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Karen Velie

Karen Velie lives in San Luis Obispo County.

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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)

Paso Robles man allegedly molested multiple children

By KAREN VELIE Paso Robles police arrested Jason Robert Porter early Saturday morning on 23 charges related to the alleged sexual molestation of multiple local children. At 1 a.m. today, officers arrested Porter on charges of oral copulation or penetration of a child under 10, lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14, and […]... (Continue Reading)

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Chumash Indians move ahead in bid to annex land

By KAREN VELIE The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians are one step closer in plans to annex the nearly 1,400-acre Camp 4 property into its reservation. The House Committee on Natural Resources voted 29-1 on Wednesday to pass the Santa Ynez Land Transfer Act of 2015. If passed, the legislation would allow the tribe […]... (Continue Reading)

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Michael Seitz dismissed as legal counsel for Los Osos

By KAREN VELIE The Los Osos Community Services District is cutting ties with longtime district legal counsel Shipsey & Seitz with plans to retain Roy Hanley with the Morro Bay attorney firm of Hanley & Fleishman. In 1998, Shipsey & Seitz was first hired to represent the district during its formation. However, in the past […]... (Continue Reading)

Former police chief’s son suspected of counterfeiting, burglary

By DANIEL BLACKBURN and KAREN VELIE Paso Robles police caught a break in a counterfeiting case when officers recognized a man videotaped passing a counterfeit bill at a CVS Pharmacy as the son of former chief of police Lisa Solomon and a San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputy who worked the DARE program. On Tuesday, […]... (Continue Reading)

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