Best of Oceanside Magazine Fall 2021

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OCC Member of Quarter: Oceanside Therapy Group


Jocelyne Beltran: From Fire Explorer to Fire Inspector

Honor and Remember Memorial


Chamber and Mayor Recognize Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside


Senator Patricia Bates Recognizes Privateer Coal Fire Pizza as Small Business of the Year


Ivey Ranch Park Association Celebrates 40 Years


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Partnership Brings Career Awareness to Build Long Term Workforce Pipeline


Tri-City Medical Center Lends its SOCAL Branding to the Project

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Oceanside Quarterly Journal is published by the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce in 4 editions: Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. This newsletter is available at the Chamber office, local businesses, libraries, Sunset Market, and in digital format on the Chamber’s website.


928 N. Coast Highway Oceanside, CA 92054 (760) 722-1534 Produced and published by the staff of the Oceanside Chamber Copyright Oceanside Chamber of Commerce All Rights Reserved. Copyright 2021 Design: Scott Ashton and Tiffany Smith

INSIDE THIS EDITION 8 Chamber Launches New Website 11 Future of Oceanside Sportfishing Uncertain 12 Can Loneliness Lead to Chronic Health Issues? 16 Arts & Culture Update 18 Stay & Play Local to Support Economic Recovery 21 The Privateer Honored as Small Business of the Year 25 Ivey Ranch Park Association Celebrates 40 Years 27 OCC Member of the Quarter: Oceanside Therapy Group 28 Member and Community News 32 Why Should You #SkiptheStuff? 34 Future Talent: Jocelyne Beltran 40 Economic Development Update

By Scott Ashton, CEO Oceanside Chamber of Commerce For the last several months, the Oceanside Chamber has been working as part of an extensive collaboration to launch a new workforce development project for the region. Student Opportunities for Career Awareness and Learning (SOCAL) is a partnership between the Oceanside, Carlsbad, and Vista Chambers, the San Diego North Economic Development Council, Tri-City Medical Center, local educational institutions, and industry and business leaders. SOCAL’s purpose is to elevate career education for students and career-seeking individuals. Originally conceptualized and developed by Tri-City Medical Center and supported through a generous grant through San Diego County Supervisor Jim Desmond’s office, SOCAL is a public- private partnership designed to bring career awareness to local students. In phase one of the SOCAL project, the Chambers and SDNEDC are recruiting companies to participate in a video project that spotlights different occupations at their firms. The goals are to expose students or those in career transition to occupations they might not otherwise have thought about and to provide information about educational programs or other “next steps” they should further research. The videos will be housed on a new website that is being developed by Intesa Communications and is expected to launch this December. The Career Technical Education teams from the Oceanside, Carlsbad, and Vista Unified school districts plan to use the videos as a classroom tool to assist students in exploring career opportunities that align with their skills and interests. We are excited to be a part of a regional collaboration that will help our students connect with great employment opportunities in their own back yards and with the educational programs that will help them develop the necessary skills.

The Oceanside Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the following Chamber Partners for their generous financial contributions to the Chamber’s program of work.





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Executive Committee:

Haley Wonsley Intesa Communications Group Chair Bob Waite AFLAC – Bob Waite Chair Elect Debra Allen Eternal Hills Memorial Park, Mortuary & Crematory, FD-234 Immediate Past Chair Marva Bledsoe Non-Profit Management Consulting Secretary/Treasurer Nazeli Dertsakian Genentech Vice Chair Joshua W. Van Orden Oceanside Therapy Group Vice Chair Kevin Witowich BBVA Compass Investments – Kevin Witowich Vice Chair ars 1 2 5 Ye

Board of Directors:

Bill Birnie Frontwave Credit Union Board Member Daniel Butler Waste Management of North County Board Member Robbie Calderon-Hass Hass Team Realty Board Member Rushell Gordon Bliss Tea and Treats Board Member Kristen Huyck MiraCosta College Board Member Maria Mingalone Oceanside Museum of Art Board Member Ernie Prieto Oceanside Sea Center Board Member

Katie Scanlan San Diego Gas & Electric Board Member Jessica Shrader Tri-City Medical Center Board Member Rick Wright MainStreet Oceanside Board Member


Col. Daniel Whitley United States Marine Corps Jonathan Borrego City of Oceanside Dr. Julie Vitale Superintendent Oceanside Unified School District Leslee Gaul Visit Oceanside Conference & Visitor Bureau Capt. Adam Knowland Oceanside Police Dept.

Oceanside Chamber of Commerce 928 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA 92054 (760) 722-1534 • | Fall 2021


Scott Ashton Chief Executive Officer Margery Benkaci Business Development Specialist Gwen Bryson Customer Service Specialist Victoria Carlborg Workforce Development Coordinator Tracy Chin Finance and HR Administrator Kristi Hawthorne Director of Events Hana Gilbert Communications and Customer Service Coordinator







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I first became active in the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce in 1979 in my role as CEO of the Women’s Resource Center. In addition to wanting to promote the work of WRC, I also joined the Chamber to demonstrate to the membership and the community at-large that non-profits were businesses too—facing all the same issues and challenges. I joined the Board to expand my opportunities to participate in supporting the Chamber’s vision for business and the Oceanside Community. I have served in various officer positions over the years and am proud to have been one of the founding members of the Chamber’s political action committee in 2002. When I retired from WRC in 2019, I continued my Chamber membership representing my consulting business. I knew I wanted to continue to advance the work of the Chamber particularly in the area of enhancing member advocacy. I believe my on-going work on the Chamber’s PAC is an important aspect of that work!

Chamber has aggressively embraced its roles as an advocate and an educator! The flurry of state and federal mandates to address COVID-19 were confusing and often contradictory. The Chamber stepped in, interpreted the edicts and laid out common-sense guidance for businesses to comply. The plethora of programs designed to alleviate the adverse economic impact of the pandemic were confusing and hastily assembled. Again, the Chamber sprang into action to provide Oceanside’s businesses with the information they needed to understand the qualifications of individual programs, how to successfully submit an application and avail themselves of the benefits afforded by the appropriate programs. I serve on the Board of Directors of the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce because I understand that a healthy business environment drives a healthy community and I wanted to be a part of the great work the Chamber is doing to influence that environment and support Oceanside’s businesses. I could not be more proud of how the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce stepped up, in a huge way, when they were needed the most as an educator and an advocate! Bill Birnie President & Chief Executive Officer Frontwave Credit Union

Marva Bledsoe Nonprofit Management Consultant

Frontwave Credit Union has been a loyal member of the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce since 1987. Throughout these last 34 years we witnessed and benefited from the Chamber’s efforts to support Oceanside’s businesses through education, advocacy and networking. Over the past few years, the | Fall 2021

In 2002 I relocated to Oceanside to continue my career in the death care profession. I knew no one and nobody. Being a business leader, I knew I wanted to participate, serve and give back to the community I lived in. Of my 19 years of residency in Oceanside I have served on the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce board for over 15 years. It has been an honor and a privilege to be a part of such a great organization. The men and women I have serve with truly love this community and want to see it thrive. Oceanside Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Journal | 5


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In the past 16 months, during this pandemic, this Chamber has sought out many ways to support its members and local business. There have been grants and small business assistance that the chamber has helped in obtaining for businesses. The Chamber’s online Newsletter has communicated and educated members about state and local business regulations that affected business and was a valuable resource to the community. In the coming months, this Chamber and its board members are committed to helping and

enhancing the economic recovery of ALL businesses in Oceanside, by communicating and advocating “Workforce development” through on-the-job training or local college courses. I have no doubt, the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce will continue to serve its members especially through this recovery and beyond!! Debra Allen General Manager Eternal Hills Memorial Park, Mortuary and Crematory

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THE OCEANSIDE CHAMBER Launches New Website The Oceanside Chamber is excited to announce the launch of their new website! Updated elements of the old site combined with improved features are designed to enhance visitor experiences, promote Oceanside’s growth, and share the work of the Chamber. One of the redesign goals was to convey the Chamber’s mission, vision, and Advancing Oceanside brand. With links to our strategic priorities including business advocacy, economic recovery and workforce development, visitors will have a better understanding of the Chamber’s role within the City and the work accomplished through an investment in our organization. “Designing the website was a new experience, but I was so excited to take on the task,” stated Hana Gilbert, main contributor to the website’s new design. “I wanted to give the website a fresh and clean look that reflected both the Oceanside community, the Chamber’s brand, and the work we’ve done and are continuing to do for our city.”

