Uncovered SLO

Jimmy Paulding’s campaign consultant’s ploy backfires

By KAREN VELIE A Jimmy Paulding campaign consultant’s attempt to disparage San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Lynn Compton for blocking her on Facebook appears to have backfired, with locals condemning the Paulding campaign. “If this is the kind of campaign... (Continue reading)

Paulding consultant trolls Compton over organizing campaign

By KAREN VELIE A Jimmy Paulding campaign consultant aggressively trolled San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Lynn Compton’s campaign after Compton organized a GoFundMe page for a Nipomo family who lost their teenage daughter in a fire, motivating other trolls to... (Continue reading)

SLO County marijuana mogul Dayspring sentenced to 22 months in prison

By KAREN VELIE and JOSH FRIEDMAN San Luis Obispo County marijuana mogul Helios Dayspring was sentenced to 22 months in federal prison on Friday afternoon by U.S. District Court Judge André Birotte in Los Angeles. The sentence was five months... (Continue reading)

Arroyo Grande developer arrested after probe uncovered fraud

By KAREN VELIE Federal agents arrested an Arroyo Grande real estate developer in Oregon on Wednesday for allegedly conducting a scheme to fraudulently obtain more than $1.5 million in loans intended to help small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. A... (Continue reading)

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)