Uncovered SLO

State investigators raid SLO County’s largest marijuana cultivation

By KAREN VELIE Shortly after state investigators raided San Luis Obispo County’s largest marijuana cultivation site, county staffers rescinded their recommendation of approval and are asking the Board of Supervisors to shut down the grow. [Cal Coast Times] In 2016,... (Continue reading)

Progressive to challenge Arnold in SLO County District 5 race

Former Atascadero Mayor Ellen Beraud announced Saturday that she will challenge San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Debbie Arnold for the District 5 seat on the board of supervisors. [Cal Coast Times] Beraud, who currently works as a dietician at Atascadero... (Continue reading)

Amid scrutiny, city council members amend financial disclosures

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay, and Grover Beach city officials have amended their financial disclosure reports amid scrutiny over unreported donations from a marijuana business owner and a liaison for PG&E, according to a Cal Coast Times... (Continue reading)

SLO New Times twists facts on Templeton marijuana appeal

By KAREN VELIE For several months, untrue rumors that the appellant against a proposed marijuana grow on York Mountain Road in Templeton lived nowhere near the site and was motivated to oppose the project because of his opposition to marijuana... (Continue reading)

All SLO pot shop permits awarded to political donors

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The city of San Luis Obispo has selected the three dispensaries that will receive permits to operate marijuana shops in SLO, all three of which are major donors to the mayor and a pair of councilwomen. [Cal... (Continue reading)

Grover Beach pot shop tied to illegal marijuana grow

By KAREN VELIE Law enforcement agencies simultaneously raided a marijuana retail store in Grover Beach and a large marijuana grow in Los Alamos Thursday morning because of alleged fraudulent licensing and the black market diversion of cannabis, according to the... (Continue reading)

County approves significantly reduced cannabis grow in Templeton

By KAREN VELIE A dispute over a proposed marijuana cultivation on York Mountain Road in Templeton ended Tuesday after the project applicant agreed to significantly reduce the size of the proposed marijuana cultivation. [Cal Coast Times] For the past six... (Continue reading)

Arroyo Grande approves $22.7 million Brisco Road project

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Despite the city having financial woes, the Arroyo Grande City Council voted late Tuesday night in favor of the most expensive option for the long-debated Brisco Road interchange project. [Cal Coast Times] Just before midnight, the Arroyo... (Continue reading)

State Bar suspends Pismo Beach Councilman Erik Howell’s law license

By KAREN VELIE The California State Bar suspended the law license of Pismo Beach Councilman and Coastal Commissioner Erik Howell for 60 days for professional negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, and fraud in a civil case in which he was... (Continue reading)

Arroyo Grande Mayor pulls support from grieving parents

By KAREN VELIE Arroyo Grande Mayor Caren Ray Russom ordered the parents of a Cal Poly student killed in a motorcycle crash at the intersection of El Campo Road and Highway 101 to remove a petition she earlier signed saying... (Continue reading)