Dispute over road project up for discussion in Oceanside

OCEANSIDE, Calif. - A dispute on the Oceanside City Council over a road construction project could flare up at a meeting Wednesday and affect the composition of the board of the San Diego Association of Governments.

One of the items on the agenda is a request by Councilman Gary Felien to remove Mayor Jim Wood, who also holds a council seat, from the board of directors of SANDAG, the regional planning body. The organization allocates funding for transportation projects, among its other functions.

Felien and colleagues Jack Feller and Jerry Kern want to connect the northern and southern sections of Melrose Drive, which are separated near Guajome Regional Park, according to U-T San Diego. Wood and Councilwoman Esther Sanchez oppose the project.

Felien, Feller and Kern contend that Wood has done a poor job in steering transportation funds to the city.

Wood has hired a lawyer to try to block his removal from the SANDAG board, on which he has served for six years, U-T San Diego reported. Wood was re-elected as mayor over two opponents in November.

The SANDAG board is generally made up of the mayors of its member cities. Feller would replace Wood on an interim basis if Felien's request is granted.

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