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Carpinteria City Councilman Facing New Push For Resignation In Wake OF DUI Charge

Posted on Monday, January 23, 2012 7:55am

The repercussions continue for a local city councilman facing DUI charges for a second time.

Carpinteria City Councilman Joe Armendariz has rejected some calls from the community, and colleagues for him to resign.

Tonight, the council is expected to discuss a series of proposed action which include censuring him, removing him from his committee assignments, limiting his ability to represent the city at functions, and ultimately asking him to resign.

The council doesn’t have the legal ability to remove him from office.

It could be done in a recall election, but it’s unclear if there’s enough community support to go to the trouble, and expense of doing that because he only has several months left in his term.  The process to get the issue on the ballot would take more than three months.He has said he won’t seek re-election when his four year term ends this year.

Armendariz has admitted that he’s struggled with alcohol over the years.

The charge he’s facing from his December DUI arrest following a crash which sent him to the hospital with a neck injury is still pending.

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