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Karen Velie

Karen Velie lives in San Luis Obispo County.

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Grover Beach mayor fined for concealing campaign donations

By KAREN VELIE California’s political watchdog levied a fine against Grover Beach Mayor John Shoals during a hearing on Aug. 18, because he failed to file five campaign reports as required by the government code during his successful bid for office two years ago. The Fair Political Practices Commission said Shoals’ campaign failed to submit […]... (Continue Reading)

County employees say whistleblower complaints mishandled

By KAREN VELIE For years, San Luis Obispo County employees have lodged complaints about missing medications and conditions at the jail that they say endanger inmates and nurses. More than four years ago, several medical staffers at the county jail began asking County Health Agency Director Jeff Hamm, Health Officer Dr. Penny Borenstein and Division […]... (Continue Reading)

Bond rating for Los Osos is suspended

By KAREN VELIE The financial bad news for the Los Osos Community Services District continues; earlier this summer the Standard & Poor’s suspended its rating for district bonds. The credit rating service said it could not continue to rate the district’s fiscal integrity because a promised outside audit of the 2014-2015 books was not submitted […]... (Continue Reading)

SLO County’s great cake caper

By KAREN VELIE It turned out to be sort of a half-baked plan. On June 7, Susan Cameron, a nursing supervisor in charge of medical staff at the San Luis Obispo County Jail, brought a cake in for her co-workers to enjoy. “While all the employees were in another room eating cake,” Cameron was allegedly […]... (Continue Reading)

Recycling center closures cost communities millions each year

By KAREN VELIE Throughout San Luis Obispo County, numerous recycling centers have closed leaving some local communities without a place to redeem their beverage deposits. These closures have cost local businesses and residents millions of dollars. California charges a fee for most beverage containers with a mandated minimum refund value of 5 cents to 10 […]... (Continue Reading)

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Hill pressures recipients of county funds for donations

By KAREN VELIE In an email San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Adam Hill sent to a group of people affiliated with a local program that receives county monies, Hill ties the county’s financial support to donations to his reelection campaign. Hill notes in his email that $99 donations are “not going to cut it.” Hill […]... (Continue Reading)

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Sanitation district agrees to end litigation, pay fine

By KAREN VELIE The South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District board announced Wednesday that the state has agreed to settle litigation and permit the district to pay a $1.19 million fine levied because of a 2010 sewage spill. As part of the negotiations, the state has agreed to allow the sanitation district to spend […]... (Continue Reading)

Old Mission School vice principal let go

By KAREN VELIE In an apparent response to threats from several parents to unregister their children, Old Mission School in San Luis Obispo announced Tuesday that Vice Principal Margaret Porter will no longer be employed by the school. Old Mission School is a part of the Monterey Diocese. “As a result of the unfortunate legal […]... (Continue Reading)

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Animal sanctuary sold to the Resnicks, deforested

By KAREN VELIE Trustees of a San Luis Obispo County animal sanctuary sold 1,100 acres of the reserve to Justin Vineyards and Winery, a company owned by Stewart and Lynda Resnick, CalCoastNews has learned. Specifics about what happened to the animals for which the sanctuary was created, is not known. Michael Tobias, president of the […]... (Continue Reading)

Battle lines over allegiances drawn in AG Council race

By KAREN VELIE Following a political shakeup in 2014, seven candidates have entered the race for three seats on the Arroyo Grande City Council. Amid allegations of graft and corruption by former mayor Tony Ferrara and other city officials, in 2014 voters elected write in candidate Jim Hill over Ferrara, a 16-year incumbent. Since then, […]... (Continue Reading)

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