Gibson, Neal cover for Hill on CAPSLO dustup

April 5, 2014

adam hill newFollowing a feud between County Supervisor Adam Hill and the Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County (CAPSLO), board of supervisor chairman Bruce Gibson and county counsel Rita Neal came to Hill’s defense claiming the controversial supervisor had always recused himself from issues regarding homeless services.

However, multiple videos of board meetings show Hill participating in discussions about funding homeless services, even though, at the time, his girlfriend was the director of the county’s homeless services program. Public officials are suppose to recuse themselves, meaning they do not participate in discussion or votes regarding an issue, when they have a conflict of interest.

At Tuesday’s board of supervisors meeting, several speakers reprimanded Hill for personal attacks he launched on CAPSLO executives after they demoted his fiance Dee Torres in March from her position as homeless services director. After public comment, Gibson said that although he did not agree with Hill’s remarks, Hill had always recused himself from board matters pertaining to CAPSLO and homeless services. Neal, too, said that Hill had always recused himself.

A review of board meetings, however, shows that Hill has often participated in hearings on funding for homeless services, much of which goes to CAPSLO.

In December 2012, Hill participated in a preliminary hearing on the distribution of U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant funds in which several CAPSLO employees made requests for funding. Hill argued that distributing grants to a smaller number of nonprofits would benefit the county.

When the board awarded the grant money a few months later, Hill again participated in the discussion, arguing the county should divert funds away from an Oceano drainage project and spend them instead on homeless services. When asked for his vote on the matter, he said he was abstaining.

Last December, Hill stayed behind the dais but did not comment during a hearing on HUD grant funds. However, in Dec. 2011, he chaired the hearing on distribution of HUD money.

Earlier that year, Hill chaired another hearing on funding allocations for nonprofits. During the June 2011 meeting, Hill accused North County Connection, a nonprofit competing with CAPSLO for money, of racism, anti-semitism and homophobia while the board considered a funding reduction for the organization.

Since then, Hill has at times recused himself and left the dias and at other times voiced his support for funding programs dealing with CAPSLO and homelessness.

On Tuesday, Gibson and Neal also said that Hill would, in the future, recuse himself from all matters pertaining to CAPSLO.

Last September, Hill cast a vote to award CAPSLO a $361,347 mental health services contract, a contract CAPSLO would not have received without Hill’s vote. Two months prior, he voted in favor of awarding the nonprofit a $1.5 million childcare contract.

Hill did not comment Tuesday about his past approach to board hearings dealing with CAPSLO funding or to the criticism of his reaction to Torres’s demotion.

 


66 Comments

  1. Slowerfaster says:

    Consider the sly way this was worded: at Tuesday’s board meeting, ” …several speakers reprimanded Hill for personal attacks he launched on CAPSLO executives …”

    WHO were these “several speakers” ? Are they the usual peanut gallery of loonies that ALWAYS show and shout ? …The nutcake fringe always plying for attention, and print ?
    I think so.

    People…
    DEMAND names attached to stories …and if none provided, don’t believe the regurgitation.

    Adam Hill is not perfect, but he is not the perfect Devil, either.

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    • MaryMalone says:

      What a ridiculous comment! Why are you criticising one news outlet, CCN, f2f or this ludicrous requirement?

      I have never read a news story which indicated a group of people spoke for or against an issue, with the article then listing the names of the people who spoke.

      Can you imagine an article about 1000 people protesting a government action, with the article including the names of the 1000 people?

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  2. Thulium says:

    What a bunch of crazy ass clowns!
    The sad thing is it gets worse the higher you go.
    We got Gibson playing hide the salami with his assistant, Adam “Elbow Patches” Hill drunk dialing people and behaving like a spoiled ten year old. In Sacramento we got Senator Leland Yee, trying to ban our guns while engaged in an illegal gun running operation, Senator Calderon indicted for corruption and Senator Wright charged with perjury for lying about not living in the district he represents. In Washington we have an IRS that intimidates the opponents of the president, an NSA that feels the 4th amendment doesn’t apply to them, a Congress that made up of local thieves sent by their constituents to raid headquarters.
    For the life of me I can’t figure out why a revolution hasn’t broken out.

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  3. Paso_citizen says:

    How can anyone that has any knowledge of the BOS shenanigans be the least bit surprised at this latest chapter. The only real surprise (actually shock) is that the voters
    keep on re-electing these buffoons. Maybe it is how we get our laughs to get us thru another day in “the greatest place on Earth”. Or maybe we just don’t give a flying flip about it. Whichever it is – Gibson, Hill and the rest know that and know that they can do or say anything with an extremely small chance of being voted out.

    So every one can complain all they want; but if you really want to see whom to really blame, just go look in a mirror.

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  4. Pelican1 says:

    After careful consideration, the Bruce / Adam side show is more like Abbott & Costello.
    I can just picture them doing the “Whose on First” routine and the next BOS meeting.

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