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In this issue...

  • Oceanside named California Cultural District
  • City Council District Elections
  • Balanced budget approved
  • 'Pack it in, pack it out' at beaches
  • Economic Development news
  • National Night Out is tonight!
  • Coast Highway Corridor Study
  • Oceanside Transit Center update
  • Arts and Culture
  • Development Services offers updated options
  • City Council meetings
  • Join Oceanside CERT
  • Free concert August 12
  • Beach sand replenishment
  • Free smoke alarms
  • Green Oceanside news
  • Oceanside Public Library news
  • Parks and Recreation events
  • Innovate 78
  • Oceanside International Film Festival
  • North County Health Fair August 10
  • Labor Day Pier Swim
  • Harbor Days September 16-17
  • Oceanside Museum of Art - Become a member!
  • KOCT - North County's channel
  • Oceanside Unified School District news
  • MiraCosta College LIFE program
  • Committee looks at medical cannabis regulations



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Oceanside named 1 of 14 California Cultural Districts -The California Arts Council announced in July that Oceanside was chosen as one of 14 Cultural Districts in a new statewide program.  The innovative new program will highlight thriving cultural diversity and unique artistic identities within California. The District partners are: the City of Oceanside--represented by the Oceanside Public Library and Oceanside Arts Commission (an advisory body to the City Council), the Oceanside Museum of Art, and MainStreet Oceanside. Together they bring a focus on inclusivity, creativity, talent, and economic development to the forefront in the District. Selection for the California Cultural Districts was conducted through a multi-step process, including an open call for initial letters of intent, a peer panel review, site visits for semi-finalists, and an invited finalist application. Designation includes benefits such as technical assistance, peer-to-peer exchanges, and branding materials and promotional strategy. 




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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. Once implemented, 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, provide input and work together to develop draft maps. On June 21, 2017, the City Council voted 4-0 to direct staff to bring forward the "Communities of Interest Map" for final approval.   At the City Council meeting on July 25,  the Council introduced an Ordinance establishing by-district elections for City Council offices and approved an election calendar for the newly created Council Districts.  On August 1, 2017, Council will take the final vote on the District map (agenda).  To view the District Election map, videos of community meetings, background information and more, please visit The webpage contains an interactive map; scroll down, click on map icon and zoom in to view your neighborhood district.



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Balanced budget approved-  On June 7, 2017, the City Council approved a balanced budget of $467.04 million for the fiscal year that began July 1.  The budget is focused on City Council priorities with an emphasis on creating a better quality of life for all communities, maintaining a strong comittment to service levels, and responsible financial management. 



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'Pack it in, pack it out' at parks and beaches Trash of all kind impacts the community, sea life, birds, and pollutes our waterways. Overflowing trash and recycling cans leave a bad impression and tax City resources. When visiting Oceanside's parks and beaches, think ahead and become part of the solution.  Whatever you bring to the beach should be taken with you;  "Pack it in, pack it out!"  Let's work together to sustain healthy and vibrant natural spaces in Oceanside, now and into the future.





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.





National Night Out is tonight! - Join us tonight (Tuesday, August 1) at one of four Oceanside locations to celebrate community and forge stronger bonds! National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Four Oceanside locations have movies, games, food & more!  Click link for details.



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Coast Highway Corridor Study- The City of Oceanside has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Coast Highway Corridor Study. The purpose of a DEIR is to provide the public with information about the study and its potential environmental effects.  Copies of the DEIR and supporting documents are available for public review and comment on the City website.   Copies of the document will be available at the Planning Division counter located at 300 North Coast Highway, the Oceanside Public Library located at 330 North Coast Highway, and the Oceanside Mission Branch Library located at 3861-B Mission Avenue. Please direct any questions to John Amberson, Transportation Planner, at (760) 435-5091. The DEIR public review period is from July 13, 2017 to August 28, 2017. 



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Oceanside Transit Center update - Construction activity at Oceanside Transit Center moved to the northern area of the project's Platform 1 beginning in June. The primary work, which will be ongoing through the fall, will be focused on removing and replacing the older platform with one that is raised to accommodate level boarding for Amtrak passengers.SANDAG and NCTD ask passengers to allow extra time to find their new boarding location during construction, and not trespass in construction areas or on the railroad right-of-way, as this poses great safety concerns to passengers as well as crews and operators. Construction is anticipated to be complete in late 2017. Thank you for your patience as we continue to improve the Oceanside Transit Center. 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. To learn more about the project, call 858-549-RAIL, email, or visit



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Arts and Culture - The Arts are alive in Oceanside! The summer and fall seasons hold a colorful array of art events such as the ever-evolving Oceanside Art Walk Friday, August 4 and exciting independent films at the highly-anticipated Oceanside International Film Festival.  The world-class Oceanside Museum of Art has not-to-be-missed classes and exhibitions.  Check link above for details and make it a night to remember in Oceanside.




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Development Services offers updated options - Doing business with the City's Development Services Department just got easier with the addition of credit card payment options at the counter and online eTrakit inspection scheduling and tracking of projects.  Residents also may now submit and obtain expedited residential solar permits.  






