A bitter Ferrara lashes out at Hill

November 19, 2014
Mayor Tony Ferrara

Mayor Tony Ferrara


Outgoing Arroyo Grande Mayor Tony Ferrara is not going quietly into the night — he leveled a nasty and personal attack at write-in victor Jim Hill in comments to the Santa Maria Times Tuesday.

“Mr. Hill did not have the courage to face me in a head-to-head race. Instead, he hid behind an unethical and vicious write-in campaign,” Ferrara told a reporter. He then departed for a Texas conference.

Ferrara is accused by many residents of engineering a cover-up of a July 3 City Hall incident involving City Manager Steve Adams and a subordinate employee, Teresa McClish to avoid competition for the seat he has occupied for 10 years. He was running unopposed until news of the Adams affair was first reported by CalCoastNews in August.

Ferrara did not mince words when it came to describing his electoral conqueror.

“It is consistent with his established pattern of behavior,” Ferrara said of Hill. “I have served the citizens of AG for 18 years. I am very proud of our staff and the collective accomplishments of our council. It saddens me to see this happening to our community.”

Adams’ future will be discussed for the fourth time tonight in closed session at the Arroyo Grande City Council meeting at 6 p.m.

Results of an “independent” investigation into the incident will be unveiled at the meeting, also.


From the KCOY/ KEYT website

Ferrara plans to formally resign from his position with The League of California Cities in the first week of December and also release an official statement within the coming weeks.

Oh I can’t wait for Tony to speak to us again.


As soon as the election is certified the Vice President of the League of California Cities moves up. Is Tony the last to know?


Here’s the deal Tony, and who better that you to understand….Jim made the voter’s of Arroyo Grande and offer they couldn’t refuse.



Big Tony

Big Tony: I am your king.

Woman: Well, I didn’t vote for you.

Big Tony: You don’t vote for kings.

Woman: Well how’d you become king then?

[Angelic music plays… ]

Big Tony: The Lady of the Lake, her arm clad in the purest shimmering samite held aloft Excalibur from the bosom of the water, signifying by divine providence that I, Big Tony, was to carry Excalibur. THAT is why I am your king.

“Troublemaking Fringer” (AKA LeAnn): [interrupting] Listen, strange women lyin’ in ponds distributin’ swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.


Dear Big Tony, No one is afraid of you anymore—and between you and me—I never was.


I heard that Tony is fond of the grape. Rumor has it, he’s going to open a whinery.

Big Tony

You know what….?

I don’t want to talk to you no more, you empty-headed animal food trough wipers! I fart in your general direction! Your mothers were hamsters and your fathers smelt of elderberries!


You forgot..you are the sons of a motherless goat.

Mr. Holly

You have made your bed now lie in it.

Your bully tactics are no longer needed in Arroyo Grand, the people have spoken and you are out!

Try to show some class. It’s over Tony.


Even the Trib has decided enough is enough!

There’s a nice editorial piece today,

A.G. should welcome new mayor.

“Hill’s victory is a strong testament to the power of grassroots campaigning and should serve as an example in future elections, both in giving hope to outsiders and by reminding established politicians that they can take nothing for granted.”

“…While on the Oceano services district board, Hill deservedly earned a reputation for integrity, fiscal conservatism and responsiveness to his constituents.”

I hope this signals an olive branch from the Trib to Jim Hill.

It certainly indicates they’ve jumped ship from Ferrara.

Will wonders never cease?


Even with this, I am not going to take a subscription ever again…


Tony, I’ve arranged to have Oingo Boingo provide the entertainment at your Pity Party…



A man who respected his community and who respected the democratic process would have said something akin to;

“Although I am disappointed in the results, I respect the decision of the voters and the democratic process. In my remaining days in office I will work hard to create a smooth transition for Jim Hill and to reduce the tensions in my community.”

Had Ferrara said something like this, it would have served to allow him to bow out with a little dignity.

Ferrara however, chose the narcissistic path of arrogance and he will always be remembered for this pitiful behavior.


That’s perfectly said MikeB !


Hi vanessa—were you are Red Dirt the other night??? Facebook message me and fill me in on what was discussed :)