Candidate forums coming to MiraCosta College

By David Ogul on August 24, 2012 in the NC Times

A pair of candidate forums are coming to MiraCosta College in September.

Candidates seeking a seat on the MiraCosta Community College District's board of trustees will
talk about their ideas at 3 p.m. Sept. 6. Candidates for Oceanside mayor and the Tri-City Hospital
board will share their views at 3 p.m. Sept. 13.

Both forums take place in the John MacDonald Board Room in MiraCosta College's administration
building, 1 Barnard Drive.

Free parking is available in lots 1-A, 1-B and 1-C.

Oceanside, carlsbad among few cities in county that elect city clerk

by Lola Sherman for the NC Times on August 22, 2012

new city clerk will be elected in November in Oceanside, one of just a handful of cities in
the region where voters get to decide who fills that post.

Of 18 incorporated cities in San Diego County, only four ---- Oceanside, Carlsbad, La Mesa
and National City ---- have the city clerk and treasurer as elected positions. A fifth, Escondido,
elects only the treasurer.

Carlsbad is in an unusual situation this year because its city clerk, Lorraine Wood, is being
elected to the City Council ---- one of two candidates running for two open seats. The council
must appoint a new clerk to fill out the remaining two years of Wood's term.

Periodically, there will be a movement in Carlsbad or Oceanside to make the city clerk seat an
appointed one, but none of those efforts have been successful.

Only once ---- in 1976 ---- did such a push in Oceanside make the ballot and it was defeated by
a vote of about eight to one, said Assistant City Clerk Holly Trobaugh.

The Carlsbad city clerk's office said there have been five attempts to make that clerk's job appointive
and four to do likewise with the treasurer's post. All failed.

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Citizen of the Year awarded to local philanthropist

by Margaret Yau in the NC Times dated August 20 2012

For the first time in 25 years, Oceanside has a new Citizen of the Year.

Long-time resident and community leader Tom Nunan, 79, was selected for the
recently revived honor for his many philanthropic achievements.

"I (was) very moved by the experience," said Nunan in an interview last week.

The award was presented to Nunan at the Oceanside Rotary Club's 12th annual crab
and rib fest on Aug. 3 at the Mission San Luis Rey. The mission is one of many
organizations that have benefited from Nunan's tireless work.

Members of the selection committee said they chose Nunan over seven other nominees
because of the sheer scope of his philanthropy.

"I think what set him aside is the great number of organizations that he was in, and the
quality of the not-for-profits he worked for," said Kevin Stotmeister, a member of the
committee. "They were significant."

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City to weigh options for Goat Hill golf course property

by Ray Huard in the NC Times dated August 20, 2012

Four proposals to either upgrade or redevelop a city golf course will be reviewed Wednesday
by the Oceanside City Council, but the final decision could be up to voters, depending on which
direction the council wants the city to take.

At stake is whether Oceanside can turn around what has become a financial albatross --- the
Center City Golf Course, better known as Goat Hill for its rolling terrain.

The council will talk about options for the site at a workshop set for 2 p.m. Wednesday in council
chambers, 330 N. Coast Highway.

City officials said the golf course barely breaks even and one of the groups that wants to take over
the site called it "an embarrassment" and a blight on its neighbors.

Mayor Jim Wood said it may not be practical to keep Goat Hill as a golf course.

"One of the biggest issues out there now is what we have ... doesn't pay for itself," Wood said. "I'd like
to look at something that would really be more beneficial to the city in the long run."

City Manager Peter Weiss said Goat Hill "is not losing money, but it's not making much money."

"I think we're going to net $20,000 this year," Weiss said.

The catch is that the city is limited in what it can do with the property without first getting voter approval.

Goat Hill was set aside as parkland in the 1970s under ballot measures approved by voters.

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Time out for campaigning at Oceanside City Council

By Ray Huard in the NC Times dated August 16, 2012

So, how do you know we're in the midst of election season?

Why just listen for the speechifying at Oceanside City Council sessions.

Before the council members even took their seats this week, Councilman Jerry Kern in an
aside to reporters conceded that maybe, just maybe there would be a little electioneering
during the meeting.

Sure enough, Kern raised questions about the need to refurbish city street sweepers at a
cost of $783,000, suggesting it might be cheaper to hire a private company to sweep the streets.

"I'm here to represent the taxpayers and public," said Kern, who is running for mayor against incumbent
Jim Wood and former mayor Terry Johnson.

