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Welcome to The Oceanside Tide, the City's enewsletter. Forward to a friend! To sign up for this and other e-publications, please visit the City website.


In this issue...

  • Oceanside honored at White House Water Summit
  • Coast Highway Traffic Calming Pilot Project
  • Coast Highway Corridor Study Update
  • City launches solar project
  • Oceanside Harbor dredging
  • Army Corps of Engineers Shoreline Study
  • Arts and culture
  • Online survey: Craft breweries and wineries
  • Earth Festival & more
  • Coffee with a Cop
  • Days of Art
  • City Council meeting April 6
  • Economic Development news
  • Library news
  • Community Fairs & Festivals
  • Parks and Recreation news
  • Nixle for neighborhood police news
  • CalRecycle awards grant for rubberized pavement
  • Oceanside Museum of Art - Become a Member!
  • Bike to Work Day & more
  • Ironman 70.3 California Triathlon
  • Downtown History Walks
  • California Surf Museum news
  • KOCT community television news
  • MiraCosta College LIFE program
  • Seaside Neighborhood Native Garden Tour
  • Beach Soccer Championships




Oceanside honored at White House Water Summit - The City of Oceanside's “Pathogen Removal Study” was recognized at the White House Water Summit held on March 22 to commemorate World Water Day.  The comprehensive study of pathogens (harmful substances) is being conducted by Oceanside, Trussell Technologies and RMC Water, two California-based environmental engineering companies that are consulting with the City. The research is expected to have a wide reaching impact on efforts to continually improve drinking water supplies throughout California and potentially the nation.






Coast Highway Traffic Calming Pilot Project -   As part of the Coast Highway Corridor Study currently underway, the City of Oceanside plans to do a traffic calming pilot project along a segment of Coast Highway.  With the recent community input the City received concerning Coast Highway between Oceanside Boulevard and Morse Street, the City proposed to restripe this section of Coast Highway to one lane in each direction as the Traffic Calming Pilot Design test site. 

Along with restriping Coast Highway to one-lane in each direction between Oceanside Boulevard and Morse Street, an 8-foot bike lane along with an 8-foot bike buffer will be installed on both sides of the street.  The proposed restriping project will retain the two-way left turn/center turn lane to continue to provide access to businesses. 

In addition, a mid-block crosswalk will be striped across Coast Highway at the entrance to the Loma Alta Creek path.  Included with this crosswalk will be rectangular rapid flashing beacons, sidewalk bulb-outs, and a median refuge area for pedestrians.  The new striping  installation was started on March 31, 2016, with the crosswalk install planned at a later date.  Your input is welcomed and can be sent to the City’s Transportation Section or (760) 435-4373.





Coast Highway Corridor Study Update - A preferred alternative for the Coast Highway corridor has been identified, which was reviewed by the Steering Committee in February and presented to the public at a Community Meeting on March 15, 2016.   Preparations are underway for a City Council Workshop on April 13 at 2:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers, where the preferred alternative will be presented.  All are welcome.  The Programmatic Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) will be completed for all project alternatives over the summer.  The final PEIR will be presented to the City Council in early 2017.





City launches solar project - On March 23, the City held a celebration to launch solar projects at five City facilities, including Oceanside Police Headquarters, Melba Bishop Recreation Center, El Corazon Senior Center, City Operations Center, and Fire Station 7.  Solar power arrays comprised of parking canopies, elevated shade structures, and roof-mounted systems will be constructed.  When complete, the arrays will offset 74% of the energy used at these facilities, which translates to saving money and greenhouse gas reduction.






Oceanside Harbor dredgingThe Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) is working on their annual Oceanside Harbor dredging job which will remove sand from the Harbor and place it on Oceanside’s beaches.  ACOE recently opened bids for this project and is hoping to issue a notice to proceed the third week of April.   





U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Shoreline Study -The Army Corps of Engineers held two public meetings last month to discuss the shoreline feasibility study that is currently underway.  The main objectives of the shoreline study are to: 1) estimate the impacts of erosion on the shoreline caused after construction of Camp Pendleton Harbor, 2) explore options to mitigate erosion of City beaches, 3) investigate the potential increase of damage to structures along the beach due to continued erosion and mitigation measures to reduce damage, and 4) consider practices to restore sediment from coastal rivers and streams and ultimately restore sand to City beaches. Upon completion of the study, the project will be submitted for initial approval and, if approved, will require 2 additional phases (appropriations and funding) before construction can start.  Meeting presentation.  Your comments may be emailed by May 1, 2016.

