Uncovered SLO

Morro Bay teacher resigns amid allegations of misconduct

By KAREN VELIE Amid allegations of misconduct, Morro Bay High School chemistry teacher and girl’s swim coach Tyler Andree suddenly resigned, just two days before the start of the second semester. A 2014 San Luis Obispo High School graduate, Andree... (Continue reading)

BLM protesters file claims against SLO County District Attorney

By KAREN VELIE Three BLM protesters have filed claims against San Luis Obispo County District Attorney Dan Dow alleging discrimination, bias and malicious prosecution over charges related to a July 21 rally in which property was damaged and vehicles blocked.... (Continue reading)

Judge awards SLO attorneys $151,238 for public interest work

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo County Superior Court Judge Ginger Garrett awarded the two lawyers who successfully sued the California Bureau of Cannabis Control to force them to comply with Proposition 64’s billboard ban $151,238 for costs and legal... (Continue reading)

Paavo Ogren up for SLO County appointment, but where does he live?

By KAREN VELIE Former public works director Paavo Ogren used to live in Atascadero. But that was before he applied to represent San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Dawn Ortiz-Legg on the Water Resource Advisory Committee (WRAC) as the District 3... (Continue reading)

San Simeon CSD manager’s PPP payout raises questions

By KAREN VELIE San Simeon Community Services District Manager Charles Grace took two payments totaling more than $200,000 in the first round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) money. But the workers he claimed in one program application were contractors and... (Continue reading)

Santa Barbara County seeking community discounts for their employees

By KAREN VELIE After asking business owners to offer discounts to Santa Barbara County’s 4,600 employees, county staffers apologized for their “ill-conceived, ill-judged and poorly timed” request. In early January, Elizabeth Muro, the county’s health wellness partner, sent out a... (Continue reading)

SLO County doctor accused of negligence in prescribing narcotics

By KAREN VELIE State prosecutors filed an accusation against Russ Levitan M.D., an anesthesiologist with offices in San Luis Obispo, Atascadero and Santa Maria, for negligence in his prescribing of narcotics, according to an accusation from the Attorney General of... (Continue reading)

Can Paavo Ogren get San Simeon out of hot water?

By KAREN VELIE Under investigation for sole-sourcing large contracting jobs, conflicts of interest and applying for grants they were not qualified for, San Simeon Community Services District staffers selected Paavo Ogren to respond to the investigator. However, Ogren used to... (Continue reading)

SLO Mayor Heidi Harmon accused of stomping on freedom of speech

By KAREN VELIE Under fire for blocking just about anybody who disagrees with her, San Luis Obispo Mayor Heidi Harmon took her Instagram page down, put it back up with everyone unblocked, and is now taking it down again. After... (Continue reading)

SLO doctor on probation following accusations of gross negligence

By KAREN VELIE A San Luis Obispo based physician who was accused of gross negligence has been placed on five years probation by the Medical Board of California. In 2019, the California Attorney General’s Office accused Laleh Shaban M.D. of... (Continue reading)