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Future Talent: Debora Araiza

Charter Schools and Their Important Role in North San Diego County

Game Changer: Oceanside Youth Partnership (OYP)

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Member and Community News


Why I Love Oceanside

Community Events Calendar


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Property Tax Protections Face Serious Threat This Fall



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.

CONTACT US 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 2020 Design: Scott Ashton and Tiffany Smith

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INSIDE THIS EDITION Game Changer: Oceanside Youth Partnership (OYP) Charter Schools and Their Important Role in North San Diego County Future Talent: Future Talent: Debora Araiza Navigating Career Development as a Young Professional Why I Love Oceanside Oceanside Economic Development Update Celebrate Earth Month with Green Oceanside Dismantlement of San Onofre Plant Structures Underway Atrial Fibrillation & Stroke Community Events Calendar

By Scott Ashton, CEO Oceanside Chamber of Commerce Proposition 13’s property tax protections are facing a serious threat, as special interest groups have qualified one “split roll” measure for the November ballot (Initiative 17-0055) and now they are gathering signatures to qualify a second version (Initiative 19-0008). Both measures would raise taxes on commercial and industrial property by requiring reassessment at current market value at least every three years. The term “split roll” references the fact that the property tax roll is split, causing commercial and industrial properties to be assessed differently than residential. Both initiatives remove the two percent annual cap on property tax assessment increases for most commercial and industrial properties. For small business owners, this could be a devastating blow. According to research by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the vast majority of small businesses rent the property on which they operate. Increased costs such as property taxes, will be passed on from the property owners, to the small business owners and ultimately to the consumers. To mitigate for costs that cannot be passed on to consumers, many small business owners may need to resort to reducing staff, cutting wages and benefits, or relocating. According to the Legislative Analyst’s office, business property taxes would increase from $7.5 billion to $12 billion annually. A Pepperdine University study found that a split-roll property tax scheme would cost the California economy a total of $71.8 billion in lost output and 396,345 lost jobs over the first five years. Currently, Proposition 13 offers business owners not only protection, but predictability. Imagine the difficulty of trying to run a small business when you can no longer have a reasonable expectation of your future rent costs. While it is still unclear as to how home-based businesses would ultimately be impacted, Californians to Save Prop 13, a coalition focused on stopping split roll, assert that the impact could be great. “Both split-roll measures could reassess residential property continued on page 8

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Executive Committee:

Debra Allen Eternal Hills Memorial Park, Mortuary & Crematory, FD-234 Chair Haley Wonsley Intesa Communications Group Chair Elect Bill Birnie Frontwave Credit Union Immediate Past Chair Marva Bledsoe Non-Profit Management Consulting Secretary/Treasurer Joshua W. Van Orden Oceanside Therapy Group Vice Chair Bob Waite AFLAC - Bob Waite Vice Chair Kevin Witowich BBVA Compass Investments Vice Chair

Board of Directors:

Charlie Anderson Privateer Coal Fire Pizza Nazeli Dertsakian Genentech Julie Hiltsley GM Mortgage Kristen Huyck MiraCosta College Christine Lee California State University San Marcos Robert Lustig Military Automotive Assistance Program (MAAP) Maria Mingalone Oceanside Museum of Art Ernie Prieto Oceanside Sea Center Katie Scanlan San Diego Gas & Electric

Jessica Shrader Tri-City Medical Center Rick Wright MainStreet Oceanside


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ER G N HA C E GAM GER N A H C E GAM ER G N Oceanside Youth HA C E GAM Partnership (OYP) By Kristi Hawthorne The Oceanside Youth Partnership (OYP) is a character building and mentoring program designed for juveniles. This 12-week program was put in place by the Oceanside Police Department in order to reach and help “at risk youth”. The OYP program helps to reduce juvenile delinquency, lower recidivism, and offers alternatives to street gangs, substance abuse, and perhaps a life trapped in the criminal justice system. Kids are referred by the School District, counselors, Interfaith, and the District Attorney’s office. The participants then go through a selection process that includes a personal interview and a parental interview. They want to see a “buy in” from both parents and the youth. Lt. Taurino Valdovinos, with OPD Investigations Division, said for years the focus had been on the enforcement of law, but he and his fellow officers wanted to focus on prevention and intervention. They saw what some other agencies were doing with a police athletic team, and a sheriff department’s program called RESPECT. OPD officers came up with a program that was fully supported by command staff, chief and captains, as well as the Oceanside Police Officers’ Association. The Oceanside Youth Partnership has become a “game changer” in the way youth and law enforcement interacts. The OYP program is focused on “at risk” kids but also borderline kids who might have issues at school and/ or home. The officers wanted to make a positive

impact in the lives of the youth enrolled, and they seek to establish quality relationships between kids and police. Because of this, officers do not wear their uniforms during their encounters. Sessions have 10 to 15 kids, who are typically high school sophomores and juniors. Six officers from Neighborhood Policing all share the responsibilities and each has a role. Each week of the program, the lesson plan focuses on different values, such as Personal Responsibility, Ethics, Service, Perseverance, Education, Courage, Trustworthiness, and Discipline. The Oceanside Police Department partners with the Boys and Girls Club of Oceanside, who allow them to use their facilities free of charge. It’s a neutral meeting ground for both the kids and the cops. This partnership with OPD and BGCO then in turn spawned a Leadership Program, which has had its own successes. At group sessions the students learn about current events, their horizons are expanded beyond themselves, and they play a version of the game of Life, making choices for the future and considering their finances. Physical fitness is emphasized through sports and gym activities. In addition, OYP Officers provide the experience of different cuisines, exposing students to new foods by taking them to local restaurants or having food catered. On another spectrum, there are youth who sometimes only get one meal a day, the one provided at school. After sessions the Officers encourage the kids to take home food served at the meetings. The OYP Team brings in guest speakers from various walks of life, introducing the students to positive role models, including businessmen and women, athletes, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and professors from area colleges. The Officers have seen firsthand how the program can make a difference on those who are invested. One young man asked a

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reformed gang member who came to talk, “How do I get out?” He was looking for honest answers and a life apart from gangs. He was invested. Students are also taken on field trips to a variety of locations including MCRD, the Oceanside Harbor, IFLY and more. Then there’s the morgue…this particular field trip has a profound impact on young men and women when they contemplate the finality of death, and the impact choices can have on themselves and their families. After the program is completed, the OYP Team holds a graduation party. Parents and families are invited and it’s then the kids see the officers in uniform for the first time. OPD Officers are encouraged by the results of the program. Long term relationships are being established and mentorships developed. Graduates

of the OYP program have a sense of self-worth and community, along with the necessary skills to make good decisions to improve their lives, which will have a ripple effect on others around them. When our youth succeed, we all share in their success. The officers involved in the OYP Program are to be commended to their commitment to our youth and students congratulated for their personal achievements. This program is in need of financial support and donations. The OYP Team provides donations of new clothing, field trip experiences, raffle items, food and catering sessions, and gift certificates. Donations are made through the Oceanside Police Officers Association, a 501c3 charitable organization. If you want to help, please contact Ashley Sanchez at 760435-4440 or via

