Water Utility Hero of the Week: Ron Lutge
Job/Agency: City of Oceanside Chief Plant Operator
Editor’s Note: This feature highlights water utility employees in the San Diego region working during the coronavirus pandemic to ensure a safe, reliable and plentiful water supply. The water industry is among the sectors that are classified as essential. Ron Lutge, City of Oceanside Chief Plant Operator, is the Water Utility Hero of the Week.
Water Utility Hero of the Week: Ron Lutge
Job/Agency: City of Oceanside Chief Plant Operator
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SAN DIEGO, Calif. – April 8, 2020 – To help San Diego restaurants reach customers as they’ve shifted to delivery and takeout services during the coronavirus pandemic, Cox Media, the advertising sales division of Cox Communications, offers free television advertising to bring public awareness to those restaurants that remain open and ready to serve.
Dear Pride by the Beach Supporter,
I am reaching out to you today with a personal note and important updates on our June 13 Pride Festival. On behalf of the North County LGBTQ Center and Pride by the Beach committee we hope that you find yourself well and safe during the recent COVID-19 Pandemic
We assure you that the vital, life saving services of the North County LGBTQ Center are still in operation and will continue long after the restrictions on social gatherings are lifted.
SAN DIEGO, CA (March 22, 2020) — Children’s Paradise Preschool & Infant Centers remain open to care for infants and preschool age children up to five years old and school age children six to twelve in its aftercare setting during the COVID-19 crisis. The schools are currently accepting new children so that families can continue to work. Children’s Paradise has many financial assistance programs to cover child care costs. The Centers have implemented stringent health and safety standard based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) and Community Care Licensing. Even before the COVID-19 crisis, Children’s Paradise Centers received some of the highest scores for cleanliness, quality and programs. Childcare is considered an essential service as it enables our community to continue to run the vital services and operations that will get people through this situation. The centers are also providing families with resource connections to food, supplies, diapers and housing. For more information on child care please visit Children's Paradise website or call one of the centers below.
The Oceanside Chamber is continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation in order to provide our business community with the latest information and list of resources. Please stay in touch with us as to how we can best be of service to your business by emailing Scott Ashton or calling 760-722-1534 ext. 107.
As the Coronavirus situation continues to evolve, it is important for all employers to monitor the outbreak and implement strategies to protect their workforce while ensuring continuity of operations. To help educate employers and employees on how they can prepare for and address the impacts of the virus, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) have provided resources that we hope you will use and share with your members.
Oceanside Chamber CEO, Scott Ashton was among the 28 chamber executives to graduate last Friday from Academy, a professional development program presented by the Western Association of Chamber Executives (W.A.C.E.) The graduation took place at W.A.C.E’s Annual Conference in Portland OR, attended by nearly 400 industry professionals.
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!
Oceanside High's baseball program is looking for a handful of local business sponsors and would love to have you on board! This will be a great way to show your support for the kids and circulate your information to thousands of fans. If you have any questions or are ready to get started, feel free to get in touch with Quentin McCray by email or phone at (530) 574-1135.
Ms. Alma Sisco-Smith was named the 2020 recipient of the City of Oceanside Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award at the annual commemoration celebration hosted by the North San Diego County Branch of the NAACP and the City of Oceanside.
Lawsuit Cites Violations of California Elections Code and California Political Reform Act
Oceanside, CA – Citing egregious violations of California Elections Code and the California Political Reform Act, a lawsuit was filed this week against the referendum proponents, the City of Oceanside’s City Clerk and San Diego County Registrar of Voters. Filed on behalf of a concerned Oceanside voter with the support of the targeted housing project, North River Farms, the lawsuit alleges the signature gatherers engaged in fraud, forgery and misrepresentation in the signature gathering process, withheld important information from the petition signers, and illegally conducted political fundraising for the petition.
The 14th Annual Beach Soccer Championships, one of the largest beach soccer tournaments in the United States, announced today that Frontwave Credit Union will become the official Financial Services sponsor of the event.
The City of Oceanside voted to approve the Chamber supported North River Farms development on November 6th, with Mayor Peter Weiss and Councilmembers Jack Feller and Christopher Rodriguez voting in favor.
Oceanside, CA (DECEMBER, 2019) – Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside (BGCO) received $1,000 from The Union Bank Foundation to grow and expand the STREAMing Ahead Program.
I am always looking for ways to support our military, veterans, and their families. At our Board meeting on Tuesday, I put forth a letter that supports military spouses who work for the County by helping them maintain certain benefits if they have a gap in employment due to their spouses’ military orders. A County employee, Diane Alvarez-Harder, who is also a military spouse, brought this change in policy to our attention!
Major earthquakes can cause unprecedented catastrophes. With earthquakes as an inevitable part of our future, businesses should make plans and take actions to ensure that disasters do not become catastrophes. What we do now, will determine what our lives will be like afterwards. With this in mind, the Earthquake Country Alliance (www.earthquakecountry.org) created the Great California ShakeOut, an earthquake drill and preparedness activity in which everyone can participate, which has now spread to many other states and regions. To register as a participant for a ShakeOut drill in your area visit www.shakeout.org. Businesses of all sizes can also use the drill to get their employees, business partners, and even their clients and customers, involved and prepared for a big earthquake. Furthermore, the level of your staffs’ own personal and family preparedness will be key to their availability to support your company’s response and recovery efforts after a disaster.
On Tuesday, Supervisors Jim Desmond and Kristin Gaspar hosted a veterans forum, with the focus being on military spouses and their families. Over 100 people attended the event at the North Inland Live Well Center in Escondido.
Oceanside, CA (SEPTEMBER, 2019) – On Thursday, September 5th, Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside (BGCO) held their 5th Annual Board Installation Breakfast to recognize and honor individuals, organizations and corporate partners for their commitment and dedication to the Club over the past year and to induct the 2019-2020 Board of Directors. With over 50 community members in the audience, City of Oceanside Mayor, Peter Weiss, pinned the incoming Board of Directors, and Ruchi Warrier, Director of Organization Development from Boys & Girls Clubs of America, read the official Board Oath of Office.
San Diego – Beginning Sunday, Sept. 1, a new fare structure for the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) and the North County Transit District (NCTD) will go into effect.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside Receives Grant from McCarthy Family Foundation for STREAMing Ahead program
Oceanside, CA (August 2019) –Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside (BGCO) received $15,000 in grant funding from McCarthy Family Foundation to enhance their STREAMing (Science, Technology, Research, Engineering, Arts and Math) Ahead program.
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