Builders say Supervisor Hill made threats over campaign support

October 28, 2016
Supervisor Adam Hill

Supervisor Adam Hill

By KAREN VELIE

In what is being described as a pay to play demand, San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Adam Hill is alleged to have barred access and threatened financial harm to members of the Home Builders Association of the Central Coast if they do not support his campaign.

The controversy began about seven months ago when the association’s political action committee decided to remain neutral in the District 3 supervisor race because both candidates have supported housing projects in the past. The association has, in the past, donated $500 to a single candidate based on positions taken in support of new housing projects. In the June primary, the association donated $250 to both Hill and his opponent in the District 3 race, Dan Carpenter, according to campaign financial records.

Sources involved with the association, who have asked to remain unnamed because of fear of retaliation, said Hill complained about the association’s support of his opponent and the amount they had donated to his campaign. Even so, the association did not donate any more money to Hill’s election bid.

Then, about a month ago, Hill told the association that he would no longer meet with its government affairs committee members because they had failed to give him enough support, sources said.

In turn, the association’s political action committee voted to donate an additional $5,000 to Carpenter’s campaign and no more money to Hill because of his failure to provide access, sources said.

In a letter sent earlier this week, the association informed Carpenter they were supporting his campaign because of his fairness and impartiality.

“We favor candidates who demonstrate the ability to make fair and impartial decisions, listen to all sides before making up their minds, and apply local state land use and housing polices, laws and ordinances in a logical and consistent manner,” the letter says.

Hill responded by demanding Jeff Eckles, the association’s executive director, “make it right” or face further retaliation, sources said. Specifically, Hill said that association member’s projects would have a target on them during supervisor hearings and that he would appoint a new planning commissioner who would be opposed to new housing, sources said.

In addition, Hill contacted several board members and asked that they fire Eckles, terminate their membership with the association and send him more money, sources said.

Hill did not respond to a request for comment.


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phoenix.rising

“In a letter sent earlier this week, the association informed Carpenter they were supporting his campaign because of his fairness and impartiality.’


Good call…


All of our elected should be this but few are and Dan Carpenter is exactly this – fair and impartial!


San Luis Obispo County and District 3 – it will soon be time to celebrate our new supervisor Dan Carpenter…see you at his election night party…love it!


TeeItUp

It has taken a long time to rid ourselves of Adam Hill. Bruce Gibson needs Hill to continue the CABAL.


The progressives would rather have Hill but there are not enough of the hard core to keep him. As the tide turns so do the business people they jump ship and are now seeing Dan Carpenter as the winner to be.


The first, 2nd and 3rd business people to go with Dan have courage the rest that will and are following just want to be with a winner and Dan is the man.


I have supported Dan Carpenter for Supervisor all along and no matter when you came on board thank you for recognizing that an Adam Hill melt down is coming and thank you all for voting for Dan Carpenter for 3rd District Supervisor and pray for Adam Hill’s soul!


TKG

Adam has become political herpes, constantly and repeatedly infecting the local body politic. The cure is Dan Carpenter. Hill just keeps on giving us increasingly stupefying gaffes. Keep ’em coming Adam!


Pelican1

Adam,

You must be the arithmetic man; you add trouble, subtract pleasure, divide attention, and multiply ignorance.

The voters would like to see things from your point of view but they can’t seem to get their head that far up their ass..


mbfog

Looks like our Morro Bay boy done good…


TWEEKSBALMER

He is just average in the industry.


ThomasAquinas

Rich, where he always is, unavailable. Too busy, too difficult to investigate, no evidence, in meetings with Adam, it’s been cloudy and raining. Whatever excuse works today, tomorrow, next week or until Hill is gone. The members of the community won’t remember this next week. At least he is consistent….


LOVESLO

Drain the SLO swamp.


Pelican1

Otherwise known as the septic tank.


Rich in MB

Where is Dan Dow?


kayaknut

The residents of Arroyo Grande have been asking that for about a year.