Posts Tagged ‘City of Oceanside’
A follow up to Greg Larkin’s post yesterday about today’s Oceanside City Council meeting…
Mobile Home Rent Control doesn’t work
by Steve Gramm
It didn’t work in Cuba, or behind the Iron Curtain, but some politicians in San Diego County still think the government should be setting prices for one form of housing—mobile home parks.
It will come as no surprise to my conservative friends that mobile home park rent control has created all kinds of unintended consequences, including expensive litigation, unnecessary bureaucracies, and mobile home park closures. All in all, it’s a complete failure for everyone impacted.
The Oceanside City Council faces a final vote tomorrow (Wednesday) on a measure proposed by Councilman Jerry Kern that would return free markets to city mobile home parks, thus simply allowing park owners to adjust rents to the market rate only when leasing to a new tenant. Don’t let Councilmember Esther Sanchez and her regulatory, nanny-state minded cronies tell you any differently, although they will try, while draining the city of needed tax resources.
Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood may have suffered a minor stroke just over two weeks ago, while on a trip to Washington D.C. to meet with federal officials. I wish him well. I sincerely hope he returns to good health soon, and is able to fully execute his duties as mayor.
I also hope he drops his ghoulish political opportunism. I wish he would confront ideological and policy differences with councilmembers in a forthright matter.
From the North County Times:
Initial tests in Washington showed that his blood pressure was unusually high. The mayor said he thinks his disagreements with a new council majority of Jerry Kern, Jack Feller and Gary Felien could be partly to blame.
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Escondido, the only city in North County not to become a charter city is finally looking at the change. Considering the major projects that the city is looking at developing in the near future, including a Triple A ballpark for the Padres minor league team and a Marriott hotel on city land, the savings from eliminating prevailing wage in construction is enormous.
The North County Times article indicates that the initial hearing will be March 9th. However, Deputy Mayor Marie Waldron would like to try to get the charter to the ballot by the June election, if there is one, or on the next closest cycle.
Thanks to some vigilent citizen watchdogs spreading the word, we learned that Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood called a special meeting of the Oceanside City Council today at 4 p.m. The meeting just barely met the minimum public notice required.
Ask yourself dear Rostra reader why the council would be in such a big hurry to have an unscheduled meeting on a Wednesday afternoon? Could it be anything to do with the fact a new City Council with a newly elected member will be sworn in the next morning on Thursday, December 2? Hmmm. Could it be anything to do with the fact the Council will vote on three proposed labor contracts with police officers and firefighters?
One of the most important functions of groups like the San Diego County Taxpayers Association (SDCTA) is educating the rest of us. Providing voters with ballot recommendations that satisfy its criteria for accountable, cost-effective and efficient government has got to top the list.
SDCTA has just completed its review of the June 2010 Primary Election state and local ballot measures and issued its ballot recommendations. A supermajority (60%) vote of the SDCTA Board of Directors is required for a position to be taken on any ballot measure. The recommendations are:
The question is “shall Jerome Kern be Recalled?” And the early results show an answer of “NO”. These results are mostly absentee results, but it would be staggering for the margin of nearly 2 – 1 to be overcome with precinct results. Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood put himself very publicly out in front of this in support of the recall and in support of organized labor. The repercussions of this attempted recall having failed will be interesting to watch.
From the North County Times…
OCEANSIDE: Big money flowing in on both sides of recall campaign
Kern gets major donations from businesses; unions pour more cash into fighting him
Big bucks are flowing almost daily to underwrite campaigns for and against the recall of Oceanside City Councilman Jerry Kern with less than a week to go before the Dec. 8 election.
Fighting for his political survival, Kern in the last month raised more than $71,000, including a $20,000 contribution Nov. 24 from the North County Association of Realtors through the California Real Estate Political Action Committee in Los Angeles, according to reports filed with the city clerk this week.
Signs, signs, damn my eyes the hideous signs! Both the pro and anti recall organizations have coated Oceanside in similar signs. Most of them are in the public right of ways, but the number in yards looks to be growing.
For much of the race thus far the union goons dominated the streets. I’m hearing that some of them are actually wearing ‘fake’ costumes that look like their uniforms, to get around the prohibition on wearing their uniforms while campaigning (which I understand is actually a crime, by the way). Over the last few weeks though people are saying that there has been a dramatic increase in the ‘anti’ street campaign. Maybe it’s just me but I think in these local campaigns you gotta have your door to door program running strong!
None of our in-the-know bloggers are going to take even a short, one paragraph stab at how the Rocky Chavez vacancy in Oceanside will impact the city? How about what it means — if anything — to the union led recall effort of Councilman Jerry Kern? Can Kern and his supporters successfully turn this into a call for stability, just when the city needs it most?
Ok, how about our readers? Comment away.
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