City Council Meetings - The public is welcome for all City Council meetings at 300 N. Coast Highway. The next regular meeting dates are August 9 and August 23. 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.







Join Oceanside CERTCERT is Oceanside's "Community Emergency Response Team." CERT is about readiness, people helping people, rescuer safety, and doing the greatest good for the greatest number. Volunteer citizens take a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where their actions can make a big difference.  CERT's next training academy is October, 2017 and is held at the Oceanside Fire Training Center at 110 Jones Road.  Join us!







Free Concert August 12 The Oceanside Public Library welcomes Jessica Fichot in concert on Saturday, August 12 in the Civic Center Library Community Rooms located at 330 N. Coast Highway.  Performance time will be 1:00 p.m.  Free parking is available in the Civic Center parking garage. Jessica Fichot will take you on a journey out of the French chanson tradition, into the lands of 1940’s Shanghai jazz, international folk, gypsy swing and beyond!




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Beach sand replenishment - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is tentatively scheduled to begin removing sediment in September from approximately two miles of the lower San Luis Rey River to increase water flow capacity in the event of major storms.  The USACE will transport and place beach compatible sand from the project between Seagaze and Pine Streets and from Oceanside Boulevard to Buccaneer Beach in the coming months.  The sediment removal project will temporarily close a stretch of the San Luis Rey Bicycle/Pedestrian Trail from Foussat Road to Douglas Drive.  A temporary detour will be set up, including along the old drive-in site.





Free Smoke Alarms - The Oceanside Fire Department has partnered with the American Red Cross to offer Oceanside residents free smoke alarms with free installation at your home.  The smoke detectors will be installed between September 30 - October 14, but residents need to call to sign up at (760) 435-4305. Smoke alarms save lives.  Having a smoke alarm installed is the first step to keeping your family safe. Don't miss this important opportunity!




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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 innovative companies that reside along the 78 corridor:




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Green Oceanside

Bulky item pickups - Have an old mattress? Broken furniture?  Old appliances headed to the landfill? Call Waste Management at 760-439-2824 to schedule a free large item landfill pickup.

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For more information on solid waste and recycling services, please visit






Oceanside Public Library News - Beginning September 5, the Oceanside Public Library will have expanded hours. More hours to read, discover and learn!                  







Parks and Recreation News - Registration for Fall 2017 classes begins on August 21.  Fall dates for classes are September 18-December 2.  Session 1 runs from Sept. 18-Oct. 28 and Session 2 runs from Oct. 30-Dec. 2. Register at  

Don't miss these upcoming spectacular events:






Oceanside International Film Festival - August 6-13 -Founded in 2009 by the Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation, the Oceanside International Film Festival showcases the work of independent filmmakers in Oceanside's historic Star and Sunshine Brooks Theatres. Walk the red carpet and hobnob with the creative artists of independent cinema!   




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North County Health Fair - On August 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce will hold its 12th Annual North County Health & Wellness Fair at Civic Center Plaza.  A variety of free, health-related screenings and demonstrations for the public will be featured throughout the event.  The North County Health Fair is a great way to receive information, meet a new health specialist, take advantage of free screenings and learn more about healthy living. 







Labor Day Pier Swim -The 88th annual Pier Swim will take place on the morning of  Monday, September 4.    An Oceanside tradition, this friendly, one-mile competition runs the gamut from children over 12 to hearty seniors in their 80's!  Read all about the history and registration details at link above. 




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Harbor Days - Save the dates!  On September 16-17, the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce hosts two fun-filled days of sun, sand, events, music, games, booths, great food, and demonstrations.  Lively activities include the Pirate Village, Nail 'n Sail competition, arts and crafts, Tiki Swim, military and public safety displays.  Free parking at the Oceanside Transit Center with free shuttle service to the Harbor.






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 news features programming on the history of Oceanside's unique and charming Heritage Park, as well as a piece on Ernest Taylor, one of Oceanside's first City Managers.  Visit to view programming and special local features.






Oceanside Unified School District News - On April 28, the Board of Education voted to transition from at-large Board Member elections to by-district Board Member elections in accordance with the California Voting Rights Act. Currently, OUSD Board Members are elected by voters from across the entire school district. In a by-district election system, the school district will be divided into sections, or voting districts, and voters from each section will elect one person who lives in that section to fill a seat on the board.  At a special school board meeting on June 26, the Board of Education adopted a voting district map and a sequencing plan. The adopted map was approved by a 3 to 2 vote and can be viewed at www.oside.usIf approved by the San Diego County Office of Education, the map and election process will go to the California Board of Education. If approved, the new election process will begin in 2018. 







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 July/August 2017 topics are Sleep, Neurobiology, Fake News, the Power of Art, and Healthy Hearts.  



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Ad-hoc committee examines medicinal cannabis regulations -  In April 2017, the Oceanside City Council created an ad-hoc committee to explore regulations for the cultivation, distribution, and dispensing of medicinal cannabis. The committee was created to consider what, if any, fit the industry could have in the City of Oceanside. The committee will work until November 2017 to make its findings.  




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