The California Second District Appellate Court unanimously declined to reverse the $1.1 million verdict against online blog CalCoastNews. On Jan. 29, the court ruled 3-0 to decline the website’s invitation to reverse a ruling from 2017 in which a unanimous jury awarded licensed hazardous waste transporter Charles Tenborg damages for libel.

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Karen Velie and Alex Jones

Like Alex Jones, Karen Velie is a pathological liar who can’t separate fact from fiction. One year after I defeated her in court, Velie continues to harass and incite harassment toward me — the clearest indication yet she will never learn her lesson. And Sandy Hook victims continue to endure similar hardship with Jones years after the massacre.

It’s mind-boggling that a political candidate like Lynn Compton would want to be associated with CalCoastNews, a website now widely recognized for manipulating the public. If Compton financially supports the manipulative, delusional politics of Karen Velie, what does that truly say about her moral compass? 

Candidates with integrity won’t stoop to underhanded and illegal tactics. They certainly shouldn’t be silent, especially when these allegations and propaganda are so prevalent in our political discourse. Voter frustration and anger are commonplace in political campaigns, but well-organized character assassinations should be addressed, condemned and corrected. If it’s not addressed, this type of mudslinging will become the new norm in SLO County politics, and voters will be unable to cut through the incessant, hyperbolic noise.