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The website comes equipped with a new Job Board and Member Portal. Recognizing the need to find skilled employees, the Job Board is an excellent resource for members and non-members alike to utilize during their hiring process and was a must-have for the website. An updated member portal also allows for our members to easily access and update their business listing, pay their bills, register for events and more. “We are really pleased to take our web presence to the next level and to adapt to the changing needs of our businesses. I am very impressed with Hana’s work on this project and confident that this site will serve our members well”, said Chamber CEO, Scott Ashton.

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Oceanside Chamber Communications Coordinator Receives W.A.C.E Academy Scholarship and Attends Annual Conference The Oceanside Chamber’s Communications Coordinator, Hana Gilbert, was selected as one of the 2021 W.A.C.E. Academy scholarship recipients. Presented by the Western Association of Chamber Executives (W.A.C.E.), the Academy took place August 8th – 12th in Sacramento, CA. Gilbert was one of only 20 chamber professionals in the West to receive this grant. Hundreds of other chamber professionals attended the annual, three-day conference. Oceanside Chamber CEO, Scott Ashton, graduated from W.A.C.E.’s three-year program back in 2020. Regarding Gilbert’s W.A.C.E. scholarship selection, Ashton said, “It has been very exciting to see Hana’s growth in her role at the Chamber over the past few years. I am confident that The Academy program will give her additional tools to excel in this industry for years to come.” This is the first year Gilbert attended the annual conference. The W.A.C.E Academy is a three-day, three-year developmental program designed to educate and advance the skills necessary to succeed within the chamber industry. W.A.C.E. has become one of the most resourceful assets for chambers and the annual conference is essential to advance the management skills amongst chamber professionals. The conference included 6, 3-hour training sessions taught by highly recognized Chamber professionals. Topics included finance and budget, communications, board installations and more.

“When asked to attend the Academy, there was no hesitation. I was so thankful for the opportunity to explore the industry, enhance and learn new skills and associate with other chamber professionals,” stated Hana Gilbert. “To receive the scholarship was just a true honor and, again, I am so thankful for the many opportunities the Oceanside Chamber has presented and allowed me to take advantage of.” About the Western Association of Chamber Executives Incorporated in 1924, the association has played a significant role in the growth and development of chamber of commerce professionals, including management assistance for new chamber executives and other staff. Over the years, membership has become synonymous with access to a network of experienced chamber executives and exposure to emerging trends and usable ideas on every facet of chamber of commerce management. In 1995 the association dropped its California boundary and became the Western Association of Chamber Executives (W.A.C.E.).

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UPCOMING NETWORK EVENTS The Oceanside Chamber is bringing back in-person forums, webinars, and networking events. Please check the Chamber calendar for all event updates.


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The Oceanside Chamber has shifted the monthly First Tuesday Coffee to the Second Tuesday Coffee! We invite you back to our conference room the second Tuesday of every month from 8 AM – 9 AM. Second Tuesday Coffee has been a great opportunity for Oceanside Chamber members to connect with other businesses in the region. Attendees will have a chance to give a 1-minute introduction and will have access to a participant list to stay connected after the event. Be sure to bring your business cards! This event is free to Oceanside Chamber members and $20 for prospective members. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided.

Tuesday, October 12th, November 9th, and December 14th from 8 AM – 9 AM

MEET THE CITY OF OCEANSIDE Join us September 30th from 5 PM – 7 PM for the annual Meet the City Reception at the new El Corazon Aquatics Center Conference Room and Patio! This event gives Oceanside Chamber members and guests, the opportunity to connect with local elected officials, City of Oceanside staff members, businesses, and community leaders. The Meet the City of Oceanside event includes appetizers and a no-host bar. Attendees can enjoy both the indoor conference center and the outdoor patio. The cost is $55 for Chamber members, and $95 for non-members.

Thursday, September 30th from 5 PM – 7 PM, El Corazon Aquatics Center Conference Room and Patio 3302 Senior Center Drive, Oceanside CA 92056


The Oceanside Young Professional Network (OYPN) is excited to bring back in-person meetings! OYPN is vital to planning and executing events throughout Oceanside for young professionals to network with like-minded peers, engage in the community, and stay informed on local issues. Chamber members and non-members alike in this age group are encouraged to come to committee meetings and contribute to the program’s development. The group will meet the first Thursday of every month at varying locations. Please check the Chamber’s event calendar for information on time and location. Please register for the event prior to attending. The event is free with the only cost being the price of your meal!

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The Future of Oceanside Sportfishing and Whale Watching Boats Uncertain Sportfishing and whale watching boats draw thousands of visitors to the Oceanside Harbor each year, providing a valued source of outdoor recreation and tourism dollars. While it has been a great Summer for offshore fishing and to observe marine life, there is a looming threat facing our harbor craft industry. Even before the sportfishing industry and our coastal communities can recover from their financial losses, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has proposed cost prohibitive boat engine emission regulations that require technology that has not been manufactured or tested safe on small passenger vessels. The similar technology which is used on trucks and farm equipment has been known to stall engines for hours at a time, and in worst case scenarios, cause fire. On land a stalled engine or fire is a serious economic disruption, at sea it is life threatening to both passengers and crew. “As drafted, the regulations stand to put many, if not most, boat owners out of business,” said Ernie Prieto, owner of Oceanside Sea Center, a local sportfishing and whale watching business. “I am being told that I have to buy new boats as soon as 2023 because the engine modifications mandated by CARB are not structurally possible or safe. No boat owner is in a position to rebuild their business this fast, especially when their existing boats will be deemed illegal and have no resale | Fall 2021

value in California. The State has found a sure way to decimate sportfishing and deny Californians access to the sea.” So, in July, the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce joined a statewide coalition of business and trade organizations in defense of boat owners. Chamber CEO Scott Ashton wrote the Governor, asking his Administration to work with small business owners to develop air quality regulations that are economically feasible, take into account existing technology and the safety of passengers and crew. “As a community, we share the State’s desire to reduce engine emissions, however, the regulations as drafted will adversely affect sportfishing and whale watching boat businesses, and communities dependent on a strong and vibrant hospitality and tourism industry,” wrote Ashton. CARB is expected to vote on the draft regulations in November. Members of Oceanside’s business community who wish to support local boat owners or write the Governor, can join an online petition at

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Can Loneliness Lead to Chronic Health Issues? 5 tips to combat loneliness and social isolation and boost health By Dr. Michael Pham, Scripps Health For almost a full year, fear of the COVID-19 virus kept many people around the world confined to their homes, only interacting with colleagues, friends and relatives by phone or video. While the lockdown may have been necessary to reduce the spread of the virus, it contributed to the rise of two other significant health conditions: social isolation and loneliness. These conditions are not the same, though they may be related. Social isolation is a lack of social contact with others, while loneliness is feeling alone or disconnected with or without social contact. Social

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isolation can cause some people to feel lonely, but even people who socialize often can feel lonely if their relationships are not satisfying or fulfilling. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that both are public health risks that affect a significant number of people in the United States, especially older adults. One report found that more than one-third of adults age 45 and older feel lonely, and nearly one-fourth of those age 65 and older are socially isolated. Older adults are more likely to live alone, and factors, such as retirement, hearing loss, decreased mobility and illness, can limit their interactions with others.

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EMOTIONAL PAIN CAN CAUSE PHYSICAL ILLNESS Loneliness and isolation can lead to significant emotional and mental health issues; along with feeling disconnected, people experiencing loneliness may find it hard to trust others or may feel threatened. Like physical pain, emotional pain can activate the body’s stress responses. Over time, this can result in chronic inflammation and reduced immunity, which can raise the risk of chronic diseases. “Research has linked social isolation and loneliness to higher risks for serious health conditions including high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, obesity, depression, and anxiety,” says Michael Pham, DO, an internal medicine physician at Scripps Coastal Medical Center Carlsbad. According to the CDC:

5 TIPS TO COMBAT SOCIAL ISOLATION AND LONELINESS If you’re feeling isolated or lonely, or know someone who is, it’s important to take action to help prevent negative physical and emotional effects. Studies show that people who engage in meaningful, productive activities with others experience better moods, have a sense of purpose and tend to live longer. These tips can help alleviate isolation and loneliness: 1


• Social isolation significantly increased a person’s

risk of premature death from all causes. • Social isolation was associated with about a 50%

increased risk of dementia.


