SLO County Supervisor Bruce Gibson accused of misusing public resources

January 8, 2022

Supervisor Bruce Gibson

By KAREN VELIE

San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Bruce Gibson is holding office hours in Debbie Arnold’s district in a county building after canceling constituent meetings in his own district because of the pandemic. This action spurred allegations Gibson violated rules against using taxpayer resources to support his campaign.

After Gibson lost his battle to keep Atascadero out of District 2, he announced plans to begin holding office hours at the Atascadero public library in an attempt to “learn about what local and countywide issues are important to them.” With his Administrative Assistant Blake Fixler taking notes, on Thursday afternoon Gibson met in a district he will not lead until 2023, if he wins the next election.

Concerned that Gibson could be violating rules regarding a candidate’s use of taxpayer resources, activist Julie Tacker attended the Atascadero office hours.

“Bruce said, ‘I am campaigning and I am running and I need to get to know the people and the issues in Atascadero,’ ” Tacker said.

Government officials cannot use taxpayer resources to support their candidacy, according to the California Attorney General’s Office. Gibson is holding meetings with prospective voters in a county building with a county employee assisting, Tacker said.

State laws allow candidates to meet with prospective voters as long as they do not use public resources such as a county paid employee and a county building.

Tacker plans to file complaints with both the Fair Political Practices Commission and the SLO County District Attorney’s Office.

More than a year ago, Gibson canceled his monthly office hours in Los Osos, Cambria and Cayucos because of the pandemic, according to the county website. Under a notice that the closures in his own district will continue “until further notice,” Gibson announced he is holding office hours at the Atascadero Library on the first and third Thursdays of the month from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Gibson did not respond to questions about the alleged misuse of public resources.


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commonsenseguy

Gibson being shady, deceitful, corrupt, and self-serving? What’s new. Just look at and read all of the “related” stories about this guy, above the comment section. He learned well from his buddy Adam. It’s obvious he lacks integrity, character, honesty and truth, while proving he’s not worthy of the position he holds. To defend him is less than intelligent. Time for this guy to go for good.


obispan

I have always taken issue with the idea that supervisors are the sole representative of their district. The districts are to spread representation. The county is the county, not five districts. A north county supervisor has as much right to vote on issue in Nipomo on behalf of SLO County as a south county supervisor does on an issue in Creston.


fish

Go Julie.


mazin

Soooo we are agin’ Gibson … pls esplain complaint?


obispan

Aww Lucy…


kevin rise

All I really see here is he’s switching offices? Out of all the issues in this county this is the top priority and is making news?


commonsenseguy

Thanks, CCN for reporting this story and bringing it to light. Corruption and deceit by politicians should be news and called out even if Progressive’s and their supporters don’t like being held to moral standards.


Mitch C

Bruce your 15 minutes are over – retire and enjoy. It is time to exit.


obispan

I think it’s 15 years if he gets reelected.


Zoiebowie

Shocking.


copperhead

Shocking? Not really


shishkabob141

Oh Bruce…trying to fill the cheat void left by Adam Hill…

Thanks Julie.