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Karen Velie

Karen Velie lives in San Luis Obispo County.

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KVEC producer getting kicked for soccer comments

By KAREN VELIE Comments made on a local radio talk show Thursday night have turned into a public chastising of producer and on-air sidekick Craig Hill. The incident took place during the 6 o’clock hour of “The Dave Congalton Show” on KVEC 920 AM, which features an “open-line” discussion between Congalton and Hill on current […]... (Continue Reading)

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Investigation further sullies SLO interim director

By KAREN VELIE A recent investigation into the management practices of a former Carmel city manager, who is currently working for the city of San Luis Obispo, revealed multiple violations of municipal code and financial mismanagement. In December, SLO City Manager Katie Lichtig hired Jason Stilwell to develop the city’s 2015 through 2017 financial plan […]... (Continue Reading)

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APCD board split over Oceano dunes dust rule

By JOSH FRIEDMAN and KAREN VELIE The San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District is attempting to rehabilitate its Oceano Dunes dust rule, but in the aftermath of an appellate court ruling against the regulation, some members of the APCD board are calling for the district to find a less litigious plan for dealing […]... (Continue Reading)

Did Steve Gesell game the city to get his settlement?

By JOSH FRIEDMAN and KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo’s embattled outgoing police chief Steve Gesell had applied for a new job several months prior to City Manager Katie Lichtig placing him on administrative leave, a job he was first in line to get while simultaneously seeking a large settlement from the city under the assertion […]... (Continue Reading)

Mike Seitz resigns from sanitation district

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District legal counsel Mike Seitz announced his resignation Wednesday shortly after an outside investigator began an audit of the sanitation district’s management practices. In his letter of resignation, Seitz said he is stepping down because of impending litigation over water rights between two clients he has represented […]... (Continue Reading)

Democrats losing membership in SLO County

By JOSH FRIEDMAN and KAREN VELIE As the Republican Party loses ground in California and risks losing statewide competitiveness, it is the Democratic Party that is suffering the greater erosion in San Luis Obispo County. Since 2009, the Democratic Party has lost 7,394 voters, a decline of 13.1 percent in SLO County, according to statistics […]... (Continue Reading)

Probation department seeking low sentence for Gearhart

By KAREN VELIE With just two weeks until Kelly Gearhart’s sentencing hearing, his probation officer and federal prosecutors are disagreeing over the number of the defendant’s victims, a fact that partially determines sentencing guidelines. While both sides agree on most information in the presentencing investigation report, prosecutors contend Gearhart had over 250 victims while the […]... (Continue Reading)

Did illegal ticket quotas hasten Gesell’s exit?

By KAREN VELIE and DANIEL BLACKBURN San Luis Obispo Police Chief Steve Gesell’s command staff initiated an illegal ticket quota scheme with pizza as a reward, emails obtained by CalCoastNews show, an activity that may have contributed to Gesell’s being placed on paid administrative leave Friday. City officials are not disclosing the reasons for Gesell’s […]... (Continue Reading)

Sanitation district board hires former IRS investigator for audit

By KAREN VELIE The South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District Board voted 3-0 on Wednesday to hire Knudson and Associates to pursue a financial and past managerial review of the last 12 years. After several years of voting against an audit, in January, the district board agreed to allot $40,000 for an audit of […]... (Continue Reading)

Raised eyebrows over Pemberton brothers SLO project

By KAREN VELIE A pair of developers whose prior business deals resulted in claims of fraud and a bankruptcy with $1.4 million in unpaid wages, debts and charity pledges that were never fulfilled have started looking for investors in a project in downtown San Luis Obispo. Jeremy and Joshua Pemberton, twin brothers, have begun to […]... (Continue Reading)

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