Say yes to pride in Arroyo Grande and no to Caren Ray

November 3, 2016

caren-rayOPINION by LINDA KEATING

This year, the city of Arroyo Grande was awarded the SLO New Times “best controversy or scandal of the year” for the cover up of the city manager’s after hours’ tryst. This scandal was preceded by many others. Councilman Ed Arnold pleaded no contest to felony counts of residential burglary and possession of child pornography. The Citizen of the Year, Lenny Jones, was charged in a child molestation case.

How does all this happen in the Mayberry-like city of Arroyo Grande? The answer, a few corrupt, self-serving politicians hijacked city government and tied the hands of the law enforcement departments. The ousting of the mayor took care of some issues but some of the old guard remained and some are hoping to return in the upcoming election.

The citizens of Arroyo Grande must continue to say no to the candidates who took away the pride. The top of the no list is Caren Ray.

Below is a summary of the issues. Backup documentation and videos can be found posted at www.carenray.net. Read, watch and judge for yourself.

Scandal

Caren’s association with the SLO Hash House Harriers has been questioned in the past. While Caren’s personal time is her own business, there are some professions that common sense dictates a higher standard – teacher, city official to name a few.

If she wants to participate in functions where lewd behavior is the norm and publicized, then she should choose a profession that is consistent with that behavior. Watch the video and decide for yourself.

Corruption

Per published documents, Caren has received significant funding from local developers. One of her backers is involved with the pending Cherry Lane development of 66 homes and a hotel.

Not only has Caren received funds, her live-in boyfriend was instrumental in the design and even presented of the project to the Planning Commission. If elected, Caren could be voting on this project.

While these are but a few examples, they are only the tip of a very large iceberg.

Self-Serving

Caren claims in her campaign statements that she wants to preserve the historic character of the Arroyo Grande Village. This year Caren added a structure to her historic 1894 house.

Starting at the federal level, there are guidelines for making modifications to historic buildings. The AG Historical Review Committee made several suggestions and conditions to bring Caren’s proposed addition into conformance.

Somehow, Caren found a way around their conditions and suggestions. While each structure would be fine standing alone, attached to a 1894 home it doesn’t work. It’s like pairing a black tux, brown shoes and white socks.

But in this case, the once proud 122-year-old house is damaged forever. The address is 756 Myrtle Street – judge for yourself.

Laws are for others not Caren

Living in close proximity to Caren, I have personally observed her basic disrespect for community laws –they are for everyone except her. For example, she complained often and loudly when the contractor working across the street started too early, made too much noise, worked on the weekends.

For her project, all was ignored. They worked into the night, on weekends and started before dawn.

Additionally, she allowed her contractors to violate standard building regulations. The construction left Caren without on-site parking. Her remedy was to use the street to store as many as four trucks and two cars.

When she was cited by neighbor services for leaving the trucks parked for more than 72 hours, Caren retaliated and moved them in front of neighbors’ homes to block their front access.

Her explanation to the neighbors, “Perhaps the complaint was a bit short sighted and didn’t think through getting code enforcement involved.”

So, instead of working with the neighbors she was inconveniencing, she turned the tables and told them if they didn’t like what she did it was too bad “that’s life.” The complete email exchange that exposes Caren’s “real” personality and attitude towards her community is provided below. Again, you be the judge.

Bring back AG’s pride –  we don’t need any more awards for scandals.

 

Email exchange:

1.     On Jun 17, 2016, at 6:10 AM, Linda Keating <lkeating@jltechnical.com> wrote:

There are a couple of issues that I would hope you will address.

 

Parking…

You now have 6 vehicles parked on the street.  While you have a right to use the city street, the city does have restrictions about how long these vehicles can remain parked – it’s 72 hours.  Our CC&Rs have additional restrictions which prohibit it completely.  When your vehicles are parked in front of other people homes, it makes it extremely inconvenient for UPS, USPS and other services to access those homes.  For example, my gardener comes today and he will have no convenient place to park to unload his equipment.  While there are still vacant lots in the development, I would suggest that you use these to park in front of.

