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Kori Jensen cleared by D.A. on house in North Oceanside

But two fellow councilmen turn against her

Rally to recall Kori Jensen
Rally to recall Kori Jensen

Last Friday the District Attorney’s office announced it was not pursuing criminal charges against Oceanside councilwoman Kori Jensen regarding her residency. There were enough questions over Jensen’s primary residence that the city attorney referred the matter to the D.A. shortly after her appointment in January.

Jensen seemed relieved over the good news by writing in a statement, “I’m grateful that we can finally put this to bed and move forward with the business of Oceanside.”

But days after the announcement, two of the three councilmen who made the appointment in the first place now say they have lost faith in Kori Jensen.

“Although the District Attorney’s office has chosen not to prosecute Ms. Jensen, the inconsistencies surrounding her primary residence have not been clarified,” councilmember Ryan Keim said via email on Monday. “The lack of transparency regarding Ms. Jensen’s residence is very concerning and has become a distraction from the critical issues facing our city. In the best interest of the residents of Oceanside, I strongly urge Ms. Jensen to reconsider her future on the City Council.”

One person who spoke with Keim on Monday said that Keim told him he no longer could trust Jensen.

Oceanside mayor-turned-councilman Peter Weiss articulated a sort of buyer’s remorse over Jensen. “If you are aware of how you go about changing past decisions, please let me know. I made a decision based on the information at that time. Unfortunately, concerns and allegations were raised after that decision was made. Those issues are a distraction to the important issues the city faces as is the recall effort.”

Oceanside locals who are unhappy with Jensen have been walking door to door collecting recall petition signatures from residents of District 1. That district has some 22,000 voters who live in that northwest quadrant of the city which is bordered by Camp Pendleton, the coast, and Oceanside Boulevard. They have been seen collecting petition signatures at the weekly farmers market, at Buddy Todd Park, and in front of Walmart and Frazier Farms. They need to get 4,844 signatures or 20 percent of all the registered voters in District 1 to get the recall on the ballot. They have until September 10.

Weiss said via email the D.A. announcement does not clear Jensen from misrepresentations she made to both the public and to him personally. “Just because there is insufficient evidence to prosecute, [that] does not determine innocence. My main concern though, is the inconsistency in statements that have been made publicly and to me privately by Ms. Jensen.”

“It’s surprising to me that Peter Weiss would say that since we never speak to each other in public or private,” Jensen said by phone Monday evening. “I’ve proven where I live. The D.A. has a timeline of my life for the last 20 years and if Mr. Keim isn’t satisfied with that evidence, then I don’t what to say to him.” Jensen says she will remain on the city council. “I have no intention of stepping down. I have a ton of support and I’m very confident going forward that I can make good decisions for District 1 and I look forward to working for my community.”

The issue started over the home Jensen owns at 815 North Pacific Street which she claimed was her primary residence. County records show that she listed a Carlsbad address as her primary address. In personal bankruptcy proceedings from May 4, 2020, Jensen said in court that her Carlsbad property was her primary address. She maintained a license with the city of Oceanside which showed 815 North Pacific Street was an un-hosted short-term rental. Jensen subsequently listed that address as her personal residence on her application for city council appointment.

Some of those collecting signatures have noted that Jensen, a real estate agent and drug and alcohol counselor, owes more than $51,000 in delinquent property taxes on her North Pacific house.

News that Weiss and Keim have abandoned Jensen was met with skepticism by two who support the recall. They fear that if she were to step down, the council would simply appoint another person who may not represent the voters of District 1. They say that the only right thing to do is what should have happened last January which is to hold an election or leave the seat vacant until November 2022.

Christopher Rodriguez voted for Jensen’s appointment. Mayor Esther Sanchez was hoping for a special election to fill the empty seat which was created when she became mayor.

One citizen who spoke before a city council meeting in March said that if Jensen would simply show a photo ID at that meeting to either the city attorney or the city clerk proving that she lived at 815 North Pacific Street, the whole recall affair would evaporate. Jensen did not. After the meeting she did tell the city clerk that the city’s human resource department had proof of her residency at 815 North Pacific Street. After a public records request, that department provided no proof that Jensen had provided photo ID proof that 815 North Pacific Street was her personal residence.

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Last Friday the District Attorney’s office announced it was not pursuing criminal charges against Oceanside councilwoman Kori Jensen regarding her residency. There were enough questions over Jensen’s primary residence that the city attorney referred the matter to the D.A. shortly after her appointment in January.

Jensen seemed relieved over the good news by writing in a statement, “I’m grateful that we can finally put this to bed and move forward with the business of Oceanside.”

But days after the announcement, two of the three councilmen who made the appointment in the first place now say they have lost faith in Kori Jensen.

“Although the District Attorney’s office has chosen not to prosecute Ms. Jensen, the inconsistencies surrounding her primary residence have not been clarified,” councilmember Ryan Keim said via email on Monday. “The lack of transparency regarding Ms. Jensen’s residence is very concerning and has become a distraction from the critical issues facing our city. In the best interest of the residents of Oceanside, I strongly urge Ms. Jensen to reconsider her future on the City Council.”

One person who spoke with Keim on Monday said that Keim told him he no longer could trust Jensen.

