Mayor Sandy Rains
On December 6, 2022, Mayor Sandy Rains was appointed to serve as Mayor for a one-year term. Mayor Sandy Rains was first elected on November 6, 2018 for a two year term on the City of Laguna Niguel Council, and was re-elected to serve a four-year term on November 3, 2020. From December 2021 to December 2022, Mayor Rains served as Mayor Pro Tem for a one-year term.
Mayor Rains is also actively involved in local political issues affecting our state, county and city. In January 2023, Mayor Sandy Rains was elected as Orange County Council of Governments representative and as the SCAG Regional Council District 12 Representative. Mayor Rains also serves on the Housing Committee for the League of California Cities. Additionally, Mayor Rains is Council Liaison to the Parks & Recreation Commission, Senior Citizens Committee, City/CDBG Grant Sub Committee, Historic Preservation Ad Hoc Committee, Sea Country Festival Ad Hoc Committee, Orange County Fire Authority, and Capistrano Unified School District. Mayor Rains has also previously served on the Executive Board of the Laguna Niguel Chamber of Commerce, as Vice Chairwoman, as well as an Ambassador.
Mayor Rains served as the President of the Laguna Niguel Women Federated. Under Mayor Rain's leadership, the organization has granted thousands of dollars in scholarships to high school and undergraduate students in her community. Mayor Rains prides herself in knowing and educating residents of Laguna Niguel about important issues that directly affect the quality of life in Laguna Niguel.
Mayor Rains has built a team of business leaders for years throughout the United States in her tenure as a Sales Director for an International Cosmetics Company. Sandy's success was due to her dedication and a "Get things done" attitude, she even drove a Pink Cadillac. Currently she is the Owner and President of a real estate investment business that specializes in restoring historical and century homes for rental and resale.
Sandy has spent much of her life enjoying and volunteering in her community. Her community participation and volunteer work include fundraising hundreds of thousands of dollars for various organizations to help her community. Sandy has put years into serving her community, even rolling up her sleeves to cook for thousands at a food festival.
Sandy was born in Canton, Ohio to Greek immigrant parents. Although Sandy was born in the USA, English is her second language, giving her much empathy for those wanting to immigrate and assimilate with the promise of living the American dream.
Sandy is married to Maynard Rains, a retired United States Army Major. Sandy and Maynard have two daughters, Rosie, a Surface Warfare Officer, in the United States Navy. A great legacy to generations of service to our country's military. Nicole, is a high school student on the Autism Spectrum, pursuing her graduation and future career training. As a mom, Sandy has learned the importance of understanding the needs of this diverse community is committed to advocating for those with special needs and compassion.
Mayor Rains' philosophy for life is "Inhale Faith, Exhale Fear."
Each month, Mayor Rains concludes a city council meeting with 'Mayor's Mentions', intended to recognize the incredible businesses located in the City of Laguna Niguel.