Uncovered SLO

Another woman accuses Paul Flores of rape, jurors cry

By KAREN VELIE A woman who was allegedly roofied and raped in 2011 by Paul Flores, the man on trial for the murder of Kristin Smart, testified Friday against her alleged attacker. For the second time in less than a... (Continue reading)

Appellate ruling on SLO County prosecutors rife with factual inaccuracies

By KAREN VELIE Three appellate court judges ruled this week that San Luis Obispo County District Attorney Dan Dow’s personal political opinions jeopardized seven Black Lives Matter defendants’ rights to a fair trial and that local prosecutors should be replaced... (Continue reading)

Notorious San Luis Obispo con man accused of impersonating a federal agent

By KAREN VELIE A San Luis Obispo man who allegedly flashed a badge, claimed he was a federal agent, and then pepper sprayed a man could face charges of assault and impersonating a law enforcement officer. The SLO Police Department... (Continue reading)

SLO County’s homicide rate plummets, Santa Barbara County’s rate soars

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo County had 71% fewer murders in 2021 than in 2020. With only two murders in 2021, down from seven in 2020, SLO County has one of the lowest homicide rates in California. Things did... (Continue reading)

Lawsuit accuses Paso Robles winery managers of sexual harassment

By KAREN VELIE A federal agency filed a lawsuit against Justin Vineyards & Winery in Paso Robles and the Wonderful Company in Los Angeles over allegations of sexual harassment, unwanted sexual touching and retaliation, according to a lawsuit filed by... (Continue reading)

Paul Flores’ alleged long history of sexually assaulting women

By KAREN VELIE For decades, women have accused Paul Flores of sexual assaults, though Wednesday was the first time an alleged victim testified about a rape in court. Flores is charged with murdering Kristin Smart during an attempted rape in... (Continue reading)

SLO County produce companies to pay $1.7 million to settle lawsuit

By KAREN VELIE Two major agricultural companies on the Central Coast have agreed to pay $1.7 million to settle a class action lawsuit over employee issues, according to an Aug. 12 tentative ruling by San Luis Obispo County Superior Court ... (Continue reading)

Candidates vying for local offices in SLO County

By KAREN VELIE Who are the candidates running for public office in San Luis Obispo County, and which races are likely to make a change in local governmental policies? Atascadero The Atascadero City Council is likely to remain primarily unchanged,... (Continue reading)

Pismo Beach and Morro Bay allotted $23 million in federal infrastructure funds

By KAREN VELIE The federal goverment announced Thursday the allocation of more than $23 million in infrastructure funding for recycled water projects in Pismo Beach and Morro Bay, according to Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland. President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure... (Continue reading)

Are SLO County health officials overstepping their authority?

By KAREN VELIE After years of COVID restrictions, San Luis County residents are returning to fairs, concerts and indoor dining. Yet many local seniors are still isolated for months at a time. People no longer need to wear masks on... (Continue reading)