Uncovered SLO

SLO County sending law enforcement to LA as looting, violence escalates

San Luis Obispo County law enforcement agencies are sending 48 deputies and officers to Los Angeles after primarily peaceful protests on Saturday afternoon over the death of George Floyd, turned violent. On Saturday, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti asked the... (Continue reading)

SLO County hotel restrictions extended, one more week

San Luis Obispo County Public Health officials continued an executive order on Friday that limits all hotels to 50 percent occupancy until at least next Friday. At that time, if there is an uptick in new coronavirus cases the order... (Continue reading)

Coronavirus shutdown shows dust on the Nipomo Mesa science is flawed

By KAREN VELIE Excessive dust days have more than doubled since RVs and off-road vehicles were barred from the Oceano Dunes, data from two Nipomo Mesa air quality monitoring sites show. California State Parks closed the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular... (Continue reading)

San Luis Obispo County’s unemployment rate soars to 13.7%

San Luis Obispo County’s unemployment rate more than tripled in April as the region lost approximately 1,800  jobs, the state Employment Development Department reported Friday. Layoffs prompted by California’s shelter at home order have driven the county’s unemployment rate up... (Continue reading)

Witness in Shandon murder missing, suspected victim of foul play

By KAREN VELIE A 27-year-old Paso Robles man, who testified for prosecutors at a murder suspect’s preliminary hearing, is missing. Authorities suspect he was the victim of foul play. Trevon Perry testified in December against Kejuan Guy Bynum, the man... (Continue reading)

Oceano board members defend the use of the word bitch during meetings

By KAREN VELIE Two members of the Oceano Advisory Council sent emails defending their use of the word “bitch” after the name-calling ended up in the minutes from their Feb. 20 board meeting. Three of the six members in attendance... (Continue reading)

Five Cities Fire Authority delays raises because of disclosure failures

By KAREN VELIE The Five Cities Fire Authority Board delayed plans last week to give raises and bonuses to all fire personnel, allowing Arroyo Grande Councilman Keith Storton time to comply with his city’s requirement to get council approval to... (Continue reading)

FBI agents interviewing San Luis Obispo County officials

By KAREN VELIE FBI agents have interviewed four San Luis Obispo County supervisors in their homes in the last five days, county officials say. The interviews lasted as little as 30 minutes and as long as three hours. Agents asked... (Continue reading)

San Luis Obispo developers accused of swindling investors

By KAREN VELIE A former investor and partner of San Luis Obispo based developers John Belsher and Ryan Wright recently filed a lawsuit against the pair accusing them of swindling him out of $700,000 through a double escrow scheme. The... (Continue reading)

San Luis Obispo police officer placed on paid leave, again

By KAREN VELIE Controversial San Luis Obispo police officer Josh Walsh is on paid administrative leave while he is allegedly investigated. While a source reports Walsh acted inappropriately while on the job, city officials are not divulging the reason for... (Continue reading)