 

Dust…

Your contractors are still using the vacant lot next to you.  Because the surface has been made unstable, the afternoon winds generate visible dust clouds.  I would really like to have my windows cleaned but it would be pointless with the amount of dust being generated by what’s happened to the lot.  I have attached a state document describing  the proper construction and maintenance of  a stabilized construction entrance and why it’s important.  If this continues, I have no other choice than to ask the City Building Dept. to intervene.  And, I understand that because the state is involved the fines can be stiff.  Possibly, a solution would be park one of your six vehicles to block the driveway entrance to the vacant lot.

 

I’m aware that a construction project while living on premises is difficult but I would hope that you would consider things like the poor UPS driver who must lug a box marked heavy an extra 30 ‘ because you have vehicles blocking his delivery address.

 

Thanks for your consideration.

 

Linda Keating

 

2.     From: Caren Ray [mailto:carenray@sbcglobal.net]
Sent: Friday, June 17, 2016 7:58 AM
To: Linda Keating <lkeating@jltechnical.com>
Subject: Re: a couple of issues

 

Linda-

 

Clearly we are addressing the vehicle issue as directly as we can- by building a garage and extra parking.  Obviously when the accessory structures were torn down to make this development, that caused a significant issue for this house that we are investing heavily to rectify.

 

We did consider all of the aforementioned  things with regard to parking. As our college age son is home for the summer, plus our almost-sixteen-year-old ready to drive, we have more here than in the past. That’s just life.

 

We kept all vehicles on our side of the street, in front of the clear lot and our home, certainly the most considerate placement as we are unable to park on our lot due to construction. Now that there has been a complaint about them, we must move them in an obvious manner.  Perhaps the complaintant was a bit short sighted and didn’t think through the consequences of getting code enforcement involved.

 

We appreciate your patience as we are moving through construction as quickly as possible.

 

Caren and Randy

3.    On Jun 17, 2016, at 12:30 PM, Linda Keating <lkeating@jltechnical.com> wrote:

I now understand what you meant by getting Code Enforcement involved.  I spoke with the Neighbor Service officer as he drove through a bit ago.  I was not the one who filed the complaint.  The officer explained that the vehicles need to be moved at least 500 feet.  Since yours just moved across the street,  Neighborhood Services is now watching the trucks you have parked in front of my house.

 

I have a carpet cleaner arriving on Tuesday.  He will need access through the front of my house.  With your trucks parked there, that can’t happen.  So, I would hope you have the common courtesy to put the trucks in a position where it doesn’t interfere with the access to my house – or any else’s.  It may mean that you need to walk a bit further – but hopefully it will be resolved.

 

Linda Keating

 

Between e-mails 3 and 4, Caren’s son apparently used one of the trucks and when I saw him returning it, I approached him and asked that he park it in front of his own property.

4.     From: Caren Ray [mailto:carenray@sbcglobal.net]
Sent: Friday, June 17, 2016 2:53 PM
To: Linda Keating <lkeating@jltechnical.com>
Subject: Re: a couple of issues

 

And I hope you would have the common courtesy to apologize for your tone with my son. Your behavior was totally inappropriate, and as you can see, he has been taught not to back down to bullies. You lacking information is no excuse for treating him in the manner you did, with the tone you did.

 

I sincerely hope I never hear about behavior like that again.

 

I am quite sure that if you had approached him with common courtesy, he would have been glad to oblige you. As it stands, again, he is awaiting your apology.

 

“More flies with honey, not vinegar.”

 

Caren
5.  On Jun 17, 2016, at 3:59 PM, Linda Keating <lkeating@jltechnical.com> wrote:

I thought I asked your son politely not to park in front of my house and gave him a valid reason — the gardener was scheduled.   Did the gardener arrive – yes.   I also asked why he couldn’t park in front of his own property.  I was called rude for asking the question.

 

So, if this is considered a bully  and it has offended him, then I’m sorry.   Possibly, I’m owed an apology for having the access to the front of my house blocked.  Same holds true for some of the other neighbors.

 

Sometimes everything our off springs tell us isn’t exactly as it happened.

