Fair Political Practices Commission counsels Supervisor Bruce Gibson

April 26, 2020

Supervisor Bruce Gibson

After a lengthy investigation into an allegation San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Bruce Gibson violated conflict of interest laws, the Fair Political Practices Commission sent a letter advising Gibson he needs to update his understanding of the rules, and announcing they had closed the case.

In 2016, the SLO County Board of Supervisors approved a vacation rental exemption for a home approximately 1,200 feet away from Gibson’s primary residence in Cayucos. Without disclosing he lived nearby, Gibson argued that approval of the vacation rental permit would impact the character of the neighborhood.

In 2018, activist Julie Tacker filed a complaint alleging Gibson has violated laws requiring public officials to recuse themselves from voting on issues where the decision could influence the financial value of the official’s property.

Appearing to discount Tacker’s concerns, less than a week after she filed her complaint, Gibson voted against two vacation rental applications for properties near his home in Cayucos.

Gibson responded to the FPPC investigation that followed, by reminding the FPPC of a ruling they gave him in 2011, allowing him to vote on countywide vacation rental regulations.  However, since then conflict of interest laws have changed.

Ironically, while the FPPC determined Gibson’s vote on a neighboring property’s vacation rental status had no financial impact on his property, regulators did determine Gibson appeared not to understand current requirements of the Political Reform Act.

“The Act’s conflict of interest rules and regulations have changed significantly since you last requested formal advice from the Commission’s Legal Division in 2011,” the FPPC said in a letter to Gibson. “Importantly, in 2019 the Commission adopted changes to the conflict of interest regulations.”


No surprise here.

what the

Bruce Gibson, being Adam Hill’s cronie, must be being looked at by the FBI. We’ll see what happens…


Right on the money, what the. Silence Dogood is far too kind to credit Gibson with mere incompetence. Gibson is the puppeteer and Adam the puppet. Gibson is the box, and Adam the tool. Gibson may decide to appear incompetent, but he is way too smart to get caught. He is a vile wolf in sly fox clothing.

Eyes Everywhere

Let’s hope this is Brucie’s last term. Four terms is more than enough. Time for a fresh face in District 2!

Silence Dogood

The only saving grace for Mr. Gibson is compared to Adam Hill, he is merely incompetent. I do question why Tacker is the only one monitoring these public figures.

Jorge Estrada

Yes rule do change. One day your in jail for selling pot and the next day your pot business is allow to be open because it is determined to be an essential business, go figure?


Oh, how will he ever recover from this devastating punishment!?


Gibson once again proves power and greed equals corruption. He lacks morals, values and character. Again, nothing new for him.


Over and over again, Gibson has shown himself to be self-absorbed and disinterested in open government. His ever-so-smart demeanor is incongruent with this lapse in “understanding”. It’s really quite simple, Bruce. If it doesn’t pass the smell test, don’t do it. As usual, you applied only one test – the “me, me, me” test.


Bruce Gibson’s moral compass has been out of whack for quite some time.