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Arroyo Grande selects planning commissioner to fill vacant council seat

Posted at 11:31 AM, Jan 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-09 14:49:08-05

An Arroyo Grande planning commissioner has been selected to serve on the Arroyo Grande City Council.

In a 4-0 vote, Lan George was appointed to the position during Tuesday night’s Arroyo Grande City Council meeting.

She will fill the seat vacated by Caren Ray, who was sworn in as mayor last month.

George, a digital advertising consultant, podcaster and business coach, says she understands this city and community. “I live, eat, shop, drive, work and play here,” she noted in her application.

As to why she wanted to serve on the city council, George wrote, “There are many reasons. First and foremost, there is a lot of work to be done! Our residents need a representative who is willing to do the work, and do it fairly and in the interest of Arroyo Grande and all who live here. Our population is growing. There is need for responsible housing, continued water conservation and awareness, business development and retention, and infrastructure improvements. Important decisions are Imminent regarding the Brisco Interchange, the Five Cities Fire Authority, and water management. I want to work with our council to make these tough decisions. I want to be an advocate for the public and use my experience and knowledge to serve them to the best of my ability.”

Prior to serving on the planning commission, George served on the architectural review committee from January 2014 to August of that year.

The seat she fills still has two years left remaining in the term.

George was one of five eligible applicants who applied for the position.