OYP Purpose OYP is a character building and mentoring program designed for teenage youth. The 12-week program aims to reduce juvenile delinquency, lower recidivism, and offer alternatives to street gangs, substance abuse, and a life trapped in the criminal justice system. Each week the lesson plan focuses on a different value such as Personal Responsibility, Ethics, Service, Perseverance, Education, Courage, Trustworthiness, and Discipline. Additionally, the program is used as a means to developing meaningful relationships between youth and the Police Officers in their community. OYP Process Participants are selected from referrals received through partnering organizations. These organizations include the North Coastal Health & Human Services Agency, OUSD, the City of Oceanside Neighborhood Services, Oceanside Boys & Girls Club and other community partners. Once referred, individuals go through a selection process that includes a personal interview and a parent interview. If deemed fit, the individual is selected to participate in the program. OYP Mission Statement Our mission is to build meaningful relationships with the youth of Oceanside that will inspire and guide them towards positive life choices. OYP Vision Statement Working with our community partners, OYP will provide mentorship and life skills to the youth of Oceanside that will better prepare them to live productive lives. OYP Contact Information Lieutenant Taurino Valdovinos | (760) 435-4716 | | Winter 2020

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education Charter Schools and Their Important Role in North San Diego County By Cameron Curry The Charter Schools Act of 1992 opened the door to innovation and choice within the space of public education. The past 28 years have proven that school success comes in varied school sizes, systems, and modalities. No charter public school is the same nor do they have the recipe for success. In greater terms, the number of charter schools in the state has eclipsed to 1,200 and California claims the most of any state. Within North San Diego County, we are pleased to have several charter schools that provide the educational choice and options that parents are seeking. Whether it is a high-tech, back-to-basics, or a school catered to students needing greater flexibility in their learning, charter schools are a place where innovation is possible. The support from local school districts has been crucial and their oversight and interest in supporting parents has manifested itself in approving high quality options. Oceanside, Vista, San Marcos, and Escondido all have approved charter public schools. Escondido, with one of the last nonunified school districts in the state, has the most charter schools for students TK-12th grade. When it comes to academics, quality curriculum, state testing, and serving students with special needs and diverse populations, charter schools offer these elements with quality and excellence. The success of charter public schools in the region has

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everything to do with individual student success, parent satisfaction, and organizational integrity. That integrity is tied to annual audits, students participating in annual state testing, and graduation rates that eclipse area schools. Charter schools across the region champion best practices and are willing to share their success with others. Often, local superintendents, educational industry professionals, school board members, and city officials visit charter school campuses to witness the innovation first hand. That open door attitude is a welcome reminder that these public schools serve our community, are open to all, and keep students at the center of everything they accomplish. Charter schools have Board’s that oversee school activities, including finances, programming, and school leadership. These Boards are aligned with state laws, operate in public, and are held accountable by parents and state law to act in a manner that protects the public’s interest. Charter public schools are held to the same standards of transparency as traditional public schools, and in some cases, the requirements are even higher. This scrutiny is something charter public schools appreciate, knowing that their charter terms of operation are given in 5-year approvals. The Charter Schools Act of 1992 established into law the elements that every charter school petition would incorporate. In the past 28 years, however, new

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elements have been added and districts that approve charter schools review, vet, and expect results from charter schools. They also have the ability to close schools that are not successful. When traditional public schools are failing, they typically receive additional funding. Charter schools, however, are not given those dollars and are held directly accountable for their failure and, when necessary, are closed. Taxpayers should have a sense that charter schools are public, they serve diverse populations of students, and they welcome parent interaction and involvement. North San Diego County is fortunate to have choice in public education; one size doesn’t fit all. Charter public schools bring value to the landscape of the region and successfully serve students who have slipped through the cracks of traditional public education.

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Charter public schools are part of the quality educational options offered in North San Diego County. They will continue to thrive as parents desire a smaller and more flexible, innovative approach to address the unique learning needs of their children. Cameron Curry is the Chief Executive Officer of The Classical Academies, an organization of award-winning, tuition-free, charter public schools serving grades TK-12 in North San Diego County. The schools have been partnering with parents for quality education since 1999. Curry also serves as a board member for The California Charter School’s Association and is a commissioner for the Advisory Commission for Charter Schools (ACCS).

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that is also used for business purposes, meaning homeowners across California could see big increases in their property tax bills.” With an estimated 2,000 home-based businesses in Oceanside, this should be cause for great concern in our community. Proposition 13 was intended to protect all property owners, residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural, etc. To allow any of these protections to be compromised opens the door for all property owners to be vulnerable.

For further information on this topic, I would recommend the following resources: California Chamber of Commerce Business Issues and Legislative Guide - https://advocacy. Californians to Save Prop 13 - https://

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On Thursday February 20th, the Oceanside Young Professionals Network and Carlsbad Young Professionals co-hosted a North County Young Professionals Mixer Pacific Coast Spirits. This venue featured adventurous grain-to-glass spirits, farm-to-table appetizers in a sustainability focused atmosphere. Attendees were greeted by the new distillery owner, Nicholas Hammond who stressed the importance of tracking finances for both business and personal expenditures. Financial experts Dana Albert with Merrill and Chad Marentette with Edward Jones shared their best tips for young professionals to navigate savings strategies, investments, and planning for the future. This event was sponsored by Business Payroll Service and Diamond Valley Insurance Services. 8 |

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UPCOMING Networking Events

Networking events are open to Oceanside Chamber members. For more information about these events, or to attend as a prospective member, contact Emerald Lowe at (760) 722-1534 ext. 110 or email


A casual morning of coffee and treats in a roundtable networking setting. Share a business card and get your “elevator pitch” ready. Free to Chamber members. Visitors welcome with registration.

Chamber conference room 928 N. Coast Highway 8:00-9:00am April 7, May 5, June 2


Social Meet-Up with no agenda and no host-bar. Make new friends and enjoy a happy hour after work. We meet from 5:00pm – 6:30pm and open to the public. Chamber membership not required.

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Join us for an evening of networking, appetizers and prizes. A portion of our raffle will benefit a local nonprofit organization.

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Water Authority Dismisses Certain Legal Claims Against MWD After securing more than $350 million in “Water Stewardship Rate” benefits for the San Diego region, the San Diego County Water Authority’s Board of Directors voted in February to dismiss related claims against the Los Angeles-based Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. The action highlights the Water Authority’s commitment to move forward as partners on critical water issues facing our region and represents a major step toward resolving the litigation, which has been pending for more than 10 years. The lawsuits challenged water rates and charges imposed by MWD on San Diego agencies and their ratepayers from 2010-2018. The Water Authority’s Board action will allow the parties to avoid a trial scheduled for June 2020, and clear the way for judgment to be entered in the older cases. The Water Authority Board has worked to resolve these matters for more than three years. In the past | Winter 2019

few months, those efforts gained momentum as the two wholesale water agencies traded settlement offers. When those proposals didn’t produce an agreement, the Water Authority Board decided to take unilateral action consistent with its settlement offer. The Water Authority’s action was partly a response to MWD Board of Directors approving more than $350 million for three water supply projects in San Diego County: ■ $285.6 million for the City of San Diego’s Pure Water Project ■ $23.6 million for the Fallbrook Groundwater Desalter Project ■ $42.7 million for the City of Oceanside Pure Water & Recycled Water Expansion Phase Visit to learn more about the rate case litigation, including Water Authority’s Feb. 27 letter to MWD.

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Debora Araiza thought of bringing babies into this world is happy aspect of medical practice that she wants to be a part of, along with providing important medical care to mothers. Raised by a stay at home mom and a father who works in construction, Debora appreciates her hardworking parents who have continually supported her academic success and life goals. She even acknowledges her younger brother Ramsses, who shares her competitive nature as they both strive for good grades. As a young teenager, Debora has had the maturity to be selective with friendships and to walk away from difficult situations that she felt may impede her career goals. With a GPA of 3.67, she has qualified for Honors. In addition to academics Debora has been involved in Dance and Latina Leadership Club in high school. “Debora is a conscientious student, empathetic and very intelligent. She is clear on her goals and understands the need to plan ahead and address any difficulties head on. She can also be a bit silly and that burst of energy that might be needed during stressful times, “ said Brenda Aguilar, Trio Academic Advisor at El Camino High.

