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Karen Velie

Karen Velie lives in San Luis Obispo County.

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Ruckus over Trump at Harmon’s victory party

By KAREN VELIE During San Luis Obispo Mayor Heidi Harmon’s victory party on Friday, political unrest over Trump led to an argument that included drinks being tossed across a large round banquet table. While Harmon invited all members of the public to attend her victory party last Friday, several attendees made rude comments to a […]... (Continue Reading)

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Final election results for SLO County

By KAREN VELIE The current president of the Cambria Community Services District Board has been unseated and a purposed transportation tax was defeated, both by slim margins, according to the San Luis Obispo County Clerk Recorders Office’s final election results which were posted on Friday. In the race for three seats on the Cambria board, […]... (Continue Reading)

County supervisors vote to support workforce housing

By KAREN VELIE The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 on Tuesday to approve a program aimed at providing more workforce housing. Supervisors Lynn Compton, Debbie Arnold and Frank Mecham voted in favor of the program while Adam Hill and Bruce Gibson dissented. In response to concerns that existing policies and fees […]... (Continue Reading)

SLO County Democratic leadership bows to pressure

By KAREN VELIE After a large group of people who oppose a plan to suppress other Democratic clubs from independently endorsing candidates or measures signed a petition, the San Luis Obispo County Democratic Central Committee voted 16-2 on Monday not to adopt the restrictions. Committee members Susan Devine, SLO County Supervisor Adam Hill’s former administrative […]... (Continue Reading)

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SLO County Democratic Central Committee seeking to suppress

By KAREN VELIE A group of Democrats are planning to voice their disapproval Monday night over the San Luis Obispo County Democratic Central Committee’s plan to pass an amendment to their bylaws that purporting will strip other Democratic clubs of the ability to make independent endorsements. If passed, groups such as the Progressives for SLO […]... (Continue Reading)

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Gay man reportedly assaulted by Trump supporters

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo police are treating the assault of a 47-year-old gay man near the Frog & Peach Pub on Hiquera Street as a hate crime, said Capt. Chris Staley. On Nov. 10 at about 9:30 a.m., Alan Estes of Morro Bay parked his SUV on Hiquera Street with plans to take […]... (Continue Reading)

Deputy’s DUI arrest leads to allegations of favoritism

UPDATE: Sheriff’s spokesman Tony Cipolla said deputy Jim Fellows is facing a temporary suspension from the department following his trial. The department also detailed its reasons for retaining an officer arrested while on probation. By KAREN VELIE A San Luis Obispo Sheriff deputy was arrested after he was caught driving over 100 mph while intoxicated. […]... (Continue Reading)

Harmon closing in on Marx in latest report

By KAREN VELIE Incumbent San Luis Obispo Mayor Jan Marx’ lead over her opponent Heidi Harmon has shrunk as more ballots are counted. While Marx led in early mail in ballots, Harmon led among poll voters. Following Monday’s count of additional ballots from the general election, Marx has 51.13 percent, compared to Harmon’s 48.48 percent. […]... (Continue Reading)

Hill accused of threatening a nonprofit

By KAREN VELIE For more than 10 years, a local printer produced fundraising brochures for the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County. Then in late 2008, the owner of a printing business said she lost the contract after Supervisor Adam Hill threatened to withhold county funds from the nonprofit. Julie Tizzano, the owner of […]... (Continue Reading)

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Poll shows Peschong expanding lead over Martin

By KAREN VELIE Republican John Peschong is building on his wide lead over Democrat Steve Martin as the campaign for the San Luis Obispo County District 1 supervisor seat enters its final week, according to a CalCoastNews poll conducted Sunday. Among decided voters, Peschong holds a 29-point lead over Martin. Peschong leads with 64.83 percent […]... (Continue Reading)

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