FBI agents interviewing San Luis Obispo County officials

May 15, 2020

By KAREN VELIE

FBI agents have interviewed four San Luis Obispo County supervisors in their homes in the last five days, county officials say.

The interviews lasted as little as 30 minutes and as long as three hours. Agents asked the supervisors about process, harassment and corruption, county officials say. The specifics of the FBI investigation have not been released by federal authorities.

For years, however, people involved in development and cannabis businesses have alleged a group of consultants, politicians and goverment staffers have participated in pay-to-play schemes, which CalCoastNews has exclusively reported. The allegations are widespread, and include city and county governments.

Amid allegations of pay-to-play regarding the approval of marijuana retail shops in Grover Beach, then-councilwoman Debbie Peterson resigned in Feb. 2019, noting widespread corruption. She later accused former Mayor John Shoals and current Mayor Jeff Lee of taking bribes. Both Lee and Shoals denied the allegations.

Earlier this year, FBI agents raided Grover Beach Mayor Jeff Lee’s home, said several Grover Beach city sources, who asked not to be disclosed. Lee did not respond to requests for comment regarding the alleged raid.

During the early morning hours of March 11, FBI agents served a search and seizure warrant under seal to the County of San Luis Obispo. Agents then searched Supervisor Adam Hill’s office on the fourth floor, a county official said. Hours after the search, Hill was taken to Arroyo Grande Hospital following a suicide attempt. He was released on March 12 after being placed on a psychiatric hold following a reported overdose, according to county sources.

Agents searched Hill’s Pismo Beach home the same day that agents searched his office. The last agent left the Hill home around noon, said a photographer for CalCoastNews parked outside Hill’s home.

On March 30, Hill confirmed he attempted suicide earlier in the month, which he attributed to the stresses of running for office and ongoing mental health issues.

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Sulla

Four of five interviewed? Who was the odd man (or woman) out?


shishkabob141

Four supervisors were interviewed in the last week.

Adam Hill was interviewed on 3/11.


ratherbefishing

Is popcorn an “essential product”? We’re going to need a lot of it


Jorge Estrada

I hope the FBI takes time to watch the recorded Board Meetings for a little background on the dynamics. I have never understood the relationship with the Federally illegal cannabis and the heavily Federally funded local governance is none compliant with Federal laws? I would of thought that Federal law non-compliance would exempt eligibility from Federal Funding?


r0y

I hope they all had an attorney and a recording device present. Not that the FBI cannot be trusted with anything…


Slosum

Funny, I don’t see anything on the Trib website, so it can’t be true.


Robert1

Your misspelled Trib, its Fibb


themommer
horse_soldier

Who doesn’t love a feel good story on a Friday? This is the best news we’ve had in weeks.

I’m sure Hill & Gibson may disagree, but we rarely agree on much to begin with.

It is time for justice. Velie deserves to have the truth come out, the bad players have gotten away with their lies for far too long. The voters of SLO County deserve to know the truth about the dirty business that’s been going on here.

I’m looking forward to hearing what Dan Dow has to say about all this, after all–it was happening right under his nose.


Scarlet

Here we go! Buckle up!!


shishkabob141

“On March 30, Hill confirmed he attempted suicide earlier in the month, which he attributed to the stresses of running for office and ongoing mental health issues.”


Is guilt an “ongoing mental health issue”? Asking for a friend.


IronHub

Wow. Just. Wow.


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