Articles Tagged With ‘Paso Robles’




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COMMENTARY: Girl chief gone wild?

By KAREN VELIE and DANIEL BLACKBURN Lisa Solomon, chief of the Paso Robles Police Department, just loves to dance. But is she dancing with the stars? Or dancing on the bars? Dancing is what she does whenever she’s asked if she thinks there... (Continue reading)

Woman attacked, gang connection alleged

By DANIEL BLACKBURN and KAREN VELIE A Paso Robles woman was sexually assaulted shortly after midnight Tuesday in her own front yard by three Hispanic men who shouted racially-charged slurs. The woman, in her mid-20s, was attacked from behind as she parked... (Continue reading)

Paso’s costly water project just a backdoor tax?

By DANIEL BLACKBURN A multi-million-dollar Paso Robles water project funded by fattened water rates has pitted two mayoral candidates against one another and the conflict’s outcome could impact North County development for years to come. City officials have decided to saddle water... (Continue reading)

Divorce allows peek between EFI’s sheets

By DANIEL BLACKBURN and KAREN VELIE It took an acrimonious divorce and a protracted asset scrap to finally address the big question for investors in Paso Robles’ Estate Financial Inc.: Where did their money go? Now, EFI principal Karen Guth has answered... (Continue reading)

Fencing Paso Wine Festival may risk city deed

By DANIEL BLACKBURN A six-foot-high chain link fence erected around the perimeter of Paso Robles City Park for the city's annual Wine Festival appears to contravene a key component of the benefactor’s original deed requirements. Event sponsors and officials, however, say they... (Continue reading)

Fairgoers attacked, allege official cover-up

By KAREN VELIE and DANIEL BLACKBURN Three people were assaulted Wednesday night as they exited a shuttle bus after attending a Mid-State Fair concert. The victims contend fair and police officials are downplaying the incident to avoid negative publicity. Following the John... (Continue reading)

Bank’s own appraisal questions Gearhart loan

By KAREN VELIE and DANIEL BLACKBURN A million-dollar loan from Heritage Oaks Bank to North County developer Kelly Gearhart earlier this year was based on “erroneous” and questionable claims, according to the bank’s own appraisal. That appraisal was not received by bank... (Continue reading)

More state allegations heaped on EFI

The State Department of Real Estate (DRE) has filed accusations against hard money lender Estate Financial (EFI) of Paso Robles for eight causes of action that include “misrepresentations and false promises made to investors and acting fraudulently and dishonestly in... (Continue reading)

Paso merchants lost big on Memorial Weekend

By DANIEL BLACKBURN Angry Paso Robles downtown merchants are reacting to what many are calling a Memorial Weekend financial disaster triggered by city officials responsible for the sudden departure of one of the nation’s largest car shows. Local business owners are reporting... (Continue reading)

BULLETIN: Paso cops clip “No-Cruise Night”

By DANIEL BLACKBURN Paso Robles police officials are trying to corral the “First Annual No-Cruise Night” even as the spontaneous resurrection of a 30-year Memorial Weekend tradition gains steam. Participants want to return to Paso Robles one of the largest custom... (Continue reading)



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