Best of Oceanside Quarterly Journal - Winter 2020

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Game Changer: Children’s Paradise Founder Julie Lowen

Future Talent: Hunter Meyer

MiraCosta College Addresses the Shortage of Qualified “Middle-Skill” Workers in the San Diego Region

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Reflecting Back on a Full and Exciting Year



By Scott Ashton, CEO Oceanside Chamber of Commerce

Oceanside Quarterly Journal is published by the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce in 4 editions: Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall.

As we enter 2020, it’s a great time to reflect on some of the Oceanside Chamber’s accomplishments from the past year. Here are some of the highlights of what your investment in the Chamber has allowed us to do…

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

INSIDE THIS EDITION 4 Chamber Supported North River Farms Project Approved 7 MiraCosta College Addresses Shortage of “Middle-Skill” Workers 12 Game Changer: Children’s Paradise Founder, Julie Lowen 13 Changing the Narrative Around Employee Retention 14 Why I Love Oceanside 23 Oceanside Economic Development News 24 Member and Community News 26 Disposable-Free New Year 32 CBD Oil… Hype or Helpful? 34 Oceanside Events Calendar

Advocacy We continued to grow as a voice for the Oceanside business community. Here are just a few of the highlights of the role the Chamber played in the area of advocacy during in 2019…  The Chamber played a leading role in supporting North River Farms, a much-needed housing development on a small portion of Oceanside’s South Morro Hills area. The project was approved by the City Council in November.  Our Public Policy Task Force developed a robust Housing Creation Policy platform that allows the Chamber to take quick action in supporting City and Statewide policies that will positively impact housing development.  We participated in numerous Statewide coalitions led by the Cal Chamber in support of pro-business legislation and in opposition to bills that negatively impact our business community. As a recent example, The Oceanside Chamber joined a statewide coalition in defeating to AB 1066. This bill would have allowed striking union workers to seek unemployment after 4 weeks, potentially jeopardizing the health of the entire Unemployment Insurance Fund.  We successfully partnered with neighboring business organizations to protect funds for North County highway improvements and spoke out in opposition to SANDAG’s proposal to divert TransNet funds from what voters were promised back in 2004. Political Action The Oceanside Chamber has taken bold steps to be engaged in helping business friendly candidates get elected to local office in 2020 (Mayoral and Oceanside District races). Along those lines, here’s a quick update of what we have been doing… continued on page 6

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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For more information about how your company can participate in the Partner Program, please contact Scott Ashton at 760-722-1534

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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) Cristian Manzano Wells Fargo Bank (Rancho Del Oro) 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


Philip Antekeier United States Marine Corps Leslee Gaul Visit Oceanside Conference & Visitor Bureau

Oceanside Chamber of Commerce 928 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA 92054 (760) 722-1534 • | Winter 2020


Scott Ashton Chief Executive Officer Tracy Chin Finance and HR Administrator Kristi Hawthorne Event Coordinator Hana Gilbert Communications and Customer Service Coordinator Emerald Lowe Director of Membership and OYPN Angelina Santoro Customer Service Specialist Hunter Shepard Membership Development Representative







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Chamber-Supported North River Farms Project Approved! Oceanside invests in its future by approving the county’s first agrihood The City of Oceanside voted to approve the Chamber supported North River Farms development on November 6th, with Mayor Peter Weiss and Councilmembers Jack Feller and Christopher Rodriguez voting in favor. “I commend the Council for bold leadership in helping to build a more prosperous City by supporting much needed housing and infrastructure. This project will make a significant contribution to our housing supply and help reduce a substantial RHNA (Regional Housing Needs Assessment) gap that only continues to grow. Many employers in Oceanside and surrounding communities face challenges with recruiting and retaining employees because we don’t have enough housing supply,” said Scott Ashton, CEO of the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce. North River Farms is a farm-based community, in South Morro Hills that will bring 585 homes to the region, funding for our roads and the OUSD, will

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preserve 40% of the total acreage in agriculture and will introduce San Diego County to its first agrihood. An agrihood weaves together agriculture and community, making a farm-to-table lifestyle possible. This sustainable concept is gaining popularity across the United States and offers an opportunity to put Oceanside on the map as a destination city. With 68-acres of agriculture, an education center, makers space building, bike trails, Oceanside’s first dog park and an outdoor amphitheater this community will be a public asset beyond the community’s boundaries. South Morro Hills has been working for decades on a plan that has been very slow to take shape. North River Farms proactively incorporates many of the agritourism themes to act as a catalyst for planning to finally occur. At the Council meeting, Mayor Weiss stated, “[i]n regards to the South Morro Hills area there needs to be a balance in how it is ultimately developed, I don’t agree with [the current zoning of] 2.5 acre

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estate lots spread out across the entire SMH area… and the lack of a current plan should not affect our ability to make a decision tonight.” Collectively, our region and our city face a housing crisis. The range of homes will include those that are attainably priced making a great fit for young families, our work force, seniors looking to downsize, and our military and veterans. They will offer single story floorplans or plans with master bedrooms downstairs, casitas and larger executive style housing. This will help businesses better recruit and retain employees by increasing our housing supply with a modern, innovative community. Chair-elect of the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce, Debra Allen boasts that “North River Farms thinks outside your typical housing development. It brings us back to a way of life that we are all craving. It will have a farmers market and gathering spaces, but it will also invest millions in infrastructure, widen the College Bridge and will build, staff and equip a new fire station.” Our culture in Oceanside is shifting. We are more proactive and dedicated to saying “yes” to big ideas. For more information about this new and exciting community please visit | Winter 2020

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Reflecting Back on a Full and Exciting Year ... continued from page 2  The Chamber’s Business and Community Political Action Committee (BACPAC) held 6 Roundtable sessions to get feedback from Chamber members on policy positions and character traits they want to see in their local elected leaders.  BACPAC created policies and procedures for endorsing business friendly candidates, which will now provide clear and transparent guidelines as to how the Chamber will participate in the electoral process.  BACPAC created a screening questionnaire and interview questions for candidates who are interested seeking the Chamber endorsement. Workforce Development The Chamber believes that the quality of our future workforce is directly related to today’s investment in our students. The Chamber has worked very closely with Oceanside Promise to ensure that the business community has input in the development of our workforce. Here a few highlights of our work in this area..  In May, the Chamber partnered with the County of San Diego, Oceanside Promise and several other organizations in the creation of the 1st Annual North County Employers Internship Workshop. The goal was to equip and inspire the business community to provide work-based learning opportunities for our local students.

