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Blog: Is Jerry Kern Being Honest?

By Mandy Barre in the Oceanside-Camp Pendleton Patch on October 11, 2012

Every time I go to a Oceanside community gathering where Jerry Kern proudly claims
“millions of dollars in savings because of the Oceanside Charter." The cities of San Diego
and Oceanside state that construction costs have dropped 30% as a result of the economic
downturn. Where are those big savings for the tax payers?

Do the facts support Kern statements as being true or has he been spouting gross exaggerations?
It’s important to look at his words and the projects and figure out what the facts are. He’s campaigning
for Mayor and is a sitting councilman running from a safe seat with two years remaining.

We’d all like to know whether or not our elected local decision makers in Oceanside are telling the
public the real story.

Oceanside Votes on a Mayor and Two City Councilmembers

By Alison St John on the KPBS Political Page Website on Friday, November 2, 2012

Oceanside is San Diego County’s third largest city, but it is not above using old time,
small town tactics to get people to come to mayoral debates.

Above: Oceanside mayoral candidates: Mayor Jim Wood, City Councilman Jerry Kern
and former Mayor, Terry Johnson.
“You’ve all been invited to enjoy pizza and lemonade, courtesy of Mayor Jim Wood and
Jerry Kern,” the moderator told the audience that filled a small auditorium at MiraCosta College.

Mayor Jim Wood and city councilman Jerry Kern shared the costs of the pizza, and maybe
one other thing: a desire to attract more business and jobs to Oceanside.

“Oceanside was considered a crime-ridden military town.“ said Wood. “People were afraid
to come here - we’ve changed that. We’ve now seen people come here, see it’s a wonderful
place and that makes more business.”

But after that basic vision, Wood parts company with Kern on how to run the city: for example
on whether to contract city services out to the private sector.

“I am not in favor of outsourcing,” Wood said. “I’ve been part of city government a long time
and I’ve been to other cities and talked. There isn’t any improvement with outsourcing. You
might save some money up front but down the road, you wont. “

Jerry Kern, on the other hand, is all for outsourcing city services, like the library.

To read the entire article, or view the video, please go to:
http://www.kpbs.org/news/2012/nov/02/oceanside-votes-mayor-and-two-city-...

Pala tribe will hold rally opposing Gregory canyon dump

By Edward Sifuentes in the NC Times on October 17, 2012
Tribal leaders oppose the dump because it would be located in an area they consider
sacred. Last year, Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed Senate Bill 833, which would have prohibited
the construction. The construction permit process is underway.

Shasta Gaughen, the tribe’s environmental department director, said the tribe wants to
use the rally as a way to educate the public. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
at the Pala Youth Camp, 10779 Pala Road.

“The main message of the rally is that the fight to stop the Gregory Canyon landfill is not
over and there are many opportunities coming up for the public to declare their
opposition,” Gaughen said.

The San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board and the Army Corps of Engineers are
expected to release information regarding the permits for public comment over the coming
months, Gaughen said.

Proponents said the landfill project is well regulated and will create high-paying jobs.

The project is proposed on 308 acres south of Highway 76 and about 3 1/2 miles east of
Interstate 15 near Pala. The dump would be 208 acres and is part of 1,700 acres owned
by Gregory Canyon Ltd.

SB 833 would have prohibited the construction of a landfill within 1,000 feet of a site considered
sacred to a tribe or within 1,000 feet of the San Luis Rey River or an aquifer connected to it.

In explaining his veto, Brown said he was conflicted with the project, but that he did not
believe the Legislature should intervene and overturn this local land-use decision.

“There is already in place a fully sufficient process to make a thoughtful and informed
environmental decision about this project,” Brown wrote.

The rally, to be held at the Pala Rey Youth Camp, will include speakers, information booths
and bird singers, Gaughen said. People will also be able to visit the base of Gregory Mountain,
known as Chokla to the Luiseno people, and nearby cultural sites, Gaughen said.

The event is open to the public. For more information, call (760) 760-891-3510 or visit
savegregorycanyon.org.

Oceanside candidates to appear at Sunset Market on Thursday

by Ray Huard on October 7, 2012 in the NC Times

Candidates for a variety of offices up for election Nov. 6 have reserved booths
at Oceanside's outdoor Sunset Market on Thursday.

Among those scheduled to appear are Jerry Tetalman running for Congress; 76th
Assembly candidates Rocky Chavez and Sherry Hodges; Oceanside mayoral
candidates Jim Wood, Jerry Kern and Terry Johnson; and Oceanside City Council
candidates Esther Sanchez, Jack Feller, Dana Corso, Hugh "Chip" Dykes,
Jimmy Knott and David Zernik.

Also signed up are Oceanside city clerk candidates Zack Beck, David Downey, Joe
Gallagher, Sheryl Jacobs, Bill Marquis and Jerry Salyer; and Oceanside Unified
School District candidates Mike Blessing and Adrianne Hakes.

The candidates will be at the corner of Tremont Street and Mission Avenue
from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m

Oceanside: six running for vacant city clerk post

by Ray Huard in the NC Times on October 6, 2012

Despite a dramatic pay cut for the job, six people have put their names on the Nov. 6
election ballot to run for Oceanside city clerk, a seat left open earlier this year by the
retirement of longtime clerk Barbara Riegel Wayne.

