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Assembly candidate Hilda Zacarias said this week that she opposes Proposition 23 on the November ballot, saying it is designed to weaken the state’s 2006 anti-global warming law.

In opposing the proposition, Zacarias joins PG&E and environmental groups, who say Proposition 23 would hurt the state’s efforts to develop clean energy.

“Our economic future depends on transforming the polluting economy into a green economy, but Proposition 23 takes us back to the days following the oil companies’ lead. That’s outdated thinking and the wrong approach in today’s economy,” Zacarias said.

She quoted the state legislative analyst as saying the proposition could “dampen additional investments in clean energy technologies or in so-called ‘green jobs’ by private firms, thereby resulting in less economic activity.”

Zacarias called for more investment in fuel cells, wind technology, energy storage and other elements of what she called “the next great job-producing global industry.”

Zacarias made her comments at a “Building Green Workforce Partnership” conference at Cuesta College.

The workshop grew out of California’s 2006 law — AB 32 — that set limits on greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles, oil refineries and other industries. It will likely require that a third of California’s electricity come from renewable sources by 2020, up from about 15 percent today.

Zacarias, a Santa Maria Democrat, city councilwoman and accountant, is running to replace Sam Blakeslee in the 33rd Assembly District. She is opposed by San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Katcho Achadjian, a Republican.

Libertarian Paul Polson is also on the ballot.

— Bob Cuddy

SLO County

Four former San Luis Obispo County supervisors have endorsed Hilda Zacarias in her campaign for state Assembly in the 33rd District.

Shirley Bianchi, David Blakely, Evelyn Delaney and Bud Laurent are backing Zacarias, an accountant and Santa Maria city councilwoman.

The Democrat is running against San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Katcho Achadjian, a Republican who is leaving the board after three terms to run for Assembly.

— Bob Cuddy

Los Osos

Joe Sparks, director of the Los Osos Community Services District, has announced that he will not run for re-election.

Sparks is one of three CSD board members whose terms expire at the end of the year. Terms on the board last four years.

The deadline to file candidate papers for the election is Aug. 6.

“I would encourage all interested individuals to contact the San Luis Obispo County clerk for filing and candidate information at their earliest opportunity,” Sparks said.

— David Sneed

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