 The Chamber was an important leader in the Oceanside Promise’s Latino Young Men Success Initiative Pilot program. Through this program, young men from Oceanside High School and El Camino High School were provided mentorship, coaching and the opportunity to do a summer internship. 11 young men participated in summer internships and we are committed to growing that number for next year.  The Chamber’s Workforce Development Task Force began conversations with MiraCosta’s Gear Up Program to discuss the creation of a program to provide middle school students with exposure to emerging industries in our city and region. Beach Sand We have all seen the changes on our beaches in recent years and we know that something needs to be done regarding sand retention.  Chamber Staff reached out to Congressman Levin’s office, regarding the need for the Federal government to complete the Shoreline Feasibility Study. The Congressman collaborated with Senator Harris in sending a letter on Oceanside’s behalf to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. We are hopeful that this will lead to the completion of the study that has been delayed for almost 2 decades.  Worked with City leadership to support their efforts to direct a portion of the Capital Improvement Budget toward the development of a sand retention project. continued on page 8

Ribbon Cuttings Ambiance Realty Opens in Style On Saturday, October 26th, Ambiance Realty celebrated the grand opening of their beautiful Oceanside office in style. Members of the community, alongside the Oceanside princesses took to the dancefloor to enjoy the festive music from the DJ, as well as snack on a delicious buffet spread. The freshly renovated office is in downtown Oceanside at 804 Pierview Way, Ste. 101. Ambiance Realty is a leader in high-end residential, investment, and commercial real estate sales, so their new bright and modern location makes for a perfect setting to sit back with an agent to shop for your dream home. Their first office outside of West Hollywood, we want to extend Ambiance a warm welcome to Oceanside. 6 |

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MiraCosta College Addresses the Shortage of Qualified “Middle-Skill” Workers in the San Diego Region By Dr. Sunita Cooke Superintendent / President MiraCosta College

One of the fastest growing segments of the San Diego labor market is also becoming one of the hardest for employers to fill. It’s the segment of educated workers who needs more than a high school education, but doesn’t need to go as far as a four-year degree. Dubbed “middle-skill” jobs, these skilled positions garner nearly 39 percent better pay than the median pay for jobs in the region, according to the San Diego-Imperial Center of Excellence for Labor Market Research. To be competitive in the fast-changing San Diego job market and make more money, workers need more than a high school degree. Last year, 38 percent of jobs in San Diego were for middle-skill workers and is projected to grow through 2022, according to the report. In response to the report, MiraCosta College and other community colleges in San Diego and Imperial counties have launched a collaborative career education effort to prepare their students for these well-paying, indemand, middle-skill careers. The programs align with in-demand industry sectors and provide students with the skills, certificates, and degrees needed to land these jobs. MiraCosta College offers career training through a variety of certificate programs ranging from one semester to two years in subjects that include the recording arts, social media for business, gerontology, automotive technology, multimedia, computer technology, licensed vocational nursing, biotechnology, horticulture, and early childhood development. Drawing especially high interest is MiraCosta College’s new Cybersecurity Program that was developed | Fall 2019

with the help of an advisory board, and which offers both an associate of science degree and a certificate of achievement. The first program of its kind in our region, the Cybersecurity Program underscores MiraCosta’s mission to craft programs that are relevant to the workforce needs of local employers and offer the skills these jobs require. Graduates will find an abundance of employment opportunities. The average salary for information security analysts employed in San Diego County reached $98,950 in May of 2017, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the number of people working in the field is expected to grow by 28 percent in the 10-year period ending in 2026. The Cybersecurity Program prepares students for several industry certifications and will put them on a firm foundation should they seek to continue their training and earn a bachelor’s degree in the field. California Community Colleges are the affordable option for candidates wanting to fill middle-skill jobs with tuition at only $46 a unit. And with the recent expansion of the MiraCosta College Promise, all first-time, full-time students can secure two years of college free. The MiraCosta Promise is funded from a variety of state resources and private donations to the MiraCosta College Foundation. Please contact MiraCosta College’s Financial Aid office for eligibility and more information at or call 760.795.6711. To receive a schedule of credit classes, the noncredit continuing education schedule, or a bulletin of community education and workforce development classes call 760.795.2121, or visit Oceanside Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Journal | 7

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Business Services The Chamber continued to offer high quality opportunities for local businesses to make connections and grow their knowledge base.  We held dozens of networking events, forums, workshops and special events to provide opportunities for our members to meet prospective customers, collaborate on business and community initiatives and learn best practices for strengthening their businesses.

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

 We continue to refine our communications with members by improving our weekly enewsletter, creating a Monthly Digest to focus on the Chamber’s “mission-based” activities and reaching out to members to discover their key areas of interest. Everything we accomplished in the past year was only possible due to the strong support of our members. Your investment in the Chamber is what allows us to be a Catalyst for Business Growth, a Convener of the People who need to come together to make things happen for Oceanside, and a Champion for our Community. Thank you for being an important part of our work!

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BUSINESS AFTER HOURS 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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future talent

Hunter Meyer for approval and self-worth by hanging out with gang members. He admits that by the time he was in 6th grade he was making really bad choices. In 7th grade he was angry, depressed and prone to fighting. He was completely lost. By his freshman year of high school Hunter was expelled from public school as his life continued to spiral out of control with drinking, drugs and gang activity. The downward trajectory of his life would soon turn upward when he joined the Oceanside Youth Partnership. Hunter reluctantly agreed to be part of a twelve week program designed to build character and provide mentoring with the Oceanside Police Department. Although at first skeptical, Hunter took the life lessons to heart and credits the program to changing his life.

By Kristi Hawthorne Hunter Meyer’s life journey may have just begun but in his short 17 years he has had more than his share of challenges and difficulties. He will be the first to say many of those difficulties were as a result of some of his choices. However, he has the maturity to own them and is only looking ahead to better things and a brighter future. Born and raised in Oceanside, Hunter grew up in a large family of nine children. He was diagnosed as bipolar and ADHD and was bullied in school. Doctors and counselors told his parents that he had autism and would likely never be able to normally interact with others. He found acceptance in sports, particularly Pop Warner football. However, at the same time he also was looking 10 |

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Lt. Taurino Valdovinos said that “the credit goes to Hunter himself because he took advantage of the tools the program has to offer.” While in the program Hunter initiated a relationship with Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside, first as a volunteer, then as a staff member. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside hired Hunter as an “After School Program Specialist” and he has found a calling and a purpose in mentoring younger children and being available to help staff. His remarkable turnaround and attitude earned him recognition as Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year in 2019.

Lt. Taurino Valdovinos said that “the credit goes to Hunter himself because he took advantage of the tools the program has to offer.” Instead of anger and apathy Hunter is enthusiastic about his future and looking forward to graduating from high school, then attending college in order to pursue a career in the juvenile justice system as a counselor. Hunter Meyer wants to be a positive force in his community. He’s found his way, his faith and a purpose. Winter 2020 |

in other news

Now Hiring The Oceanside Chamber, with the help of a host of many generous members, collected 384 pounds of peanut butter to donate to The North County Food Bank. More than 1 in 6 people in San Diego County face the threat of hunger every day. The San Diego Food Bank provides emergency food to 370,000 children and families, active duty military, and fixed income seniors living in poverty every month. The peanut butter that we donated will help the Food Bank provide a wonderful shelf stable protein to many of community members in need. Thank you to all who participated! Each year, the Oceanside Chamber hosts a “Meet the City of Oceanside” event to give Oceanside Chamber of Commerce members and guests, the opportunity to connect with local elected officials, City of Oceanside directors, staff members and community leaders. The Meet the City of Oceanside event includes appetizers and a no-host bar. The cost is $50 per person for Chamber Members, and $95 for nonmembers. This event is presented by Tri-City Medical Center and sponsored by North River Farms and San Diego Country Water Authority. Date: Thursday, January 30, 2020 Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Location: El Camino Country Club, 3202 Vista Way, Oceanside, CA 92056 Register online at: meet-the-city | Winter 2020

