SLO County Roundup

Grover Beach

In order to become competitive with Republicans on the Central Coast, Democrats must conduct an all-out voter registration drive, according to the January speaker at the South County Democratic Club.

Laurence Houlgate will speak about the voter registration effort at the club’s meeting today, scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Grover Beach Community Center, 12th Street and Trouville Avenue.

According to Houlgate, the registration effort is the only way for a Democrat to win the 33rd Assembly District seat at the next election.

Houlgate, a Democrat, has run twice for the job and lost.

Republican Katcho Achadjian was elected in November, easily defeating Santa Maria City Councilwoman Hilda Zacarias, a Democrat. Achadjian succeeds Republican Sam Blakeslee, who held the 33rd District seat for three terms.

Houlgate’s teaching and research specialties are in ethics, political philosophy and philosophy of law. He was co-chair of the San Luis Obispo County Democratic Central Committee.

Guests are welcome at the meeting, which begins with a social hour at 6:30 p.m. Coffee and desserts will be served.

— Bob Cuddy


The public has until 5 p.m. Friday to submit applications for two seats on the Atascadero Planning Commission and two seats on the Parks and Recreation Commission. Interested candidates must be Atascadero residents and registered voters to qualify, according to the city.

The seven-member commissions are appointed by the City Council. The Planning Commission reviews land use planning and development issues, while the Parks & Recreation Commission works on projects to improve the community’s quality of life through parks and recreation activities.

The current vacancies on both commissions are for two-year terms.

Those interested in applying can get an application from the City Clerk’s Web page at www.atascadero.org; in person at City Hall, 6907 El Camino Real; or by calling the City Clerk’s office at 470-3400.

Public interviews are scheduled for Jan. 14. A time is not yet set. For more information, call 470-3400.

— Tonya Strickland