Oceanside mayor-turned-councilman Peter Weiss articulated a sort of buyer’s remorse over Jensen. “If you are aware of how you go about changing past decisions, please let me know. I made a decision based on the information at that time. Unfortunately, concerns and allegations were raised after that decision was made. Those issues are a distraction to the important issues the city faces as is the recall effort.”

Oceanside locals who are unhappy with Jensen have been walking door to door collecting recall petition signatures from residents of District 1. That district has some 22,000 voters who live in that northwest quadrant of the city which is bordered by Camp Pendleton, the coast, and Oceanside Boulevard. They have been seen collecting petition signatures at the weekly farmers market, at Buddy Todd Park, and in front of Walmart and Frazier Farms. They need to get 4,844 signatures or 20 percent of all the registered voters in District 1 to get the recall on the ballot. They have until September 10.

Weiss said via email the D.A. announcement does not clear Jensen from misrepresentations she made to both the public and to him personally. “Just because there is insufficient evidence to prosecute, [that] does not determine innocence. My main concern though, is the inconsistency in statements that have been made publicly and to me privately by Ms. Jensen.”

“It’s surprising to me that Peter Weiss would say that since we never speak to each other in public or private,” Jensen said by phone Monday evening. “I’ve proven where I live. The D.A. has a timeline of my life for the last 20 years and if Mr. Keim isn’t satisfied with that evidence, then I don’t what to say to him.” Jensen says she will remain on the city council. “I have no intention of stepping down. I have a ton of support and I’m very confident going forward that I can make good decisions for District 1 and I look forward to working for my community.”

The issue started over the home Jensen owns at 815 North Pacific Street which she claimed was her primary residence. County records show that she listed a Carlsbad address as her primary address. In personal bankruptcy proceedings from May 4, 2020, Jensen said in court that her Carlsbad property was her primary address. She maintained a license with the city of Oceanside which showed 815 North Pacific Street was an un-hosted short-term rental. Jensen subsequently listed that address as her personal residence on her application for city council appointment.

Some of those collecting signatures have noted that Jensen, a real estate agent and drug and alcohol counselor, owes more than $51,000 in delinquent property taxes on her North Pacific house.

News that Weiss and Keim have abandoned Jensen was met with skepticism by two who support the recall. They fear that if she were to step down, the council would simply appoint another person who may not represent the voters of District 1. They say that the only right thing to do is what should have happened last January which is to hold an election or leave the seat vacant until November 2022.

Christopher Rodriguez voted for Jensen’s appointment. Mayor Esther Sanchez was hoping for a special election to fill the empty seat which was created when she became mayor.

One citizen who spoke before a city council meeting in March said that if Jensen would simply show a photo ID at that meeting to either the city attorney or the city clerk proving that she lived at 815 North Pacific Street, the whole recall affair would evaporate. Jensen did not. After the meeting she did tell the city clerk that the city’s human resource department had proof of her residency at 815 North Pacific Street. After a public records request, that department provided no proof that Jensen had provided photo ID proof that 815 North Pacific Street was her personal residence.

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This move by the DA is consistent with her and her predecessor in the office. A virtual absence of any prosecutions for local political corruption has been the rule in the county for many years now. And if these misrepresentations aren't corrupt, what is? The many points being made by the recall movement are true, and now a pair of the pro-developer cabal on the council are disavowing her. It would be impossible to make up a story like this one. She's a defiant one for sure. Just when you think that the O'side council is getting its act together, a majority of it pulls a stunt like appointing her. There were many choices available to them (I think even Rocky Chavez was one of them) and they picked a carpetbagging unknown out of the field of applicants. When I learned that the DA was "investigating" I predicted nothing would come of it, and there was no surprise when I was correct. But having two of her supporters announce a loss of confidence WAS a surprise. Ya' nevah know.

June 8, 2021

The city attorney did the right thing by referring this to the D.A's office, but nobody should be surprised that the D.A isn't prosecuting. They have bigger fish to fry. If it was up to me all crimes would be prosecuted but that's not the way it works. Whether they think it's a waste of taxpayer money, they're short staffed or they fear they can't get a conviction -- who knows. This happens all the time, and I feel bad for the residents of Oceanside. They deserve better.

June 8, 2021

If the residents of Oceanside want better, they have to elect better. They deserve what they get now, due to being uninformed about the candidates. The council was known a few years ago as a snake pit, which was an apt description.

June 8, 2021

The residents requested an election not for council members to appoint someone but city council decided to appoint. There were 36 candidates sent in applications and 3 of the council members decided to pick their top 10 or so favorites to interview which they didn't even really do. They picked Kori because she is a relator and developer- friendly. If Kori was elected by voters then yes, they get what they get. Voters were not given a choice to vote.

June 9, 2021

I think we are saying much the same things. But if the voters hadn't elected Rodriguez, Keim, and Weiss, they would not have had the opportunity for their mischief.

June 11, 2021

Visduh, as those of us who follow oside politics know, Weiss and Keim came to the city council as appointees. Its almost like a nonstop, inbred, appointee gene pool

June 11, 2021

Oops, I follow the O'side politics just enough to get confused. You make a very good point about the chain of appointees. Sanchez was right when she wanted an election. I was sure Weiss had run for the council when he vacated the mayoral position. It's more important than ever for the residents of that city to pay attention in elections, know their candidates, and vote for those agree with them. For all too long the opposite has been the rule. Campaign one way, vote the other.

June 16, 2021

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