UPDATE: Estate Financial investors fighting back

Investors, builders and attorneys squeezed into a large, sunny conference room at a beautiful, ocean-side hotel earlier this week to talk about something most found unpleasant: How they were going to recoup millions of unaccounted-for dollars placed with Paso Robles... (Continue reading)

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Since its launch in January, UncoveredSLO.com has carved its niche in San Luis Obispo County, reporting on subjects that other local media won't, or can't. We have done so in the belief that an informed public is better than the... (Continue reading)

Hard money lending schemes creating fiscal chaos, devastating SLO County investors

By KAREN VELIE and DANIEL BLACKBURN A number of San Luis Obispo County investment firms have allegedly participated in schemes that may have already cost local investors more than $500 million, setting the stage for a colossal fiscal collapse unrivaled in... (Continue reading)

Attorney clamps down on city officials

By KAREN VELIE Atascadero City Attorney Brian Pierik has been dishing out advice to city officials that some consider misleading regarding disclosure of e-mails from their personal accounts. Also, the city attorney cited the anti-secrecy Brown Act as his reason for excluding... (Continue reading)

Area lawmakers go easy on the perks

By DANIEL BLACKBURN This county’s two state lawmakers, both millionaires, were modest in their acceptance of gifts and free travel from lobbyists and special interest groups during the past year, according to documents made public today by the Fair Political Practices... (Continue reading)

COMMENTARY: The truth about Prince Harry and Sandy Duerr

By DANIEL BLACKBURN The major media’s collegial conspiracy to hide the fact of Britain’s Prince Harry’s frontline military service in Afghanistan says much about the sad state of journalism everywhere. And what, you might be wondering, does that have to do with,... (Continue reading)

San Miguel Ranch One man’s dream is nightmare for others

By DANIEL BLACKBURN When Brent Grizzle first gazed at what he would later describe as the “gently rolling contours” around the tiny North County town of San Miguel, the developer would later note that he “immediately recognized the special potential” of... (Continue reading)

Cal Poly/Saudi project update: Dissent growing

BY DAN BLACKBURN AND KAREN VELIE An attempt by a group of Cal Poly professors to derail the Engineering College’s proposed collaboration with a Saudi Arabia university has itself been rebuffed, at least temporarily. Members of the Academic Senate tried... (Continue reading)

Cuesta handcuffed by big contract buyouts

By DANIEL BLACKBURN AND KAREN VELIE Cuesta College’s current accreditation woes are exacerbated by several six-figure settlements being paid to former administrators, and morale among faculty and other employees is said to be dangerously deteriorating. Threats to the community college’s accreditation –... (Continue reading)

Storm winds as environmental vigilante? County questions billboard rebuilding

By DANIEL BLACKBURN Powerful winds ripping across San Luis Obispo County in recent weeks battered, bent and broke numerous billboards along the Highway 101 and Highway 1 corridors, and now county officials are considering denying replacement of damaged signs. The county’s enforcement... (Continue reading)