councilman feller mocks liveaboards

November 20th, 2014

Approving the purchase of a new, $500k police boat – on slip renters’ dime – City of Oceanside councilman Jack Feller directed a bizarre request from the dais at Captain Fred Armijo of the Oceanside Police Department, regarding the old boat:

“And I hope you just don’t turn that boat over to a slip renter for a liveaboard. ‘Cause they probably, uh, they probably won’t move it for the next hundred years.”

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Yep, that happened, at the November 19th, 2014 Oceanside city council meeting, Item 13 here, or on youtube.

As a liveaboard, I am taken aback by the gleeful disrespect and lack of knowledge displayed by someone whose decisions affect my life so closely. (The City of Oceanside is my landlord, who recently doubled my liveaboard fee, and also increased my rent by 30%, in a vote Feller-Felien-Fern for, Wood-Sanchez against. Curiously, the for block reversed its vote for a special business interest group less than a year later.)

Let’s take a look at how much ignorance Feller managed to pack into such a short statement:

1. The boat cannot be sold, as Captain Armijo just finished explaining.

2. Boats do not come with a liveaboard permit. It is issued to a person.

3. The idea of restricting the intended use of a boat by a new owner is plain kooky.

4. Boaters, liveaboard or not, pay for the privilege to move or not move a boat at their sole discretion and whim.

5. Some liveaboards rarely use their boats for transportation. They don’t have to. There are many non-liveaboards who use their boats even less. Some just enjoy sitting on a boat in a slip. Some enjoy drinking alcohol on the dock in lawn chairs all day. And others just enjoy the idea of having a boat at the ready, and never even visit.

6. Liveaboards must move their boats once a year to the police dock for inspection. That’s three times as often as non-liveaboards, and one hundred times in a hundred years.

7. Liveaboards  are people, too, not some smelly trash that deserves to be the butt of Feller’s elitist jokes.

In conclusion, deep fried butter wrapped in bacon. I mean, have you seen the fella? Zing!


February 22nd, 2015

denny boy

January 18th, 2015

vedic dances for the ages in oceanside harbor

October 19th, 2014

oceanside harbor stealth camping

October 16th, 2014

~~~ anniversary edition ~~~

you lookin’ at me?

August 30th, 2014

ask for the extended quadcopter video, peeking inside boats on C, D & E docks. hilarious as shit.

click HERE to play the short version


hello Y dock!


say I, dock!


yo Monte!

hurricane marie flushes out oside harbor resident

August 29th, 2014

When “John” (real name James) moved into his waterside residence in Oceanside Harbor, he was thrilled. Unlimited ocean breezes, free rent, nearby bathroom scrubbed twice a day, and apart from the occasional clouds of dust and loud noises invading from Camp Pendleton, the military base just across the fence, life was good.

Except now John is really angry no one had warned him about the dangers of living in a flood zone. It was a dark and stormy night when Hurricane Marie let herself into his bedroom. At first he just enjoyed her as another wet dream. He’s grown accustomed to those in his Oside Paradise. Who could blame him. But as more waves broke into his bedroom, he barely had time to save his own soul. All possessions had to be left behind for the ocean to claim. With a higher jetty, or posted signs, the City could have prevented this tragedy, and an impending lawsuit.

Luckily for John, the recently installed aid dispensers (a.k.a. Rapid Donation Kiosks – thank you Sea Star Sportfishing!) are refilled several times a day by generous boating merrymakers, who leave scraps behind for the boatless. The lazy and the drunk just drop them nearby.


three cheers for paul lawrence

August 26th, 2014


boom advisory: $25k found

May 22nd, 2014 reports $25k/year is needed to pay for a new red boat.

In 2012, less than a year after increasing slip rates by $3/foot for all slip renters, Feller-Felien-Fern effectively reversed its vote, and lowered the commercial fishing fleet rate to $8/foot. The harbor coordinator, Mr. Quan, reported at the time it would amount to a $25k/year revenue loss “reduction.”

Since Mr. Quan’s report wasn’t entirely consistent with his oral presentation to the Council, as outlined in this 2012 post, it might be a good time to take a second look.

vortex of satan

April 25th, 2014