Third of Five Part Series: An Inside Look at the La Mirada City Council Candidates-Randy Gray E-mail
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La Mirada~There are five candidates running for La Mirada City Council. The election is scheduled for March 5th. In the race is Councilwoman Pauline Deal who was appointed to replace Susan Tripp in the summer of 2011; Mayor Gabe Garcia, seeking a second four-year term; Planning Commissioner and businessman Steve Keithly; Paramount Unified Schools Administrator Randy Gray; and Newport Beach Police Officer Andrew Sarega.

The Kiwanis Club of La Mirada has invited all of the candidates to speak at their weekly meeting, and all have accepted. We will provide a brief snippet and some insight to each of the candidate’s speeches.

The schedule is as follows: Andrew Sarega-January 23rd; Gabe Garcia-January 30th; Randy Gray-February 6th; Steve Keithly-February 13th; and Pauline Deal-February 20th.

The following is the first of a five-part series in which we hope to provide you a snippet and some insight into each of the candidate’s speeches. As of now, there has been no candidates forum scheduled for the community.

The Kiwanis Club of La Mirada and the La Mirada Blog are not political organizations. These reports are for informational purposes only and do not reflect the views or opinions of the Kiwanis Club of La Mirada or the La Mirada Blog Network.

Randy Gray was welcomed to the podium as a candidate in a field of five on the ballot for the coming election to City Council.  He expressed thanks for the breakfast where he sat next to his dentist who was close by.

Gray said that he received his Doctorate at USC and lived 20 years in the City of La Mirada.  His wife Burgess attended Gardenhill School.  After they met and married they resided 1 year in Chino Hills and then returned to La Mirada where they were anxious to live when the price was right.  They have now resided  in The Landmark area for 13 years.  They have three children – 19, 16 and 15. His oldest is involved  in TV and movie  productions, his younger daughter and son are high school students.  It is time, he believes, to enter into public service by a seat on the City Council.

Gray  has had experience with the sport’s organizations in La Mirada for many years, such as AYSO  and Little League. He understands the challenge his is facing with 2 openings out of 5 council seats at this time, but this is his opportunity to make himself known in the community.  His children are old enough to understand and appreciate his efforts and life that it will bring to the household. His current involvement is in public education.  He taught at Paramount High School and eventually moved to the central district office in the area of finances where he joined in responsibility for a 10 million dollar budget. He experienced considerable decision-making and preparing data.  Between raising children, his professional life and his personal experience, his common sense ability is strong.

Gray has served on the city’s Community Service Commission.  A stint on the Athletic Council was short lived when he realized that it was mainly an advisory board, not a decision making body, which he preferred and was used to participating in.

His campaign is definitely ‘grass-roots’ with modest financial backing.  He was pleased to announce that the L.A. Firefighters Association had given their backing. TANLA (Teacher’s Association) has also endorsed him. His doctorate is in Education Leadership from U.S.C. He feels very confident in his ability to collaborate, listen to his colleagues, and willingness to come to consensus.

Gray admits that he is not well known but feels he can spread his news through social media, Facebook and the like.  He plans to call on school groups and do a great deal of walking the community for the next few weeks.


When asked whether he would be committed to seeing that Measure 1 funds are used for the purposes intended, he agreed that an oversight committee should be in place to see that this is happening.

When asked if he would be ready to meet the biggest challenges immediately, Gray stated that he would be ready to participate with the rest of the council to evaluate and come to the decisions that were best for the community.  His   background in decision making would be key to success here to getting things done.  He will be up to speed in a prompt manner. He has found through his positions as Principal for 9 years in 3 different schools and his School District Office experience in State Funding programs have trained him well. A State audit found that his District was the only one of many that had zero compliance issues.

When asked if he thought that the school experiences perform in a different way to problem solve, Gray responded that it was not necessarily different from the way City Councils do. He believes that performance of problem solving would be enhanced by his long experiences as a parent where decisions are shared, his analytical abilities enhanced by his  School management skills, and that his agenda to serve the community would override his own personal agenda,  If an issue does not serve the Community, it is not in anyone’s best interest.

When asked if the frustration he experienced with other positions – especially with the athletic council situation - would color his performance on City council in decision making, he responded that it would not. He understands what the City Council has authority to do and that it will be necessary to make decisions appropriate with State and Federal mandates.  He is confident that the City has guidelines on how to deal with these matters and that together he and they will look forward to appropriate agreements.



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