Uncovered SLO

SLO officers accused of targeting a witness to a use of force incident

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo Police Chief Rick Scott says it might just be coincidence that officers in two police cars followed a videographer who is known as the “SLO County Observer” for seven minutes a few days ago.... (Continue reading)

SLO Tribune changes article, apologizes for defamation

By BILL LOVING The San Luis Obispo Tribune has changed a portion of a July 17 article that libeled CalCoastNews and reporter Karen Velie. CalCoastNews and Velie demanded the retraction on July 19 after the Tribune alleged that Velie had... (Continue reading)

San Luis Obispo police officer accused of brutality during arrest

By BEN DI GUGLIELMO A video of an officer hitting a man repeatedly on the temple in San Luis Obispo during an arrest on Sunday has gone viral, leading to accusations of excessive force. “SLO County Observer” live streamed and... (Continue reading)

Complaint details predator’s grooming of teen in Nipomo

By KAREN VELIE As the two predators accused of taking an Arizona teen from her grandmother’s home in Nipomo await a July 28 preliminarily hearing, a criminal complaint details the process they used to groom their victim through social media.... (Continue reading)

Judge in Kristin Smart murder trial rules in favor of podcaster

By KAREN VELIE A San Luis Obispo County judge ruled Friday that “Your Own Backyard” podcaster Chris Lambert won’t have to testify or provide records during the trial of Paul and Ruben Flores for the alleged murder of Kristin Smart.... (Continue reading)

Morro Bay real estate broker arrested, 59 felony charges

By KAREN VELIE Following an alleged stint on the run, a former Morro Bay Real Estate broker surrendered on July 10 and was booked in the San Luis Obispo County Jail on 59 felony counts. Aware of a warrant for... (Continue reading)

SLO County grants large raises, attorney Don Ernst out

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo County supervisors sparred on two local issues at Tuesday Board of Supervisor’s meeting: the approval of raises of up to 23% for county officials, administrators and management staff; and whether to continue having attorney... (Continue reading)

SLO County supervisor calls Bruce Gibson, Adam Hill verbally abusive

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Debbie Arnold revealed last week that supervisors Bruce Gibson and Adam Hill verbally assaulted her in an elevator shortly after she took office. Arnold won a strong victory over an incumbent supervisor... (Continue reading)

SLO County supervisors to discuss costly move in opioid suit

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo County Counsel Rita Neal told the Board of Supervisors last year that they needed to hire a local attorney to represent the county’s interest in a national class action suit against Purdue Pharma over... (Continue reading)

California voters will decide on seven initiatives in November

By KAREN VELE From abortion rights to online sports gambling, Californians will be asked to decide on seven controversial subjects in November. Proposition 1: Following the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion indicating the nation’s high court would overturn Roe v.... (Continue reading)