Political Notebook

San Luis Obispo

Meg Whitman, a candidate for the Republican nomination for governor in the 2010 election, will speak to the Lincoln Club of San Luis Obispo County on Wednesday.

Whitman, the former CEO of online auction site eBay, will be at Tolosa Winery and Vineyards, 4910 Edna Road in San Luis Obispo.

The event starts with a private reception at 4:30 p.m. and a general reception will follow from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

For information on how to buy tickets, contact the Republican Party of San Luis Obispo County at 541-4010 or visit

The Lincoln Club and the Republican Party of San Luis Obispo County have invited all Republican candidates running for statewide office to visit the Central Coast.

— Bob Cuddy

Santa Maria

Etta Waterfield, a Republican candidate for Assembly in the 33rd District that includes San Luis Obispo County, has named local businesswoman Heather Moreno campaign manager.

Waterfield also has resigned from the Santa Maria Planning Commission and is ending her tenure with the local Chamber of Commerce.

She says she wants to clear her calendar to work on the campaign full-time.

Waterfield is one of four candidates running for the Republican nomination to succeed Assemblyman Sam Blakeslee, R-San Luis Obispo, who cannot run again because of term limits. Blakeslee, the Assembly minority leader, is raising funds for a run at another office, which he has not designated.

Other Republicans in the race are San Luis Obispo County Supervisor and California Coastal Commissioner Katcho Achadjian; Paso Robles City Councilman Fred Strong; and San Luis Obispo financial adviser Matt Kokkonen.

The lone Democrat to announce is Hilda Zacarias, a Santa Maria city councilwoman.

— Bob Cuddy


Atascadero City Councilman Bob Kelley has endorsed Etta Waterfield in the race to succeed Assemblyman Sam Blakeslee in the 33rd District next year.

“There’s no doubt that Etta Waterfield will make good on her pledge to support small businesses and improve California’s business climate,” Kelley wrote in a news release.

“Etta knows first-hand how significant our community businesses are,” he wrote, “and she understands that government regulations and high taxes put small businesses out of business.”

Waterfield, a former Santa Maria Planning Commissioner, was coordinator of the Economic Development Commission for the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce.

She faces strong opposition in the GOP primary.

San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Katcho Achadjian, Paso Robles City Councilman Fred Strong, and San Luis Obispo financial analyst Matt Kokkonen all are in the race.

Santa Maria City Councilwoman Hilda Zacarias is the only Democrat in the race.

Blakeslee, the Assembly minority leader, cannot run for re-election next year because of term limits. He is raising funds for a run at an as yet undesignated higher office, perhaps the state Senate, in 2012.

Kelley is a former Atascadero planning commissioner. Atascadero City Councilwoman Roberta Fonzi also has endorsed Waterfield.

— Bob Cuddy