Roger Ogden, a Hillcrest resident who claims to have worked for 30 years at a local research-and-development center as a physicist and project manager, spoke before the Encinitas City Council meeting on Wednesday, October 20, to detail an encounter he allegedly had with city-council candidate Tony Kranz.
“I was recently amazed to learn that Tony Kranz is campaigning for a seat in the city council on the promise to create a better tone and an environment of a more open discourse, because this is the same Tony Kranz that assaulted me at a protest in April,“ Ogden said.
According to Ogden, Kranz — a longtime Encinitas resident — assaulted him at a protest in front of a coffeeshop in North Park on April 11 because he didn’t like what he was protesting. During the confrontation, Ogden says that he was exercising his freedom of speech and alleged that Kranz ripped a sign he was holding and broke it.
“He barked obscene insults at me, saying he ‘ought to kick my ass,’” added Ogden. A look at Ogden’s Facebook page shows a photo of him holding an anti-Obama sign with a message that reads “Fake Messiah” and “Usurper” with an image that resembles Barack Obama.
During the city-council meeting, Ogden showed multiple photos of Kranz confronting him, including a photo with Kranz extending his middle finger. Ogden says that he asked police to file assault charges against Kranz but they declined.
“He’s the one that got upset and approached me in an aggressive manner…I didn’t realize he was unstable enough to attack me,” said Ogden.
Another speaker, Claire Vanaelstyn, spoke before the council and testified that the alleged incident did occur. “Is this the type of person you want as a fellow Encinitas councilman?” asked Vanealstyn.