• Poor social relationships characterized by social

isolation or loneliness were associated with a 29% increased risk of heart disease and a 32% increased risk of stroke. • Heart failure patients who experienced loneliness


had nearly 4 times the average risk of death, 68% increased risk of hospitalization, and 57% increased risk of emergency department visits. In addition, loneliness was associated with increasing depression, anxiety and suicide among both older and younger adults. In a June 2020 study, symptoms of anxiety, depression, substance use associated with COVID-19 and serious suicidal thoughts in the previous 30 days were most commonly reported by those ages 18–24. | Fall 2021


Make self-care a priority. Exercise, eat healthy meals, get enough sleep and try to spend time outdoors every day. Make an effort every day to connect with family or friends in person, over the phone, by text or online. Go for a walk with a friend or neighbor or play games together online. Find an activity that you enjoy. Join an online book club, take a class or join a group that shares your interest. Check with your local community center or faithbased organization for options. Consider adopting a pet if you can. Caring for a companion animal can be rewarding and comforting and can lower stress and blood pressure. If you can’t have a pet at home, look into volunteering at a local shelter or pet-sitting for a neighbor. Volunteer at an organization that is meaningful to you. Becoming involved with a cause can ward off feelings of loneliness and help you meet people with similar interests.

“If feelings of isolation or loneliness are affecting your emotional or physical health, talk to your doctor,” says Dr. Pham. “Be very honest about how you’re feeling and how it is affecting your life. Your doctor can offer suggestions and resources to help you feel better and improve your quality of life.”

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membership NEW MEMBERS

June 5, 2021 – September 3, 2021 Bella Mente Montessori Academy 1737 W Vista Way Vista, CA 92083 (760) 621-8948 Schools – Public, Schools – Charter Boy or Girl/1st Choice Ultrasound Oceanside, CA 92057 (885) 397-3422 Pre-Natal Ultrasound Imaging, Diagnostic Ultrasound Imaging Bret McMillan CPA, P.C. 1012 S Coast Hwy., Ste. L Oceanside, CA 92054 (760) 453-7250 Accountants – Certified Public, Bookkeeping and Tax Services, Tax Services The Brick Hotel 408 Pier View Way Oceanside, CA 92054 (760) 519-7163 Hotel and Motel Bswaggg Marketing LLC 210 surfrider Way, #19 Oceanside, CA 92054 (619) 927-2001 Clothing and Accessories ClayCo 2247 San Diego Avenue, #130 San Diego, CA 92110 (619)-234-0607 Community Outreach, PR Communications and Government Relations Clover a Fiserv Company Oceanside, CA 92057 (916) 276-4030 Merchant Services Coddiwomple Coffee 6086 Paseo Carreta Carlsbad, CA 92009 Coffee and Smoothies

(760) 514-6149

CommuniTea Yoga and Meditation 609 Vista Way Oceanside, CA 92054 (760) 721-9642 Health and Wellness Goodwill Industries of San Diego County 3663 Rosecrans St. San Diego, CA 92110 (619) 225-2200 Thrift Stores Grand Canyon University 3300 W Camelback Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85017 (602) 247-4679 Education Program

Health from Within Family Wellness Center 1818 Marron Rd. #103 Carlsbad, CA 92008 (760) 385-8352 Chiropractors

Olli Salumeria Americana LLC 1301 Rocky Point Dr. Oceanside, CA 92056 (760) 295-8243 Manufacturing- Food, Food Brokerage Company

HHJ Trial Attorneys: Accident & Injury Lawyers 2121 Palomar Airport Rd., Ste. 300 Carlsbad, CA 92008 (760) 444-0301 Accident & Personal Injury Law, Attorneys

O’side Kitchen Collaborative 3302 Senior Center Dr. Oceanside, CA 92054 (760) 707-8108 Caterers and Catering, Non-Profits/ Charities

Home Helpers Home Care 325 W 3rd Ave., Ste. 101 Escondido, CA 92025 (858) 822-8587 Health and Wellness, Home Health Care In Home Chiro Oceanside, CA 92054 (619) 323-5576 Chiropractors jD LAW, P.C. 400 S Melrose Dr., Ste. 109 Vista, CA 92081 (760) 630-2000 Legal Services McKenna Boiler Works, Inc. 2601 Industry St. Oceanside, CA 92054 (323) 221-1171 Boiler Services, Equipment Rentals, Manufacturing

Panca Peruvian Cuisine & Rotisserie 1902 S Coast Hwy. Oceanside, CA 92054 (760) 722-3396 Restaurants – Peruvian, Caterers and Catering Phenix Salon Oceanside, Inc. 2213 S El Camino Real, Ste. A Oceanside, CA 92054 (442) 222-1562 Beauty Salons – Beauty Services Roman Insurance Services 122 Civic Center Dr. Vista, CA 92084 (800) 304-3254 Insurance Sparsha Pharma USA, Inc. 3919 Oceanic Dr. Oceanside, CA 92056 (760) 849-8160 Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

Mellano Farmstand 5714 N River Rd. Oceanside, CA 92057 (760) 517-8383 Agriculture


MRM Nutrition 2665 Vista Pacific Dr. Oceanside, CA 92056 (760) 477-8177 Health and Wellness, Nutritional Supplements

61-65 Years as Member

Natty Bella Bridal Couture 1759 Oceanside Blvd., Ste. D Oceanside, CA 92054 (760) 847-1335 Bridal

36-40 Years as Member

Noli IP Solutions, PC 5030 Bella Collina St. Oceanside, CA 92056 Legal Services

Better Business Bureau of San Diego Canine Companions for Independence Federal Heath Hydranautics – A Nitto Group Company McLain Properties Old Town Trolley Tours of San Diego Pacific Coast Real Estate – Doug Thompson Rodeway Inn

(818) 970-9175

North County African American Women’s Association 4140 Oceanside Blvd., 159-161 Oceanside, CA 92056 (760) 978-6534 Non-Profits/Charities

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June 5, 2021 – September 3, 2021 Martha (Marti) Farris

41-45 Years as Member

Paradise By The Sea Waste Management of North County Oceanside RV Resort Oceanside Sea Lions Club Southern California Beach Club

26-30 Years as Member

21-25 Years as Member

Allie’s Party Equipment Rental, Inc. Fall 2021 |

membership Automobile Club of Southern California Central Michigan University Global Campus Cream of the Crop Diamond Environmental Services, LLC Oceanside Museum of Art Southern California Edison

16-20 Years as Member

California State University San Marcos CompassMark North County Transit District Oceanside-Camp Pendleton Patch Star Theatre Company Stirling Development

11-15 Years as Member

Carefree Spa, Inc. First Team Real Estate – John Beran Group Graybill Medical Group – Oceanside Hobie Cat Company Holiday Inn Oceanside Marina – MCB Camp Pendleton Area Johnson Interiors & More, Inc. Le Rendez Vous French Bakery Pacific Western Bank Primary Health Partners Pryor Products

6-10 Years as Member

Big Bob’s Best Pizza Bread of Life Rescue Mission Calvary Chapel Oceanside Children’s Physicians Medical Group Domino’s Pizza #7751 Eisendrath Team, Inc. | First Team Real Estate Goat Hill Park Industrial Prosoft Solutions Integral Communities Kaiser Permanente – Oceanside Las Villas de Carlsbad Lawyer Referral Service of the San Diego County Bar Association Lighthouse Fish and Seafood Market/Oyster Bar NOVA Biologics, Inc. Oceanside Promise Oceanside Timeshare Rentals Pierview Properties Real Estate Red & White Superette Inc. Rookies Restaurant & Sports Bar Rotary Club of El Camino Real San Luis Rey Bakery and Restaurant Stifel – Evan Hennessy Stone Brewing Co. – Stone Company Store Stratford at the Harbor That Boy Good The Tin Fish Restaurant

Trademark Venues, LLC Tri-City Hospital Foundation

1-5 Years as Member

AlphaGraphics Oceanside Americas Publisher, LLC Amerillum Brands – A • Light Assistance League North Coast Bio-One of Oceanside Blue Star Families Boyce’s Roofing and Repair Breakwater Community Church Business Group Resources Business Payroll Service CalPacific Marketing Group Center for Stress Recovery and Resilience ENJO Equus Workforce Solutions Excell Research Extreme Power Gym Felix’s BBQ with Soul Financial Advisor – Edward Jones, Chad Marentette FoxFury, LLC Friends of Oceanside Parks Go Be Rewarded GOGO Charters San Diego Heritage Hills Kilowatt Brewing Knockout Pizza Lennar Homes of California Inc. – San Diego Division Medleaf Delivery New Song Community Church North County Financial Associates Oceanside Beach Rental Oceanside Craft Farms Oceanside Golf LLC Oceanside Sea Center Orfila Vineyards & Winery P3 Leadership Solutions Primary Care Associates, Part of OptumCare Printing CEO Ramada Inn Oceanside Reap & Sow SCAN Health Plan Shepherd Of The Valley Lutheran Church Soap Mat, LLC Staples – Oceanside #0759 The Avalon Management Group, Inc. The Proper ThirtyTwo True West Facility Supply UEI College University of Phoenix Vets’ Community Connections | Fall 2021

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arts & culture

On Saturday, November 6 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m Studio ACE will present the first annual Valley Arts Festival (VAF): A Celebration of the Luiseño Tribe of the San Luis Rey Band of Mission Indians at Heritage Park at 220 Peyri Drive in partnership with Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation, Muramid Art & Cultural Center and California HQ for the UNESCO Center for Peace, Oceanside Public Library and the Friends of the Oceanside Public Library, with Mel Vernon, Captain, San Luis Rey Band of Mission Indians. This free festival will feature music, both flute and blues, basket weaving demonstrations, Indian Fry Bread for purchase, educational tables filled with historic cultural items, and a variety of participatory familyfriendly activities.


