Why is Ed Arnold delaying the inevitable?
Surely, now that the Arroyo Grande city councilman has been formally charged with five serious felonies for allegedly attacking a city employee, he will vacate his seat.
If not — and if he continues to stay away from meetings — the City Council should initiate the process of replacing him.
While it ordinarily requires a recall vote to kick an elected official out of office, there is a state law that allows replacement of an official who has too many no-shows.
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Specifically, if a council member fails to attend a regularly scheduled meeting during a 60-day period — and has no valid excuse for the absences — he can be relieved of duties.
As we’ve said before, we believe that Arnold’s guilt or innocence from a legal standpoint is for the court to decide. But the serious nature of these allegations — coupled with his refusal to come forward and tell his side of the story, if there is one — casts so much doubt on his judgment that we don’t believe he is fit to continue to serve.
Arnold last attended a council meeting on Dec. 8. The calendar is running; if he continues the charade of remaining on the council, his colleagues should replace him at their first opportunity.