Write On, Oceanside! is an annual literary festival to celebrate and inspire local authors, hosted by Oceanside Public Library and the Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation (OCAF). This year's celebration will be online and will take place on January 14, 2021 at 11 a.m. The event will feature an announcement of the top three “Ode to Oceanside” Writing Contest submissions, along with a reading of the winning ode, announcement and reading of the top three submissions for the 6 Word Story Contest, the results of the Never-Ending Story Community Writing Project, and a Local Author Showcase. Hear from these Oceanside authors about their latest titles:
Would you like to get a job in a new field? Get a better job in the same field? Coursera will help unemployed, furloughed or employed part-time workers gain a competitive edge by providing courses or certificate programs, in which participants can learn in-demand skills and discover paths to new jobs or career advancement. Coursera is made possible to eligible participants by Oceanside Public Library in response to the employment challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Oceanside Public Library card holders admitted to this program can choose from the 3,000+ options on the Coursera.org learning platform at no personal cost.
The Oceanside Public Library will be offering a Citizenship Class, in order for eligible students to prepare for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) Naturalization Test.
Oceanside City Manager Deanna Lorson announced that Oceanside Police Captain Manuel (Fred) Armijo will serve as Interim Police Chief after Chief Frank McCoy retires on December 28.
Pure Water Oceanside is installing new pipelines and drilling wells as the recycled water project continues on track for completion in 2022. The advanced water purification project and expansion of the City of Oceanside’s existing recycled water system will deliver a new, local source of high-quality drinking water supplying more than 30% of the city’s water supply when completed.
The Secretary of the Interior will be recommending a $6 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 seven applicants being named in the Federal appropriations process for this funding.
In early 2020, the City of Oceanside began the simultaneous process of completing its General Plan Update, creating a Smart and Sustainable Corridors Plan, and developing a community plan for South Morro Hills. Through a Smart and Sustainable Corridors Plan (SSCP), the City will seek to channel future housing and employment growth into the City’s commercial corridors while maintaining the integrity of adjacent residential neighborhoods.
The City of Oceanside was notified of a preliminary grant award of $175,000 from the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation’s Coastal Resiliency Fund. The award will fund the final design of the City’s Loma Alta Slough Wetlands Enhancement Project. The project will restore and enhance approximately six acres of coastal wetland and upland habitat near Buccaneer Beach in South Oceanside. Features include over 1,500 feet of new nature trails with educational signage and planned connections to nearby facilities. Key design benefits include improvements to wetland water quality, storm flow protection and wildlife habitat expansion. The project is currently in the preliminary design phase and has incorporated community input through a robust public outreach process.
The City of Oceanside’s Water Utilities Department received a Certificate of Recognition from the Water Environment Federation as part of the Utility of the Future Today (UotFT) Program. This national recognition program celebrates the achievements of water utilities that transform from a traditional wastewater treatment system to a resource recovery center and leader in the overall sustainability and resilience of the communities they serve. Oceanside was recognized in the performance area of Water Reuse, for innovative and forward-thinking practices that are providing sustainable, efficient, and value-added services to the community.
The City of Oceanside is seeking nominees for the 2021 Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award.
City of Oceanside and Waste Management Celebrate America Recycles Day by Teaching the Community to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle Right Through Online Learning Modules
Ahead of the holiday season and before you receive bundles of cardboard deliveries, the City of Oceanside and Waste Management invite the community to learn how to "Recycle Right"
Join the City of Oceanside for a community webinar on Thursday, October 29 at 5:00 p.m. to hear about the Coastal Rail Trail project -- the segment between Oceanside Blvd. and Morse St.
In early 2020, the City of Oceanside began the simultaneous process of completing its General Plan Update, creating a Smart and Sustainable Corridors Plan, and developing a community plan for South Morro Hills. Through a Smart and Sustainable Corridors Plan (SSCP), the City will seek to channel future housing and employment growth into the City’s commercial corridors while maintaining the integrity of adjacent residential neighborhoods. Largely funded by a state grant, the SSCP will identify ways to facilitate infill and redevelopment along Mission Avenue, Oceanside Boulevard, and Vista Way. The SSCP will also consider public realm improvements that better accommodate public transit and active transportation, consistent with “complete streets” principles and regional policies that seek to reduce reliance on the private automobile. The Onward Oceanside website was developed to learn more about these projects.
