Uncovered SLO

Assemblywoman Dawn Addis facing fine over prohibited donation

By KAREN VELIE California’s political watchdog is seeking a $2,500 fine from Assemblywoman Dawn Addis and a lobbyist for an off-shore wind energy company over a prohibited donation Addis solicited from Steve Black. While running for a seat in the... (Continue reading)

SLO remains the Central Coast hot spot for hate crimes

By KAREN VELIE The City of San Luis Obispo continues to lead the Central Coast in incidents of hate crimes, according to the 2022 Hate Crime in California Report released in June. Despite comprising 2% of the total population of... (Continue reading)

Moreno leads in race for SLO County supervisor campaign contributions

By KAREN VELIE With three San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisor seats up for grabs, the four candidates running are raking in cash and fervently campaigning. Campaign finance reports for the first half of 2023 show Atascadero Mayor Heather... (Continue reading)

Developers of Cerro Hotel project battle over who will cover losses

Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part series regarding allegations of fraud and breach of contract against high-profile developer Hamish Marshall. By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo developer Hamish Marshall is at the center of a lawsuit seeking... (Continue reading)

Partners accuse SLO developer of fraud, breach of contract

Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part series regarding allegations of fraud and breach of contract against high-profile developer Hamish Marshall. By KAREN VELIE In a pair of lawsuits filed earlier this year, partners of Hamish Marshall level... (Continue reading)

Former Oceano official facing punitive damages in harassment case

By KAREN VELIE A bitter row between former Oceano Community Services District Director Cynthia Replogle and several of her neighbors could leave the controversial public figure owing punitive damages, a judge ruled last week. While multiple neighbors, community and former... (Continue reading)

SLO High School officials buried sexual misconduct allegations for years

By KAREN VELIE A female San Luis Obispo High School trainer accused head basketball coach and history teacher Jeff Brandow of sexual misconduct nearly a decade ago, but officials squelched her complaint and the harassment allegedly continued. Despite the 2014... (Continue reading)

Coastal Commission overstepped authority on Oceano Dunes, judge rules

By KAREN VELIE The California Coastal Commission overstepped its authority when it voted to phase out off-road vehicle usage at the Oceano Dunes by 2025, according to a July 19 court ruling. The Coastal Commission also violated the law when... (Continue reading)

Former Cal Poly ROTC chair now facing criminal court-martial

By KAREN VELIE The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office on Monday filed a motion asking the court to dismiss criminal charges against an Army Lt. Colonel arrested after his hidden camera was discovered in a dressing room in... (Continue reading)

Arroyo Grande woman’s prosecution leads to civil rights lawsuit

By KAREN VELIE After an Arroyo Grande woman was prosecuted for referring to herself as a doctor, three nurse practitioners filed a civil rights lawsuit in federal court challenging the law used in her prosecution. Even though Sarah Erny earned... (Continue reading)