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Save Our Streets
Save Our Streets of Oceanside, CA is a faith based led group of individual volunteers from up to seven local ministry and church groups.  SOS was formed in February 2007, two months after the tragic shooting death of Oceanside police officer Dan Bessant on December 20, 2006 in the San Luis Rey area near the backgate of Camp Pendleton.  The area is known by the locals as 'Deep Valley'.  Black, Samoan and Hispanic gangs claim territory in this area.  Officer Dan Bessant was the second Oceanside police officer killed in the line of duty in a three year span. The first, three years earlier, was officer Tony Zeppatella.  Both officers were shot and killed by gang members from two of the three gangs, Samoan and Hispanic.

Meetings were held in February of 2007 at the Boys Club of Oceanside.  Executive Director, Randall Godinet, supported and encouraged concerned members of the community to reach out into gang plagued neighborhoods in Oceanside.  Former long term Boys and Girls Club Unit Director (1971 -1991), Wayne Godinet, facilitated the bi-weekly meetings.  Input and involvement from the community was immediate.  Local and long term residents such as Victory Outreach Ministries member Tommy Romero, Benny and Rosemary Mata (New Vision Ministries), Oceanside police officer Joe Young, Oceanside City Neighborhood Services Director Margery Pierce and assistant Brendan Mangan, city council member Esther Sanchez, Carlos Aguilera and Pastor Agner Medrano of Victory Outreach, and members of the existing Oceanside Samoan Cultural Committee - Loia Paopao Jr., Tausaga Fonoti Pauu, Casey Malauulu, Joeseph Godinet, Dale Godinet and Wilson Godinet served as an umbrella for the planning of outreach activities in five Oceanside neighborhoods.  Those five neighborhoods were Eastside, Crown Heights, Fireside, Mesa-Libby Lake, John Landis Park and Deep Valley-Back Gate neighborhood near Melba Bishop Recreation Center.  SOS meeting sites were moved to the San Luis Rey Resource Center in the Mesa Margarita shopping center near the back gate of Camp Pendleton Marine Base. Due to budget cuts, the San Luis Rey Resource Center was closed in 2011 by Oceanside's city council.  All SOS meetings were moved to, and are currently held at, several different neighborhood Resource centers in Oceanside. The focus areas of SOS are Eastside, Crown Heights, Mesa-Libby Lake, Deep Valley, Backgate, Fireside Park and an eye on the tri-city John Landis Park areas.