Filipino-American Cultural Organization (FACO) in partnership with

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On Friday, November 13 at 3:30 p.m., the Old Globe’s Globe for All will have a free outdoor performance at the Civic Center Plaza at 330 N Coast Highway. Globe for All brings free, live, professional productions of Shakespeare and select productions from the mainstage of The Old Globe to diverse multigenerational audiences in the neighborhoods throughout San Diego County. The tour gives audiences an intimate, upclose, and visceral experience of live performance and fosters a shared sense of community between performer and spectator. To sign up: Fall 2021 |

Art During the Time of Covid: Why Art Matters Now By Maria Mingalone Recent studies substantiate what I believe intrinsically as the leader of an arts organization and business operating in downtown Oceanside. The arts contribute to our overall wellbeing and have a constructive role to play in a community’s resilience. During the pandemic, the OMA community shared their appreciation for our ongoing, adaptive programming. These virtual art experiences helped all of us cope with isolation, fear, and anxiety. During good times, and even more so during turbulent times, the arts matter. They allow us to be transported to other places, real or imagined, and offer new ways of understanding the world around us. When we experience the arts we can feel solace, joy, passion, and inspiration. Where once the arts may have felt like an extracurricular or a luxury experience, they now feel more essential and help define what it means to be a part of a community and to feel connected. What OMA is hearing from our community is mirrored by what other arts providers in the region, and across the country, are hearing from their constituents as well. An understanding that may surprise even the most business-minded readers, the “arts and creative industries offer a powerful spark for localities to reignite economic growth. Rebuilding and renewing an economy that will provide opportunity and prosperity for all is a colossal challenge, one that will require policy makers, and community leaders to leave no stone unturned in their search for viable solutions.” 1 The creative economy has value as an industry in its own right* 2(Noonan, 2020), but also stimulates growth in other sectors, by offering diversification and rapid growth less influenced by slower recovering sectors. The arts work to grow communities as artistic centers collaborate with destination tourism, community revitalization, and the livability of a region. It has been shown too that arts and culture attract and enhance workforce talent. Art unlocks creativity. Art invites us to take risks and to try something new or unknown. Art fosters innovation and wonder. Wonder compels us to explore, create, experiment, and imagine ‘what if.’ These are qualities alone are worth considering when weighing the arts as a valuable tool to be used toward seeking collective social and economic recovery. 1. Noonan, Douglas S. (2021). Creative Economies and Economic Recovery: Case Studies of Art-led Recovery and Resilience. 2. The Arts and Culture Sector’s Contributions to Economic Recovery and Resiliency in the United States. Copyright © 2020 National Assembly of State Arts Agencies. The arts and related creative industries are a substantial economic force, comprising 4.5% to the US gross domestic product—more than construction, transportation, mining, and agriculture— adding $877 billion to the nation’s economy. Maria Mingalone, Executive Director, Oceanside Museum of Art. Mingalone serves as co-chair on the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Recovery Task Force. | Fall 2021

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Bringing your ideal bridal dream to life is their passion! At Natty Bella, they specialize in connecting with customers emotionally, creating a memorable experience, from the moment you walk into their boutique until that magical day when you say “I do.” At Natty Bella they love helping brides bring their wedding vision into reality and understand that this is more than just a dress. Your shopping experience will be fun, comfortable, and memorable. Make an appointment to find your “dream dress” along with all the accessories and services needed. Visit Natty Bella Bridal Couture at 1759 Oceanside Blvd., Ste. D, Oceanside CA 92054


While enjoying your day at the Oceanside Harbor, this is a perfect stop for an ice cream cone on a hot day or even to satisfy your sweet tooth with a nice selection of candy. You’ll find 30 different flavors of saltwater taffy and almost any other sweet treat you crave. This old-fashioned candy shop is a lovely compliment to the Oceanside Harbor Village. Visit them at 280 South Harbor Drive, Oceanside CA 92054. 18 | Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Journal


At Fratelli’s Italian Kitchen, they are dedicated to consistently providing guests with the very best dining experience imaginable. Their family-friendly atmosphere, classic cuisine and unparalleled service defines their core values. These values make Fratelli’s a favorite neighborhood restaurant for many. Staff members work as a team and display a never-ending desire to make every guest feel just like family. Enjoy a delicious meal and relaxing dining experience at Fratelli’s Italian Kitchen at 3915 Mission Ave., Ste. 12, Oceanside CA 92058


For a unique and always delightful time, visit Bliss Tea & Treats where guests can experience an authentic artisan tea experience. A modern-day lounge and Tea Room located in downtown Oceanside, Bliss Tea & Treats creates a space where people can connect on and offline. Tea is more than simply a drink – it’s an Fall 2021 |

experience. Whether you enjoy your refreshments alone or in good company, you’re sure to leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Visit or plan an event/party at Bliss Tea & Treats at 301 Mission Avenue #101A, Oceanside CA 92054


The Frame House offers over a 1000 different styles of moldings and most turnaround times are only a few days to five days for most pieces. He carries moldings from several of the well known vendors such as Roma, Universal, Larson-Juhl, Nielson and several others, if The Frame House doesn’t have it, they can get it for you. Just take a look through their catalogs and take your pick. Their location has the ability for a dry mount and a wet mount which ever suits your work without waiting for an outside vendor. They have a wide variety of mat boards and moldings in stock and on hand for quick jobs. They can chop to order and join/re-join frames if needed and most repairs can be done in just a couple of days. The shop gives several if not unlimited options to increase the beauty and preservation of your artwork. They carry a wide variety of prints as well as a wide range of styles of framed art and collectibles and are constantly updating their collection. The walls are draped with one of a kinds as well as signed originals and limited prints.

When visiting Oceanside’s beautiful Harbor, no trip is complete without a stop at the Harbor Gift Shop. The Harbor Gift Shop located at 278 South Harbor Dr. #A is a family-owned business since 1976. They carry unique gift items, jewelry, souvenirs, home decor and seashells. With a wide variety of items for all ages, the Harbor Gift Shop provides a fun shopping experience for both locals and tourists. Always worth the visit, something for everyone!


In addition to affordable custom framing The Frame House stays on top of all new products being introduced to Picture Framing as well looking out for new and unique trends to enhance your piece of work to keep it looking like it’s a new piece of art for as long as you own it.

Season 2 of the Advancing Oceanside Podcast is here! Our first episode celebrates Tri-City Medical Center’s 60 years of service and we’re joined by Aaron Byzak, Chief External Affairs Officer and Jennifer Paroly, Chief Development Officer and President. This episode explores Tri-City Medical Center’s history, improvements in technology over the years, and exciting new projects and plans. Aaron and Jennifer even go over some exciting TCMC trivia.

The Frame House, a full service custom picture frame shop located in South Oceanside, at 1824 S. Coast Hwy, has been an operational full–service frame shop and gallery since 1973. Its owner Scott took it over and has put his own touch into the shop. Scott, with his wife Kim and their two daughters, Samantha and Melissa, have been working on this project for the last two years hoping to get everything just right for their clients and consumers. | Fall 2021

After six decades of service, Tri-City Medical Center remains committed to the community— fulfilling the vision of the leaders who championed its creation. The combination of world-class care and community stewardship has earned national recognition for the hospital. Check out our podcast at advancingoceansidepodcast Oceanside Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Journal | 19


The Active Lifestyles/Senior Expo The Active Lifestyles/Senior Expo will be held Thursday, October 14th from 9 am to 1 pm. This event provides an opportunity for local and regional health-related businesses to promote their products and services and to reach a new audience of potential patients, clients and customers. Attendees can visit a wide variety of healthcare bases businesses, non-profits and senior organizations. In addition, a variety of free health-related screenings, giveaways and consultations will be featured throughout the event.

Located in the Oceanside Civic Center Plaza, the Active Lifestyles/Senior Expo runs concurrently with the popular Downtown Farmer’s Market. The event is FREE to the public and a great way to receive important information, meet a new health specialist and learn more about healthy and senior living.

For more info or to secure a booth, contact Kristi Hawthorne at or 760-722-1534.

