December 2022

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New Council Member Swearing-In

A swearing-in ceremony for newly elected Councilmembers for Districts 1 and 2 will be conducted on Wednesday, December 14, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. All are welcome. Election results are unofficial until certified on or before December 8 by the San Diego County Registrar of Voters. Current election tallies

City Council Meetings

City Council meetings are open to all. The next regular Council meetings occur on December 7 and December 21 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.

Harbor Parade of Lights Dec 10

Don't miss this magical holiday event hosted by the Oceanside Yacht Club on Saturday, December 10 at 7:00 p.m.  Bring a blanket, some hot chocolate, and pick a comfortable spot to watch this year's Parade of Lights celebration in the lovely Oceanside Harbor. Fishing boats, sail boats, and yachts will all be dressed-up in holiday swag and circling the Oceanside Harbor, enchanting onlookers. Details

'Tis the Season to Shop Local

We invite you to explore Oceanside retail establishments and restaurants and shop local this holiday season. By shopping in Oceanside, you're reinvesting in City services and making Oceanside a stronger community. Shopping local creates and sustains local jobs and invests in entrepreneurship. Take the Oceanside Holiday Challenge through Sunday, Dec. 11 for a chance to win fantastic local prizes!

Measure X Making Historic Impact

Measure X, the 1/2 cent sales tax, is impacting Oceanside in a historic way. From roadwork expansion to new facilities, innovative public safety equipment, and EMTs, we're stretching this funding for the maximum positive result. Get the latest Measure X projects update to learn how the revenue is being put to work: Measure X Update

'Love Lock' Sculpture Unveiled at Harbor

The "Love the O" sculpture was unveiled at the Oceanside Harbor yesterday, and sculpture donors were the first to place their engraved locks on the piece. The artwork by Randall Art Ranch was installed for the community to celebrate a commitment by placing a personal lock on the sculpture. Engraved locks, or ones simply marked for sentimental meaning to celebrate a birth, a marriage, a loved one, or a special occasion can be hung and revisited. The sculpture is located near the Harbor boat launch ramp.

Pier Utilities Replacement Project Underway

The underside of the Oceanside Pier has water, wastewater, natural gas, electrical, and communication lines which support the lifeguard tower, fire hydrants, restrooms, lighting, restaurant, fish cleaning stations, and bait shop. Many of these utilities have achieved 35 years of service in the harsh marine environment, and their replacement has begun.Parking Lot 29 on the Strand, north of the Pier, is closed during the work. The lot closure is needed for the excavation and construction of water and sewer line connection points, meter, backflow, fire suppression appurtenances, construction staging, and materials.

Economic Development News

The City's Economic Development Division remains committed to helping businesses stay and grow right here in Oceanside. Learn about the top ten reasons to shop local this holiday season, new restaurant openings, and what's coming soon, in the December edition of the Economic Development Newsletter

Chief's Corner: Suicide Prevention

While the holiday season is a time of joy and celebration, it can also be a time when stress increases. For some, stress can lead to physical illness, depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. No matter what you are going through, please know that there is hope and help is available. If someone you know is having a tough time and may be suicidal, don’t just wonder about it. Start the conversation and ask questions. When caring people intervene, lives can be saved. More information

Parks and Recreation Events & Programs

The Parks & Recreation Winter Activity Guide is ready to view and registration is open for a variety of fun classes, sports, and camps. Check the link for events and Open Gym times at Junior Seau Beach Community Center and Melba Bishop Recreation Center. Find details in the Oceanside Parks & Recreation News.

MLK Community Service Award Nominations

The City of Oceanside is seeking nominees for the 2023 Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award. The annual award recognizes and honors Oceanside residents 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 Oceanside. Find out more

Oceanside Public Library News

Winter Reading Challenge for Kids & Teens

Check Out eBooks, eMagazines, Music & More

Homework Help Weekly

Books Galore & More Sale Dec. 10

Volunteer to be an Adult Literacy Tutor

Sign Up for Emergency Alerts

Have you signed up for cell phone emergency alerts? Take a moment to register your whole family. A regional notification system called "SD Alert" sends messages to residents and businesses within San Diego County who may be impacted by an emergency or disaster. Sign up today You can also sign up for local alerts via OPD's Nixle system. Simply text your zip code to 888777 for Oceanside Police alerts.

Free Dump Day Dec. 10...Drive Up & Drop

The Green Oceanside team is hosting a free "Dump Day" at Mance Buchanon Park (425 College Blvd.) on Saturday, December 10 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Drive up and drop off any large items such as unrepairable furniture, appliances and e-waste. Additionally, "Landfill Weeks" are December 5-16. Call Waste Management at (760) 439-2824 to make an appointment for pick up. Details

Green Oceanside News

From energy-saving holiday lights to green gift ideas, the Green Oceanside team has sustainability tips galore. Read about these, plus water-saving landscaping ideas and our Pure Water Oceanside Chief Plant Operator Award in the Green Oceanside News.

Oceanside Arts & Culture

MiraCosta College Dance Reflections Dec 1- 4

Artist Open House at Brooks Theatre Dec 2

MiraCosta College Symphony Orchestra Dec 7

Black Rootedness Poetry Reading Dec 10

Annie returns to the Star Theatre Dec 8-11

(Not Your Normal) Nutcracker at Brooks Theatre Dec 16 - 18

Current and Coming Exhibitions at Oceanside Museum of Art

Visit Oceanside Expands Team

Visit Oceanside has expanded its team. Tyler Garcia joins as Vice President of Business and Brand Development, and will oversee new business development with an emphasis on partnerships and programs. Shae Geary joins as Director of Communications, leading strategic communications to drive interest in visitation to Oceanside and generate greater awareness about tourism’s positive contributions. Man Lai Tam has been appointed Operations Manager, overseeing daily business procedures. Visit Oceanside

OUSD Practicing "Farm-to-Table"

Oceanside Unified School District is getting students out of the classroom and into the garden, with programs that teach sustainability with a focus on a healthy lifestyle. South Oceanside Elementary has the Sage Garden Project. Palmquist Elementary has the Farm Lab class. Each program gives students a scientific understanding of growing food and its nutrition. Students at South Oceanside Elementary cook with their garden harvest. The Palmquist Elementary bounty is given to the school cafeteria for all students to enjoy a salad at lunchtime. 

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