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International airport possible on Camp Pendleton next to Oceanside / 76

KPBS mapThe possibility of an international airport in Oceanside has come up multiple times as Lindberg Field comes closer to reaching capacity. Now after a study by Cal State University San Marcos, supported by businessmen and philanthropists Irwin Jacobs and Malin Burnham, it’s back in the news.

While those in the area who travel frequently would love to have an option closer to home (sometimes it seems to take as long to fly to San Francisco as it does to drive) there are a couple of  reasons why this particular option has its drawbacks for residents of Oceanside.

If you’ve ever spent any time in Ocean Beach / Point Loma area or if you’ve payed attention to what the Mira Mar area residents say each time they’re faced with possibly expanding the airport in that area, you know the noise pollution doesn’t just affect the immediate surroundings, it travels along with the planes.

The study touts the airport being a draw for people from San Diego, OC and LA, which raises another concern that will make any commuter fill with horror – more traffic through Camp Pendleton.

To read more about the study follow this link to the report on KPBS web site or read the study for yourself here:





Shop for Local, Organic Veggies at Cyclops Farms

cyclops logo If you haven’t driven down Avocado Road lately then you may have missed it, but you’ll want to make a detour on either Tuesdays or Saturdays to get fresh vegetables and flowers at great prices. Cyclops Farms, a family owned and run CCOF certified organic farm, broke ground at 1448 Avocado Road in February and is serving up flowers and vegetables to residents and local markets and restaurants like Cream of the Crop and The Privateer.

Founder, Luke Girling, attended Oceanside High, graduated from The Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems farming program at The University of Santa Cruz in 2013 and has been the farm manager for the farm to table experience at West Steakhouse and Bistro West for the last two years. He, his wife, and two young children started farming their own yard in south Oceanside and launched a Kickstarter campaign to help raise what they needed to fund the expanded location on Fire Mountain.  There’s a great video from the Kickstarter campaign that tells all about the project on the Osider web site – be sure to check it out here.

Fire Mountain prides itself on riding that line between urban and rural Screen Shot 2015-10-01 at 4.02.50 PMand Cyclops Farms is a perfect addition to that vibe – taking what was once an empty yard that kept residents guessing what might happen to it, they created something that residents can be a part of and benefit from. The farm to table operation will be growing certified organic seasonal veggies and they anticipate that some of the out-of-the-ordinary items they offer will inspire people to cook creatively.

When you talk to Luke, his passion for healthy food shows and his excitement about the farm and the community will make you just as excited to eat healthy veggies and support this business. When we stopped by the farm they had tons of different types of peppers (from mild to hot) as well as tasty tomatoes, three kinds of squash and fresh, pretty flowers. They plan to have pumpkins available starting this weekend and you can bring the kids and pick out your own. Support your local farmer by bringing home healthy, safe foods!

Screen Shot 2015-10-01 at 4.42.33 PMCyclops Farms : 1448 Avocado Rd. Oceanside, CA 92054
Farm Stand Hours: (Updated 11/28/2015)
Wednesday 12:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Saturday 8:00 am- 12:30 pm

Check the Cyclops Farms Facebook page for updates on what’s available

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Fire Mountain Networking Group Meeting – February 4, 2014

FOFMNetJoin Fire Mountain businesses for the Friends of Fire Mountain Networking Group Meeting Tuesday, February 4th at 7:00 pm. at Café Rosarita, 1816 Oceanside Blvd.

This is a great opportunity to be a part of building the foundation for this group representing the businesses in your own neighborhood.

Order dinner or an appetizer in support of this local business as we discuss opportunities for  increasing awareness of your business among Fire Mountain Residents.

Meeting agenda is as follows:

7:00-7:15 Introductions, visiting and ordering dinner

7:15-8:15 Each business owner will have an opportunity to give a brief introduction of their business and hand out any marketing materials and business cards.

8:15-8:45 Brainstorming period, a chance to share your expectations for the group and share any ideals you may have for promoting businesses in our community.

PLEASE RSVP: Email by clicking here —> SusanBaillie

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Development Proposals for Fire Mountain

There are two proposals before the Planning Commission on Monday requesting permission to construct to the maximum allowable, adding to the already increasing density of Fire Mountain. We have another opportunity to declare our neighborhood off limits to increased density and open to sensible development.  Please attend the Monday night (May 24th) Planning Commission hearing to support reasonable development in our neighborhood.

At issue here is the continued recommendation by the Planning Staff of increased density in our Neighborhood. The current Zoning is R-1/acre. That means 1 home per acre, with an allowable zoning of 1-3.5 with a conditional use permit. The Planning Commission recently denied an applicant on Avocado on the same type of request by a 5-2 vote. The City Council then approved it over neighborhood protest.

We have to stop this density maximization. We can see the results of the City Council vision at the corner of Fire Mountain and Yucca.

The Planning Commission agenda can be found here:

The Staff Report describing the 1.08 acre development can be found here:

The Staff Report describing the 1.14 acre development can be found here:

This is your chance to help preserve the quality of our Neighborhood. Best results are when you attend the Planning Commission meeting AND send an email in support of your opinion. If you cannot make the meeting, it is important that you contact your Planning Commissioners and let them know you oppose density increases before the meeting.

Claudia Troisi – Chair

Bob Neal — Vice Chair

Louise Balma

Dennis Martinek

Stan Bertheaud

Tom Rosales

Jay Scrivener

This information is provided by individuals and does not represent the opinions of any organization.

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Eternal Hills Meeting Update

Eternal Hills held an informative meeting October 29th, to update on their progress and the beginning of the grading and expansion. Chuck Lowry was on hand at the Eternal HIlls expansion meeting to give a report:

A small group of residents, primarily those who live on Fire Mountain
Drive, attended the meeting. Mayor Wood was also present as were representatives of Eternal Hillsand Tait Consulting (the Civil Engineers) and Clarke and Green Associates (the Landscape architects) A rendering depicting the initial area to be graded was on display… Continue reading

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Eternal Hills Expansion Phase 1- Info Meeting October 29th

Eternal Hills is preparing to commence grading the first phase of the planned expansion. A neighborhood information meeting will be held Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at 6pm in the Eternal HIlls offices at 1999 El Camino Real in Oceanside.
Attached is a bit more info and their notification of property owners within 300 feet of their project.

(Click on the image below to see the full document)