A Carpinteria City Councilman who rejected calls for his resignation following a DUI arrest has now unexpectedly announced he will leave office October 1st
Joe Armendariz says that he had moved to Northern Santa Barbara County to be closer to family members, and that it would be unethical to stay in office for the last several weeks of his almost completed term.
He was arrested on a DUI charge last year. It was the second time he’s been arrested for that type of offense in five years. He told the media that he had been struggling with alcohol, but was receiving treatment. However, many fellow council members, and community leaders called for him to step down from office, a demand he rejected at the time.
In an e-mail to KCLU, Armendariez noted that what he called some “intervening circumstances” in the last year altered his long term political plans. He says he plans to remain politcally active in the county.
In addition to his council duties, Armendariez has headed the Santa Barbara County Taxpayers Association, and has a PR firm.