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Karen Velie

Karen Velie lives in San Luis Obispo County.

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Grover Beach staffers picket city hall, consider strike

By KAREN VELIE Multiple city workers marched around Grover Beach City Hall Monday during the city council meeting in protest of the city’s stalled negotiation with the employee union. [Cal Coast Times] For six months, the union and the city were unable to reach an agreement over cost of living increases. The city had offered […]... (Continue Reading)

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Do SLO County Jail visitation rules increase recidivism?

By KAREN VELIE One sunny day in September, Jazmine Paredes arrived 46 minutes early to the San Luis Obispo County Jail for a scheduled visit with her husband, but was turned away because she wasn’t 45 minutes early even though the sheriff department’s website says visitors must arrive only 15 minutes in advance. [Cal Coast […]... (Continue Reading)

SLO police chief under fire for incriminating tweet

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo Police Chief Deanna Cantrell’s Twitter page has brought a lot of people deemed suspects into the center of attention. The most recent is a long-time city business owner who the chief’s Twitter page listed as a suspected counterfeiter along with his photo. [Cal Coast Times] On Sept. 7, the […]... (Continue Reading)

Erik Howell ordered to pay $959,307 for court costs, attorney fees

By KAREN VELIE A judge ordered Pismo Beach Councilman Erik Howell and four other members of the California Coastal Commission to pay $959,307 in attorney’s fees and court costs to attorney Cory Briggs and the nonprofit Spotlight on Coastal Corruption for an anti-corruption lawsuit that ended earlier this year. [Cal Coast Times] Because the judge […]... (Continue Reading)

Is the IWMA’s proposed Styrofoam ban ordinance illegal?

By KAREN VELIE While arguments rage over a proposed countywide ordinance to ban Styrofoam food containers, a retired San Luis Obispo County deputy county counsel contends the Integrated Waste Management Authority (IWMA) does not have authority to pass ordinances. [Cal Coast Times] The California Constitution grants only cities and counties power to pass ordinances —  […]... (Continue Reading)

Old Mission School accused of concealing child abuse

By KAREN VELIE A former guidance counselor at Old Mission School in San Luis Obispo has accused administrators of concealing child abuse, retaliation against a whistleblower and wrongful termination in a lawsuit filed Monday. [Cal Coast Times] Jannelle Craig-Difronzo alleges that on two occasions Principal Cynthia Fogarty ordered her not to report suspected child abuse. […]... (Continue Reading)

Grover Beach marijuana dealer accused of fraud, labor violations

By KAREN VELIE A former employee of House of Holistics is suing the marijuana company and several affiliated cannabis growers for allegedly failing to pay him for his work, and for multiple labor violations. [Cal Coast Times] In the past, many marijuana businesses operated as criminal enterprises paying employees with cash under the table and […]... (Continue Reading)

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County vendor’s troubles raise the question, who’s printing your ballots?

By KAREN VELIE While fielding questions over its ability to operate in California, San Luis Obispo County’s ballot printer was hit with multiple tax liens. [Cal Coast Times] The additional bad news for the owners of Integrated Voting Solutions and four affiliated companies is likely to have some county officials questioning plans to continue working […]... (Continue Reading)

Carrari family feud – The life and times of Joe Carrari

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series about winemaker Joe Carrari, his family’s attempts to have him found incompetent, battles over a $50 million estate, accusations of murder and a home invasion that left two people in the hospital. Read the first in the series here. Joe Carrari distinguished himself as one of […]... (Continue Reading)

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Carrari family feud – The Christmas morning home invasion

By JOSH FRIEDMAN and KAREN VELIE Editor’s note: This is the first in a series about winemaker Joe Carrari, his family’s attempts to have him found incompetent, battles over a $50 million estate, accusations of murder and a home invasion that left two people in the hospital. Vintner Joe Carrari thought the day could not […]... (Continue Reading)

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