Dark fundraisers, marijuana and local city elections

November 4, 2018

By KAREN VELIE

Amid allegations of pay-to-play in the lucrative cannabis industry, marijuana mogul Helios Dayspring and his marijuana brand Natural Healing Center hosted a fundraiser on Oct. 28 for eight politicians from local cities planning to open cannabis shops in the near future. [Cal Coast Times]

Held at Dayspring’s home on Los Osos Valley Road in San Luis Obispo, attendees were asked to RSVP through Nick Andre, a co-chair of the SLO Progressives, a group co-founded by Andre and SLO mayoral candidate Heidi Harmon. Approximately 40 people attended the event, a campaign source said.

The fundraiser for Harmon, SLO City Council candidates Carlyn Christanson and Erica Stewart, Morro Bay mayoral candidate John Headding, Morro Bay City Council candidate Dawn Addis, Grover Beach mayoral candidate Jeff Lee, and Grover Beach City Council candidates Barbara Nicolls and Mariam Shah, was never disclosed on the social media or the campaign pages of any of the candidates or the promoters of the event.

Several partners in Dayspring’s marijuana businesses attended the event where thousands of dollars were donated to select candidates.

Following the event, four candidates filed forms noting donations of over $1,000 as required by campaign disclosure laws. Two donors from the Los Angeles area, who are listed as having varied occupations, donated from $1,000 to $2,500 each to Headding, Addis, Lee and Nicolls. Shah declined to accept any donations at the event, while SLO City rules prohibit Harmon, Christanson and Stewart from accepting more than $300 from any donor.

Donations of less than $1,000 are not required to be disclosed until Jan. 2019, while donations of over $1,000 are required to be disclosed within 24 hours.

Helios Dayspring, rapper Xzibit and Grover Beach mayor John Shoals outside a building Dayspring planned to house one of his marijuana businesses

Donors Teresa and William Szymczak, donated $2,500 to Headding, $1,250 to Lee, $2,000 to Nicolls and $1,000 to Addis, according to their campaign filing reports. Lee lists the Szymczak’s occupation as the owners of Presentation Partners; Heading lists the couple as the former owners of Self Preservation Partners; while both Nicolls and Addis list the couple as the owners of Preservation Partners.

The second donor is listed as either Susan Wood or Tierra Redonda LLC, an LLC that lists Woods as the CEO. Dayspring and Tierra Redonda LLC are part owners of a SLO County marijuana grow and a property in the Grover Beach marijuana zone.

Lee lists the second donor as Susan Wood, and her occupation as a restaurant owner. Headding lists Susan Wood as an apartment owner, and Addis list Tierra Redonda LLC as the donor.

Two years ago, several marijuana business owners, members of their families and business affiliates gave multiple large donations to then Grover Beach City Council candidate Lee and Grover Beach mayoral candidate John Shoals. Following the election, Lee and Shoals, as the only members of Grover Beach Subcommittee on Marijuana, worked on a point system that promoted Dayspring and certain other marijuana business owners.

At a SLO City Council meeting last month, Harmon also spoke in favor of a point system that appears to support Dayspring and several other marijuana entrepreneurs. Harmon wants to give extra points for living in San Luis Obispo, growing locally and doing community service.

Before Shoals and Lee selected Dayspring’s Natural Healing Center as their top choice for a marijuana retail shop, Dayspring had been involved in a variety of controversial child-related events. In April 2017, Dayspring sponsored an Easter egg hunt in Grover Beach for children ages 1-11 where his marijuana delivery service was advertised on banners, hats and T-shirts.

In August 2018, two marijuana shops in Grover Beach, Dayspring’s Natural Healing Center and 805 Beach Breaks, sponsored the Mayor’s Cup Golf Tournament. T-shirts given to players at the tournament advertised the two retail marijuana shops.


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nazbol gang

This is progressivism in SLO county


nazbol gang

This is literally a microcosm of the Democrat party in general. Mega levels of corruption, rape, money laundering, pay to play, etc etc etc. If SLO progressives had a military they would have illegally invaded several countries by now. Yea the Republicans have these problems too but the Democrats really take the cake right these days. Is this Dan Dow’s job to clean up? Who’s job is it to go after criminals? I thought that’s what the police are for, am I wrong?


horse_soldier

Follow the $$$$


Smith

Team Adam Hill Cartel current status from my educated, informed opinion:


Ryan Petetit- Charged with felony false imprisonment, felony battery with serious bodily injury,

felony domestic violence and a misdemeanor charge of disabling a wireless device plus ponzi scheme and fraud.

John Belsher- Under investigation for- Ponzi scheme, fraud.

Caren Ray- Taking bribes, conflict of interest.

Caren Ray’s best friend and campaigner- Looking at charges of felony vandalism.

Adam Hill- Under investigation for- Extortion, taking bribes, conflict of interest. conspiracy.

Charles Tenborg- Under investigation for- Conspiracy, perjury, fraud.

James Wagstaffe Esquire- Under investigation for- Conspiracy, suborning perjury, conflict of interest

John Shoals- Under investigation for- Taking bribes

Bill Worrell- Under investigation for- Embezzlement, conspiracy, perjury.

Other employees of the IWMA- Under investigation for- Conspiracy, embezzlement.

Ray Bering- Under investigation for embezzlement, fraud, conflict of interest, conspiracy.

Adamski Moroski- Under investigation for conflict of interest, conspiracy.


Quite the busy season, Gang. Seriously Team Adam Hill?


Ted R

Heidi Harmon- Taking bribes


Myself

Too bad this didn’t come to light a few days ago, pretty close to election day to try to wake up Morro Bay’s voters.


Mjd

And this is why i’m not voting for Harmon


the situation

I wonder why the Tribune and New Times never print articles this good. Oh yeah, because they are lazy and do a terrible job of reporting.


analyticone

Worse than that, they never accept criticism of their chosen ones, unless, of course, they are faced with legal or social behaviors that they cannot continue to ignore or cover up.


Smith

The Tribune is on Adam Hill’s website as a supporter.


junkag

A vote for Harmon is a vote for Tammany Hall.


analyticone

Another anomaly – Dayspring and Szymczak both own homes that are around 5,700 square feet. Really? What ordinary people need homes that big…what’s going on there?


Kevin Rice

Heidi’s “carbon zero” dream house.


analyticone

According to corporationwiki.com, public records show William Szymczak associated with sixty-seven companies over the past 19 years. Sounds like classic money laundering to me.


mary margaret

According to what I’ve read the marijuana dispensaries are cash only businesses. So who knows exactly how much money changed hands at this secret fundraiser? It’s not too difficult to slip someone a sealed envelope. No wonder Mayor Harmon does not need to have a real job! What a bunch of crooks.


ajdury

Please understand WHY this industry is “cash only” and not just assume it is for some nefarious reason.


Not a sermon – just a suggestion.


California Kills A Cannabis Banking Plan


https://www.forbes.com/sites/nickkovacevich/2018/08/21/california-kills-a-cannabis-banking-plan/#1c20cb4310a6


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