Uncovered SLO


Validity of SLO County judge’s ruling on BLM activists headed to court

By KAREN VELIE Three appellate court judges will determine early next month if San Luis Obispo County Judge Matt Guerrero’s ruling to recuse the entire district attorney’s office in cases regarding Black Lives Matter protesters followed legal requirements. During a... (Continue reading)

Prosecutors recommend cannabis kingpin spend 27 months in prison

By KAREN VELIE Federal prosecutors laid out more details of San Luis Obispo County cannabis kingpin Helios Dayspring’s illegal activities as they recommended a 27-month sentence for bribery and tax evasion. Dayspring pled guilty in 2021 to bribing San Luis... (Continue reading)

State Commission points to fatal flaw in APCD Oceano Dunes dust science

By KAREN VELIE State commissioners accuse San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) staff of failing to follow the basic standard of practice for computer modeling in determining the origin of dust blowing on the Nipomo Mesa, according... (Continue reading)

SLO County Democratic candidates disguised as Republicans

By KAREN VELIE Deceptive slate mailers were recently sent to registered Republicans in three San Luis Obispo County districts, in what appears to be a chameleon like attempt to disguise three Democratic candidates as endorsed by the Republican Party. In... (Continue reading)

Did Paso Robles vineyard owner make illegal campaign donations?

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Swiss billionaire and owner of Halter Ranch Vineyard in rural Paso Robles, Hansjörg Wyss, is facing allegations he bankrolled Democratic causes with dark money and that he made illegal campaign contributions, which is the subject of a... (Continue reading)

Morro Bay cannabis shop to change owners amid corruption investigation

By KAREN VELIE Marijuana mogul Helios Dayspring’s Natural Healing Center has agreed to sell three of its retail cannabis stores, including a pot shop in Morro Bay, to Glass House Brands for a combination of cash and stock equity. Dayspring... (Continue reading)

To each his own jury in the Kristin Smart murder trial

By KAREN VELIE There is one trial with two juries planned in the June 6 tribunal of accused murderer Paul Flores and his alleged accomplice Ruben Flores. Paul Flores is charged with murdering Kristin Smart in San Luis Obispo during... (Continue reading)

Helios Dayspring selling turnkey cannabis shop in SLO for $9 million

By KAREN VELIE Less than a year after San Luis Obispo terminated marijuana kingpin Helios Dayspring’s retail pot shop permit, Dayspring is attempting to sell the remodeled commercial property for $9 million. “Extremely rare opportunity to own a fully entitled... (Continue reading)

Social Security stops 100-year-old Paso Robles woman’s payments

By KAREN VELIE A 100-year-old Paso Robles woman had her monthly income ripped away after the Social Security Administration sent her a letter stating she had failed to provide required information, specifically proof that she does not have unreported income.... (Continue reading)

Group files lawsuit to recoup more than $1 million from SLO County agency

By KAREN VELIE A group filed a civil lawsuit last week against the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) for the “illegal use” of more than $1 million from the California’s Off-Highway Vehicle Trust Fund. Friends of... (Continue reading)