Friends of Fire Mountain

Protect, Preserve, and Improve Fire Mountain


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!
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.

anti-billboard petition


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Spotlight on Non Partisan Race for Oceanside City Council

Screen Shot 2014-07-13 at 10.00.21 PMFire Mountain residents Lennie Rae Cooke and Fred Murray will host an informative evening with City Council candidate Chuck Lowery on Monday, July 21, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.
This is a great opportunity to met the candidate and become an informed voter. For more information and to register in advance please go to Also that night – Jennifer Bledsoe Lacy will be in attendance – you may want to meet her and hear what she has to say!

Please RSVP:  Address and more information can be found here: City Council Evening Info Event and Fundraiser in Fire Mountain 

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Oceanside City Council to Consider Ban on Retail Puppies

Following in the footsteps of Los Angeles, Laguna Beach, Dana Point, Chula Vista, San Diego and many others, the City of Oceanside will consider a ban on the retail sale of puppies, kittens, and bunnies.

The ordinance went into effect in San Diego in August and with only one exception was implemented by all pet stores. The City of Carlsbad also passed a similar ordinance last week.

While the ban allows pet stores that sell some puppies and kittens obtained from shelters and rescues to continue to do business, it specifically targets those stores that do not obtain pets through local or humane sources.

The vote will take place Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 5:00 pm at the regularly scheduled City Council meeting.


This is a follow-up to an earlier story.

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A Friend of Fire Mountain joins the Oceanside Planning Commission!

Fire Mountain’s own Jay Scrivener has been appointed to the Oceanside City Planning Commission. Jay has been active in many neighborhood activities and issues including the negotiations with Eternal Hills, the push for a community park, and encouraging a drought tolerant, water conserving neighborhood through his posts on the Fire Mountain Garden Exchange.
We look forward to Jay’s positive impact in our city working with the commission.
Read the story in the Union Tribune click here.

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Don’t Miss Your Chance to Question the Local Candidates!

The national conventions are finally behind us which serves as a reminder that November 4th is only eight weeks away.  We’ll be bombarded by news of the national candidates and their political ads even though most of us have probably made up our minds who to vote for already.  But what about the local candidates?  Our local leaders make important decisions that have immediate impact on our daily lives.  They make major and minor decisions that affect all of us and ultimately shape the communities in which we live.  It’s time to do your homework and learn about our local candidates’ positions so you can be an informed voter on both the national and local levels.

Your neighborhood associations have gotten together to arrange for you to meet the candidates and ask questions so that you can become an informed voter.  Please reserve Tuesday evening, September 16th for this important event.  You’ll have the chance to meet and question eight candidates for City Council and Mayoral races.  Please plan to arrive at 6:30 to allow time to submit your questions to the candidates.  Refreshments will be available.  The 2008 Candidates’ Forum will begin at 7:00PM.

WHEN:             Tuesday, September 16, 2008

WHERE:           St. Mary’s School Auditorium
515 Wisconsin Avenue, Oceanside

WHO:               Come hear all candidates for City Council and Mayoral positions present their platforms

AGENDA:          6:30 p.m.          Welcome, sign-in
Snacks and Refreshments
Question submission*

7:00 p.m.          City Council Candidates (8)

8:30 p.m.          Mayoral Candidates (2)

9:00 p.m.          Adjournment

* Index cards will be available for the audience to submit written questions for all candidates beginning at 6:30 p.m.  Please arrive early so we can begin the Forum as scheduled and allow maximum time for your questions.