Fundraiser. . . Oppose the Oceanside Recall!
In case you haven't been following Oceanside City Councilman Jerry Kern's situation in Oceanside (see UT Editorial below), please know this is a serious test for the business community - we must not allow the public employee labor unions to succeed in their effort to unseat Councilman Kern on December 8th!  If they do, their brazen tactics will multiply throughout the County.
The Lincoln Club of San Diego County has no agenda in Oceanside other than trying to stop "out of control" public employee unions from becoming "public masters" through forced implementation of completely unsustainable public employee pension benefits.

This is a bogus recall effort and a blatant attempt to get a pro-union Council in place before their contract renewals come up early next year.  Please join us!
October 15th, 2009

6:00pm - 7:30pm

Oasis Bar and Grill at the Woodfin Hotel San Diego
10044 Pacific Mesa Blvd, San Diego CA 92121

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Host Committee Chair
Mark Kersey

Honorary Host Committee
Congressman Darrell Issa
State Senator Mark Wyland
State Assemblyman Martin Garrick
State Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher
Escondido Mayor Lori Holt Pfeiler

Del Mar Councilman Mark Filanc
Del Mar Councilman Carl Hilliard
Encinitas Councilman Jerome Stocks
Escondido Mayor Pro Tem Dick Daniels
San Diego Councilman Carl DeMaio
Solana Beach Councilman Joe Kellejian

Host Committee

Tom Sudberry
Perry Dealy
Bill Lynch
Linden Blue
John Campbell
George Coles
Jim Fitzpatrick
Steve Friar
Wendy Gillespie
John Hawkins
Dan Hom

Mary Humphrey
Katherine Kennedy
Ure Kretowicz
Estean Lenyoun
David Malcolm
Wendy Patrick Mazzarella
Bryan Min
Lesha Montoya
Laura Nelson
Michael Pattinson
Jim Pieri
Steve Quinn
Larry Richman
Paul Robinson
Duane Roth
Allan Royster
Arkan Somo
Eric Stenman
Phil Thalheimer
Mike Turk
Bob Watkins
Steve Williams
Julie Meier Wright
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Raw tactics in Oceanside
2:00 a.m. August 22, 2009

NORTH COUNTY - Police and firefighter unions are often influential players in local politics. Thanks to the respect the public has for their professions, the unions' endorsements are a highly valuable chit for most politicians.

But in Oceanside, public safety unions have become so out of control that they should inspire fear, not respect. Their successful campaign to force a recall election of Councilman Jerry Kern is raw power politics at its worst.

Along with just about every other elected official in California, Kern had a hugely difficult task this spring: fashioning a 2009-10 budget in an era of plunging revenue. He first angered the public safety unions when he considered but eventually decided against supporting privatizing Oceanside's ambulance service. He eventually helped win approval of a budget that included the elimination of three firefighter positions.

At this point, the police and fire unions decided to show Kern - and Oceanside City Hall - who was boss. Rather than wait to target Kern when he ran for re-election next year, they spent $46,000 to gather the 11,389 valid signatures necessary to trigger a recall.

It will be held on Dec. 8. City officials estimate it will cost $483,000 - money that will be excruciatingly difficult to squeeze out of a very lean budget.

Absurdly enough, union leaders now claim the recall isn't really about their fury over not getting their way on the budget. Instead, they say it's based on Oceanside residents' reaction to Kern's alleged rudeness and his pro-development votes.

But if it really is about those issues, then why did virtually all of the recall campaign funding come from the police and fire unions?

Union leaders can't answer this question because they know the truth: Their campaign is all about securing a pro-union majority on the Oceanside City Council - three members who will do their bidding.

We hope Oceanside voters figure this out by Dec. 8.