Political Notebook


County sheriff candidate Joe Cortez is holding a fundraiser from 2 to 5 p.m. today at the Oceano/Five Cities Elks Lodge, 410 Airport Drive in Oceano. Tickets are $50. There will be music and food.

Cortez, a former Pismo Beach police chief, is an Air Force veteran with 35 years in law enforcement. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy with a degree in criminal justice.

To RSVP, call Jennifer Poelking at 801-2508 or visit www.CortezForSheriff.com.

Cortez is running against retired CHP Sgt. Michael “Tex” Teixeira, sheriff’s Deputy Mark J. Adams, sheriff’s Cmdr. Ben Hall, and Ian Parkinson, a San Luis Obispo Police Department captain.

— Bob Cuddy

Paso Robles

State Assembly candidates Katcho Achadjian, Matt Kokkonen, Fred Strong and Etta Waterfield are scheduled to speak at the Paso Robles Republican Women Federated monthly luncheon Monday.

The group’s board meeting for members is set for 10:30 a.m., followed by a social gathering at 11:30 a.m. at the Paso Robles Golf Club, 1600 Country Club Drive.

Lunch and a question-and-answer talk with the speakers is to follow at 11:45 a.m.

Lunch is $15. Reservations are required. Contact Shirley Butler at pasoshirleyb@gmail.com or 674-5715.

— Tonya Strickland

South County

County Board of Supervisors candidate Mike Zimmerman has picked up the endorsement of North County congressional Rep. Kevin McCarthy in his bid to succeed Katcho Achadjian in the 4th District.

The district includes Arroyo Grande, Oceano and Nipomo and stretches north through Edna Valley into southeastern San Luis Obispo.

“Mike Zimmerman stands out as a principled common-sense conservative that will apply conservative principles to solving the challenges that face San Luis Obispo County,” according to McCarthy, R-Bakersfield. “I ... look forward to working with him to grow our local economy.”

Zimmerman’s opponents are Arroyo Grande City Councilman Jim Guthrie and Paul Teixeira, a member of both the county parks commission and the Lucia Mar school board.Achadjian is leaving the post after 12 years to run for state Assembly.

— Bob Cuddy

San Luis Obispo

ECOSLO, the Environmental Center of San Luis Obispo County, is hosting a forum for candidates running to represent the South County and North Coast on the county Board of Supervisors.

The forum will be at 7 p.m. April 28 at the Ludwick Community Center, 864 Santa Rosa St., San Luis Obispo. Candidates will be asked to speak about countywide environmental issues, as well as issues that are more narrowly focused on the districts in which they are running.

In the 4th District — which includes Arroyo Grande, Oceano and Nipomo, stretching north through Edna Valley into southeastern San Luis Obispo — the candidates are Arroyo Grande attorney Mike Zimmerman; Paul Teixeira, a member of the county Parks and Recreation Commission and the Lucia Mar school board; and Jim Guthrie, an Arroyo Grande city councilman and general manager of the Spyglass Inn.

In the 2nd District — which stretches northward from Los Osos to the Monterey County line to include Morro Bay and Cambria, as well as western San Luis Obispo — incumbent Bruce Gibson is running against Marshall Ochylski, a San Luis Obispo attorney who also is a member of the Los Osos Community Services District board.

Tribune columnist Bill Morem will moderate the forum, which is free and open to the public.

For information, call ECOSLO at 544-1777.

— Bob Cuddy