Hill blowing away field in fundraising race

August 8, 2015
Supervisor Adam Hill

Supervisor Adam Hill

By JOSH FRIEDMAN

San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Adam Hill, who is wooing developers, has nearly 10 times as much cash in his reelection war chest as his District 3 challengers have combined in their campaign accounts.

In the first six months of 2015, Hill raised more than $82,000 in cash contributions for the 2016 race, according to his campaign disclosure form. As of June 30, Hill’s campaign had a cash balance of nearly $103,000.

Former Grover Beach Mayor Debbie Peterson, who is challenging Hill, finished the first half of 2015 with a cash balance of $9,665. San Luis Obispo Councilman Dan Carpenter, also a candidate in the District 3 race, had a cash balance of $901, as of June 30.

Peterson raised $13,893 over the first six months of the year, and Carpenter raised $5,049. Both candidates loaned $3,000 to their own campaigns, and the loans are included in their fundraising totals.

Most of Hill’s top donors are developers, and several live outside San Luis Obispo County. Hill received donations from as far away as Phoenix, Arizona.

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Dan Carpenter

Other sizable contributors to Hill include local unions and Democratic politicians on the Central Coast.

Hill’s top donor is developer Gary Grossman, who contributed $5,050. Grossman, the president of Coastal Community Builders, has donated previously to Hill’s campaign and $50,000 to the nonprofit of Dee Torres-Hill, the supervisor’s wife.

Grossman is trying to develop the 131-acre Dalidio Ranch in San Luis Obispo. Hill has lobbied the San Luis Obipso City Council to change city planning rules in order for Grossman’s development to get approved as envisioned.

Pismo Beach realtor Jason Blankenship and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers each donated $5,000 to Hill in the first six months of the year.

Blankenship owns a realty company. He is also a developer with Innovative Housing Solutions, a company that has developed homes all over SLO County.

Santa Barbara-based Somera Capital Management contributed $4,000 to Hill. The company is developing a downtown Pismo Beach lot into a 104-unit hotel with retail and dining space.

Somera Capital Management is also trying to develop a 23-acre waterfront parcel in Avila Beach, where it plans to build a boutique hotel.

Debbie Peterson

Debbie Peterson

Postcard Properties LLC, also based in Santa Barbara, is partnering with Somera Capital on both projects. Dana Severy, the owner of Postcard Properties, donated $500 to Hill.

Hill’s fifth largest contributor is listed as Danielle Marman, of West Coast Turf in Palm Desert. Marman is now Danielle Scardino, the wife of developer John Scardino, according to the couple’s wedding website and online profiles.

John Scardino, a Westlake Village resident, is involved in the Trilogy homes project on the Nipomo Mesa. John Scardino gave $750 to Hill during the first half of the year.

Westlake Village companies All Wired Up Electrical Services and Direct Management Solutions also donated $1,000 each to Hill’s campaign.

Several other developers and development firms have already contributed at least $1,000 to Hill.

Jamie Kirk, who owns Kirk Consulting, gave just $300. Kirk was the planner paid to promote the conversion of the North County Pasolivo olive ranch into an entertainment venue.

Twelve days after Kirk donated to Hill’s campaign, Hill voted in favor of the Pasolivo project. Prior to the donation, Hill had said he supports an event ordinance to limit entertainment venues in the county.

Pismo Beach Mayor Shelly Higginbotham dropped out of the District 3 race last month. Higginbotham raised $5,876, as of June 30, and had a cash balance of $3,316.

Multiple sources told CalCoastNews that Hill and his campaign made several public records requests for information on the Higginbothams while dispersing negative claims about the mayor’s family members.

The primary election is scheduled for June 7, 2016.


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Kaiser Bill

Like most other SLO County politicians, Hill is a shill for Grossman and his Orange Countyification of the Central Coast.


Mr. Holly

How much is that puppy in the window? Well I guess we are finding out.

Utterly shameful that this goes on although it seems to be the norm everywhere.


SamLouis

I wonder if a similar story will make it into the Tribune? LOL!! Nope!!


The Tribune is neck-deep in the derriere of the local Democratic Central Committee and Hill is their poster boy. It’s highly unlikely that the Tribune will be critical of Hill — even when it’s real news.


This lack of neutrality and honesty are primes reasons for the Tribune’s continuing demise.


SamLouis

Hill is bought and paid for. The solution is to deny him office. It’s up to us, the voters. It would be downright nasty for anyone to vote for this cake-eating tool based on his political party affiliation.


Pelican1

While money can’t buy you happiness, it certainly can buy you a supervisor seat.


NorthCountyGuy

The finest career-politicians that money can buy.


Hill is a prostitute of the highest bidder.


achillesheal

All politicians are…it is the way their nasty game works and why the good of the country, state, or municipality is never considered in their corrupt decision making process.


Slowerfaster

As former California state treasurer, “Big Daddy” Jesse Unruh said, “Money is the mother’s milk of politics. “


Snoid

So whats new? isn’t that how politicians get elected these days, kiss ass, advertise big, lie like there’s no tomorrow and get elected. Nice to see Grossman and CCB doing 95% of the new projects on the “Pendejo Paradise”. Hill should be getting another big donation to the cause any day. Like they say, its not who you know, its who you blow.


black sheep

damn, beat me to it. took the words right outta my mouth. (last bit)


SLOBIRD

Where is his PG & E donation? They provide his lifestyle and campaign. They fight for his reelection, one vote for Diablo (Gibson the second)…!


SLOBodan

Dirty money.


Grossman was not able to buy his way in with Caren Ray. Voters beware.


justbeware

That’s not going to stop him from trying again with Hill.


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