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R E G N HA C E GAM Children’s Paradise Founder Julie Lowen By Kristi Hawthorne Julie Lowen is a game changer, a visionary who implemented a new approach to early education. The Founder of Children’s Paradise, Lowen’s innovative Learning Centers stand apart from any other. Her facilities are welcoming, spacious and state-of-theart, which sets the stage for exceptional learning. Children’s Paradise is a Tier 5 on the QCC (Quality Counts California Quality Rating and Improvement System) for quality early care and education in California. While her method to childcare and early learning is inspirational, Lowen said she herself is inspired by the children she sees, who along with their families have overcome a variety of obstacles. “I am inspired by families who sacrifice to adopt children, offer their own homes to the homeless and take on the role of the giver and helpers within our world without expecting praise, recognition, an award nor some type of a benevolent government to shoulder the responsibility. I am inspired by women who give their children life despite unbelievable odds stacked against them. I am inspired by fathers who show up and make their children know how much they are loved. Everything good, honest, just, pure, lovely and of good-report inspires me.” The Children’s Paradise Inc. model does not segregate children or families based upon their income, rather they accept funding from more than 15 different funding sources. This method of funding for early care and education allows all children to attend their programs. They also provide “Smarty Patch Scholarships” which allow children without access to 12 |

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any funding to also attend their programs equally with their peers. Last year alone Children’s Paradise offered more than $600,000 in Smarty Patch Scholarships to meet the needs of children in North San Diego County. Lowen’s long range vision for childcare is that Early Care and Education Centers would become “the hubs within the community where families find all of the supports they need to raise strong and resilient children. These centers should be places where stayat-home parents connect to play and find resources. These hubs should be the places working families rely upon as they seek exceptional care and education for their children and a place where routine medical care and advice can be easily accessed on the way to or from work.” She also envisions Learning Centers that would house WIC, developmental assessments, food-bank supports, Cal-Fresh, medical-insurance access along with other supports so that families can access them more efficiently and conveniently. Lowen stated: “The Early Care and Education Center must be the place which connects the community to the seamless supports each family may need but are unable to access because of time, income or mobility limitations.” When asked how she defines success, Lowen replied: “A success is simply a failure who refuses to quit! I am not sure where I first heard this but I can tell you that in my life this is certainly true. Every human being has the capacity for success and the capacity for failure. In fact we all succeed and fail daily. Being willing to get up, fight back, ask questions, learn, grow and do it over-and-over again is the key to lifelong success. At Children’s Paradise we define success as the thousands of smiles we create and sustain every day.” Winter 2020 |


Changing the Narrative Around Employee Retention

By Emerald Lowe Director of Membership and Oceanside Young Professionals

Today, the modern young professional is almost an enigma to other generations. Millennials are making waves on a global scale when it comes to workplace culture, social and political reform, and every day business practices. Based on the feedback of the business community and the echoes of major media outlets, younger generations of professionals are considering the value of the experience itself and ethical results versus the direct return when making any type of decision, whether it be a career path, product purchase, or nonprofit donation. It’s not enough for employers to add additional benefits and higher wages, they must now consider how they are shaping a culture in order to attract the right talent. The importance of mission statements, workplace cultures, as well as meeting social and environmental responsibilities have never been greater. Our organization recognizes the need to address our region’s employment issue and the ever-growing need for avenues for young professionals to develop personally and professionally. We sought to identify our core group of members seen as North County’s future leaders and were excited to explore new ways to support their respective businesses and organizations. Earlier this year, the Chamber held a roundtable discussion during one of our monthly Oceanside Young Professionals Network (OYPN) committee meetings. Our goal was to find out what issues were important to them and the types of programs they would like in our community. We found that they are seeking new ways to make meaningful connections, to support | Winter 2020

their community and develop both personally and professionally. We also found that they wanted to be part of the larger conversation surrounding community issues while bridging the current generational gap and combating the stigma surrounding millennials along the way.

Our organization recognizes the need to address our region’s employment issue and the ever-growing need for avenues for young professionals to develop personally and professionally. Since then, we have focused on networking events with a clearly defined purpose which produced opportunities to shed light on regional issues and new developments. Each month, participation continues to increase, and ideas consistently flow in from a variety of industries. Our focus in the coming year is on incorporating a mentorship opportunity for local college students majoring in business degrees. Our goal is to connect them with a like-minded young professional to help them gain exposure to a variety of industries, gain access to resources to help them take their next step in their career, and stay informed on the overall business climate in Oceanside. As the movement continues to grow and evolve, #OYPN is becoming the forefront avenue in North County San Diego for young professionals to thrive.

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







Oceanside, the weather is postcard perfect! The early morning strolls along the beach and the roaring rumble of the crashing waves. The crisp salty air is high-lighted by the blue water and the even bluer skies. The sun rise brings on a new and special day and the sunsets are amber, dotted with palm trees and soaring seagulls. The beach barbeques are only surpassed by the music around the blazing bond fires. The seaside city is peaceful and calm and the only thing better is the people who call Oceanside home.

Dan Morgan Omni Financial I came to Oceanside in 1961 and have enjoyed watching it grow from a town of 26,000 to now about 180,000 people. The population is culturally diverse and quite engaged in community activities. Our downtown is now “the place to go” for fun, food and entertainment!

Collen O’Harra O’Harra Fiduciary Services I love Oceanside not just for its beautiful landscapes and sunsets but for the people that makes it home to me. It is a real place with its contradictions and opportunities. It is a community where thousands of people are engaged in social change. I love Oceanside because its diversity is not just a sum of different identities but an empowering experience for everyone to experience.

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I love Oceanside because so many of the Greatest Generation took me by the hand and guided me to leadership positions that I never would have been able to attain without their help and support early in my life and career. While I will never be able to repay them I have tried helping make Oceanside a better place to live. These leaders included Chamber people, elected officials, business owners and citizens that came forward with great ideas for the future of our City. The key element was their individual and collective unselfishness for a better future without regard for what was in it for themselves.

Larry Hatter I love Oceanside because this is a beautiful community with kind people. When we moved here 9 years ago we knew no one in the area. But, as we supported our small business and got to know them, we felt welcome and at home. Oceanside is unique: it still has the old beach town vibe, while blossoming with trendy hot spots.

Simone Talarico-Ross

Owner of Simone & Company Marketing Agency I love Oceanside for all the memories. I came here in the 70’s to build North Coast Village. I’ve watched downtown redevelop into the thriving beach community it is today. As a Vietnam veteran, I love the long standing military presence, mixed with the exploding urban and beach culture of today. As an active commercial broker and investor, I particularly love the fact that the years of participating in the planning and politics of redevelopment have come to fruition.

