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By Bob Magee
Special to Valley News 

Randon Lane: Life in the fast lane

 

Last updated 9/6/2019 at 12:15pm



In 2000, Randon and Bridget Lane choose to leave the confines of Hollywood and Los Angeles to raise their young family in suburbia. After several trips east, they selected the still sleepy city of Murrieta where they purchased a home in a new neighborhood.

Almost immediately, they fell in love with the small town atmosphere, the friendly people, the great schools and the safety they felt in their new community. It was the American Dream. But then Randon Lane began noticing that as the city grew, infrastructure seemed to be trailing behind. He destroyed two sets of tires his first year in Murrieta due to road conditions, he said. Not one to sit still, he sought answers, meeting with the city mayor. That meeting led to him being appointed to the planning commission followed by a run for city council where he served as mayor twice.

During his time as an appointed and elected official, the population of Murrieta swelled to more than 100,000 people, making it the most populated city in southwest Riverside County. As an elected representative, Lane volunteered, pursued and accepted a number of special committee assignments, including Western Riverside Council of Governments, Riverside Transit Authority, Southern California Association of Governments, California League of Cities, Local Agency Formation Commission and Animal Control Joint Powers Authority.

In each of these organizations he was elevated into leadership roles.

In the political arena, he served as the campaign chair for Meg Whitman, a staff member to former Assemblyman Kevin Jeffries and the chairman of the county Republican Party, where he served as a mentor and bench coach and helped qualified people get elected and stay engaged in the dynamic and sometimes hostile public arena.

As a local leader, he was also called upon to give back, so he served on the boards of many charitable organizations, including The Boys and Girls Club of Southwest Riverside County, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Trauma Intervention Programs of Southwest Riverside County and Safe Alternatives for Everyone.

So it should come as no surprise that this hard charging, energetic and charismatic figure has been selected by the president of the United States to serve in the federal Department of Transportation. From flat tires to his own parking space near Capitol Hill, it’s been a pretty impressive run so far, and if you know Lane, he’s not finished yet.

Randon Lane, thank you for your service to southwest Riverside County.

Bob Magee

Lake Elsinore City Councilmember

KEYWORDS: Randon Lane, Thank You, Murrieta, City Council, Farewell

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