Higginbotham leaves Supervisor race amid alleged bullying

July 24, 2015
Shelly Higginbotham

Shelly Higginbotham

Pismo Beach Mayor Shelly Higginbotham announced Friday that she would no longer be a candidate for the San Luis Obispo County District 3 supervisor seat currently held by Adam Hill. Higginbotham said she is stepping down to focus on her family and her job as mayor.

Nevertheless, multiple sources told CalCoastNews Hill and his campaign have made several public records requests for information on the Higginbothams while dispersing negative claims about her family members.

Higginbotham joined San Luis Obispo Councilman Dan Carpenter, former Grover Beach Mayor Debbie Peterson and Hill in a race for the District 3 seat. The district includes Edna Valley, Avila Beach, Pismo Beach, Shell Beach and Grover Beach and a portion of San Luis Obispo.

In 2012, the Pismo Beach Chamber of Commerce named Shelly Higginbotham and her husband Dr. Robert Higginbotham citizens of the year.

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I say Debbie Peterson. With two smart, likeable Debbies on the Board, one on each side, everybody will be happy. I like Lynn Compton too. In fact let’s get rid of misanthropists Hill and Gibson and have an all-girl BOS.


OK., forgot about the 1st, Cindy Steinbeck maybe?


Dan Carpenter is a far better candidate than Peterson…

Kevin Rice

Focus on removing bully Adam Hill. Pump up your guy or gal, but don’t tear down our team. Both are wonderful candidates and I donated to both. Critical talk may convert a Dan or Debbie voter into an Adam voter.


I didn’t suggest that Peterson was a poor candidate, only that Carpenter is a better one. Both far, far better than Hill.


“…all-girl BOS” is sexist talk… Just as bad as a good old boy club…

Kevin Rice

Shelly, may I encourage you to speak out clearly and boldly on anything the voters should know about Adam? Thanks for your service and willingness to step up to the plate over the years.


Shelly would have been a breath of fresh air compared to the current situation. Anyone who Is running in this county, but in particular in Morro Bay should know that bullying and intimidation are tactics alive and kicking and used in the most recent election.


Fortunately bullying tactics did not work in Morro Bay in either 2012 or 2014. Thanks for calling it to attention for others to learn from!

But the old timers do speak up once in a while, those that are still alive.

Kevin Rice

Actually, I think they did. Mis-truths about contentious council meetings when Yates was probably the most welcoming and congenial chair of a legislative body I’ve seen yet in this county. Irons is not transparent. Irons continues to badmouth previous decisions.

So, we disagree, I’m certain.

Kevin Rice

Let me also point out invective like “old timers” and “still alive” is a bullying tactic, not honest argumentation.

Kevin 99

Not aware of any greater bully in this community than you, Mr. Rice. It is just who you are, and how you are, whether talking to government officials or to any citizen who disagrees with your imagined omnipotent view of the world. That’s our Kevin Rice, for sure.


Anybody that resists the “good ol’ boys club” and bucks that trend is labeled a bully. Want to bet Dan Dow will be the next to wear that label?

Kevin Rice

Oh? So anonymous snipes are your vision of “civility”? For sure, Adam.


“Yeah, well, you know, that’s just, like, your opinion, man.”


Actually, I’m stating a fact, Kev. Don’t try to make yourself a victim.

As for Bill Yates, he was a nice man, but unfortunately his masters were the owners of businesses in the Embarcadero. The rest of the city was completely ignored. And he lost credibility with me when he backed up your failed campaign. RIP.


Definition of an “old timer” to people who are fans of the current Morro Bay City Council: Anyone whose lived in Morro Bay for over 10 years. Good luck paying your new water bill!


So now you are mocking the dead? Dan Reddell, Bill Yates? All for the sake of your efforts to continue to smear the “Good Old Boys?


No mocking here, just stating the facts. We all die someday.


I believe it was Shelley running for the seat, not her family members, Adam should leave them out of it.

