Adam Hill is on strike, so suspend his paycheck

February 3, 2017
Mike Brown

Mike Brown

OPINION by MIKE BROWN

Adam Hill is unhappy. He feels he is entitled to certain outside agency board and committee appointments that he had held for the past eight years.

He wants to perpetually serve on the Board of the Economic Vitality Corporation (EVC) and as the alternate on the boards of both the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) and the California State Association of Counties Board of Directors.

His buddy Bruce Gibson, feigning his usual outrage, was also removed from assignments that he had monopolized for 10 years.

Even though he casts himself as “Mr. Social Justice,” defender of the poor, homeless, and aged, Hill is not interested in serving on the Adult Services Policy Council, Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo (CAPSLO), Homeless Services Oversight Council, Latino Outreach Council, or Psychiatric Health Facility Committee.

Not so accidentally, it has been Supervisor Debbie Arnold who has labored on most of these jobs for the past four years. She was assigned without ever being asked and has served admirably. These are time consuming and demanding committees and organizational board appointments.

Perhaps Hill and Gibson think these are “girl” assignments and that they are entitled to the more visible and prestigious “he-man” public policy appointments.

Now it turns out that Hill, who did not receive his first choices, is retaliating by refusing to serve in any of the assignments whatsoever. That’s right, he is on strike.

From time to time, the more disturbed and egocentric politicians will resort to such theatrics. The ploy reminds me of a City of Hartford, Connecticut City Councilman who some years ago fell out with the City Council majority of which he was actually a member. They kicked him out of their caucus (no Brown Act in Connecticut). Mike Brown 10

In “protest” he moved his desk outside the City Council offices and into the hall, which was actually on a very visible balcony in a huge atrium. There he sat day after day in glorious isolation, his desk partially blocking the balcony (actually next to the bench on the left side in the photo). The stunt was staged to call attention to his effort to disrupt the City Council majority. When he refused to move, the Treasurer started holding up his paychecks.

Hill seems to be following the same script.

The Board of Supervisors has set up a variety of subject specific advisory boards and committees to assist it in determining needs, potential service improvements, funding strategies, policies, and ordinances. Serving on some of these bodies is included in the normal duties of each supervisor. Currently there are several vacancies that have no board member representative.

As part of his “job action” Hill is refusing to serve on any, unless perhaps he thinks he can negotiate his way back to his first choices.

The board should simply appoint him to the bodies that have unclaimed vacancies. Under the State Statutes governing boards of supervisors, each board has broad powers to operate. This would include making its member assignments.

California Government Code, Section 25003: The board may make and enforce rules and regulations necessary for the government of the board, the preservation of order, and the transaction of business.

A subsequent section of the statute, 25042, prohibits county supervisors from neglecting or refusing to perform the duties imposed upon them:

“Any supervisor who (a) refuses or neglects to perform any duty imposed on him, without just cause, or (b) wilfully violates any law provided for his government as a supervisor, or (c) fraudulently or corruptly performs any duty imposed on him, or (d) wilfully, fraudulently, or corruptly attempts to perform an act as supervisor which is unauthorized by law, in addition to any other penalty prescribed by law, forfeits to the county five hundred dollars ($500) for every such act, to be recovered on his official bond, and is further liable on his official bond to any person injured thereby for all damages sustained.”

If Hill should refuse the board-imposed assignments, and as the statute requires, he would be “neglecting a duty imposed upon him without just cause.” He is not refusing to attend the meetings of these bodies for just cause, such as being ill or even overworked. It is simply a form of political maneuvering.

In addition to the remedies imposed in the statute, the auditor controller should sequester his bi-weekly paycheck. After all, a county employee who refuses to perform a portion of his or her duties would be first warned and then dismissed. Why should the elected supervisors be treated any differently?

In the larger picture, Hill partially blames COLAB for the change in assignments. He and Supervisor Gibson assert that COLAB is somehow directing the new board majority. Both Gibson and Hill, in defense of their zealotry, miss the point. COLAB is a government watchdog that supports more limited government, less taxation, economic growth, and freedom. We judge policies and programs on the basis of how they conform to or deviate from these principles.

