Adam Hill lobbies SLO Council members

November 10, 2014
Supervisor Adam Hill

Supervisor Adam Hill


The day before San Luis Obispo City Council members are scheduled to make a decision on disciplining Councilman John Ashbaugh for violation of the state’s open meeting law, San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Adam Hill lobbied the council to drop the issue.

On Sunday afternoon, Hill called and emailed council members asking them to accept John Ashbaugh’s apology and to take no further action. Ashbaugh, a political ally of Hill, faces possible censure, condemnation by the council, or an investigation by the San Luis Obispo County Grand Jury for violating the Ralph M. Brown Act and disclosing confidential closed session discussions.

“While the whole episode was unfortunate, we all know that in the heat of debate, at times our emotions can get the better of our judgment,” Hill said in the Sunday email to the council. “We are human. We make mistakes. Councilman Ashbaugh has apologized several times for his comment, so please do not blow this out of all proportion.”

Councilman John Ashbaugh

Councilman John Ashbaugh

Following months of lobbying by Hill to have the council override the airport land use commission, the violation and an angry tirade by Ashbaugh appeared to have had the opposite effect, and the override failed. Council members Daniel Carpenter and Kathy Smith voted against the override, which needed four votes to pass.

An override of the airport land use commission would allow for high-density residential development on the south side of town.

One of the projects in the area is developer Gary Grossman’s bid to build high-density housing on the property he has in escrow with rancher Ernie Dalido. A high-density development would be much more profitable for Grossman than the mixture of residential and retail currently approved by a vote of county residents.

Grossman has donated large sums of money to county supervisors Hill and Caren Ray and several city council members who voted in favor of the override.

Both the airport commission and the aeronautical division of CalTrans have hinted at suing the city over the proposed developments because of safety issues. Carpenter, at a public meeting in October, questioned how a vote to override the commission could legally impact the city .

Nevertheless, if the council votes to censor Ashbaugh by forbidding him to vote on the issue, it is unlikely the airport override would garner the votes necessary for passage.

On Nov. 7, San Luis Obispo activist Kevin Rice noticed the council in writing that if it overrides the airport land use commission he plans to mount a challenge via a referendum.

Monday’s council meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers.

Ashbaugh’s violation of the Ralph M. Brown Act:

Ashbaugh’s outburst at Council Member Carlyn Christianson:



  1. Kevin Rice says:

    CCN missed A-Hill’s follow-up email:

    “Thank you. Dan Carpenter already leaked it to his friends at
    that nasty website so they could do one of their gratuitous
    hit pieces filled with innuendo and lies. I am sure it is legal but
    is it ethical for Councilman Carpenter to do this? Especially after
    he left two enraged voice mails and one angry email for me yesterday?

    And he wants John to resign?


    (10) 30 Total Votes - 20 up - 10 down
    • pasoparent5 says:

      Rest assured, the lil’ Bully is on this site daily and reads every single one of the “hit piecesfilled with innuendo and lies.”

      His ego won’t permit him to stay away.

      (24) 40 Total Votes - 32 up - 8 down
      • MaryMalone says:

        QUOTING PASSO PARENTS: “Rest assured, the lil’ Bully is on this site daily and reads every single one of the “hit pieces filled with innuendo and lies.”


        Well if a new poster shows up with the DB-SQUARED, we will know who it is.

        (-1) 13 Total Votes - 6 up - 7 down
      • MaryMalone says:

        Really? He’s reading everything.

        Then how about this:


        (-2) 6 Total Votes - 2 up - 4 down
    • Julie says:

      Of course it’s legal Adam Hill. Your emails are no more privileged than any other citizen’s sent to council members, even on topics that are headed to closed session. Public records are public and can not be “leaked” only shared or acquired.


      (20) 42 Total Votes - 31 up - 11 down
      • MajorityFan says:

        So says the woman who sunk Los Osos.

        (3) 9 Total Votes - 6 up - 3 down
        • MaryMalone says:

          QUOTING MAJORITYFAN: “So says the woman who sunk Los Osos.”


          Julie stood up for what she thinks is right. Her opponents stood up for what they thought was right.

          Saying that Julie “sunk Los Osos” is assuming she has more power than she does. I am not saying she isn’t powerful….just not all-powerful

          (-2) 4 Total Votes - 1 up - 3 down
          • givemeabreak says:

            Mary….need not listen to Majority Fan…just one of those Jamie Irons supporters here in Morro Bay. You know? Mayor Jamie Irons who is Tony Ferrara’s little prodigy. Yes Jamie Irons who on the way to sending our city on its way to being unincorporated. Yes, that guy.

            (-1) 5 Total Votes - 2 up - 3 down
    • Pelican1 says:

      They redacted the paragraphs that said….”Enclosed you will find my special medallions.They are a treasured piece I offer you for your kindness and understanding regarding my request to drop the charges.”

      (3) 13 Total Votes - 8 up - 5 down
    • MaryMalone says:

      Doh! He sent an email which identified himself. Since it was County business–trying to influence the City Council—that qualifies for open-meeting regulations, no?

      (-2) 8 Total Votes - 3 up - 5 down
  2. achillesheal says:

    That picture. Of Adam hill sums up his entire pathetic life. Kind of like the picture of Obama in a Star Trek suit from china that I saw this morning. What an embarrassment.

    (22) 44 Total Votes - 33 up - 11 down
    • MaryMalone says:

      Hey, I LIKE that suit.

      (-5) 15 Total Votes - 5 up - 10 down
      • achillesheal says:

        It suits him that’s for sure. 2 more years of that disgrace to this nation, then it’s time for the genious of Hillary…oh god, never mind.

        (-1) 17 Total Votes - 8 up - 9 down
        • MaryMalone says:

          Don’t worry….we survived Reagan and both Bush presidents, so I think we can survive about anything.

          (-4) 16 Total Votes - 6 up - 10 down
          • NorCoMod says:

            I think it’s a bit early to tell whether we’ve survived Reagan and Bush II’s presidencies. It could be years before we have a clear picture.

            (7) 9 Total Votes - 8 up - 1 down
        • MaryMalone says:

          Hey, I voted for Obama in 2008, but not in 2012, largely because he was not the president he promised to me.

          But since the 2012 election has ended, he has finally turned into the president he said he would be. It looks like he is finally free to effect the changes he believes are needed…with which I mostly agree.

          (-4) 4 Total Votes - 0 up - 4 down
  3. wineguyjc says:


    Listen to the voices in your head and resign. It is time for you to seek professional assistance. You are hearing side conversations in your head, the recording heard nothing, but you continue to hear the voices in your head. Go, go, go to the light John!

    (19) 39 Total Votes - 29 up - 10 down

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