By Kristi Hawthorne Debora Araiza has a clear vision of her future. While many have dreams, she has goals. Raised in Oceanside, Debora has attended Louise Foussat Elementary, Martin Luther King Middle School and is currently a junior at El Camino High School. She credits good teachers that have inspired her, along with nurturing a love of learning and helping to encourage her ambition of becoming a doctor. At a young age Debora says she was interested in medicine and as she grew older her aspirations only increased. By the time she was in 6th grade she had firmly decided on a career in the medical field, specifically an OBGYN practice as an obstetrician. She explained that she has always loved children and the 10 |

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At a young age Debora says she was interested in medicine and as she grew older her aspirations only increased. By the time she was in 6th grade she had firmly decided on a career in the medical field Debora has a crystal clear picture of her future. She maintains a positive and optimistic view of life in general and holds an excitement about her future career. Debora will be one of just three people from her large extended family to have attended college, and with no less than twelve years of higher education ahead of her, she knows of challenges ahead of her but is ready to meet them head on with enthusiasm.

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She plans on attending MiraCosta College and then to a university to obtain her medical degree. Debora was thrilled to be offered a volunteer position at Tri City Medical Center for a year, which solidified her desire to be a physician. Her love of people and helping others was instrumental and although the tasks she was assigned may have been routine, it was a chance to interact with patients and medical staff.

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Her teachers and counselors at El Camino High School are excited for Debora’s past and future accomplishments and cheer her on as she continues on her career path. “Debora is a humble, caring, and intelligent young lady. Always challenging herself academically and personally. She’s motivated and determined to make a positive impact in our community through her nursing passion. We are blessed to have her at ECHS,” Socorro Ruiz, ECHS School Counselor.

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Navigating Career Development as a Young Professional By Romeo Dalmacio Regional Manager Business Payroll Services

Choosing a career path can be somewhat intimidating. Whether you’re a college graduate or a current young professional looking for a career change, there are many things to consider. Although high school graduates lack experience and extended education, they too may consider a move to a professional career. It is however, highly encouraged to pursue and complete higher education post high school; college, certificate programs, trade schools or even the military, but that shouldn’t ultimately determine your young professional growth. Let’s quickly remind ourselves that professionals like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Ellen DeGeneres, Coco Chanel, and Mark Zuckerberg, became some of the most successful and influential professionals in their respective fields without a college degree. The time has finally come to enter the professional world or in some cases, time to switch career paths. So many questions come to mind such as; Who should I work for? Which job opportunity is best for me? While these are important questions, there seems to be one particular question that generates a lot of discussion amongst young professionals. That is, should I work for a small business or should I work for a large corporation? Do you want to be a big cog in a small machine? Or do you want to be a small cog in a large machine? While both have advantages and disadvantages, one primary thing to always keep in mind is your own personal goals and what you want to accomplish, both short term and long term. 12 |

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In most cases, working for a small business requires you to wear more hats and have more responsibility, even at an entry level position. More hats equal more learning opportunities, more experience and a broader sense of business development. Think of this as being a big cog in a small machine. Some studies even mention that working for a small business almost forces you to grow both personally and professionally. This is certainly a huge benefit

Whether you work for a small business or a large corporation, Oceanside Young Professionals Network (OYPN) strategically aids young professionals during the selection process.

with career development as a young professional. Since small businesses are typically more nimble, and adaptive to change; this gives young professionals the ability to have input in the innovation and creativity process during the growth of the business. Although the pay structure and benefits package might not be as appealing as a larger more established corporation, some young professionals find that having more flexibility with their schedule, along with faster opportunity for growth within the company, actually benefits them more, both short and long term. Often, first thoughts when considering working for a large corporation are pay compensation, Winter 2020 |

stability and benefits. Most large corporations offer a more appealing pay and benefits package. This gives young professionals a sense of safety, stability and confidence in the company they choose. While you’re less likely to revolutionize or innovate business processes at an entry level position, larger corporations are more organized and have more of an established structure. Being involved in bigger projects for a bigger company may be enough to satisfy a young professional. Though it’s possible to become the CEO of a large corporation like Apple or Microsoft, chances are very slim. If a young professional’s aspiration is to become a CEO, their chances may be better within a small business. Whether you work for a small business or a large corporation, Oceanside Young Professionals Network (OYPN) strategically aids young professionals during the selection process. OYPN is a dynamic and diverse organization that focuses on career development, local networking, and most importantly, community involvement. As Emerald Lowe, Director of OYPN, has previously stated that we have begun the process of incorporating a mentorship opportunity program for local college students primarily majoring in business degrees. This will not only help them gain more

interactive experience, but also kick-start their young professional career. Having them involved with our community will also benefit them with the awareness of city development in North County. OYPN is connected with a plethora of resources to help develop young professionals in North County San Diego. We are continually growing to push the envelope with creative and innovative ideas to be more involved and service our community right here in Oceanside and surrounding cities. Holding committee meetings routinely helps us share ideas, keep each other aware of city development, and assist each other with professional growth. Who knows, the next Ellen DeGeneres or Mark Zuckerberg may be sitting right beside us!

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C O R O N A V I R U S ( C O V I D -1 9 ) Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates and Resources RESOURCES FOR BUSINESS As the Coronavirus situation continues to evolve, it is important for all employers to monitor the outbreak and implement strategies to protect their workforce while ensuring continuity of operations. To help educate employers and employees on how they can prepare for and address the impacts of the virus, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has provided a variety of resources that can be downloaded from their website. U.S. Chamber of Commerce Coronavirus Toolkit The following resources can be found at https://www. • Guidance For Employers - Download guidance for employers to plan and respond to the Coronavirus. • Workplace Tips - Learn workplace tips and resources for employers to combat the virus. • Corporate Aid Tracker - View our corporate aid tracker for details on how businesses are helping nationwide. • Survey on Business Impact - View business impact survey results from the American Chamber of Commerce in China. • Resilience in a Box - If your business needs help putting a plan in place, use the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s toolkit created in partnership with the UPS foundation. • More Resources - More resources, including consolidated, business-specific guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). COMMUNITY INFORMATIONAL RESOURCES Tri-City Medical Center and the City of Oceanside have created informational pages on their websites to provide with community with timely information on developments related to the COVID-19. City of Oceanside Oceanside Public Safety Officials and the County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency are working closely with federal and state partners 14 |

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to monitor the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), and are mobilized to respond in our region. The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency is the lead agency responsible for coronavirus response countywide. The City of Oceanside works in partnership with the County and other local, state and federal health officials to receive guidance and coordinate response. For updates, visit home/coronavirus.asp Tri-City Medical Center For more information, including immediate access to current information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and San Diego County Public Health Department related to COVID-19, visit Tri-City Medical Center’s Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) page. The site also includes a downloadable handout on Health Hygiene Habits (English & Spanish versions). For more information, visit www.tricitymed. org/2020/03/novel-coronavirus-covid-19/ The Oceanside Chamber of Commerce will continue to make every effort to provide resources to help our local businesses and community members navigate the evolving COVID-19 situation. Chamber members and subscribers to our Enewsletter will receive regular updates with available resources. If you do not already subscribe, you can do so at html. We are committed to serving our business community throughout this crisis and would welcome your input as to how we can be most supportive. Feel free to reach out to us at 760722-1534 or

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member of the quarter Chamber Recognizes Nicole Douglas for Mayor’s Business Spotlight Nicole Douglas has lived in Oceanside with her husband for about 7 years, and recently celebrated 1 year of being in business with Enjo. Nicole’s business focuses on eco-friendly, wastefree cleaning products for your home and business. Nicole is an active member of the Oceanside Chamber and regularly works to educate businesses on best sustainability practices with the City’s Green Oceanside program. In addition to being a proud member of the Oceanside Chamber and Green Oceanside Business Network, Nicole is also a member of NAFE (National Association of Female Entrepreneurs), NCWIN (North County Women in Networking) and on the leadership committee of GOG’s. We thank Nicole for her support and dedication to Oceanside_Chamber_Ad_03-2020.pdf 1 3/3/2020 1:55:18 PM serving our community.

