January 2023

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Recycle Your Tree Through January 14

Oceanside residents can recycle your Christmas tree curbside on your regular collection day through January 14. Place your tree next to the green waste bin, or cut it in half and place it inside. Be sure to remove all decorations and stands. Your tree will be shredded to create mulch or fertilizer for public parks and playgrounds. Remember, Oceanside residents can also pick up free compost and mulch for your garden at the El Corazon Compost Facility.

Early Warning for Earthquakes: Get the App

Earthquake Warning California is the country’s first statewide warning system that can give us crucial seconds to take cover before you feel shaking. Earthquake Warning California uses ground motion sensors from across the state to detect earthquakes before humans can feel them, and can notify us to “Drop, Cover and Hold On” in advance of an earthquake. 

To receive earthquake warnings, simply download the MyShake App. Details

Affordable Housing Project Coming

Financing for the Greenbrier Village affordable housing project is now in place, with construction set to begin. Once constructed, expected by Spring/Summer 2024, the project will offer 50 studio apartments and nine one-bedroom apartments for extremely low-income households. Certain special needs population groups will also be served, with five of the units for homeless Veterans and three units for homeless transition-age youth. One unit will be reserved for an onsite manager. Services will be provided in partnership with the Hope Through Housing Foundation, Interfaith Community Services, and the Veteran’s Administration. 

El Corazon Park Site 1 Study & Design

The El Corazon Specific Plan was adopted in 2009 and includes nine park sites. Park Site 1 will the first park area to be developed. Existing site conditions are being analyzed, site constraints are being evaluated, and public input is being collected. The second outreach meeting is anticipated to be held in late January or early February 2023. At this in-person meeting, park design options for Site 1 will be presented for your feedback. The project webpage, social media, and City web calendar will be updated as more information becomes available. Project Details

Oceanside Transit Center Redevelopment

The North County Transit District is proposing to redevelop the Oceanside Transit Center at 235 S.Tremont Street. The proposed project includes new mixed-income apartments, hospitality, office space, shopping and dining options, with a modernized transit center, including improved pedestrian and bicycle circulation. The existing parking structure would remain. The plan is expected to be brought before the City Council in late 2023. Learn more

Landes Park Skateboard Area Improvements

New skateboard elements will be added at John Landes Park. As part of the design process, there will be two community meetings, a webpage and a survey created to help gather community throughout the design. The first meeting is expected to take place in late January 2023 at the Landes Recreation Center. Date and time to be announced. You'll be invited to skate with a pro-skater and discuss potential changes and designs.

City Council Meetings

City Council meetings are open to all. The next regular Council meetings occur on January 11 and January 25 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.

Chief's Corner: Neighborhood Programs

The Oceanside Police Department is proud to partner with community members to provide Neighborhood Watch and Block Captain programs. These community action programs are designed to bring neighbors together to resolve problems by forming relationships with one another and working closely with Oceanside Police. To learn how to get started, please contact the OPD Crime Prevention Unit at 760-435-4440. Oceanside neighborhoods are strengthened and made safer when residents are connected with one another and partner with us. I encourage you to get involved! Details

Economic Development News

The City's Economic Development Division remains committed to helping businesses stay and grow here in Oceanside. Read about notable projects and businesses that opened in 2022, what's coming in 2023 and beyond in the January 2023 edition of the Economic Development Newsletter.

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.

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. Watch for "Cosmic Pickleball" coming soon! Find details in the Oceanside Parks & Recreation News.

Oceanside Public Library News

Winter Reading Challenge for Kids & Teens

Learn to Crochet and Knit Jan. 3

Check Out eBooks, eMagazines, Music & More

Homework Help Weekly

Volunteer to be an Adult Literacy Tutor

AARP: Fraud Watch Jan. 6

Green Oceanside News

Kick off the New Year with sustainability in mind! The Green Oceanside team has information on how to start a backyard compost system, view free online water-saving landscaping workshops, prevent stormwater pollution, and more in the Green Oceanside News.

Oceanside Arts & Culture

Brooks Theatre Music Series Starts Jan 13

O'side Mardi Gras at the Sunset Market Jan 19 - Feb 21

Current and Coming Exhibitions at Oceanside Museum of Art

Rumors by Neil Simon at The Star Theatre Feb 17 - 26

Sustainable Tourism Master Plan

Growing tourism, in a way that benefits the economy while also nurturing the environment and community, is essential to Oceanside’s long-term health. To ensure this path forward, Visit Oceanside is in the process of developing its first Sustainable Tourism Master Plan, which will provide a 10-year action plan for responsible tourism growth. Working with experts, the project’s first phase includes evaluating the destination holistically with input from residents and businesses through surveys, focus groups, and meetings. We welcome your participation in this effort. Visit Oceanside

OUSD Welcomes New Board Member

The Oceanside Unified School District welcomes its new School Board Member, Nancy Licona, who represents Area 1. Nancy has lived in Oceanside for seven years and is a middle school counselor in a neighboring district. She is an advocate for supporting students' social-emotional, academic, and college/career needs. She has served students as a part-time counselor for the Migrant education program, and is a volunteer for the Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project and Girls On The Run.

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