Political Notebook

Grover Beach

A new documentary film featuring man-on-the-street interviews with Afghanis will highlight the Nov. 4 meeting of the South County Democratic Club.

“Rethink Afghanistan” also includes conversations with Afghan elected officials, activists and international relations experts.

The film comes from Robert Greenwald, a Peabody Award-winning producer and director of more than 55 television movies, miniseries and feature films.

Greenwald received the 2002 Producer of the Year Award from the American Film Institute.

“The documentary’s local showing, which is open to the public, will tie in with the discussions our leaders in Washington, D.C., are having about U.S. strategy in Afghanistan,” Frances Conn, club president, said.

“Rethink Afghanistan” is being shown around the country. South County Democrats have moved their regular meeting venue in order to show it.

The meeting will be held at Exploration Station 867 Ramona Ave., in Grover Beach with a social time at 6:30 p.m. The business session and program will start at 7 p.m.

— Bob Cuddy

Paso Robles

Ian Parkinson, a candidate for county sheriff, will hold a $100-a-person fundraiser at the Robert Hall Winery in Paso Robles on Thursday.

The event will feature live music and a steak dinner paired with the winery’s 2006 Rhone de Robles and 2007 Vignier.

The fundraiser, at the winery’s Meritage Room, 3343 Mill Road, runs from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Donations can be made through Parkinson’s Web site — www.Parkinson4Sheriff.com.

Attendees also can RSVP to info@parkinson4sheriff.com and then make contributions at the door.

Parkinson, a San Luis Obispo Police Department captain, is running in a crowded field that includes six other candidates.

Those include former county supervisor and San Luis Obispo police Lt. Jerry Lenthall; retired CHP Sgt. Michael “Tex” Teixeira; sheriff’s Deputy Mark J. Adams; former Pismo Beach police Chief Joe Cortez; entertainment broker Kevin Faircourt; and sheriff’s Cmdr. Ben Hall.

— Bob Cuddy