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Councilman Lane Makes Run for Re-Election Official

Councilman Randon Lane is the first candidate to submit the required paperwork, according to Murrieta City Clerk Kay Vinson. Three other potential candidates had yet to turn theirs in as of Thursday.

It's official: Murrieta City Councilman Randon Lane is running for another four-year term.

Of who have announced their intentions of seeking election to the Murrieta City Council in November, as of Thursday incumbent Lane was the lone candidate to have submitted the required paperwork, according to Murrieta City Clerk Kay Vinson.

Others who have pulled election packets from City Hall include Harry Ramos, David Meuting and John Paul Serbin. Mayor Doug McAllister's term is expiring along with Lane's, but he has not yet announced whether he intends to run again.

There are two seats up for election, so Lane will need to defeat any contenders to keep his.

Lane, 43, said he is seeking office again because he wants to continue working toward improving the city's infrastructure and public safety.

"I thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to serve at the local level because you get to see decisions you make happen," Lane said. "I have made decisions on the California Oaks and Clinton Keith projects and the Jefferson Avenue widening. I have seen decisions I've helped make take effect and improve people's lives."

He went on to say that while he has been in office, the city opened its fifth fire station, and has added officers to the police force.

There are other things he would still like to see happen, such as breaking ground on The Triangle. A commercial project has long been planned for the large chunk of acreage where Interstates 15 and 215 meet in Murrieta.

"I would like to see that come to fruition," Lane said. "It is not just about the next four years, but what I leave to the future generations of Murrieta."

If re-elected, Lane said this would be his second and last term.

However, he would able to serve one more under the new term limits if he chose to. Measure C, which was approved by voters in 2010, limits council terms to two consecutive. However, city council voted to make the term limits effective as of the 2010 election and Lane was elected in 2008.

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Editor's Note: Patch plans to provide coverage of all official candidates leading up to the November election.

