Uncovered SLO


CCN reporter arrested on DUI charge for .06 blood alcohol level

By JOSH FRIEDMAN and DANIEL BLACKBURN CalCoastNews reporter and co-founder Karen Velie was taken into custody on Aug. 13 after a San Luis Obispo police officer arrested her on suspicion of driving under the influence. Officer Josh Walsh placed Velie... (Continue reading)

Mecham views water basin with new eyes

By DANIEL BLACKBURN A North County supervisor said a new county-produced map showing Paso Robles’ incredibly shrinking groundwater basin was a revelation to him and has impacted the way he looks at the issues. “I didn’t expect to see what... (Continue reading)

Torres untruthful in slander case documents, new court filings say

By JOSH FRIEDMAN The slander suit filed by CAPSLO’s Homeless Services Director Dee Torres took a new turn when defendant Mike Brennler submitted a case document on Friday saying that Torres was not truthful in her sworn statement to the... (Continue reading)

Supervisor tries to get witness to change story about homeless gifts

By KAREN VELIE Less than a week after his fiancé filed a slander lawsuit against a local private investigator, San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Adam Hill began contacting a key witness in the case, attempting to get him to change... (Continue reading)

SLO seizes homeless property days after LA loses legal bid

By JOSH FRIEDMAN San Luis Obispo calls the tents, bikes and personal belongings of homeless people “found property.” Workers for the company that gets $1,600 a day to seize and send the property to the landfill call it “homeless trash.”... (Continue reading)

Water crisis dividing friends, neighbors

By DANIEL BLACKBURN Ken Currell gazed forlornly at vegetation surrounding the five-acre ranch he and his wife, Lynn, operate on the southeastern edge of Paso Robles, and responded to a visitor’s comments about the property’s beauty: “It was,” he said.... (Continue reading)

Hill calls Grover Beach mayor a disgrace

By CCN STAFF EDITOR’S NOTE: See San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Adam Hill’s email to the Grover Beach City Council at the bottom of this story. In a recent email to members of the Grover Beach City Council, County Supervisor... (Continue reading)

Groundwater ordinance bubbling in controversy

By DANIEL BLACKBURN County supervisors will take their first look Tuesday at a wide range of options for a controversial emergency ordinance aimed at curtailing demand on the Paso Robles Groundwater Basin. (See full staff report here.) “The discussion will... (Continue reading)

Heritage Oaks Bank settles with Gearhart investors

By KAREN VELIE In a last minute decision, Heritage Oaks Bank agreed to settle with investors in Hurst Financial’s Vista del Hombre project in Paso Robles for a currently undisclosed amount of money, an investor said. The settlement was agreed... (Continue reading)

Audit catches $36,000 in overpayments to fired Oceano manager

By KAREN VELIE Tom Geaslen, recently terminated for cause as Oceano Community Services District general manager, paid himself more than $162,000 a year even though he was only contracted to make $126,000 a year, an audit of the district’s finances... (Continue reading)