Not one to let that go by unchallenged, Councilwoman Esther Sanchez, who is running for reelection
said she, too, represents taxpayers and the public.

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Free concert planned for library event

by Ray Huard on August 17 in the NC Times

Patrick Ellis and The Bluefrog Band will perform a free concert Sept. 1 at the Oceanside Civic
Center Library to kick off the library's celebration of National Library Card Sign-Up Month.

Sponsored by the library and the Friends of the Oceanside Public Library, the concert will
be at 2 p.m. in the library community rooms, 330 N. Coast Highway.

During September, the library is teaming with local businesses as part of a "Reading Rewards
You" program in which merchants will offer discounts to customers who show their library cards
from the Oceanside Public Library.

Call the library at 760-435-5600 or visit

Some Familiar faces to be on ballot in November

There are quite a few familiar faces in the races this election year. But they're not
necessarily in familiar places.

by Lola Sherman for the NC Times on Auust 15, 2012
For instance, a half-dozen well-known present or former North Coastal city council
members are seeking other positions in the Nov. 6 election ---- one that, on a national
scale, will determine the next president of the United States.

But locally:

Former Oceanside City Councilman Rocky Chavez wants voters to send him to Sacramento
as a state assemblyman representing the 76th Assembly District. He is opposed by Sherry
Hodges, a legislative aide. Both are Republicans

Solana Beach Councilman Dave Roberts covets a seat on the nonpartisan county Board of Supervisors.

Former Carlsbad City Councilwomen Julie Nygaard and Ramona Finnila and Vista Councilman
Steve Gronke all want to serve on the board of directors of the Tri-City Healthcare District, which
runs the Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside.

And former Encinitas City Councilwoman Christy Guerin, an appointed incumbent, is assured of
election to the Olivenhain Municipal Water District board. She is unopposed.

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Late Johnson entry shakes up Oceanside mayoral race

By Logan Jenkins in the U~T San Diego, on August 15, 2012

Barring lightning, Terry Johnson, the first black mayor in San Diego County’s history, will
not be the next mayor of Oceanside.

Voted out of the mayor’s office in 2004, Johnson’s stature was so diminished he was then
defeated in a special council election.

He said that, after 12 years on the council (four as mayor), he was done.

For the past seven years, Johnson has worked as an electrician.

Now 60, he’s less brash than the celebrity mayor who declared war on the police department,
calling it rife with racism and sexism.

At Mary’s Family Restaurant, which he calls “City Hall West,” Johnson, looking relaxed and
confident, fields a few obvious questions:

Why are you running?

He evokes a near-mystical sense of mission: “Some people are called to do things.”

He expresses his ardent desire to “restore” civility, which is strange because the Oceanside council
has been a supermodel of incivility for the past 30 years. O’siders need “to regain confidence and
trust,” he says, alluding to a golden age that will elude the memory of many.

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Oceanside city council approves affordable housing project near airport

by Ray Huard in the NC Times dated August 15, 2012

A critical step toward construction of the $81.3 million Mission Cove affordable-housing
project was approved Wednesday by the Oceanside City Council.

By a unanimous vote, the council approved a development agreement with the nonprofit
National Community Renaissance in partnership with the nonprofit Community HousingWorks,
which allows the groups to seek financing for the 14.5-acre project on Mission Avenue near
the Oceanside Municipal Airport.

"I've worked with these groups on other projects, and I've always been happily, happily satisfied
with the results," Mayor Jim Wood.

Councilwoman Esther Sanchez said Mission Cove "is an extremely important economic development
project" which will bring jobs and tax money to the city.

More importantly, Sanchez said, Mission Cove will provide needed housing for returning veterans
and senior citizens.

"This is a good project for Oceanside," Sanchez said.

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Six seek city clerk job

by Ray Huard in the NC Times on August 15, 2012
Six people have filed nomination papers by the deadline Wednesday to run for Oceanside
city clerk in the November election, Assistant City Clerk Holly Trobaugh said.

Incumbent City Clerk Barbara Riegel Wayne is not seeking re-election.

Filing to run to replace her were Zack Beck, David L. Downey, William F. Marquis,
Jerry Salyer, Joseph Gallagher and Sheryl Jacobs, Trobaugh said.

To qualify to get their names on the ballot, candidates had to submit nominating petitions
signed by at least 20 Oceanside registered voters. Trobaugh said the county registrar of
voters will review the papers filed by the potential candidates to determine if they have
enough valid signatures.

The City Council earlier this year voted to make the clerk's job a part-time position with an
annual salary of $23,592.


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