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Center could become lifeline to community

By Ray Huard on February 26, in the U~T San Diego

A closed child care center in Oceanside’s troubled Crown Heights neighborhood
would reopen to offer after-school and job training programs under a proposal that
a Vista-based nonprofit has made to the city.

“We are very committed to this neighborhood and helping to solve the problems
that are there,” said North County Lifeline Director Donald Stump. “We’re committed
to being part of the solution.”

North County Lifeline was the only agency that responded to Oceanside’s request
for proposals to take over the city-owned building at 402 Brooks St. that was formerly
used by Camp Fire USA for before- and after-school programs, said city Neighborhood
Services Director Margery Pierce.

“We’re trying to find a neighborhood service program like what was there before
that could come in and take over the building,” City Manager Peter Weiss said.

Felien wants mayor’s power cut further

By Ray Huard on Feb 22, 2013 in the U~T San Diego

Oceanside City Councilman Gary Felien is asking his council colleagues to remove
Mayor Jim Wood as the city’s representative to the North County Transit District and
to strip his power to appoint the deputy mayor, a month after the council booted Wood
as the city’s primary representative to a regional planning agency.

Felien also wants the council to declare Presidents Day a city holiday, arguing that
if City Hall closes to observe the birthday of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr., the day honoring George Washington and Abraham Lincoln deserves at
least the same treatment.

Presidents Day is already observed as a floating holiday for city workers; Felien’s
proposal would mandate that city offices shut down on the federal holiday, which
is the third Monday in February.

Restoring library hours priority for council

By Ray Huard on February 20 in the U~T San Diego

Restoring library hours and ramping up building code enforcement were among top
priorities listed by City Council members Wednesday as they talked of how to spend
a rare $1.3 million windfall of cash in the coming fiscal year.

When it comes to construction projects for the 2013-14 fiscal year which starts July 1,
council members said they wanted to speed up work on improving Coast Highway,
starting in South Oceanside.

“South Oceanside I believe is primed,” Councilwoman Esther Sanchez said.

Council members also said they wanted to fix up beach restrooms, a project that was
stalled with the state-mandated dissolution of redevelopment agencies last year.

The construction projects are not affected by the surplus cash but were part of council
discussions in telling City Manager Peter Weiss what to emphasize in preparing a capital
improvement budget and a general fund budget for the coming fiscal year.

THREE COUNCIL MEMBERS DO ABOUT-FACE ON LANDFILL

By Ray Huard on Feb 11, 2013 in the U~T San Diego

Three of five Oceanside City Council members have publicly gone on record over
the past week to contradict the city’s long-standing opposition to the proposed
Gregory Canyon landfill.

Councilman Jack Feller testified in support of the landfill at a Feb. 1 public hearing,
and Councilman Gary Felien testified at the same hearing urging the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers to proceed with its review of landfill plans. Councilman
Jerry Kern wrote a letter to the corps supporting development of the landfill.

Their actions run counter to three separate resolutions passed by earlier City
Councils opposing the landfill and have also drawn the ire of Mayor Jim Wood,
who said it was wrong for any council member to try to undermine the city’s
position on the project.

“I was shocked,” said Wood, who testified at the hearing in opposition to the landfill,
as did city Water Utilities Director Cari Dale.

City sues owner of apartment complex

By Ray Huard on Feb 11, 2013 in the U~T San Diego

OCEANSIDE — The city of Oceanside filed a lawsuit Thursday against the manager
and owner of a Crown Heights apartment complex that officials say has been a haven
for street gangs, a source of some of the crime and violence that have plagued the
troubled neighborhood.

The city is seeking a court order to force the manager of the apartments at 415 Grant St.
to clean up the property, install security cameras, and hire security guards to patrol the
sprawling complex, which includes eight two-story apartment buildings, two laundry
and storage buildings, and two parking lots.

“I don’t think this action in and of itself is going to solve all the problems, but it will help,”
City Attorney John Mullen said Thursday. “This is part of a broader attempt — this is
one tool to be able to remedy the situation there.”

