Freshman state Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian, R-San Luis Obispo, has landed an assignment on the Joint Committee on Fairs, Allocation and Classification, taking the job even as the governor proposes multimillion-dollar cuts in California's fairs budget.
“As a past member and board president of the Mid-State Fair, I know firsthand just how important fairs are to our region and California’s economy as a whole,” said Achadjian, a former San Luis Obispo County supervisor.
“Fairs,” he said, “are not only a $3.2 billion industry that provides jobs for thousands of Californians, but also play an important role in our society.”
“They showcase the best that communities have to offer and highlight the importance of agriculture to our state’s economy and heritage,” he wrote in a news release. “During times of emergency, our fairgrounds are used as staging areas for emergency personnel, command centers and evacuation centers.”
The joint committee, established in 1959, approves or rejects the annual financing plan prepared by the Department of Food and Agriculture’s Fairs and Exposition division, Achadjian wrote.
Additionally, he wrote, the joint committee has the authority to investigate, study, and analyze issues relating to the operation and financing of fairs.
This year the committee will address new financial challenges that fairs will face as a result of Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to eliminate $32 million in general fund support for fairs.
Speaker John A. Pérez appointed Achadjian to the committee.
Achadjian represents all of San Luis Obispo County and part of Santa Barbara County.