Uncovered SLO

Coastal Commission wants to ban off-road vehicles from the Oceano Dunes

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The California Coastal Commission is considering settling the decades-long dispute over usage of the Oceano Dunes by the outright banning off-road vehicle riding on the South County beach. On July 11, the Coastal Commission plans to discuss... (Continue reading)

Templeton man agrees not to grow cannabis outdoors, plants 15 acres

By KAREN VELIE Shortly after negotiating an agreement not to grow cannabis outdoors for 20 years, the owners of an indoor marijuana grow in Templeton applied for and received a permit to grow 15 acres of industrial hemp, a cannabis... (Continue reading)

Kelly Gearhart’s sentence reduced five years

By KAREN VELIE Notorious North County developer Kelly Gearhart won a five-year sentence reduction on June 11. He is now scheduled for release on March 2, 2023. [Cal Coast Times] In July 2015, U.S. District Court Judge Otis Wright II... (Continue reading)

SLO County promoting marijuana over hemp

By KAREN VELIE While growing and selling marijuana is legal in San Luis Obispo County, officials are planning to place a temporary moratorium on the growing of industrial hemp in part to protect the county’s budding marijuana industry. [Cal Coast... (Continue reading)

Cal Poly awards Carson Starkey a degree posthumously

Cal Poly awarded a degree posthumously to Carson Starkey, the victim of a 2008 fraternity hazing incident, at the university’s graduation ceremony held over the weekend. [Cal Coast Times] Starkey, 18, an Austin, Texas native, died on Dec. 2, 2008,... (Continue reading)

Grover Beach church leaders accused of misappropriation of funds

By KAREN VELIE A group of parishioners fighting to retain control of Bethel Baptist Church in Grover Beach has accused a former pastor of misappropriating church money. They say that Ronald Kennedy used church money to pay off personal credit... (Continue reading)

SLO city budget doubles in 8 years, surpasses $200 million

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The city of San Luis Obispo’s budget has more than doubled from approximately $100 million to more than $200 million over the last eight years. [Cal Coast Times] Last week, the San Luis Obispo City Council adopted a... (Continue reading)

Is Mayor Heidi Harmon using her position for personal gain?

By KAREN VELIE While the very poor receive government healthcare benefits, part time or minimum wage workers are often unable to afford health insurance. The Noor Foundation in San Luis Obispo fills the gap providing medical care, medications, dentistry, and... (Continue reading)

SLO county accused of bypassing environmental laws for pot growers

By KAREN VELIE A citizens group from Nipomo filed a lawsuit last week against San Luis Obispo County over a permit issued to a marijuana cultivator, arguing county officials gave the green light without environmental reviews required by state law.... (Continue reading)

SLO City employee headed to cushy pay-to-stay jail

By JOSH FRIEDMAN and KAREN VELIE The San Luis Obispo city employee, whose unprovoked assault on a woman and a man at an Avila Beach bar caused public outrage, will serve his time behind bars at a “pay-to-stay” jail. [Cal... (Continue reading)