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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How about GROSS!

I’m seriously grossed out at these people’s sleazy lives and sense of self importance. Reading this and getting it out of my mind was like having to look at and smell a 2 day old glass of stale beer that someone put a couple of cigarettes out in while I poured it down the drain.

“YAWN”? Are you kidding me?

I was amazed at Almirol’s control in his response to Hill; for instance, to this Hill comment:

“You are a deadbeat meathead, Ralphie.

Almirol should have replied, “Yeah, but you are a malignant dwarf.” (“malignant dwarf” term borrowed from another CCN poster)

Yet you bothered to comment.


This whole thing has to be a hoax doesn’t it? Please tell me these people are all part of an elaborate hoax and that we as their marks will soon be let in on the prank.

When is enough enough? Recall this person out of office already. There seems to be sufficient cause for a recall.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Adam Hill should not be allowed to have access to electronic equipment used for contacting others. Hill has zero judgment on the kind of professional decorum a supervisor should exhibit when using methods of communication where the contents of what Hill messages can be shared with others later.

At what point do Hill and Torres just call it a day and move out of the county!!! but then how sad and

disgusting they would only be contaminating some place else…… Torres should be humilated

down to her toes spending those gift cards no wonder no one wants to donate anymore

she’s ruined it by ripping off the homeless and spending them herself!

My guess would be they are trying to wait until their public pensions are fully vested before they move out of the county and likely the state.

For the record: CAPSLO doesn’t have public pensions.

They don’t need pensions plans, they have a supply of gift, gas, and eating cards to live on. Dee should be homeless and have to use these services and then, maybe, she would understand why people are angry with her actions, reactions and lack of actions.

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.

TruthFairy says:For the record: CAPSLO doesn’t have public pensions.

If capslo has pensions:

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.

They should follow Atascadero’s ex-mayor McKinney and move to Indian Wells.

Let’s presume that Hill didn’t expect these texts to see the light of day. Yet he repeatedly says Almirol is smearing Torres, that he lied to CCN about her, etc…He never gives any indication that the allegations are true and that he wants Almirol to lie. In court, these kinds of statements actually carry more weight because they tend to reveal someone’s actual thoughts, rather than statements made in a deposition, etc…

At last, a thinker and not a follower.

Except both of you are adam hill followers.

So not thinkers.

My former comment, about a person with a brain was directed to Homer. My comment to Pismo: How would you know what Adam has or if Tom’s toys make a declaration? Aren’t you Dave C? Have they added your name to the suit, yet? Remember, it is not over til it’s over.

This is a bogus SLAPP action. Better check the law than assume things based on a news report. There’s no SLAPP here. My guess — the suit, or at least the SLAPP allegation — will be thrown out.

What makes you think it is a “bogus SLAPP action”?

hijinks passed the bar! Praise Be!

“My guess ” indeed.

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.

freshair: I’ve wondered for some time if indeed it was Shawn Ison spinning and spinning what she knows is the real truth!?!! Shawn Ison is and has been Dee back up woman since day one. Shawn is as guilty as Dee, Shawn had her little chubby hands on all those gift cards also. They both had homeless people fixing their cars, fixing their plumbing and electricity in “their homes”. Proof will come out……when Dee sees she is going down she will rat on Shawn, believe you me!!!! Human nature!!!!!

Guy gets arrested and while in jail awaiting trial, writes a letter to a confidant confessing to the crime. While testifying under oath, or during questioning by police, he denies committing the crime. Which statement do you think the jury will give more weight to?

1- If the confidant is a wife, spiritual advisor, priest, rabbi, etc… the letter is privileged.

2- The County Jail shouldn’t intercept letters without a court order, you’re still innocent until proven guilty. Once you’re in prison, post-conviction, then you have no privileged communications. If your confidant sells you out, you have bigger problems than a court case.

3- Denying commission of a crime isn’t evidence that you did it. Statements, even confessions need corroborating evidence, physical, forensic, other witnesses, etc…

4- This guy would have some explaining to do but probably wouldn’t take the stand on the advice of his attorney, and the cops would call him a liar and off to jail he goes.

5- His attorney will convince him to plead to a misdemeanor anyway, spend a weekend in jail, pay a $1,000 fine at $50 a month and try to put the whole thing behind him, that’ll be $1,500 please…

I can’t help but think that this is “politics as usual” in SLO county and that a lot more goes on that we’re not aware of.

I think Adam Hill has upped the doofus-politician ante since he has been in office.

This is better than my wife’s favorite soap. I don’t think you could script a better bunch of juice than this! And right here in our little ole County of SLO – I’m tearing up.

It is so gratifying to see a local outshine other locals, even if it is for being the biggest nincompoop in SLO.

Trying to get a witness to change their story – witness tampering. Last time I checked that is a crime. It is high time for a recall or are we just too complacent as a society and we therefore get what we deserve.

He is not a witness. He is an opportunist, trying to hurt someone who hurt him.

Not sure why you would say Mr. Hill is an opportunist but it shows a person can change their mind

I hope your were joking.

Sadly no, we wish it was a joke.

Going to the picnic?

Its a crime when your a average citizen. When your a politician or lawyer representing one of these schmucks its all OK. Right in tune with with having a citizen escorted out of a board meeting for asking questions or trying to gather information pursuant to the Ca public records act. BTW, Hill your a candy ass excuse for a grown up let alone a man.

I’d like to know more about that sworn statement from Tom’s Toys?

THERE ISN’T ONE. Tom’s Toys has stopped giving gift cards to the shelter and doesn’t want to discuss the past. Besides, Dee used to send her kids in with the gift cards, she didn’t go in and pay for the free toy’s with the gift cards herself. She would hand the cards to the oldest daughter before she sent the kids in, that fact has already been established by two previous ex’s.

Dee did use the free gas cards in person because the station attendants wouldn’t have known that those cards had been given to the shelter by the corporation or who she even was.

And you know this how?

Gas attendant where I buy gas know who I am because I buy gas there.

As far as the statement from Tom’s Toys, it sounds like the owner did not want to talk to ccn. And he doesn’t have to. There are many creditable people who will have nothing to do with this blog because they know that the words will be misrepresented. And if you don’t know that, then wake up.

or they are going to wait to say it in front of a judge.


kayaknut: Exactly, waiting patiently to get their day in court to tell all I know!!!! (The truth and nothing but the truth) so help us God!!!!

“Gas attendant”? And you chat with him as he fills your tank, checks the oil and tire pressure and then washes your windows?

Yes, I chat with them but not while they fill the tank or wash the windows. They don’t. I chat with them while they slide my card or take my money..

I think it is more likely that Tom’s Toys doesn’t want to be associated with any type of politician scandal, even if Tom’s Toys is 100% innocent.

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.

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

Perhaps, but a troll is a troll.

Can we have an island to vote the fairy off of?

You forgot to mention the gift cards from Ross, Wal-Mart and Von’s. Those were all corporate cards and she spent them like her own free stash. As for the cash that came in that she was supposed to be accounting for, well God only knows, if she took the cards what else did she take? I know she also took the best clothes and other (non cash or gift card) items that were donated. Lets face it, she took anything of value that she wanted. She has no morals and that is clearly evidenced by her fast and furious intimate relationship history.

If it feels good do it, right Dee? That is no way to raise children, you should have let the bedroom door swing in a motel rather than in your home and in front of your children. Thank God that they probably didn’t know that all those gift cards were stolen from the needy.

Paula Jones: There were gift cards also from McDonald’s, Carl’s Jr., Mervyn’s,!!