SLO council considering grant money for CAPSLO
February 5, 2013
The San Luis Obispo City Council will consider giving more than $200,000 Tuesday evening to the Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo.
As part of a yearly Community Development Block Grant, from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the council has $506,588 to disperse. The city Human Relations Commission is recommending that the council give $125,988 of the grant funds to CAPSLO, which has been accused of participating in a program that has resulted in homeless clients’ money being embezzled.
The commission is also recommending that the council give $98,700 in general fund money to CAPSLO since the nonprofit requested more money for the Maxine Lewis Homeless Shelter than HUD guidelines allow the city to disperse.
$50,000 of the grant money would go to CAPSLO’s proposed homeless campus.
The council recently requested that attorneys Stew Jenkins and Saro Rizzo give CAPSLO more than $65,000 of the money awarded to them for their successful lawsuit on behalf of the homeless. Jenkins and Rizzo rejected the offer.
The San Luis Obispo City Council will decide Tuesday evening how to proceed with its process of filling the vacancy created by Councilman Andrew Carter’s announcement of his intent to resign.
The council must appoint a candidate within 30 days of the vacancy or hold an election between 90 and 150 days after Carter steps down. Carter said he plans to vacate his seat on February 20 in order to become the city manager of Guadalupe.
If the council proceeds with the appointment process, candidates will have to submit applications and then will each receive five minutes to state their case before the council at a special meeting. If the council opts for an election or fails to appoint a candidate, it will cost the city about $65,000.
In 2010, the council appointed Dan Carpenter to fill Mayor Jan Marx’s vacant council seat. Carpenter had just finished a close third in the general election for council. In the 2012 election, Jeff Aranguena finished a distant third, followed by Kevin Rice.
Rice has already announced his candidacy for Carter’s seat, and Aranguena is expected to do the same.
The council will meet this evening at 6 p.m.