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Sen. Patricia Bates Honors Oceanside’s “The Privateer Coal Fire Pizza” as Small Business of the Year On August 18th, Senator Patricia Bates honored The Privateer Coal Fire Pizza as the 2021 Small Business of the Year for the 36th Senate District. Senator Bates recognized owners Charlie Anderson (father) and Sage Anderson (son) during yesterday’s California Small Business Day awards lunch at Sacramento’s Sheraton Grand Hotel. “The Privateer represents the best attributes of a small business – local roots, independently owned, and a commitment to the community,” said Senator Bates, a former small business owner. “I am proud to honor the Privateer for persevering during these challenging times and congratulate Charlie and Sage Anderson for their stewardship. Their hard work, along with their employees, have made the Privateer a success in North San Diego County.” Original founders Charlie Anderson and Jamey Stone both grew up surfing and dreamed of eventually opening their own restaurant in Oceanside, which became reality in 2012 when they opened the Privateer. The restaurant uses fresh ingredients and a 100% coal fire oven to make their pizzas. They also serve a variety of other menu items and a large selection of wines and craft beers.

award by the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce. In his nomination of the business, Chamber CEO Scott Ashton noted Anderson’s leadership in the restaurant industry especially during the pandemic. “When it first hit in March of 2020, Charlie organized a meeting of restaurant owners to discuss the shutdowns and how they would navigate this issue as an industry. I participated in that meeting along with Councilmember Ryan Keim. As a result of this meeting, the Chamber and City stayed in close touch with that group of restaurant owners during the year to help them navigate all the issues associated with the Covid closures. This turned out to be a very tight knit group of restaurant owners who really looked out for each other and collaborated during the past year. Charlie was instrumental in making that happen.” California Small Business Day honors small businesses throughout the state for their contribution to the state’s economy. According to the latest information available, there are approximately 4.1 million small businesses in California, which account for 99.8 percent of the state’s employers and 48.5 percent of employees.

“We thank Senator Bates for recognizing our restaurant as the 36th Senate District’s Small Business of the Year,” said Charlie Anderson. “Senator Bates understands the challenges that entrepreneurs like us face each day. We especially thank our employees for their work and our customers for their patronage. We would not realize our dream of operating a successful restaurant without their continued support.” The business was nominated for the | Fall 2021

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Frontwave Credit Union Named Credit Union of the Year by U.S. Department of the Navy OCEANSIDE, CA – Frontwave Credit Union was awarded Credit Union of the Year for 2020 by the Department of the Navy on August 10, 2021, at the Defense Credit Union Council Annual Conference in Naples, FL.. Presented annually, the award recognizes on-base financial institutions that provide extraordinary service. This year’s award recognized Frontwave for the distinguished service and financial education it provides to Marines, Sailors and civilians aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. “It’s an honor to be recognized once again for our passion for serving the military and our Members’ financial needs,” said Bill Birnie, President/CEO of Frontwave Credit Union. “Frontwave has been serving the Marines, Sailors and civilians aboard Camp Pendleton for nearly 70 years – and our commitment to their financial success remains as strong as ever.” This is the fifth time in the last seven years that Frontwave has been honored by the Department of the Navy for its service to Marines and Sailors, having won Credit Union of the Year in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and now 2020.



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Chambers and Photographers Partner to take Headshots for Transitioning Marines and Sailors In August, celebrated local photographers Rich Soublet and Alex Kemp converted the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce’s conference room into a state-of-the-art portrait studio so local service members, spouses and Gold Star Families could look their best as they transition out of military service and back into civilian life. It was all part of the Chamber’s collaborative work with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes and Portraits For Patriots. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes Corporate Fellowship Program, headquartered in Washington, D.C., encouraged all area transitioning service members, spouses, and Gold Star families to elevate their ‘brand’ with a professional headshot as they apply for education and employment. Headshot “portraiteers” from Colorado Springs-based Portraits For Patriots were on hand with their mobile studio units for the expected 150 transitioning military personnel. The Hiring Our Heroes Fellows Program is a best-inclass workforce development program that places highly skilled and educated transitioning service members, veterans, military spouses, and military caregivers with employers committed to hiring them. Melinda Gomez, Fellowship Program Manager, Corporate Fellowship Program with Hiring Our Heroes, said the headshots are an important aspect of military transition. “It’s a way for our service members who are soon becoming veterans to make their first impression count and feature their face in the best light possible with a professional headshot. Polishing one’s professional image in business and for employment is not only rewarding, but also a sure path to attaining one’s goals.” Eric Stegall, Founder and President of Portraits For Patriots added, “I am truly grateful for our volunteer “portraiteers” and I could not be prouder of the impact our program is having on the transitioning military community. In today’s career marketplace, a professional headshot is an absolutely vital component when getting squared away for your transition.” | Fall 2021

The “Portraits For Patriots mission is to empower those who have faithfully served our nation to feel confident in their personal brand during civilian transition. Their nationwide network of volunteer “portraiteers” are proud to be offering this valuable, personal gift that showcases the strength and determination of our service members, spouses and gold star families, free of charge. Oceanside Chamber of Commerce CEO Scott Ashton said he is honored to have partnered with Hiring Our Heroes and Portraits For Patriots. “Our Chamber office is located a short walk away from Camp Pendleton. We have enjoyed a long-running relationship with our Camp Pendleton Marines and sailors, supporting them in any way we can. Whether it’s our Military Affairs committee, our annual Operation Appreciation event, or providing space to shoot these portraits, we will continue to be grateful to our service members for all they do for us,” he said. The three organizations hope to collaborate again to host future photo sessions for area service members and veterans and their spouses. If you are interested in learning more, please contact the Oceanside Chamber’s workforce development coordinator, Victoria Carlborg, at Oceanside Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Journal | 23

New Women’s Incubator Program Hatches Bright Ideas Military spouses and women were disproportionately impacted by the Pandemic, with many forced out of the workplace. Many women desire to make a career pivot. The National Veterans Chamber of Commerce, SCORE Mentors, and the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce have responded to this call to action by piloting a free business incubator program. The Women Entrepreneur Incubator program, which launched in September via Zoom, is helping to train entrepreneurs to develop their part-time or fulltime businesses in one of three tracks: Social Media Management Company, Virtual Assistant Company, and Business/Personal Coaching. The three organizations are providing training, technical assistance, mentorship, peerto-peer support, and financial information.

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“Our aim is that the first cohort will learn how to be ‘Pandemic’, ‘Recession’ proof, and ‘Portable’ by investing in themselves,” says the Chamber’s workforce development coordinator, Victoria Carlborg. An added benefit of the incubator is that each entrepreneur will receive in-person coaching and mentoring will occur at the Oceanside Chamber’s office following the online training sessions. “SCORE San Diego volunteers are experienced entrepreneurs, corporate managers, and executives with a diverse set of industries and specialties who volunteer their experience and knowledge to help small business professionals start, develop, and grow businesses,” says Laura Rau, Mentor and Veteran Outreach Contact with SCORE San Diego Mentors. “We are grateful to be able to collaborate with the City of Oceanside and the Veterans Chamber of Commerce with the incubator to help military spouses and the veteran community succeed in business!” If you are interested in participating in the next cohort, please contact Victoria Carlborg at

Chamber Launches New Job Board We have launched a new and improved job board on our new website that includes a space for employers to list their open positions, job seekers to upload their resumes, and a new space featuring helpful resources for applicants, businesses, and organizations. Job listings are an added member benefit. The success of the job board depends on you, the members, so please visit the page to add your open positions at www. or https://oceansidecacoc. For more information about the job board, please contact our workforce development coordinator at P P O S T Y O U R J O B PO OS ST T Y YO OU UR R J JO OB B...



“Starting a business takes commitment,” says Joseph Molina, the Executive Director and CEO of the National Veterans Chamber of Commerce based in San Diego County. “An entrepreneurial mindset and, most importantly, knowing exactly what it is you want to do and what outcome (the “Why”) you want to achieve is part of that commitment.”

