I am a retired high school administrator, and I am very concerned about the future of public education in our state, from pre-school to graduate school.
I am also a supporter of Hilda Zacarias, who is running for California Assembly District 33 in the November election.
There are many reasons why I support Zacarias, but above all, I support her because she understands the importance of having a public education that is second to none.
We owe it to our state and ourselves to develop well-educated, intelligent, innovative and caring people who will mold the future of our great state.
This used to be the way it was. Zacarias will work hard to get us back to that.
As an accountant, Zacarias will take a businesslike approach to solving our state’s budget crisis while protecting quality education for our most important assets, our children and young adults.
Please join me and many, many others in voting for Hilda Zacarias.
The recent televised forum showcasing Morro Bay mayoral candidates Betty Winholtz and Bill Yates, and moderated by soon-to-be-ex-mayor Jan Peters, should have been a straightforward expression of candidate views on the city of Morro Bay.
The obvious bias shown by Peters against Winholtz was inexcusable. Peters would ask Yates two questions and Winholtz would be cut off, not having time to answer both. What a set-up.
Yates’ answers were vague and unresponsive and Yates concentrated on derogatory references to Winholtz rather than providing answers to the posed questions.
His campaign seems to be more about character assassination than offering any intelligent input. His continued use of the term “do the math” makes one wonder if there’s anybody home upstairs.
The recent heat wave is a reminder that climate change is here, and it will get far worse if we don’t begin to address it now.
I studied climate change in graduate school and I’ve worked on it in my professional career. One thing that has become clear to me is that we need to address it at all levels of government, including the local level.
San Luis Obispo needs a mayor who is knowledgeable and willing to speak up. Jan Marx has shown true leadership around addressing climate change. She also understands that renewable energy and energy efficiency can be part of the solution as well as an avenue for economic development.
Check out her website to see what she says about climate change as well as a host of local issues that the next mayor will be facing. I haven’t seen any other candidates show the depth of experience and outline the issues facing San Luis Obispo as well as Jan Marx.
San Luis Obispo
The two incumbents on the San Luis Coastal school board certainly deserved The Tribune’s recent endorsement (“Re-elect school board incumbents,” Sept. 23). Marilyn Rodger and Kathryn Rogers bring different perspectives to the board, yet they work well together.
As a former school board member who served with both of them, I was impressed by their intelligence, honesty, civility and dedication to public service. Rodger and Rogers are part of an effective team that has led the district through difficult financial times and the transition to a new superintendent.
I agree with The Tribune that both Rogers and Rodger deserve to be returned to the San Luis Coastal school board that has provided a solid foundation for the teachers and staff who do a great job educating public school students in the communities of San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay, Los Osos and Avila Beach.
San Luis Obispo
I support Joe Cortez for San Luis Obispo County sheriff.
It has been 12 years since I have publicly supported a candidate for any office. After carefully evaluating both candidates, I am compelled to do so for the San Luis Obispo County sheriff’s election.
In my community work over the years, I have had the privilege of working with some very fine public servants and some who fell a little short. That experience enables me to quickly assess a candidate running for office. However, it is my nature to research candidates before I make a final decision and I did so in this case. I found the differences between the candidates to be informative.
Cortez has the better experience, leadership skills and education. He has 15 years in top law enforcement positions.
Under his leadership, Pismo Beach gained national law enforcement accreditation, one of only five cities in California to do so. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, is a graduate of the FBI Academy and is certified in Federal Emergency Management Agency incident management. And, he is a man of integrity.
We need a sheriff with Cortez’s experience, leadership skills, education and integrity. That’s why I support Joe Cortez.
A special forum
Elections are just around the corner and we have three local candidates running for the 33rd State Assembly District seat.
Hilda Zacarias, Katcho Achadjian and Paul Polson are our candidates. Zacar-ias and Achadjian are well known in their respective areas, Zacarias as a City Council member in Santa Maria and Achadjian as the 4th District Supervisor for southern San Luis Obispo County.
However, it is critical for everyone to get to know the candidates’ positions not only in general but on specific issues such as affordable housing, mobile home parks, energy conservation, senior programs, educational funding, individuals’ rights and others.
At 10 a.m. Saturday, at the Arroyo Grande High School multipurpose room (adjacent to the Clark Center), a very special forum will be conducted by the League of Women Voters and co-sponsored by the community groups who represent all the very programs mentioned above.
Translation will also be available at this forum by Vision Unida and the Latino Outreach Council, two of the co-sponsoring groups.
Come and hear the candidates answer tough questions. Be informed!