 

Linda

7.  From: Caren Ray [mailto:carenray@sbcglobal.net]
Sent: Friday, June 17, 2016 4:48 PM
To: Linda Keating <lkeating@jltechnical.com>
Subject: Re: a couple of issues

 

His perception of what happened is clearly different than yours.

 

Your passive-aggressive actions are well known in this neighborhood, and I won’t for a minute question the story my son gave me. It fits.

 

If you wish to have the benefit of the doubt, then of course you need to act in a manner that is deserving. How you have behaved and spoken to me via email, as though you understand all circumstances and codes and could not possibly be questioned (or lord have mercy, be wrong), is in no way demonstrating understanding, common courtesy, or “neighborly” behavior.  You just hide behind your computer screen and spit venom, trying to cyber-bully everyone to fit your viewpoint.  The story I received is consistent with your well documented attitude.

 

Saying sorry to me is meaningless. The apology is owed to him directly.

 

How you are perceived by others is not the responsibility of the recipient. It is yours alone. If it was received wrong, it’s up to you to make it right.

 

I know my son. If he is approached with “common courtesy”, I am quite sure you both will come to an understanding and everyone will be happy.

 

As you can see, our family does not respond to bullying, either in person or in cyberspace. Change your manner, approach, and tone, and you will find us quite cooperative.

 

You choose how this plays out.

 

8.  On Jun 17, 2016, at 6:33 PM, Linda Keating <lkeating@jltechnical.com> wrote:

Obviously we are at two very different points that will never come together.

 

When you purchased your property you agreed to a legal document called Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions for Cherry Creek.  This document was recorded with your deed.  You have consistently disregarded many of the conditions in this documents starting with leaving trash cans exposed, unkempt landscaping, not completing your rear yard with 1 year after purchase, construction noise to name a few.  Now, you’ve extended it to parking.

 

Please understand that my actions, to date, have been guided by my attorney.  Because I have other properties, I am fortunate to have a Real Estate attorney on retainer.  So, here are my options.   If you don’t have the vehicles moved to a suitable location where they are not inconveniencing any other property owner,  I first send a demand letter to the HOA board.  Should the board choose not to act appropriately, I then get a court order that forces the Board to enforce the CC&Rs.   Which, according to my attorney, is a very simple procedure.

 

Please refer to section 4.11.e  Parking Rules and Enforcement

In order to prevent or eliminate parking problems within the Development, or to further define and enforce the restrictions contained in this Section, the Board shall have the authority to adopt further reasonable rules and restrictions regarding vehicles and parking within the Development as the Board may deem prudent and appropriate.  The Board shall also have the power to impose sanctions for violations of provisions of the Governing Documents relating to vehicles and parking  Such authority and power shall include, without limitation:

(I)                   Towing of Vehicles….

(II)                Parking Fines …..

 

I believe that the neighborhood has made exceptional considerations while you’ve been planning for and constructing your garage.  My concern is that you are building a garage that will house at most 4 vehicles.  You now have 6.  Where do you plan to store the overflow?  If everyone did that, what would the neighborhood look like – a used car lot?  Remember, I was not the one who filed the complaint – I didn’t start this.  But, since you chose to block the access to the front of my house, I will finish it if necessary.

 

If you think this a bully, so be it.  I only expect people to abide by the laws of the area in which they have chosen to live.

 

Linda

 

9.  From: Caren Ray [mailto:carenray@sbcglobal.net]
Sent: Friday, June 17, 2016 6:58 PM
To: Linda Keating <lkeating@jltechnical.com>
Subject: Re: a couple of issues

 

Let’s be clear.

 

The CC&Rs specifically call out the use of garage space, with the intent of keeping garages for cars. To wit:

 

Section 4.11di- “owners and residents shall utilize the residences’ garage as the primary parking space for vehicle parking and shall not utilize any other parking space otherwise permitted in section 4.11 unless the garage is occupied by a parked vehicle.”

 

We have done absolutely nothing that is in violation of the CC&Rs. WE DON’T HAVE A GARAGE. And when our garage is done, we will certainly be parking two cars inside. We may even have room to park in the driveway as well, according to section 4.11dii. It depends on how strictly you read it and the length of the vehicle.

