Forum Article written by Jim Wood and Ester Sanchez in the NC Times on May 28
The ruling Oceanside City Council troika has held majority rule for 10 1/2 of the last 12 years.
Suddenly, at the last possible hour, ignoring overwhelming public requests against it, the troika
rushed a charter amendment onto this June 5 election.
Oceanside voters have not had time to react; to hear from all sides of this very critical issue;
to get all the facts. The troika's hope ---- that under the disguise of "majority rule," in a low
voter-turnout election, Oceanside voters will vote "yes" on Proposition F's power grab,
guaranteeing its entrenchment for decades.
Why is the ruling troika willing to risk all, including constitutional lawsuits, for a power grab?
Until two years ago, the city enjoyed all the protections of a general law city, since its 1888
incorporation. This status guaranteed a city manager form of government, "part time" council
with very limited powers of taxation, November municipal elections, and legal requirements
of adopting a balanced budget every year.