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Ivey Ranch Park Association Celebrates 40 Years This year an Oceanside attraction that has made a difference in many lives will be celebrating its 40th birthday, and there’s a chance that you don’t even know it’s here. Directly across from the Mission San Luis Rey stands one of the oldest houses in Oceanside, built in 1889. Today the house overlooks a large park that is part of a City of Oceanside Historic Preservation Area. You can drive right by it on the 76 and not even know it is there – a large horse ranch right in the middle of Oceanside, with a very special purpose. For 40 years this space has been occupied by Ivey Ranch Park Association (, a non-profit organization that provides recreational and educational programs for individuals of all ages, including those with special needs. Their Equestrian Center provides therapeutic horseback riding, equine assisted learning, and vaulting, but IRPA also provides daycare, in-home respite care, and even community gardening. Ivey Ranch’s programs serve children with and without special needs, low-income families, at-risk youth, and veterans/wounded warriors. Serving more than 400 individuals a month, IRPA’s goals are community integration and participation, personal choice, self-respect, respect for others, competence, and self-reliance. Currently more than two thirds of their clients have moderate to severe disabilities which include behavioral disorders, genetic disorders, and disabilities caused by accident or trauma. | Fall 2021

Interacting with horses can be a natural, fun, and even life-changing therapy for those with physical, mental, emotional and behavioral challenges. Horses and humans walk using a similar motion and gait, and horse movements cause riders to respond using natural body movements. Horseback riding promotes integrated “whole person” flow of movements, and students with physical disabilities improve their muscle strength, balance, flexibility, and coordination. The horses at Ivey Ranch are friendly, nonjudgmental companions. Their gentle natures improve mental and emotional states, and the bond that develops between horse and rider often inspires a sense of teamwork, responsibility, communication, caring, and joy. Horses that become too old to provide riding lessons get to live out their retirement years on the ranch, acting as ambassadors for the many programs and sometimes visiting local schools. “I have had the privilege of running this facility for over 22 years and it is still amazing to me to see the happiness and joy that is inspired by our clients, volunteers, horses, and staff. The gifts that our programs both give and receive can renew any person’s faith in community.” – Tonya Danielly, Executive Director. Long before it became the facility it is today, the house and surrounding grounds passed through several landowners’ hands from 1891 to 1937, at which point it was purchased by L.O. Ivey. Mr. Ivey lived most of his later adult life in San Marino (near Pasadena), then Westwood, then Holmby Hills, part of Los Angeles.

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He loved to ride horses on the ranch and to ride around in his open, metallic green Jeep. Mr. Ivey died in 1978 and the land was held in the L.O. Ivey Trust until the City of Oceanside acquired it in 1981. During that year, a steering committee proposed a concept for the establishment of a park at a twenty-acre site on the Ivey Ranch Estate. The Ivey Ranch Steering Committee’s plan was for a park that would be fully accessible to both the disabled and able-bodied, that would provide an environment for all groups of the area’s population to interact and relate to one another, irrespective of their disabilities. Today the park is managed by an independent nonprofit agency, Oceanside Ivey Ranch Park Association. The City of Oceanside retains ownership of the land and the Association is responsible for developing, administering, and maintaining the park. This year Ivey Ranch Park Association celebrates 40 years of doing incredible work to better the lives of so many people, and you can be a part of the celebration! On October 16th from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, the 40th Anniversary Ivey Ranch Hoedown celebration will be held at the park and is open to families and visitors of all ages. For more information on the October 16th event and Ivey Ranch Park Association, please visit 26 | Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Journal

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Oceanside Therapy Group has been a member of the Oceanside Chamber since 2010, shortly after they were founded. Owners Joshua & Rebekah Van Orden love supporting their patients and families. They are honored to provide a beautiful clinic with talented and caring clinicians to serve the therapeutic needs of the children in North County San Diego. Oceanside Therapy Group offers speech-language therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy, all at one convenient location at 3355 Mission Ave., Ste. 123, Oceanside CA 92058. Located very close to Camp Pendleton, OTG is honored to work with many military families. Rebekah is a licensed speech-language pathologist and actively worked as a therapist since 2006. She is the clinic director and along with department managers, spends her time supporting all therapists and administrative staff to ensure the clinic runs smoothly. Joshua is the Director of Operations for the company and handles business, marketing, and community outreach at OTG. Josh Van Orden has been actively involved in the Chamber, serving on the Board of Directors, as Board | Fall 2021

Chair and Co-Chair of the Military Affairs Committee. OTG believes in giving back to the community and recently sponsored the Children’s Fun Zone at Operation Appreciation, a day that honors and thanks our military and their families. In addition, OTG donated the needed funds to transport over 150 Marines from Camp Pendleton’s School of Infantry so they could enjoy the event which included live entertainment and free food to active-duty military. The Oceanside Chamber is happy to recognize the Oceanside Therapy Group as our Member of the Quarter. Oceanside Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Journal | 27

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partially funded by proceeds from Measure X, which was approved by Oceanside voters in November 2018 and implements a ½ cent sales tax for seven years to fund public safety programs, infrastructure improvements, road repairs and aid for homelessness. The project is expected to go to bid later this year.

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Preliminary Construction Activities Underway for New Student Services Building at MiraCosta College Grading and other early-phase construction activities are underway for the future new Student Services Building at MiraCosta College. The expansive, state-ofthe-art facility will consolidate student services functions scattered throughout the campus to a single, onestop-shop comprising more than 39,000 square feet. Located at the former Pedley Park site, the new building is strategically located as a gateway building for the campus, providing a much-needed sense of entry and easy wayfinding for new or prospective students. The building will also provide a new home for MiraCosta’s Veterans Center, providing academic counseling, career services, a food pantry, free tutoring, assistance to military veterans with processing paperwork, getting coursework certified for GI Bill benefits, and more.

Oceanside Fire Station Project is 1 of 13 Selected Nationwide for Funding The Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation (OLDCC) announced yesterday that Oceanside has been invited to apply for Defense Community Infrastructure Program (DCIP) funding for the Fire Station No. 1 relocation project. Only 13 projects nationwide and among US Territories received this invitation. The DCIP grant will provide up to $3.5 million to help offset the costs of constructing the new Fire Station, to be located at 602 Civic Center Drive. Total construction costs, including 20% contingency are estimated at $18.6 million. The project is 28 | Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Journal

A reliable internet connection can make all the difference by breaking down barriers and giving people the chance to participate in life more fully, even beyond their neighborhoods. That’s why Cox Communications is working with local schools and libraries to help provide internet service through the FCC’s Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) program to help people get connected to what matters most. The ECF program is open to students, educational staff and library patrons who would otherwise lack a sufficient connection to the internet for remote learning and remote library services. ECF will provide funding to schools and libraries to deliver internet services to individuals and families they determine need an internet connection. For those receiving program approval, Cox’s ECF offering will equip customers with internet service with speeds of 50 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload and a wifi modem. The ECF program will subsidize costs for internet and equipment that the FCC determines are reasonable. Cox’s ECF offering will cost (per household) a one-time $20 equipment charge and $30 per month for internet service, with no term agreement, no deposit, and access to 3m+ Cox Hotspots nationwide until June 30, 2022.

Michelle D. Gonzalez, TrueCare’s President/ CEO, Honored with North San Diego Business Chamber Leadership Award 2021 The North San Diego Business Chamber has honored Michelle D. Gonzalez, TrueCare’s president and CEO, with their high-profile Leadership Award at its 2021 Celebration of Business. This Leadership Award honors individuals and businesses who have positively impacted another individual, business, or their community, which Fall 2021 |

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recognizes local industry leaders’ great achievements within their companies and in the community. Just as COVID-19 was spreading relentlessly throughout California, Gonzalez was appointed in April 2020 as President and CEO of TrueCare™, a nonprofit health care provider for the underserved in North San Diego and South Riverside Counties.

2021 Landscape Contest Winners Announced Outstanding Landscapes Showcase Importance of Water Efficiency to the Oceanside Community Ranging from cottage-style gardens to microvineyards, entries in the 2021 City of Oceanside’s WaterSmart Landscape Contest showcase the diversity and utility of California-friendly landscaping. Ten Oceanside residents participated in the contest this year, an annual competition recognizing exceptional waterwise landscapes in San Diego County based on overall attractiveness, design, appropriate plant selection, and water efficient irrigation. The contest also highlights the social and economic value of water-efficient landscapes to our region, bringing awareness to the benefits of sustainable landscaping to the Southern California community. Three Oceanside residents were recognized in the contest this year for their attractive and climateappropriate landscapes that represent their dedication to water-efficient landscape designs.

Innovative New Electric Vehicle-High Power Plan Offers Bill Stability (Source: SDG&E) Businesses, transit agencies and school districts that are considering making a switch to commercial electric vehicles are now able to take advantage of SDG&E’s Power Your Drive for Fleets program. Its innovative pricing plan, the Electric Vehicle-High Power (EV-HP) rate, makes it possible to reap both financial and environmental benefits by powering fleets with electricity. Businesses that sign up for the plan can choose the level of power to subscribe to for their charging needs and pay for it with a fixed monthly subscription fee.

Tri-City Medical Center’s Coastal Partnership – CSUSM As COASTAL Commitment partners, the organizations have maintained their partnership since 2004 and supported events such as Report to the Community, SUPER STEM Saturday and many more. The meaningful partnership with their nursing program includes being a nearby facility for their students to gain hands-on experience through clinical rounds in our hospital. Before COVID, Tri-City Medical Center would assist in this training and admit

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160 nursing students, 6 physical or occupational therapists and 2 nurse practitioners for real-world experience and training. The Tri-City Hospital Auxiliary’s partnership with CSUSM has involved a scholarship program through which nearly 100 scholarships—totaling $99,000—have been awarded to nursing students since 2009. Through this partnership, they have helped develop some of the top nursing, physical, occupational and speech therapy talent the region has to offer.