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Ten Energy-Saving Tips for Small Businesses According to the EPA’s ENERGY STAR program, U.S. small businesses together spend a whopping $60 billion on energy each year. Additionally, a survey conducted by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) found that energy costs are a topthree business expense for more than one-third of the nation’s small businesses. The good news is that small businesses have significant energy savings potential. Depending on the building and business type, small businesses can reduce their energy without sacrificing service or comfort. Here are some ideas:

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3. Plant trees. Plant shady trees outside of your business to keep your building cool and help clean the air. Depending on your location, vegetation can help weather the summer heat and chilly winter winds.

to ensure that the sensors are properly installed. Even good equipment can be installed incorrectly, such as, in an obstructed location (e.g. behind a coat rack, door, bookcase or other furniture). 6. Turn off unused equipment. Office computer monitors are an easy way to save on your business’s energy bill as they use a lot of energy. Ensure that monitors are set on automatic sleep mode during non-working hours or are manually turned off when not in use. Screen savers do not reduce energy use by monitors. 7. Reduce paper usage. Paper and printing can be costly for your business. Print only when necessary and double-sided when you do. This will reduce paper waste and help cut the energy required to run your printer, which reduces your

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constant, recurring cost and more expensive than automatic hand dryers in the long run. It’s also less mess. 9. Insulate your water heater. If your business’s water heater is older than seven years, be sure to wrap it in insulation to retain water heat. Regardless of whether your water heater is old or new, insulate the first three feet of the heated water out pipe. 10. Examine your energy use online. You can track and monitor your business’s energy

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Oceanside Kicks Off General Plan Update, Phase 2 Through goals and policies that reflect community values and aspirations, the City’s General Plan provides the policy framework for local land use decisions. The updating of the General Plan allows community members to participate in formulating a comprehensive vision of the community’s future—a vision that both anticipates and guides physical, demographic, and economic change. The first phase of the General Plan Update was completed on May 8, 2019, when the City Council voted unanimously to adopt the Economic Development Element, Energy and Climate Action Element, and the Climate Action Plan. Adoption of the first phase of the General Plan Update was an important milestone in the City’s ongoing forward planning efforts. On February 5, 2020, the Oceanside City Council approved the budget appropriation and professional service agreement for Phase 2 of the Oceanside General Plan Update. The project team initiated this second phase yesterday, with a City tour and kickoff meeting. The tour served to familiarize our consultant partners with the “lay of the land” in Oceanside, while

the kickoff meeting allowed us to refine our scope of work, clarify the roles of the project team members, and bring the consultant partners up to speed on key local issues, projects, and planning efforts. This next phase of the General Plan Update will ensure that all components of the General Plan are aligned and focused on a common vision for the City’s future. One of the first priorities is the preparation of a public outreach plan. We welcome your thoughts on how to conduct thorough, inclusive, and constructive public outreach in support of this project. Residents can provide initial input on public outreach to Principal Planner Russ Cunningham by email (rcunningham@ or telephone (760-435-3525). For more information on General Plan Update Phase 2, see the staff report for the February 5, 2020 City Council meeting. The project is expected to extend through mid-2022, though certain components will be completed earlier. More information is available on the City’s General Plan Update webpage:

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I love Oceanside for the unique individuality of the people who live here, and the added perk of being one of the best foodie scenes in Southern California! From mussels and truffle fries at the Flying Pig to acai bowls at the Buccaneer Cafe, Oceanside definitely celebrates local flavor (and flair!). We are all trying every day to better our community and grow our economy… and it shows.

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Why do I love Oceanside? Is it the beautiful ocean to the west or the mountains to the east? Is it the proximity to “America’s Finest City” while having an outside the city feel? The reason why I love Oceanside is all of that and more. It is the people that live here. It is the massive military presence next door and throughout our community. It is the civilians that support those military personnel. Oceanside is a special community, with special people, with an amazing history.

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I was born in Oceanside, live in Oceanside and I have a business based out of Oceanside! I love my Oceanside because it is a perfect, diverse, full of coastal life town! I get can get to SD, OC and Temecula by 30 minutes. The distance is perfect for my business and our family outings. My family and I enjoy volunteering at different Oceanside events including Turkey Trot, Heart Walk, Oceanside Independence Parade and more! Let’s not forget Oceanside has yearly wonderful events that we love to attend including Powwow, Annual Filipino Cultural Celebration, Noche Mexicana…


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


The people! That’s what I love about Oceanside. We have such a diverse, passionate community; weaving together a vibrant tapestry that is Oceanside. The rich stories and “connectedness” throughout the community, never cease to amaze me. From long-time serving families to young, creatives, our entrepreneurial spirit is unmatched yet so driven to preserve and honor the culture that is uniquely the O’side vibe.

Leslee Gaul

Visit Oceanside®

“I love the members of my family: Oceanside has become family for me. Oceanside is a beautiful, vibrant and safe city and it is a city of great promise. Oceansiders work together every day to achieve this promise. The heart of every thriving city is its people. I love Oceanside because of its people—the people who staff the city, its chamber of commerce, its businesses, its educational institutions and its interconnected web of deeply committed non-profit service providers.”

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Oceanside Promise

I love Oceanside because of the strong sense of community. It’s one of the last affordable beach communities in Southern, CA with plenty of local small businesses to shop, dine, and play. The people are what set Oceanside apart. They are down to earth, passionate, and energetic. People here have pride in where they work and live, and getting to be a small part of that has been very rewarding.

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NEW MEMBERS December 2, 2019 – March 9, 2020 160 Driving Academy 1280 Rancho Del Oro Rd. (760) 302-4393 Oceanside, CA 92056 Transportation Booze Brothers Brewing 606 Mission Ave. (760) 295-0217 Oceanside, CA 92054 Breweries Brandon D. Sears Benefits Consultants (DBA: CompareHealth Quotes Insurance Center) 701 Palomar Airport Rd., Ste. 300 Carlsbad, CA 92011 (760) 585-4268 Insurance Business Group Resources Oceanside, CA 92056 (630) 352-7030 www.cvopatek.businessgroup Research and Development Caliber Home Loans – James Prentice 4350 Executive Dr., Ste. 300 San Diego, CA 92121 (858) 354-6586 Mortgage Loans CityPacific Corp Solana Beach, CA 92075 (858) 204-8787 Real Estate Commercial & Investment Colonial Life – Otis Walton 13520 Evening Creek Dr. North, Ste. 520 San Diego, CA 92128 (619) 375-9571 Business Services Compass Financial, LLC San Diego, CA 92128 (760) 522-1240 Financial Services D2K Technologies Oceanside, CA 92056 Computer Software

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Damon Sundberg Construction P.O. Box 1672 (760) 458-8001 Oceanside, CA 92051 Construction Dental Care of Oceanside 3776 Mission Ave., Ste. #138 Oceanside, CA 92058 (760) 439-2626 Dentists Direct Carpet Unlimited 465-1 College Blvd. (760) 295-9988 Oceanside, CA 92057 Home Improvement Elevate – Cryo Oceanside, CA 92054 Health and Wellness

