Political Notebook

San Luis Obispo

A community-based committee has formed to oppose the November citizens initiative that seeks to eliminate a portion of the Prado Road alignment in San Luis Obispo.

Members of the No on Measure H Committee want to prevent the measure from forever blocking the extension of Prado Road to Broad Street.

Three community leaders, John Spatafore, attorney, youth sports association leader, retired school board member and AYSO board member; Stacey White, teacher, architect and environmental leader; and Hillary Trout, CPA, Softec president and CASA president, are leading the committee.

“Measure H is a dead end that will hurt San Luis Obispo,” Spatafore said in a news release. “If it passes, it will cause added traffic congestion, slow police and fire response times, discard years of public input on cross-town circulation, increase traffic through neighborhoods, deter affordable housing and ignore countless environmental studies.”

The No on Measure H Committee can be reached by e-mailing comments@NoOnMeasureH.com or at the website, currently under construction, at www.NoOnMeasure H.com.

— AnnMarie Cornejo


County Democrats, including several who are running for office, will gather at a “Bluer than Blue” barbecue and bluegrass concert from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 14 at the Brody Ranch, 4485 Santa Rosa Creek Road in Cambria.

The Grass Less Traveled will provide music for the event, which the San Luis Obispo County Democratic Party is calling a “chance to have a great time and help make San Luis Obispo Bluer than Blue.”

Among the invited speakers are John Laird, who is running for the 15th District state Senate seat in a special election Aug. 17, and Santa Maria Councilwoman Hilda Zacarias, who is running for the 33rd Assembly District seat in November.

Others are county Supervisor Bruce Gibson, in whose district the event is taking place; San Luis Obispo mayoral candidate Jan Marx; and San Luis Obispo City Councilman John Ashbaugh.

Tickets are $20 each or two for $35. For information, go to www.actblue.com/page/bluerthanblue or visit the Democratic booth at local farmers markets in San Luis Obispo, Los Osos and Cambria, as well as the San Luis Obispo Democratic office, 1406 Broad St., San Luis Obispo.

— Bob Cuddy

North County

Four days before they choose a state senator, undecided voters in North County will have a chance to ask questions of at least three of the four candidates at a debate at the Paso Robles Public Schools board room.

Candidates for county sheriff and state Assembly also will answer questions at the event, which is scheduled for 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday at the school district’s board room, 800 Niblick Road.

Vision Unida and the Latino Outreach Council of San Luis Obispo County are sponsoring the get-together.

The special state Senate election for the 15th District is scheduled for Aug. 17, four days after the Paso Robles event.

Libertarian Mark Hinkle, Democrat John Laird and Independent Jim Fitzgerald have pledged to appear.

A spokesman for Republican Assemblyman Sam Blakeslee told The Tribune in an e-mail Thursday that his appearance at the debate “is contingent upon legislative obligations.”

Blakeslee missed a debate sponsored by the League of Women Voters last month in San Luis Obispo because it was held on a Monday, when Republicans meet to work on solving the state’s budget crisis. He attended a debate Friday night in Arroyo Grande that was organized by COLAB.

The Paso Robles get-together will be the last formal confrontation between candidates in San Luis Obispo County and the only one in the North County.

The candidates for Assembly are Republican Katcho Achadjian, Democrat Hilda Zacarias and Libertarian Paul Polson. They will answer questions from the public, as will sheriff’s candidates Joe Cortez and Ian Parkinson.

The vote in those two races will take place in November.

— Bob Cuddy