If you have to go after the family you really are a low life Adam. Reminds me of Tony Ferrera and the crap he would pull. He is no longer mayor and I hope to say soon that Adam Hill is no longer a supervisor.

IF by some chance Adam keeps his seat, it sure does not say much of the people who he represents either.

Adam I am shocked someone has not knocked some decency into you yet, you must be a very unhappy man. I sure don’t see any decent qualities in you at all any more.


Could this be A. Hill’s campaign strategy, to pick them off one by one, until he’s the only guy left?


I don’t know whether these allegations are true, or not.

But here’s a perfect chance for the League of Women Voters to put some teeth in their so-called “Civil Discourse” campaign. Does civil discourse extend to how an elected official conducts a campaign? Is it ethical to go after an official’s family?

I hope LWV will investigate the allegations and see whether they’re true or not.


How about naming the “multiple sources”? It would lend some much needed believability to your story. Please give us the names of your sources!

Kevin Rice

Sources who are afraid to speak out should not be outed by someone they confided in. Instead, we should condemn and oppose a climate where people are not comfortable to speak out for themselves.

But that won’t happen while there are people and web sites devoted to lies, harassing and threatening those who speak up.


Then why do you write for them?

don the beachcomber

Probably selling pot would not go over well with Republicans and older voters


So much for leaving the past the past and moving on, Don the beachcomber.

are you a friend of Adams?

Kevin Rice

That’s a contortion of truth, however, on a decade(s) old story. If Adam were the anti-pot Republican candidate he’d have a leg to stand on, but clearly it’s just bullying and intimidation and persecution tactics. Adam must go.


Pot calling the kettle black yet again.

Kevin Rice

Adam Hill bullying tactics again.

Mike Byrd

If memory serves, and it doesn’t always, the doctor was growing. There was no evidence of selling. Considering that he is very conservative he wouldn’t fit the profile of a dealer. Also considering that he’s an opthamologist and that marijuana eases certain eye conditions my assumption was that he was helping patients back in the day before one could get a prescription for it. That’s just speculation; I really have no idea.


Mike – It’s nice you like the family but, your entire post is an apology for not knowing the facts, right? If my memory serves, cultivating a large grove of marijuana without permission from the government is a felony. That was the part that got him in cuffs. Now before everyone begins to toss zig zap bricks I too would “assume” that he was probably growing for any purpose other than to sell it to the recreational market.

Probably just “helping” his patients (patience?).

Kevin Rice

You allege Mike “not knowing the facts” followed by “if my memory serves”?!?

Tribune 9/4/1992: “…at least 100 sinsemilla plants” — not really a “large grove” by most standards, and perhaps several other persons were participating in the grow.

It’s ancient history.

Mike Byrd

I can’t say that I do or don’t like the family; I don’t know them. I met the doctor once socially and had no conversation with him beyond howyadoin? I service on a homeless coalition board with Shelley where I find her to be hard working and very supportive of the cause. Beyond that I know nothing about them other than what I read and hear. My speculation is based on nothing more and I tried to make clear that it was just speculation. I’d suggest that view is at least as valid as calling him a drug dealer which, in my opinion, is exactly where Supervisor Hill was heading with that.


Sorry, I’m an older Republican and I could give a shat about what her husband did decades ago.


Lots of nice smoke and cover (excuse the pun) but, ’92 is far from ancient history. If the head of house was tried and convicted in federal court and you’re cool with them leading you forward then I’m assuming 1) You’re not a republican or 2) I know your eye doctor.

Either way it’s a done deal I suppose.

Kevin Rice

Lewinski is also fresh news then.

I’m sorry Shelly is out as this planned attack would have really made A-Hill look like a fool


Will someone please tell Adam Hilll to grow up, take his marbles and just leave!


What in the world would she have to hide anyhow? Heck, you can legally grow pot now so that should be a plus.

Somebody please oust Adam….my only Christmas wish.