Candidate Caren Ray misrepresents the facts, again

October 31, 2018

Councilwoman Caren Ray

OPINION by JULIE TACKER

During a recent interview on the Dave Congalton Show, Arroyo Grande mayoral candidate Caren Ray misrepresented the facts in multiple instances. Several citizens have dispelled Ray’s assertions through their opinion pieces, here’s another:

One of Ray’s fibs surrounds the letter the Mayor Jim Hill wrote asking the Federal Trade Commission to consider Spencer’s Fresh Market for the vacated Albertsons/Haggen space; now occupied by Food4Less. At the time there was no tenant, the city was losing much needed sales tax revenue every month. Spencer’s was the bidder of record at Haggen’s bankruptcy proceedings, had it been another grocer the letter would have been about it. This, in no way was a favor to the Spencer’s; it was a sincere effort to help the city.

Ray told Congalton the mayor, “misused the city stationary and the title.”

Fact: Mayor Hill did not use city stationary, the letter was written on plain white paper.

Fact: Jim Hill is the mayor of Arroyo Grande.

To have written a letter without disclosing the fact he was mayor would have been less than transparent and completely out of character for Jim Hill.

Last year’s investigation into the mayor that was brought about by allegations made by Arroyo Grande resident Patty Welsh addresses the FTC letter. The investigator interviewed Beatrice Spencer and acknowledged the Spencer’s were unaware of the letter.

One of Ray’s first actions when she regained a seat on the council, attempting to capitalize on Welsh’s nonsense, set that investigation into motion from “evidence” that was submitted by Welsh and others. Nearly $100,000 later and over 3,700 pages of documents, most of which were wholly irrelevant and omitted from the investigations exhibits, the City and Sanitation District ratepayers paid dearly.

Regardless of relevance, the attorneys at Liebert Cassidy Whitmore, the city attorney and sanitation district attorney’s all got paid to read through it — resulting in only fifty pages used in the report. Furthermore, LCW charged $350 per hour to redact the thousands of pages to make them accessible to the public.

Ray, Welsh and others were also interviewed as part of the investigation. Even I, as an activist from Los Osos, was interviewed by that investigator. Jim Hill, the mayor of Arroyo Grande and the subject of the investigation, was not. Where is the justice in that?

It appears Ray would rather dog the mayor’s record and tell lies about him than face the fact that her opponent is a man of integrity who works tirelessly for the city he serves.

 


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AGDUDE

No worries , the back room politics are starting up again this time there will be lots of smiles..  a full hot breakfast ..for everyone watch ..  line up.. 


T-Bone

Caren Ray, your full of shit test has come back positive.

It appears that your integrity is benign. 


Mjd

Will not be voting for fibbing caren Ray!


rukidding

I hope that everyone can take a lesson from this and see the difference between honesty and the truth and dishonesty and corruption. On Nov. everyone has a chance to pick what they want.


AGDUDE

I gather the dishonest person stuffed  the ballot box ..  nice work.. jerk ..


AGDUDE

People , If Ray Did this She should be removed from office Not Promoted… Elect some Business people who know the value of a Buck..  this just shows how crazy she is?? 


George Bailey

Caren Ray lacks the character and judgement to lead, reelect incumbent mayor Jim Hill.


Nightrider

Caren Ray was a gift from Jerry Brown,

Biggest frauds in California history,

John,Adam,Heidi,

POS Pols wrecking California,

What say you Slo Vermin.


Stunned

The miserable part of all of this is that our mayor needs to spend his energy defending the lies and malicious attacks by the Ferrera groupies who do in fact still linger in the shadows. Great letter as usual Julie. Hope to meet you one of these days!


kayaknut

Linger in the shadows?? Some still work for the city, cup of tea anyone?


sharshofar

Julie

I’m sure the citizens are worn out by the lies by candidate Ray I know I am. I am so grateful that Mayor Hill was willing to run one more time. It is my expressed hope that we could eventually rid ourselves of Tony Ferrara groupies, who hope to one day be as powerful as he felt he was. Let’s all remember…Tony Ferrara is no more thanks to the voters of Arroyo Grande. Arroyo Grande let’s do it again, no to Paulding, Ray and Storton. Let’s vote in Jim Hill, Coleen Kubel and John Mack. Only then will we be on the track as a community to heal again.


AGDUDE

John Mack are you crazy… huge ego , jerk and all …  He has had public problems too remember that property thing where someone owned it and quick claimed not to have conflict of interest .. you folks should get out more ! READ!  He is not respectful of others.. polite either.. watch his smoke his colors will come out ..