July 2020
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Message from the Mayor
Although it seemed like things were getting back to normal, we’re not out of the COVID woods, yet. It is even more important than ever to be vigilant and take all necessary precautions as the spread of the virus continues.  There are basic, common sense health practices we must seriously follow, not only for ourselves but on behalf of others. People who are not in high-risk groups should not only set a good example for others, but be willing to share the burdens that others feel. Healthy people, those with no symptoms and no awareness of having the virus, can nonetheless carry it to others, who may not fare so well.  These can, and should be, days of rededicated care, friendship, work, service and love.  READ MESSAGE
Take COVID-19 Precautions
Coronavirus cases among those tested in the County continue to rise, and residents should continue to take every precaution to diminish the spread of COVID-19 in our community. In addition to wearing face coverings when you leave home, please conduct frequent hand washing, keep six feet apart from those who are not members of the same household and avoid crowded places. If you are sick  with COVID-19 or think you might have COVID-19, do not visit public areas. Stay home, except to get medical care. Call 211 for free testing sites.

Updated Public Health Order to Impact Bars & Restaurants
San Diego County Public Health officials announced this week that restaurants must close nightly at 10:00 p.m. starting today, Wednesday, July 1. Bars, wineries, distilleries, and breweries that are allowed to serve food must also close nightly at 10:00 p.m. These actions were taken to prevent additional community outbreaks and the spread of COVID-19. The largest contributors to the number of community outbreaks have been bars, restaurants, and get togethers at private residences. More

July 3 Fireworks Display Postponed
The annual July 3 fireworks display in celebration of Oceanside’s birthday will be postponed to a later date, due to the County Public Health Order restrictions on large gatherings. The recent news of growing “ community outbreaks ” reinforced this decision. A new date will be announced in the future…Stay tuned!

Measure X Update
The City Council approved the Year Two Measure X Spending Plan at its meeting in June. The revenue projections were revised downward, due to COVID-19. Road repairs, which are a high priority for our community, begin this summer. Homeless assistance funded by Measure X is making great progress. Read more

Economic Development
Oceanside is getting back to business, and the City's Economic Development Division looks forward to helping more businesses open and expand. Economic Development staff are available to assist with site selection, market data, and other resources. Learn about relaxed business regulations during COVID-19, the new Hire Local Program, and new businesses coming to town in the Economic Development Newsletter

City Council Meetings
The City Council is on recess in July. Meetings are occuring in a virtual manner during COVID-19 non-gathering 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 .
City Public Counters Reopened
The City of Oceanside has reopened some of its facilities in a phased, manner to protect Oceanside residents, visitors and staff.
Certain public counters are open for business, with modifications. While lobbies reopen, there are stipulations to adhere to in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus. These include wearing a face covering when entering, practicing physical distancing, and spaces may have limited occupancy. City Hall access will be limited to people conducting business with municipal departments. The Oceanside Public Library, Recreation Centers and Senior Centers remain closed for now. Most services remain available online .
Local Coastal Program Update
The City has received initial comment from the California Coastal Commission (CCC) on the Draft Coastal Hazards Adaptation Plan (Draft AP), which outlines a range of strategies for reducing the risk of beach erosion, property damage, safety hazards, and other adverse impacts of storm and tidal events. The City anticipates receiving CCC comment on another component of the Local Coastal Program Update - the Draft Land Use Plan (Draft LUP) – in early July. The Draft LUP contains goals and policies that provide direction on coastal access, coastal resource management, infrastructure, shoreline protection, and new development. Once the Draft AP and Draft LUP have been revised to address CCC comment, both documents will be made available for public review. Interested parties are encouraged to visit the project webpage .
Quiet Zone Update
The City of Oceanside has been working through the lengthy process of establishing a Rail Quiet Zone. The routine sounding of a  train  horn is eliminated by a Quiet Zone , but the horn may still be sounded by the train engineer for safety. This long-sought project aims to improve the quality of life for Oceanside residents. After much work, the Quiet Zone was originally scheduled for establishment in June 2019. In July 2019, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) inspected the improvements and requested additional work. That additional work was completed early April 2020 and Quiet Zone establishment was scheduled for end of April. But a change in risk at each of the five crossings in the proposed Quiet Zone has required a re-assessment of the work. This is due to changes over the life of the project, such as traffic volumes, train speeds, train volumes, suicides and accidents. City staff continue to work with FRA, CPUC, and NCTD toward an efficient, long lasting Quiet Zone. The estimated time frame to establish the Quiet Zone is by year's end.
Green Oceanside Updates
The Green Oceanside team oversees environmental services and programs including solid waste and recycling, water use efficiency, and watershed protection. They offer programs for residents and businesses that help protect and enhance Oceanside's natural resources. Learn about coming online workshops, contests, classes, as well as e-waste pickup and the buy back center: Green Oceanside Updates

Street Sweeping
The Public Works Department will resume street sweeping residential streets on their regularly scheduled days starting Wednesday July 1, with no enforcement. With a couple of sweeper trainees on board this week, sweeping may be outside of the time on the posted street signs, but they will sweep the regular day posted. Standard sweeping with enforcement will not resume until the Governor’s Stay-at-Home Order is completely lifted at Phase 4 of reopening. When that occurs, there will be a 2-week grace period before citations resume. For any special sweeping needs or questions, please contact the Public Works Department at (760) 435-4500.
Library Kicks Off Summer Reading Program
Increase Oceanside's Census 2020 Response
Have you completed the Census? Please continue to urge family, friends, and neighbors to respond to the Census either online , by phone ((844) 330-2020), or by mailing their response. It only takes ten minutes! The Census 2020 self-responses continue through October 31, 2020. To see what Oceanside response rates currently are, click here . Find out why it's so important.

Get the City App to Report Issues ... Click, Done!
Oceanside has over 175,000 residents, many of whom travel throughout the City each day. You serve as important "eyes" in the City and your efforts to report abandoned shopping carts, graffiti, and code violations help Oceanside stay clean, safe, and efficient. Download the free City app at the Apple or Android app store; just search for "My Oceanside." The City app allows you to snap a photo when you see an issues, and it automatically logs location. Your item gets routed to the correct department for handling. Click, done!

Wildfire Prevention Tips
As we begin to enter wildfire season in the west, the Oceanside Fire Department has a reminder. Nearly nine out of ten wildfires in the U.S. are caused by humans and can be prevented. We all have a role to play in keeping our community safe by acting responsibly and doing our part to help prevent wildfires. Prepare a defensible space around your home, talk to your household members about an emergency plan, and sign up for cell phone alerts . Oceanside Fire Department has wildfire prevention tips via video .

Beach Parking Permits Now On Sale
2020-2021 Annual Beach Parking Permits are now on sale .  The Beach Permits allow patrons to park in beach and Harbor pay lots without the daily fee. The cost of the parking permit is $100 for permanent Oceanside residents and $200 for non-residents, and they are valid for one year between the months of July 2020 through June 2021. 2020-2021 permit costs have been discounted for 2019-2020 permit holders until August 31, 2020 due to past COVID-19 parking lot closures. Purchase now

Oceanside Unified School District News
OUSD is continuing to provide free, nutritious meals to students through the summer from 11:30 to 1 p.m. at these locations on Tuesdays and Thursdays. In case you missed the special drive-thru and virtual graduation ceremonies honoring the Class of 2020, be sure to check out the YouTube channel for those videos and some other awesome content. Stay tuned to District updates by following OUSD on Twitter and Facebook @OsideUSD and by visiting www.oside.us .

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