 

We have every legal right to use the streets, and we will, as necessary.

 

As an existing residence, we don’t have the same requirements as new construction.  We are constructing a trash enclosure, and other requirements at this time.  We all look forward to this being done.

 

The fact that you continue to threaten is exactly what I am talking about. You’ve been doing it all day.

 

Regarding the six cars, this problem will resolve itself as the garage becomes available and my son goes back to school. We do not anticipate having a need to park cars on the street after that. We have previously made every effort to have cars not parked in front of houses, and contractors out of the way as well. This was met with complaints about parking on open lots and extended street parking. We are now forced to park our vehicles, and/or our contractors’ vehicles in other areas, including yours. Perhaps you should find out who the complainers are and explain the problem the complaint has caused you.

 

We do have concern about your willful disregard for the laws when your contractors choose to park in front of the fire hydrant. (See? There’s always more to the story.)

 

Did it ever occur to you to try this?

“Hey, Caren, I know you’re doing your best but I have some workers coming next week.  Could you leave my entrance clear on Tuesday?”

 

Perhaps you can pass my contact information to your attorney. I would be happy to speak with him.

 

Caren


Loading...
CharlesInCharge

I don’t trust anyone who has researched Hash House Harriers and didn’t want to join.


On-on!


Sincerely,


~Sh!t on a Shingle


SLOBodan

None of this surprises me about Caren. She has been in the limelight of politics for many years now,. But when I see her defend her son, saying “he has been taught not to back down to bullies”, I realized just how above the rules she thinks she is.


What 16 year old kid is “bullied” by a older woman? Where is his respect for elders? He does not like her tone, so it is OK for him to pull an attitude on her? Being the sweet heart of Adam Hill and the likes, does not give Caren permission to let her kids be disrespectful.


agag1

I’m sure Ray thinks she’s got this election in the bag.

Fly low under the radar, mail glossy fliers with buzzwords-no substance or solutions.

Have her man Russom defending her 24/7 on Facebook.

Hide the developer money on the contribution forms.

Decline the forums where residents are free to ask questions.

Buy a boat load of signs.


What could go wrong?


Her connection to Adam Hill is well documented.

Her connection to Gary Grossman is documented by bank statements.

Don Stewart (aka sign thief) was in a TV ad for her BOS campaign.

How about those “parties” at Ed Arnold’s house?


Pelican1

When you step into that voting booth and you are all alone to make that critical decision….think

COP-U-LATER and it will become quite clear who NOT to vote for.


justice counts

Clean out CDD Teresa McClish allowing non-permitted to some and not to others, I’m told .


racket

Geeez. Don Henley could write a song about this.


shishkabob141

You just can’t make this stuff up.

These people deserve one another, but the residents of Arroyo Grande deserve better!


Shortly before meeting Ray, Russom went through a divorce. During the end of the marriage, Russom took loans and credit cards out in his then wife’s name swindling her out of almost $100,000 she inherited following the death of her father, according to notarized statements signed by Russom.


“I have forged her name to use her checks and signed for credit cards she knew nothing about,” Russom says in a notarized security document he signed at the time claiming he planned to pay his wife back. “I, Randy Russom, have stolen, cheated and lied to my wife.”


FreeAGCouncil.com

Yikes!

That’s a lot of dope on Ray.

Do we really need all these politicians?


Caren Ray (as seen on TV), always comes off as a know it all.

Her alliances like that of Adam Hill, Richard Waller and Eric Howell is not what Arroyo Grande wants.


Side_Show_Bob

I couldn’t agree more with this message. She’s way to tied up to all that is going wrong in this county and city. She’s in the pockets of some of our biggest slimeballs. I know some of those behind the scenes backers of that slime antd they think she’s just the cat’s meow. She’s a tool.


NO to Caren Ray

NO to Kristen Barneich

NO to Waller for Mayor


Clean the house now before it’s too late.


surferdude

The “civility” campaign is a little Ironic


Belt it out Pelican!