Adam Hill using government resources in election bid

June 5, 2012

Adam Hill


San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Adam Hill’s use of his office in his bid for reelection appears to be a violation of Government Codes 54964 and 8314, which ban government officials from using public resources including buildings, computers or phones to discourage or support a ballot measure or political campaign.

On June 1 at about 2 p.m., Hill was forwarding links to a positive and misleading article written by Tribune reporter Bob Cuddy titled “Nastiness increasing in 2 SLO County supervisory campaigns,” using his San Luis Obispo County Supervisor email.

Cuddy’s piece slams Hill’s opponent Ed Waage while praising Hill as the only candidate who had not reported negative issues on radio advertisements or fliers. Cuddy did not include negative campaigning on Hill’s website and instead touted Hill as an opponent of negative advertising.

In what appears to be an attempt to hide his action, Hill sent the emails in a way that the names of recipient are hidden.

While no criminal penalty exists for violating government code 54964, Government Code 1222 makes a willful violation of any of the provisions by a government official a misdemeanor.

Hill did not respond to requests for comment.


  1. Travis from SLO says:

    An update: The FPPC ruled that the email WAS IN FACT NOT a violation that the Fair Political Practices Commission has jurisdiction of.

    I have emailed Ms. Velie and asked that she run a retraction or correction of this article because Mr. Hill did not violate the law, in the judgement of the FPPC.

    Travis (from San Luis Obispo)

    (3) 5 Total Votes - 4 up - 1 down
    • slomike says:

      Well, I’ll swan. Thanks Travis. Ms.Velie?

      (1) 5 Total Votes - 3 up - 2 down
  2. WiseGuy says:

    This election’s biggest loser: Kevin P. Rice. After this debacle with Waage, I wonder which politicians he will next offer to “‘help” with their campaign.

    It remains to be seen if Waage’s political career will survive after being so closely associated with the Rice and his ham-fisted, sleazy campaign tactics and everything else Rice has become infamous for.

    Savvy politicians will avoid Rice like he was carrying the plague. Waage was a fool for not publicly denouncing Rice and his Karl-Rove fantasies early on.

    (-3) 19 Total Votes - 8 up - 11 down
    • Slowerfaster says:

      Oh , they will find body parts in his freezer soon enough ( Rice ).

      Waage was just clueless.

      (-2) 14 Total Votes - 6 up - 8 down
    • Cindy says:

      Kevin Rice did not pull a prank with that website or distort any facts. It is rather Hill with the help of the Tribune who distorted the facts. The website that was promoted and designed by Kevin Rice simply revealed authentic Hill flyers that he had paid for and where he endorsed/supported both sides of the camp. Hill was pandering and roasting marshmallows over several opposing fires. Rice was simply the messenger. No doubt, the truth will all come out.

      (-1) 17 Total Votes - 8 up - 9 down
      • R.Hodin says:

        No doubt the truth will out, long after we’ve turned our attention to other matters and have forgotten the context. Rice is not a stable person, based on his frantic self-justifying campaigning (“IntegritySLO”), so he’s lost any sense of trust I’ve placed with him in the past.

        Cindy, your men lost big time. No need to waste time trying to spin it.

        (2) 14 Total Votes - 8 up - 6 down
      • WiseGuy says:

        Rice commandeered Waage’s campaign and drove it straight into a brick wall. The message was all wrong, focussing on petty incidents and avoiding issues and experience. Voters saw right through it. The Kevin Rice ads were laughable; despite their meanness and idiocy.

        That Waage was astoundingly foolish and weak to allow Rice and bellowing Chris Arend to be his most vocal message bearers and steering his campaign into the most dangerous and non-productive direction. The political “strategy”, if there was one, was abominable. If it was any indication of how Waage would conduct himself on the Board, we can ALL be thankful he was trounced so badly his political career is nearly shot.

        Waage may be “nice”, even well-meaning, but he fell as another victim of Kevin P. Rice, who is now being referred to as the Typhoid Mary of local politics.

        (1) 9 Total Votes - 5 up - 4 down
  3. Travis from SLO says:

    I was at least one of the people that wrote to CCN and reported the misuse of Mr. Hill’s official email.Mr. Hill did use his official email address, as in . The article is accurate in that the email to me from Mr. Hill linked to an “interesting Tribune article” and Hill’s contact info.

    I am not a supporter of Mr. Hill nor do I currently live in his district. The only way I have ever communicated with Mr. Hill was on Jan. 20th 2012 when I emailed him about his high school level prank call pretending to be Mr. Wagge and his denial than confession 10 days later because he forgot all about it. I appealed to him to be more responsible and accountable. He did write me back.

    Here is the entire exchange from Jan. 20th, 2012:

    Hello Mr. XXXXXXXX

    No doubt I would better understand and even appreciate your opinions were they not derived from the fallacious and intentionally misleading “news” reports you’ve cited.

    Should have any interest in discussing actual work I’ve been involved in as County Supervisor, I would welcome that.

    Regardless, I send you best wishes.

    District Three Supervisor
    San Luis Obispo County
    1055 Monterery, Rm D430
    San Luis Obispo, CA 93408
    (805)781-1350 Fax

    To: “”
    Date: 01/19/2012 08:47 PM
    Subject: Impersonation

    Supervisor Hill, I was very disappointed in the news that you called in pretending to be someone else earlier this month. Then, when people recognized you, you tried to blow smoke up Karen’s ass about a lawsuit. Then, you claim you forgot all about it and it was just a big joke ha ha. Well, your integrity is in question and you are acting like a high school freshman instead of a county supervisor. How about stepping aside and letting some other person with integrity run in this race before you and your clown like antics get you booted out of office this November.

