Is Dee Torres on leave from CAPSLO by her own choosing?

May 14, 2014

Dee TorresBy JOSH FRIEDMAN

The embattled former director of the Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo’s (CAPSLO) homeless services program is currently on leave from her job with the nonprofit, but it is unclear whether she is skipping work on her own accord.

Last week, CAPSLO Deputy Director Grace McIntosh, who now supervises Torres, told the Tribune that Torres has been on paid administrative leave since her recent demotion. In March, CAPSLO CEO Biz Steinberg demoted Torres and cut her pay as part of a reorganization of CAPSLO’s homeless services division.

McIntosh told CalCoastNews Tuesday that the Tribune accurately reported CAPSLO placing Torres on paid administrative leave.

“Yes, that’s true,” McIntosh said.

Later Tuesday, though, CAPSLO Chief Operating Officer Jim Famalette said in an email to CalCoastNews that Torres is on a leave of absence, not on administrative leave.

“Dee Torres is currently on leave of absence from work,” Famalette wrote. “It is not paid administrative leave. That was an incorrect statement.”

On Wednesday morning, Famalette said McIntosh had contacted the Tribune to clarify her statement.

Famalette would not disclose why Torres is on leave. He did not say either how long she has been on leave and when she is expected to return.

Numerous former employees of CAPSLO have said that Torres made personal use of gift cards and other items donated for the homeless. Last year, CAPSLO exonerated Torres of all wrongdoing, including gift card theft.

But, in March, Steinberg demoted Torres from homeless services director to shelter services director. Torres no longer oversees CAPSLO’s case management system, which handles homeless clients’ money.

Following the reorganization, Torres must now report to McIntosh, instead of to Steinberg. Torres also took an approximately 20 percent cut in pay.

After Steinberg demoted her, Torres wrote an email to employees in which she criticized CAPSLO management.

“They gave me a big speech (one they’ve been giving me for 15 years) about my number one priority and allegiance needs to be to the ‘agency,’ Torres wrote. “I said it was to the clients, volunteers, staff, donors and programs.”

Torres also stated in the email that she kind of knew management was unhappy with her.

A week later, Torres’s fiancé County Supervisor Adam Hill attacked CAPSLO management in a speech he wrote and ordered his legislative aide to deliver. Hill’s speech called Steinberg, Famalette and McIntosh “obnoxious and counterproductive” and warned that their egos would cause problems in the community.

CAPSLO responded with a letter to board of supervisors chairman Bruce Gibson saying Hill was running a misinformation campaign geared toward influencing public officials.

Currently, CAPSLO is in escrow on a Prado Road property that it is purchasing in order to build a new homeless services center. The nonprofit is also trying to secure several million dollars in funding necessary to construct the center.

CAPSLO may likewise be positioning itself to receive government funding to operate a drug detox center in San Luis Obispo. The organization announced last week that it would no longer serve homeless individuals who abuse drugs and alcohol but that it would be interested in operating a detox facility.


46 Comments

  1. freshair says:

    Vote District 2 Supervisor Bruce Gibson out of office.

    Today (Monday May 19) is the last day to register for the June 3rd primaries. Do it online in just a few minutes. You have until midnight. http://registertovote.ca.gov/

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  2. Pelican1 says:

    It’s really all quite simple. The Board of Supervisor’s passed a resolution entitled “May Medallion Maiden” and awarded it to Dee in private session. She gladly accepted and praised Adam for all his hard work in uniting the community. In order to avoid a conflict of interest ;-), she took a leave of absence.
    A loud cheer was said to be heard along Chorro Creek.

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  3. rogerfreberg says:

    Wait a minute… this is all getting confusing.

    Is she the one who has a County Supervisor boyfriend? Or was she the one who was canoodling some Sheriff’s Labor rep to ‘advance’ her point of view? Or is she the gal who had some sex sounding group thing tweets?… or is she the one with a riding crop and latex?

    I guess this is county business as usual.

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  4. shelworth says:

    Someone please tell me the Feds have a huge investigation going on all all this. Capslo, Hill, etc. What happened to the elderly gentleman who go ripped off? Did he get his money back?

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    • MaryMalone says:

      Well, something triggered Torres’ demotion, pay cut and leave of absence / administrative leave.

      CAPSLO has exonerated her every very step of the way, through several scandals, including the theft of gift cards intended for CAPSLO’ s homeless clients, and several failures at dealing with a bedbug infestation, something that could have created a public-health hazard much wider than just the CAPSLO-served homeless population.

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  5. toobleak says:

    Maybe she is making wedding plans????!!! Finally good job on making way to get rid of the old ragged hag! She is evil at evils worst. The public doesn’t even know half of the real Dee. She thought she would never have anything catch up to her, well it has. Take a big gulp Dee. Taste pretty good, Your own medicine.

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  6. Myself says:

    So lets see with all the lies and deception that this organization has put forth who would believe that they could function on this new venture that they want to put together,this will be nothing but problems for eternity,lets not forget the BOS and their lies and deception that goes on as well, as long as hill is connected with ms torred and that we’re stuck with him as a stupid viser we’ll never see the end of this corruption.

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  7. pasodowny says:

    To answer Fishing Village:

    This is not what we all wanted. This is Dee Torres getting fired (“on leave with no pay” is a euphemism) for mismanagement and fraud. They are getting rid of a liability, and they are doing it quietly.

    I thank Cal Coast News for shining a light on her abuse of the vulnerable. Now, let’s focus on her buffoon boyfriend, our lovable embarrassment Adam Hill.

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    • givemeabreak says:

      pasodowny……Need not pay attention to anything fishingvillage says, she is a groupie for Bruce, “I can not keep my penis in my pants” Gibson, Adam, “nut job” Hill, Morro Bay’s mayor Jamie, “non transparent Irons” and the rest of the quacks in their elitist circle.

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    • MaryMalone says:

      Speaking of supervisor HIll…

      He has been mighty quiet lately, which is quite uncharacteristic of him.

      Very strange.

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