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Allen Settle responds to questions of residence

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At the March 18 SLO City Council meeting, former mayor and current council member Allen Settle responded to questions of whether he's living in the city he represents. Settle said that he's been busy lately at his home in Arroyo Grande, preparing for a "very involved and expensive" family wedding.

Responding to questions from Settle's neighbors, New Times recently asked him if he's living in his SLO house. He said that he considers the San Luis Obispo residence to be his official house, but does spend time in an Arroyo Grande home. A SLO-residence neighbor said that Settle doesn't appear to live there regularly. Tenants' vehicles crowd the driveway.

During public comment at the March 18 meeting, one speaker insisted that Settle should resign if he's not living in the city. The speaker called on council members to take action or else resign.

City Attorney Jonathan Lowell said that the formal residency requirements of elected city officials are a gray area of the law. By law, the council would need a majority vote to ask the Attorney General for an investigation into Settle's living situation, before any action could be taken. But, Lowell said, citizens could also request an Attorney General investigation.

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