Politicians call foul over deceptive ads

April 13, 2016
Supervisor Salud Carbajal

Supervisor Salud Carbajal


Several Central Coast politicians are calling foul to this years barrage of deceptive political ads. In the race for Congress, a politician is accused of placing ads that exaggerate his accomplishments, while in the race for San Luis Obispo County District 3 supervisor, a candidate is accused of being dishonest in his attempts to smear an opponent.

Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider is demanding that one of her opponents for California’s 24 Congressional District, Santa Barbara County Supervisor Salud Carbajal, take down his “deceptive television ad.” Carbajal’s ad claims that as a supervisor he has balanced the county budget and protected tax dollars.

“Carbajal made sure our tax-dollars are spent wisely, balanced budgets, the largest rainy day fund in county history,” Carbajal’s ad says.

However, Santa Barbara County has almost $1 billion in unfunded pension liabilities and a growing stack of deferred maintenance and capital projects. Santa Barbara County spends more of its total revenue on pension contributions – 13.1 percent – then any other county in California.

Helene Schneider

Helene Schneider

“Salud Carbajal is telling voters outright untruths in his TV ad,” Schneider said. “Yesterday he said the county was in ‘a crisis,’ yet the television ad his campaign is airing says the opposite. Which is it, Salud? Have you protected tax-dollars and balanced the budget or is the county in crisis? You can’t have it both ways.”

In the contentious race for San Luis Obispo County’s District 3 supervisor seat, incumbent Adam Hill is running a developer-funded campaign that includes attack ads against one of his challengers, San Luis Obispo Councilman Dan Carpenter. Carpenter said Hill’s ads include not only distortions, but “outright lies.”

For example, one of Hill’s ads says Carpenter supports the Phillips 66 oil spur project and rural sprawl, Carpenter is a Tea Party zealot and that as a councilman Carpenter does not serve on any regional boards.

Supervisor Adam Hill

Supervisor Adam Hill

However, in Feb. 2015, Carpenter voted along with the rest of the San Luis Obispo City Council to send a letter to the SLO County Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors opposing the rail spur. And with Hill present, at a recent Tribune interview, Carpenter again voiced his opposition to the rail spur.

In response to Hill’s claim that Carpenter supports rural sprawl, Carpenter said he supports the Ag Cluster Ordinance that sets aside significant open space by clustering homes, not rural sprawl.

As for regional boards, Carpenter is SLO City’s liaison to the SLO County Economic Vitality Corporation, alternate to the SLO County Resources Advisory Committee, LAFCO, Nacimiento Water Project, Paso Robles Groundwater Basin, Performing Arts Commission, Visit SLO County Advisory Committee, and the Whale Rock Commission.

“Tea Party Zealot, total lie, I have never had anything to do with the Tea Party,” Carpenter added.

San Luis Obispo Councilman Dan Carpenter

San Luis Obispo Councilman Dan Carpenter

In District 3, Hill faces two opponents in the June 7 primary – Carpenter and former Grover Beach Mayor Debbie Peterson.

District 3, which includes Grover Beach, Pismo Beach and a portion of San Luis Obispo, has only 554 more Democrats than Republicans. Hill and Peterson are Democrats. Carpenter is not affiliated with a political party.

The 24th Congressional District consists of all of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties and part of Ventura County. Voter registration is 37 percent Democrat, 34 percent Republican and 23 percent decline to state.

Candidates in the 24th District race include Republicans Katcho Achadjian, Justin Fareed, Matt Kokkonen; Democrats Carbajal, Schneider, William Ostrander, Benjamin Lucas and Jeff Oshins; and independents Steve Isakson and John Ubersax.


How do you tell when a politician is lying?