Tim92562 July 27, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Improve public safety? Hows that... give the police 70% of the general fund? 80%? Maybe 100% to where the City is nothign but a shell of roads and a police force controlling the town? Randon= four more years of him trying to "improve" *cough* invade your life.
The Gorilla July 27, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Randon is a RINO personified. He has a smile on his face while screwing Murrietans stealthly. The dots will be connnected Randon showing exactly what you are and who you are connected to.Randon thinks he is on a political career ladder. Randon you are about yourself and are fake in your marketing of what you represent.
Randon Lane July 28, 2012 at 04:38 AM
Hi Time92562 and The Gorilla, Thank you for taking the time to comment. While obviously I would disagree with your assessment I, as always, offer my cell number, 951-830-3485 and email, rlane@murrieta.org, to discuss any issues you may have with the city or concerns on decisions I have made. I always try to get the communities input and would welcome the opportunity to sit down and discuss your viewpoints. I have never had a call from either of you yet, but I am look forward to the opportunity to speak with you in the future. Thank you, Randon,
Surf Dad July 28, 2012 at 04:58 AM
I'll put your sign in my front yard if they call you!
Randon Lane July 28, 2012 at 05:42 AM
You still can :)
S.Martinez July 28, 2012 at 03:34 PM
i had an issue with some of the houses and properties in my community...i wrote to the city with my concerns, four days later....Mr. Lane was at my front door! unheard of now adays...he sat listen to my concerns, and though we cant force people to mow there lawns,and take care of their properties he shared my concerns and took the time to actualy listen. Character goes a long way..thats hard to find in alot of people as of late..i fully support his decision. he has my vote!
S.Martinez July 28, 2012 at 03:38 PM
bring me a sign!
The Gorilla July 28, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Mr. Lane may listen and may have open communications but his real motives and actions behind the scenes are despicable and against the will of most Murrietans. Randon we have a ton of information showing what you are up to and all your connections. As the election draws closer we will be have editorials and posts in all local papers and blogs as well as radio and possibly television coverage to expose what Mr. Lane really is. Platitudes and listening are worthless Mr. Lane when contrasted with your real actions and motives
S.Martinez July 28, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Yikes "Gorilla" if thats your real name! Sounds like you have a strong dislike for Mr.Lane,lets just be glad we are in a country that we vote or elected officials in..i can only speak from my personal experience, nor will i get in a war if words with you on "the patch" i have much better things to do,but i liked him! seemed honest and followed up with me on my concerns after his initial visit..nobodys perfect...everybody has a past, and a closet.. myself included..and i am sure if you dig deep enough "Gorilla"??? take care have a great weekend..weather is going to be nice! I am proud to call Murrieta home,as i am sure you are as well!
John Kirk De Ritis July 28, 2012 at 11:15 PM
hey Randon, i will put up two. one for me. And one for my FINO, Mr.Gorilla,.exceptional fake name, makes one think ... thick headed, its easy to accuse from your computer. maybe, you should file yourself, gorilla?. Gorilla for Murrieta Yes, Randon is open and accessible. he doesn't hide behind a fake name. his last campaign he asked you to call him, that's pretty refreshing in today hateful politics. As a progressive democrat.i don't vote for the letter at the end of the name . i vote for the person and his ability to communicate to the constituent, but its easier to distort a mans position by accusing without facts.. good luck with that witch hunt gorilla. see you at the next Murrieta Birthday Bash! .
John Kirk De Ritis July 28, 2012 at 11:22 PM
j'accuse.!
Pattie Roberts/Save the Animals Today July 29, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Randon Lane has my support! I find his accessibility and directness very refreshing. Hard to figure what the likes of Gorilla are murmurring about?
John Kirk De Ritis July 30, 2012 at 06:00 AM
Private citizens don't accuse behind fake names unless there is something to hide from . Are you afraid of retribution if you come forward as an individual citizen? I don't need to defend Randon , but your accusations are moot behind your facade. We're you left out of some kind of bidding for Murrieta dollars? Do you have information to substantiate your accusals? Are you or have you ever run for city council ? You seem to have some insider information and just name dropped for no apparent reason but to further a conspiracy with no merit.
Nancy Knight August 01, 2012 at 09:15 AM
What a bucket of Bull! I sent two emails recently to Lane (July 14 and July 27) regarding the council's rezoning homes in my neighborhood to a Commercial District that now does not allow homes and the implication of how they will enforce their code for "Loss of Nonconforming Status" on homes that are "not conforming" to the new zoning because they have been unoccupied as a residence in excess of six months. Lane replied Not Read both dates!
Nancy Knight August 01, 2012 at 09:19 AM
Dear Ouch, If you support property rights for Murrieta residents then please do not put a Randon Lane sign in your yard. He refused to even read the emails I sent regarding the Council's taking of property in my neighborhood when they rezoned our homes to commercial property and then have a code that eliminates our right to sell our home under a grandfather clause if it is not occupied as a residence in excess of 180 days.
Nancy Knight August 01, 2012 at 09:32 AM
Dear Mr. Martinez, Take down the sign if you believe in property rights for Murrieta residents. How would you like the council to rezone your home to worhless commercial property. Imagine a "Research Zone" in a rural area of old town between a liquor store and a 159 unit condo complex. That is what they did recently in the five year review of the General Plan and they don't even have a document to let us know what "Research Park" means. Before the vote to approve this taking of property, all Lane replied to my concerns was "Is is legal?". How do we know without hiring an attorney. I sent an email to the city attorney to ask that question and there was no reply back. Now Lane replies "Not Read" to emails regarding Commercial Districts and Enforcement of Loss of Nonconforming Status. Loss of nonconforming status means that if your home is not occupied as a residence in excess of 180 days, it cannot be sold as a home. This scenario can easily happen and did happen to one home in my neighborhood that was a rental. It could also happen if a senior citizen becomes ill and the family turns the utilites off while the family waits for the outcome of the illness. Worse most people don't even know this code exists and they did not get a letter from the city when their homes were rezoned.