Running for the post are Zack Beck, David L. Downey, Joseph T. Gallagher, S. Sheryl
Jacobs, William F. Marquis and Jerry Salyer.

Several months ago the City Council, as part of a series of spending cuts to balance
the budget, made the city clerk's job part time and slashed the annual salary
from $122,976 to $23,592.

To read entire article, go to:
http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/oceanside/oceanside-six-running-for-va...

Oceanside's mayoral, council candidates sharply divided

By Ray Huard in the NC Times on October 6, 2012

When it comes to picking a mayor and two council members, Oceanside voters
will have plenty of options in the Nov. 6 election ---- and the political differences
among those running are stark.

Seeking a four-year term as mayor are incumbent Jim Wood, former mayor Terry
Johnson and City Councilman Jerry Kern.

Wood is running for a third term, Johnson is trying to regain the job he lost to Wood
in 2004 and Kern is fresh from winning re-election to the council in 2010. His term
doesn't expire until 2014, so he would retain his seat if he's not elected mayor. He
also fought off a 2009 recall election.

Seven people are running for two council seats in the November election ---- incumbents
Esther Sanchez and Jack Feller and challengers Dana Corso, Hugh "Chip" Dykes, James
"Jimmy" Knott III, Donald Snyder and David Zernik.

to read the entire article, go to:
http://www.nctimes.com/news/elections/oceanside-mayoral-council-candidat...

Oceanside schools start character-education program

By Stacy Brandt in the NC Times on September 30, 2012

School officials in Oceanside have started an ambitious effort to encourage students and
employees to live safer, more healthy lives.

The initiative, which they've dubbed "Kids First," is the brainchild of Oceanside Unified School
District Superintendent Larry Perondi, who thought of it last year as a way to encourage good
habits and decisions in and out of school.

He was inspired to act largely by recent deaths of students in the district, including some
violent ones that happened near schools.

"It's time for us to take care of our own house," he said. "I can't control the city of Oceanside,
nor is that my job, but I do have a responsibility to our kids in our schools."

It will take time to fully implement the program, which will look different at each school. Eventually,
Perondi said he hopes the work will help reduce bullying, discipline problems, violence
and unhealthy habits.

To read entire article go to:
http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/oceanside/oceanside-schools-start-char...

Oceanside cab companies say city is driving them out

By Ray Huard in the NC Times on September 29, 2012

Owners of several cab companies that want to do business in Oceanside have started a
petition drive to overturn new regulations that they say keep them out of the city.

Most onerous to many is a provision that limits how often they can take passengers picked
up in another city and deliver them in Oceanside.

Adopted by the City Council earlier this month, the new rules say that a cab company that
isn't licensed to do business in Oceanside can't drop off passengers in the city more than
five times a month.

"I'm going to be at every Oceanside City Council meeting until this restriction is taken off the
books," said Jenny Oakson, owner of Coastal Cab, which serves Camp Pendleton, Carlsbad,
Encinitas and Solana Beach.

Yellow Cab and 24-7 Taxi Cab are the only two companies licensed to do business in Oceanside.
To read entire article, Please go to:
http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/oceanside/oceanside-cab-companies-say-...

Oceanside rent control crops up as election issue

by Ray Huard in the NC Times on September 29, 2012

Rent control was a defining issue among candidates for Oceanside mayor and City Council
at a Friday forum sponsored by a nonprofit organization representing mobile home residents.

Appearing before the Oceanside Manufactured Homeowners' Alliance, most of those running
in the Nov. 6 election said they supported the city's rent control ordinance that's been in
place since 1984.

A few others said they thought rent control was wrong, although no one said they'd actively
try to resurrect a failed attempt to repeal it.

Still, Councilman Jerry Kern ---- who earlier this year championed a "vacancy decontrol" ordinance
that would have phased out rent control in the city's 17 mobile-home parks ---- said the issue
won't go away.

Kern is running for mayor against incumbent Jim Wood and former mayor Terry Johnson, both
of whom said they support mobile-home park rent control.

"If that's your issue, you're going to vote against me," Kern said. "If that's the only issue that
drives you, I can't help you with that."

Kern said he hasn't wavered in his opposition to mobile-home rent control.
To read the entire article, go to:
http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/oceanside/oceanside-rent-control-crops...

OCEANSIDE: Affordable housing plan gets City Council nod

By Ray Huard in the NC Times on September 26, 2012

Measures meant to encourage developers to voluntarily build affordable homes, condominiums
and apartments in Oceanside were tentatively adopted by the City Council on Wednesday.

Under the plan, developers would be allowed to build more housing units on their property if they
agreed to include affordable units in their projects, pay an extra fee to the city, or make deals to
provide affordable housing elsewhere in the city in conjunction with nonprofit housing agencies
or other developers.

The council voted 4-1 to approve the overall incentive program, with Councilwoman Esther Sanchez
voting no. The plan would expire in 2015, when the council would have to renew it, scrap it or amend it.

A separate vote, setting the extra fee that developers could pay at $12,250 per unit, was 3-2 with
Sanchez and Mayor Jim Wood voting against it.

To read the entire article, go to:
http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/oceanside/oceanside-affordable-housing...

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