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Oceanside’s Prop K: A City Charter For Whose Benefit?

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Aired 6/7/10

Oceanside voters will decide whether to adopt a city charter tomorrow. Proposition K would affect development in the city, and jobs.

Oceanside voters will decide whether to adopt a city charter tomorrow. Proposition K would affect development in the city, and jobs.

Charter cities are independent of many state regulations, and more than 100 California cities have adopted charters. But Oceanside has not. It is considered a general law city.

Oceanside city councilman Jerry Kern said his main goal in adopting a charter is to save money.

“It gets us out from some of the state mandates -- the main one is the prevailing wage requirement,” Kern said. “As a voter, do you want the best value at the lowest possible price? The best value is given by the Charter.”

But Jerry Salyer, a former president of Oceanside’s Chamber of Commerce, said though he supports the idea of a city charter, he won’t vote for this one. He said it was thrown together in a hurry for Oceanside by Associated Builders and Contractors, a national group working to break the power of labor unions.

“The sentiment toward unions is probably as low as it’s been since World War II, because of the economy,” Salyer said. “This is just taking advantage of that sentiment and trying to translate it in a means that allows developers freer rein.”

Salyer said there are many moving parts to a city charter, and he would like to see more public input before placing a proposal on the ballot.

Kern admits the charter was crafted with the help of lobbyists for Associated Builders and Contractors. But he said it is simply a compilation of charters already adopted by Vista, Carlsbad and Fresno.

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