San Luis Obispo County
San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Jim Patterson has endorsed Ian Parkinson for county sheriff.
Parkinson, a San Luis Obispo police captain, will face Joe Cortez, a retired Pismo Beach police chief, in the Nov. 2 election. Current Sheriff Pat Hedges is retiring after 12 years with the department.
Parkinson has earned endorsements from three of the five county supervisors. Supervisors Adam Hill and Frank Mecham endorsed Parkinson earlier in the campaign.
“We know the importance of the relationship between the Board of Supervisors and the Sheriff’s Department, and we agree that Ian Parkinson is best suited to create the kind of constructive and trustful relationship that will serve all our county’s citizens well,” Patterson said in a news release.
“As a supervisor with a large constituency living in the rural parts of the county, public safety is a huge concern,” he said. “Ian plans to implement programs that will improve law enforcement coverage in the rural areas without significantly increasing the department’s budget.”
— Cynthia Lambert
The League of Women Voters of San Luis Obispo County has produced a two-part special edition of its cable television show “SLO Democracy,” presenting a nonpartisan panel discussion of the pros and cons of the nine propositions on the Nov. 2 ballot.
The two half-hour television segments will be carried on cable channels 2 and 21. Part one of the program focuses on propositions 19, 20, 22, 23 and 27; part two will dissect propositions 21, 24, 25 and 26.
The discussion panel features Trudy Jarratt, first vice president of the League of Women Voters of California; Sara Horne, immediate vice president of the local league; and Boyd Horne and Janet Kourakis, local league members. Adele Stern, past president of the local league, will moderate.
Through the election, the show can be viewed on an ongoing basis on countywide government access television Charter Channel 21. The schedule is updated daily at www.SLOSPAN.org.
In addition, throughout September, the program will be broadcast on public access Charter Channel 2. Part one can be seen on Mondays at 9:30 p.m.; part two on Saturdays at 9:30 p.m.
Starting in October, DVDs of the show will also be available through community libraries.
The league’s television show and its moderation of forums are nonpartisan. The goal is to provide information about contests and propositions appearing on local ballots that will help voters make informed decisions.
For more information, call 782-4040 or visit the league’s website at www.LWVSLO.org.
— Bob Cuddy
The Arroyo Grande Chamber of Commerce will host a candidate forum for the six residents running for mayor and council seats.
The forum will be Sept. 30 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the South County Regional Center, 800 W. Branch St. in Arroyo Grande.
Mayor Tony Ferrara is running for re-election and is challenged by Tim Moore; council candidates are current Councilman Joe Costello, Planning Commissioner Tim Brown, Parks and Recreation Commissioner Shannon Kessler and resident Heidi Laurenzano.
Audience members will be able to submit questions to the candidates.
For more information contact the chamber at 489-1488.
— Cynthia Lambert