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chamber news Meet our New Team Members

HUNTER SHEPARD Membership Development Representative

Hunter grew up in Winchester, Virginia, a small town in the northern most part of the state not far from the nation’s capital. After graduation, Hunter felt the desire to serve his country and he joined the United States Army where he was stationed at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. Operation Enduring Freedom sent Hunter on a nine-month deployment to Southern Afghanistan. ​

After being honorably discharged from the Army, Hunter decided to continue west to California. The first time Hunter stepped foot in Oceanside he fell in love! The beach town vibes and the down-to-earth people felt like home to him. He loved Oceanside so much he decided to purchase his first house, and has been a resident since early 2015. Hunter missed the camaraderie of the military, so he decided to join the Army Reserves unit on Camp Pendleton. Currently, Hunter is working towards completing his bachelor’s degree in business through the University of Phoenix while being employed full-time at the Chamber. During his spare time, he enjoys action sports like surfing, snowboarding and SCUBA diving. Hunter’s professional background is in the golf industry. He learned how to teach golf and run business operations for a golf resort in Laguna Beach. He still enjoys playing the game whenever he gets a chance. Hunter joined the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce as the newest addition to the membership acquisition and retention team. He feels right at home developing relationships with local business owners and helping support the local establishments that he loves so dearly.

ANGELINA SANTORO Customer Service Specialist

Angelina was born and raised in Orange County, New York where she was instilled with the meaning of hard work. Snowy days in the northeast meant shoveling snow before play. Discipline, dedication and hard work became the ethos of young Angelina which helped her become who she is today.

At ten years old, her family moved to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It was there where Angelina developed her skills on and off the baseball diamond. In the 7th grade Angelina was allowed to try out for the Varsity Softball Team. During her final two years of high school she continued to dominate in her sport, volunteer her time off of the field, and attend an exclusive school, The Academy for the Arts, Science, and Technology. After graduating high school Angelina went onto play college softball at Columbia College, in Columbia, SC. Angelina then transferred to Coastal Carolina University where she majored in Public Health. Angelina interned with the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), working specifically with dietitians. Angelina graduated in August 2018 and relocated with her family to California. Angelina now is ready to take the next step in her career at the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce bringing her leadership, determination and hard work to the community. She is creating an employee and member wellness program to bring that healthy environment to the workplace.​ Angelina’s free time she enjoys the gym, hitting new personal records, hiking and having brunch with her family on the weekends, and exploring all that San Diego County has to offer. | Winter 2020

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Kick off the New Year with a New Outlook and Plan for Success By Lynn Pittman The New Year is a chance for “New Strategies”, “New Resolutions”, and “New Ideas”. For Entrepreneurs it is a time to review and update plans, projections, procedures, budgets, goals, marketing calendars and more. It is exciting and yet daunting-especially when you are in the midst of the day-to-day operations. Or maybe you have decided this is the year for you to follow your dream and be you own boss.

“The SBDC is our Best Friend! They helped us get financing for new equipment and employees, and increase our sales by $52,000.” Exclaims Carlos Arreola, President of CM Auto Pros. In 2019, the San Diego and Imperial SBDC Network’s business advisors and trainers helped support 11,000 jobs, start 179 new businesses, access over $103 Million in capital and increase revenues by $62M.

STOP AND TAKE A DEEP BREATH. Help is just a web site away The San Diego and Imperial Small Business Development Center Network provides expert business advising at no charge and most workshops and trainings are free or a nominal charge. The SBDC is a partnership between the US Small Business Administration ( and helps the community provide a positive economic impact. The SBDC is funded in part by the Federal government, the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, MiraCosta College, many financial institutions and some local and state agencies.

“The SBDC helped us secure a $1M loan towards the construction of our new organic packing facility creating 30 jobs and increasing economic impact within the region,” Gina Dockstader, President Doc’s Organics.

“Thanks largely to SBDC’s incredible support, we’ve been transformed into a growing, thriving $3M plus company. Their business advisors and trainers helped us create 10 jobs, raise $70K in capital and increase our sales $1.5M” states Carlos Melendez, CEO CM Solar.

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“Our objective is to help entrepreneurs and small business owners create, manage and run their business profitably”, states Sudershan Shaunak, Director of the North San Diego SBDC. “We encourage existing small business owners to do a business review and update their business plan for the New Year. Our business advisors assist in reviewing financials, projections, past performance, and future plans. New business owners are encouraged to attend the Entrepreneurship Academy. There is no charge for this one day program that provides information on starting a business”. Lynn Pittman is a small business owner and the marketing and outreach specialist for the North San Diego SBDC.

The Oceanside Chamber of Commerce and the SBDC are now offering small business owners the opportunity to meet with an SBDC business advisor at the Chamber of Commerce on Monday afternoons. Business owners can schedule an appointment by contacting the North San Diego SBDC 760-795-8740 or

Here is Check List to Rev-Up Your Business in 2020  Is your business legal and ethical?  Is there a sustainable demand for your product or service? Are you profitable?  What is your competition doing? Pricing, Sales, New Products, New Locations etc.  Are you regularly managing and reviewing supply, demand, product, labor costs and budgets  Are you controlling the costs or are they controlling you?  Is your pricing covering all your costs and desired profits?  Are you recording transactions in a timely basis? Are they accurate and understandable?  Are you regularly reviewing your accounting data?  Are your personal and business bank accounts separate?  Are your personal assets protected?  Create and constantly update a REALISTIC Budget.  Regularly compare actual financials with budget and take immediate corrective action  Do research on selling, pricing and costs (equipment, labor, employees, facilities, materials, utilities, insurance, marketing, etc.) This is important for start-ups and existing businesses to regularly check the costs of supplies to see if you can reduce them.  Project REALISTIC Sales Volume. This is SO | Winter 2020

Important. Check out competition, current pricing and industry standards. Listen to Your Customers  Any new product launches, expansion plans and other items that will require a large cash-outlay?  Update or write a business plan which is the road map to success  Determine if you need funding - how much do you need and what for.  Avoid being under-funded or overextended with a large loan payment.  Make sure you know your credit score (www., continue to monitor it and fix any negative items.  Do your research and due diligence. Lenders want to know about your character, credit and capacity to re-pay the loan. They want to know if you have collateral to protect the lenders investment, money to invest and conditions such as the economy, industry and purpose of funding. Small business owners and entrepreneurs can go to their local SBDCs for no-charge advice on writing business plans, business expansion, accessing capital, purchasing or selling a business, financial management, marketing, sales, social media, human resources, procurement, and more. The North San Diego SBDC is only a click or phone call away – visit us at to register for workshops and the entrepreneurship academy or call 760-795-8740.

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chamber news Oceanside Chamber’s Plan of Work for 2020 The Oceanside Chamber of Commerce is about to embark on an incredibly ambitious plan of work for 2020. A key focus for the Chamber in the coming year will be forward planning. We will convene leaders in a wide variety of community sectors including business, civic, education, minority groups, non-profit and faithbased communities to discuss the most important needs of our City and determine where the Chamber can have the greatest impact in the five years leading up to 2025. In addition to the development of our 5-Year Strategic Plan, we have several key priorities to focus on during the current year. Here’s an overview of our Plan of Work for 2020 and why your investment in the Chamber continues to be critical to the prosperity of our community.

Political Action/Candidate Endorsements With 2020 being an election year, one focus of the Chamber will be to help elect business friendly candidates to local office. This includes the Oceanside Mayoral race along with Districts 3 and 4. The Chamber’s Business and Community Political Action Committee (BACPAC), along with Chamber Staff and Board Members, spent much of 2019 setting up a strong framework for endorsing business-friendly candidates in 2020. Key Points…  As the Chamber pursues economic prosperity for our community, it is critical to have elected leaders who are aligned with our pro-business vision.

