Oceanside Councilman Christopher Rodriguez. Courtesy photo
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Residents sign petition to recall Oceanside councilman

OCEANSIDE—The city clerk has identified insufficiencies with a notice of intent to circulate a recall petition that was recently served to Councilman Chris Rodriguez.

The Notice of Intent to recall was first issued to Rodriguez on Nov. 20 with 20 signatures from residents from District 2, which the council member represents on City Council.

Rodriguez was first elected to the position in late 2018.

The notice lists several reasons why these residents want Rodriguez out of office, including his promoting of the controversial North River Farms development project, recently approved by a majority of council, on social media and before a public hearing. This action, according to proponents, eliminated his fair and impartial analysis of the project and his constituents’ concerns about it.

They also take issue with him approving the development and include that in the grounds for recall list as well and claim there is a potential conflict of interest because of the property he owns in South Morro Hills where North River Farms will be built.

City Attorney John Mullen has previously stated Rodriguez does not have a conflict of interest because his property is more than 1,000 feet from the development site.

Other grounds for recall listed include operating vacation rentals with “numerous code violations” and selling properties rather than repairing them and trying to get a raise for council members.

Rodriguez would have had to file a written response to the notice within seven days of it being issued with the city clerk. According to City Clerk Zeb Navarro, however, the recall notice had insufficiencies that require proponents to fix and re-file the recall notice.

Navarro said the recall notice did not contain the residence address that included the city of each of the proponents of the recall, and only had 19 instead of the required 20 valid signatures from registered voters in District 2.

“When Councilmember Rodriguez has been re-served with the Notice of Intent, he will have seven days from being served to issue an official response with my office and the proponents,” Navarro said via email.

After Rodriguez files the response, proponents will have 10 days to prepare a petition and submit it to the clerk’s office. Proponents will then have 120 days to collect about 10% of the registered voters in District 2 to place the recall on the ballot.

“My focus is on the City of Oceanside and continuing to overcome our challenges and meet the goals that I was elected to accomplish,” Rodriguez said in an official statement sent to The Coast News. “Our community is only getting stronger, and I’m proud to represent my constituents in District 2 and the City as a whole.”

Rodriguez’s statement did not mention the recall notice.

4 comments

eric s anderson November 27, 2019 at 2:41 pm

Every citizen in Oceanside should be angered over the decision for two reasons 1. The supporters of the project had written instructions and were human applause signs. 2. The city was told the will of the people and 3 members ignored the people. Why? Because they’re corrupt. Corrupt de facto by ignoring the people and corrupt by speculation. Why did they ignore the will of the people or more specifically, how much money were you corrupt politicians paid? Don’t you know Oceanside has 200,000 people and is too big for this thing to not get investigated? When you guys did your dirty deal, like the North River Road thing, the citizens never heard or knew about it. It isn’t a bribe when the victim benefits from buying your shakedown vote This is different. This is open face. Rodriguez is a realtor on the council who voted for a project the citizens said they didn’t want.

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Doug W November 28, 2019 at 10:37 am

This guy is a liar. When he was running for office he said he opposed sprawl development and would never support that sort of thing. I hope I get the chance to vote for his recall.

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RANDALL HORTON November 30, 2019 at 9:51 am

3 council members voted for the proposed development, yet only 1 is being recalled. This is not fair.

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RANDALL HORTON November 30, 2019 at 9:55 am

3 council members voted for the proposed development, yet only 1is being recalled. This is not fair.

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