Author Archive for lizbeth.altman

COMMUNITY COMMENTARY: Should Felien and Kern be making financial decisions for Oceanside?

The sordid saga of the headquarters move of the San Diego County Republican Party moves many, including me, to challenge City Councilmen Gary Felien and Jerry Kern’s view that they are the most qualified of the five on the Oceanside City Council to review Oceanside city government and recommend reforms. Perhaps you didn’t know the […]

COMMUNITY COMMENTARY: Spending money while cutting services?

Oceanside City Council candidates Jerry Kern and Gary Felien want to spend piles of your money on “projects” to prove what a money-saver the new city charter is. After all, how can you prove money savings from the charter unless you spend a lot of money? That makes sense, doesn’t it? Or at least it […]

COMMUNITY COMMENTARY: Big bailout not to taxpayers’ benefit

With a 4-0 vote and no discussion, the Oceanside City Council gave away close to 1 million taxpayer dollars to private endeavors at their meeting on June 23. The hypocrisy of this approval was later shown when Jerry Kern lectured other council members during city budget discussion, “Our responsibility up here is to the taxpayers […]

COMMUNITY COMMENTARY: Who is behind Yes on K?

Bill Baber is a lobbyist for Associated Contractors and Builders, or ABC, San Diego Chapter. He is currently best known in Oceanside for his lobbyist role in cutting and pasting together the Oceanside charter ballot measure, Proposition K, with Councilman Jack Feller and without resident input. ABC really wants the provisions contained in Proposition K […]

COMMUNITY COMMENTARY: Stop Kern’s welfare plan

An Op Ed I wrote elicited a comment that sticks in my mind. “Those of us who support recall are not anti-business. We are just tired of the welfare doled out to business by Jerry. Jerry’s welfare queens drive BMWs instead of Cadillacs but otherwise there is no difference.” ( Ronald Reagan used the concept […]