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Karen Velie

Karen Velie lives in San Luis Obispo County.

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Los Osos general manager’s days appear to be numbered

By KAREN VELIE Following a review of Los Osos Community Services District General Manager Kathy Kivley’s performance and an investigation into misappropriation of funds, Kivley spoke with legal counsel and quickly left the Dec. 3 board meeting. A CalCoastNews’s analysis of district payroll found Kivley has been collecting pay for more administrative leave days than […]... (Continue Reading)

More details emerge in developer assault case

By KAREN VELIE An alleged violent assault on the girlfriend of a prominent San Luis Obispo County developer included smashing the victim’s head through a window and holding her in a closet against her will, sources said. More details emerged Monday as to what occurred during the Nov. 22 domestic violence incident that sent a 23-year-old […]... (Continue Reading)

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Prominent SLO County developer arrested on assault charges

By KAREN VELIE Arroyo Grande police arrested a prominent local developer on Thanksgiving day in connection with an assault that allegedly caused serious bodily injury to a girlfriend, they said. Ryan Petetit, 28, is a principal in PB Companies, a real estate investment and development firm currently under fire for not paying subcontractors and for […]... (Continue Reading)

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Hill won’t address questions; he’s changing addresses

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Adam Hill changed the mailing and work address for a consulting company he works for, the same day he received questions from CalCoastNews about inconsistencies between his financial disclosures and a developer’s documents organizing the consulting firm. The changes corrected inconsistencies in a filing made under penalty […]... (Continue Reading)

Rough waters continue for Ashley Madison cheaters

By KAREN VELIE Opening up his Earthlink account Monday, a San Luis Obispo based attorney found five threatening emails, each attempting to extort money because of the attorney’s participation on the hookup website Ashley Madison. The site, with a tagline that says “Life is short, have an affair,” claims it provides participants access to married […]... (Continue Reading)

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San Luis Jazz Band leader pleads guilty to extortion

BY KAREN VELIE The leader of the San Luis Jazz Band plead guilty last month to three counts of extortion against his wife. Mitch Latting, 66, is scheduled to be sentenced by San Luis Obispo County Superior Court Judge Jacquelyn Duffy on Dec. 8. Latting’s downhill spiral begin in late 2014 when his wife asked […]... (Continue Reading)

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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)

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