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Palo Alto Daily News Staff Report

Candidate Profile for: Tim Gray

AGE: 47

OCCUPATION: Financial adviser in health care sector

FAMILY: Married with three children in Palo Alto schools


EDUCATION: B.S. in business administration from California State University, Sacramento; licensed Certified Public Accountant

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE: Member of Board of Directors for the East Palo Alto Teen Home and the Age Center Alliance; volunteer grant writer for St. Luke's Hospital

Q: How would you approach the Stanford expansion projects?

A: We must honor the Comprehensive Plan, but clearly just having a top-rated hospital right here at home is a great public benefit. Having worked at the Children's Hospital myself (and my wife currently works there), I know of the great lifesaving services that are provided. These are services that you may not appreciate, until your child needs lifesaving services. I am clearly biased on the issue and will need to recuse myself from this topic.

Q: What city council decision in the past year have you disagreed with? What would you have done differently?

A: As a late entrant to the campaign, I do not have knowledge of such items. In addition, my work with bringing people together for forward action has a tradition of not criticizing what has gone before, but to build agreement on what future actions can benefit the group.

Q: To balance the budget, what city service or program would you cut? And how would you raise revenues?

A: That would have to start with community conversation. Benchmarking with other cities would identify the starting point for possible cuts. If Palo Alto really wants to lead, our governmental administrative costs must meet best practice standards. My financial background with many organizations as large, if not larger, than the city has taught me the great value of keeping a watchful eye on administrative expenditures. I have a bias toward protecting youth services.

Q: Does Palo Alto need to be more green?

A: There is always more to do to ensure a healthy environment. Palo Alto has a program that allows utility customers to select green energy (we need more people to sign up). Palo Alto is implementing a "zero waste" plan. We have a unique opportunity to lead the nation and teach our children a tradition of conservation. For example, composting can reduce the landfill demand by a large percentage and we need to work toward 100 percent citizen participation.

Q: What was the last book you checked out of the Palo Alto library?

A: "The Cat in the Hat" - my three children read books to me nightly.