City Council Removes Mayor from SANDAG Board [Video Clip]

The seat would remain vacant until an appointment is made by the council, according to Oceanside City Attorney John Mullen.

The Oceanside City Council voted Wednesday evening to remove Mayor Jim Wood as the primary SANDAG board member.

Councilman Gary Felien, who has been vocal about the need to remove Wood, introduced the motion.

“I believe it’s fair and reasonable to ask that we have representatives on regional bodies that support the view of the majority, not the view of the minority,” he said.

Felien was backed by Councilmen Jack Feller and Jerome Kern while Wood and Sanchez voted against the motion.

Felien, Feller and Kern want to connect the northern and southern sections of Melrose Drive, which are separated near Guajome Regional Park, according to U-T San Diego. Wood and Sanchez oppose the project.

Felien, Feller and Kern contend that Wood has done a poor job in steering transportation funds to the city.

The SANDAG board, which is generally made up of the 18 mayors in San Diego County, governs the agency that oversees countywide transportation planning and funding.

Wood, who was re-elected in November, said the decision would be "thrown out" of court and said he would seek a lawyer for advice.

The seat would remain vacant until an appointment is made by the council, according to Oceanside City Attorney John Mullen.

—City News Service contributed to this report.

Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly attributed a statement. This version has been updated to reflect that City Attorney John Mullen said the seat would remain vacant until the council makes an appointment. 

James 'Jimmy' H Knott III January 03, 2013 at 06:42 AM
Felien, Feller & Kern action of removing Mayor Wood appointment power goes against California Constitution, summarized it says: if it isn’t covered by in/a City Charter then the state General Law must take precedence referenced: ARTICLE 11 LOCAL GOVERNMENT SEC. 5. Other State laws support this Constitutional mandate & other Charter Cities have their Mayoral powers correctly codified within their Charters. This Council majority in Oceanside by-stepped this Constitutional mandate this evening, even after being told of its existence a couple of weeks ago. Our City Atty. disagrees with this interpretation but other City Atty's in other Cities disagree with our City Atty. Wouldn't it be better for all to draw up a charter amendment & place it before the voters & let us decide which direction to go? Not for K, F & F who willfully decided to waste valuable tax $. Mayor Wood has read the same laws as you have shared now and more, Our Mayor is standing for what is right, just & correct, for a principle of abiding by the law. This City Council majority needs to heed actions of other Charter Cities & enshrine a Charter Amendment & cease this violation of our state constitution and do likewise & abide by the law. If they don't like this law then KFF need to talk to their state legislature representatives to change the law, but between now and then quit acting like criminals deciding which laws you will follow and which ones you won't. Nice example to/for the kids guys.
Linda Walshaw January 03, 2013 at 06:30 PM
This is not just about SANDAG, or even about road projects, it is about how 3 men on a City Council have stolen your City government from the PEOPLE of Oceanside. On November 6, 2012, Oceanside voters overwhelmingly re-elected Mayor Jim Wood with 54.16% of the vote. The office of Mayor performs two functions that other Council members do not: 1) The Mayor can make appointments to local and regional boards and commissions; and 2) the Mayor presides over Council meetings and ceremonial functions such as issuing awards, etc. On December 12, 2012, the very day Mayor Wood was being sworn in for his third term of office, Messrs. Kern, Feller and Felien voted in their new City ordinance stripping the Mayor of his powers of office and transferring those powers to themselves! Mr. Felien has made it clear that he (despite what voters determined) intends to make the Mayor’s office a “ceremonial” position, and enforce the will of 3 men on the people of Oceanside, in spite of election results to the contrary. In a news article on December 28, 2012*, Mr. Felien was quoted as saying: “The mayor needs to understand he’s part of the minority, not the majority.” Mr. Felien apparently needs to be reminded that it is the VOTERS OF OCEANSIDE WHO ARE THE MAJORITY, NOT these 3 Councilmen. The VOTERS made their choice on November 6 and will not stand idly by while their choice for leadership is ignored and governmental powers transferred to candidates they did not choose.
Donald Snyder January 03, 2013 at 07:12 PM
I'm beginning to believe that losing this election wasn't such a bad thing after all. The five that are now in there act like little children in a sand box. We tried to get new blood in there that didn't vote 3-2 no matter what the issue. It seems the voters of Oceanside must like this stuff because they keep voting them in. Good luck in 2013.
Robert Markley January 04, 2013 at 04:18 PM
This is just the latest example of hegemony foisted on the citizens of Oceanside by Felien, Feller, and Kern. They are allowed to do all this mischief because of the Oceanside City Charter. The Charter was written by one of their main campaign organizers and jammed through without any public comment and without any input from the City Attorney.
myowncompass March 30, 2013 at 09:11 AM
All so that they can build a four lane road THROUGH PARK LAND? NEAR HORSE STABLES and NURSERIES? Somebody fix those men. This is what happens when old men don't get enough sex and don't have hobbies, they set about making everyone else miserable. Wives, do something with your husbands for crimeny's sakes.


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