New Supervisor Caren Ray promises to be transparent leader

ppemberton@thetribunenews.comOctober 5, 2013 

Caren Ray

JOE JOHNSTON — jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

A day after Gov. Jerry Brown appointed her to the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors, Caren Ray said she was too swamped to talk to the media, though she promised to be more transparent in the future.

“I am truly honored to be appointed to fill the remainder of Paul Teixeira’s term on the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors,” she wrote in a statement released to members of the media. “I am excited to represent all of the residents of the 4th Supervisorial District.”

While Ray wrote that she would attempt to answer questions via email Friday, she did not respond to questions sent by The Tribune on Friday afternoon.

It’s unknown how the appointment may impact her job as a history, economics and government teacher at Santa Maria High School. She is required to resign from her seat on the Arroyo Grande City Council.

The supervisor position pays $82,000 a year.

Ray’s stance on many issues facing the supervisors is unclear. Most recently, the board has deadlocked on whether to extend a moratorium on the planting of new vineyards in the Paso Robles groundwater basin without the water they use being offset through conservation elsewhere in the basin. The board will meet again Tuesday on the issue.

“I look forward to rolling up my sleeves and working with all my colleagues on the Board of Supervisors to reach common sense solutions to the issues facing our community,” she wrote.

Ray’s supervisory term will end next year when she will be subject to re-election if she wishes to continue serving on the board. She succeeds Supervisor Paul Teixeira, who died of a heart attack in June.

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