(760) 385-8815

Everest Escrow 5901 Priestly Dr., Ste. 150 Carlsbad, CA 92008 (760) 607-3240 Real Estate Escrow Services Fitter Is Funner Studio – Kathy Babcock 2101 S. El Camino Real, Ste. 204/205 Oceanside, CA 92054 (760) 419-4874 Health and Fitness Flourish + Live Well 510 North Coast Hwy., Ste. B Oceanside, CA 92054 (858) 260-8142 Health and Wellness Hub International Insurance Svcs – Sabina Mathis Riverside, CA 92501 (951) 779-8674 Insurance Institute of Healthcare 2171 El Camino Real, Ste. 100 Oceanside, CA 92054 (442) 222-5012 EMT Training Lefan Capsule International, Inc. 3801 Oceanic Dr., Ste. 101 Oceanside, CA 92056 (909) 773-1802 Manufacturing

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North County Professional Network Oceanside, CA 92058 (760) 310-1402 Non-Profits/Charities Realty Consultants & Associates Carlsbad, CA 92008 (760) 803-8004 Real Estate Sales SALT Apartments 371 N Cleveland St. Oceanside, CA 92054 Apartments

(760) 231-6111

The Appliance Outlet 1527 Mission Ave. #A (951) 334-4835 Oceanside, CA 92058 Appliances The Lightfoot Planning Group 5900 Pasteur Ct., Ste. 110 (760) 692-1924 Carlsbad, CA 92008 Landscape Architects The Platinum Group 10373 Trademark St., Ste. F&G Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730 (909) 724-4401 Payroll Services The Real Estate Consultants 4755 Oceanside Blvd., Ste. 140 Oceanside, CA 92056 (760) 405-9060 Real Estate Sales and Rentals Tiptop Door Service Oceanside, CA 92056 (760) 828-7831 Windows & Doors Veterans Transition Support 340 Rancheros Dr., Ste. 182 San Marcos, CA 92069 (760) 798-0333 Veterans Services Williams Tile Ceramic Tile & Stone Oceanside, CA 92056 (760) 803-9093 Home Improvement

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RENEWING MEMBERS December 2, 2019 – March 9, 2020

76-80 Years as Member Weseloh Chevrolet & Kia

71-75 Years As Member

Greenman, Lacy, Klein, Hinds, Weiser

66-70 Years As Member

ORCO Block & Hardscape Road One/Carpenters Towing

51-55 Years As Member Mission Linen Supply Mission San Luis Rey

41-45 Years As Member

California Business Solutions Eternal Hills Memorial Park, Mortuary & Crematory, FD-234 The Shoppes at Carlsbad Tri-City Medical Center Women’s Resource Center

36-40 Years As Member Frontwave Credit Union San Diego Gas & Electric

31-35 Years As Member

Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside KOCT- The Voice of North County Oceanside Police Officers’ Association

26-30 Years As Member

Friends of the Oceanside Public Library Oceanside Harbor District

21-25 Years As Member

Agri Service Certified Folder Display Service, Inc. Coldwell Banker Residential – Jason Nagy Dorothy’s Dry Cleaning & Laundry Ocean’s Eleven Casino Oceanside Mortuary, FD-253 Vintage Pointe Senior Apartments Vista Community Clinic Walmart #2245

16-20 Years As Member

Angelo’s Burgers D.A.V. Industries Elizabeth J. Graff Frazier Farms Market Center La Quinta Inn Oceanside MainStreet Oceanside North County Cat Hospital OneSource Distributors, LLC Pacific View Charter School Paradigm Special Effects Graphics Wells Fargo Bank (Rancho Del Oro)

11-15 Years As Member

Breakwater Brewing Co. Brookdale Oceanside Copy Link, Inc. Flagkeepers, LLC Gems N’ Loans Genentech Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. Le Rendez Vous French Bakery Maximum Mortgage & Real Estate – Christopher Rodriguez Oceanside Transmission, Inc. Omni Financial Piazza D’Oro Pier View Coffee Co., LLC Residence Inn by Marriott San Diego/ Oceanside S. D. Malkin Properties, Inc. T-Shirt Factory/On Track Printing

6-10 Years As Member

Action Research Anything But Ordinary Catering Ashley’s Party Rentals BBVA Compass Investments – Kevin Witowich Body & Brain Wellness Foundation San Diego Chambers Electric, Inc. Conover Tires Wheels and Service Inc. Gilead Killer Pizza From Mars Linksoul My Lucas Oil North County Lifeline Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation Oceanside Florist Inc Oceanside Municipal Airport Rotary Club of El Camino Real Semper Fi Fund Shopoff Realty Investments , L.P. | Winter 2020

Sizzler Restaurants Solutions for Change That Boy Good Visit Oceanside Conference & Visitor Bureau Walmart #5637 Neighborhood Market

1-5 Years as Member

Army and Navy Academy Boomers Business Payroll Service Cabana Concepts Club Z! In Home Tutoring Service Coomber Craft Wines DEGU Inc. Del Oro Smiles Dentistry Dupaco Inc El Pollo Loco El Pollo Loco #3731 Emerald Isle Golf Course Fat Joe’s R & J Food Group Inc. G&M Oil Company, Inc. GK Asset Management, LLC Homes For Heroes jD LAW, P.C. Masters Kitchen Cocktail MD Commercial Cleaning Merrill Wealth Management – Dana J. Albert Military Spouse Association of Camp Pendleton Mission Family Dentistry MRM Nagata Bros, LLC. National Association for Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) – North County National Community Renaissance Oceanside Longboard Surfing Club Oceanside Urgent Care Family Practice Pacific Stone Properties Qualicare Family HomeCare-North San Diego County Ramada Inn Oceanside Rudy Van Hunnick – Community Liaison Shugarman’s Bath Sudberry Properties Swami’s Cafe Team Vinnie SD The American Cancer Society The Elizabeth Hospice USA Imaging Supplies YSR CPA Group PC

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A new Public Pay Parking Structure opened at 371 N. Cleveland St., made possible through a public-private partnership between the City and the developer of the adjoined SALT apartment project. The six-story structure adds 340 new public parking spaces downtown. SALT was completed in 2019 and includes 52 luxury apartments, a rooftop deck and 9,434 sq. ft. of fully-leased retail/ restaurant space. A new public art piece was installed at the pedestrian entrance to the parking structure as well as a mural at the entrance to the leasing office.


OCEANSIDE BEACH RESORT: The North Hotel will be topping out this week. DPR is pouring the pool deck on level 6 and the roof on level 7. Interior and exterior framing is ongoing from P-1 to level 4. The South Hotel will be pouring level 3 next week, and projected topping out will be in February 2020.

Pacific Coast Spirits is now open at 404 South Coast Hwy. in C I T Y Oceanside. O F O C E ANSIDE Downtown ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIV. 300 NORTH COAST HIGHWAY OCEANSIDE, CA 92054-2885 FOR NOTEWORTHY NEWS direct: 760.435.3357


The Rising Co., a co-operative retail shop is now open at 332 S. Coast Hwy. in downtown Oceanside. Retailers are: Rais Case, Wild Habit, Indigo Sun Crystals, Adobe by Jess Vargas, Soul Shapers, Mar Y Lana, Mr. B’s Necessities, Ornamental Plant Boutique and Vipaka Jewelry. Seasonal Residency: Vandevort. See website at:

The City of Oceanside’s Economic Development Division looks forward to helping more businesses open and expand in 2020. Economic Development staff are available to assist with site selection, market data and other resources to help businesses locate, stay and grow Constuction is moving along oninthe 22,206 sq. ft.more Aldi located at 4251contact Oceanside Blvd. Oceanside. For information, Michelle in the Rancho Del Oro Gateway shopping center. Developers Resource Companies, Inc. Geller, Economic Development Manager, at mgeller@ has over 36,000 sq. ft. available for lease next to Aldi. or (760) 435-3351. Visit our website at or social media at @OceansideBiz.

