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







In this issue...

  • City Council District Elections
  • Economic Development news
  • Oceanside Transit Center project
  • Arts and Culture
  • Local Coastal Program (LUP) Update
  • City Council meetings
  • Crown Heights Community Festival
  • Innovate 78
  • Eastside community cleanup event
  • Beach sand replenishment
  • Weed abatement
  • Bicycle Friendly Community Award
  • Sidewalk CPR
  • Independence Day parade
  • Fireworks display July 3
  • Illegal fireworks in Oceanside
  • Green Oceanside Zero Waste Tips
  • Oceanside Public Library news
  • Parks and Recreation events
  • What Home Means to Me contest winners
  • Filipino Cultural Celebration
  • Downtown Oceanside History Walks
  • Oceanside International Film Festival 
  • Oceanside Museum of Art - Become a member!
  • KOCT - North County's channel
  • Oceanside Unified School District news
  • Vista Unified School District news
  • MiraCosta College LIFE program



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City Council District Elections - On May 3, 2017, the Oceanside City Council adopted a resolution to begin the process to transition to district elections.  This means that those who run for City Council will need to live in the district where they seek election. The Mayor's seat will continue to be elected at-large.  Five community meetings were held in May to learn about the process and provide input.  It is anticipated that draft boundary maps will be posted on or before June 14, 2017.  The public will be able to address the Council at the June 21, July 25, and August 1 meetings. To view draft boundary maps, videos of community meetings, background information and more, please visit






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.




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Oceanside Transit Center Improvement Project- SANDAG's progress continues on the improvements being made to Oceanside Transit Center. Crews are finishing up work on the new southern platform and third track. Test trains ran several nights in April and May to be sure that the signals were operating properly. The testing was successful and the platform opened on Tuesday, May 30. As demolition and construction begins at the northern platform closest to the station, trains will no longer board on Platform 1, and passengers should allow extra time to find their new boarding location. Signs will be posted to direct passengers to their trains. There will continue to be intermittent nighttime work required to complete the construction, which is anticipated to be finished by late 2017. The project will enhance the capacity and reliability of the Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) coastal rail corridor, improve schedule efficiencies and travel times, and modernize the station for a better rider experience. Learn more by visiting, emailing, or calling 858-549-RAIL. 




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Arts and Culture - The Arts are alive in Oceanside! The summer season holds a colorful array of art events such as the ever-evolving Oceanside Art Walk June 2 and exciting live theatre like West Side Story at the historic Star Theatre.  The world-class Oceanside Museum of Art has not-to-be-missed exhibitions as well as the very elegant Museum Ball:  Puttin' on the Ritz on July 22. Please visit Oceanside's California Surf Museum for the interesting new exhibition on Surfing During the Vietnam War. Check link above for details and make it a night to remember in Oceanside!






City Council Meetings - The public is welcome for all City Council meetings at 300 N. Coast Highway. The next meeting dates are June 7 and June 21. Regular 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. Sign up to receive meeting agendas and minutes here. 




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Local Coastal Plan Update - The City was awarded a Local Coastal Program Local Assistance Grant by the California Coastal Commission.  The grant provides support of an update of the Land Use Plan (LUP) of the Local Coastal Plan.  The LUP outlines goals and policies that promote orderly and complementary land use within the City's coastal zone, with an emphasis on public access, visitor-serving uses, enhancement of visual resources, preservation of natural habitat, and mitigation of coastal hazards. 




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Crown Heights Community Festival - Join the Oceanside Neighborhood Services Department for the annual Community Festival on Saturday, June 3 from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the Crown Heights Resource Center at 1210 Division Street.  The day's events include a performance by the colorful and talented Ballet Folklorico, a K-9 demonstration, a DJ and Zumba fun.  There will be games and activities like rock climbing and an obstacle course.  Find out about available community resources, too!  



