Political Notebook

SLO County

Congressman Kevin McCarthy talks about driving his kids to school, giving tours of the Capitol building and the business he started at age 19 — a sandwich shop called Kevin O’s — in the November issue of Esquire magazine.

McCarthy, who represents the 22nd District, including parts of Kern, Los Angeles and San Luis Obispo counties, was interviewed as part of the magazine’s “What I’ve Learned” series — a regular feature offering life lessons from actors, athletes, politicians and others.

In the article, the Republican congressman discusses the economy, immigration and the state election system, as well as some lighter subjects.

“I never thought I’d go into politics,” McCarthy tells Esquire. “No teacher I had would ever believe where I am today. I still wonder what I’m going to do for a living.”

Now on newsstands, the November issue also features a guide to the nation’s best restaurants and an interview with the magazine’s “Sexiest Woman Alive,” actress Minka Kelly.

To read more of McCarthy’s Esquire interview, visit http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/congressman-kevin-mccarthy-interview-1110.

— Sarah Linn

Paso Robles

Several city and county leaders have endorsed Paso Robles Mayor Duane Picanco in his run for re-election, according to his supporters.

They are: Paso Robles City Councilmen Nick Gilman, John Hamon and Ed Steinbeck; Paso Robles Planning Commissioners Vince Vanderlip, Al Garcia, Steve Gregory and Chuck Treatch; and County Planning Commissioner Bruce White.

— Tonya Strickland


The Templeton Eagles-Parent Endorsed group has endorsed Templeton Unified School District school board candidates Nelson Yamagata and Lisa Hammond.

The group, made up of Templeton parents and community members, first asked the candidates to submit a brief rèsumè and answer questions about their abilities regarding the position.

In polling the group, Yamagata and Hammond received the most votes.

The group formed in the spring specifically to recruit and support two candidates for the Templeton school board in the Nov. 2 election.

— Tonya Strickland