OCEANSIDE — City Council chambers was packed with onlookers as re-elected incumbent Jerry Kern and newly elected Councilman Gary Felien were sworn in on Dec. 2. The occasion was celebrated with a performance by El Camino High School Chamber Choir and a reception at the Oceanside Museum of Art.
Councilman Kern was re-elected to a second term after he successfully defeated a recall in June. “It has been an interesting four years,” Kern said. “The next four years will not be as eventful hopefully.”
Looking ahead Kern spoke of a tight budget, the possibility of fewer services, and a hardworking community getting through the tough economy.
Felien, the former city treasurer, pointed to local leadership defining Oceanside in the next four years. Felien and Kern are strong supporters of the newly passed city charter, which gives City Council more local control.
Councilman Jack Feller also spoke in support of
the charter and its benefit
to streamline government processes. “It is in place,” Feller said. “It will be key in moving forward.”
The vacant city treasurer position will be filled by a City Council appointment in December or a special election in June.
A workshop will be held Dec. 21 to interview and appoint a treasurer. If an appointment is not made a special election will be held on June 7 to fill the position. The cost of an election is approximately $525,000.