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The 4th Annual Holly Jolly on Molly and More Oceanside Events!

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The upcoming weeks are filled with events – yes, most of them involve shopping and eating, but be sure to enjoy some time in your hometown of Oceanside! One way to do that, if you’re a Fire Mountain resident is to join us for the 4th annual Holly Jolly on Molly happening December 8th, 5:00- 9:00 p.m. on the Molly Circle cul-de-sac. Bring a desert or appetizer to share and be sure to dress warm and bring a chair.

Don’t forget the Oceanside Turkey Trot – Move Your Feet Before You Eat! There are still spots available and a kids 1 mile run is open to kids in all different age categories. The entry fee is reasonable and proceeds benefit local schools – pick Palmquist or Lincoln to support Fire Mountain schools! If nothing else, get out and support your neighbors and enjoy the weather before settling in for the food marathon.

If you plan to shop, skip Black Friday and head out on Small Business Saturday! If you shop with your Amex card and spend $10 at a participating small business, you’ll get that $10 back & that includes local restaurants! Find a list of those businesses here. Even if you aren’t an Amex customer, there are a ton of great small businesses in Oceanside where you can find good food, an outfit for your holiday party, get your car fixed, find a nice pipe, decorate your holiday table or just pick up a hot cup of coffee by the beach…whatever it is you’re into, just be sure to support your neighborhood shops.

Also happening next week is the Friends of Fire Mountain Networking Group meeting. The meeting will be held December 3, 2013 at 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Café Rosarita – 1816 Oceanside Blvd. Oceanside, CA 92054.  The last meeting was a great informative gathering of business-minded neighbors and we look forward to working together to make Fire Mountain a great place not only to live, but to do business. Food will be available (eat local!) and we’re excited to see you there!

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Coaster and Amtrak Closed This Weekend

Screen Shot 2013-11-06 at 12.03.24 PMIf you are planning to go to San Diego or LA November 16-17th, plan on sitting in some traffic.  Due to the work on the Santa Margarita Bridge through Pendleton, the coastal lines including the Coaster, MTS, Amtrak, and freight trains will not be running in San Diego County.

Amtrak has said it will provide bus service to the Irvine station (although if you go to book a ticket from SD to LA, it does not make you aware of the situation!) and Coaster riders are encouraged to use the Breeze bus route 101.

The rails should be back up and running for the Monday commute.


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Oceanside Traffic and Transit Updates – Details on I-5 Expansion

IMG_8653Fire Mountain Traffic: Looks like Avocado Rd. is the latest through-street in Phase 1 of traffic calming measures. Thanks to the persistence of our neighbors the city has installed a radar trailer on Avocado Rd. and is studying the need for additional measures. Normally Phase 1 consists of “educating the public” and the radar trailer is one way to educate motorists as to how fast they are actually traveling.

Our streets become particularly dangerous during the holidays as more people cut through our neighborhood to get to the Wal-Mart shopping center, let’s hope the education process is stepped-up during that time.

Changes to Downtown Oceanside: Mission Avenue, between Horne Street and Coast Highway, started it’s update last week and will continue renovations until Summer 2014.  Like many more metropolitan downtown areas the main entryway to Oceanside will become a two lane, one-way street.  Mission Avenue will be converted to a west-bound only route, while Seagaze Drive, one block south of Mission Avenue, will be converted to a one-way east bound street. Let the confusion begin! For more info visit the City of Oceanside web site. 

Screen Shot 2013-11-07 at 1.51.38 PMInterstate 5 Expansion Project: The environmental impact report for the $3 billion 27-mile I-5 expansion project has been completed and hundreds of pages are now available here for download. The last public meeting in Oceanside was in 2010. Since that time the agency has heard from more than 5000 people and incorporated their comments into the planning  – the improvements are focused on carpools, transit, and express lanes.

Highlights of Oceanside area changes include a couple of pocket parks, some sound barriers, The visual simulation looks as if the freeway is really encroaching on the Buena Vista Lagoon and there are major improvements to bike and pedestrian paths along all 27 miles.

The incredibly dangerous I5 / 78 Interchange is not a part of this expansion. While there are a couple of changes on the docs, that is a separate project that will move forward independently and supposedly meetings were to be scheduled Summer 2013 (Did we miss those?).

According to the web site, the I-5 Express Lanes project is just one component of the planned $6.5 billion North Coast Corridor (NCC) Program, which includes highway, rail, transit, environmental protection and coastal access improvements. Planned improvements such as the I-5 Express Lanes provide flexibility for future for transit services such as Bus Rapid Transit and highway express buses. Adding Express Lanes to I-5, double tracking the coastal rail line and improving local and regional bike and pedestrian trails are part of the NCC Program’s system solution to focus on moving people rather than just cars.

It looks like there were approximately 10 options considered and the “Preferred Alternative,” announced in July 2011, is the Express Lanes Only option (8+4 with Buffer Alternative) which “results in nearly 50 percent fewer Right-of-Way impacts and focuses on project phasing and coordination to minimize impacts to the environment and the community during construction.”

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