World Water Day promotes care for most precious resource
While rain and snowstorms across California this winter have recharged water supplies, one wet year is not enough to reverse the impacts of an increasingly hot and dry climate in the Southwest. That’s why it’s so important to mark World Water Day on March 22 and "Be the Change” by taking action to use water carefully. Thankfully, the San Diego region has invested wisely in water supplies, storage, and infrastructure, but there are still more steps we can all take to be “water smart.” The San Diego County Water Authority and its 24 member agencies offer rebates and other resources to help businesses save money while saving water at WaterSmartSD.org:
This year is especially exciting for Visit Oceanside as we launch the process for Oceanside’s first Sustainable Tourism Master Plan; a 10-year action plan for stewarding tourism growth towards a sustainable future that benefits the economy, environment, and community. True to our innovative spirit, we are one of just two California destinations to develop a plan based on the best practices and criteria set forth by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, which aims to help tourism fulfill its potential as a vehicle for social, cultural, and economic good while removing and avoiding any negative impacts from its activities in terms of environmental and social impacts.
Oceanside, CA – Today, Rep. Mike Levin announced that the City of Oceanside Police Department has received $587,000 in federal funding he secured in the bipartisan Fiscal Year 2022 appropriations legislation. The Oceanside City Council voted yesterday to accept the funds, and the Oceanside Police Department can now move forward with the purchase of camera equipment
Pure Water Oceanside is the first operating potable reuse project in San Diego County
The Secretary of the Interior announced they are recommending a $9.9 million grant award for construction of the Pure Water Oceanside project. The funding will be awarded via the Bureau of Reclamation’s WaterSMART: Title XVI WIIN Water Reclamation and Reuse Projects funding opportunity. Oceanside is one of twenty-five applicants being named in the Federal appropriations process for this funding.
Oceanside Public Library is excited to highlight some of its new nature initiatives promoting community health and well-being, including a new Seed Library, California State Parks Passes and Check Out Nature Backpacks available to Library customers to borrow, and free take-home “The Great Outdoors” Busy Bag Kits for ages 0-5 and their caregivers.
The City of Oceanside announced the appointment of David Parsons as Oceanside’s next Fire Chief. The appointment will be effective July 30, 2022, when current Fire Chief Rick Robinson is scheduled to retire.
The City of Oceanside Planning Division will host a community forum on farmland conservation strategies, with a focus on farmland conservation easements. The forum will take place at the El Corazon Senior Center, located at 3302 Senior Center Drive, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13, 2022.
City of Oceanside Commemorates Historic Milestone with Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony on World Water Day
Today, the first operating advanced water purification facility in San Diego County was officially dedicated in the City of Oceanside. Elected officials and water leaders throughout southern California commemorated the milestone, aptly celebrated on World Water Day.
The project team will present project alternatives for GPU Phase 2 to the Planning Commission on March 14th and the City Council on April 6th. Reflecting different distributions of future housing and employment growth, the project alternatives are meant to foster further community engagement on the General Plan Update while achieving compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The consideration of project alternatives will lead to the selection of a preferred plan for GPU Phase 2. The preferred plan will then be summarized in a brief Land Use and Mobility Plan that will be shared with the community and decision-makers. Visit the Project Website for more information on how to view and participate in the meetings.
Make Every Day Earth Day
The are many unique ways to take climate action to the next level and show your support for people and the planet. Whether you unplug items when not in use, use water efficiently, compost at home or take other sustainable actions, you can turn these everyday habits into civic action that last beyond Earth Day! Find easy-to-follow resources from Green Oceanside.
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The City of Oceanside is developing a Digital Equity & Inclusion Plan, aimed at understanding and addressing the digital divide in our community. To build a deeper understanding of the digital divide, the City is conducting a data analysis and engaging community stakeholders to gain insights into the unique challenges, barriers, and opportunities related to digital equity.
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Applications for the 2022 City of Oceanside Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Program are now available at local high schools, at the Oceanside Public Library, and on the City website.