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 Chamber Member feedback was critical in helping the Chamber develop its endorsement policies and procedures along with criteria for endorsements.  It is our commitment to carefully follow the policies and procedures we have developed and to continue to be transparent, communicating regularly with Chamber members on our process and progress.

Beach Sand Erosion Our beaches are a key community asset, both in terms of Oceanside’s economic well-being and the lifestyle our community members have come to enjoy. Eroding beaches are threatening our economic future and we believe the community must come together to work on this issue. Key Points…  We recognize that the erosion of our beaches impacts a wide cross-section of our community stakeholders. In the coming year, we will continue to collaborate with business leaders, community members and civic organizations who are passionate about preserving our beaches.  In late 2019, the Chamber supported the City Council in their decision to amend the Capital Improvement Budget to include beach sand retention project design, environmental review and permitting. The Chamber will continue to support the City in its efforts to submit a sand retention project for consideration by the Coastal Commission.

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 We will continue to partner with Congressman Levin’s office to demand that the Army Corps of Engineers complete the Shoreline Feasibility study that was approved nearly 20 years ago.

Business Advocacy The prosperity of our community is continually threatened when legislative bodies support and enact policies that negatively impact business. We believe it is critical that the Chamber take the lead in ensuring that our businesses have a voice at all levels of government. Key Points…  The Chamber is strongly positioned to convene business and government leaders to identify, discuss and intervene on important business issues.  Chamber staff has timely access to actionable information on city ordinances and statewide legislation. This is due to a partnership with the California Chamber and strong communication with city councilmembers and staff on local issues.  In 2020, the Chamber will continue to have open dialogue with the members on business issues

they are facing and will closely monitor local and statewide legislation to be as proactive as possible.  We will maintain Public Policy Guidelines that are up to date and relevant to today’s business issues.  We will mobilize our membership and encourage their direct engagement on legislative issues. We recognize that member involvement increases the strength of our collective voice.  We will continue to engage on the issue of criminal activity related to chronic homelessness/transiency and will assist businesses who are impacted by this issue by sharing information on best practices and lobbying for solutions.

Workforce Development A properly prepared workforce is key to the growth and sustainability of our business community and to the economic future of Oceanside. The Chamber will play an important role in educating our students about the career opportunities available in their own community.

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A Unique Group Term Life Insurance Program Offered Exclusively to Oceanside Chamber of Commerce Members This special program allows business members of the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce with 5 or more employees the opportunity to take advantage of a group term life benefit typically only available to large companies or unions.

Offers Guaranteed Coverage up to $50,000 for each employee; $20,000 for spouses; $10,000 for dependent children. Unique Features: • No Employer Contribution • No Health Questions • No Medical Exams

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Highlights of This Plan: • Completely Voluntary • Males & Females pay the same rate • Everyone pays a non-smoker rate

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NEW MEMBERS September 10, 2019 – December 2, 2019 Ambiance Realty 804 Pier View Way Oceanside, CA 92054 Real Estate Sales

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Aquamarine Villas 711 South Myers Street (760) 966-3360 Oceanside, CA 92054 Timeshares BASE Programs PO Box 2657 (760) 859-6005 Oceanside, CA 92051 Education Program Blade 1936 401 Seagaze Dr. Oceanside, CA 92054 Restaurants - Italian

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Communications LAB 701 E. Chapman Ave. (949) 215-5539 Orange, CA 92866 PR Communications and Government Relations Crownview Co-occurring Institute (CCI) 315 N. Clementine St. (760) 828-2985 Oceanside, CA 92054 Therapists, Psychologists, and Counseling DiBaggio Design Inc. Oceanside, CA 92057 Graphic Design

(949) 272-0702

Energy Upgrade California 1513 6th St., Ste. 204 (310) 260-3331 Santa Monica, CA 90401 Utilities Freedom Dogs 521 Vandegrift Blvd. Oceanside, CA 92057 Military Services 20 |

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G.J. Gardner Homes 2821 Oceanside Blvd. Oceanside, CA 92054 Home Builders

(858) 286-7021

Givens Transport Corporation Oceanside, CA 92058 (760) 244-1697 Transportation Gracie Barra Oceanside 3772 Mission Ave., Ste. 120 Oceanside, CA 92058 (760) 283-7221 Martial Arts Instruction Home Technology Center 3520 Seagate Way #135 (760) 450-3444 Oceanside, CA 92056 Electrical Contractor

Operation Bigs 4305 University Ave. #300 San Diego, CA 92105 (858) 746-9173 Non-Profits/Charities Pacific Coast Spirits 404 S Coast Hwy. (925) 381-5392 Oceanside, CA 92054 Restaurants - Gastropubs ResCare Workforce Services 613 W. Valley Pkwy., Ste. 200 Escondido, CA 92025 (760) 871-1977 Social Services Sal D’Acquisto Real Estate Group Oceanside, CA 92057 (650) 346-9127 Real Estate Sales

Ivey Ranch Park Association 110 Rancho del Oro Drive Oceanside, CA 92057 (760) 722-4839 Non-Profits/Charities

Stellar Solar 265 Via Del Monte Oceanside, CA 92058 Solar Electricity

Life Enrichment Services 2301 El Camino Real, Ste. 206 Oceanside, CA 92054 (442) 500-8548 Therapists, Psychologists, and Counseling

TR Engineering 1706 Calle Platico Oceanside, CA 92056 Engineers - Civil

Metal Lighthouse 3820 Oceanic Dr., Ste. 307 Oceanside, CA 92056 (760) 231-5191 Lighting Mission Auto Care 3596 Mission Ave. (760) 722-0231 Oceanside, CA 92058 Auto Repair and Service My Salon Suite Oceanside 5563 Balboa Ave., Ste. #521 Clairemont, CA 92111 (619) 302-2709 Beauty Salons - Beauty Services

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Unite 550 Laguna Dr. (760) 929-0029 Carlsbad, CA 92008 Non-Profits/Charities United Through Reading 1795 W. Barnett Cir. (858) 481-7323 Oceanside, CA 92058 Non-Profits/Charities UrthLeaf CBD 2935 San Luis Rd. Oceanside, CA 92058 Health and Wellness

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September 10, 2019 – December 2, 2019 76-80 Years as Member Mary Steiger

66-70 Years as Member

Hatter Williams & Purdy Insurance Larry Hatter The San Diego Union-Tribune

61-65 Years as Member El Camino Country Club

41-45 Years as Member Cox Communications Days Inn Oceanside O’Harra Fiduciary Services Scripps Health

36-40 Years as Member

Gaspar Doctors of Physical Therapy, APC MiraCosta College Oceanside Industrial Park

31-35 Years as Member

Beach Break Cafe Richard’s Mobile Tire Service

26-30 Years as Member American Legion #146 California Surf Museum

North County Health Services QLN Conference Center & Meeting Facility YMCA- Joe and Mary Mottino Family

21-25 Years as Member

Allie’s Party Equipment Rental, Inc. Central Michigan University Global Campus Diamond Environmental Services, LLC FirstTeam Sea Coast Harbor Gift Shop Mission Marketplace Shopping Center Oceanside Museum of Art Oceanside Unified School District Parra Accounting & Income Tax Service Ranch House Veterinary Services

16-20 Years as Member Beachwood Motel | Winter 2020

Century 21 Mission/Beach Bunch (Gordy Witz) Comfort Suites Marina CompassMark Elegance Talent Agency & Model Management Fairwinds Ivey Ranch Jazzercise Fitness Center Jordan & Jordan Law Office of Patricia L. Andel, A. P. C. LEGOLAND California Nana and Pop Pop’s Sweet Shop Navy Federal Credit Union Oceana Resales & Rentals Oceanside Airport Association Paradigm Special Effects Graphics Sea Star Charters & Ocean Classroom State Farm Insurance - Michelle McGowan, Agent Storage West Self Storage Warner’s Muffler, Inc.

