“Leadership comes from the hearts of community members — I simply want to give that message a clear voice.” —Citizen Gray

Candidate Gray Interview with the Palo Alto Weekly -- 30 Minute Video

Video is a conversation with Bill Johnson, Publisher of the Palo Alto Weekly, and Jocelyn Dong, Editor of the Palo Alto Weekly.

As you probably know, it can be a challenge for a person that is not accustomed to being in the public limelight to step onto the stage and engage in detail discussions related to the vast topics that come up in governing our City.

Your Vote For GRAY Matters!

Pardon the Pun, but it does matter. Your Vote is essential in protecting the character of Palo Alto that we all know and love.

Palo Alto is facing precedent setting decisions that will greatly impact what our future looks like.
1. Will we find financial balance, or will we hand a monster Bond to our children to deal with?
2. Will we sell our park lands to pay for our overspending?

I may not "know it all" but I know how to offer a neutral mind that can "hear it all" and work for the greatest good for all

As you probably know, it can be a challenge for a person that is not accustomed to being in the public limelight to step onto the stage and engage in detail discussions related to the vast topics that come up in governing our City.

With that said, thank you for your interest my advocacy for fiscal balance, and for measures to moderate growth through consistent and objective measures to value "Public Benefit" as projects are considered.

Regional Cooperation -- Opportunity for Greater Services at Lower Cost

Regionalization is a theme that needs to be embraced by the City of Palo Alto. Some ideas will work and others will not, but we need to explore the possibilities with an open mind.

For example, we all know that disasters do not confine themselves to political boundaries, yet we have a separate director of Emergency Preparedness, and a portion of the Public Safety facility involves an Emergency command center, yet these seem to be resources that could be shared with Stanford? Mountain View? Los Altos? Menlo Park? etc.

Our Skyline Is Not For Sale: For Exceptions, Apply an objective and consistent standard for Community Benefits.

"Editorial: Stretching the Brown Act (as published in the Palo Alto Weekly)
Tight-lipped, city staff defends closed council sessions to discuss selling small foothills parcel.

For one, there has been no policy discussion, at least in open session where the law requires it must occur, about whether or why the city should even consider selling this parcel. Yet for unexplained reasons, city staff is already negotiating the terms and price of a sale in private...." read full story at http://www.paloaltoonline.com/news/show_story.php?id=26870


City's Infrastructure Report -- Let's do the ARITHMETIC and Get It Done!

The City Infrastructure report categorized the "Infrastructure Deficit" as in several categories like "Catch up", "Keep Up", "Special Projects" or replacement needs, and then there are prudent reserves for future needs. We all know that things don't "wear out" all at once, but we do know with some precision the "useful lives" of those assets and setting up prudent reserves for the day they do break is a common business practice.

Whether the "Deficit" is $300 million or $400 million does not change the need for fundamental change in the City's budgeting and spending.

Independence Has A Price -- Free from Contributions and Endorsers

My campaign is a model of loyalty to the residents of Palo Alto.

I have chosen to be independent, in fact and in appearance, by not accepting contributions and not seeking endorsements.

There is an area between the left and the right where reason and logic exist ... it is known as "The Gray Area"

Gone are the political boxes that we place candidates. Doing more with less is a reality that must be embraced by all political flavors. Within the financial balance, we can return to voicing our political philosophies that would determine priorities.

However, until we reach that fiscal balance, we have to be on the same team that embraces a little sacrifice for all. A popular notion? No. A necessity? Absolutely. Unify to thrive.

Demonstrate Discipline before Bailout with infrastructure Bond Measure

The Palo Alto political machinery is gearing up to “Sell” the community on the idea of a bond measure to fund the infrastructure deficit.

I certainly understand the need to fix our roads and sidewalks, to underground the utility lines, and to replace the Public Safety Building before a potential disaster comes our way.

The big deception headed our way is that if you don’t support a big bond measure, you are not supporting public safety.

A True Representative: Our Own Opinions Can Become Special Interests

Candidates are often pressed to offer their opinion on very detailed issues that are being worked on within the City Government.

How can one person figure out all the nuances of all the complex issues faced by the city?

My answer is that they shouldn't. To be a true "Representative", it takes great discipline to engage in community discussions with an unbiased and open mind.

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