• Assembly Katch Achadjian, AD-35 – Know Your Government

    220px-Katcho_AchadjianBorn in Lebanon, Katcho Achadjian came to California in 1971 to complete his education and pursue the American Dream. After attending Cuesta Community College, Katcho graduated from Cal Poly with a degree in Business Administration. Upon graduation, it was his passion for the community led him to settle down on the Central Coast. He and his wife Araxie married in 1984, and they have a son, Hratch, and daughter, Nyri.

    A lifelong community volunteer, Katcho has volunteered in support of numerous civic, service, and non-profit organizations. He has served as a Member of the Board of Directors of Arroyo Grande Community Hospital and Chairman of San Luis Obispo’s French Hospital. Since 2008, he has also served as a mentor to college students through the Executive Partners Leadership Council at Cal Poly’s Orfalea College of Business.

    In both his private and public service, Katcho has been a supporter of public safety. He has served as a Charter Board member of the San Luis Obispo Law Enforcement Assistance Foundation since 2002, serving as Secretary of in 2002 and Vice President from 2004 to 2010. He has been a member of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Advisory Council since 1989 serving as its Chairman from 1994 to 1995. Katcho was recognized with the California Attorney General’s Certificate of Appreciation for Support of Law Enforcement in September 2004.

    The recipient of numerous awards and honors, Katcho was named a Cuesta College Distinguished Alumnus in 2007 and he was given the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Community College League of California in 2008. He was also recognized as Arroyo Grande Citizen of the Year in 1984.

    Katcho has been recognized for his work in the community by two separate Governors. In 1992, Governor Pete Wilson appointed Katcho to the state Fair Board to represent our county. Then In 2006, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed him to serve as a member of the Coastal Commission, charged with protecting the beauty of California’s coastline.

    Prior to his election to the Legislature, Katcho served for three terms as an elected member of the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors. Where he was able to work with his colleagues to deliver on time and balanced budgets twelve straight years. Also, they were able to put millions of dollars away in reserve for a rainy day fund.

    Katcho has been a registered Republican since becoming a U.S. citizen. He has an extensive track record of helping and supporting local, state, and federal Republican candidates. In 1991, he was elected to the Central Coast Republican Committee. Katcho was also a proud founding member of the San Luis Lincoln Club.

    He carries with him a distinctive work ethic which has served him throughout his life as a businessman, community volunteer, and legislator. Along with these values, he is always mindful of his Armenian heritage, and enjoys sharing the Armenian culture with others and spreading awareness of its history.

  • Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) – Know Your Government

    LAFCO – Local Agency Formation Commission’s Purpose

    The Cortese-Knox-Hertzberg Act of 2000 calls on the Local Agency Formation Commission to make decisions while balancing the following goals:

    Editor’s Note: Another little known commission directly affecting our community, economy, and freedoms and why it is so important to populate the commission with Conservative principled personnel.

    Encourage Orderly Growth and Development

    LAFCO considers proposals for the formation of new local governmental agencies including Cities and Special Districts.  LAFCO is also responsible for considering annexations and detachments for agencies.  LAFCO also determines the Sphere of Influence, which is a plan for the probable physical boundary of a City or Special District.

    Promoting Efficient Provision of Public Services

    LAFCO reviews proposals based on a variety of factors including:  a plan for services submitted by the agency, resource and infrastructure capacity, and the need for services.

    Preserve Agricultural Land Resources

    LAFCO considers the impact that a proposal may have on existing agricultural lands with focus on prime agricultural lands.  San Luis Obispo LAFCO has adopted specific policies regarding the preservation of agricultural resources.

    Discourage Urban Sprawl

    Urban sprawl can best be described as irregular and disorganized growth occurring without apparent design or plan.  By discouraging sprawl, LAFCO limits the misuse of land resources and promotes a more efficient system of services by local governmental agencies.

    Commissioners

    The Commission is comprised of seven (7) Regular Members (two county, two city, two special district, and one public member), and four (4) Alternate Members (one county, one city, one special district, and one public member), each serving four-year terms. Current members and their term expiration dates are:

    Chairperson, Roberta Fonzi, City Member, City of Atascadero, December 2014
    Vice Chairperson, Tom Murray, Public Member, December 2016
    Muril Clift,Special District Member, Cambria Community Services District, December 2016
    Bruce Gibson, County Board Member, District 2 Supervisor, December 2015
    Frank Mecham, County Board Member, District 1 Supervisor, December 2017
    Duane Picanco, City Member, City of Paso Robles, December 2015
    Marshall Ochylski, Special District Member, December 2014

    Alternate Commissioners

    David Brooks, Public Member, December 2016
    Adam Hill, County Board Member, District 3 Supervisor, December 2015
    Robert Enns, Special District Member, December 2017
    Kris Vardas, City Member, City of Pismo Beach, December 2017