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Monday, June 12th, 2017

City of Oceanside council member Jack Feller, a “proud deplorable” under investigation, now helping Donald J. Trump restore the Constitution. Covfefe!

councilman feller mocks liveaboards

Thursday, 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!

slip fees rolled back to $8/ft

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Not even a year after voting to increase slip fees by $3/ft, Feller Felien Kern voted not only to abandon the increase, but to roll it back to $8/ft for 17 boat owners. (They were for it before they were against it.)

We suspect it’s no accident, because at last year’s vote it would have been difficult to argue for a rate increase and decrease at the same time. It’s all a matter of timing and cherry picking data to support the goal at hand.

According to Mr. Quan’s report, the roll back will cost $25k/year. This translates to an average $123 monthly subsidy for each of the 17 boat owners. We propose that if $123 makes or breaks a business – the apparent justification for the vote – more handouts will be needed soon. Stocking the ocean with more free fish could be a start.

In his presentation to the city council, Quan said that some commercial fishermen go to San Pedro in the winter because it is cheaper, yet San Pedro slip rates are conspicuously absent from his fee comparison table. Apparently they do not go to San Diego and Dana Point, the two harbors he did include to build his argument for lowering fees. There is a waiting list for commercial slips in Oceanside, and it does not appear the fishermen give them up while in San Pedro, thereby paying two slip fees. It does not make sense, especially so soon after significantly raising fees, unless an element of incompetence or mystery is involved, neither of which would be a surprise, in the City of Oceanside.