June 2020
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Message from Mayor Weiss on COVID-19 Recovery
We are all feeling buoyed by the decreasing signs of COVID-19 in our region – the rolling average of positive cases among those tested continues to drop.

Beginning tomorrow, Oceanside beaches will be available for both active and passive uses . City Park parking lots and restrooms have reopened. More downtown parking lots have reopened.

Simultaneously, we're shifting gears to support economic resiliency in Oceanside. Entire message
Your Actions Save Lives
Every person has a role to play in diminishing the spread of the coronavirus in our community. Protecting yourself, your family, and others comes down to common sense: 

  • Practice social distancing.
  • Wear a cloth face covering when you leave the house and are within 6' of others
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover a cough or sneeze with your sleeve, or disposable tissue. Wash your hands afterward.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay away from others if you become sick
Letter from Oceanside Police Chief McCoy
The events surrounding the tragic death of Mr. George Floyd in Minneapolis are some of the most alarming and upsetting circumstances that I've seen in my 37 years in Law Enforcement. It is important to me that I let the Oceanside community know my impressions of what I saw on the video and my expectations of the men and women of the Oceanside Police Department. Letter
Economic Development
Oceanside businesses may find information on Safe Reopening, County Public Health Order changes, Oceanside's Business Loan Program, free legal consultations, printable signage for your business, and more: Economic Development News

City Council Meetings
The City Council meetings are continuing in a virtual way during the COVID-19 non-gathering regulations. The next regular meeting dates are June 3 and June 17 at 5:00 p.m. Regular City Council meetings are also shown live on KOCT two Wednesdays each month 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 .
Beachfront Improvements Project Continues
The historic restoration and adaptive reuse of the 1930s era bath house building revealed some interesting Oceanside history nearly a century old. Click photo at left to view painted remnants from a time gone by. The Beachfront Improvements Project is being funded largely by a grant award of nearly $8 million from the State of California Natural Resources. The project remodels the historic building to serve as a new Police Department Substation. A new building will be constructed to include restrooms and inviting storefront areas. A new, wider staircase will be built with a landscaped viewing area. The band shell remains as is. The existing sewer lift station will be reconstructed. A small service building will house beach cleaning equipment. 

Measure X Update
The Measure X Citizens Oversight Committee unanimously recommended a Fiscal Year 2020/21 Measure X Spending Plan at its meeting in May. The revenue projections were revised downward, due to COVID-19. The revised Spending Plan will be presented to the City Council for consideration in June. Road repairs, which are a high priority for our community, begin this summer. Measure X background and information on projects may be viewed on the City website .

Library Kicks Off Summer Reading Program
Oceanside Fire Academy Graduation
The latest Oceanside Fire Academy graduated on May 22 at a ceremony at the Fire Training Facility on Jones Road. Due to COVID-19 regulations, only the graduates, administrative staff, and training cadre were in attendance. Academy grads began their EMS field orientation last week and begin their assignments this week. Congratulations and welcome!

El Corazon Aquatics Center Construction
Construction on Oceanside’s future Aquatics Center began late last year at the El Corazon site on Senior Center Drive. This project will become the city’s largest aquatics facility, in the heart of the City. This future world-class Center will provide competition-level amenities to serve Oceanside residents, school districts and host regional meets. In addition to competitive amenities, the Aquatics Center will accommodate recreational features for all. Main components will include a 56-meter competition pool, diving boards, instructional pool, splash pad, administrative offices, meeting rooms, large multi-purpose hall, locker rooms and outdoor recreational and viewing areas. The Aquatics Center will add to the active synergy already taking place within El Corazon Park. View progress

Green Oceanside Updates
Learn about guidelines for the safe use of reusable bags during COVID-19, the OUSD video challenge, Earth Month Art Challenge winners, "right sizing" your business waste services, household hazardous waste drop offs, & more: Green Oceanside Updates

New Beach Wheelchairs - Beach Access for All
The Oceanside Lifeguard Division received generous grant funding from the Coastal Conservancy to procure four new beach wheelchairs and a shed for storage. These new chairs will keep the free Beach Wheelchair Program available to beach visitors with disabilities for years to come. For more information on the Beach Wheelchair Program, please contact the Oceanside Lifeguards at (760) 435-4018 or stop by the Lifeguard office under the Pier.
Public Parking Structure Near Beach
The City opened a new public parking garage steps from the beach in the SALT building at 371 N. Cleveland Street between Pier View Way and Civic Center Drive. The new public garage has 340 public parking spaces and the charge is $5 all day or $3 for two-hour parking in designated spots. The payment system is managed electronically via input of license plate number.
Buena Vista Creek Restoration Grant Awarded
The California Department of Water Resources has awarded a $275,800 grant to the City of Oceanside to design a comprehensive riparian habitat and streambank restoration project for a segment of Buena Vista Creek in southeast Oceanside. The planning work will identify a restoration design, conduct community outreach, and complete preliminary environmental documentation for future restoration work. The City is partnering with the Buena Vista Audubon Society to lay groundwork for stream and habitat improvements while integrating the project with the surrounding community through trails, access and signage. More
Historic Graves House Moved
The historic 1887 Graves House, known to many as the "Top Gun House," took a roll down Pacific Street in late May for restoration and for its next reincarnation as a yet-to-be determined ice cream, candy, or coffee shop on the grounds of the Oceanside Beach Resort, now under construction. The house features "Folk Victorian" architecture and is thought to be one of the oldest beach cottages in San Diego County. After restoration, the house will be permanently placed on the northern end of the resort, closer to the Pier, and will be open for all to enjoy. Video

Complete the Census Today!
Have you responded to the 2020 Census? Please respond today! It has never been easier to respond, whether online, over the phone or by mail. Your response matters and you can respond in many languages. Responding to the Census helps ensure our community is accurately funded and represented for the next 10 years. Learn more and complete your form at 2020CENSUS.GO V

Tourism Outlook Remains Bright, Despite Pandemic's Hit
Like other California destinations, Oceanside was experiencing record travel industry growth before grinding to a halt in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. According to a newly released study, in 2019, Oceanside once again enjoyed an increase in visitors and travel spending, which translated to thousands of tourism related jobs and local funding. Although 2020 will be much different, Visit Oceanside remains optimistic for the industry’s rebound. In fact, several factors make Oceanside well poised for recovery.   More

Oceanside Unified School District News
With schools closed, the Oceanside Unified School District team has continued working to provide distance learning and critical systems of support to our community. OUSD’s Nutrition Services has served more than 420,000 free breakfast, lunch and supper meals -- and counting. We honored their incredible service on School Lunch Heroes Day . Also, a 5th grade class from South Oceanside Elementary recently fed Tri-City Medical staff by donating a catered Olive Garden lunch . Stay tuned to district updates by following OUSD on social media and visiting www.oside.us .

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