Uncovered SLO

Dayspring wants variance to cut 13-year max sentence, hearing delayed

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo County’s marijuana mogul Helios Dayspring, who faces a 13-year maximum prison term after pleading guilty in 2021 to bribing a public official and tax fraud, is seeking a variance that could lower the amount... (Continue reading)

SLO County judge accused of judicial activism in dunes ruling

By KAREN VELIE An attorney for Friends of Oceano Dunes accused a San Luis Obispo County judge of judicial activism in her latest ruling which will allow the state to install 130 acres of additional dust control measures at the... (Continue reading)

Pismo Beach man attempts to shoot officer, gun malfunctions

By KAREN VELIE A Pismo Beach man attempted to shoot a policeman on Friday, but his semiautomatic pistol malfunctioned giving the officer an opportunity to subdue the suspect, police said. Shortly after 1 p.m., the officer attempted to pull a... (Continue reading)

Details emerge in rural Santa Margarita murder case

By KAREN VELIE Less than a week after a Creston resident allegedly shot and killed a man in rural Santa Margarita before stabbing a woman in Paso Robles, friends, prosecutors and the court have released additional details about that fatal... (Continue reading)

Is SLO County’s League of Women Voters nonpartisan?

By KAREN VELIE While the San Luis Obispo County League of Women Voters is officially a nonpartisan organization, it has been criticized for promoting left-leaning issues. As a nonprofit, the league is required to be nonpartisan, though it can take... (Continue reading)

SLO County supervisors want voters to elect officials

By KAREN VELIE The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 on Tuesday to move ahead with plans to require voters to elect replacements for officials who leave midterm. Currently, these empty positions are filled by the governor... (Continue reading)

SLO County board rejects plans for Highway 227 roundabout

By KAREN VELIE The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors voted 2-2 on Tuesday not to support two controversial roundabouts on Highway 227 near the SLO Country Club, following an 11-2 vote by the SLO County Council of Governments... (Continue reading)

SLO County statutory rape victim speaks out

By KAREN VELIE Law enforcement is investigating allegations of sexual misconduct against Julian Contreras, an owner of Kin Coffee Bar in San Luis Obispo, and Nate Abate, the owner of Nate’s Barber and Hair Design in Atascadero, after over 30... (Continue reading)

SLO coffee shop closes to reflect on sexual misconduct allegations

By BEN DI GUGLIELMO and KAREN VELIE Amid allegations of sexual misconduct against an owner, Kin Coffee Bar in San Luis Obispo closed over the weekend to “reflect and reorganize,” according to a sign on the door. In addition, owner... (Continue reading)

Threats, negative ads target SLO County district attorney

By KAREN VELIE Paso Robles winemaker Tobin James Shumrick has run a four-week-long series of ads targeting San Luis Obispo District Attorney Dan Dow’s reelection. Shumrick accuses Dow and SLO County Sheriff Ian Parkinson of not doing enough to protect... (Continue reading)