11-15 Years as Member

Adrageous! Advantage, Inc. Anna’s Housekeeping Bruce Mortland Circle of Friends Pet Sitters Express Employment Professionals Harney Sushi Kinane Events, Inc. Oceanside Beach Vacations, Inc. Royal Rooter, Inc. Security Public Storage The Oceanside Charitable Foundation United Studios of Self Defense Wyndham Oceanside Pier Resort

6-10 Years as Member

8-2-8 Urgent Care Abigail’s Medical Supplies, Inc. Action Carpet and Floor Decor Advanced Plumbing Systems AFLAC - Bob Waite Air Methods/Mercy Air Anderson Catering Services Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan Body & Brain Wellness Foundation San Diego Brain On Computers Carlson Mobile Notary Coast Dental Coleman & Coleman Advanced Dentistry Courtyard San Diego Oceanside Dare to be Fit Dragon Printing, Inc. Free Market Vending

Frontline Tattoo Gigi Gleason GM Mortgage Hello Betty Fish House HOCOA-Your Home Repair Network Hot 2 Pop Kettle Corn / Finest City Kettlecorn Hume & Company Joel Marcus Insurance Kingsmen Cleaners, Alterations & Military Uniforms Law Office of Steven L. Fritsch MCCS Camp Pendleton Moov Real Estate Sales - Brian Long New Venture Christian Fellowship Oceanside Community Church Oceanside Jewelers Oceanside Security Agency Oceanside Theatre Company Premier Carpet Care Privateer Coal Fire Pizza San Diego County Credit Union Sanford Clinic At Rady Children’s Springhill Suites by Marriott Downtown Oceanside The Frame House Thrivent Financial Tin Fish Oceanside Ultimate Carpet Cleaning Upper Crust Pizza Wounded Warrior Homes, Inc.

1-5 Years as Member

19TEN Oceanside American Pharma Wholesale Arrowood Golf Course Autism Speaks Benito’s Pizza Cafe Berkshire Hathaway- Meghan Meihaus Blue Star Families Boot Barn Boss-Play Escape Rooms Bread of Life Rescue Mission Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club Oceanside Candace Saari, CPA Children’s Paradise Inc Coast Compounding Pharmacy Coast News Group Coastal Academy and Coastal Academy High School Coldwell Banker Previews InternationalMarta Hall Compass Balloons LLC Creative Photography Inc. Cynthia’s Artistic Expressions

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Del Oro Smiles Dentistry Dominic’s Italian Restaurant Don’s Country Kitchen DQ Grill & Chill Restaurant Elements Massage FedEx Ground Felix’s BBQ with Soul Fully Promoted of Oceanside Global City Media Center GoJump Oceanside, LLC. Gypsy Soul Dreaming Harcourts Sand and Sea Properties Health from Within Family Wellness Center High Performanceology Home Sales for Heroes- Lelita Amick Injury Trial Lawyers, APC Intesa Communications Group Kennedy & Associates Knockout Pizza Lamvin Acoustical Wall and Ceiling Panel Manufacturer Langfordesign Laurie Sloan Kotecki Agency-Farmer’s Insurance Law Office of Vikas Bajaj, APC Lee & Associates Commercial RE

LTH & Kitchen Luna Live Scan + Notary Marcy Browe Photography Marketing Agency Simone & Company Mathematical Boundaries MedRev Metroflex Gym Military Automotive Assistance Program (MAAP) Mission Federal Credit Union North County Veteran’s Stand Down NTE Printing and Graphics NuPacifica Realty Ocean Hills Independent/Assisted Living and Memory Care Oceana Vein Specialists Oceanside Bluffs Properties, LLC/Rhode Moore Oceanside Craft Farms Oceanside Friends Of The Arts One Minute Cannabist Otterlei Coastal Premier Dental Arts Primerica- Stacey Smith-Bacon Quality Lock and Security Services, Inc. Ride Oside LLC

Right at Home In-Home Care & Assistance Santa Fe Dental Group Sea Hive South O Marketplace Senior Care Options Sew O’side Shaklee Distributor - Richard Fox SignArt Graphix Solis Team Real Estate - Mike and Jessica Solis South O’ Internet Services Stifel - Evan Hennessy Stratford at the Harbor Sumix Corporation Syndicate Vapes Ted Marioncelli The Crimson Cake The Etouffee Cafe The North County Food Bank Tough Turtle Turf Tri-City House of Dentistry Venetos Cucina Italiana Yummie Fountains

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President Sunita “Sunny” Cooke and San Diego Food Bank CEO Jim Floros, and it is delivering more than meals. Also on the menu is information about the CalFresh program and access to a nutritionist about healthy eating and community resources. The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank is the largest hungerrelief organization in the county, and it works with several colleges and universities in the region.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Oceanside Holds Grand Opening for Cox Tech Center Oceanside, CA (September 2019) – On September 19 Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside (BGCO) held a Grand Re-Opening for their new Cox Tech Center! Cox Communications awarded BGCO with a $15,000 grant to transform their outdated teen building into a new Cox Tech Center complete with 10 brand new laptops, two digital cameras and podcast equipment. Over 20 Club members attended the event, which included a pizza party and a presentation by digital safety expert and former BGCO Club member Jon Moffat, who works with Cox Communications to bring internet safety education to youth and parents around San Diego County. With a fresh coat of paint by volunteers from the North San Diego County Association of Realtors and brand new furniture, the Cox Tech Center looked great! Club members were so excited to see photographs they had taken displayed on the walls of the Center, and said the Teen Center looked “awesome.”

MiraCosta College Takes the Lead on Fighting Student Hunger When it comes to providing for hungry students, MiraCosta College is kicking it up a notch with a new Mobile Food Pantry to complement services that already include a MiraCosta Cares Farmers Market and a long-established campus pantry that provides an emergency sack lunch or snack for any student in need of a meal. The Mobile Food Pantry evolved through discussions with MiraCosta College Superintendent/

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Sandra L. Kerl Appointed General Manager of the San Diego County Water Authority The San Diego County Water Authority Board of Directors today approved a contract with Sandra L. Kerl to be the new general manager of the region’s wholesale water agency, following a months-long national search. The Board approved the contract in open session during its regular monthly meeting at Water Authority headquarters. Kerl fills

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E WS N Y T I MUN M O DC R AN E B MEM the position vacated by longtime General Manager Maureen Stapleton, who retired in March. Kerl has served as the agency’s acting general manager since Stapleton’s departure, working closely with the Board to lead a staff of approximately 250 employees at offices in Kearny Mesa, Escondido, the Imperial Valley and Sacramento.