The Breakfast Mug is now open at 1401 S. El Camino Real in the Loma Alta Station. Serving breakfast and lunch. Open: 7am - 3pm daily. 22 |


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​ DG&E’S Weather Station Network Has S Expanded A decade ago, San Diego Gas & Electric® hired its first meteorologist and started building its own weather station network, to closely track how temperature, humidity and winds affect the power grid and plan accordingly to reduce wildfire risk. Today, SDG&E has 191 weather stations and has continued to expand and upgrade its weather network. In the past year, 14 stations have been added in areas of concern. The weather network’s capabilities have been upgraded which allows more frequent data download and weather observations every 30 seconds, instead of every ten minutes.

College is the first college in the San Diego region to receive this designation. “MiraCosta College’s Pell students [those with financial need] improved in completion of both math and English college-level courses consistently over the past four years. We are pleased to see your institution’s efforts to become more data focused, improve systems and processes for students, and adopt a framework for guided pathways,” explains Karen A. Stout, president and CEO of Achieving the Dream, in a letter to Superintendent/ President Cooke announcing the accomplishment.

Scripps Cardiologist First in California to Repair Tricuspid Heart Valve with Specially Designed Clip A Scripps Clinic interventional cardiologist this week became the first in California to repair a tricuspid heart valve using a tiny experimental clip that is placed inside the heart using a minimally invasive procedure rather than open heart surgery. Matthew Price, M.D., used a catheter to implant three TriClip in an 82-year-old San Diego man who has suffered from heart failure for several years as a result of the leaky valve that separates the two chambers on the right side of his heart. The three-hour procedure was performed in the cardiac catheterization laboratory in the John R. Anderson V Medical Pavilion located on campus of Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. continued on next page

MiraCosta College Named Achieving the Dream Leader College The Achieving the Dream Network designates MiraCosta College as a 2019 Leader College. Leader College status is a national designation awarded to Achieving the Dream institutions that have shown intentional and significant progress in improving the success of all community college students. MiraCosta | Winter 2020

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S W E N Y T I N U M M O C D N A R MEMBE Tri-City Approves Agreement with County on New Psychiatric Health Facility This afternoon the Tri-City Healthcare District Board of Directors voted unanimously, with one board member absent, in favor of an agreement with the County of San Diego to develop and operate a new 16bed inpatient psychiatric health facility on the medical center’s Oceanside campus. This agreement caps more than 18 months of discussion with the County to identify long term, sustainable solutions to meeting the behavioral health needs of patients in North County. “Tri-City Medical Center has been a leader in providing behavioral health services for more than 35 years, and we are proud to support an agreement that will allow us to continue to serve in that leadership role well into the future,” remarked Leigh Anne Grass, chair of the Tri-City Healthcare District board of directors.

before the end of 2021, Pure Water Oceanside will be the first operating advanced water purification facility in San Diego County. The $67 million project will source recycled water from the City’s San Luis Rey Water Reclamation Facility. Advanced technology will be used to replicate and accelerate the natural recycling process to provide 3 to 5 million gallons per day, or more than 32% of the City of Oceanside’s water supply.

Raptor Sighting! LEGOLAND® California Resort Announces the Arrival of the First Lego Model in the Lego Movie World! LEGOLAND® California Resort, has officially welcomed the land’s first LEGO® model; a skateboarding, stud-shooting Velociraptor! Standing over 8 ½ feet tall and weighing more than 870 pounds, the Raptor LEGO model will welcome guests into the Bricksburg! Inspired by the time-traveling, spaceship piloting raptors from The LEGO® Movie 2©: The Second Part, the LEGO model is built from 90,151 LEGO bricks and took Master Model Builders 401 hours to assemble.

The City of Oceanside Breaks Ground on Pure Water Oceanside The City of Oceanside broke ground on Pure Water Oceanside, a project that will purify recycled water to create a new local source of high-quality drinking water that is clean, safe, drought-proof, and environmentally sound. Scheduled to be completed 24 |

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CSUSM Summer Session 2020 Offers 170 Courses to The Community The upcoming summer session at California State University San Marcos offers more than 170 accelerated courses that are open to CSUSM students as well as students from other universities and individuals in the community. Summer session dates are June 1 – Aug. 8, 2020. Course topics feature such disciplines as mathematics, communications, computer science, women’s studies, human development, psychology, sociology, political science, and art, media and design. The classes are offered on a compressed timeline with students earning units in as little as five weeks. Face-to-face, online and hybrid formats meet a variety of needs. During summer session, students from other universities, qualified high school seniors and community members can register for courses without being formally admitted to the university. Credits from CSUSM courses are fully transferable to other institutions. In addition, up to 24 undergraduate and nine graduate units taken as a non-matriculated student may be counted toward a CSUSM degree. Winter 2020 |


By taking advantage of accelerated classes during summer session, students can get a head start on education goals, speed time to graduation or lighten the course load required in fall and spring terms.

The first block of classes will be held June 1 – July 2 and the second block of classes are scheduled for July 6 – Aug. 8. A small selection of classes run the full 10-week summer session, June 1 – Aug. 8.

company signage recognition at one of the 18 holes) and premium hole sponsorships for only $750 (includes company signage recognition, table/tent/chairs at one of the 18 holes). It’s a great and cost effective way for North County organizations to get involved in our community, network and gain visibility. Proceeds benefit the North County Food Bank’s vital hungerrelief programs! ​

Registration for CSUSM students opens on March 23 and for the public on March 30. For more information on summer session, please visit

The North County Food Bank’s Drive Out Hunger Golf Classic The North County Food Bank invites you to join them for their annual Drive Out Hunger Golf Classic at the Shadowridge Golf Club in Vista on Monday, July 20, 2020! There are a range of ways to get involved. We have hole sponsorships for only $500 (includes

Monday, July 20, 2020 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM Shadowridge Golf Club, 1980 Gateway Dr. Vista, CA 92081 More Info at drive-out-hunger-golf-classic/tickets

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This year marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Demonstrate your commitment to creating a cleaner, healthier earth for all by joining the Green Oceanside team during the month of April for events and volunteer opportunities geared towards zero waste, watershed protection, water-use efficiency, clean energy, and climate action. Earth Festival: Saturday April 18, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Downtown Oceanside, Pier View Way & Tremont Street

Shop sustainably at the Vintage Marketplace and check out re-styled clothing and upcycled materials.

Celebrate Earth Day with friends and family by attending North County’s largest Earth Day celebration in Downtown Oceanside. Earth Festival is a FREE event and is bursting with fun-filled activities and attractions for everyone.

▪ Learn about local food movements in North County, and what you can do to help combat food waste through source reduction, food recovery, composting, shopping local, and much more.

▪ The Kids Eco Zone connects our youth to learn more about the natural world and is filled with crafts and activities for the whole family.

▪ Visit the Climate Action Zone to learn from environmentally conscious organizations and businesses, view current eco-friendly, green technology and innovations, and take a seat in state-of-the-art electric vehicles! Harvest Oceanside: Saturday April 18, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Downtown Oceanside, Pier View Way & Tremont Street Do you have extra backyard produce? We’ll take it! Join Oceanside residents as they drop off produce picked from their own backyards to feed those who need it most and keep it out of the landfill. During last year’s harvest event, the City of Oceanside and Produce Good collected over 7,000 pounds of produce donated by Oceanside residents. Let’s make it a goal to reach 10,000! Drop off your backyard produce at the Harvest Oceanside booth at Earth Festival. Drive-up drop-off options are available. Visit for more information.

