March 2023

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New El Corazon Park Planning

The El Corazon Specific Plan includes nine park sites at the City property in the heart of Oceanside. Park Site 1 will be the first park area to be developed, and public input is being collected on concepts and design options. A recommended option will be brought to the Parks and Recreation Commission, and then to the City Council for review and approval. We'd love your input! Please take a brief survey on the two concepts and provide your thoughts by March 12. More information and Survey

Police Chief Fred Armijo to Retire

After 34 years of public safety service in Oceanside, including 29 years in law enforcement, Police Chief Fred Armijo announced he's retiring on April 1, 2023. Chief Armijo has worked for the City of Oceanside since April 1989, starting as a Lifeguard. He transitioned to the Police Department in 1993, starting his career as a recruit, then a sworn police officer, and eventually working through the ranks as Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, and Police Chief. We thank him for his long and dedicated services to our community! More information

Crown Heights Resource Center Project

The City has embarked on a project to rehabilitate the Crown Heights Community Resource Center, located at 1210 Division Street in Oceanside behind Oceanside High School. The facility is a historic and unique domed structure built nearly a century ago in 1931, designed by renowned architect Irving J. Gill. Learn more about the Community Resource Center, its history, and the rehabilitation project: More information

Community Meeting on New Police HQ

Another Measure X-funded project has kicked off. Join us for the first community meeting on a proposed new police headquarters project. This in-person meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 15 at 6:00 p.m. at the El Corazon Event Center, located at 3306 Senior Center Drive. The purpose of the meeting is to answer your questions and gather your input. Staff and the project architect will be present to provide an overview of the proposed facility. More information

New City Website Launched

The City launched a re-engineered website that is mobile-friendly, highly searchable, and accessible to all. The new site has a fresh look and feel and a functional mobile design, all of which are a part of our ongoing efforts to enhance the quality and availability of information and resources. The new homepage is organized with you in mind, and you'll see a "service finder" bar front and center to quickly get you to the information you need. Other key features include easy to find issue reporting, online services, news, and events. If you had saved bookmarks to specific pages, you'll need to recreate them. We hope the new website delivers information when, where, and in whatever format you want it. New City Website

'Food Scraps to Energy' Project

The City received a $4.2 million grant from the State to fund a project that would locally produce renewable energy from food scraps collected throughout Oceanside. A Food Scraps to Energy Project is planned to be located at the northeast area of the Oceanside's San Luis Rey Water Reclamation Facility. Learn more about this project that aims to reduce the food scraps in landfills, meet State targets, and create biogas -- an environmentally friendly, renewable energy source. Details

Tree Planting Celebration...Join Us March 4

The Oceanside Public Works Department invites you to celebrate Arbor Day with a tree-planting celebration on Saturday, March 4 between 8:00 and 11:00 a.m. at Mance Buchanon Park (425 College Blvd). Bring some gloves and wear closed-toed shoes. Sign up onsite that day! Children and youth under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Share a flyer

City Council Meetings

City Council meetings are open to all. The next regular Council meetings occur on March 8 and March 22 at 5:00 p.m. Regular Council meetings are shown live on KOCT and replayed throughout the week. You can also watch the live stream via KOCT's website. Review the agenda and minutes to read about the issues the Council is addressing. Subscribe to receive meeting agendas and minutes via email here.

Economic Development News

The City's Economic Development Division remains committed to helping businesses stay and grow here in Oceanside. Learn about Genentech’s new biologics manufacturing facility, California Competes Tax Credit, new business openings, and more in the March edition of the Economic Development News

Chief's Corner: Share the Road Safely

Nationwide impaired driving-related incidents have seen a rise, and driving while impaired by any substance can be deadly. The Oceanside Police Department has invested in providing officers with additional training to ensure we are best equipped to spot hazardous drivers on our roadways. Keeping our streets safe is a responsibility we all share. Please do your part by sharing the road safely: Read more

Parks and Recreation Events & Programs

From Open Gym times to new classes and camps, Oceanside Parks and Recreation has fun, family-friendly activities to get together and stay active. That includes for senior citizens, as well. We'd also love for you to save the date for the annual Egg Hunt on April 8! Find details in the Parks & Rec News.

Oceanside Public Library News

Community Mural Workshops to Begin

Library Hosts Documentary and Discussion March 4

Author Visit: Shilpi Somaya Gowda March 18

Free Playwriting Workshops from The Old Globe March 25

Check out Toys with your Library Card

Trouble Getting Out? Your Library Delivers

Green Oceanside News

The Green Oceanside team shares spring cleaning tips, energy conservation tips, yard makeover ideas, along with coming events such as "Donation Weeks" and "Fix a Leak Week" next month. Check out the Green Oceanside news and start thinking green this spring: News

US Navy Band to Perform at Pier March 25

Please join us for a free performance by the U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters Chorus on March 25 at 6:00 p.m. at the Junior Seau Pier Amphitheater. The Sea Chanters will perform a variety of music including traditional choral works, sea chanteys, opera, Broadway, contemporary music, and patriotic selections. At home in Washington, D.C., they perform for the president, and numerous congressional, military, and foreign dignitaries. More information

SANDAG's Draft Multimodal Corridor Plan

SANDAG is requesting your feedback on its Draft North County Comprehensive Multimodal Corridor Plan (CMCP), This plan proposes $8.5 billion of balanced and integrated transportation infrastructure and service improvements to reduce transportation related fatalities, decrease daily travel time, and increase transit ridership, while meeting regional and State policy goals. View the plan, visit the interactive map, and provide your comments by March 12: Project website

Help Shape the Future of Oceanside Tourism

Visit Oceanside is seeking input through an online survey and meetings to help in the development of a Sustainable Tourism Master Plan. Share your thoughts by March 15 via the online resident survey posted at or at one of two meetings on Thursday, March 23 from 12:30-2:00 p.m. at Oceanside Public Library or 4:30-6:00 p.m. at El Corazon Event Center. All input will help create a shared vision for making Oceanside an even better place to live, work, play, and visit. (Bonus: survey responders will be entered for a chance to win a stay at either Seabird Resort or Mission Pacific Hotel!).

Oceanside Unified School District News

Laurel Elementary School got a fresh new look over winter recess. The campus exterior was painted in bold colors. When you walk onto campus, you will notice the brilliant red accent used for the updated welcome sign, front office wall and roofing edge. The doors throughout are a darker shade of blue which pairs well with the clean beige walls. The exterior fence was repainted white to give the school a beautiful, updated look. Laurel Elementary staff selected this color palette for their school. 

Oceanside Arts & Culture

Agridulce Exhibition at Hill Street Country Club Gallery

Artist Open House at Brooks Gallery Theatre Mar 3

Creative Communal Makers Market March 4

First Free Sunday at Oceanside Museum of Art March 5

Lucky Stiff at Brooks Theatre March 3-19

Art for Older Adults March 14 at El Corazon Senior Center

Joey Cabell: Legends of Surf at CA Surf Museum Mar 15

Art Festival at Mission San Luis Rey March 18

US Navy Band Sea Chanters Performance Mar 25

Current and Coming Exhibitions at Oceanside Museum of Art

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