August 2020
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Message from the Mayor
COVID-19….A microscopic virus with massive consequences felt in every corner of the world.   But it will come to an end.   Now more than ever, we need to set aside polarizing differences and work together for the benefit of all. We must all take responsibility where we can.
I want to acknowledge all the hard work done by Oceanside business owners throughout this pandemic. Through ever-changing regulations, Oceanside businesses and employees have truly suffered. There’s never been a more important time to shop local to support these local heroes. If you are able, please -- order takeout. Buy gift certificates. Support arts organizations, most of who remain closed. Buy what you need at a small local business. Small gestures can make a big difference, and one constructive act has the potential to help many others. Read More
COVID-19 Update
T he percentage of positive COVID-19 cases among those tested has decreased moderately and now is at a 14-day rolling average of about 5%. The County recently updated the Public Health Order (section 16) regarding steps for employers to take when employees are diagnosed with COVID-19. The latest County Public Health briefing slides provide a current situation snapshot, and may be viewed here. Thank you for taking preventative measures to protect yourself and others . Studies indicate that masks are effective at reducing the spread of the virus and can substantially reduce the death toll and economic impact .
Wear a mask , it's an easy task!
City Awarded $4.565 Million in Grant Funding
The City of Oceanside received $4.565 million in State grant funding from the Department of Water Resources to expand the City’s compressive water reuse efforts. The funding is for two different water reuse projects : Pure Water Oceanside and expanding recycled water infrastructure. The Oceanside City Council has played an integral role in establishing Oceanside’s water reuse initiatives. After realizing the variety of challenges Oceanside faces with importing the majority of the City’s water from the Sacramento Bay Delta and the Colorado River, the City Council set a goal of a 50% local water supply by 2030 . Details
Measure X Update
A major infrastructure project planned using revenue from Measure X is the replacement of downtown Fire Station 1 with a new modern Fire Station. The current station was built in 1929, requires seismic upgrade and does not accommodate the latest fire apparatus. Learn about the location, design and timeline: Fire Station 1 . Measure X funded road work also begins this month. Measure X, passed by Oceanside voters in November 2018, raised the sales tax rate in Oceanside by one-half cent for a period of seven years. The revenue from the half-cent is dedicated to improve public safety, roads, infrastructure, and address homelessness.

Economic Development
Oceanside is getting back to business, and the City's Economic Development Division looks forward to helping more businesses open and expand. Learn about relaxed business regulations during COVID-19, outdoor service guidelines, loan and grant programs--plus the Hire Local Program and more in the Economic Development Newsletter

City Council Meetings
City Council meetings are occurring in a virtual manner during COVID-19 regulations. The next regular meeting dates are August 5 and August 19 at 5:00 p.m. Regular City Council meetings are also shown live on KOCT and replayed throughout the week. Check the   agenda and minutes   to read about the issues the City Council is addressing. Subscribe to receive meeting agendas and minutes via email  here . Learn how to live stream and comment on agenda items during COVID-19 regulations here .

MLK Scholarships Awarded
C ongratulations to the recipients of the City of Oceanside's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarships! The award presentation was virtual this year, take a look: Award Ceremony Scholarship recipients are selected on the the basis of academic achievement and ability to overcome challenges. The funds come from donations by individuals, families, and local businesses; no public monies are used in the program. Congratulations to all; best wishes on your future endeavors!

El Corazon Aquatics Center Construction
Construction of Oceanside's future world-class aquatics center began late last year at El Corazon Park. In addition to competitive amenities, the aquatics center will accommodate recreational features for all. Work is on track to be completed by mid-2021 with the grand opening shortly thereafter. Take a look at the construction progress to date:
New Oceanside Public Library Services
Oceanside's Census 2020 Response
Have you completed the Census? Take it online , by phone ((844) 330-2020), or by mailing your response. It only takes ten minutes! The Census 2020 self-responses continue through October 31, 2020. Non-response follow-up (knocking on doors) occurs from August 11 through October 31. Count of people experiencing homelessness is from September 22 through September 24, 2020. To see what Oceanside response rates currently are, click here . Find out why it's so important.

Single-Use Plastic Bag Ban Reinstated
With the Governor’s reinstatement of the State-mandated Single Use Plastic Bag Ban (SB 270), grocery stores, retail stores with pharmacy, convenience stores, and liquor stores should no longer be distributing single-use carryout bags and should be charging customers when providing reusable grocery bags. Customers can safely use their reusable bags by following a few safety guidelines: Keep reusable bags inside the cart and don't allow cashiers to come into contact with your reusable bags; Do not place reusable bags on the conveyor belt or checkout stand; Pack your own groceries into your reusable bags; Wash your reusable bags regularly. If you forget to bring your own bag, you can either purchase a reusable bag from the store, or you can pack your items back into the cart, and then into your vehicle.
Green Oceanside Updates
The Green Oceanside team oversees environmental services and programs including solid waste and recycling, water use efficiency, and watershed protection. Learn about the local WaterSmart Landscape Contest winners, a new residential backyard composting program, and the Mayor's Challenge for water conservation in the August

Listos California - Emergency Preparedness
Listos California is part of the State's Emergency Preparedness campaign to build resiliency in vulnerable communities at high risk for wildfires and other disasters. It aims to ensure the most vulnerable are ready when disasters occur. Download the Listos California Disaster Ready Guide to lead you through five basic steps for emergency preparedness in English or Spanish .

Election Information
The General Election is on Tuesday, November 3. The positions up for election in Oceanside include:

  • Mayor (At Large)
  • District 3 City Council Member
  • District 4 City Council Member
  • City Clerk (At Large)
  • City Treasurer (At Large)

Municipal elections are nonpartisan. Oceanside moved from "At Large" City Council seats to "District" City Council seats in November 2018. District 1 and District 2 were introduced in the 2018 election. District 3 and District 4 will be introduced this year. After the November election, the City Council will be comprised of four Council Members who each live in and represent one of the established City Council Districts and one Mayor who will remain elected At Large. To determine your District, view the map and type in your address: District Map In addition, there are currently two Ballot Measures: Term Limits and North River Farms Referendum. More info
Oceanside Unified School District News
To stay updated on Oceanside Unified School District’s plans for a safe return to school, please visit . Information will be kept up to date and current for our families and community. You can also keep up with OUSD by following them on Twitter , Facebook and YouTube @OsideUSD. 
Vista Unified School District News
To stay updated on Vista Unified School District's plan for safe return to school, please visit the VUSD website.

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