OCEANSIDE — Red, white and blue buntings and helium-filled balloons decorated City Council chambers as Pearl Harbor veterans led the pledge and the Oceanside High School choir sang the national anthem Dec. 3 at the swearing in ceremony of the Oceanside mayor, council members, city clerk and treasurer.
In an impressive 87 percent voter turnout, Mayor Jim Wood, council members Esther Sanchez and Jack Feller, City Clerk Barbara Riegel Wayne and City Treasurer Rosemary Jones were all re-elected to office. It is the third term for Sanchez and Feller, the fifth term for Jones, and eighth term for Riegel Wayne.
Newly sworn in city officials thanked supporters, assured residents that Oceanside will pull through the economic recession, and reiterated campaign promises.
“Oceanside has a balanced budget and I think we’re going to do well for the next couple of years,” Wood said. “However the future is unknown.” Wood vowed to listen to community members and lead Oceanside in the direction that residents request.
“The next four years are going to be tough, especially the next two years,” Sanchez said. Sanchez added that she is on the same page as the mayor and will continue to base her decisions on the wishes of community members and support public safety services and youth programs.
“I believe in Oceanside and you believe in me,” Sanchez said.
Sanchez received the most votes out of the eight candidates who ran for the two City Council seats, with a winning 24,481 votes. Councilman Jack Feller was re-elected with 21,966 votes.
“Economic development will continue to be my No. 1 priority,” Feller said. “Oceanside is a great place to live, work, worship and play. Be proud of it. Strive for the progress that’s necessary to survive. Oceanside deserves it.”