Hill pressures recipients of county funds for donations

August 9, 2016
Supervisor Adam Hill

Supervisor Adam Hill

By KAREN VELIE

In an email San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Adam Hill sent to a group of people affiliated with a local program that receives county monies, Hill ties the county’s financial support to donations to his reelection campaign. Hill notes in his email that $99 donations are “not going to cut it.”

Hill sent the email to 11 people affiliated with the Economic Vitality Corporation including Brad Wilde, who profited from the sale of property in a deal Hill brokered; Economic Vitality Corporation President Mike Manchak, Cannon Corporation CEO Mike Cannon, Brad Brechwald with the Wallace Group, attorney Ziyad Naccasha and Lenard Grant with RRM Design Group.

 

Hill’s July 30 email:

“Nothing personal but as we head towards a post Diablo economy it’s worth considering this: SLO is way to precious about itself, and it’s businesses leaders are often guilty of the same, wishing to avoid controversy at all costs.

“Guess what? Effective leaders are controversial, especially in these times.

“There are always excuses as to why people won’t write checks to effective elected but they are excuses and nothing more. The EVC is still funded strongly by the county because of me—no one else on the Board of supervisors cares about it. That is the truth.

“If it is to strengthen going forward, it will take my advocacy, and yes pushing. I also created the partnership with the HotHouse and that relationship will need to grow as well.

“I can go on as to many other important projects, but the point is this: some people want people who will always vote yes for projects (Debbie Arnold) but often those same people simply cannot lead any initiatives nor any policy. I am not trying to be insulting, I am trying to be matter of fact.

“I have some similar donors with Debbie, and Lynn, and I know we are supported for different reasons that I understand. But most people would rather not support anyone or write a $99 check. That’s not going to cut it.

“I have taken more heat than anyone deserves (even with my big mouth) and it has had terrible consequences on my health and personal life. So yes, I do get a disappointed by the lack of strong support from too many business leaders. I don’t really care if people like me as long as they recognize the good things I’ve done for community.

“But there is too much preciousness, fear of disapproval, and clubbiness to get strong political leadership in the community.

“More business leaders should be like Nick Tompkins and Gary Grossman who never feel like they have to make excuses to support me, do so generously, and do so regardless if we agree on everything or not.

“I know not everyone is as well off as they are, but again, there are always excuses to not do something and then complaints because something doesn’t happen…

“Cheers

“Adam”

 

Also on July 30, Leonard Grant of RRM Design Group sent the following email to Hill and the other 10 recipients in the email chain:

“Our business does not write checks to candidates Adam. We can as individuals. I haven’t written a check to your opponent. I’ve donated a lot of time to programs that support housing of all types and infrastructure. Sorry I don’t agree with you my friend. But it would be great to get some desal.”

 

On July 30, Hill responded to Grant with the following email:

“Most of the business community does not support political will/leadership, Lenny. You are an example of that.

“That’s why we get crummy candidates like my opponent (who you support) because our community is afraid (with certain exceptions like Mike Cannon and Brad Wilde being two in this chain) to offend anyone, to take sides, or to put their money where their mouth is and help elect people who are willing to take the heat to get things done.

“You get what your support.

“AH”


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75 Comments

  1. Amicus says:

    why don’t you just say vote republican? lots of dirt under everyone’s house.

    (-6) 10 Total Votes - 2 up - 8 down
    • BlueBerry says:

      Interesting comment

      Tony Ferrara was a republican
      I forgot to mention Katcho who sold us out many times is a republican.

      (10) 12 Total Votes - 11 up - 1 down
    • Tracy says:

      It doesn’t matter which football team they like, just whether or not they are honest, good people.

      Fire Adam Hill

      (9) 11 Total Votes - 10 up - 1 down
  2. BlueBerry says:

    do rules and laws matter?

    No not in an Adam Hill world. He is a person who has an injured soul. When there is no right and wrong only winning by all means you get Adam Hill and Bruce Gibson and Caren Ray and Tony Ferrara and so many more that are controlling and TAKERS from you and me.

    Newspapers sell out, my neighbors have said that they may not like Adam Hill but they like his ideology…..

    Bad people are bad and then their ideology is GOOD?????? What kind of thinking is this?

    Vote Adam Hill out and vote Dan Carpenter in.

    Adam you are failing because of yourself no other reason…….

    (45) 49 Total Votes - 47 up - 2 down
  3. truth set me free says:

    Wow.. the rats (New Times) are leaving the sinking ship! They must know something about Hill that we don’t know as yet!

    (30) 34 Total Votes - 32 up - 2 down
    • Skip Tracer says:

      Oh, we all know, truth set me free, we all know. Adam Hill’s flagrant disregard for law will likely get him indicted.

      (26) 32 Total Votes - 29 up - 3 down
  4. Skip Tracer says:

    Now that the New Times is reporting the news regarding Adam Hill, will the Trib give in and become a legitimate news source again? Sandra?

    (36) 42 Total Votes - 39 up - 3 down
    • Jim Anderson says:

      Ha, I guess the recent opinion by Tom Fulks saying Hilary and Hill, not perfect but able and ready to serve, answers your question. No.

      (19) 21 Total Votes - 20 up - 1 down
      • south says:

        Here is the thing that should even make the shameless Editor Duerr blush. The Tribune published an opinion by one of their columnists on an issue that they chose not to cover. It has now fallen to the level of a high school weekly. Except in the Trib’s case there is no adult in charge.

        (15) 15 Total Votes - 15 up - 0 down
  5. Thomas A says:

    Fire Adam Hill 2016’s FaceBook page just passed Adam Hill’s FaceBook page, CalCoastFraud, in ‘Likes.’ With a two year lead CCF has 721 likes (many from the Middle East) Fire Adam Hill has 723 local likes. Thank you to everyone for your support in Firing Adam Hill.

    (33) 39 Total Votes - 36 up - 3 down
    • Skip Tracer says:

      Ha! Eat your heart out Aaron Ochs, you met your match and got eaten up and spit out.

      Down with Team Adam Hill!

      (34) 40 Total Votes - 37 up - 3 down
  6. doglover says:

    Who are Adam Hill’s buddies who are running for office in November?

    Karen Bright termed out in GB is running for School Board
    John Shoals is running for reelection in Grover Beach.
    Mike Lee is also running and a buddy.

    Caren( never won an election) Ray ( a true sidekick of Hill),is running for AG Council.

    Erik Howel big time Hill and Groossman fan is running for reelection even with his Coastal Comisssion FPPC complaint.
    His partner, Don Stewart is running with Ms. Not so Bright for Lucia Mar School Board.

    Do not VOTE for these Hill wannabees.
    They are looking for the gravy train just like Adam Hill.

    Feel free to add to the list.

    (32) 40 Total Votes - 36 up - 4 down
    • kayaknut says:

      I agree, but you need to modify your line, “They are looking for the gravy train”, since some are already on the gravy train and are just looking to keep it going.

      (24) 26 Total Votes - 25 up - 1 down
    • shishkabob141 says:

      The Princess Barneich for AG council.

      (13) 15 Total Votes - 14 up - 1 down
    • analyticone says:

      Correction Doglover: it’s JEFF Lee who is the Hill and Shoals pal running for Grover City Council (not Mike Lee).

      (11) 13 Total Votes - 12 up - 1 down

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