Supervisor threatens Pismo Beach Council
October 2, 2012
San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Adam Hill said that a county agency he does not sit on is planning to sue the city of Pismo Beach if it does not cough up funds to fight a lawsuit contending he improperly conspired to win his reelection.
Last month, the Pismo Beach City Council agreed that the cost of fighting the lawsuit filed by a developer against members of the San Luis Obispo County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) would not be paid for by the city.
The suit filed by developer Larry Parsons, says members of the board abused their authority in order to promote Hill’s reelection and their own political careers.
Last week, Hill responded by sending a letter to the editor of the New Times in which he claims Pismo Beach is facing retribution for refusing to pay LAFCO’s legal costs and suggests the public vote in a new council.
“Pismo Beach is refusing to honor its indemnification contract with LAFCO,” Hill says in his letter. “This will lead to Pismo being sued by LAFCO or its insurance carrier. This follows a period when Pismo was not paying its bills to LAFCO over its work on the Los Robles Del Mar application. Most likely this will lead to LAFCO refusing to accept any more applications from Pismo. This is unprecedented.
“All of this is relevant because Pismo’s council has a well-established reputation for thumbing its nose at its neighboring cities and other agencies like LAFCO and the Coastal Commission. It has also bailed out on its obligations to Lucia Mar in regard to redevelopment monies.
“As its representative to the county, Pismo’s behavior is quite frankly, embarrassing. That’s why I am urging voters of Pismo to support Erik Howell and Sheila Blake for council. Not only will they better represent the concerns of Pismo’s residents, but they will encourage a new cooperative spirit in the city’s government. That would be very refreshing.”
A hearing to determine if LAFCO’s decision to deny Parson’s proposed project should be overturned is set for Nov. 29 in San Luis Obispo Superior Court.