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Fiscally responsible

It’s a little ironic Councilman Kern and Councilman Felien claim to be the most “fiscally responsible” members of the Oceanside City Council, when they are the ones who are more than happy to waste $19,000 on penalty fees to end the red light camera program early.

According to them, “$19,000 isn’t that much money.”

It isn’t?  They would rather use taxpayers’ money to pay penalty fees as opposed to just waiting until the contract expires, even though this program doesn’t cost our city a penny.

Even my 16-year-old niece understands the value of honoring a contract.  In February, Felien opposed ending red light camera program early.  An election can do strange things to a person’s value system. Back then he thought terminating the contract early was “grandstanding to pander for votes.”

I think he might be right.

The red light camera was never a good idea.  With Kern and Felien just now figuring this out, it will cost us $19,000.

Dump Kern and Felien in 2014.  Please support Chuck Lowery and Dana Corso.

Leslie Davies,


Campaign rhetoric

In her campaign rhetoric, Sheila Cameron has omitted the fact that she has the distinction of being the only mayor in the city to be removed from office by her City Council colleagues.

This decision was based on her inability to work cooperatively with other City Council members, staff and the city manager’s office.

Ms. Cameron repeatedly gave specific direction to individual staff members in direct violation of the city ordinance, which established the city manager form of government.

She targeted employees she disliked.  She governed as mayor by bullying and intimidating or by attempting to terminate those with whom she disagreed.

The city manager was the only staff person in a position to stand up to her dictatorial, inappropriate, and unprofessional behavior.

Voters are advised to choose other qualified candidates when they cast their votes for mayor in November. Encinitas deserves a fair-minded, qualified mayor.  Ms. Cameron is clearly, not that person.


Lauren Wasserman (former Encinitas city manager), 


Candidate choices

This is Bob Bonde your neighbor, friend, father of Encinitas and president of the Encinitas Taxpayers Association asking you to join me in voting for Sheila Cameron for mayor of Encinitas and Julie Graboi for city council.

I have spent the last 33 years, virtually full time, fighting for citizen rights and against city folly and waste.

I know from experience that Sheila Cameron and Julie Graboi are committed to perpetuating this effort and have pledged to make the quality of your lives and public safety their highest priority.

Encinitas and its fivecommunities needs their leadership and common sense, if logic and reason is to prevail.

Today, the city has debts and deferred maintenance needs that exceed $319 million; rather than cutting obvious waste, there was recently talk around city hall of raising taxes.

Sheila and Julie, know what needs to be done to stop the bleeding and will fight for your rights and services while getting the city fiscal house in order, without raising taxes.

Sheila and Julie have been active for years in city politics, protecting our neighborhoods from overdevelopment and misuse of taxpayer’s money.

Recently, both worked tirelessly to pass Prop A, the “Right to Vote” initiative that guarantees a public vote on up-zoning in density and height.

While others may talk a good story, Sheila Cameron and Julie Graboi have, over the years, proven that they can be counted upon to place citizen needs first.

Please vote for Sheila Cameron for mayor of Encinitas and Julie Graboi for councilperson.

Thank you, 

Bob Bonde,