Posts Tagged ‘Jerry Kern’
Team Oceanside is a political action committee that was formed last September to support the re-election of Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood along with Councilmember Esther Sanchez. Also supported by Team Oceanside is political newcomer Dana Corso, whose voting record was recently called into question, as reported by the North County Times.
Wood, Sanchez and Corso are running for election as a slate, commonly referred to as “Team Oceanside.” California election law allows general purpose committees, such as Team Oceanside, to support candidates for public office. Yet those same laws prohibit these types of committees from coordinating that support directly with the candidates.
Oceanside City Councilmember Jerry Kern received an Excellence in Leadership Award for his pioneering support of fair and open competition from the Associated Builders and Contractors of San Diego at its annual Excellence in Contracting Awards on November 17. “We only recognize one political figure each year, and this year the choice was clear,” said Philip Piel, ABCSD Board Chairman. “Jerry Kern has stood up for fair and open competition early and often.” Among Kern’s accomplishments:
- Kern sponsored a city charter for Oceanside requiring fair and open competition in public contracting for the first time in California, saving Oceanside taxpayer millions of dollars.
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.
As hi-lited in Monday’s FlashReport, with some updated information here…
Hodges First to Announce in Garrick’s Term-Limited 74th Assembly District — Are there Other Possible Contenders?
by Barry Jantz
The geographic boundaries of a redrawn 74th Assembly District are yet to be determined, but a buzz is quietly building among political watchers regarding the likely field of Republican candidates next year, as Assemblyman Martin Garrick leaves the seat due to term limits. The buzz may quickly become full blown, as longtime conservative GOP activist Sherry Hodges will soon make her candidacy official.
Last Tuesday’s failed recall election against Oceanside Councilman Jerry Kern was a clear repudiation of an attempt by labor to wrest control of the city council in one of San Diego County’s largest municipalities.
Fellow SD FlashReport blogger Duane Dichiara wrote about the results on Wednesday, in A Crushing Defeat for Labor in Bellweather Oceanside Election. Here too are several SD Rostra posts on the election.
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.
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?
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