City staff is also working towards acquiring permits for a Sand Compatibility and Opportunistic Use Program (SCOUP) to allow “beach quality” sand to be placed on City beaches when made available through development, grading projects, sediment basins or as other opportunities arise.  Permits from 3 regulatory agencies are required for this program, and the City is very close to having all of the required permits.  Once the permits are secured, sand can be deposited when available.

In addition, there is Harbor dredging done every year in April/May (see item above) which removes approximately 200,000 cubic yards of sand from the Harbor opening and deposits material just south of the San Luis Rey River to south of the pier. The City will continue to look for other opportunities to get more sand placed on beaches.



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Arts and Culture - The Arts are alive in Oceanside! The season is brimming with exciting events like Oceanside Days of Art, the Oceanside Museum of Art's Club O:  It's a Mod Mod World, modern dance, Art Walk, the Oceanside Jazz Festival, and  riveting live theatre at both The Star and The Sunshine Brooks Theatres. Check link for all the details and make it a night to remember in Oceanside.






Online Survey: Craft breweries and wineriesThe Planning Division needs community input on proposed zoning changes that would allow small-scale “craft” breweries and wineries with tasting facilities and retail sales within portions of the Downtown District and along Coast Highway.  We welcome your input, and we encourage you to share the survey, which will be open through Friday, April 15.  The survey can be accessed at More information here.




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Earth Festival April 16- Join the Green Oceanside team in honoring the environment during Earth Month 2016. The Earth Festival is North County's largest Earth Day celebration and features live music, environmental booths and displays, a vintage market,  and free bike valet.  See link for free oil filter exchange date, landscape contest, creek & beach cleanups, composting workshop, and more!   

Clean Water Program

Loma Alta Creek Cleanup -  April 23 - Join in to keep our waterways clean!  Several cleanup spots to choose from, see link for details.

Fertilize after it rains - The time to fertilize your landscaping is after it rains, not before.  Find out why, and where to get FREE compost for your Oceanside garden.  




Coffee with a Cop - April 21 from 9:00 -11:00 a.m. in the plaza outside the Civic Center Library at 330 N. Coast Hwy.  Join your friends, neighbors, business leaders and Police Officers for coffee and conversation. No agenda or speeches, just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know your neighborhood officers. These monthly meetings open the door for interactions outside of crisis situations that typically bring law enforcement and community members together. For questions, please call (760) 435-4543.  You will be able to enjoy the adjacent Farmers' Market, too! 




Oceanside Days of Art April 16 & 17 - Days of Art is a juried fine art festival featuring over 100 local artists selling a variety of unique work including paintings, sculpture, stained glass, ceramics, fine jewelry, photography and more. This free festival also has live stage performances, hands-on art activities, street chalk art, live demonstrations, and a delicious variety of food choices. Oceanside Days of Art is held at the corner of Coast Highway and Pier View Way in downtown Oceanside.  Free parking can be found in adjacent Civic Center parking structure.





City Council Meeting - April 6 at 5:00 p.m. - The public is welcome for the next City Council meeting in the Council Chambers at 300 N. Coast Highway. City Council meetings are also shown live on KOCT on two Wednesdays of each month and replayed throughout the week. Check the agenda and minutes to read about the issues the City Council is addressing each month. You may now submit your opinion via an online form as well.






Economic Development News - Oceanside has a dynamic business climate with new restaurants, retail shops, and manufacturing businesses moving into the City. The City's Economic Development Division assists businesses with expansion and relocation to Oceanside by offering site searches, business visits, demographic and statistical information, and assistance with permit processing and business license issuance. Check the link above for the latest new and coming business news.






Library News - Your public library has fun, free, and fascinating events and programs, see links below and visit today!

Latino Americans: 500 Years of History programs

Free basic computer classes April 12 & 13

Practice SAT & ACT tests

Book donations

April events calendar





Community Fairs & Festivals - Join neighbors and friends at the Libby Lake Resource Fair and the Crown Heights Festival in May for entertainment, booths, music and fun.  Check link for dates and details and mark your calendar for fun-filled day!







