Uncovered SLO

Katie Lichtig hired as Morro Bay’s interim finance director

By KAREN VELIE The city of Morro Bay has hired a familiar face to serve as its interim finance director. In November, former San Luis Obispo city manager Katie Lichtig joined Morro Bay’s management team. Lichtig’s 12-month agreement commenced on... (Continue reading)

SLO City Council gives top two employees 9.24% pay raises

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Amid a pandemic-driven global economic crisis, and shortly following the passage of a sales tax hike, the San Luis Obispo City Council voted to give approximately $20,000 raises, as well as benefit increases, to each of the... (Continue reading)

Whistleblower accuses SLO County management of unethical behavior

By KAREN VELIE An anonymous San Luis Obispo County Planning Department employee filed a whistleblower complaint alleging that a department supervisor was assigned to a project that her husband’s employer was developing. The whistleblower also charged that upper management waived... (Continue reading)

Judge disqualifies SLO County district attorney for political reasons

By KAREN VELIE The court disqualified the entire San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office on Friday from prosecuting seven Black Lives Matter defendants charged with crimes allegedly committed during a July protest. Instead, the California Attorney General’s Office will... (Continue reading)

Contractor alleges Pismo Beach city officials attempted to extort money

By KAREN VELIE A contractor filed a petition with the San Luis Obispo County Superior Court that accuses Pismo Beach city officials of threatening harm to his business unless he paid the city money they were not entitled. After Vince... (Continue reading)

SLO County sheriff and DA against criminalizing people violating coronavirus orders

As scores of business owners refuse to abide by the state’s strict coronavirus rules, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson and District Attorney Dan Dow said that enforcing coronavirus lockdown orders is not their job. Triggered by an increase... (Continue reading)

Arata wants a SLO County judge to rule on systemic racism

By KAREN VELIE In the latest attempt to have charges against Black Lives Matter protester Tianna Arata dropped without a trial in San Luis Obispo County, her attorneys filed a motion asking the court to determine if systemic racism exists.... (Continue reading)

How does Gov. Newson’s controversial stay-at-home order impact SLO County?

By KAREN VELIE Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a stay-at-home order on Thursday that breaks the state into five regions that appear to have manipulated boundaries and will likely financially damage businesses in San Luis Obispo County because of cornavirus outbreaks... (Continue reading)

SLO County judge rules in favor of wrongful death lawsuit

By KAREN VELIE A lawsuit filed against two men whose actions led to the untimely death of a resident at an independent living facility in San Luis Obispo can continue winding through the court system even though the death occurred... (Continue reading)

San Simeon officials inundated with allegations of conflicts of interest

By KAREN VELIE State and county agencies have mounted investigations into officials at the San Simeon Community Services District amid accusations of fraud and conflicts of interest. In early November, the California Department of Water Resources asked several agencies to... (Continue reading)