His or her lips are moving.

don the beachcomber

Dan Carpenter also voted for the styrofoam ban, to raise garbage rates, to divest city money from oil companies, against cracking down on homeless transients camping on public streets and city-owned parking lots, against restrictions on medical marijuana, voted for high-density developments ( including ones sponsored by Adam Hill’s paymaster Gary Grossman ), and repeatedly recuses himself from voting on many development issues due to conflicts of interest.


don, really, did you live under a rock. Have you seen the voting record for Adam Hill where we can start for the plastic bag ban, Paso Water Basin, special interest development, not to mention all his attacks on members of our community and the total disrespect he has shown members of the community who take their person time to go talk to the BOS and are insulted, verbally abused and threatened, walks out on special presentations to groups that he disapproves of, makes inappropriate threatening phone calls, and the list goes on and on. Be care where you point the blame train, don!


Offered with all the respect the comment deserves:

If you feel you must condescend to us dimwits by defining your ivy-covered Latin words, take eight seconds and Google the correct spelling.

It will save you a while pile of irony.

don the beachcomber

Why did Dan Carpenter vote to use taxpayer money to fund liberal Democrats running for SLO city council and then flip-flopped? Talk about being politically-expedient instead of principled. And, then he demands the Council waste time and money re-voting on the issue because he didn’t get it right the first time ( or so his supporters told him ). Is that the kind of Supervisor he’ll be??

just the facts

If you reside in the 1st, 2nd, 4th or 5th Districts, need your help! Please contact family and friends in the 3rd District and let them know about Dan Carpenter who is running for 3rd District Supervisor. Let them all know that Dan is a man of integrity and good character. He has pledged to be respectful to all people/opinions. He listens! Dan also

has pledged to service the entire 3rd District by doing office hours walking throughout the entire district…just as he has done all these years in the City of San Luis Obispo. You will see him walking Grover Beach, Avila Beach and Pismo Beach! He will reach out to the citizens who reside in rural Arroyo Grande. Vote for Dan Carpenter June 7.

don the beachcomber

Dan’s flip-flop shows he’ll knuckle under to whoever puts the most pressure on him. Maybe that’s why he also solicits Adam Hill’s developer buddies for campaign cash. Will he be beholden to them if elected?

don the beachcomber

Why did Dan Carpenter vote to use taxpayer money to fund liberal Democrats running for SLO city council and then flip-flopped. Talk about being politically-expedient instead of principled. And, then he demands the Council waste time and money re-voting on the issue because he didn’t get it right the first time ( or so his supporters told him ). Is that the kind of Supervisor he’ll be


OMG I hate sophomoric politics


In response to the Cal Coast news article titled “politicians call foul over deceptive ads,”

Hill’s accusations are all out right lies about Dan Carpenter. Furthermore, the accusations that Dan supports Phillips 66 oil spur and real-estate sprawl are also Hill’s exaggerations. Adam Hill’s accusation of Dan being a tea party is also a lie. Hill is so used to attacking people and demeaning people who oppose him or challenge him that it has become his MO or Motis Operandi. It is his way of getting what he wants politically even if he has to resort to lying to achieve his goal.

Forbes magazine, Stephen Hayward, a slo county resident describes Hill as follows: “Adam Hill is the most appalling local government official I’ve ever seen in my entire life. Hill has a spectacular history of astoundingly abusive behavior towards people who express disagreement with him. He represents all that is bad in American government today and he uses his office to enrich himself and his friends by mercifully attacking and degrading those who oppose him.”


…and yet he’s previously been re-elected. How can it be that so many (50% +1) are duped?


How can it be that be that 50 percent +1 are duped?

Do you really not know, or is this just political rhetoric?


Dan Carpenter is no Saint and never has been; there are FAR better options.


There may be but it sure as heck isn’t Hill!!!!


Right, Hayward is the writer who didn’t know the difference between someone’s salary and his employer’s total cost of employing that person.

As a Forbes contributor, Hayward should have known that what your employer pays for payroll taxes – the employer’s share of social security, worker’s compensation insurance, state and federal unemployment insurance, expense reimbursements, etc – are not part of your salary.

After learning that Hayward didn’t know that, I no longer believe anything that he says. What he says may be correct, but I always check with other sources before believing it.