Supervisor tries to get witness to change story about homeless gifts

August 16, 2013

adam hillBy KAREN VELIE

Less than a week after his fiancé filed a slander lawsuit against a local private investigator, San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Adam Hill began contacting a key witness in the case, attempting to get him to change his statement.

On March 21, Dee Torres, homeless services coordinator for Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo (CAPSLO), filed a slander lawsuit against private investigator Mike Brennler claiming he slandered her in a phone conversation with one of her ex-husbands. The lawsuit was one of several actions taken by Torres and CAPSLO against persons looking into or providing information about practices by providers of services to homeless persons in San Luis Obispo County.

Brennler became aware of allegations of fraud against the homeless after reading a CalCoastNews exclusive about allegations of CAPSLO mistreatment of the homeless. After learning that former CAPSLO staffers said that Torres took and used the gift cards for herself, her family and friends, Brennler volunteered to identify individuals who might have information about Torres.

Brennler spoke to several of Torres’ ex-boyfriends and former co-workers who said Torres regularly pilfered items donated to the homeless including gift cards.

Torres’ lawsuit claims that Brennler told one of Torres’ ex-husbands that, “Torres has been stealing money from homeless clients at the homeless shelter and that Torres has stolen money from a homeless man named Cliff Anderson.” Brennler has denied telling Barber that Torres had stolen from Anderson and says that none of the statements he made during the two and a half minute phone call were false.

Torres’ former boyfriend told CalCoastNews and Brennler that Torres had taken gift cards that had been donated to CAPSLO for use by the homeless.

On March 26, Hill texted Torres’ former boyfriend Ralph Almirol 18 times attempting to get him to change his story.

The texts began at 10:05 p.m. At first, Hill keeps repeating “123” to Almirol, which Almirol took as a physical challenge, he said.

Hill — “123.”

Almirol — “Still need to clarify what 123 means? If you can?”

Hill — “Streets.”

Almirol — “Well, you know where to find me! Anytime!”

Hill –“What does that mean?”

Hill — “O, beating up women, I suppose. You do have that record.”

Almirol – “Over 13 years ago. Now I am back too well you can catch me in wrestling room doing what I have always been good at. So if that’s all you got your wasting my time. But nice pathetic try. LOL Would you like to know the things I sexually did to your finance?”

Hill – “You are a deadbeat meathead, Ralphie. You did a stint in our county jail for beating up Dee. You have not been able to hold a job and you have paid next to nothing to support a daughter who is ashamed of you.”

Hill – “You really expect to have a relationship with Savannah after smearing her Mom? Why do that? To satisfy your spite? How are you going to make that right, Ralph?”

Almirol – “And if Dee was a good person she would never have stopped Savanah and I from having a relationship. It is a two way street Adam. Dee could make this right she does not want too so it on her for her actions are now being called into question and should be.”

Hill –“ Look, I do not know about your relationship and did not need to know until you lied about her to CalCoastNews, Ralph. I have gone through difficult times with my own father–even until this day, but my mother would never have done what you did by lying to CalCoastNews. How is that going to make anything, anything at all, good for Savannah, Ralph?”

Almirol – “I am not lying that is the part you keep denying to yourself. And Savanah knows the truth and it will take time for us to heal but I will never give up trying to be a small part of my daughter’s life. Dee could have made this right she choose the lower path not me. I am just telling the truth.”

Almirol – “There were gift cards back then at Prado. And I am doing the honorable thing and willing to take what punishment I deserve for my part in letting my children and myself benefit from the charity of others for those that were less fortunate then us.”

Hill – “Ralph, please. This is stupid. We already have a sworn statement from Tom’s Toys, we already have other documents. You went to jail in ’99, Ralph. So come clean. What is it you want? Everyday I work to settle issues. What do you want?”

The documents that Torres filed in her lawsuit do not include a declaration from Tom’s Toys. The manager of the toy store said they no longer make gift card donations. He told CalCoastNews that he did not want to discuss the past.

Almirol – “Dee could make this right!”

Hill – “I asked you how she can make this right. And no, I would not badmouth you to your daughter. But this is ugly to have done this to her mom. Let me know if I can help to make any of this right. You will have to let me know.”

