Uncovered SLO

San Luis Obispo mother seeks the public’s help to free autistic son

By KAREN VELIE A San Luis Obispo woman’s autistic son Andrew was taken by the state after she agreed to allow a conservatorship, and for the past three years the state has not permitted her to see her son in... (Continue reading)

Jury convicts Paul Flores in the murder of Kristin Smart, Ruben Flores not guilty

By KAREN VELIE A Monterey County jury on Monday found Paul Flores guilty of first-degree murder in the killing of Kristin Smart in 1996. A second jury determined Ruben Flores was not guilty of helping to dispose of Smart’s body.... (Continue reading)

San Simeon manager wants residents to fund his legal defense

By KAREN VELIE The San Simeon Community Services District Board of Directors is considering having the rate payers cover another $167,773 in legal bills related to alleged conflicts of interest and mismanagement, at a cost of $800 per rate payer.... (Continue reading)

SLO County voter guide includes multiple errors, candidates seek redress

By KAREN VELIE The San Luis Obispo County Clerk-Recorder Office sent out voter guides and ballots to residents last week, which appear to be rife with mistakes and omissions that several candidates believe could impact the Nov. 8 election. Four... (Continue reading)

SLO County sends faulty voter guides to Pismo Beach residents

By KAREN VELIE The San Luis Obispo County Clerk-Recorder published and mailed out faulty voter guides to Pismo Beach residents this week, an error that city and county officials are working to correct. The clerk’s office properly included the ballot... (Continue reading)

Paul Flores’ attorney liens house: Is title clouded?

By KAREN VELIE The attorney for Paul Flores put a lien on his client’s home to help cover legal costs, which exposed the use of an altered name to buy the property. Flores is on trial for the murder of... (Continue reading)

State raids SLO man’s home, files 22 gun-related felony charges

By KAREN VELIE Special agents from the California Department of Justice on Oct. 3 raided the home of a San Luis Obispo man who advertises the sale of parts for Russian assault weapons. The state charged the suspect with 22... (Continue reading)

SLO County agency awards Justin winery grant, conflict of interest alleged

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District is paying to put five electric vehicle charging stations at Justin Vineyards & Winery where Carla Willey, wife of agency head Gary Willey, has worked as chief financial officer... (Continue reading)

Validity of SLO County judge’s ruling headed to Supreme Court

By KAREN VELIE The Court of Appeal declined to rehear a dispute over the disqualification of the entire San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office in a case against seven Black Lives Matter defendants, prompting state and local prosecutors to... (Continue reading)

Cambria and Cayucos residents facing huge garbage rate increases

By KAREN VELIE Amid public outrage, officials in Cayucos and Cambria have agreed to raise trash rates over 40%. While trash rates throughout the state are increasing because of new regulations regarding food waste and increases in gas prices, Cambria... (Continue reading)