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Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation: April 1 - April 30

Prescription Drug Take Back Day: Saturday April 25, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Tri City Medical Center, 4002 Vista Way

The Mayor’s Challenge is a friendly competition between thousands of cities across the United States to see which city can motivate the most residents to pledge to conserve water and be more sustainable. Mayor Peter Weiss is challenging Oceanside residents to go online to and take the pledge to help Oceanside win the title of “Most WaterWise” city. Residents who take the pledge have a chance to win prizes including paid utilities, gift cards, water-reducing fixtures, and more! Oceanside made a valiant effort last year, finishing third in its population bracket. Take the pledge from April 1 to April 30 and help Oceanside secure the win and take first place in the 2020 Mayor’s Challenge!

Protect your family and the environment by properly disposing of unused and expired medications at the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day at Tri City Medical Center in Oceanside.

Green Oceanside Kitchen Food Preservation Workshop: Saturday April 11 Learn how to transform backyard produce into tasty preserved treats! This workshop will provide participants with ideas on how to preserve backyard crops and reduce food waste through zero waste cooking demonstrations and sampling. Register online by visiting the events page at Loma Alta Creek Cleanup: Saturday April 25, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Multiple Locations Join community volunteers on April 25 at the Loma Alta Creek Cleanup. Participants will be removing trash and debris while helping sustain the long- term health of our local waterways! Volunteers can choose from several sites and receive cleanup supplies, refreshments, and community service hours. Please pre-register at The Loma Alta Creek Cleanup is sponsored by Waste Management, Green Oceanside, and I Love A Clean San Diego. Used Oil Filter Exchange Event: Saturday April 4, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. O’Reilly Auto Parts, 502 Oceanside Blvd. Recycling used oil and oil filters helps protect our environment from pollution. Residents can bring their used oil filters and receive up to two new oil filters FREE during the event! Donation Weeks: April 6 - 17 Donation Week provides residents of Oceanside with the opportunity to donate large household items and textiles for reuse and repurposing. Residents must schedule their donation pick-up with Waste Management before their service day by calling Waste Management’s customer service line at (760) 439-2824. | Winter 2020

2020 WaterSmart Landscape Contest. Entries due April 27 Proud of your beautiful, waterefficient landscape? Colorful, creative yards featuring low water-use plants and an interesting design are starting to pop up all over Oceanside, impressing neighbors and influencing them to rethink their landscape designs. Attractiveness, water efficiency, $avings, and reduced maintenance are just a few reasons why these yards deserve to be showcased! Submit your application for this years’ WaterSmart Landscape Contest at www. for a chance to win a $250 gift card to a local nursery, be featured in the City’s online magazine, and share your story and pictures behind your show-stopping landscape. New to the contest this year, Oceanside will be accepting nominations of exceptional front yards. The deadline for submissions is April 27, 2020. Green Oceanside is a one stop shop for information on all of the City’s environmental programs and initiatives. For more information on any of these events and volunteer opportunities please visit or email Download the Green Oceanside app for free in the Apple and Android app store by searching “Green Oceanside” to stay connected and engage with the Green Oceanside community through photo submissions, classes, workshops, and Green Oceanside events. Oceanside Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Journal


Dismantlement of San Onofre Plant Structures Underway Story and photos courtesy Southern California Edison The San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station with its two prominent domes has been a familiar fixture along the Southern California coast for more than four decades. But that view is going to undergo a significant change. Work to dismantle the plant started in February and will include the eventual removal of the landmark domes, buildings and other structures. The plant’s co-owners, Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas & Electric and the cities of Riverside and Anaheim, made the decision to retire the facility in 2013. Since then, the project to decommission and dismantle the site has undergone rigorous planning and state environmental reviews. Last October, the California Coastal Commission approved the final permit for the project and that paved the way for deconstruction to begin. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission regulations allow up to 60 years to complete decommissioning.

However, SCE believes completing the work in a timely manner benefits customers, local communities, and the environment and expects the dismantlement process to be completed in 8 to 10 years. “We’re going to be a good neighbor throughout the decommissioning process, and that means providing timely, usable information to the community and to the people who use the recreational resources next door to us,” said Doug Bauder, SCE vice president and chief nuclear officer for the San Onofre plant. “We’ll provide quarterly updates going forward, so folks are aware of the work that is happening on site.” Twelve thousand residents living within a five-mile radius of the plant received Notice of Deconstruction mailers 30 days prior to the start of work. SCE and its contractor are taking steps to help ensure the work has minimal impact on access to the surrounding recreational areas. In the coming months, work will include performing site preparatory activities and traffic control for transporting a large component by rail. Staging areas

On the left, looking north from the beach, the two San Onofre domes as they appear now. On the right, what the area will look like after deconstruction.

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will be established to accommodate material and equipment, and temporary trailers and related utilities will be installed in the parking lots north and east of the plant. The process also will include safely removing some components from off-shore conduits - those large pipes that brought and discharged ocean cooling water to the plant - as well as removal of offshore buoys and anchors. The dismantlement work will have a positive impact on the local economy. A 2015 study by Beacon Economics found that for Orange, San Diego and Los Angeles counties, the multi-year project will provide an approximately $3 billion economic impact.

Crews on scaffolding at the San Onofre plant work on preparations for deconstruction.

The core principles guiding the decommissioning process are safety, stewardship and engagement. “We will perform our activities in a way that maintains worker and public safety and we’ll be good stewards of the local environment and our decommissioning funds,� said Bauder. Funding for decommissioning comes from nuclear trust funds which were collected from customers over the years, grown through investment, and is fully funded. Any unused money will be returned to customers. Oversight of the trust fund expenditures is provided by the California Public Utilities Commission. Public walking tours of the facility will continue, and speakers are also available to talk to local residents and community organizations. The public also is encouraged to attend quarterly meetings of the San Onofre Community Engagement Panel for updates on dismantlement. To review environmental documents or join the email update list, visit You can contact the Deconstruction Liaison at or call a toll-free number 800-332-3612 to ask questions or submit comments to SCE during dismantlement activities. Workers outside Unit 2 at San Onofre as they prepare for dismantlement of the plant. | Winter 2020

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YOUR CHAMBER INVES TMENT @ WORK Helping Businesses Prosper and our Community Thrive! Your investment in the Oceanside Chamber is making a difference in our community! The Chamber’s mission is to “stimulate economic prosperity and foster a vibrant community.” Here’s a quick overview of what your investment in the Chamber allowed us to accomplish in the recent weeks...

Public Policy/Business Advocacy ▪ The Chamber’s Public Policy Task Force met with representatives from the National Veteran’s Group to discuss legislation in support of a Veterans Retirement Income Tax Exemption. The Task Force also discussed the issue of “reciprocity” on training and licensing as it impacts transitioning military and non-military members of the workforce. The following policy platforms were recommended and were adopted by the Chamber’s Board… ▪ Support measures that reduce tax burdens on veterans and veteran-owned businesses.

and business/community leaders toward solutions for our beach erosion issue. ▪ Joined a California Chamber coalition in opposition to SB850. This bill would eliminate flexibility in the workplace for both employers and employees by requiring employers to provide “modification pay” for changes made to an employee’s schedule with fewer than 7-days notice. Requires a 21-day work schedule that must be given to an employee no fewer than 7 days in advance before the first shift. ▪ Chamber CEO, Scott Ashton, participated with a group of Southern California Chamber leaders in meeting with Isabella Guzman, Director, Office of the Small Business Advocate with the Governors GoBiz office. We discussed a variety of concerns and issues faced by our small business owners. ▪ Sent a letter to CA State Senator Patricia Bates to express Oceanside Chamber’s opposition to SB 37 which imposes a targeted tax on California business, which, for certain companies, would raise California’s corporate tax rate – already one of the highest in the nation - up to 22.26%.