Are you Ready for a ShakeOut? Major earthquakes can cause unprecedented catastrophes. With earthquakes as an inevitable part of our future, businesses should make plans and take actions to ensure that disasters do not become catastrophes. What we do now, will determine what our lives will be like afterwards. With this in mind, the Earthquake Country Alliance (www. created the Great California ShakeOut, an earthquake drill and preparedness activity in which everyone can participate, which has now spread to many other states and regions. To register as a participant for a ShakeOut drill in your area visit Businesses of all sizes can also use the drill to get their employees, business partners, and even their clients and customers, involved and prepared for a big earthquake. Furthermore, the level of your staffs’ own personal and family preparedness will be key to their availability to support your company’s response and recovery efforts after a disaster. | Winter 2020

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Disp sable-Free

New Year

Each new year is all about setting resolutions and goals to better yourself inside and out. But let’s face it- sometimes New Year’s resolutions may seem great on paper, but they don’t always stick year-round. Instead of setting goals that are difficult to maintain, start with a smaller resolution that is easier to commit to throughout the year, while still providing a long-lasting impact on your health, our community, and our planet. One way is to choose to be disposable-free.

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The City’s Green Oceanside team committed to the “Be Disposable-Free” campaign in the summer of 2019 to help our community understand the impacts single-use plastic and disposable items have on our environment, and offer zero waste alternatives. For 2020, consider supporting the campaign by saying no to single-use plastic and disposable items. Single-use plastic and disposable items are products intended for one-time use only. These items are not meant for durability and are created for short-term convenience and, as a result, can cause pollution in our city, waterways, and oceans. Your alternative for a more sustainable lifestyle in 2020 is to choose reusables. Reusable items are intended for multiple uses and create less of an impact on our planet. You can choose reusables at home, on the go, and even at work and school. When creating a New Year’s resolution, you can focus on one particular item, or go for total zero waste.

Each switch you make from disposable items to reusables can drastically reduce the number of singleuse items going into our landfills, and worse, our ocean. If you eat out twice a week, keeping a set of reusable utensils in your car, purse, or backpack can save close to 300 plastic forks, knives, and spoons from going into the landfill each year. Opting for a reusable coffee cup each time you visit your local coffee shop can reduce close to 600 cups, lids, drink stirrers, and sleeves from impacting our planet. You can also make the switch at home and choose reusable sandwich baggies and glass or hard plastic containers instead of plastic baggies to store your leftovers. When you choose to be disposable-free, you are lessening the impact we have on our planet, reducing the amount of resources we consume, and stopping pollution from single-use and disposable items at the source. | Winter 2020

The City’s Green Oceanside team wants to hear from you. Give your input on single-use plastic and disposable items by visiting GreenOceanside. org, clicking on the Solid Waste and Recycling page, and choosing “Be Disposable-Free” Campaign. Your comments will help the City to better address the issue of singleuse plastic and disposable items and find solutions to keep our community healthy and beautiful.

The Green Oceanside Campaign is a one-stop shop for information on all the City’s environmental programs. Learn how you can become a better steward of our planet by reducing waste, conserving water and energy, and protecting our oceans at 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


Oceanside’s Plan of Work for 2020 continued from page 19

Key Points… 

We plan to work with MiraCosta College’s Gear Up program to provide middle-school students with information on career opportunities in emerging industries in Oceanside.

We will continue efforts to support Oceanside Promise in encouraging businesses to offer work-based learning opportunities for students.

We will continue to interact with business leaders to be knowledgeable of workforce needs.

We will support legislation that recognizes military certifications to allow transitioning servicemembers to easily move into similar jobs in the civilian workforce.

The Chamber’s mission is to stimulate economic prosperity and foster a vibrant community. Each of the areas outlined above are critical to our quality of life in Oceanside. We encourage member support and engagement in our 2020 program of work. To find out how you can get involved, please call the Chamber at 760-722-1534.

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WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A CHAMBER MEMBER: • Supporting economic prosperity for Oceanside • Sharing your message in a cost effective way • Gaining insight about current issues that could impact your business • Building a network of valuable connections • Demonstrating credibility to potential partners • Participating in a supportive environment • Tapping into Chamber resources to grow your business Contact our membership Director Emerald Lowe at (760) 722-1534 ext. 110 or email for more information.

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Chamber Recognizes Charlie Anderson for Mayor’s Business Spotlight The Oceanside Chamber was pleased to recognize Charlie Anderson of Privateer Coal Fire Pizza for the Mayor’s Business Spotlight last December. Charlie has lived in Oceanside for over 40 years. He owns multiple businesses in Oceanside including the Privateer Coal Fire Pizza, Privateer Marketplace & Wine Bar and the Buccaneer Café. Charlie serves on the Board of Directors at the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce, Visit Oceanside and the South Oceanside Business District. Charlie and his son shared the same 3rd grade teacher at Palmquist Elementary and now, Palmquist, Lincoln Middle & South Oceanside Elementary all grow the organic produce that is used in his restaurant to provide a true, local farm-to-table experience. Charlie has been a member of our organization for over 6 years and has been influential in helping guide our local businesses in the food & beverage sector to resources that can help them grow. He has also played a vital role in the beach sand retention discussion, sharing his perspective as a longtime resident & business owner.

Ideally located just minutes from the coast in Oceanside, California.  Cool breezes and abundant sunshine  Locally owned and managed Multi tenant industrial suites  Proximity to Interstate 5 & Hwys 76 and 78  Onsite maintenance crew 864 – 12,000 square feet  Many with fenced yard Zoned Light Industrial For leasing information contact:

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We thank Charlie for his support & dedication to serving our community.


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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 •

Chamber-supported AB 1588 (Gloria/Gray), was signed into law. This is a bill that will ensure military veterans transitioning into civilian water and wastewater operator occupations receive appropriate credit for their experience and education during military service. The bill has received unanimous support through both the state Assembly and Senate. Sent a letter to City Council in support of amending the City’s Capital Improvement Budget to include a beach sand retention project design, environmental review and permitting. The City Council voted unanimously to direct City staff to come back with an amendment to the CIP to include a project to prepare a preliminary design and appropriate studies for a beach sand retention project.

Held “City Council and Business Leaders Roundtable”, providing Chamber members an opportunity to discuss issues of importance with City leaders. In the first two sessions, the main issues of concern were crime associated with transients and the efficiencies of city’s internal processes for business permitting, etc .

Several Chamber representatives spoke at City Council in support of the North River Farms Development. The project, which was approved

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by a 3-2 vote of the City Council, will bring much needed housing to Oceanside, along with critical backbone infrastructure improvements. • Sent a letter to the County Board of Supervisors urging them to update the ballot language for the Better Choice Measure to provide clarity to voters. The earlier proposed language was very vague and did not give voters a clear picture of what they would be supporting or opposing. The Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 in support of the Chamberrecommended option for ballot language. Economic Development •

At the Chamber’s Emerging Issues Forum, Zephyr Partners presented their proposed project for the old Oceanside “Drive-In” site. The mixed-use project would include a resort, conference space, commercial and residential components.