The fact that someone elected to the Board of Supervisors may adhere to similar criteria for evaluating policy does not make them running dogs of COLAB or anyone else. Hill’s and Gibson’s superficial and unsubstantiated allegations in this case are insultingly belittling of their colleagues and their colleagues’ constituents. That Hill and Gibson have falsely proclaimed such a lie, demonstrates their own desperation and fear.

These personal attacks themselves demonstrate why they are unfit to be Chairmen of the Board of Supervisors, LAFCO members, CSAC reps, and EVC Board members.

Mike Brown is the Government Affairs Director of the Coalition of Labor Agriculture and Business (COLAB) of San Luis Obispo County. He had a 42 year career as a city manager and county executive officer in four states including California. He can be reached at mike@colabslo.org.


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LemonLime

Break down the family


There are no Mothers and Fathers


You are a child of NO ONE but the Social Justice Utopians


You have graduated from FLOWER CHILD to Social Justice Terrorists


Mothers and Fathers that grow this discontent and hatred are now living in Hell here on earth of their own making.


Adam Hill is a good example of child rearing gone bad


When you ran for office the general voters was confused and thought you were a conservative that was for prosperity in our county and job building. You LIED.


You are wanting to be on EVC as it makes your case that you are for job creation but you are only for job creation if it is a GOVERNMENT job.


LIES lead the 3 majority on this board to removed you by placing a real private sector job person(s) on EVC.


Play our your term and take at least two of the leftover assignments.


As we all know you have little to do in the 3rd district because there are 3 city councils that do all your work. No other districts has more than one city council to govern. So you spend all your time making trouble for citizens and small businesses like this CCN.


You need to spend time for your crimes.


Myself

Yesterdays trib had an article from gibson on the front page,second section, denouncing the pettiness of the bos, I’ll reckon he is talking about his buddy the hill. Headline: with supervisors in a new era of pettiness the public must pay heed,they sure as hell will brucie ole boy,hopefully sending you down the road next election.


Reality Check

Well said, Mr. Brown!


Pelican1

Perhaps Hill can be best characterized as a political schill who wallows in swill and stomps his feet when denied any frills. He’ll bribe you with medallions, it’s all part of the thrill and ignore the needs of the county…he always will.


Jorge Estrada

The term “Mental Health” comes to mind. It might be in the public’s best interest to have objective professional screening done. When one feels so strongly that their continued repetitious behavior will yield a different result, it is called insanity. In the computer world, insane is used when the processor has lost it’s logic.


givemeabreak

Ugh, have not been on CCN for quite a while. More of the Adam Hill regurgitation. With all of his shenanigans why in the hell is he still on the county BOS? What must be done to get him off this board? So much bullshit.


fhill123

From now on I will refer to Hill as Napoleon and his sidekick Gibson as half-pint.


rukidding

Just politics everybody. If Hill and Gibson had a 3rd vote we would be seeing the same thing from the other side. This is just another example of the immature behavior that we are seeing from some Democrats. They have lost on this go around for the current elections and they need to get over it and let the winners, the majority, move on. At times it has been the other way around and we have never seen this crying and bellyaching but I guess we have never seen an Adam Hill before either.

The BOS need to put him on notice and if he fails to perform they should censure him and then try their best to ignore him, which he would make difficult to do.


L.A.RamsFan

Since you, Mr. Brown, have shown your partisan self in all of your prior “opinions” I’ll file this one under the same header as the others, partisan bullshit! Your party is famous for “going on strike” and not only getting paid but giving themselves raises as well. I don’t hear you bitchin’ about any of that, now do I?!


Pelican1

It makes sense that an L.A.Rams fan would support Adam…you know a loser when you see one.


L.A.RamsFan

Pelican1,


I guess you’ve never read any of my posts, huh?! I don’t support Adam or his dump truck wife either; they’re both a pariah on your community. That said, this partisan ass Mike Brown, and his colleague Stew Jenkins, don’t, won’t, support your community either if it means putting aside party loyalty. Do you get that?


I’ll tell you about a loser though; it would be a tale about a community that won’t get past posting on a web sight and really get into the game and oust the likes of Hill and Gibson and then whaaaa, whaaaa about it all the way home.


The Rams are losers? At least they field a team that competes every Sunday! Your team, the community in which you reside, won’t even dress out….


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