▪ Support licensing reciprocity in industries where training/licensing standards are substantially similar. ▪ Chamber staff sent a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regarding dredging and the pending shoreline study in support of Oceanside City leaders’ trip to Washington, DC in early February. The Chamber continues to work with City leadership 30 |

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▪ Partnered with Visit Oceanside to develop a letter template for our local businesses to use to request that Assemblymember Tasha Boerner Horvath support Oceanside’s efforts to develop innovative sand retention programs. Businesses who would like to express their concerns about the impact of Oceanside’s eroding beaches, can contact the Chamber for more information about participating in this outreach. ▪ The Chamber-supported repeal of the Health Insurance Tax passed congress, providing continuing relief for businesses from the Health Insurance Tax (HIT). Winter 2020 |

Political Action ▪ Chamber’s Business and Community Political Action Committee (BACPAC) continued fundraising outreach to prepare to support the candidates we endorse for Oceanside Mayor and the District 3 and 4 races. The Chamber expects to announce its candidate endorsements early this summer. Workforce Development ▪ Sent letter of support to city regarding their proposed partnership with Mira Costa College Technical Career Institute in a Hire Local Pilot

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Program. Under this program, the City would fund training for Oceanside residents in specific programs, chosen for their potential to result in relatively high-paying careers. The program is designed to incentivize the students to secure jobs with Oceanside businesses. ▪ The Chamber’s Workforce Development Task Force, continued work on the development of a pilot program to provide middle school students with exposure to emerging industries in our city and region. This program will be done in partnership with MiraCosta College’s Gear Up Program and will include tours of local businesses as well as MiraCosta’s Technical Career Institute. The program is expected to launch this Spring. | Winter 2020

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Atrial Fibrillation & Stroke

By Dr. Donald Ponec

Atrial Fibrillation ( “A-fib”) is an abnormality of the heart rhythm that affects over 3 million adults in the United States. The likelihood of developing A-fib increases with age and is somewhat more common in men than women. In A-fib the atria (or upper chambers of the heart) do not contract properly due to an abnormality in the electrical activity of the heart muscle. This results in disorganized heartbeats that reduce the efficiency and output of the heart and can allow blood clots to form. The blood clots increase the risk of having a stroke. There are two types of A-fib (Both can cause complications): ▪ Paroxysmal (intermittent) A-fib that comes and goes ▪ Persistent A-fib which lasts longer than a week. There are many potential causes of A-fib: ▪ Age over 65 ▪ High blood pressure ▪ Heart attack (called “Myocardial Infarction” or “MI”) ▪ Heart valve abnormalities ▪ Alcohol consumption ▪ Sleep apnea 32 |

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▪ Certain medical conditions including Diabetes, Obesity, Kidney or Thyroid conditions ▪ Certain Medications - especially asthma or COPD medications A-fib can cause a feeling of chest discomfort or pain, a feeling of palpitation or heart racing, lightheaded or dizzy feeling, shortness of breath, fainting or severe

A dreaded complication of A-fib is stroke caused by a blood clot (called an embolus) that is ejected from the heart and lodges in one of the blood vessels that supply the brain. This can lead to permanent brain damage and disability. fatigue. The severity of symptoms can vary, and some people may have no symptoms at all. It is important to detect A-fib as there are a number of medications and other treatments available to reduce the risk of complications (such as heart failure, certain types of dementia and premature death). Many patients with A-fib are treated with blood thinners (anticoagulants) to reduce the risk of blood clots. A-fib is diagnosed by ECG (electrocardiogram) testing, and by physical examination by your doctor. The best treatment depends on each patient’s individual situation, history and other conditions. Winter 2020 |

A dreaded complication of A-fib is stroke caused by a blood clot (called an embolus) that is ejected from the heart and lodges in one of the blood vessels that supply the brain. This can lead to permanent brain damage and disability. Signs and symptoms of stroke include sudden onset of facial droop, arm or leg weakness or difficulty speaking or understanding words. It is crucial to call “911” immediately in the event that stroke is suspected. It is said that “Time is Brain,” meaning that the more quickly stroke is recognized and treated, the better the chances of recovery. There are new treatments for stroke that in many cases result in substantial improvement and even complete recovery. These include giving a clot-dissolving medicine called tPA, and a newer treatment called “Thrombectomy”. Thrombectomy is a minimally invasive procedure performed in Interventional Radiology, where a tiny catheter is passed from the leg into the blocked blood vessel in the brain. The clot can then be removed and blood flow restored, significantly improving recovery from stroke.

Tri-City Medical Center is a Joint Commission Certified Thrombectomy Capable Stroke Center (one of only 36 such centers in the United States), as well as a center of excellence for the treatment of A-fib and other heart problems. You can count on Tri-City Medical Center to help you stay healthy.

Dr. Ponec serves as Director of Interventional Radiology and Department Chair at Tri-City Medical Center, President of the Board of Managers and Medical Director of the Cardiovascular Health Institute, Quality Chair of the Cardiovascular, and numerous other committees, as well as Vice President of San Diego Imaging. Dr. Ponec’s accreditations include: National Board of Medical Examiners – 1984, American Board of Radiology – 1989, Certificate of added qualification – Vascular and Interventional Radiology – 1994, Re-Certification CAQ – Vascular and Interventional Radiology – 2004.






By learning and sharing the F.A.S.T. warning signs, you just might save a life from stroke. | Winter 2020

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events and other happenings

april 1-3 Sound-Off Singing Competition – Oceanside High School 2-3 IronKids Oceanside Fun Run at Oceanside Pier 18

Earth Day Festival in Downtown Oceanside

25-27 Scholastic Surf High School State Champs 25-26 Cal South Soccer State Cup



8th Annual Wildcat Run Car Show


Tails on the Trails Charity Dog Walk Wellness & Fitness Expo

june 6 13-14

Marine Corps Mud Run Camp Pendleton San Luis Rey Mission Indians Inter-Tribal Powwow:

14-18 Surfing America USA Surfing Championships

1-3 Beach Soccer Championships at Oceanside Harbor 2

27 Freedom Day Parade

july 3 Firework Show Celebrating Oceanside’s Anniversary at Rancho Delo Oro and Oceanside Blvd

Summer Concert Series at Oceanside Public Library Community Room

16-17 Scholastic Surf Contest Series at South Jetty 16 Armed Forces Day – Operation Appreciation

16-20 Race Across America 17-30 US Soccer Dev Academy Playoffs

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Ongoing Events

Downtown History Walk Second Saturday of each month from April through September at 9:00 am

Oceanside Farmer’s Market Each Thursday morning from 9 am to 1 pm, corner of Coast Highway and Pier View Way Oceanside Sunset Market Each Thursday evening from 5 pm to 9 pm, corner of Tremont Street and Pier View Way Oceanside Art Walk First Friday of every month in Downtown Oceanside – Artists Alley and Mission Avenue Art After Dark Oceanside Museum of Art South O Walkabout Second Wednesday of each month 5:00 to 7:00 pm (Summer 5-8 pm)

MiraCosta College Stargazing Party at the Baseball Fields Call (760) 757-2121 ext. 6201 for details California Surf Museum Rotating Exhibits. Call (760) 721-6876 Oceanside Concerts in the Park During summer months. Call (760) 435-5041. Surfrider Beach Clean Ups First Saturday of each month

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