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Karen Velie

Karen Velie lives in San Luis Obispo County.

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PG&E destroys 20 palm trees at The Graduate

By KAREN VELIE After a large eucalyptus tree crashed into a power line, PG&E destroyed 20 older palms trees located at The Graduate Restaurant and Nightclub in San Luis Obispo, even though the removal appears to violate city and state laws. During last week’s storm, a large eucalyptus tree toppled during the storm, taking with […]... (Continue Reading)

Cal Poly to settle public records lawsuit

By KAREN VELIE California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo has agreed to pay the costs in an agreement to resolve a public records request lawsuit brought by journalism professor and editor of CalCoastNew Bill Loving. The agreement also calls for the university to send out yearly reminders to faculty and staff about complying […]... (Continue Reading)

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SLO rental inspection program moves forward

By KAREN VELIE At a contentious council meeting attended by approximately 200 people, San Luis Obispo City Council voted 3-2 Tuesday to have staff draft a rental inspection ordinance aimed at eliminating unsafe housing conditions. During the more than four-hour meeting, the bulk of those speaking at public comment were opposed to the city implementing […]... (Continue Reading)

Neighbors battle over Santa Margarita quarry

By KAREN VELIE As the application for a conditional use permit for a Santa Margarita property zoned for mining winds through the county, neighbors are taking sides in the heated battle over potential transformations to the community if the permit for the proposed Los Pilitas aggregate quarry is approved. Both sides have made claims. Proponents […]... (Continue Reading)

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Father fights for the right to raise his child

Editor’s Note: Because of privacy concerns, the parent’s names have been changed in the story. By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo County Child Welfare Services is recommending the father of a 23-month-old daughter lose his parental rights, even though there have never been any allegations of abuse or neglect against the father. Jay is what […]... (Continue Reading)

Arroyo Grande mayor seeks sanitation district audit

By KAREN VELIE Arroyo Grande Mayor Jim Hill has asked the South San Luis Obispo Sanitation District to initiate a forensic audit of the district in an attempt to recover the cost of a fine and mismanagement attributed to the former plant administrator. At Wednesdays sanitation district meeting, Hill’s first action as a district board […]... (Continue Reading)

Emails expose alleged misconduct by Arroyo Grande officials
 


Editor’s note: A video of Arroyo Grande Council Member Kristen Barneich noting her reasons for voting against an independent investigation into the July 3 incident is at the bottom of this story. By DANIEL BLACKBURN and KAREN VELIE Several public officials in Arroyo Grande unsuccessfully instructed members of the city’s police force to take official […]... (Continue Reading)

Taxpayers to fund $2.4 million giveaway to county employees

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo County Supervisors are slated to vote Tuesday on a $2.4 million payment to employees described as an offset to rising health care costs. The proposal comes a week after the board voted to raise a variety of public fees. In the consent agenda item (items to be passed without […]... (Continue Reading)

Mayor Tony Ferrara resigns before term ends

By KAREN VELIE and DANIEL BLACKBURN In an unusual move, Arroyo Grande Mayor Tony Ferrara announced at Tuesday’s council meeting he intends to resign Friday at 5 p.m., three days before his term ends. The early resignation means that Mayor Pro Tem Jim Guthrie will serve through the weekend and pass the gavel to mayor-elect […]... (Continue Reading)

Wallace Group no-bid contract on lame duck agenda

By KAREN VELIE Arroyo Grande Mayor Tony Ferrara is slated to give a no-bid contract to two engineering firms for consulting services before he gives up power over the city’s agenda and council. Tuesday’s Arroyo Grande City Council meeting marks the final council schedule and meeting Ferrara will control. The 10th item on a packed […]... (Continue Reading)

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