Arroyo Grande tape missing 80 minutes

September 9, 2014
Arroyo Grande City Manager Steve Adams

Arroyo Grande City Manager Steve Adams

By KAREN VELIE and DANIEL BLACKBURN

Surveillance video provided by Arroyo Grande officials showing interior and exterior views of City Hall on July 3 — when a reported late night rendezvous involving two top employees occurred — is missing 80 critical minutes.

The videos were provided to CalCoastNews in response to a public records request seeking additional information on a police response to reports of a missing person. When officers arrived at City Hall shortly before midnight, they discovered City Manager Steve Adams looking “disheveled,” and a partially dressed Community Development Director Teresa McClish peeking from behind her boss’s door. Adams told police McClish was not there, and then became angry with officers, according to officer reports.

On Sept. 2, CalCoastNews made a public records request for a copy of the official surveillance video from five cameras inside City Hall, and three positioned outside the building, spanning an eight-hour period, 4 p.m. through midnight on July 3.

Teresa McClish

Teresa McClish

City Clerk Kelly Wetmore responded by providing a copy that is missing several segments including from 10:07 p.m. through 11:28 p.m., a time during which Adams and McClish were inside the building. (City Hall videos appear to be time-stamped 37 minutes faster than local time.)

Additionally, City Hall camera eight is missing almost an hour, and video from camera six was not included in the city made video.

Wetmore has not yet responded to a public records request for the missing segments, and a request to provide an explanation about the missing segments in the original request.

Arroyo Grande has two sets of surveillance cameras: eight city hall cameras and 10 Blue Watch camera units. In addition to the 80-minute segment missing from the City Hall cameras, a public records request for copies of the Blue Watch surveillance video made from a four-lens camera outside Robert’s Restaurant resulted in a city video that was also missing segments.

In the original tape provided by the city, the video from Camera two skips from 20:59:59 and starts back up at 23:00:00, while video from lens four skips from 20:59:59 to 22:00:00. The other two lenses have no long skips.
An analysis of the video indicates several significant portions of both videos where either delete or not copied.

Chief Steve Annibali explained the missing segments as issues with the wireless feed, and then provided complete video copies taken from the hard drive inside the Blue Watch camera unit, which included the previously missing segments.

Each of the city’s ten Blue Watch surveillance camera units sends a wireless signal to a tower above the city, which is then sent to the police department where a copy of the wireless feed is kept. Another copy not impacted by wireless interference is kept on the hard-drive, Annibali said.

Nevertheless, employees with Security Lines US, the company that installed the cameras, said that segments missing because of wireless feeds would be uniform amongst the four camera lenses on each unit, impeaching Annibali’s explanation.

CalCoastNews is providing portions of the dozens of hours of video received through public records requests. The video includes time stamps that correlate with some of the following times. At the end of the video, note that camera lens four is missing a segment between 8:59:59 and 10:00:00.

At 8:27 p.m., Adams and McClish leave the grand opening of Roberts Restaurant, which is across the street from City Hall, and walk to Rooster Creek for another glass of wine.

At 9:39, McClish walks across Mason Street and gets into her car parked at City Hall.

At 9:46, Adams crosses Mason Street about two car lengths from the brightly lit crosswalk. As he nears McClish’s car, several people leave Roberts Restaurant. Adams then turns and runs back across the street.

At 9:51, the people who departed Roberts Restaurant drive away, McClish flashes her car lights and Adams dashes back across the street towards McClish’s car.

Several segments of the Blue Watch video:


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shelworth

Seems strange to try to hide a misdemeanor with a felony doesn’t it?


Gordo

The city would not spend money on a video system that “sorta kinda works, most of the time.” This missing video raises the question of cover up. At what point does a tryst in city hall after hours become a case of public corruption? Not that anyone would do anything about it.


cathy

I can’t help but think most people with righteous indignation defended Clinton and Monicagate.


HarryMalone

AG needs a new leader.


MIKE BYRD FOR MAYOR!


catdude

Oh no ml1999 you are mistaken, this sounds more like Bush’s “evidence” of weapons of mass destruction… Oh, wait, I forgot; Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi


achillesheal

You two make my point. Stop arguing democrat and republican and realize all government officials are scum. They divide you. Until this realization, nothing will change because the vitriol always gets directed ar the other party.


Open your eyes and hold them all in the contempt they deserve.


doglover

So KSBY just reported the city council wants to “move on”

They are so cocky they know apathetic voters will votes the bum incumbents back in for 4 more years.

Someone must ask for which is lying here.

We all could care about the act, it’s the after shuffle that is concerning.


If they were drinking tea, why we’re the lights out?


StakeHolder

Could not believe what I heard on KSBY last night.


All we can ask is if this were two employees who worked at the city, say a front desk secretary and a tech guy…would they have been fired? What holds the two top people exempt for policy?


Both should QUIT for the shame they have brought to the city. Innocent or not, it was handled as guilty from the beginning, and decided to just reprimand and move on. Hiding behind the skirts of “it’s a personnel issue” does not make it go away. It is a government issue when city property is used.


Protect the city from shame, protect Tony from his throne, keep Arroyo Grande “blooming” because THAT is what makes us look so good, right?


agag1

The most important thing to remember is that these are NICE people!

Apparently there’s a different standard in place for NICE people…

nice to know.


doglover

Has anyone gone down to City Council now to see what they are going to report out of their closed session. If they vote, they must report it!


agag1

Council voted in closed session not to take further action, no independent investigation.


changes

Speechless.


agag1

Absolutely no surprise.


doglover

The citizens of AG must request that Steve Adams be fired for cause. He has broken his contract and brought a black eye on the City


Who is going to be the write in candidate against King Tony?

Ole Joe Costello is tired, sleepy, and over it… Let him go.


Use this to get some new energy in AG and force both Steve and Tony


pasodowny

To all those claiming this is no big deal, that the public should believe what they are told, that they should by what POS daily paper the Tribune is ramming down our throats:


F*ck You.


And that includes all of the electeds endorsed by the Tribune. Especially the supervisors.


SamLouis

Amen.