SLO County Roundup

San Luis Obispo

Retired California Highway Patrol Sgt. Michael “Tex” Teixeira plans to kick off his campaign for sheriff at noon Thursday in the lobby of the San Luis Obispo County Government Center with an announcement that he will give a portion of his salary away if elected.

“I’m going to announce I will give 20 percent of my salary to gang diversion,” he said.

Teixeira worked 36 ½ years for the CHP, including 30 years in Los Angeles. Teixeira retired as the sergeant in charge of fixed-wing aircraft out of the patrol’s Paso Robles office.

“In talking to people, I’m hearing more and more that their biggest concern is gang issues,” he said. Noting that he had worked on gang teams with the Los Angeles Police Department, he said the key is to try to keep gangs from getting firmly rooted in the area.

Others running for sheriff include: sheriff’s Deputy Mark J. Adams; former Pismo Beach Police Chief Joe Cortez; entertainment broker Kevin Faircourt; sheriff’s Cmdr. Ben Hall; former county supervisor and San Luis Obispo police Lt. Jerry Lenthall; and San Luis Obispo police Capt. Ian Parkinson.

— Sally Connell

San Luis Obispo

Former Santa Maria City Councilman Marty Mariscal has joined the increasingly crowded Republican primary to succeed Assemblyman Sam Blakeslee in the 33rd District next year.

Mariscal returned from the California Republican convention held in Indian Wells last weekend, where he attended workshops and listened to presentations by statewide candidates.

He serves on multiple statewide boards as an appointee of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, including the California State Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians and the Board of Chiropractic Examiners.

Mariscal joins Santa Maria Planning Commissioner Henrietta “Etta” Waterfield, San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Katcho Achadjian and Paso Robles City Councilman Fred Strong in the GOP primary battle.

Santa Maria City Councilwoman Hilda Zacarias remains the sole Demo-crat to formally announce her candidacy.

— Bob Cuddy

Los Osos

A bone marrow registry drive will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday to seek a match for Darlene Danbom, a 59-year-old mother of two who has been diagnosed with bone marrow cancer.

Danbom is an employee of Wells Fargo Bank in San Luis Obispo. The Be the Match program is sending a crew from Los Angeles to the Red Barn at Los Osos Park, 2180 Palisades Ave. in Los Osos.

Donors must be between the ages of 18 and 60, meet health guidelines and be willing to donate to a patient in need. To join the registry, a nurse will swab the inside of a donor’s cheek.

For details, call Peggy Zatt at 235-8635, 1-800-MARROW-2 or visit www.bethematch.org.

— Julia Hickey

Santa Margarita

The Children’s Health Initiative of San Luis Obispo will host the third annual Champions for Children event, “Sunset at the Ranch III” on Saturday at the Santa Margarita Ranch. The event honors individuals for their outstanding efforts on behalf of local children, and proceeds will provide health coverage for local children.

This year’s award recipients are:

The “Elegant Western” themed event will include a barbecue by the Arroyo Grande Optimist Club and live music by Burning James and the Flames. To purchase tickets, which are $75, call 540-5177 or visit www.slohealthykids.org.

— Julia Hickey