The City of Oceanside instated a hard closure of parking lots west of the train tracks, and a soft closure of beaches. The closure of parking lots has minimized occupancy and increased distancing at the beach. The soft closure of Oceanside beaches means that gatherings are not permitted. Active recreation such as walking, jogging, or surfing is acceptable, but people need to maintain their distance from others and not linger. Beach picnic areas are closed. City playgrounds are closed. Lifeguards are monitoring the beach and making reminders via speaker. Over 75 social distancing signs are placed.
The City of Oceanside held a Special Meeting today to consider and approve an urgency ordinance which provides for a temporary moratorium on residential and commercial evictions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. Mayor Peter Weiss called for the Special Meeting following the Governor’s executive order that authorizes local governments to pause evictions for renters through May 31, 2020. The Council recognized that many Californians are experiencing substantial losses of income related to COVID-19 and acted to take measures to preserve and increase housing security to protect public health. Full text.
City of Oceanside to provide temporary relief of water, sewer and solid waste utility services for businesses during COVID-19 pandemic.
Oceanside, CA, March 24, 2020 – The City of Oceanside has created a utility service relief program for businesses that must remain closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal of the program is to support Oceanside’s local business community and provide relief for water, sewer and solid waste utility services by temporarily stopping all utility services and charges.
The City of Oceanside will hold a Special Meeting on Thursday, March 26, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. to consider a ban on residential and commercial evictions during these trying times. Mayor Peter Weiss called for the Special Meeting following the Governor’s executive order that authorizes local governments to pause evictions for renters through May 31, 2020. “We need to protect our residents and business owners during the COVID-19 crisis,” said Mayor Weiss. “We need these protections now to reduce the stress our residents and businesses are already under, and to keep residents from potentially becoming homeless.”
The COVID-19 emergency is causing financial hardships for many Oceanside residents and businesses. The City is working on measures which may help alleviate financial worries.
In order to limit occupancy due to social distancing regulations and minimize the spread of COVID-19, City of Oceanside playgrounds and beach parking lots will close during the COVID-19 emergency declaration.
CLARIFYING LIST FROM GOVERNOR
On March 19, 2020, Governor Newsom issued an Executive Order directing all to stay home, except as needed to maintain continuity of operations of essential critical sectors and to protect health and well-being of all Californians. The Governor’s Office released a list of job sectors with clarifying details. Essential businesses should also practice social distancing by keeping employees and customers at least six feet apart. Governor Video Update
The City Council, City Manager and staff at the City of Oceanside want you to know that we are here and working hard to provide services to the Oceanside community and to safeguard the health and safety of residents. The City's Emergency Operations Center is activated and meeting, reviewing and updating plans and preparations to anticipate and respond to developments in our community. First responders are fully staffed, trained, and protecting our community and responding to calls for emergency service. Oceanside’s water facilities are in full working order and ready to continue meeting the community's needs. Our water treatment processes include filtration and disinfection. This removes and kills viruses, including COVID-19, bacteria and other pathogens.
In accordance with guidance from the County of San Diego and State of California, the Oceanside Parks and Recreation Division is responding to circumstances related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). As of today, Thursday, March 12, Oceanside Parks and Recreation has suspended all programs and operational hours at all Community and Senior Centers through the end of March. This includes all programs, facility rentals, athletic events, and services. Alternate arrangements will be made for essential services such as the Senior Nutrition Program. Public Lap swim hours will remain in effect as scheduled.
Oceanside Public Safety Officials and the County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency are working closely with federal and state partners to monitor the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), and are mobilized to respond in our region.
Applications for the City of Oceanside 2020 Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Program are now available on the City website, at local high schools, and at the Oceanside Public Library. Any graduating high school senior that lives in Oceanside that will attend college after graduation is eligible to apply, regardless of what high school the student attends. The sole requirement for applicants is to have Oceanside residency. Students may contact the scholarship coordinator at their high school for information about the program and return application forms to your school scholarship coordinator. The deadline for submission of applications is April 1, 2020.
After securing more than $350 million in “Water Stewardship Rate” benefits for the San Diego region, the San Diego County Water Authority’s Board of Directors voted in February to dismiss related claims against the Los Angeles-based Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.
Join the Oceanside Public Library for a series of free events created for Oceanside and inspired by Into the Beautiful North, the hilarious and gut-wrenching novel by Luis Alberto Urrea. The Library will celebrate the book and its cast of unforgettable characters with a community read all throughout the month of March.
Through goals and policies that reflect community values and aspirations, the City’s General Plan provides the policy framework for local land use decisions. The updating of the General Plan allows community members to participate in formulating a comprehensive vision of the community’s future—a vision that both anticipates and guides physical, demographic, and economic change.
