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Karen Velie

Karen Velie lives in San Luis Obispo County.

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Spencer’s Fresh Markets top bidder on AG Haggen location

By KAREN VELIE Spencer’s Fresh Markets was the top bidder in a bankruptcy auction for the Arroyo Grande Haggen’s location, according to court documents. In total, 17 locations including the Arroyo Grande site were pulled from the auction because of lease issues between two Haggen entities, OPCO and PROPCO. Even so, the highest bidders are […]... (Continue Reading)

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Arroyo Grande planning commissioner retains his seat

By KAREN VELIE The Arroyo Grande City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to retain John Mack on the Planning Commission following a conflict of interest complaint filed by developer Nick Tompkins. A vote that surprised most attendees at the meeting. Following an unanimously vote by the Planning Commission to reject Tompkins proposal for a residential and […]... (Continue Reading)

Laetitia winery development gaining approval

By KAREN VELIE The San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission indicated plans to approve a proposed residential development at the Laetitia Vineyard and Winery in South County if the applicant makes several plan changes. On Oct. 29, the commission voted 4-0 to instruct staff to come back in January with findings to support the commission’s […]... (Continue Reading)

Nipomo marijuana dispensary shot down

By KAREN VELIE The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 Tuesday against a proposed medical marijuana dispensary in Nipomo. Supervisors Lynn Compton, Debbie Arnold and Frank Mecham voted against the facility primarily because of crime and traffic concerns. Supervisors Adam Hill and Bruce Gibson voted in favor of the project arguing that […]... (Continue Reading)

Are owners of Ethnobotanica just blowing smoke?

By KAREN VELIE The founder of a medical marijuana business attempting to open a dispensary in San Luis Obispo County has a lengthy criminal history, including a felony arrest and conviction for possession of a dangerous drug with intent to sell. Ethnobotanica is seeking to open a 2,500-square-foot medical marijuana dispensary at 2122 Hutton Road […]... (Continue Reading)

Judge John Trice accused of violating a divorce court order

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo County Superior Court Judge John Trice is accused of failing to abide by a court order to provide part of his military retirement benefits to an ex-wife, according to a notice of formal proceedings from the California Commission on Judicial Performance Following an investigation, if allegations of serious misconduct […]... (Continue Reading)

FPPC rejects Nick Tompkins’ complaint

By KAREN VELIE After the Arroyo Grande Planning Commission voted unanimously to reject developer Nick Tompkins mixed use project proposal, Tompkins filed a compliant with the Fair Political Practices Commission against a city planning commissioner who recommended changes to the project. A complaint the FPPC quickly deemed invalid. Nevertheless, the complaint prompted several councilpersons to […]... (Continue Reading)

Former Santa Barbara man charged in 2 cold cases

By KAREN VELIE A twice convicted violent predator from Santa Barbara is facing capital murder charges in the 1981 and 1986 murders of two 6-year-old boys, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s officials announced Friday. Earlier this year, Kenneth Rasmuson, 53, was extradited from Idaho to California to face charges for the murder of 6-year-old Jeffrey […]... (Continue Reading)

Bailiff arrests state attorney in SLO courtroom

By KAREN VELIE Following a spat between two attorneys arguing a case in a San Luis Obispo courtroom, a bailiff arrested a state attorney for resisting or obstructing a peace officer, San Luis Obispo County Superior Court Executive Officer Susan Matherly confirmed. For more than a week, California Deputy Attorney General Jennie Mariah Kelly had […]... (Continue Reading)

Former Atascadero lender sentenced to 7 years

By KAREN VELIE Former Hurst Financial principal James Miller was sentenced to seven years in federal prison on Monday for misappropriating millions of dollars that victims invested in Central Coast real estate projects and for helping developer Kelly Gearhart defraud a bank. Miller, 67, pled guilty in 2011 to charges of mail fraud, wire fraud, […]... (Continue Reading)

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