1 million defamation verdict against the news website in March. [Cal Coast Times] Knudson will examine evidence... (Continue reading)

Arroyo Grande man joins supervisor race

A 31-year-old Arroyo Grande man filed papers last week announcing his intention to challenge San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Lynn Compton for the District 4 seat on the board of supervisors. [Cal Coast Times] Jimmy Paulding, a recent law school... (Continue reading)

Sanitation district awards controversial administrator life-time benefits

The South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District Board agreed to provide life-time medical benefits for former administrator Gerhardt Hubner and his family along with a $37,500 severance, following just 16 months on the job. The award occurred while Hubner ... (Continue reading)

Witness of Holland’s death files claim against SLO County

In another claim against the San Luis Obispo County Jail, a woman repeats allegations that jail staffed laughed and joked after a mentally ill man died on the concrete floor of a jail cell. [Cal Coast News] Days before the... (Continue reading)

Lawlessness at SLO marijuana festival

With billions at stake in San Luis Obispo County’s emerging marijuana industry, questions have been raised about allegations of backroom deals, threats, lawlessness and unequal law enforcement. [Cal Coast Times] One needs to look no farther than San Luis Obispo’s... (Continue reading)

No Brown Act violations found in Jim Hill investigation

An investigation into accusations that Arroyo Grande Mayor Jim Hill shared closed session information in violation of the Brown Act determined the accusation was unfounded. However, the report did find that Hill was involved in personnel matters and shared an... (Continue reading)

SLO jail slapped with another torture claim

He called 911 wanting help. Instead, in a claim filed against the county, Jeremiah Mobley says he was hog tied, tormented, stripped naked, berated and belittled by staffers at the San Luis Obispo County Jail. The jail has one of... (Continue reading)