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Karen Velie

Karen Velie lives in San Luis Obispo County.

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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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Carpenter leads during latest fundraising period

By KAREN VELIE Despite San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Adam Hill allegedly using access to his office to pressure developers to donate money to his campaign, during the latest reporting period his opponent Dan Carpenter raised significantly more money than Hill. In the District 1 race, John Peschong is the clear leader garnering more than […]... (Continue Reading)

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Builders say Supervisor Hill made threats over campaign support

By KAREN VELIE In what is being described as a pay to play demand, San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Adam Hill is alleged to have barred access and threatened financial harm to members of the Home Builders Association of the Central Coast if they do not support his campaign. The controversy began about seven months […]... (Continue Reading)

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SLO Brew ordered to stop work, permits suspended

  By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo city inspectors placed a stop work order and suspended all permits for SLO Brew’s new facility out by the airport after discovering multiple violations. The new facility, dubbed the Rock, includes a brewery, night club and concert venue at 855 Aerovista Place. While the city council approved the […]... (Continue Reading)

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Nipomo nursery growing 52,000 marijuana plants

By KAREN VELIE Almost a dozen deputies served a search warrant at the Clearwater Nursery in Nipomo last month and discovered approximately 52,000 marijuana plants worth about $104 million at $2,000 a plant. Nevertheless, nursery staff provided the deputies with the names of their medical marijuana clients, and the deputies left, county officials said. The […]... (Continue Reading)

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