Oceanside joins effort to humanize Coast Highway

By Thomas K. Arnold on Feb 10, 2013 in the U~T San Diego

Oceanside is full of surprises. For a city marked by a fractious city council and
lingering money problems – both for as long as I can remember – Oceanside
oddly enough has an uncanny knack for getting things done.

Oceanside Harbor is a delightful mini-Seaport Village that ranks as one of North
County’s must-see tourist destinations. The pier is alive and exciting, the row houses
on the north end of town are a model of smart development, the Civic Center complex
is a gem and the San Luis Rey bike trail is one of the few dedicated bike paths in
the entire county. Heck, even the city’s redesigned website is awesome.

That’s why I have such high hopes for the city’s nascent plans to spruce up the
3.1-mile stretch of Old Highway 101 that runs through town – and its willingness
to look at what other cities have done, or are doing, to their respective portions of
the famed coastal highway.

Oceanside Council Discusses Ambulance Services and Moro Hills development

By Lola Sherman in the Oceanside-CampPendleton*Patch on January 31, 2013

Oceanside residents will see no reduction in ambulance service—at least for now.

The City Council voted unanimously Wednesday night to pay about $150,000 in
extra overtime pay to firefighters rather than take one of four municipal ambulances
out of service from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. to cover the costs.

Those were the options offered as the council discussed its quarterly budget report.

Fire Chief Daryl Hebert said the excess overtime was accrued as current staff had
to take the place of unexpected absences of firefighters or injuries to them.

Hebert said sometimes overtime also is made necessary when the state calls on
local firefighters to help out at wildfires in other locations, but that expense will be
reimbursed, albeit not rapidly.

Paying overtime has proven to be cheaper than hiring another full-time
employee, he said.

Oceanside to Receive Refund from State, County

Found in Oceanside-CampPendleton*Patch on January 290, 2013

The city of Oceanside could end the current year with "more than
$2.2 million surplus" thanks to the elimination of its redevelopment
agency, according to a U-T San Diego report.

The city expects to receive $1.4 million from the state and an
additional $803,540 from the county "because of an overcharge
in administrative fees related to property tax collection," according
to the newspaper.

Financial Services Director Terry Ferro told U-T that it's a "good
thing, seeing how we’ve come out of a decline for the past
couple of years."

City cruises toward Coast Highway revam

By Ray Huard on Jan 27, 2013 in the U~T San Diego

Oceanside — Time was, the 3.1 mile stretch of Coast Highway as it passes through
Oceanside from Camp Pendleton to Carlsbad was the place to be.

People came to the scenic thoroughfare, then known as Hill Street, to buy new cars
and to shop.

There was no Interstate 5, so travelers heading south would stop at one of the many
restaurants that lined the highway for a leisurely lunch or dinner.

John Daley’s Café 101 was one of those restaurants.

“My restaurant was put in service 85 years ago to service the people on the highway,”
said Daley, a lifelong Oceanside resident.

Café 101 looks much as it did in the 1950s, with a retro car hop feel to it, serving old
fashioned milk shakes, steaming chili and comfort food to die for.

Outside, it’s a different story. .

The once thriving street is now a mishmash of used car dealerships, aging motels,
service stations, auto supply stores and fast food restaurants.

San Onofre Restart to be Decided in April or May

By DanielWoolfolk on January 25, 2913 in the Oceanside CampPendleton*Patch

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced today that it will decide in late April or
May whether to allow Southern California Edison to restart one of two reactors at the
San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.

In a timeline posted on its website, the agency said it would notify the Atomic Safety
Licensing Board and other interested parties in late April of its intent to issue a decision
on whether to restart Unit 2 at the power plant in northern San Diego County.

The decision would then come down in five to 30 days, according to the NRC.

Unit 2 was undergoing scheduled maintenance in January 2012 when a small leak was
discovered in the other reactor, Unit 3, which was subsequently shut down. No one
was hurt in the incident.

Neither reactor has operated since.

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