Parks and Recreation news - Join Parks and Recreation for spring sports and classes--many new offerings for you and your family! See link for new classes, camp kick-off date, and the upcoming Father/Daughter Ball! 






Nixle for Oceanside Police news - Nixle is a community information service dedicated to helping you stay connected to news from the Oceanside Police Department.  To sign up to receive news via text, simply text your zip code to 888777 for mobile alerts.  The service is built on the most secure, reliable, and high-speed distribution platform, ensuring that you receive trusted and immediate, geographically relevant information.





CalRecycle awards grant for rubberized pavement - The City of Oceanside received a grant from CalRecycle for approximately $200,000. The grant reimburses the cost of pavement overlay work using aphalt made from recycled tires.  The rubber aphalt has a long performace history, needs less maintenance, and makes for quieter pavements.   





Oceanside Museum of Art - Become a member!  As a member of the Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA), you'll be supporting a world-class museum and a local treasure.  When you become a member, you're not only gaining access to many exciting member perks, you're also helping to bring quality arts programming to the community.  Many membership levels are available, join at the level that best suits your interests and find out where you belong. 



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Bike to Work Day is May 20 - Save the Date! Bike to Work Day is a nationally recognized event celebrated annually to promote biking as a viable, environmentally-friendly, cost-saving commute choice. There are so many great reasons to give bike commuting a first try, but the reason people stick with it is simple – it’s fun. Leave the car at home, dust off the bike, and enjoy your commute for once.  The City of Oceanside is hosting 3 pitstops with giveaways and a community ride on 5/14, check link for details.

Free Adult Bicycle Education Classes - These free classes, offered monthly, include one class session and one road session.  Link includes dates/times and registration is required. 





Ironman 70.3 CaliforniaTriathlon - Come to the Strand and Pier area  April 2 to cheer on these triathletes who aren't afraid to push their limits.  Participants will be swimming in the Oceanside Harbor, cycling along the coast, and running along the Pier and Strand to the finish line!  Course maps  and IronKids Fun Run.





Downtown History Walk - The Oceanside Historical Society hosts Downtown History Walk on the second Saturday of each month from April to September at 9:00 a.m.  The Walk begins at Civic Center Plaza located at the corner of Coast Highway and Pier View Way.  Walks are free (donations accepted), open to all, and pleasantly paced.  For more information, please visit the Oceanside Historical Society website.





California Surf Museum news - Celebrate surf culture with Big Wednesdays!  The next few Big Wednesdays at the Surf Museum feature authors, book signings, slide shows, stories and more!  Don't miss the Annual Members' Party on April 3, and help celebrate 30 years!  Congratulations, California Surf Museum!






KOCT - Your Community Channel - KOCT celebrates a new season of Community Health Matters, a series of programs on a variety of health topics, featuring local doctors and healthcare professionals in North County. KOCT is available in Oceanside on Cox Cable channels 18 and 19 and on AT&T's U-Verse channel 99.  But you can also find them online and watch videos on demand and share links witih your family and friends.   




MiraCosta LIFE Program - Learning Is For Everyone (LIFE) is a program organized for seniors of North County, but open to all over 18. LIFE meets most Friday afternoons at 1:00 p.m. at the Oceanside campus and offers an incredible selection of guest speakers and topics. Future meeting topics include Miles Davis, San Onofre, Fantasical Sculpture and the Suez Canal!  Please peruse the scheduled topics via the link above and join LIFE on Fridays. For more information, please call (760) 757-2121 x6972.



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Seaside Neighborhood Native Garden Tour - Tour over 18 California native plant gardens in the historic Seaside neighbohood of Oceanside!  Meet at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, April 10 at St. Mary's School parking lot at 5156 Wisconsin Avenue.  The guided walk is free.  Donation requested for map and plant list.  Local children sell lemonade and cookies along the route.  This annual event is sponsored by the Buena Vista Native Plant Club and the Oceanside Coastal Neighborhood Association.   





Beach Soccer Championships - The largest Beach Soccer Festival on the west coast takes place  May 13-14 right here in Oceanside!   The weekend festivities are kicked off with a free beach soccer clinic for kids on Friday, May 13 at 5:30 at the Oceanside Harbor.  Free and open to all children, the clinic is run by pro players who teach soccer tricks, take photos, and sign autographs.                                 







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