The Oceanside community is banding together like never before. Residents and businesses are demonstrating the power of care and kindness in a crisis. Learn about some of the positive news stories coming from among our neighbors and friends here.
In addition to the community as a whole, the City of Oceanside is adapting to the needs of its residents during the pandemic.
PARKS & RECREATION STAFF DELIVER MEALS & CHECK IN ON SENIORS
The City Council approved a novel program to assist residents and support local restaurants by having them prepare nutritious "to go" meals. Oceanside Parks & Recreation staff are delivering the fare to the most vulnerable Oceanside residents. The meals are delivered to group homes serving the elderly, those with chronic mental illness, and others during this health emergency. Restaurant partners include popular Oceanside eateries like Matsu, Mission Bar and Grill, Wrench and Rodent, Guahan Grill, and The Plot. Other staff are making calls to check in on Oceanside seniors.
LIBRARY STAFF DELIVERS BOOKS & MORE
The Oceanside Public Library staff have creatively adapted to the current situation by developing a system to deliver books that are placed on hold. Doorstep deliveries are made daily. All due dates will be extended until the Library reopens, and no fees will accrue during the closure. Also new: sign up for a Library card online! Access free e-resources like streaming media, magazines, audio books and graphic novels via the Library’s website and families can watch virtual story times on Instagram @OceansideLibrary.
DEVELOPMENT SERVICES CONTINUE WITH E-PLAN SUBMITTALS
In January 2019, Development Services staff implemented an electronic plan review process that allowed us to review plans and issue permits online. Customers were quick to use this process, which saves them a significant amount time and money. In the first year, 62% of reviews were performed in this new paperless process. During this pandemic, staff is performing well over 95% of work electronically, and are quickly transitioning to a 100% paperless process for all of development services work. The actions taken a year ago to develop this process have made the Development Services Department exceptionally capable of performing work remotely during this crisis to keep projects moving.
EARTH MONTH GOES VIRTUAL
The Green Oceanside team is celebrating Week 2 of the month-long Virtual Earth Month celebration. This week’s theme is all about climate and energy, and how our community can learn about clean energy alternatives, and what they can do to help protect our planet for generations to come. The community is encouraged to visit the Earth Month webpage to join in on the weekly activities, readings, virtual Earth Festival experience, and participate in contests to earn the chance to win a Visa gift card to use at Oceanside businesses.
STREET SWEEPING NEWS
Street sweeping is continuing without enforcement through the month of April. Sweepers will proceed through your neighborhood on off days, so people will not be alarmed and try to run out to move their car. We’re still out here—clearing storm drains, answering service calls, making repairs, etc. Call Oceanside Customer Care if we can help at 760-435-4500 or get the City app.
APRIL IS A CRITICAL TIME
The measures you are all taking are helping make an impact in stopping the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Please continue to remain at home, except for essential needs. Visit the City’s dedicated COVID-19 pages for confirmed cases and news: https://www.ci.oceanside.ca.us/gov/fire/home/coronavirus.asp