Political Notebook


Assembly candidate Matt Kokkonen has scheduled a “meet and greet” Tuesday in Shandon.

Kokkonen is slated to discuss illegal immigration, cap and trade, the state budget and other issues. The get-together begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Shandon Park clubhouse.

For information call 541-1880 or go to matt@mattforassembly.com.

Kokkonen faces three opponents in the Republican primary June 8: Paso Robles City Councilman Fred Strong, former Santa Maria Planning Commissioner Etta Waterfield and San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Katcho Achadjian.

Santa Maria City Councilwoman Hilda Zacarias is the lone Democrat in the race, and Libertarian Paul Polson of Arroyo Grande also is running.

— Bob Cuddy

SLO County

County Assessor and former Assemblyman Tom Bordonaro has endorsed County Supervisor Katcho Achadjian in his bid to represent the Central Coast in the state Assembly.

Achadjian is running for the Republican nomination in the 33rd Assembly District, which covers San Luis Obispo County and northern Santa Barbara County.

The seat is currently held by Sam Blakeslee, who cannot run again for the Assembly because of term-limit laws. He is seeking the state Senate seat vacated by Abel Maldonado when Maldonado became lieutenant governor last month.

Bordonaro, who held the Assembly seat from 1994 to 1998, said that as county supervisor, Achadjian “brought smaller, more responsible government to San Luis Obispo.”

He added that “as a small businessman, Katcho knows what it takes to create jobs.”

“In the Assembly,” Bordonaro went on, “I know Katcho will protect Proposition 13 and defend the rights of working families like mine. He will fight to lower taxes and reduce the job-killing regulations that hurt our state and the economy.”

— Bob Cuddy

SLO County

Jerry Lenthall, a candidate for sheriff in the June 8 primary, has picked up the endorsement of Laborers’ Local Union 220.

The union represents hod carriers, who assist masons with materials, as well as building and general laborers.

Manuel Monsibais, political chairman for the union, wrote Lenthall that “We appreciate all you have done in past and present years, and we are very much excited to support you throughout this campaign.”

Lenthall is a former sergeant with the San Luis Obispo Police Department, and served on the county Board of Supervisors.

— Bob Cuddy