Oceanside Claims First Place in the National Mayor’s Challenge for Sustainability The City of Oceanside placed first in the 2021 Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation, earning Oceanside the most waterwise city designation for the upcoming year. The annual competition was held during Earth Month to bring awareness to the importance of using water efficiently, especially as California moves into its second consecutive dry year. Mayors nationwide participated in the competition by challenging their residents to pledge to conserve water, reduce carbon emissions, reduce waste, and take other sustainable actions.

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Our City has so much to offer! Our Community Members share why they love where they live and their passion for our community.

Rebeca Casanova

Miss Teen Oceanside Princess 2021 The reason I love Oceanside is that it is where I was born and raised my whole life. This where I made many memories with my family and friends. I also love Oceanside because it has the best food places, especially Armando’s Mexican food. I love their California burritos! Oceanside even has the best weather and the best beach to hang out with family and friends. I love cruising the strand and listening to music. Overall, Oceanside is a diverse and loving city to live in and visit.

Andrea Barba

Miss Oceanside Princess 2021 The thing that I like most about Oceanside is its diversity. I love that so many cultures are prevalent and thriving in Oceanside, and I think that’s what makes Oceanside truly special. It has been said that there is no other | Fall 2021


It’s crazy to think how much a community can impact you. Growing up here has exposed me to a multitude of opportunities, people, and excitement. “Blessed” doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel about living in this town. Beyond the beautiful sunsets, rolling hills, and plethora of diversity, Oceanside is my home and I’m forever grateful for that.


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Erika Atienza


I love how Oceanside is rich in diversity. Every single person that I have crossed paths with derived from a different background, ethnicity, and gender identity. Not to mention, there are brave men and women serving our country. It’s a beautiful thing to see us all unite in our beach town.



place on earth like Oceanside, California, and I believe that it is evident based on its exceptional landscape, hardworking citizens, and vibrant community.

Marlie Wright

Miss Teen Oceanside Princess 2021 I love Oceanside because of the generosity of our business community. Our local businesses love to give back by donating material goods, raising money or just lifting the community’s spirits. As a Goodwill Ambassador for Oceanside Chamber of Commerce, I attend many ribbon cuttings. I love seeing Oceanside Business Owners volunteering their time and support for the new businesses. I cannot think of a better community to be a part of. I love you Oceanside!

Elizabeth Rose Carlson

Miss Oceanside Princess 2021 Oceanside is such a diverse and friendly community. Growing up in Oceanside I’ve been blessed with not only the beautiful beach and nice weather but with a community of kind and unique people. Every day I have a new appreciation for the city of Oceanside, whether that be the family-owned businesses, Sunset Market, to the close relationship Oceanside has with the military community. I’m so thankful to have lived in a welcoming and enriching city.

Jiselle Banuelos

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#SkipTheStuff? Let’s face it, you may have found yourself ordering takeout during the pandemic, and even swinging by your favorite restaurants, coffee shops, and food trucks when things opened back up. You may have also accumulated a drawer full of plastic utensils, condiment packets, a pile of napkins, and who knows what else, and regardless of your intent to put them to good use, the drawer remains full. But guess what? You’re not the only one.

THE PROBLEM In the U.S., 561 billion unused straws, utensils, napkins, condiment packets, and other single-use accessory food ware are distributed every year, resulting in 4.9 million tons of waste. Many of these products are often difficult to recycle and are not accepted in most City recyclable materials collection programs, and they often end up as trash in landfills or as litter in waterways and streets.

THE SOLUTION A simple solution to this growing problem is to just #SkipTheStuff! Let your favorite restaurant know when you do not need these disposables. Why? For the planet, for businesses and for you! Single-use plastics add to the pollution crisis that many of us have seen in our local neighborhoods, creeks, and ocean. Fossil fuels and other natural resources are required to produce these single-use plastic items that are either never used, or are only used one time, and then thrown away. And for businesses? California restaurants who have switched to an “Upon Request” policy for single-use accessory ware have already seen cost savings between $3,000 and $21,000 each year. A #SkipTheStuff mindset can provide much needed economic relief for the Oceanside business community and limit the amount of single-use accessory food ware piling up at home. 32 | Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Journal

The City’s Green Oceanside team is committed to protecting our environment, preserving natural resources, and improving the quality of life for residents, businesses, and visitors through programs dedicated to watershed protection, energy and climate action, zero waste, and water conservation. To learn more about Green Oceanside and to stay updated on upcoming events, virtual programming, and the latest information, visit

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future talent Jocelyne Beltran: From Fire Explorer to Fire Inspector

As a senior attending Oceanside High School in 2017, Jocelyne Beltran was interested in pursuing a career in the medical field. She took a Health Academy Course offered by the Career Pathways program and was introduced to the Oceanside Fire Department’s Explorer Program. After joining the Explorer Program, she was encouraged to continue her pursuits by enrolling and completing a First Responders course for college credit. Her next step was to attend EMT School at Palomar College. After graduating high school in 2018 and completing four years in the Explorer Program, Jocelyne became an intern at the Oceanside Fire Department with the Community Risk Reduction Division. While there she became interested in Fire Prevention and after taking a State course in Fire Inspection, she was offered a job with the Oceanside Fire Department. Her story is a great example of the benefits of the Oceanside Fire Explorer program which is designed to expose young men and women to various aspects of fire service while developing character, citizenship and responsibility. The program prepares participants for the competitive path to a career in the Fire Department. Firefighters from the Oceanside Fire Department instruct and oversee program activities with an emphasis placed on youth safety. (Explorers never enter burning structures and are not used in place of paid firefighters.) Candidates must meet certain standards in order to qualify for participation in the program, with preference is given to Oceanside residents. Applicants 34 | Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Journal

must be between the ages of 15 and 20 and if enrolled in high school, maintain a GPA of 2.5 or above; must be physically capable of performing basic fire service tasks, i.e., running, lifting, climbing, crawling. Activities include Drill nights where Explorers are taught basic fire and life-saving related skills. Drill Nights combine physical fitness routines, classroom learning, and manipulative skills practice. Explorers are expected to participate in volunteer activities in addition to the weekly drill nights including Fire Department, Charity and Fundraising Events. Explorers also participate in a mini-fire academy where they are taught and tested on a variety of basic skills. The explorer academy is held every other Saturday for a total of eight Saturdays beginning in February; 100% attendance is required. After six months of participation, and completion of two task books, Explorers are given the opportunity to ride along on fire engines, trucks, and ambulances. Explorers have a unique experience, to observe firsthand what is required of firefighters operating in real emergencies. Jocelyne Beltran is now working part time as a Fire Inspector and visits residential buildings, businesses and other locations reporting violations, advising on fire safety and codes. She loves the city in which she lives and works and is excited for her future in the Oceanside Fire Department. For more information about the Oceanside Fire Explorer Program, call (760) 435-4100.

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Chamber member, Richard Dinse, owner of Flagkeepers, LLC created a memorial at the Main Gate of Camp Pendleton to honor our servicemembers that were tragically killed in Afghanistan in August. The title of the display was Honor & Remember.

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Oceanside Needs a Local Coastal Zone Program Administrator by SOS Oceanside With a city area of 42.2 square miles, the Oceanside City staff is kept extremely busy keeping everything well administered and maintained. The day-today duties of keeping our beach city running and planning for the future are challenging and require significant staff focus. Oceanside also oversees and strives to maintain 3 miles of beaches and coastline. As the Beaches are one of Oceanside’s most valuable resources, it is time Oceanside establish and hire a City of Oceanside Local Coastal Zone Program Administrator. The requirement for a singular focus on the shoreline is particularly critical given the current catastrophic condition of our beaches and the availability of historic funding opportunities from federal, state and other sources to restore our shoreline. The function of locating and sorting out the myriad sources of funds and securing an equitable distribution to the Oceanside shoreline alone justifies the fulltime focus. Indeed, creating and filling the position has the potential of an exponential return on investment for the city of Oceanside!

