Friends of Fire Mountain

Protect, Preserve, and Improve Fire Mountain


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The Oceanside Museum of Art Kickstarter Campaign

The Oceanside Museum of Art is trying to fund a community art classroom for both kids and adults.  There are a lot of different levels of support and you actually get something – from a “Heartfelt Thank You” to a Private Art Party.

Check out the details and video here on Kickstarter


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New Developments in Oceanside and Carlsbad

With the group of residents on Laurel Rd. in Fire Mountain continuing to address the speeding and traffic concerns that tend to plague Fire Mountain, we’ve been following a few of the latest in business developments that will impact our local roads and surrounding freeways.

Saturn Property Vista Way

You may have noticed the recent demolition happening on the corner of Vista Way and Jefferson. The property is owned by Nissan Corporation and while waiting to be sold the location has been home to a few temporary businesses such as the Home Depot nursery, a Halloween store, a Christmas store, and a Christmas tree lot.

Recently we learned the demolition is part of a contingency on the sale of the property to Scripps Health. The City of Oceanside has had held developer meetings with Scripps regarding the building of a clinic and physicians offices on the site. The public has not been notified of the status and only residents within 300 ft. of the property will receive a notice once permits are filed and the yellow notification signs go up.  The zoning in that area allows a building height of up to 50 ft. or approximately 4 stories. The city planner on the project did not have a response to questions regarding concerns about how increased traffic or building height will be addressed.

—- UPDATE (11/6/2013) According to a city employee the Scripps project was given a pass as it doesn’t meet the commercial zoning plan.  Nissan has simply bulldozed the buildings to make it more marketable. We will update as more information is available.—–

On the other side of the 78 freeway, in Carlsbad, the Westfield, Plaza Camino Real (sometimes referred to as the “ghetto mall”) has also started renovations. According to the Westfield web site:

The regional mall, originally constructed in 1969, will be renamed Westfield Carlsbad when completed in November 2014. The renovation plans include:


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The SPOT Home and Garden Sale plus a Ton of Local Weekend Events!

This weekend is shaping up to be BUSY! If you haven’t noticed all the local events on the side bar here’s the run down:

Screen Shot 2013-10-03 at 4.10.08 PMFriday October 4th, 7am Through Sunday October 6th 3pm: The Home and Garden sale benefitting SPOT is always a sure thing if you want to pick up some really great plants, especially gorgeous succulents. I picked up a pepper plant a couple years back and it’s still going crazy in my garden! The sale starts tomorrow, follow this link for more information.

October 5th, 9am: The Surfrider foundation is holding a beach clean up starting at the Oceanside Pier. Everyone is welcome to help!

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October 5th at 10am: Always fun for the pets and great people/pet watching is the The Mission San Luis Rey annual St. Francis Festival and Blessing of the Animals. Animal adoption organizations are on site and hey! animals need blessings too!

October 5th 12pm: The Carlsbad Rotary Oktoberfest is a family style event and will have both domestic and craft beers from the likes of Stone Brewing on hand. Check the web site for details.

October 5th 12pm: The Vista Rhythm & Brews Music Festival presented by Mother Earth Brewing and Back Street Brewery kicks off it’s second year. Tickets are $30 and you can get them right here.

Octover 5th, 4 pm: The 3 mile Walk to end Alzheimers starts at 4:00 pm at the Oceanside Pier. If you can’t make it to the walk, support Fire Mountain locals the Swifts reach their goal!

October 5th 6:30 pm: Photojournalist and author Kirk Lee Aeder is giving a book talk and signing at the Oceanside Museum of Art. Special guests, former pro surfers, Mike Cruikshank and Peter “PT” Townend will also make an appearance

Screen Shot 2013-10-03 at 5.37.46 PMOctober is Kids Free Museum Month! There is a long list of museums and attractions all over San Diego county including the Oceanside Museum of Art,  The California Surf Museum, the Encinitas Lux Art Institute, The Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad, The Birch Aquarium, the SD Model Railroad Museum and many more with free admission for kids the entire month of October. —UPDATE: Even more FREE attractions can be found here, including Legoland, Sea World and more!

October 6th, 10am: The Oceanside Museum of Art has upped Free Museum Month by hosting Free Family Art day this Sunday. The museum is free and kids and parents can create small works of art that reflect the exhibits currently on view

Weekends in October: Legoland Brick or Treat has fireworks and a “Brick or Treat” trail for the kids. Definitely a good way to get your money’s worth out of that costume!

With a high temperature of around 87° should be nice weather for any of these events, so go on, get out and do something!


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North Oceanside Double Track Project – Public Meeting

On Wednesday, October 9, 2013 the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) and the North County Transit District (NCTD) will hold an informational public meeting addressing the North Oceanside Double Track Project.  The meeting will take place at Oceanside High School from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. According to the web site:

SANDAG meeting inviteThe project will eventually replace the aging single-track rail bridge over the San Luis Rey River with a modern, concrete double-track bridge and add a one-mile stretch of second main track that will join two existing double-track segments together. When complete, the project will create 10.3 miles of continuous double track along the Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) Corridor.

The project is part of a larger effort to improve Amtrak and COASTER passenger services by adding a second track to the 60-mile segment of the LOSSAN (Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo) rail corridor in San Diego County.

SANDAG also is collaborating with the City of Oceanside to:

  • Improve the bike and pedestrian undercrossing on the south side of the San Luis Rey River rail bridge 
  • Redesign the car and pedestrian undercrossing adjacent to the Oceanside Harbor
  • Construct street median improvements at Surfrider Way to support a future Quiet Zone in Oceanside that would limit train horn noise

This is just one of many projects involving to the train system through Oceanside and the LOSSAN corridor.  Back in June the two organizations hosted a public meeting to discuss (in our opinion) long overdue updates to the Oceanside Transit Center. While most improvements are specific to increasing the number of trains able to board and pass through at any one time, a few updates to the station and it’s amenities were also discussed.

We’re always hopeful that there will be more options available for public transit, especially commuter-style trains, but we’re also skeptics of the dent this will make in the jammed I-5 traffic (especially in the summer) What’s the solution? All I can say is…HYPERLOOP!

FOFM.com would love to hear  your thoughts on transportation options affecting North County and beyond, so click on the “Leave a Comment” link next to the title of this article and let us know what YOU think!


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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.

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This is a follow-up to an earlier story.


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On September 29-30, 2012 the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce along with Genentech will present Oceanside Harbor Days at the Oceanside Harbor. The event will feature arts and craft exhibits, great food and fun activities for the entire family. The event is open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.

For a full schedule of events check out the North County Times

Be ready for a some walking, as parking is limited!


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Oceanside Farmers Market & Sunset Market

Summer time is full of fun things to do in Southern California. One of the best family friendly events happens every Thursday year round, the Oceanside Farmers/Sunset Market.

Located on the corner of Coast Highway and Pier View Way in Downtown Oceanside, the Oceanside Farmers Market is Open Year Round, Thursdays 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

 

MainStreet Oceanside’s Sunset Market has been a bright spot in downtown Oceanside for more than three years. This weekly gathering is more than a Farmers Market.

Thousands of residents and visitors alike gather each week to enjoy the varied hot food offerings, the eclectic merchandise selections, the gourmet packaged food section and the live entertainment.

THURSDAY EVENINGS 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm ALL YEAR ‘ROUND

For more information Follow the Jump to the Mainstreet Oceanside web site.