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Keep Kern, Felien

Who convinced Chuck to run again for office?  The citizens of Oceanside voted to remove Chuck Lowery from the Oceanside City Council.

He promised to be independent then rubber stamped union proposals and almost pushed the city into bankruptcy.

The voters removed him from office after a few short months before any more damage could be done.

His out of town contacts, both from unions and Indian Tribes, liked his style of taking care of big contributors.

Evidently, Chuckie hasn’t learned that these groups aren’t eligible to vote since they don’t live in Oceanside.

We won’t be fooled by signs and fliers that hide the truth.  The balance of power must be maintained in our city to keep property values up.  Jobs and quality of life can only be improved by keeping Kern and Felien fighting for us on the Oceanside City Council.  We don’t need higher taxes!

Allan Milew,



School board members

San Marcos is a vibrant community with a long history of being a desirable place to live.

Our local school district, San Marcos Unified School District, is one of the reasons why families come to San Marcos.

Between the three of us we have over 57 years of serving the community as elected members of either the San Marcos School Board or the San Marcos City Council.

We believe experience as well as current and past service are critical components of an elected official.

We believe in selfless service to the community.

Pam Lindamood currently serves as a Governing Board Member and has been a volunteer in our schools for over 20 years.  Jean Diaz currently chairs the SMUSD Prop K Citizens Oversight Committee and has been actively involved in the Chamber of Commerce — Government Affairs Committee, San Marcos Economic Development Corporation and The Senior Foundation for Wellbeing.

For these reasons, the three of us have decided to endorse Pam Lindamood and Jean Diaz for the San Marcos School Board.

We urge you to consider voting for these two candidates.

Please review their websites at and

Mary Borevitz

Pia Harris-Ebert

Sharon Jenkins,

San Marcos


Insurance rate busters (regulators) in California

John Garamendi, a Democrat, was our first Insurance Commissioner in California, after that position was created in the 1980s.

He was charged with rolling back auto insurance rates, from the astronomical rates they were heading.

Most of us finally got a court-ordered 25 to 33 percent reduction, after heavy resistance from the auto insurance industry.

After John Garmendi left office, the next Insurance Commissioner was a Republican named Darrell Quakenbush.

He didn’t even finish his term and had to resign in disgrace, from steering contracts to friends after a major earthquake.  Remember that?

Right now, the regulation of Medical Premiums is hardly regulated, but our newly-created Covered California Commission touts itself as the best “watchdog” of rates and says it is “working out just fine.”

Why would we need to give the Insurance Commissioner, the same job to oversee Medical Insurance Rates?

Because we can’t trust the “un-elected” Covered California Commission to do the right thing.

For the most part, they are from the insurance industry!  For my money, I’d stake my trust in Proposition 45 and give the responsibility to our “elected” representative — the California Insurance Commissioner.

G. Lance Johannsen, 



Janet October 21, 2014 at 11:08 am

SeniorTruth and Sara K are correct.

Felien is owned by big developers and mobile-home park landowners. He and Kern are on record as wanting to ban rent control in mobile home parks so their big donors can redevelop the land and make even huger profits. This would displace low-income seniors, veterans, and others.

Kern and Felien also fought for a back-door deal to hand the protected parkland of Goat Hill to a wealthy developer based in Utah who would have turned it into a corporate disneyland. Chuck Lowery came to the March 2014 Council meeting to speak out passionately against that plan, along with scores of other concerned citizens, and in favor of an open/transparent process involving citizen input. The plan was defeated at the end of the night but Felien still supported it.

I’m voting for Chuck Lowery and Dana Corso, both of whom want to protect parkland, oppose the Gregory Canyon Landfill which will threaten our drinking water, and both of whom support a ban of dogs shipped in from puppy mills (such a ban has been passed in many cities, including San Diego and L.A. Current Council majority voted against the ban last year).


SeniorTRUTH October 20, 2014 at 10:51 am

If you want to talk about BIG CAMPAIGN $$$ CONTRIBUTORS, you should first check the campaign donations for Mr. Kern and Mr. Felien that come from out-of-town builders, developers and corporate mobile home park owners, NONE of whom are from Oceanside. Their profits are earned here, but do not remain in Oceanside’s economy; those profits go back to their wealthy communities in Point Loma, Laguna Niguel, Pacific Palisades and Beverly Hills. Our City Charter was even written, NOT by our City Attorney, but by a LOBBYIST for the BUILDING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION (Bill Baber). Kern, Feller & Felien vote as a block in favor of developers and park owners while still working to END affordable housing for our seniors, veterans and disabled persons. The Council Majority has CLOSED homeless shelters at local churches, when we have homeless VETERANS. DUMP KERN & FELIEN. There’s another choice: DANA CORSO FOR COUNCIL.

Sara K October 19, 2014 at 8:38 am

Mr. Milew,

I thank whoever asked Mr. Lowery to run again. Jerry Kern will be re-elected because he’s a mature and rational adult. Gary Felien, however, needs to leave and go get help, immediately. He frequently disrespects constituents and displays an ill temper. Just this past Wednesday (Oct. 15) the City recording at the Council meeting was turned off (a rare occurrence!) out of concern that Felien was going to explode. See for yourself — it’s on the City’s YouTube channel. It doesn’t take any special sleuthing to conclude that Gary Felien is a ticking time bomb. It’s public record that the Oceanside police have visited his personal residence 12 times since 2010, including three visits for “battery.” Who is committing battery at the Felien household? Read for yourself at firefelien – dot – wordpress – dot – com.

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