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Innovate 78 - Innovate 78 is the collaborative effort of five cities (Oceanside, Carlsbad, Vista, San Marcos, and Escondido) to attract new business to the 78 corridor and promote economic development and job growth in the North County San Diego region. Read about Innovate 78's recently released study which examines North County's growing tech cluster and more.




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Eastside community cleanup event -  Oceanside’s Housing & Neighborhood Services Department hosts quarterly neighborhood community clean-ups. City staff from Neighborhood Services Resource Centers and Code Enforcement work with community volunteer groups to assist local residents in cleaning up the community. The Eastside community clean-up on May 13 had 35 volunteers who helped fill four 40 cubic yard dumpsters. Thanks to all who participated!




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Beach sand replenishment- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contracted with Manson Construction to conduct its annual dredging of the Oceanside Harbor for a safe navigational route. The sand removed from the Harbor channel is being placed on Oceanside beaches. They anticipate completing the job around June 12, depending on sea conditions.  In the meantime, please be cautious and avoid the dredge pipes and work.  More




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Weeds...Whose problem are they?  You may have noticed patches of weeds in areas around town, which have grown rapidly with the winter/spring rain.  Property owners are responsible for clearing weeds. This is very important as we enter the hot summer months and more incidences of wildfires occur.  The City of Oceanside Code Enforcement Division may send notices to owners requiring the removal of overgrown vegetation. In the interest of a fire safe and beautiful community, let’s all do our part to keep Oceanside free of fire danger and a nice place to live. Complaints of properties in need of weed abatement may be reported by emailing, by calling (760) 435-4500, or by getting the free “My Oceanside” City app and reporting issues 24/7.  You can get the free City app on your mobile device by searching "My Oceanside" in the apple or android stores.







Bicycle Friendly Community Award The League of American Bicyclists recognized Oceanside with a silver-level Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) award. There are now 416 communities nationwide currently recognized with a BFC award for their efforts to make biking better. Oceanside offers monthly bike traffic safety courses which include three hours of classroom study and six hours on the road. The City holds numerous bike safety school assemblies and bike rodeos.  Ad wraps have been attached to buses illustrating the meaning of "sharrows," a shared bike and car lane. 




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Sidewalk CPR event - On Thursday, May 18, Oceanside Firefighters and Oceanside Lifeguards, assisted by the Oceanside High School Health Career Academy, educated 374 citizens on when to call 9-1-1, when to use CPR, and how to provide hands-only CPR. The goal of this Southern California campaign was to train as many people as possible, increasing the number of lifesavers in our community.  Thank you to all who participated!





Oceanside Independence Parade - Don't miss this annual Oceanside favorite on July 1!  The "Star Spangled Salute" marches up Coast Highway from Wisconsin Street to Pier View Way.  The first unit steps off at 10:00 a.m. Find details on how to participate in the parade, how to volunteer or sponsor, where to view, and more, by clicking the link above.






Fireworks display July 3 Celebrate Oceanside's 129th anniversary on July 3, 2017, with a spectacular fireworks display at 9:00 p.m. at El Corazon. The recommended viewing area is on Rancho Del Oro Road between Mesa Drive and Oceanside Boulevard.  This portion of Rancho Del Oro will be closed to traffic.  Please carpool as parking is limited in business parks nearby.  Bring a beach chair and enjoy early entertainment and food vendors.



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Illegal Fireworks in Oceanside - Please remember that selling, possessing, or using fireworks of any kind is illegal in the City of Oceanside. Those in possession of fireworks will be cited.  Illegal fireworks pose a great fire danger to homes. Fireworks cause an average of 20,000 reported fires a year and many serious injuries. Leave the fireworks to the professionals. If you attend a professional fireworks display, please keep an eye on children and stay at least 500 feet away from where the fireworks are being launched.  



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Green Oceanside

Find out how you can enjoy a Zero Waste day at the beach this summer


Safe Residential Fat, Oil and Grease Disposal - It's the number one cause of sewer back ups.  Review the best way to dispose of these fats and oils and how to prevent the costly problems they may cause.






