Libertarian heir to Hills Bros. coffee fortune, after filing election papers, discovers you have to be an actual lawyer to run for San Francisco DA

Austin Hills Jr., the heir to a coffee fortune in San Francisco, planned to file papers to run in the election for San Francisco DA.

He was informed, no doubt much to his chagrin, that you have to be an actual lawyer to be district attorney.

An attempt to run for San Francisco District Attorney by the son of an elite coffee dynasty family was brought to an abrupt end this week when he was told that he could not enter the race because he was not an attorney.

Austin Hills, whose family founded Hills Bros. Coffee in San Francisco in the late 1800s, pulled papers to run for the office on Wednesday, according to the Department of Elections website.

The Standard made several attempts to contact Hills on Friday and visited his listed address but was told by a man who said he was Hills’ brother that Hills had been unsuccessful in his bid because had not realized that he needed to be an active attorney to run.

According to the latest copy of the eligibility requirements for San Francisco District Attorney, a person wishing to run for the position must have served as an attorney licensed to practice in California for at least five years prior to filing.

A search for Austin Hills on the California State Bar Attorney website garnered no results.

The 42-year-old is registered as a Libertarian, according to public voter information. And this doesn’t appear to be the first time he has attempted to run for public office: according to his Facebook posts, he registered to be an Independent write-in candidate for the 2016 presidential election.

What is it with rich white boys and their weird fascination with libertarianism? They read Ayn Rand in their teen years and never grow out of it, much like most everyone else who develops critical reasoning skills in high school.

I wonder if he was dropped on his head as a child.

Anyway, young Austin is apparently a real doozy.

As a loony rich libertarian he will no doubt find fertile ground for his ideas (and money) in today’s Republican Party. We’ll definitely be hearing more from him.

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His family seems like a bunch of real winners. When Austin Sr. got married in 2010 in Napa Valley it was a Bollywood-themed wedding (see pic below).

Ah, the casual racism of the leisure class.

Coffee heir Austin Hills The Younger (right).
Austin Hills Sr. (left) his blushing bride and an artist friend at their Bollywood-themed wedding featured prominently in San Francisco’s society pages.

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