Continued work with Unite North County on messaging related to criminal activity associated with homelessness/transiency. This will be used Winter 2020 |

to ensure that the full scope of the problem, and its impact on business, is being considered and discussed. Political Action •

The Chamber’s Business and Community Political Action Committee (BACPAC) continued planning and fundraising outreach in preparation for its endorsements in Oceanside’s 2020 elections.

BACPAC continued work on candidate screening questions to determine our minimum threshold for city council and mayoral candidates to be interviewed for the Chamber’s endorsement.

BACPAC developed a timeline for reaching out to candidates and for bringing endorsement recommendations to the Chamber Board.

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Education and Workforce Development •

Held meeting of the Chamber’s Workforce Development Task Force to discuss creation of a 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.

Military Outreach •

The Chamber’s Military Outreach Task Force met to plan for upcoming outreach to transitioning servicemembers to promote the Chamber’s Military Mentorship program. | Winter 2020

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CBD Oil ... Hype or Helpful? Get the skinny on CBD from a medical professional

By Vanessa Cordova MSN, APRN, FNP-C

You might have noticed it touted as an ingredient in drinks, lip balms, lotions, drops, or even candies. CBD is all the rage right now and readily available at your neighborhood health store, coffee shop, or spa. But what exactly is CBD, you may ask yourself. Is it safe? Does it work? First, let’s get some background information on what we’re talking about here.

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What is CBD oil anyway? CBD stands for cannabadiol; a compound extracted from hemp plants. It is a component of marijuana, but it does not cause the euphoria or intoxication that THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) causes. While marijuana contains both THC and CBD, CBD by itself does not appear to have any abuse or dependence potential.

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Does CBD have any benefits?

The Bottom Line

There have been many claims that CBD oil can treat conditions such as anxiety, pain, inflammation, and insomnia; however, because both marijuana and hemp were considered illicit substances for so long, research on CBD has been very limited. In June 2018, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved the prescription use of Epidiolex, a purified form of CBD oil, for treating two types of severe epilepsy in young children. As of today, this is the only FDA approved use of CBD oil.

Don’t fall for the HYPE, but be hopeful that CBD will one day be proven to be HELPFUL.

Some preliminary research suggests that CBD may help with chronic pain. Animal studies showed CBD relieved arthritic pain and inflammation, but there have been limited human studies. The studies that were done were small, of poor quality, and showed mixed results. Is CBD safe? Potential side effects of CBD include nausea, diarrhea, fatigue, irritability, and liver abnormalities. CBD can also interact with certain medications. For example, recent reports warned how CBD can increase the level of the blood thinner Coumadin in your blood, and it may also increase other medications in your blood stream similarly to how grapefruit juice does.

Researchers are in the early stages of their controlled studies now on CBD, so be patient! We will have more evidence in the next couple of years, with hopefully more specific information on dosing. Don’t fall for outlandish claims that CBD can cure everything. This is simply not true - there’s no data to support this. If CBD is something you want to try, talk with your doctor. Remember that anything you put into your body has some type of effect. You should weigh the risks versus benefits with your doctor. Nurse Cordova attained her Masters of Science in Nursing from Cal State San Marcos, and is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner at Tri-City Primary Care. Prior to becoming a Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Cordova was a Registered Nurse, specializing in cardiac and respiratory disease since 2010. Nurse Cordova thoroughly enjoys being able to treat a variety of conditions and has a passion for Geriatrics.

One safety concern regarding CBD is that up until recently it was considered a supplement, and supplements lack regulation. For example, a 2017 study in JAMA (The Journal of the American Medical Association) showed that 84 CBD products from 31 different companies had less than half of the ingredients that they said they had in them. So you cannot know for sure that the product you are buying has what it says it has on the label. The FDA is now cracking down on companies marketing CBD as a cureall for diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and anxiety. The FDA is also currently reviewing pathways to better regulate the CBD market as a whole.

There have been many claims that CBD oil can treat conditions such as anxiety, pain, inflammation, and insomnia; however, because both marijuana and hemp were considered illicit substances for so long, research on CBD has been very limited. Furthermore, due to the lack of quality long-term human studies, we do not know the most effective therapeutic dose of CBD for any particular medical condition. | Winter 2020

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events and other happenings

january 18 &19

WSA Championship Tour, Oceanside Harbor, South Jetty


1 Scholastic Surf Contest at the Oceanside Pier

2 Coffee And Conversation,

Oceanside Museum of Art

6 Public Safety Night, Sunset Market

8 Adult Learn to Swim in

Oceanside, Brooks Street Swim Center

29 Black Nerds Expo 2020, MiraCosta College


1 Born To Be Brave Tour -

Calvary Chapel Oceanside

5 Cuisine For Kids - Boys & Girls Club of Oceanside

20 MLK Community Prayer

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Sweet Charity, Sunshine Brooks Theatre

Breakfast at QLN

21 Ladies Day & Drills, Pickle Ball, Melba Bishop Rec Center

23 Author’s Night at Sunset Market

25 Coastal Birding 101 at Buena Vista Audubon Society

26 Matilda the Musical, Star Theatre

7 Scholastic Surf Contest Series at the Oceanside Pier

7 Oceanside Little League 2020 Opening Ceremonies

14 Wedding Show Weekend, El Camino Country Club

21 & 22 WSA Championship Tour, Oceanside Harbor, South Jetty

26 14th Annual Oceanside Jazz Festival, MiraCosta College

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Ongoing Events 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

4 Ironman Triathlon at the

Oceanside Art Walk First Friday of every month in Downtown Oceanside – Artists Alley and Mission Avenue

6 Soccer Camp (OUSD) Melba

Art After Dark Oceanside Museum of Art


3 IronKids Oceanside Fun Run at Oceanside Pier

Oceanside Pier and Harbor Bishop Rec Center

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 The North County Model Railroad Society (NCMRS) Each Saturday at Heritage Park from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm For information on these events and more, visit | Winter 2020

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In March 2020, voters will have two options:


» 2,135 single and multifamily homes

» 99 luxury estates

» 1,331 affordably-priced homes

» 0 affordably-priced homes

» 1,209 acres of preserved open space » 19 miles of trails

» 2 million square feet of retail and office development

» 36 acres of parks

» 2.4 acres of parks


Oceanside Mayor Peter Weiss

Oceanside Deputy Mayor Jack Feller

Oceanside Councilmember Ryan Keim

Oceanside Councilmember Christopher Rodriguez Ad paid for by Plan for the People: San Diegans for solutions to housing, traffic and sustainability. Committee major funding from Newland Sierra, LLC 36 |

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Calling all fighters. There aren’t many communities like this one. One foot in the Pacific, the other in the desert. Home to the world’s greatest fighting forces — and a community of blue-collar fighters. People working every day for their family, their friends, their community. Working to carve out a better life for themselves in a patch of California that’s more focused on authenticity than image. More substance than show. Our members spend their days working. And their free time playing. They plan. They grow. They fight for what’s important. And when they bank, they bank here. We fight for our members. Because we’re Frontwave Credit Union. And we’ve got your back.

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