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I5/78 Interchange Plans Could End Beach Access from Fire Mountain

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If you’ve been following the planning of the widening of I-5, specifically the I-5/78 interchange, you know it’s hurtling into our neighborhood faster than any speeding car, truck or van on the I-5 freeway.

A meeting took place last month in Carlsbad for public comment, but one has not been held in Oceanside, so we’ve gathered as much of the mountain of information as possible below:

There have been several conversations with Cal Trans and there are still many open questions. We’ve been following the discussion from both the South O Residents Association and Shari Mackin on nextdoor.com and want to share some of the highlights (or lowlights, depending on your outlook).  But to stay up to date, be sure to either follow the updates on nextdoor.com or sign up for alerts and info by signing up on the google form here.

Cal Trans has received well over 100 comments during the community meeting in Carlsbad. They are still reviewing/studying the comments which will lead them to the project/s they will present to study at the Scoping Meeting which she states will be held in late May or early June 2015.

CalTrans will continue to accept and review public comments/input regarding which alternative/s they will study. According to CalTrans, comments continue to “trickle” in. Please note, added to the scenarios is a NO BUILD option.

If you were unable to attend the meeting in Carlsbad, please complete the attached Comment Slip and return to CalTrans via email. You can review the information here: http://keepsandiegomoving.com/I-5-Corrid…

Email your Comment Slip (if you can’t scan and upload, cut and paste into an email) to:Karen.Jewel@dot.ca.gov

Finally, PLEASE email your council members asking that they request that the Scoping Meeting is held in OCEANSIDE! We will have the majority of impacts and we are one of the largest cities in San Diego County – council@ci.oceanside.ca.us

Our representative to SANDAG (Mayor Jim Wood) and Alternate Council Member Chuck Lowery) should be able to work with CalTrans to have the meeting in Oceanside.

From the most recent emails we’ve received here are the overviews of Worst-case scenarios and the issues they present:

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Hit and Run on Fire Mountain Dr. – Police Looking for Suspects

As you may have heard there was a hit and run in the 2300 block of Fire Mountain Drive on December 31st at approximately 9:30 a.m.

The man and his dog were badly injured and rushed to the hospital. They are both in recovery and lucky to be alive.

Some young witnesses have come forward with a bit of information, including a description of the driver, and police are looking for a white Ford E2 Series Van with dark tinted rear windows. If you have any information, please contact the Oceanside PD.

We have also learned that the man hit, Mark Buczek, from the 1800 block of Avocado Rd., has started a Go Fund Me project to help with the medical expenses for he and his dog Bailey. While they did have some human insurance, the bills for he and the dog and their physical therapy and recovery add up quickly.

Here is the message from Mark and his wife Megan:


Hello

My name is Megan Buczek and we are residents in the neighborhood and live on Avocado Rd..
On the 31st of December my husband Mark and our dog Bailey were struck hit and run while on their morning walk on Fire Mountain Rd.

We are seeking assistance on identifying the vehicle and set up a site to help with Mark and Baileys expenses.

Please post this link for your members the neighbors that may have information, wish to help or share on their FB pages

http://www.gofundme.com/jn57ns

Thank you sincerely,

Megan


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Zero Waste Challenge Comes to Fire Mountain

LoveYourPlanetPRINT(V1)_Page_1The City of Oceanside is introducing a new program to Fire Mountain residents. The City’s Green Oceanside team has partnered with Solana Center to offer residents of Fire Mountain an opportunity to be part of the first ever zero waste home/ backyard compost program. The program was created to help Oceanside residents implement zero waste practices, such as reducing overall waste, increasing recycling and implementing composting into their everyday lives.  Fire Mountain has been chosen as the neighborhood to represent a zero waste model to inspire similar programs.

This is an 8-Week program that provides continuous support, hands on training, and a zero waste kit valued at over $500 to get you started. There will be a representative on-hand at the Holly Jolly on Molly, Sunday December 7th with more information about the program as well as sign up opportunities. With the success and recognition the Green Team and Zero Waste initiative at Palmquist Elementary, it makes sense that the adults in the neighborhood would help make the community a role model for other neighborhoods and cities.

Only   5 teams of 5 families will be chosen to participate, so check out the flyer for details and sign up to be a part of the change in Oceanside!LoveYourPlanetPRINT(V1)_Page_2


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Palmquist Yard Sale – Saturday, October 4th

Palmquist yard sale

When: Saturday, October 4th, 9am-12pm

Where: Palmquist Elementary, 1999 California Street, Oceanside, CA 92054

We are looking for your “Fall Clean Out” items as donations to the sale.

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Host your own space for $30! Small business vendors encouraged as well. 

Approx. Space 15’x15′. You provide your own table and chairs. No electrical power provided.

If interested in donating or hosting or volunteering for the event, please contact Corinna at psscfunding@cox.net or Palmquist @ 760-901-8500 for more info.

All donations are 501(c)3 charitable tax deductions. Receipts will be given out day of event.


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Friends of Fire Mountain End Of Summer BBQ- August 24th

With the unusual heat we’ve been experiencing here in North County San Diego, you wouldn’t know it, but summer is coming to an end.  The kids are returning to school (August 18th) which means you can return to the beach and actually find a space to drop your towel in the sand and not every wave is a party wave. On Fire Mountain we’ll use any reason to celebrate, so join  your neighbors at the annual Fire Mountain End of Summer Bar-B-Q,  August 24th starting at 4:00 p.m.  Meet us at the cul-de-sac on Avocado and Dunstan – bring something to share, something to throw on the grill, something to sip and don’t forget a chair to park yourself. We encourage you to use recyclable/reusable items and to bring a canned or boxed item to donate to the food drive.   2014 FOFM BBQ If you own a local business or charity, feel free to bring some information and we’ll have a table available to display the goods. See you there!

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