Apr 14, 2010 11:58 AM by Monica Quintero
For months, the Arroyo Grande City Council has refused to speak about Ed Arnold's future on the council. But it was at the top of their agenda Tuesday night in light of new charges against him. The District Attorney's office said it's filing child pornography charges against Arnold. Investigators said Arnold secretly videotaped a teenage girl in the shower. He's scheduled to hear those new charges in court Wednesday. His attorney said Arnold will enter a not guilty plea. All of this started when he was arrested in December accused of beating up a 28-year-old woman.
Councilmember Arnold was a no show at Tuesday's meeting. Despite his absence, Mayor Tony Ferrara had a prepared statement. He said, "The most recent allegations against Councilmember Arnold are extremely serious and troubling." He also asked the council to place on the next meeting's agenda consideration of several items. The mayor said, "One, a letter from the council to Councilmember Arnold asking that he resign his council seat immediately." The second, an outline of the recall process and the third he said, "A process for filling a council vacancy when the need arises. It's clear to me in light of these allegations, Councilmember Arnold is going to need to focus his attention on his personal issues."
Also at the meeting, Arroyo Grande's Police Chief Steven Annibali. He said, "There could be additional information that comes out of it. Right now, we're comfortable that we've completed this phase." The mayor also said it's evident Councilmember Arnold can no longer effectively serve the city of Arroyo Grande. As far as whether Arnold is innocent or guilty, the mayor said that is a separate process that will run its own course in a court of law.
The next city council meeting is slated for April 27th. During public comments, only one person spoke out regarding Arnold. She thanked the council for taking action.
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