Oceanside, CA – The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has announced a WaterSMART grant award to the City of Oceanside for $1.5 million for the City’s Advanced Metering Infrastructure Project (Phase II).
Oceanside, CA, Feb. 19, 2020 – Today, the City of Oceanside broke ground on Pure Water Oceanside, a project that will purify recycled water to create a new local source of high-quality drinking water that is clean, safe, drought-proof, and environmentally sound. Scheduled to be completed before the end of 2021, Pure Water Oceanside will be the first operating advanced water purification facility in San Diego County.
The Friends of the Oceanside Public Library will hold their Annual Membership Meeting on Tuesday, February 11, at 3:00 p.m. in the Civic Center Library Community Rooms located at 330 North Coast Highway. The meeting is open to the public and Friends of the Library members are encouraged to attend. There will be an informative presentation by Library Director Sherri Cosby, along with a financial review and the election of the 2020 Board of Directors. Light refreshments will be served.
The Friends of the Oceanside Public Library will hold a Books and Media (BAM!) Sale fundraiser on Saturday, February 15, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., behind the Civic Center Library at 602 Civic Center Drive in Oceanside.
Yes on Measure K
The Oceanside City Council has placed this Measure on the ballot asking voters to decide whether the City Clerk and City Treasurer should be appointed to office by the City Manager.
Under current law, the City Clerk and City Treasurer are elected by City voters to four-year terms. Chamber CEO, Scott Ashton, was one of the signers in support of the Measure. "These two positions hold a great deal of responsibility and should not come down to a popularity contest. The Treasure and Clerk should be hired by our City Manager after a thorough vetting process to ensure that the most highly qualified candidates are selected. In the case of the City of Oceanside, our Treasurer is responsible for a $350 million investment portfolio. What really stood out to me was a 2010 paper by the National Bureau of Economic Research that concluded that “an appointed rather than elected city treasurer reduces city borrowing costs by 13% to 23%", said Ashton. The Chamber's Director of Membership and Young Professionals, Emerald Lowe signed the Rebuttal to the Argument in Against Measure K. Read the Ballot Arguments.
No on Measure A
The Oceanside Chamber is recommending a vote of No on Measure A. Measure A requires 1.6 million voters to vote whenever someone wants to add as few as six homes to the County General Plan. This measure is opposed by a broad coalition of San Diegans that includes the Democratic and Republican parties of San Diego County, firefighters and public safety leaders, business organizations, as well as community, taxpayer and rural advocates. Read more.
Yes on Measure B
Voting YES on B provides San Diego County residents with a better choice for the development of private property in North County that will be developed one way or the other. Up to 2 million square feet of commercial space and 99 estate-style homes are allowed under the current County General Plan. Instead of the general plan designation, voting YES on B would approve 2,135 homes, 60 percent of which will be affordably-priced for working families.
This project was unanimously approved by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors after being thoroughly studied and refined through an open, public process. Read more.
The Oceanside Chamber of Commerce is proud to endorse YES on B – the Better Choice Measure – which will appear on countywide ballots in the March 3, 2020 election. Mail-in ballots will be arriving in mailboxes soon if they have not already!
The Oceanside City Council cut the ribbon today on a new public parking garage just steps from the beach in the downtown. The public parking garage is located at 371 North Cleveland Street near Civic Center Drive in the newly constructed SALT mixed-use development. The public parking garage has 340 spaces over six levels. The parking cost is $3 for two-hour parking in designated spaces or $5 for all day parking. The payment system is managed electronically via input of license plate number. The parking structure is closed daily from 2:00 to 4 am. This project is a public/private partnership through a development agreement with Pelican Communities.
You're invited to a community workshop to help improve the Loma Alta Slough.
Free Workshop Sponsored by the City of Oceanside will Teach Participants How to Turn Leftovers into a Tasty Redo, Reduce Holiday Waste and Incorporate Sustainability into the Season
The City of Oceanside is seeking nominees for the 2020 Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award. This annual award honors residents of the City who have made a significant contribution of time and energy to improve community life, promote positive community development, and enhance the lives of individuals and neighborhoods in the City. The award especially recognizes volunteer work and activity done outside of a work setting and over a long period of time. The award is named in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in recognition of the contribution that he and others made to promote positive relationships between people, groups, and cultures.
The City of Oceanside was invited by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to apply for two separate Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loans. Oceanside submitted letters of interest in early summer 2019 for the Pure Water Oceanside and Lower Recycled Water Distribution System Expansion Project as well as the Buccaneer Sewer Lift Station and Force Main Project. Oceanside’s letters of interest were among 51 others received by the EPA from both public and private entities in response to its 2019 WIFIA Notice of Funding Availability. After a robust review process, the WIFIA Selection Committee chose 38 prospective borrowers’ projects to submit applications for loans, including both projects submitted by the City of Oceanside.
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