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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11 Comments

  1. Pelican1 says:

    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!

    (9) 13 Total Votes - 11 up - 2 down
    • Jorge Estrada says:

      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.

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

    They’re coming Adam, the Bluecoats are coming.

    Fire Adam Hill

    (32) 38 Total Votes - 35 up - 3 down
  3. what the says:

    Fire Adam Hill

    (41) 45 Total Votes - 43 up - 2 down
  4. fhill123 says:

    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.

    (48) 52 Total Votes - 50 up - 2 down
  5. JB Bronson says:

    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.

    (62) 70 Total Votes - 66 up - 4 down
  6. GrayGranny2010 says:

    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.”

    (65) 85 Total Votes - 75 up - 10 down
    • kayaknut says:

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

      (66) 72 Total Votes - 69 up - 3 down
  7. racket says:

    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.

    (-11) 81 Total Votes - 35 up - 46 down
  8. L.A.RamsFan says:

    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….

    (9) 79 Total Votes - 44 up - 35 down

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