Articles Tagged With ‘Kelly Gearhart’

Did Gearhart ‘own’ officials?

During his heyday, notorious land developer Kelly Gearhart “seemed to own” some of Atascadero’s city council members, says former mayor Mike Brennler in’s newest installment of its ongoing series, “A County Corrupted: Part 2.” Brennler continues to be rebuffed... (Continue reading)

Gearhart gone, not forgotten

Disgraced land developer Kelly Gearhart’s well-funded stranglehold on San Luis Obispo county planning officials, and the financial havoc he visited on unsuspecting investors, is the subject of’s newest offering, “A County Corrupted.” Part One of the multi-part series features... (Continue reading)

Kelly Gearhart’s personal fall from grace

The political and financial powerbrokers of San Luis Obispo County might never have heard of Kelly Gearhart if he hadn’t decided to take advantage of family members, including his own father, to power his way to the top ranks of... (Continue reading)

Gearhart’s casino – the final gamble

Amidst assurances that then President George W. Bush was poised to sign off on the first step towards the development of an Indian owned casino in Paso Robles, the Salinan Indian Tribal Council entered into an agreement with four venture... (Continue reading)

Gearhart’s control of Atascadero

As he built his empire, Kelly Gearhart’s relationships with public officials made it possible for him to skirt building requirements, thereby saving him hundreds of thousands in development costs. These exceptions risked public safety, cost the county revenue and negatively impacted... (Continue reading)

Kelly Gearhart: Fraud, arson and betrayal

Amid a federal investigation into racketeering, money laundering and mail fraud, developer Kelly Gearhart’s stepmother claims her notorious stepson’s illicit activities also included forgery, bribing public officials and arson. The latter exploit was one that helped fund Gearhart’s transition from being... (Continue reading)

Judge dismisses Gearhart’s bankruptcy protection

A federal judge has ruled that Atascadero developer Kelly Gearhart’s bankruptcy was applied for fraudulently and as of October 7 his creditors may legally go after his future earnings, according to a November 8 court order. “They can sue him for... (Continue reading)

More on Bordonaro’s special favors

(Editor’s Note: This is the third and last in a series about San Luis Obispo County Assessor and Republican politico Tom Bordonaro.) While San Luis... (Continue reading)

Federal action against Heritage Oaks Bank

Federal regulators have banned the parent company of Paso Robles-based Heritage Oaks Bank from paying dividends or incurring debt as part of a written agreement the company and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco signed on Monday. As part of... (Continue reading)

Jay Miller on borrowed time

Federal prosecutors prompted a federal grand jury to look into the alleged criminal acts of Hurst financial principal Jay Miller. [Tribune] Miller is one of the subjects of a two-year racketeering, money laundering and wire fraud investigation that includes former... (Continue reading)