May 20, 2013 6:13 PM by Keli Moore, KSBY News

Meet the candidates: SLO looks to fill open seat on city council

Ballots for the San Luis Obispo City Council Special Election were mailed out Monday and are due by Tuesday, June 18th.

The three people vying for the empty city council seat are Carlyn Christianson, Paul Brown and Donald Hedrick. Brown is a police officer in Guadalupe, Christianson is a planning commissioner for San Luis Obispo County and Hedrick is a former mayoral candidate.

KSBY asked each candidate how they would tackle the homeless situation in San Luis Obispo.

"I think we need to get the County Courts more involved, because right now they are not processing a lot the tickets that are written. And also find space in the county jail, so when someone needs to get booked for a crime that we need to deal with that," said Paul Brown, city council candidate.

"We need to develop housing, we need to build a homeless shelter, our current one is inadequate and it is falling apart. We need to take some action, I think the community as a whole wants this," said Carlyn Christianson Candidate, city council candidate.

"The housing we have is unhealthy and it would be much safer to distribute the homeless sheltering to various smaller units. Perhaps under-utilized commercial spaces," said Donald Hedrick, city council candidate.

The seat was vacated by Andrew Carter, who left for a job with the city of Guadalupe earlier this year.

Ballots can be sent in by mail, or turned into the city clerk's office at City Hall, 990 Palm Street.

For more information about Carlyn Christianson, click here.

For more information about Paul Brown, click here.

Donald Hedrick does not have a website.



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