Oceanside councilman’s yard vandalized days before election

OCEANSIDE — Some time between Sunday evening and Monday morning, preceding the Nov. 4 elections, vandals ransacked the front yard of Councilman Gary Felien’s home. Felien, who was running for reelection to the City Council, said he discovered smashed campaign signs and an outdoor light at 8 a.m. Monday, and promptly filed a police report.

He said the incident was out of character for the neighborhood, and went far beyond stealing campaign signs, which sometimes occurs during elections.

Vandals specially targeted campaign signs with his name, and fellow Councilman Jerry Kern to smash and put next to the trash. Other election signs were left untouched.

“I know it was related to the election,” Felien said. “It was a small thing, but you don’t know what might follow.”

Damage to lights and electrical is estimated between $500 and $1,000.

Felien said he and his family are considering investing in additional security measures.

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