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Fire Mountain Home and Garden Sale to benefit Canine Companions for Independence

Screen Shot 2016-06-03 at 6.17.28 AM Don’t miss the annual Fire Mountain Home and Garden sale happening today and tomorrow!

This is not a typical “yard sale”, this is a highly curated neighborhood sale with hundreds of succulents and other plants, plus gently used upscale home decor, small appliances, garden items,dishes, unique pottery, jewelry and more!Canine_Companions_for_Independence.svg

The sale is happening today and tomorrow:
June 3-4, 2016 – 7:00 am – 2:00 pm
2305 Fire Mountain Drive, Oceanside

All proceeds go to CCI, the Oceanside-based service dog organization.
If you have questions about the sale or CCI you can click here to email Kris.

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City of Oceanside Brings Back Electronic Billboard Debate

lamar-digital-billboardThe Oceanside City Council is considering the LA / Vegas style billboards once again. You may remember, the request for an electronic billboard at state route 78 and Rancho Del Oro was shut down last year  – this time there are two up for approval at SR 78 / Rancho Del Oro and SR 76/ Airport Rd, and Oceanside residents are  not happy.

The brightly lit, flashing, 60 ft. high (6 stories) by 30 ft. wide billboards are are proposed on city owned property and as the petition says, residents have multiple reasons to be concerned:

  • Distractions to drivers – traffic and accidents on the 78 and 76 are already a strain and a danger to drivers
  • Effects on the surrounding homes and environment
  • Opening the doors for more – once billboards are approved, more are likely to follow
  • Blight in the City of Oceanside – billboards only add a cheap and cluttered look to our seaside community

Community members are circulating the petition below and you can help keep those tacky billboards out of Oceanside.
Please email the city council today!
Council@ci.oceanside.ca.us
Be sure to Include your Name and Street Address (to verify residency) and the Subject: NO Electronic Billboards!
Send the petition below or write your own personal email.

To read more on the subject follow the link to the Union Tribune or Coast News articles.

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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: https://www.csusm.edu/mba/docs/airport%202.0%20paper.pdf

 

 


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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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April is Earth Month in Oceanside

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Earth Month Details

While we may feel like winter never came to Oceanside, spring is already on it’s way. Along with that comes Earth Day and this year the Oceanside Earth Festival will be held April 27th in Downtown Oceanside. But don’t hold out till Earth Day to get your environmental side in check, all through April Green Oceanside will be celebrating sustainability and encouraging environmental stewardship with events and opportunities.

April 5th donate unwanted items or food to those in need at El Corazon Senior Center.
April 23rd – Attend the inaugural Oceanside Green Business Awards
April 24th – Farmers Market and Sunset Markets are on the road to zero waste as they ditch the plastic bags and styrofoam
April 26th – Learn to build your own compost bins at the El Corazon Senior Center.
April 26th – Used oil filter exchange at O’Reilly Auto Parts on Mission
April 26th – Loma Alta Creek Clean up from 9am-12pm
April 27th – Oceanside Youth will show off their skills at the Create to Educate performances. Sign up to Perform and Win!

There will also be a landscape contest and a master composter workshop among other events to be announced.

For more information and details visit GreenOceanside.org


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Fire Mountain Has a Rash of Break-Ins – Tips for Securing Your Home

Just before the holidays, on December 12th, one of our neighbors on Dunstan had a break in. The burglars used a very common method of casing the house, they watched the owner drive away, then knocked on the door. They knocked again and again to make sure no one was home. But in this instance, the teenage son was home sick from school. Not feeling well, he didn’t open the door, but called his dad to find out if he was expecting someone. Unfortunately their back sliding door wasn’t locked (who hasn’t forgotten this at some point?) and the thief came into the house, at which point the son went into the master bedroom, locked the door, then went into the bathroom and locked that door,  called his dad, who was just down the street running an errand, and then called 911.  The burglar kicked in the bedroom door and possibly heard the teen on the phone in the bathroom because when the police arrived, guns drawn, he was gone. The circumstances were incredibly frightening but luckily the boy did the right thing by not confronting the burglar, as did the dad by not rushing into the house, as the police requested. (FYI: burglary related assaults most commonly occur when someone surprises/corners a thief, so please keep that in mind if you walk in on a suspicious situation in your own home.)

The homeowner on Dunstan shared his own thoughts about what to watch out for in your neighborhood:

Crimemapping.com shows 701 crimes in Oside & North Cbad between Oct 2013 - Jan 2014

Crimemapping.com shows 701 crimes in Oside & North Cbad between Oct 2013 – Jan 2014

Be aware of the cars and people on your street. When I pulled up to my house I noticed a large, white, unmarked van sitting up the street with only one driver in it. I think they  may have been the ones who saw me leave and were ready to throw my stuff into the truck. Also take notice if someone is loitering on your street – maybe it just looks like a teenager or someone is sitting on a curb smoking or talking on the phone, but what they’re actually doing is waiting for someone to leave and then calling the crew to let them know which house is a ready target.

Luckily nothing was taken in the Dunstan case, but thieves are not discriminating and usually it’s not so much the things that can be replaced, but the process of replacing them, the irreplaceable items, and the sense of security that you lose. Only about 13% of all reported burglaries are solved by police so you will likely never see your grandma Hazel’s costume jewelry again!

Now that the holidays are over and all the gifts have been delivered, it’s a good time to be aware and update yourself with tips on how to prevent home break-ins. There are a lot of good tips out there so I’ve included links to a couple of easy, concise lists from Moneycrashers.com and Nationwide insurance and a pretty comprehensive list below from Scambusters.com – I only scooped the tips from their in depth article by criminologist Elicka S.L. Peterson-Sparks, so if you want more info from them, just follow that link.

* If have tips or you’ve had a break-in, please feel free to comment below or email friendsoffiremountain@gmail.com to share info and help keep our neighborhood safe! Continue reading