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 (San Diego Subdivision) 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.
From August 1 to 30, Oceanside residents pledged to save water and protect the environment as part of the Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation. The Mayor’s Challenge aims to ignite cities across the nation in promoting water supply reliability, watershed protection, and overall environmental stewardship, and is a call to action for leaders to inspire their residents to use resources wisely. Residents who participated in the Challenge by pledging or completing environmental projects from home earned points for the City in the nationwide competition.
The City of Oceanside - Government is looking to collect feedback on their Zero Waste Plan Workshops from the Oceanside community. They created the Zero Waste Plan Survey which solicits input on future programming as well as the proposed marine debris reduction ordinance. Thank you for your feedback! Take Survey.
For Immediate Release
October 3, 2020
I am pleased to announce the support and endorsement of former Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood. Mayor Wood was a dedicated public servant who served our city for more than four decades as police officer, detective, council member and mayor. Mayor Wood left a lasting legacy of prioritizing public safety, fighting crime, and protecting our seniors. His leadership has helped propel Oceanside into one of the most unique and livable beach communities in California. Getting through the health pandemic safely is critical to ensure we continue on our trajectory.
Learn more about members of your Oceanside community every Wednesday on Instagram Live with your Oceanside Public Library. Visit us at noon on Instagram @OceansideLibrary, and click on the “OceansideLibrary Live” icon, on the top left of the screen, and you will be able to listen in on a conversational interview between an Oceanside Librarian and a different changemaker in Oceanside every week! Here is who will be on and what we will be talking about, up through November 4:
The Oceanside Public Library, in partnership with the Japanese American Historical Society of San Diego (JAHSSD), will present an online panel discussion about this year’s selection of They Called Us Enemy, a graphic novel by George Takei for “One Book, One San Diego,” with the purpose of bringing community closer together through the shared experience of reading and discussing the same book
Green Oceanside and San Diego Food System Alliance Help
Maximize Weekly Groceries While Minimizing Food Waste
Within San Diego County, 500,000 tons of food end up in the landfill every year, while one pound of food creates the same emissions as 20% of the energy used daily in an average household. This waste of edible food represents loss of water, energy, and labor resources used to grow and transport this needed food. Many families are facing hunger for the first time as they navigate a global pandemic. With many families already facing food insecurity, the Green Oceanside team is providing tools and resources on maximizing food to last for the overall health and sustainability of the community
The City of Oceanside Public Works Department has initiated a feasibility study that seeks to develop a strategy to protect City beaches from the impacts of long-term shoreline erosion. Our consultant (GHD) was hired to perform a preliminary engineering evaluation and feasibility study to consider options for beach sand replenishment and/or retention devices to stabilize and enhance the beach widths in the City. GHD has begun the review and analysis of data and relevant global project examples and has developed six preliminary concepts to carry forward in the feasibility study. The goal of the study is to identify a beach replenishment/retention strategy that is environmentally sensitive, financially feasible and has a reasonable chance of being approved through the regulatory permitting process.
Pure Water Oceanside will be the first operating advanced water purification project in San Diego County
The City of Oceanside Water Utilities Department is hosting a virtual public meeting for the Loma Alta Wetlands Enhancement Project. The project area is located between Coast Highway and Pacific Street in South Oceanside, adjacent to Buccaneer Beach Park. The purpose of the project is to expand coastal wetland habitat, improve water quality and encourage outdoor recreation through trails and educational signage. Planning work is funded by a grant from the State Coastal Conservancy
Oceanside Public Library, in partnership with the League of Women Voters of North County San Diego, invites you to participate in this year’s National Voter Registration Day activities. When George Washington was elected president in 1789, only 6% of the U.S. population was eligible to vote. Since then, Americans have marched, gone on hunger strikes, been beaten, and even died to win the right to vote. Sadly, today, many Americans take for granted the right to vote. In an online workshop on Tuesday, September 22 at 11 a.m., presenter Blaze Newman will tell the inspiring story of the Americans who fought for the past 172 years for the right to vote and the voting challenges present today. We’ll also discuss why so many Americans don’t vote and how to get registered.