Best of Oceanside Magazine - Winter 2022

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22 SOCAL Workforce Development Project Launches


Oceanside International Film Festival Kicks Off in February

ALSO INSIDE: Building Community Through Tourism Why I Love Oceanside Celebrating Oceanside’s Rising Stars

42 Oceanside Companies Set World Record A PU BL I C ATI O N O F T H E O CE A N SI D E CH A M BER O F CO M M ERCE

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Beyond 125 Years: Planning for the Chamber’s Future


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


928 N. Coast Highway Oceanside, CA 92054 (760) 722-1534 Produced and published by the staff of the Oceanside Chamber Copyright Oceanside Chamber of Commerce All Rights Reserved. Copyright 2022 Design: Scott Ashton and Tiffany Smith

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What it means to “Advance Oceanside” Made in Oceanside: Olli Salumeria, LLC. Key Contributors: Children’s Paradise Arts & Culture Update Stay & Play Local to Support Economic Recovery Workforce Development Update Member and Community News Why I Love Oceanside Celebrating Oceanside’s Rising Stars Oceanside Companies Set World Record Economic Development Update Building Community Through Tourism

By Scott Ashton, CEO Oceanside Chamber of Commerce In 2021, the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 125th anniversary of serving the Oceanside business community. Founded in 1896, the Chamber is Oceanside’s oldest, an arguably best-known, business. While it was fun to look back at what the organization has accomplished in more than a century’s worth of work, our staff and Board of Directors spent much more time looking forward to what is next. Most significantly, we embarked on the development of an ambitious 5-Year Strategic Plan. The process involved extensive outreach to the business community including phone surveys and focus group meetings with business and community leaders. Using the feedback received from its outreach efforts, the Chamber Board held sessions with a strategic facilitator to help update its mission and vision (remove capital) statements and identify key areas in which the Chamber will serve the business community in the next five years. The following new vision and mission statements will serve as a compass to help us stay on track to serve our community… Vision: A Thriving and United Oceanside Mission: To Provide Advocacy and Resources that Help Businesses and Our Community Thrive The following is an overview of the Chamber’s 5-Year Strategic Imperatives and the key areas in which the organization will focus its energy and resources. Advocate for Business-Friendly Policies and Program Chamber members clearly identified “advocacy” as one of the most important functions of the Chamber. The Chamber will continue to take the lead in ensuring that our business continued on page 24

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Bob Waite AFLAC – Bob Waite Chair Nazeli Dertsakian Genentech Chair-Elect Haley Wonsley Intesa Communications Group Immediate Past Chair Marva Bledsoe Non-Profit Management Consulting Secretary/Treasurer Ernie Prieto Oceanside Sea Center Vice Chair Robbie Calderon-Hass Hass Team Realty Vice Chair Kevin Witowich BBVA Compass Investments – Kevin Witowich Vice Chair

Debra Allen Eternal Hills Memorial Park, Mortuary & Crematory, FD-234 Board Member Bill Birnie Frontwave Credit Union Board Member Daniel Butler Waste Management of North County Board Member Rushell Gordon Bliss Tea and Treats Board Member Kristen Huyck MiraCosta College Board Member Maria Mingalone Oceanside Museum of Art Board Member Katie Scanlan San Diego Gas & Electric Board Member

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Jessica Shrader Tri-City Medical Center Board Member Kevin Shin The Switchboard Restaurant Board Member Lauren Sweeton The Brick Hotel Board Member Joshua W. Van Orden Oceanside Therapy Group Board Member Rick Wright MainStreet Oceanside Board Member ADVISORS Col. Daniel Whitley United States Marine Corps Jonathan Borrego City of Oceanside Dr. Julie Vitale Oceanside Unified School District Leslee Gaul Visit Oceanside Conference & Visitor Bureau

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Capt. Adam Knowland Oceanside Police Department STAFF Scott Ashton Chief Executive Officer Margery Benkaci Business Development Specialist Gwen Bryson Customer Service Specialist Victoria Carlborg Workforce Development Coordinator Porsche Copeland Events and Programs Coordinator Tracy Chin Finance and HR Director Hana Gilbert Communications and Customer Service Coordinator Rosie Hurt Programs and Customer Service Specialist