Nancy Knight August 01, 2012 at 09:38 AM
Dear Pattie, Yes Lane does appear to be accessible and direct. But he is not at all when there are concerns. Read above about the taking of private property rights in my neighborhood and Lane's refusal to Read my emails.
Nancy Knight August 01, 2012 at 09:45 AM
Interesting concept about retribution. I did run for city council against Lane and came in third for the two seats. Would have won based on the absentee votes too. You don't think Lane and the cronies on the council are deliberately using retribution in the taking of my property do you? This does beg the question of how many developed properties with homes were rezoned in the five year review of the General Plan. My home is now zoned "Research Park". How silly is that? No one can find a good explanation but I think you hit on something. Very good Mr. De Ritis
Nancy Knight August 01, 2012 at 09:57 AM
Mr Gorilla. I think you did right by not using your real name. And yes, I too believe Lane is a Republican in Name Only (RINO). Republicans believe in private property rights and Lane won't even Read my concerns on the rezoning of homes in my neighborhood to "Research Park" unless - as one blogger noted - retribution is a motive. I was also denied by staff for permits that would have increased my property value. Staff does do council bidding or they lose their job. You didn't call him as requested did you?
CannonKane August 01, 2012 at 07:26 PM
And people complain about the fire department. City council approved station 5 and once the former fire chief had his name on the station he left in a hurry. Oh by the way council members didn't you just renew the city manager's contract another 3 years right before his new law went into effect? Hmmm something smells like rotten fish .......
John Kirk De Ritis August 01, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Dear nancy What ever happened to the bugle ? It was filled with your topical information especially when you ran .
John Kirk De Ritis August 01, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Plus just think of all the research you can do from your home now
Nancy Knight August 01, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Hello John, Thank you for remembering. Actually we are still publishing. It is called The Community Bugle now and is distributed regionally in set out sites and is online at www.thebugle.net I did retire from a career as a research scientist which is why I think it is so bizarre to think a research company would want to locate near the corner of Adams and Ivy St. Something is fishy here. Most Research Park zoning is on University land where the university leases land for a reasearch company that hires students and collaborates with the university community. The city won't even give me and my real estate agent a document that defines what is "permitted" and what is a "conditional use" for this zone.
Nancy Knight August 02, 2012 at 01:17 AM
John, Randon is upset that anyone would think of the retribution angle that you brought up in reply to Gorilla. He apparently didn't know it was you who raised the issue as a viable rationale for what can happen to people in Murrieta who disagree with the powers that be.
Nancy Knight August 02, 2012 at 01:20 AM
Randon I have 3 of these "Not Read: replies that arrived in my email box. As you can see the "Not read": replies indicated to me that you did not read my messages. You apparently followed the replies as staff sent a "reply all" to everyone I had addressed. In addition, you did not follow up to any of us that objected to the Research Park zoning during the General Plan review and you have not given me a direct answer to today's question of "Are you ready to intervene and bring an agenda item before the council to reconsider this wrongful taking of our property rights?" So you see, there is the proof that you are not "happy to sit down and discuss anything".
Nancy Knight August 02, 2012 at 01:32 AM
Dear citizens of Murrieta, Imagine having your home rezoned to Research Park and then have staff tell you they can't give you or your real estate agent any formal document that defines what reserach park means in terms of "permitted use". Are any of the council members fit to serve the citizens of this community when they rezone property without knowing what it means?
C. Maran August 21, 2012 at 04:10 PM
According to the above comments, it appears that Mr. Lane 'selectively' decides which problems and citizens he will address and reply to. We need someone that listens to ALL concerns, big or small, and address them in a timely fashion. Even if the reply is, "this is not a priority issue at the moment, but I will look into it and get back to you."
Nancy Knight August 21, 2012 at 05:15 PM
As "The Gorilla" wrote above on July 28, "Platitudes and listening are worthless Mr. Lane when contrasted with your real actions and motives". I agree the time to sit down and talk is worthless when my neighbors and I need action. All of the data has been given to Lane and all councilmembers yet not one is willing to correct the errors at city hall. Lane doesn't even know what he voted for. On August 2 Lane emails the City Manager, "Rick, Is Mrs. Knights property zoned research park?" Then the city wants to call it Professional Office since they DO have that in the development code but professional office is not what the updated zoning map indicates ( map that was still not posted on the city website on Aug 2, 2012. Worse Planning staff, Kinser writes, "We are preparing, for a future public hearing, a clean-up that will actually change the historic office name of "Professional Commercial" to "Office" and enhance "Professional Commercial" by adding some additional uses." And the City Manager now writes "Staff will not be responding any further to your e-mails as we believe we can best address your questions in person." I did that before, on Feb 24, 2010 with over a dozen staff members in attendance. No documentation that way and they speak in circles with NO action on the items at hand except to deny citizen rights without legal rationale. Why can't we get answers in writing? One staffer said to my real estate agent "It's complicated". Corruption is more likely!

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