Dale Gustin arrested during a disagreement at KPRL

May 4, 2016
Dale Gustin

Dale Gustin

Dale Gustin, a candidate for the San Luis Obispo County District 1 supervisor seat, was arrested Wednesday after he refused to leave the KPRL broadcasting station.

Weeks ago, KPRL staff invited the four District 1 candidates to a forum to be held live at the station from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. Gustin allegedly declined the invite, but showed up at the station Wednesday morning insisting that he be permitted to attend, several inside sources said.

Following a verbal scuffle, front desk staff told Gustin he could not attend the forum and he left, sources said.

Shortly after noon, Gustin was back at the station insisting that he be permitted to participate. After Gustin was asked to leave, he allegedly became loud and aggressive.

KPRL staff then called the Paso Robles Police Department to process a citizen’s arrest for trespassing. Officers cited Gustin, removed him from the property and released him.

Gustin gives a different accounting. Gustin said he was not invited to the debate, which he claims violated his rights as a candidate.

“They never invited me,” Gustin said. “I said, I would sue them if they didn’t correct it.”

Gustin is no stranger to controversy. In June 2014, following multiple complaints of professional misconduct, the State Bar of California ordered Gustin’s license to practice law inactive.

After a suspension, Gustin received his attorney’s license back on April 21.

Supervisor candidates who receive more than 50 percent of the vote in the June 7 primary will win the election outright. Races in which no one wins in June will end with a November runoff.


Insert “Adam Hill” wherever “Dale Gustin” appears in the story and that pretty well describes a number of Hill incidents.


Will the Trib cover this story?


They did, yesterday


I think Dale believes he is running for District 3.


Well, he’s definitely supervisor material.


Peschong for the win!


His presentation in the discussion yesterday was the best, did not avoid answering the questions directly and forthright. Steve Martin was definitely the worst and Harmon was Harmon, cautiously protecting and telling us what we wanted to hear but I believe not exactly how he feels.



I believe you mean Hamon not Harmon.

Although from what I read and hear, Arroyo Grande may be willing to swap their Harmon for Hamon.


Dale has been disciplined by the State Bar and for good reason. http://members.calbar.ca.gov/fal/Member/Detail/76642


San Luis Obispo city/county government: Come for the weather, stay for the loonies.


Why does SLO county have soooo many political scandals, scuffles, accusations, innuendo and discord? I don’t see neighboring counties having near as much turmoil!


Because we are more informed and we care, thanks to CalCoastNews! Thanks, Karen, Dan and Josh, the advertisers, supporters and contributors and all the behind the scene folks. You make us all care more for our County!


SLO County didn’t in the past either. Very liberal, honestly liberal, not hypocrites like Hill and Gibson, were on the board with conservatives and decorum and professional courtesy reigned at all times. You couldn’t get much more politically different from Kurt Kupper and Richard Kresja to Howard Mankins and Hans Heilmann but none would tarnish their reputations as respectable leaders and honorable gentlemen with ANY uncivil behavior AT ALL.


Don’t need this guy either.


Yet there is nothing in this article about the debate setup, no mention of Kevin Will, no detail on the “front office” scuffle, nobody’s names. Nothing. Where’s the story?