Hill accused of threatening a nonprofit

November 4, 2016
Supervisor Adam hill

Supervisor Adam hill

By KAREN VELIE

For more than 10 years, a local printer produced fundraising brochures for the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County. Then in late 2008, the owner of a printing business said she lost the contract after Supervisor Adam Hill threatened to withhold county funds from the nonprofit.

Julie Tizzano, the owner of SLOCO Data & Printing in Grover Beach, first met Hill when he joined the food bank board in 2003. While the two did not agree on how the food bank should operate, problems escalated in 2008, a year and a half after Tizzano left the food bank board.

During the 2008 campaign between then incumbent Jerry Lenthall and Hill, a campaign brochure included Tizzano disparaging Hill’s actions while on the food bank board. Shortly after Hill won the Nov. 2008 election, he allegedly approached Food Bank CEO Carl Hansen and ordered him to stop doing business with SLOCO Data & Printing or risk losing county funding, Tizzano said.

Before that, since 1996, Tizzano had produced four fundraising brochures a year for the nonprofit bringing in about $250,000 a year in donations, Tizzano said.

“After Hill was elected, I had lunch with Carl Hansen,” Tizzano said. “Adam told Carl that because I sent the mailer, he couldn’t use me anymore or the county would cut off their funding.”

Even so, Tizzano said she was not involved in the production or distribution of the flyer that irritated Hill.

In late 2009, after a more than 50 percent decline in fundraising monies, Hansen went back to using Tizzano for the food bank’s fundraising mailers until about two years ago. Tizzano said she is unsure why the food bank changed printers in 2014.

Hansen said he does not recall what occurred in 2008 other than it did not have anything to do with Hill.

During the past week,  Tizzano and former Grover Beach council member Debbie Peterson recorded robocalls that asked registered voters in District 3 not to vote for Hill because of his alleged bullying behavior.

Hill did not respond to a request for comment. However, Hill told the Tribune he thought that a conflict of interest policy adopted by the board could have been the reason it stopped working with Tizzano’s company, but not how the former board member had a conflict.







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Pelican1

On Tuesday the 8th they’re coming to take Adam away ha-haaa
They’re coming to take him away ho ho hee hee ha haaa
To the funny farm
Where life is beautiful all the time
And he’ll be happy to see those nice young men
In their clean white coats
And they’re coming to take him away ha haaa

You thought it was a joke
And so you laughed
You laughed when we said
That losing you would make us jump for joy

Right? You know you laughed
We heard you laugh. You laughed
You laughed and laughed and then you left
But now you know you’re utterly mad

And they’re coming to take you away ha haaa
They’re coming to take you away ho ho hee hee ha haaa
To the happy home with trees and flowers and chirping birds
And basket weavers who sit and smile and twiddle their thumbs and toes
And they’re coming to take you away ha haaa

And they’re coming to take you away ha haaa
They’re coming to take you away ha haaa ho ho hee hee
To the funny farm where life is beautiful all the time
And you’ll be happy to see those nice young men
In their clean white coats

And they’re coming to take you away
To the happy home with trees and flowers and chirping birds
And basket weavers who sit and smile and twiddle their thumbs and toes
And they’re coming to take you away ha haaa!

Jorge Estrada

On November 8th, Adam Hill prevailed by a sizable margin. He obviously is supported by the public and until proven different, all else is just hate mail.

Thomas A

They’re coming Adam, the Bluecoats are coming.

Fire Adam Hill

ThomasAquinas

FIRE ADAM HILL!!!!!!

what the

Fire Adam Hill

fhill123

I am at the point where nothing that is revealed about adam can shock or surprise me but it can still nauseate me. Let us remove this malignancy this next Tuesday.

JB Bronson

Adam-You are a prick and a sick man.

Threaten to kick my ass and see what happens.

We get you won’t change so just go away.

GrayGranny2010

I would like to understand why so many people have come forward, previously and now, with example after example of Mr. Hill’s bullying and abuse of his elected position to threaten and badger to get his way? I say “where there is smoke, there is fire.”

kayaknut

If you have ever attended or watched a supervisors meeting it is easy to see Hill’s bullying first hand.

racket

He is our local version of Donald Trump. A toxic blowhard with an ever-mounting list of sins, and yet his installed-base won’t indict him for it.

L.A.RamsFan

And it’s a tight race between “Rat” Hill and Dan Carpenter? How? Is CCN the only one out there reporting this crap? I just don’t get how this race can be as close as they say it is… Well I guess in an era where the likes of Idiot Trump is a candidate for POTUS anything is possible, right?

Tuesday can’t come quick enough for me….