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Oceanside councilman scolded over poker winnings

Jack Feller, Oceanside city councilmanOceanside City Councilman Jack Feller has been scolded by the Fair Political Practices Commission for not listing his poker winnings on his state-mandated financial disclosure forms.

Commission counsel Bridgette Castillo, in a letter to Feller, said Feller's failure to report $4,482 that he won at the Oceans Eleven Casino in Oceanside violates a law requiring officeholders to report any source of income more than $500.

But Castillo said no punishment is planned because Feller had a "good faith belief" that the winnings did not have to be reported because they weren't from a single source.

Feller, a Navy veteran who owned a sandwich shop for a decade and has been on the council for eight years, has amended his disclosure form to include the poker winnings. He's also gone a step further.

"I quit playing poker," he told the North County Times.

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Photo: Oceanside Councilman Jack Feller. Credit: Oceanside city government

 
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