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Karen Velie

Karen Velie lives in San Luis Obispo County.

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Less water for AG residents, more for developers

By KAREN VELIE The Arroyo Grande City Council voted 3-2 Tuesday to enact further water restrictions on existing residents while delaying a building moratorium. The delay will allow a developer to avoid the moratorium and move ahead with the construction of more than 80 new homes. During Tuesday’s council meeting, city staff estimated the city’s […]... (Continue Reading)

Did SLO facility fail to protect elderly resident?

By KAREN VELIE Questions have been raised about the speed of the response at a San Luis Obispo independent living facility after a 75-year-old man was found face down in the dirt behind the Las Brisas Retirement Community. On Oct. 7, the San Luis Obispo Police department asked the public to be on the lookout […]... (Continue Reading)

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Adam Hill predisposed to not being deposed

By DANIEL BLACKBURN and KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Adam Hill was scheduled to be deposed Friday in a case involving CCN, but the deposition is on hold while Hill mounts a legal battle to stop his requirement to testify under oath. Charles Tenborg filed a lawsuit against CalCoastNews in 2013, claiming libel. […]... (Continue Reading)

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Petetit and Belsher’s money woes widen

By KAREN VELIE John Belsher and Ryan Petetit have lost water rights key to their plans to build an assisted living and Alzheimer’s care facility in Templeton. Their failure to fund the purchase of the property could cost the pair hundreds of thousands of dollars. The San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission voted on Jan. […]... (Continue Reading)

Porters threaten Tina Swithin with a lawsuit

By KAREN VELIE The parents of a man facing 23 charges related to the sexual abuse of children took the first step toward legal action against their former daughter-in-law Tina Swithin, following Swithin’s public disclosures about her divorce and visitation battles. On Sept. 7, attorney Dennis Balsamo sent a letter demanding Swithin stop making “slanderous […]... (Continue Reading)

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Is SLO County seeking to profit from heroin addicts?

By JOSH FRIEDMAN and KAREN VELIE Amid a growing opioid problem, San Luis Obispo County has announced plans to expand its substance abuse treatment programs. However, critics say the plans are inadequate in that they focus on providing replacement medication rather than full detoxification. The county’s plans to promote drug replacement therapy as opposed to residential […]... (Continue Reading)

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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)

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