„NO‟ ON CHARTER - - VOTE NO ON “K”
June 8th, 2010
Secret Charter = Secret Agenda
Sweetheart Deals?: A Community Forum published on April 15 by the North County Times
explains the real reason this charter was written behind closed doors and in secret by Jack
Feller and the Associated Builders and Contractors‟ (ABC) lobbyist Bill Baber:
“Voters of Oceanside should ask themselves why a national lobbying group like
ABC San Diego is investing so much money and expensive lobbyist time to get them
to approve this charter. It is not a charity and expects a huge return on this investment…
struggling builders and contractors made obscene amounts of money before the economic
downtown and now want taxpayer dollars to be the hand that feeds their country-club
habits….(ABC) wants Oceanside to approve a charter without language that ensures
competitive bidding on City contracts.” NCTimes, April 15, 2010 by Liz Altman
No Competitive Bidding: Competitive bidding on public projects is not required in a charter
city. Contracts can easily be awarded to friends, allies and campaign donors with no checks and
balances. ABC has already donated $5000 to pass this charter. Don‟t you figure they want
something in return?
Paper says NO WAY- TWICE: The North County Times urged a “NO” vote on the Charter. In
fact they said it twice- on February 21 and on April 4th! “The public did not participate in any
piece of the charter-shaping process.” A charter changes everything about the way a city
DOESN‟T SAVE MONEY: If this charter was designed to save money, as Kern, Feller and the
various taxpayer groups‟ claim, Jack Feller should have used an open and public process that
involved Oceanside residents, the Mayor, our Councilwoman, and the City Attorney.
Senior Center took state and federal money and was required to pay
prevailing wages. No money could be „saved‟.
Mance Buchanon Park took state grants money and had to pay
prevailing wages too. Again, no money saved.
Studies show exemptions from prevailing wage cost money and
lower the quality and safety of projects and cause costly delays.
Charter cities can more easily pass assessments that cost residents
Charter cities do not create new jobs, but they do give the politicians more power!
Councilmembers of a charter can raise their salaries as high as they want.
This charter will not protect Oceanside from the unfunded mandates or revenue grab by
the state and federal government.
CITIZENS AGAINST CHARTER