State agency lifts Hurst Financial’s permit

By THE EDITORS A variety of accusations were filed today by the state Department of Corporations against Atascadero lender Hurst Financial and its owner, James Miller, and the agency has revoked Hurst’s permit to sell securities. Miller is one of several San... (Continue reading)

Law reported closing in on EFI principals

By KAREN VELIE and DANIEL BLACKBURN Local and federal law enforcement agencies are investigating Estate Financial Inc. (EFI) and a criminal case is said to be “moving forward” even as a battalion of interested parties scrap over control of the failing... (Continue reading)

Medical pot shop owner facing 100 years

By DANIEL BLACKBURN Charles C. Lynch sits in his South County home this weekend awaiting the start of a trial that poses for him the threat of a century in federal prison for doing what he thought was the right thing. The... (Continue reading)