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🌱 Oceanside Farmer of the Year + Reduced North River Farms


Hello, Oceanside-Camp Pendleton. I’m here in your inbox as usual to tell you everything you need to know about what’s happening around town, including news on…

  • North River Farms will be the region’s first all-electric community.
  • Oceanside Museum of Art 25 Years of ‘Legacy’ exhibit.
  • Vista man gets nearly five years for Covid unemployment fraud.

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Areas of low cloud, then sun. High: 79 Low: 61.

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Here are today’s top stories at Oceanside-Camp Pendleton:

  1. Proposed North River Farms development in South Morro Hills has been reduced to 395 homes from the 585 homes approved by Oceanside City Council in 2019, as part of a settlement announced this week. The agreement also requires the developer to provide up to $200,000 to complete fire and evacuation safety upgrades and the project will be built as one of the first all-electric communities in the region, with enough solar panels to meet all his needs. The agreement also extends the required environmental mitigation for greenhouse gases produced to 50 years instead of the 30 years originally proposed. (San Diego-Union-Tribune)
  2. Congratulations to Oceanside Farmer Neil Nagata for recently being named Farmer of the Year by the San Diego County Farm Bureau (SDFCB). Nagata is a third-generation farmer and a leading advocate for agriculture for producers and farm workers. He is President of Nagata Bros Farms, with over 30 years of experience in the production and research of fresh/hydroponic fruit, vegetable and strawberry substrates. He also grows blueberries, blackberries and cherimoya. In addition to his growing experience, Nagata is an expert in many aspects of agriculture and biological sciences, including field and commercial research and production. (Coast News)
  3. The Oceanside Museum of Art is highlighting the past 25 years with a “Legacy” exhibit. “Legacy: 25 Years of Art and Community” is a survey of artworks from the museum’s past exhibitions, divided into two exhibitions: “The Early Years”, currently on display and spanning from 1997 to 2011, and “The Recent Years” from 2012 to 2021, which opens on October 1. Of more than 300 museum exhibits, the “Legacy” exhibit features pieces from 71 exhibits with more than 112 artists. (Coast News)
  4. A Vista man was sentenced to nearly five years in federal prison after pleading guilty to collecting more than $300,000 in unemployment benefits aimed at those who had lost their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Darris Cotton, 30, submitted at least 16 bogus claims for benefits using other people’s names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says Cotton also submitted fraudulent claims in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Arizona and used the stolen funds he received to purchase “luxury items such as Gucci backpacks.” (Patch)

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Today at Oceanside-Camp Pendleton:

  • Girls V Tennis vs. Vista @ Away – Oceanside High (4:00 p.m.)
  • VB vs. Vista Girls – Mission Vista High (4:30 p.m.)
  • Girls Frosh/Soph, JV & V Volleyball @ Away (4:30 p.m.)
  • Taste of Art: Animals in Art (6:00 p.m.)
  • Drama 3/4 Showcase – Mission Vista High (7:00 p.m.)
  • Mysteries and Stories New Stories (7:30 p.m.)

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