Uncovered SLO

Under pressure, Grover Beach quits recycled water project

By KAREN VELIE Rejecting staff recommendations, the Grover Beach City Council on Monday agreed to quit a controversial water recycling project and stop funding Central Coast Blue. In response to years of drought, in 2016, the cities of Pismo Beach,... (Continue reading)

This week’s San Luis Obispo County government meetings

By CalCoastNews staff The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors will meet at 9 a.m. on April 23 in the Board Chambers. The board is expected to officially appoint Matthew Pontes as the county’s administrative officer. Pontes is slated... (Continue reading)

San Luis Obispo County administrator’s history of embezzlement

By KAREN VELIE The man selected to serve as San Luis Obispo County’s administrative officer was previously found guilty of felony embezzlement, an approximately 30-year-old conviction. Regardless, the SLO County Board of Supervisors is slated to officially appoint Matthew Pontes... (Continue reading)

Paavo Ogren quits Oceano Community Services District, no notice

By KAREN VELIE After leading the agency for three and a half months, the head of the Oceano Community Services District quit several hours after showing up for work today. This is the third time Paavo Ogren has suddenly quit... (Continue reading)

Paso Robles rejects paid parking referendum, claims deficiencies

By KAREN VELIE The Paso Robles city clerk has rejected the petition to put a referendum on the November ballot to repeal an ordinance permitting paid parking in the downtown area. Several signature gatherers met on Wednesday with City Manager... (Continue reading)

Cuesta College settles whistleblower lawsuit

By KAREN VELIE Cuesta College will pay more than $70,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging retaliation against a whistleblower who came forward alleging misappropriation of public resources, according to sources involved in the case. Filed late last year, the lawsuit... (Continue reading)

Grand Jury finds conflicts of interest in investigation of jail deaths

By KAREN VELIE The Santa Barbara Grand Jury found a perceived conflict of interest in the sheriff department’s investigations of mounting deaths at county jails and is recommending multiple changes. In an attempt to look into allegations of conflicts of... (Continue reading)

This week’s San Luis Obispo County government meetings

By CalCoastNews staff The Paso Robles City Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. on April 16 in the council chambers. After the city received five bids for a recycled water distribution system project, city staff is asking the council to... (Continue reading)

Lawsuit accuses SLO County Jail staff of mistreating disabled inmate

By KAREN VELIE A 64-year-old disabled inmate won the first battle in a lawsuit alleging he was neglected and mistreated while incarcerated in the San Luis Obispo County Jail. Rick Holliday spent nine days in jail in 2023 for failure... (Continue reading)

Arroyo Grande quits recycled water project, well sort of

By KAREN VELIE In a contradictory move, the Arroyo Grande City Council voted Tuesday to get out of a controversial water recycling project while remaining in the project’s joint power authority. In response to years of drought, in 2016, the... (Continue reading)