Political Notebook

San Luis Obispo

Betty Yee, a member of the state Board of Equalization, will speak at a brown-bag lunch meeting of Democratic Women United on Friday.

The meeting will take place from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at county Democratic headquarters, 1406 Broad St., in San Luis Obispo. Refreshments will be provided.

— Bob Cuddy

San Luis Obispo

The four Republican candidates seeking to replace Sam Blakeslee in the state Assembly will speak at a free forum May 28 at the San Luis Obispo Country Club, 255 Country Club Drive in San Luis Obispo.

Check-in is at 5:30 p.m. and the event, called a Freedom Forum, will last until 7 p.m. There will be a no-host bar.

The League of Women Voters will conduct and moderate the event, and those present may submit questions for the candidates.

Blakeslee cannot run again for Assembly because of term limits. He is instead seeking the state Senate seat vacated by Abel Maldonado last month when Maldonado became lieutenant governor.

Six candidates are running for the Assembly seat, including the four Republicans who will be present at the forum.

They are San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Katcho Achadjian, San Luis Obispo financial analyst Matt Kokkonen, Paso Robles City Councilman Fred Strong, and former Santa Maria Planning Commissioner Etta Waterfield.

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

Libertarian Paul Polson, an Arroyo Grande carpenter, also is on the ballot.

— Bob Cuddy

Cal Poly

The Cal Poly College Republicans have endorsed county Supervisor Katcho Achadjian in the race to represent the county in the state Assembly.

“Katcho has conservative values and positions that are in line with the political beliefs of our members, as well as having an invested interest in the student populations of Cal Poly and Cuesta,” said Eric Blank, president of the Cal Poly Republicans.

Blank said Achadjian “plac(ed) emphasis on spending tax dollars in classrooms instead of Sacramento offices.” That, he said, “will enable the next generation of wage earners to be productive and ready to take on the new jobs that will be created from business-friendly policies.”

Club members interviewed several candidates before making their choice.

Achadjian is seeking to replace Sam Blakeslee in the Assembly. Blakeslee, finishing his third term, cannot run again because of term limits and is running for state Senate.

Other Republican candidates in the race are Paso Robles City Councilman Fred Strong, former Santa Maria Planning Commissioner Etta Waterfield and San Luis Obispo financial planner Matt Kokkonen.

Santa Maria City Councilwoman Hilda Zacarias is the lone Democrat in the race. Paul Polson of Arroyo Grand is the Libertarian candidate.

— Bob Cuddy

North Coast

Rep. Lois Capps, D-Santa Barbara, has endorsed county Supervisor Bruce Gibson in his bid for re-election to represent the North Coast.

“Bruce is the kind of representative we need for this special coastal district,” Capps said. “He has worked hard to protect our precious coastal resources and the character of these unique communities.”

Gibson is seeking his second term representing the North Coast District, which includes the city of Morro Bay, a corner of San Luis Obispo and the communities of Cayucos, Cambria and Los Osos.

Gibson in turn praised Capps for “her support on a number of important projects in the district, especially the sewer project in Los Osos.”

Gibson is running against Marshall Ochylski, a San Luis Obispo attorney who serves on the Los Osos Community Services District board.

— Bob Cuddy