The Tribune thankfully evolved into a liberal newspaper after McClatchy purchased it. What is difficult to accept is the Editorial Board republishing, without critical analysis, political spin supporting pay-to-play Supervisor Adam Hill — who masquerades as a liberal.
The Tribune’s editorial (“Chair switch is all about politics,” Feb. 6) overlooked the most important factor leading to Hill’s ouster as vice chair of the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors: Liberals increasingly find his actions so embarrassing that he can no longer be supported.
Certainly there were partisan Republicans ready to speak against Hill being elevated to a leadership position at Tuesday’s board meeting; but so were a Democratic former mayor, a Green Party activist and a former Democratic Party nominee for the state Assembly.
Supervisor Hill is frequently perceived as driven by how his public actions will benefit him, instead of how those actions help or hurt his constituents. Platitudes about the environment fall from his lips, yet his votes on development appear tied to whether the developers will support Hill’s political ambitions. He gives lip service to working families, yet Hill has yet to push for any labor agreements for public projects that generate local hiring, assure union quality, or benefit our local economy by generating four to seven times the public dollars spent.
Hill lacked, and Supervisor Frank Mecham demonstrated, the selflessness for leadership.