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Praising her for excellence “at growing and supporting … grassroots efforts,” the Santa Barbara County Democratic Party has given Assembly candidate Hilda Zacarias the Roosevelt Hamer 2010 Democratic Values Award.

Zacarias, a Cal Poly alumna and Santa Maria city councilwoman, is seeking to succeed Sam Blakeslee in the 33rd Assembly District, which encompasses San Luis Obispo County and northern Santa Barbara County.

The award goes annually to a local elected official “who has excelled at growing and supporting Democratic Party grassroots efforts,” according to Roger Hart of the Santa Maria Democratic Club.

Hart called Zacarias “a Latina and Harvard MBA who … has never forgotten her humble roots. During her tenure on the City Council, not only does she always put people first, but she has shown grace, humility, and has never flinched when fighting injustice.”

Zacarias is the sole Democrat in the race to succeed Blakeslee, who must leave the Assembly at the end of this year because of term limits.

Libertarian Paul Polson of Arroyo Grande also is in the Assembly contest, as are four Republicans: San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Katcho Achadjian; San Luis Obispo financial planner Matt Kokkonen; Paso Robles City Councilman Fred Strong; and former Santa Maria Planning Commissioner Etta Waterfield.

— Bob Cuddy



The California Republican Assembly has endorsed Etta Waterfield to succeed Sam Blakeslee in the 33rd Assembly District.

The assembly is a political organization that holds traditional conservative views. It wants to abolish income taxes in favor of use and sales taxes; is pro-life; supports decentralized government; says Judeo-Christian values are the foundation for morals; and sees the traditional family as the cornerstone of society.

— Tribune staff



Get out the tux and formal gown: Newly confirmed California Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado will be honored with an inauguration in Sacramento on Tuesday.

The Republican from Santa Maria previously represented San Luis Obispo County in the state Senate and, before that, in the Assembly.

He was confirmed last week by the Assembly to the post of lieutenant governor, which was vacated when Democrat John Garamendi was elected to Congress.

The official inaugural ceremony will occur at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday on the east steps of the Capitol. An open house in Maldonado’s office will follow at 2:30 p.m. The inaugural reception will follow at 5:30 p.m. at a location to be announced.

— Tribune staff



Maldonado wasted no time in endorsing Katcho Achadjian in the GOP primary for 33rd Assembly District.

Achadjian, a San Luis Obispo County supervisor who represents the South County and parts of San Luis Obispo, “has the necessary experience and the right values to stop Sacramento’s deficit spending and rebuild the Central Coast’s economy,” Maldonado wrote in a news release.

The endorsement came one day after Maldonado was sworn in as lieutenant governor.

— Bob Cuddy



San Luis Obispo County Clerk-Recorder Julie Rodewald will speak about the June primary election at the South County Democratic Club meeting Wednesday in the Grover Beach Community Center, 12th St. and Trouville Ave.

Rodewald will explain voting procedures, registration deadlines and any new laws affecting the election.

She also will list the various offices being contested and outline the five state measures on the ballot, as well as a city of Arroyo Grande measure to approve the construction of a new police station.

The public meeting will begin with a social hour dessert at 6:30 p.m. The business meeting and program will be at 7 p.m.

— Bob Cuddy



Morro Bay political hopefuls George Leage and William Yates will host a tropical luau from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday at the Harbor Hut restaurant on the Embarcadero.

Leage is running for City Council, and Yates is campaigning for mayor. The event will be an opportunity to meet the candidates and eat roast pig. Hawaiian shirts are encouraged.

— David Sneed

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