Oceanside Public Library News

Filipino Cultural Celebration June 10                                 

Write On, Oceanside - June 22-24

Summer Reading Special Events for Children

Teen Summer Events 

"Tween" Summer Events - Ages 8-12






Parks and Recreation News - Parks and Recreation is gearing up for a full summer season with the annual Concert in the Park series, a trip to a Padres game, movies at the Pier, and plenty of classes, camps and sports! Give the gift of FUN with new gift cards for your friends and loved ones to experience a class, sport or camp. Check link above for all the details.




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"What Home Means to Me" Contest Winners - As part of a Housing America campaign, a poster contest is held each year. Oceanside's Housing & Neighborhood Services Department held a local “What Home Means to Me” poster contest to generate entries. 46 children entered posters in the contest. Two of those creative entries were selected to advance to the Pacific Southwest Region competition; one of the entries was selected to compete at the national competition!  Find out more and see the winning artwork.  Congratulations to all!




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Filipino Cultural CelebrationThe Filipino-American Cultural Organization (FACO) and the Oceanside Public Library will be hosting the 16th Annual Filipino Cultural Celebration on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at the Oceanside Civic Center Plaza and Library, located at 330 N. Coast Highway in downtown Oceanside from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m.  Admission is free and open to the public.  True to its theme, “Preserving the Filipino Culture in Modern America,” the Celebration will offer attendees a day full of Philippine folk dancing and music, colorful costumes, special performances from local Filipino-American talents, and delicious Filipino and international cuisine. 



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Oceanside Downtown History WalksThe Oceanside Historical Society features Downtown History Walks on the second Saturday of each month beginning at 9:00 a.m. The walks begin at the Civic Center Fountain at Coast Highway and Pier View Way. Look for the plaque commemorating Oceanside's founder, Andrew Jackson Myers.  Walks take participants to historic homes, churches, banks, three Irving J. Gill buildings, the “Top Gun” house, the Oceanside Pier and band shell and variety of other sites.  Walks are free and open to everyone and are pleasantly paced so folks of all ages can participate. The tour takes about 2 hours. No need to phone in a reservation, just meet near the fountain. For questions,call (760) 722-4786.






Oceanside International Film Festival (OIFF) - Save the dates!  This annual celebration runs August 6-13, 2017 and is North County’s largest film festival. Local, national, and international filmmakers have an opportunity to showcase their work in an atmosphere that celebrates artistic freedom. Screenings and celebrations take place at the two oldest theaters in town--Star Theatre and Sunshine Brooks Theatre.  Plan to walk the red carpet and celebrate the arts in Oceanside!





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.



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KOCT - North County's Channel - KOCT celebrates winning several Telly awards and introduces popular new Video on Demand programs you will not want to miss. You'll find out about Oceanside high school student interns learning the ropes at KOCT and more, by viewing the news at the link above.  Visit to view programming and special local features.






Vista Unified School District NewsVista Unified School District's Interim Superintendent Dr. Matt Doyle introduces a new initiative called the Prenatal to Grade Three (P-3) Bridge.   This approach is designed to close the achievement gap before it opens, through a collaborative community outreach program aimed to maximize learning opportunities for students at the youngest age possible. 







Oceanside Unified School District NewsAnyone under 18 may receive a free breakfast and lunch all summer.  No enrollment, no I.D., no paperwork necessary.  This is a federally-funded free program.  Adult meals will be offered for $4 at most locations.  This program will begin June 12 and will run through August 10 at most locations.  See link above for details.







MiraCosta College L.I.F.E. program - L.I.F.E. (Learning is For Everyone) is organized for the seniors of North County, but is open to all. LIFE meets on most Friday afternoons from 1:00-3:30 p.m. They offer guest speakers and discussion groups on the most fascinating topics. Among the June 2017 topics are Stained Glass, American Indian politics and Space Exploration.



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