Source: City of Oceanside
Online Digital Presentation and Survey
The City of Oceanside, in partnership with the Buena Vista Audubon Society and Dudek, are working to restore a section of Buena Vista Creek in south Oceanside, near Lake Blvd. and Thunder Drive.
The City of Oceanside is seeking your input on this stretch of riparian habitat and how this area can better serve the community!
Learn how to write & publish your first book from a bestselling author at the Oceanside Public Library
The Oceanside Public Library will be hosting a free workshop at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 8 in the Civic Center Library Community Rooms at 330 N. Coast Highway. Statistics show that more than 80% of people say they want to write a book, but only 1% ever do.
On March 11, 2021, the American Recue Plan Act (ARPA) was signed into law, allocating $32.3 million of Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to the City of Oceanside. As part of its ARPA spending plan, the Oceanside City Council approved $1 million to be used for grants to local nonprofit organizations negatively impacted by COVID-19.
City Council Approves Agreement
To address the growing homeless crisis in Oceanside and to mitigate community impacts, the Oceanside City Council took the next step at its meeting on November 17 to advance Oceanside's first year-round homeless shelter. They approved construction costs and an operating agreement with the San Diego Rescue Mission for the shelter at the centrally-located 3131 Oceanside Boulevard property.
The City of Oceanside is seeking nominees for the 2022 Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award. This annual award recognizes and honors residents of the City who have made a significant contribution of time and energy through volunteer work to improve community life, promote positive community development, and enhance the lives of individuals and neighborhoods in the City. The award is named in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in recognition of his contributions to civil rights, equal education, labor and voter rights, and to promote positive relationships between people, groups, and cultures.
The recipient of the Oceanside 2021 Senior Volunteer of the Year Award was announced today at the annual Senior Expo hosted by the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce at Civic Center Plaza.
The City of Oceanside received an Award of Excellence during the WateReuse Conference this month. Oceanside received the Recycled Water Outreach/Education Program Award for Pure Water Oceanside, which pays tribute to an agency that demonstrates a significant and wide-reaching community outreach and/or public education program that informs the community about the presence and benefits of water reuse.
Advanced Metering and Distribution System Leak Detection
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation awarded the City of Oceanside $2 million for the City’s Advanced Metering Infrastructure Project and improvements to the distribution system leak detection program. The City received the award after applying for the WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grant.
The City of Oceanside is working every day to address this very complex issue. The issue of homelessness has and continues to be a top priority. Homelessness is multi-faceted with many contributing factors, including economic hardship, high housing costs, lack of job skills training, mental illness, substance use disorders, physical disabilities, limited support networks, life traumas, and more. The uniqueness of each homeless individual's situation requires a varied approach, and the more successful outcomes are built on a pattern of consistent engagement and building trust so the person will be in a position to accept the help that will lead to a lasting solution.
Oceanside City Manager Deanna Lorson announced today that Oceanside Police Captain Fred Armijo will be the City of Oceanside’s 19th Police Chief.
The City of Oceanside has been working through the lengthy process of constructing railroad crossing improvements to meet Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) requirements to establish a Quiet Zone along the North County Transit District coastal corridor through Oceanside. In a Quiet Zone, active devices such as gates, signals, and railings warn vehicle and pedestrian traffic of on-coming trains in lieu of the routine sounding of their horns. Train horns will still be used in emergency situations. Cities desiring to establish a Quiet Zone are first required to mitigate the risk by updating crossings to specific standards to ensure safety.
El Corazon is a City-owned parcel of 465 contiguous acres located in the center of Oceanside, bounded by Rancho Del Oro Drive on the east, Oceanside Boulevard on the south, El Camino Real on the west, and Mesa Drive on the north. An ongoing planning process begun in 2003 will eventually develop the site to contain a mixture of land uses: parks and recreation amenities, habitat, civic services, commercial, and hotel.
The Green Oceanside City Team and Waste Management are hosting a free Food Scraps 101 Webinar on Monday, January 25, 2021 from 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM PST via Zoom. The Food Scraps Recycling Program will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, help our City meet its zero waste goals, and provide customers with excellent services and opportunities for cost savings through recycling.