This new staff position would greatly assist the City Engineer, City Planner and other key staff positions in the following suggested areas with a focus on the Coastline and Beaches: • Monitoring Coastline and Beaches with respect to safe access, developing projects for sustained improvements • Development and implementation of coastal management plans and policies, including strategies for managing sea level rise • Managing the City’s sand replenishment program to include tracking SCOUP permitting and opportunistic sand sources • Liaison with Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton for coastal issue coordination

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• Assisting with implementing the City’s Climate Action Plan • Grant writing; developing workshops and/ or presentations • Extensive coordination with sister Coastal Cities, regulatory boards, commissions and agencies such as SANDAG, the Coastal Commission, State Coastal Conservancy, Army Corp of Engineers, and coastal nonprofit organizations such as Surfrider Foundation and San Diego Coastkeeper, among others Other sister coastal cities like Encinitas greatly benefit from having a staff position of Local Coastal Zone Program Administrator. Oceanside will also greatly benefit from creation of this position. Surfrider Foundation San Diego County recently posted on their website the following - “we support community requests to hire a dedicated planning position for managing the coastal zone.” The time is now! SOS Oceanside strongly advocates for the City of Oceanside to implement the position of Local Coastal Zone Program Administrator soonest!

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Scare Away Hunger This October with the North County Food Bank During the month of October, businesses and organizations across the North County region are coming together to help Scare Away Hunger by collecting jars of peanut butter for local children and families in need. Peanut butter is an excellent (and popular) source of protein for children and families. Plus, it is shelf-stable, and goes a long way! One jar alone can provide more than 12 sandwiches. All donations will be picked up by the North County Food Bank to be distributed to local families in need just in time for the holiday season. For more information about the Scare Away Hunger Peanut Butter Drive and to find a participating business near you, visit The Oceanside Chamber is serving as a drop-off site for those interested in contributing jars of peanut butter. We are located at 928 North Coast Highway.

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Chamber Recognizes Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside at Mayor’s Business Spotlight Each quarter, the Oceanside Chamber is given the opportunity to recognize a local business or organization during the Mayor’s Business Spotlight segment of the Oceanside City Council meeting. In August, the Chamber recognized the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside for its 70 years of serving the Oceanside community. During the presentation, Chamber CEO Scott Ashton noted that many of today’s community leaders came up through the Club and that BGCO is helping develop our future business owners and members of our workforce.

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The Advancing Oceanside Podcast hosts business & community leaders from all industries to help inform, better educate & ultimately advocate for a prosperous, economic climate here in Oceanside. For more info, visit advancingoceansidepodcast | Fall 2021

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economic development update CONSTRUCTION UPDATES Badlands Vintage recently moved to 845 S. Coast Hwy. Badlands sells statement furniture pieces and decor from midcentury modern to 80s postmodern design. Mopa Lounge recently opened at 325 S. Coast Hwy. Mopa Lounge is a upscale cafe and wine bar.

Beachfront Improvements Project Phase I of the beachfront improvements consists of a new wider staircase from North Pacific St. to the Strand, including landscaped viewing areas, 14 new restrooms, a new sewer lift station, and restoration work on the 1930s bathhouse to be converted into a Police Substation. Construction also includes a new north-facing storefront for public services, storage for beach maintenance equipment on the southside of the building. Phase 2 outreach is underway, and the public is encouraged to attend community meetings and provide feedback. More information is at: www. default.asp Project is funded by Measure X. Dunkin Donuts has started grading on their 2,012-square foot drive-thru restaurant located at 1906 Oceanside Blvd. in the Oceanside Village Square shopping center.

NOW OPEN Shore Shot Shooting Simulator recently opened at 603 Mission Ave. in downtown Oceanside. This business is a state-of-the-art shooting simulator and virtual shooting range Plantplay Gardens is now open at 1839 S. Coast Hwy. in South Oceanside. Plantplay offers unique house plants and pottery. 40 | Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Journal

Los Amigos Mexican Food recently opened at 2011 Mission Ave. in the Oceanside Plaza Center. The Ozone, a boutique shop that sells clothes, gift items and art, recently opened at 102 Mission Ave. in the Mission Pacific Hotel. Les Creme recently opened at 4061 Oceanside Blvd. in the Rancho del Oro commerce center. Les Creme creates skincare, lotions and candles.

COMING SOON The Lab Collaborative is coming soon to 250 Mission Ave., in the Pierside North Building. The Lab Collaborative will function as a test kitchen for area chefs and mixologists. Vigilante Coffee is coming soon to 1575 S. Coast Hwy. in the former Oceanside Beauty College site. South “O” Brewing coming soon to 1575 S. Coast Hwy. next door to Vigilante Coffee in the former Oceanside Beauty College site. Curry and More is coming to downtown Oceanside at 600 Mission Ave and will serve authentic Indianstyle curry. Fall 2021 |

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Kinane Events – Organizers of the O’Side Turkey Trot – Celebrates 30 Years Serving North County Kinane Events has raised over $20 million for local non-profits through marketing and managing various runs and walks over the past 30 years. Kinane Events began as a home-based busines in Oceanside but moved to Carlsbad in 1993. The team primarily serviced events in Orange County and San Diego until 2006 when they founded the O’side Turkey Trot and, soon after, the Move Your Feet Before You Eat Foundation. The O’side Turkey Trot benefits nonprofits that serve Oceanside residents. The company was started by owner Kathy Kinane, a former coach at UCSB and qualifier for the US Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials. Her passion for running and leading a healthy lifestyle has helped shape her race-directing, management, and marketing business. A true labor of love. In 2000, Owner Kathy Kinane was recognized by OC Metro Magazine as one of the Top 25 People in Orange County for her teams’ efforts in managing 12 large events that year including the OC Race for the Cure. The Race for the Cure attracted 28,000 runners and walkers and raised $2.9 million dollars. The event was the 10th largest event of any kind in the US. Kathy and her team were very proud to be recognized for their efforts. | Fall 2021

Adding to her list of awards, in 2003, Kathy was recognized as Race Director of the Year by Competitor Magazine. At the time, Kinane Events was managing the OC Race for the Cure, the Dana Point Turkey Trot, and the San Diego Liberty Run Walk. The company’s events continued to grow exponentially, and in the same year, Kathy’s team marketed and managed events that attracted a historic 54,000 runners and walkers. In 2004, the company raised the bar with events attracting a record-breaking amount of runners and walkers. These megaevents included: the OC Race For The Cure with 24,000 participants, the Nike One Hit Wonder with 20,000 participants, the OC Marathon with 13,000 participants, the Newport Beach Spirit Run with 5,000 participants, the San Diego Freedom from Domestic Violence Liberty Run, the Saddleback Memorial Half Marathon with 4,000 participants and the Santa Anita Derby Day 5k with 4,000 participants. Finally, in 2014, Kathy was honored, thanks to her amazing team, as the Women Trailblazer by Running USA, a national organization made up of many of the largest races in the country. Kinane Events is currently planning the 16th Annual O’side Turkey Trot. More information is available at

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Women Veterans in Business The number of women veterans keep rising steadily over the years due to an increase in the number of women entering and leaving the military. Women, long before they were recognized, officially showing patriotism, sacrifice, courage, tenacity, leadership, sound judgment, resilience, all special qualities that are valued in military service. Women have been a crucial asset to the military and we at the National Veterans Chamber want to Honor and show our gratitude for their contribution. Unique challenges of women veterans in business Veterans who exit the military service may also have a hard time fitting with civilian life. Women may encounter more difficulties compared to their male counterparts.

The traits that make women veterans successful in service are what makes them thrive in business too. Integrity, the ability to take initiative, a resilient spirit that adapts to changing and evolving situations, are all unique traits that make successful business owners. Despite the challenges, the veterans who make it are twice as successful in terms of revenue and longevity. We must consider the unique challenges they face, and we should work towards adopting a better system that works to empower more women veterans immediately after service. Women veterans & business traits Some veterans are born with special personality traits that make them outstanding leaders coupled with the military training they undergo. This also plays a key role in how they take on their businesses. What they learn and the culture they embrace during service such as the ability to work as teams, leadership growth, early leadership, progress after failure, focus and execution, curious and knowledge seeker, actionoriented, thoroughly trained, are what makes an outstanding entrepreneur. In Summary: It is no surprise that women veterans are successful business owners. It is our duty as a Nation and as veterans to support all Veteran-Entrepreneurs and to provide the tools and the set of skills one needs to succeed. Women-Veterans have demonstrated a unique ability to succeed in business and have shown to possess a set of skills and traits that are crucial to Entrepreneurial Success.

According to a survey conducted by the VA, the result shows that only about 1.4% of female Americans have served in the military in comparison with growth rate expected to increase to 16% by 2043, women are the fastest-growing segment in the veteran community. This may bring some unique challenges faced by women veterans because of the steady increase in number. How do women veterans fare in business? Women veterans are more likely to become entrepreneurs. What we do know is that women veterans who are given the necessary tools, end up doing great things in business. Women have proven to be a better risk factor when it comes to loans, women tend to make payments on time and are less likely to default. 44 | Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Journal

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