Is Caren Ray’s message inconsistent?

October 28, 2018

Councilwoman Caren Ray

I listened to both Mayor Jim Hill and Councilwoman Caren Ray at the Sep. 13 South County Chambers of Commerce Candidate Forum and on KVEC’s Dave Congalton Show on Oct. 10 and 11. I support Jim Hill. Caren Ray asks to be the voice for citizens of Arroyo Grande, however, her voice isn’t always consistent.

At the Forum, Caren Ray stated that “to ensure all voices are heard, not just the ‘squeaky wheel,’ requires ‘meeting management’ and in our City Council chambers we manage meetings pretty well.”

I agree, Mayor Hill manages the council meetings well, with respect for all. She also noted that “we do not see that at the sanitation district. We need some leadership over there to make sure all voices are heard and that is not what’s going on in that building.”

I agree again, the sanitation district chair does not manage the meetings well, and does not show respect for all voices.

When the candidates were given one minute to wrap up, Caren Ray stated, “Why me and not the current mayor? We’ve got to have a change at the sanitation district, because the mayor is not effective there anymore.”

I respectfully disagree. Jim Hill has been very effective. He’s extremely knowledgeable, does his homework, and respects all voices.

Dave Congalton said that Mayor Hill feels he has played a major role in cleaning up the sanitation district. In response Caren Ray stated, “I think that it would be fair to say…and I’ve given him credit for that.”

I don’t think you can say he’s played a big part in cleaning up the district if he was ineffective, as she stated at the forum. She then goes on to say that Mayor Hill’s passion is the sanitation district, not Arroyo Grande, because he spent much of his time on the show speaking about the sanitation district, and not Arroyo Grande.

When Caren Ray had one minute at the forum to summarize why she should get your vote, she spent much of it on the sanitation district and how she could be more effective. I respectfully disagree.

Caren Ray also stated that she wouldn’t call herself a ‘watchdog,’ but a public representative. A representative is defined as someone chosen to act and speak on behalf of a wider group. A watchdog is defined as one that guards against loss, waste, theft, or undesirable practices. One can’t represent the public effectively unless they do both.

As Caren Ray stated in her one minute wrap up at the forum, “It all comes down to who do you trust?” I trust Jim Hill to continue to represent his constituents and the public through transparency and by providing effective leadership and oversight.

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I will not support Flip Flopping Caren Ray!

Vote for Mayor Jim Hill

wing nut from way back! 


I CANNOT support Caren Ray.

Caren Ray has unfairly attacked Arroyo Grande Mayor Jim Hill, and her false statements disqualify her from being a serious candidate for leadership.  Caren Ray has a problem with the truth, and I do not trust her in public office.

Mayor Jim Hill, on the other hand, is trustworthy, honest and acts with the public’s best interest at heart.  Mr. Hill has a proven record and has earned our vote for reelection.  I admire Mr. Hill’s openness, integrity, and communication skills.

Arroyo Grande is a special place, and it deserves special leaders, people who have deep roots in our community, a sense of fiscal responsibility, and the integrity to lead.  Please join me in supporting Mr. Jim Hill for AG Mayor.

On Election Day, Tuesday, November 6, vote Mr. Jim Hill as Arroyo Grande Mayor.


George Bailey


Great observations on the flip- flopping Caren Ray. It’s clear to me Caren Ray has no real platform and will step on whoever she can to get to where she wants to go — look out Lynn Compton. She will say whatever she thinks people want to hear, in sharp contrast to the Mayor — who tells it like it is.

I encourage Arroyo Grande voters to go to to read the Mayor position papers, he has positions on issues that are important to the city, Ray has none.

I trust Jim Hill to do what is right for the citizens of Arroyo Grande and the Sanitation District.