Uncovered SLO

State appeals ruling disqualifying the SLO County District Attorney’s Office

By KAREN VELIE The California Attorney General’s Office on Friday appealed a recent court ruling that disqualified the entire San Luis Obispo District Attorney’s Office from prosecuting local Black Lives Matter organizer Tiana Arrata and six others defendants involved in... (Continue reading)

SLO County Sheriff’s deputy sideswiped a parked car before crash

By KAREN VELIE A San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputy sideswiped a parked car before crashing into a tree in Grover Beach on Tuesday. The deputy was driving on Oak Park Boulevard towards Capistrano Court when he sideswiped a parked... (Continue reading)

Orcutt’s Old Town Market could still become a pot shop

By KAREN VELIE The Fidel brothers bought Orcutt’s iconic Old Town Market from marijuana mogul Helios Dayspring in October with plans to continue selling groceries while also providing a food court. Plans that delighted locals concerned with the closure of... (Continue reading)

A look back at the top stories of 2020 in SLO County

By CCN STAFF It is without doubt, the pandemic was the top story of 2020, locally, nationally and globally. The first case in San Luis Obispo County was confirmed on March 13, and quickly the numbers exploded. A week later,... (Continue reading)

SLO County found nothing wrong, now forced to investigate

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo County spent years dismissing allegations the San Simeon Community Services District violated competitive bidding rules related to government grants. Now, the state of California has ordered the county to investigate because it serves as... (Continue reading)

California has better COVID-19 death rates than most states

By KAREN VELIE California continues to report lower coronavirus death rates per capita than the majority of states, with San Luis Obispo County’s death rate less than half the state’s rate. While the number of new coronavirus cases surges in... (Continue reading)

Katie Lichtig hired as Morro Bay’s interim finance director

By KAREN VELIE The city of Morro Bay has hired a familiar face to serve as its interim finance director. In November, former San Luis Obispo city manager Katie Lichtig joined Morro Bay’s management team. Lichtig’s 12-month agreement commenced on... (Continue reading)

SLO City Council gives top two employees 9.24% pay raises

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Amid a pandemic-driven global economic crisis, and shortly following the passage of a sales tax hike, the San Luis Obispo City Council voted to give approximately $20,000 raises, as well as benefit increases, to each of the... (Continue reading)

Whistleblower accuses SLO County management of unethical behavior

By KAREN VELIE An anonymous San Luis Obispo County Planning Department employee filed a whistleblower complaint alleging that a department supervisor was assigned to a project that her husband’s employer was developing. The whistleblower also charged that upper management waived... (Continue reading)

Judge disqualifies SLO County district attorney for political reasons

By KAREN VELIE The court disqualified the entire San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office on Friday from prosecuting seven Black Lives Matter defendants charged with crimes allegedly committed during a July protest. Instead, the California Attorney General’s Office will... (Continue reading)