Hill continued to text Almirol to shortly before 2 a.m.

On June 22, Hill began messaging Almirol through Facebook asking him to change his statements.

Hill – “You agree to write up a statement admitting that you lied about Dee, revealing how that website and their PI worked with you, and you don’t get sued. Otherwise, you get sued and you will need a lawyer and more $$$. The truth will set you free, Ralph.”

Hill – “More court coming for you, Ralphie, and more $$$ you will be paying. You do have a way to save yourself.”

In his August 15 declaration to the court, signed under penalty of perjury, Almirol said he stood by his earlier statements that Torres had taken gift cards and other items donated for the homeless. Almirol also swore that Torres’ own declaration included false statements.

“I have read the declaration by Dee Torres filed on or about August 9, 2013,” Almirol’s declaration says. “Her statement that ‘I have never taken a gift card donated to the CAPSLO (or any of its programs including the shelter) or any gift card intended for a homeless client’ is untrue.”

CCN sent an email to Hill, asking him for a response about the texts and messages.

Hill declined to answer the questions directly.

“As you know, there is only one person named in Dee’s lawsuit, so even the foundation of your typically loaded questions is fallacious,” Hill emailed. “Your vendetta against me is tiresome, Karen. But the courts will unlikely let you continue lying and smearing. Your hatred of me has turned you into a sad farce. The courts will not find it amusing.”

Brennler’s attorney Stew Jenkins has filed a motion to strike down Torres’ lawsuit citing California’s anti-SLAPP statute. (SLAPP stands for Stratetic Lawsuit Against Public Participation.) The law was created to prevent people from using slander and libel lawsuits to silence critics or opponents on matters of public interest.

The motion is set to be heard on August 22. If Brennler’s motion is successful, Torres’ suit will be dismissed and she will be responsible for paying Brennler’s attorney’s charges.



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The poor kid shouldn’t have her name printed; she deserves some privacy.

I do agree.

And to think that all these Bozo’s (Hill, Torres, Gibson, Cherie, etc.) are paid with taxpayer’s money. Makes you wonder who are the winners and who are the losers (other than the homeless).

Fact Check. Torres isn’t.

Q: Where does Community Action Partnership of SLO receive their funding from?

A: Community Action receives the majority of their funding from federal, county and city government awards and grants.

Brennler ‘volunteered to identify individuals’ ?

Unethical at best, and very possibly a vendetta of criminal entrapment and/or conspiracy. If Brennler’s cause was personal and not professional, then SLAPP does not apply. Stew Jenkins should know this, but he’ll get paid for his professional services anyway. ( Nothing wrong with that ).

As for the text and facebook exchanges, it looks like Peyton Place ‘he said-she said’; and any out-of-court communications would likely be deemed inadmissable hearsay.

“Entrapment?” Are you a fool, or just really, really ignorant? Brennler is not a law enforcement agent, nor was he setting up the person committing the crime. He simply found other people who then may say what they will.

Really a pathetic attempt to take the side of a person who should be (and is) shunned by the community he supposedly serves.

Really ?

You’re ready to defend ex-mayor of Atascadero Brennler ? With all his baggage and bad decisions ?

Well, good luck on that. I thought you had more sense.

“Simply found”….

Who is the fool ?

I do not have to explain everything to you morons. Your lack of intelligence is not my responsibility.

to the 3 ( so far ) thumbs up, thanks !

to the 26 ( so far ) negative Nancies… where is your refutation? , COWARDS !

I challenge you to present a reputable argument in opposition.

Go ahead…MAKE my DAY !

Adam – It’s time for your meds. It’ll look better soon.

Slowerfaster your all talk, because that all you can do. You hide behind your PC or laptop. Mr Almirol served his county as a US Army Ranger….I dare to call him a coward to his face! go hid little girl/boy your nothing without your laptop or PC!

Where did you serve?

This is a great example of partial information. IF it make sense, or if it doesn’t agree with the agenda of ccn, cover it up. Can’t wait until the SLAPP suit is thrown out, and don’t get me started on Stew. Your comment, he will get paid either way reminds me of the homeless WAITING on promised funds.

Notice that Truthfairy upholds Dee and spins every truth. Hence, the stagename.