    So much for being a centrist, you ended up being a one term sick joke. Good luck in finding a job not too many are hiring dishonest people these days.


    This was the only interaction until Friday June 1st., 2012:

    View contact details

    District Three Supervisor
    San Luis Obispo County
    1055 Monterery, Rm D430
    San Luis Obispo, CA 93408
    (805)781-1350 Fax


    On Saturday Evening, after checking my email, I replied back to Mr. Hill thanking him for the article and asking how this was official business. No reply from Mr. Hill. He could have just written and said sorry to bother you just a mix up or whatever. I then sent CCN a tip. Mr. Hill on Monday looked me up on facebook and “liked: two posts that I made almost a year ago on a public forum for no apparent reason, perhaps to let me know he is watching me or whatever slimy politicians think. Whatever. That is just creepy. All that has done is to motivate me to file a complaint with the FPPC for using government resources to campaign.

    It is not so much what Mr. Hill did, but his attitude that really gets me. A simple apology would have been in order. Attempted intimidation by a has been professor is laughable. I am a 5th generation resident of this county and I will not back down from a washed up bureaucrat, this is not in my nature.

    I doubt much will happen to Mr. Hill, but I have absolutely no respect for him or his ideas at this point.

    (0) 20 Total Votes - 10 up - 10 down
    • R.Hodin says:

      Thanks for posting the email from his office, something I wish that CCN had done.

      Your initial communication with him was so juvenile, on a level blow the very prank call that you were criticizing him for, that I’m not surprised that he responded coldly — you didn’t give him room to respond any other way — he was obviously on the defensive at that point.

      So, in my book, you don’t have any grounds for being critical of his “attitude,” least of all with your claim of “5th generation” resident, which is so over-used it has become a meaningless cliche.

      I’m supposedly descended from Eric the Red, the Viking who invaded and brought Christianity to Sweden. Who the F*** cares!!!

      (3) 13 Total Votes - 8 up - 5 down
      • Slowerfaster says:

        Oh, so it’s YOUR fault that MY ancestor that was a Rabbi that emigrated to Sweden had to convert to being a Lutheran.

        THANKS ALOT !

        (0) 10 Total Votes - 5 up - 5 down
        • R.Hodin says:

          Great, now you’ll be coming after me for your family’s otherwise unexplainable penchant for surstromming & lutefisk.

          (3) 7 Total Votes - 5 up - 2 down
      • Travis from SLO says:

        That is great…. am I the problem? Was I supposed to be very polite and kiss his ring?Mr. Hill was the man who called a “friend” and “pretended to be another person! I believe that is beneath the office of Supervisor. Since you agree with Hill’s agenda, you find no issue with his behavior? I don’t remember any type of public apology or regret over the incident do you?

        I did not trick Hill into using his taxpayer funded email to me. I have never asked for anything from him ever. It is clear to me that he was trying to use his official position to try and influence the election in his favor. This is wrong if it was Patterson, Gibson, or any other public official no matter what side of the aisle you are on.

        Lastly, Hodin, I simply stated that my family has been on the central coast for years and I am very much a part of this community. Not some troll that came in from LA or the East Coast and decided to dictate what others need to do. I am proud that you came from Eric the Viking. Good luck with that one. Supposedly is the key word, my family IS from here and has been here for generations.

        I do not live in an incorporated city so the county supervisors are my “city council” if you will and I have every right to criticize and hold them all accountable anytime I wish. I don’t have to kiss their butt or use soothing words when I speak to them as if they are little children with tender ears. I was very upset by a ridiculous stance by my “employee” and I wanted to communicate with no uncertain terms my displeasure. Hill can take the comments and hopefully not be so juvenile again.

        However, as latest email shows, he lacks the brainpower to stay out of trouble and blindly falls into controversy after controversy. It is a mystery to me why so many people supported him this last go around.

        (-1) 9 Total Votes - 4 up - 5 down
        • WiseGuy says:

          Travis, we’ve heard you on the radio and read your stuff here. Face it, you have a knack for being mean, abrasive and condescending, even with your “local boy” drawl. Now you are being petty, which is a new low for you.

          And this is the United States, Travis. Just because your family shat around here before there were flushing toilets doesn’t give you any more rights than anyone else. It certainly hasn’t given you any more wisdom or diplomacy skills, either. I detect bigotry against newcomers on your part. Very un-American, Travis.

          (-1) 7 Total Votes - 3 up - 4 down
          • WiseGuy says:

            By the way Travis, you mentioned a “mystery”. It’s no big mystery to the majority of us. For an answer, read the comments from those who have an opinion that differs from yours. Get a clue, please!

            (-2) 8 Total Votes - 3 up - 5 down
          • Travis from SLO says:

            Yeah, I am mean, petty, and condescending? That makes no sense. Hill is our employee and he better act like it instead of a high school kid. Now he is harassing me on my Facebook page trying to tag me as a redneck LOL. Can you believe I needed to black a SLO County Supervisor from my own facebook page…the only person I have EVER had to do that to!

            Love it, keep it up Hill :-). Saved the screen grabs for anyone interested but to be honest it would have been a heck of a lot easier to just email me Mr. Hill.

            Of course, wiseguy, I am sure it is my fault right, and if you read the other article about Mr. Salisbury on here he claims to be a 6th generation farmer from here, go attack him.

            (0) 6 Total Votes - 3 up - 3 down

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