Articles Tagged With ‘Atascadero’




Atascadero manager admits falsehoods

By KAREN VELIE Atascadero city officials lied in public statements regarding an eminent domain controversy and made a scapegoat of a city employee. City Manager Wade McKinney, one of those officials, confessed the deception only when testifying under oath in depositions earlier... (Continue reading)

Housemate cops cruising to cash in

By KAREN VELIE Atascadero City Manager Wade McKinney probably isn’t feeling very gay this holiday season after getting some straight talk about a looming and large payout of taxpayer money to settle a police department dispute. McKinney, who heads SLO county’s most... (Continue reading)

Atascadero male police officers claim discrimination

By KAREN VELIE A contentious reverse discrimination claim that has embroiled the Atascadero Police Department in controversy heads for mediation Tuesday. Earlier this year, city officials launched an internal probe into complaints of reverse discrimination made by male officers against female officers... (Continue reading)

A message for the birds: Avoid this no-fly zone

Pigeons are dropping from the Atascadero skies, bleeding from the eyes and dying after allegedly being drugged by pest control workers ... (Continue reading)

DUMPSTER CHRONICLES: Law, disorder, and the DA

SECOND IN A SERIES By KAREN VELIE and DANIEL BLACKBURN A disengaged and reticent district attorney failed to investigate numerous complaints targeting fraudulent hard money lenders and big-name developers during the past 18 months, even as new and unsuspecting investors were being... (Continue reading)

Brennler, Luna won’t run again

By KAREN VELIE Atascadero Mayor Mike Brennler won’t seek a second term on the Atascadero City Council because of health concerns. And council member George Luna said he will also retire from the council after two decades of public service.... (Continue reading)

Sheriff’s deputy slams four parked cars

By KAREN VELIE and DANIEL BLACKBURN A San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputy on administrative leave drove into four parked vehicles before flipping and rolling his pickup truck in a July 19 mishap. Deputy Bryan Goossens was northbound on Traffic Way in... (Continue reading)

Where did Hurst’s Beacon Road money go?

By DANIEL BLACKBURN and KAREN VELIE Investors wooed by Atascadero hard money lender Hurst Financial’s owner Jay Miller raised $414,000 of an apparent $485,000 loan to help fund a new North County commercial park, but learned within four months that only... (Continue reading)

COMMENTARY: Try not to irritate Lon Allan

By DANIEL BLACKBURN I have a recurring dream in which the local media crowd works in concert to slay the dragons of government corruption and to cultivate an environment of informed citizens. And then I open my eyes, and my... (Continue reading)

O’Malley threatens mayor with alley brawl

By KAREN VELIE Atascadero City Council member Tom O’Malley challenged Mayor Mike Brennler to handle a dispute regarding council procedures his way, man-to-man out in the parking lot, said numerous attendees of Thursday’s “public trust and campaign reform workshop.” During the conciliatory-turned-contentious... (Continue reading)