Hill won’t address questions; he’s changing addresses

November 27, 2015
Adam Hill speaking at a groundbreaking ceremony for a PB Companies project.

Adam Hill speaking at a groundbreaking ceremony for a PB Companies project.

By KAREN VELIE

San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Adam Hill changed the mailing and work address for a consulting company he works for, the same day he received questions from CalCoastNews about inconsistencies between his financial disclosures and a developer’s documents organizing the consulting firm. The changes corrected inconsistencies in a filing made under penalty of perjury.

On Oct. 13, CalCoastNews sent a list of questions to Hill after discovering through government and the developer’s documents that he was moonlighting as a paid consultant for San Luis Consulting, a company tied to PB Companies.

Instead of answering the questions about the use of his position as a county supervisor for the benefit of PB Companies, Hill filed a change of address for the consulting company with the Secretary of State. That new address is Hill’s home address.

John Belsher and Ryan Petetit

John Belsher and Ryan Petetit

John Belsher, 61, and Ryan Petetit, 28, are principals in PB Companies, a real estate investment and development firm which is involved in more than a dozen proposed projects throughout San Luis Obispo County. Hill has actively promoted several developments without disclosing to groups or local governments that he is paid by PB Companies.

On July 10, 2014, Belsher filed articles of organization for San Luis Consulting LLC. The forms list the LLC’s address as 3480 S. Higuera Street, Suite 130— the same address as PB Companies San Luis Obispo office. At that time, Belsher listed himself as the only organizer of San Luis Consulting, a company with more than one manager.

For service of process, Belsher listed his law office at 412 Marsh Street.

In a Feb. 2, 2015 statement sent to the California Secretary of State, Belsher was replaced by Hill as the agent for process of service for San Luis Consulting. Hill also replaces Belsher as the managing member.

However, the principal office address remains the same as PB Companies Higuera Street address.

In Hill’s March 2015 statement of Economic Interest filed with the state’s Fair Political Practices Commission, also know as form 700, Hill writes that San Luis Consulting is a sole proprietorship with a P.O. Box 15248 in San Luis Obispo address. In addition, Hill reported that he was paid $10,001 to $100,000 in 2014 for what he described as “writing, editing, and coaching.” Claims filed under penalty of perjury that conflicted with Hill’s February statement to the California Secretary of State.

On Oct. 13, CalCoastNews emailed Hill several questions about his work for San Luis Consulting: “The 2014 state LLC filing for San Luis Consulting lists Belsher as the only organizer of the company that he reports has multiple managers and is run out of PB Companies office,” the email to Hill says. “On your 700 form you claim it is a sole proprietorship run out of a P.O. box. Why the discrepancy?”

Hill still has not answered that or any of the other questions CalCoastNews asked.

Instead, Hill filed a change of address for San Luis Consulting with the California Secretary of State. Hill changed the business address from PB Companies’ Higuera Street address to his home on Country Club Drive. He also changed the mailing address from his home address to the P.O. Box he listed on his 700 form which he signed under penalty of perjury.

In mid-2014, shortly after Belsher filed Articles of Organization for San Luis Consulting, Hill began lobbying the city of San Luis Obispo to override a ruling by the airport commission that limited development in the flight path because of safety concerns. He did not disclose his business relationship with PB Companies.

The council’s 4-1 passage of the update to the General Plan—known as the LUCE, or Land Use and Circulation Elements—opened the door for Belsher’s $16.5 million project that sits at the intersection of South Higuera and Tank Farm Road, an area known as the SLO Public Market.

 

Hill’s LLC changes made the day he was asked about filing discrepancies:

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San Luis Consulting’s 2014 articles of organization, Adam Hill’s Form 700 and a 2015 statement of information for San Luis Consulting:

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SamLouis

AG voters stepped-up and ousted Tony Ferrara at the ballot box. It took guts, resolve and a decent competing mayoral candidate. The results were beautiful!


Hill is even more disgusting than Ferrera, though there are several similarities.


Let’s see if District 3 voters have what it takes to boot Adam Hill. Dan Carpenter is a strong (and highly ethical) competing candidate for county supervisor. It’s now in the voters’ hands…


agag1

Well said Sam.

If AG can rid itself of Ferrara after 14 years or so, surely District 3 can vote out Adam Hill.

Ferrara lost at EVERY polling place on Election Day.

Many never gave the write-in campaign of Jim Hill a snowball’s chance,

but they were wrong, oh were they wrong.

Spread the word, and never underestimate the power of a small yard sign!


Ben Daho

As sick as it sounds, it’ll go unchecked. Like John Wallace and the Oceano Csd issues.


SamLouis

The remedy in part is to vote Hill out of office just like they did Ferrara down in AG…


SamLouis

And NONE of this would be reported on if it were left up to the Tribune. Thanks CCN…


Rich in MB

That’s the truth.


The Tribune IS the Political Establishment…they might as well admit it.


jonhartz

Karen, has he ever recused himself from any votes or discussions about PB business before the Council? If not, he may have some more ‘splainin’ to do, Lucy…


Pelican1

He’s nothing more than a shill who loves to play the shell game.


SLOBIRD

When you have the democratic party connecting you with other politicians for support, PGE advising and assisting with consultants, lega aid and support , and developers financing you and your wife’s careers you become a winner regardless of your behavior and corruption.


hijinks

PG&E isn’t allied with one party or the other — but with those who are useful to PG&E. They’ve supported conservatives and progressives. They also provide training — took Ruth Brackett and sent her to charm school and completely changed her from rough hayseed to polished pol. They run free junkets for politicos, too. In the old days it was quite out in the open — they’d park a chartered bus in front of their downtown office, and you could go watch who got on to go off to one of PG&E’s hydro resorts in the Sierra. At least, that’s what old timers tell me.


Of course, none of this affects how pols vote, does it.


what the

The Feds take their time with investigations like this. Hill is leaving a popcorn trail all the way to prison.


TacomaRose

As Crooked as they come


Mike Byrd

The violations appear flagrant but it just keeps going on and on. How can he, or anyone, get away with this kind of willful disregard for the law?


Mr. Holly

That’s easy. It’s San Luis Obispo County where it’s just business as usual.


There are many local politicians that certainly profit by their position in government and their voting power.


hijinks

Because he’s from New Jersey. Way of life back there.