City Council candidates share views on city development

This is the second part in a series of Q&A’s with Oceanside City Council candidates


By Promise Yee

OCEANSIDE — Oceanside’s downtown redevelopment is underway and large and small businesses are opening shop throughout the city.

City Council candidates Councilman Gary Felien, Charles “Chuck” Lowery, Councilman Jerome Kern, Robert Tran and Dana Corso, share their views on development priorities for North County’s promising jewel.


What has priority — the development of downtown, bringing and keeping large corporations, or bringing and keeping small businesses and small town charm?


Gary Felien:

These goals are not in conflict at all.  The need is to, and is, moving forward on all these fronts simultaneously.

Parts of the city are designed for the needs of large corporations, and others for small businesses.  We can attract both.


Charles “Chuck” Lowery:

City Hall needs a fresh perspective with real world business experience, ready to work with all sides — neighborhoods, local businesses, residents, and large employers — to create jobs for Oceanside residents.

By growing our economy and creating more jobs we can improve quality of life in every neighborhood and strengthen city services, without raising taxes one dime.

I’ll put my business experience to work at City Hall by attracting new industries and supporting our local small businesses.

We need to ensure that small business operators are heard at City Hall and get the support they need to open their doors faster and easier, without a lot of red tape and delays. I’ll get it done.

Of course, we can’t lose sight of the things we love so much here in Oceanside – the small town charm, our homegrown businesses, our beautiful parks and beaches.

We can grow our economy with local businesses and innovative industries, without turning Oceanside into downtown L.A. I won’t let that happen.


Jerry Kern:

Downtown is developing nicely with a mix of large and small businesses.

The hotel projects will bring visitors to Oceanside, who in turn will visit the shops and restaurants owned by our local entrepreneurs.


Robert Tran:

You can have both large corporations and small businesses while keeping the small town charm.

Everyone should have equal opportunity. A company’s worth has little to do with the size of its organization, but rather by what their business culture brings to the community.

We cannot build uninspired business tracts and keep the small town charm. Incorporating traditional and modern styles would allow them to blend in while still having their own identity.


Dana Corso:

What Oceanside residents love most about our city is its beach community charm. Oceanside voters have pleaded with our City Council to protect the character and quality of life for local residents.

We can have both and encourage small businesses and large companies to make their homes here by committing to responsible development, not developing every inch of beachfront property.

The residents of Oceanside want to keep their beach access and not have their views blocked by high-rise buildings.


In the Sept. 19 edition of The Coast News candidates will address the question: What do you see as Oceanside’s No. 1 top priority for the next  four years?



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