Political Notebook

Arroyo Grande

M­ike Zimmerman, a candidate for county supervisor in the South County’s 4th District, will be guest speaker at today’s meeting of the Central Coast California Republican Assembly.

The meeting, free and open to the public, begins at 3 p.m. at CJ’s Café in Arroyo Grande.

Chartered in 1934, the California Republican Assembly is the state’s oldest and largest Republican volunteer organization. President Ronald Reagan called it “the conscience of the Republican Party.”

Zimmerman is running against Arroyo Grande City Councilman Jim Guthrie and Lucia Mar School Board member Paul Teixeira. One of them will replace Katcho Achadjian on the Board of Supervisors. Achadjian, who is completing his third term, is leaving to run for the state Assembly seat being vacated by Sam Blakeslee.

— Bob Cuddy

Pismo Beach

Assembly candidate Etta Waterfield will be guest of honor at a barbecue fundraiser from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. today at 550 Thousand Hills Road, Pismo Beach. The hosts are Allan and Cee Teixeira.

Tickets are $25 at the door. For more information, contact Heather Moreno at 460-9537.

Waterfield, a former Santa Maria planning commissioner, is seeking to replace Sam Blakeslee, who cannot run for Assembly again because of term limits.

Her Republican opponents are San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Katcho Achadjian, San Luis Obispo financial planner Matt Kokkonen and Paso Robles City Councilman Fred Strong.

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

— Bob Cuddy


The March meeting of the Atascadero Democratic Club will feature a presentation by Steve Martin, executive director of the Atascadero Main Street Association.

It’s scheduled for 7 p.m., Thursday at the AARP Building, 7648 Pismo St. The building borders the Pavilion on the Lake parking lot.

Martin will speak about the association and city tourism. The club meets on the third Thursday of the month and has coffee, dessert and discussion. For questions, call 466-5461.

— Tribune staff report

Central Coast

Rep. Lois Capps, D-Santa Barbara, has received praise from the League of Conservation Voters, which gave her a score of 100 percent for her votes protecting the environment.

The league singled out Capps’ votes on passage of the first-ever comprehensive climate change and clean energy legislation, as well as public lands protection and funding for promoting “green” building technologies and clean water programs.

The league “looks forward to working with her to ensure passage of comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation in Congress that brings clean energy jobs to California and reduces our national dependence on foreign oil,” President Gene Karpinski said.

Capps said her Central and South Coast constituents have a strong environmental ethic and we treasure the beauty and economic value of our natural surroundings.”

The league each year issues a “National Environmental Scorecard” highlighting the voting records of members of Congress on key environmental issues. The entire league scorecard can be found at http://lcv.org/scorecard.

— Bob Cuddy