Arnold’s attorney accuses city council of retaliation

April 14, 2010

Saying “it’s time to take the gloves off,” the attorney for Arroyo Grande city councilman Ed Arnold held a press conference Wednesday morning to reaffirm his client’s innocence and accuse other council members of “retaliation.”

Ilan Funke-Bilu told reporters that he believes the Arroyo Grande City Council wants Arnold removed because he refused to support the recently proposed Centennial Square Project.

“They are using this as an opportunity,” Funke-Bilu said. “It is politically motivated. What the council has done is B.S.” When asked if he expects Arnold to be removed from the council, Funke-Bilu replied, “Over my dead body.”

Funke-Bilu also announced that he will accompany Arnold to the next Arroyo Grande City Council meeting and address the council directly.

Meanwhile, in a brief court appearance, Arnold pleaded not guilty to new charges of alleged child pornography.

The second term Arroyo Grande councilman already faces five charges stemming from an incident last December involving a female Arroyo Grande city employee.  He has pled not guilty to the original counts. Two more charges, both related to allegations of child pornography, have been added by prosecutors.

A preliminary hearing for Arnold has been scheduled for Wed. May 5, at 8:30 a.m.



  1. willie says:

    Moreso, this man better seek psychological or psychiatric help now, he is at maximum strain now!

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  2. cheseburger says:

    This relationship that Arnold and the city counsel have, it should be dissolved like an undisputed divorce, this thing to me seems like an ugly divorce, where the lawyers keep fighting in court until all,(both clients) money is gone, when the bank is empty, then the lawyers settle and have a few at McCarthey’s bar. Maybe in this case, especially after allegedly video taping a foreign exchange student in the shower, he should just give up the house, cars, bank accounts and beg for mercy.

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  3. Cindy says:

    I hear that Karen will be on Dave Congalton today KVEC 9:20AM to discuss the Tom Bordonaro debauchery. I don’t know if Tom is going to join in or if he will ask for his own time later.

    (-2) 8 Total Votes - 3 up - 5 down
  4. Robert1 says:

    Funke has a reputation with the criminals in this county,his reputation in the legal field is not one a normal person would want.He always grandstands,throws as mush BS in the air as he can and attempts to confuse the situation.
    After suing one of his clients and after two years of litigation,the accused was put in jail and restitution was awarded to us.His attempt then as now is to make them criminal look like a victim,and he will do anything to get his client off,lie,mislead,even accuse the innocent.
    After working in the legal business in SLO for 8 years you learn who is and is not a good atty. ,and my experience leads me to the opinion that he is not.

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    • JurisDoctor78 says:

      I second that. I’ve had to clean up his messes for several of his disappointed clients over the years. Ilan has a way of pumping himself up to his clients and to everyone else. His colleagues aren’t fooled by his puffery, though. We can easily see that there sometimes isn’t a lot of substance behind his services.

      But he sure knows how to market himself well. Calling a press conference and acting outraged sure helps Ilan’s business, but did anyone notice that he didn’t say anything during that press conference that could have realistically help his client? All he did was show Joe Simpleton that he’s a lawyer who will yell and cuss and bang his hand on the table (and attempt outrageous defenses). Trouble is, the courtroom is, perhaps, the only place in the world where yelling, cussing, and banging your hand on the table will get you nowhere but held in contempt.

      And all this yelling and fist pounding will cost you a much higher than average retainer fee.

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