Political Notebook

Grover Beach

Matt Lombardini will speak about his volunteer work on behalf of a warming shelter and homeless center project at a meeting of the South County Democratic Club Wednesday at the Grover Beach Community Center, 12th Street and Trouville Avenue.

The warming shelter, housed in an Oceano church, accommodates homeless people during inclement weather.

Lombardini is a member of the 5 Cities Homeless Coalition, made up of churches and agencies serving the South County.

The group hopes to establish a one-stop day center to house the South County People’s Kitchen and provide services to the homeless of the Five Cities area.

The Democratic Club meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a social hour. The business session and program will begin at 7 p.m.

— Bob Cuddy

Pismo Beach

Republican Assembly candidate Etta Waterfield will be guest of honor at a Pismo Beach barbecue and fundraiser March 14, sponsored by Allan and Cee Teixeira.

The event will run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 550 Thousand Hills Road. The cost is $20 prepaid and $25 at the door.

For information or to RSVP, call Heather Moreno 460-9537.

— Bob Cuddy


The first Mayor of Atascadero, Bob Wilkins, has endorsed Etta Waterfield in her effort to replace Sam Blakeslee in the state Assembly.

Blakeslee cannot run again because of term limits.

“Etta Waterfield is committed to improving the economy for small business owners like me,” Wilkins said in a news release. “Just as important, she is a good person who understands our community and is committed to protecting our quality of life.”

Wilkins was among the leaders of the effort to incorporate Atascadero during the 1970s, according to the news release from Waterfield, and served as the city’s first mayor in 1979.

Current Atascadero Mayor Roberta Fonzi and Atascadero Councilman Bob Kelley also have endorsed Waterfield.

Other Republican candidates in the 33rd Assembly District include San Luis Obispo County Supervisors Katcho Achadjian, San Luis Obispo financial planner Matt Kokkonen and Paso Robles City Councilman Fred Strong.

Santa Maria City Councilwoman Hilda Zacarias is the sole Democrat in the race.

Waterfield is a former Santa Maria planning commissioner, and served for nearly a decade as coordinator of the Santa Maria Valley Economic Development Commission.

— Bob Cuddy


The Atascadero Democratic Club last week passed a resolution urging withdrawal of U.S. troops and contract security personnel from Afghanistan and supporting rebuilding the country’s infrastructure, “including schools and homes destroyed by our military activities.”

Club members said the American military presence in Afghanistan is causing “death, serious injury, and emotional trauma” to both American troops and Afghanis, and is taking away money that would be more wisely spent to “create jobs, rebuild the economy, reduce the deficit and create health care for all in this country.”

The Atascadero group is asking other Democratic clubs to issue similar resolutions.

For information call the club’s president, Geri Brasher, at geribrasher@gmail.com or 466-5461.

— Bob Cuddy