She sounds so much like Shawn Ison, current manager at the Prado Day Center and who was formerly in charge of the Maxine. You can bet your butt she will uphold Dee’s every action, challenge and confuse every comment against her boss.

Slowfaster: How about “they” identified themselves to Brennler and Jenkins????!!!!!

Witness tampering? Obstruction of justice? Definitely seems to be threatening a witness to get them to change their testimony.

You might want to look into: Rules of Evidence .

I did… seems that Brennler was able to provide WITNESSES to provide TESTIMONIAL EVIDENCE. You’re on a roll today… too bad it’s downhill (pun not intended)

You might want to check that again.

Coached and ambiguous testimony is EXCLUDED. It’s prejudicial in nature..

WHY we let the legal system be slow and judicial, and not intemperant lynch mobs.

This is a reality show that could build KSBY’s ratings!

Truth is indeed stranger than fiction.


Notice that Truthfairy upholds Dee and spins every truth. Hence, the stagename.

She sounds so much like Shawn Ison, current manager at the Prado Day Center and who was formerly in charge of the Maxine. You can bet your butt she will uphold Dee’s every action, challenge and confuse every comment against her boss.

Adam Hill is dumber than the morons who voted for him. Adam Hill needs to be drop kicked out of office like a football.

Before calling them “morons” perhaps we should all do our parts to inform them. The term “low-information voter” is better than “moron” – as I’ve known some smart people (and even some in academia) that voted for him… then they learned about all this at my infrequent reminders and links to CCN.

rOy, Academicians are not necessarily smart people. Especially those at cal poly. Didn’t Adam teach at cal poly?

Many academicians are narcissistic and excessively preoccupied with personal glory, including forcing students to purchase their published books for classes.

Too bad. I know you believe what you say, or I would like to think you do, but you are SO wrong about these people. Start looking a the staff that has been let go or that have quit before they were let go. Dee can’t say she fired them because they were using or that the one was the one caught stealing gift cards on the enumerations. Dee can’t say things like this, so she is an easy target. So when you show your friends these articles remember that there are a lot of things that could be said, and WILL be said in court, but cannot be said here.

How would you have that information unless it was told to you? Whether or not it’s true, obviously by you having that information, is just more proof that there is no professionalism or ethics in that organization! There are laws that protect the employee rights including reasons for termination. But once again, some things just don’t apply to Ms Torres, breaching confidentiality, stealing, plus so many other things people have said, sound like Ms Torres does what she wants and could care less what is right or wrong! I also read about a restraining order against the ex and then they reconciled after? If you have a restraining order you are in violation being around that person! It’s not a tool to use if you want to, it’s a court order and a violation of the law if you go around that person! Another example of not caring what is legal or what isn’t! The. Law is the law, it’s not made to fit Ms Torres’ agenda!

Notice that Truthfairy upholds Dee and spins every truth. Hence, the stagename.

She sounds so much like Shawn Ison, current manager at the Prado Day Center and who was formerly in charge of the Maxine. You can bet your butt she will uphold Dee’s every action, challenge and confuse every comment against her boss.

Deja Vu all over again! Hill St. Blues has been resurrected, only this time it’s REAL

Starring Adam, Bruce, Dee, Cherie, Caren….and a cast of thousands.

Reality at it’s best. Stay tuned!

Move over Kardashians here they come.

What an A. Hill!

Not to mention “Hole.”

+1 for pithy, creative and punny!


Clever, witty and insightful with just a few words – dam, dam fine work!

Borrowed from “Airplane!” (1980). “He’s all over the place! Nine hundred feet up to 1300 feet… What an A. Hill!” Not really that clever, but applicable to our real life comedy. Perhaps we can parody the entire movie and call it “Supervisor!”

How about calling it, Envy, what Kevin won’t say to fill Adam’s shoes.

Adam’s shoes are already filled with sand.

Notice that Truthfairy upholds Dee and spins every truth. Hence, the stagename.

She sounds so much like Shawn Ison, current manager at the Prado Day Center and who was formerly in charge of the Maxine. You can bet your butt she will uphold Dee’s every action, challenge and confuse every comment against her boss.

I’m not looking for a pay cut, nor do I even live in the 3rd District, so how could that be possible?

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