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What does it mean to you to “Advance Oceanside”? The Advancing Oceanside Podcast hosts business and community leaders from all industries to help inform, better educate, and ultimately advocate for a prosperous economic climate here in Oceanside. Over the past year, the podcast has interviewed dozens of industry leaders, all with a common goal in mind; to advance the Oceanside community. The following quotes are candid responses from our guests when asked, “What does it mean to you to ‘advance Oceanside’?”. “KOCT’s part in advancing Oceanside is showing the world our authenticity. Hearing people’s voices and capturing missions and being a true representation of the city has been an honor. And, I think that every day we try to go out there to bring more attention and spotlight our amazing city. I believe our internships and the educational component of our channel is needed in the world. Our non-biased approach to our stories is needed in the world. And I think that the love of a non-profit and how we hold dear everyone in this community is how we give back and move us forward.” – Carly Starr, Executive Director, KOCT – The Voice of North County “For me, both personally and professionally, advancing Oceanside is bringing community together. So, the mission of Ivey Ranch always started with integration for children and adults with special needs as well as typically developing. Advancing Oceanside is really continuing education for 4 | Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Journal

individuals so that they know that there might be an ability difference, but there really isn’t a personal or people or life difference. We’re all humans and having those experiences. Advancing Oceanside together would be integration and to continue to support each other and to grow together.” – Tonya Danielly, Executive Director, Ivey Ranch Park Association “It means to work together. Especially, to work together with people who you think may not agree with you, or you think may view the world differently. Or you think may not like you. I don’t know. Whatever it is. We’re way too divided, and we’re spent the last year and a half physically divided, amid COVID. We need to understand the most difficult challenge that is facing Oceanside will not be solved by one individual or by one group. It won’t be solved by one constituency. And, certainly, not one political party, right? We need to do this altogether and we need to work in partnership. At Interfaith Community Services, we’re like a partnership on steroids. We’re with all these different faith groups and volunteers full of compassion and philanthropists and local governments. We work in eight North County cities. All to work together. I would say Advancing Oceanside means working together, especially through our differences to reach common goals and to improve our community for all our people.” – Greg Anglea, Chief Executive Officer, Interfaith Community Services Winter 2022 |

“For me, it’s really just partnering with the community. Meeting the community’s needs. Making sure that we have a reliable source of water there to help the economy grow. To support families within the region. And, to make sure that we have resiliency, even in these dry years, that we still have a reliable source of water and one thing that we don’t have to worry about.” – Elizabeth Lovsted, Water Resources Manager, San Diego County Water Authority

“To me advancing Oceanside means helping to build a more sustainable, equitable and prosperous future for the residents and businesses who call Oceanside home. SDG&E helped fund Oceanside’s climate action plan and we are committed to ongoing collaboration with key stakeholders including the Oceanside Chamber and others to meet our mutual climate goals and in the process help create clean-tech jobs and industries in and around Oceanside.” – Estale de Llanos, Vice President of Clean Transportation and Sustainability and Chief Environmental Officer, San Diego Gas & Electric

“For me, it’s honoring the fact that we live in a Mediterranean climate. We live in San Diego, and it’s an honor and a privilege. I want to do everything I can to help keep the environment healthy, keep the environment safe, and maintain the lifestyle that we pay a lot to live in. But, we choose to live here because it’s really special. It’s a wonderful area in North County especially. Advancing Oceanside means maintaining those values and maintaining that wonderful and special environment.”

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“I believe that Advancing Oceanside is being part of the local community and helping other local businesses in Oceanside. And, also, setting an example for other business owners on what to do and how to help.”


– Joni German, Water Resources Specialist, San Diego County Water Authority


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MADE IN OCEANSIDE Olli Salumeria, LLC. If you ever wanted to know how the sausage is made, look no further than Olli Salumeria Americana LLC. Olli Salumeria, a Chamber member, is a company dedicated to producing salami with modern methods honoring Italian tradition, right in Oceanside’s backyard. That is what his company does and who they are, says the company’s founder and president, Oliviero Colmignoli. Olli was born and raised in Rome into a family of salumi, or salami makers. As a boy, Olli spent plenty of time at his grandfather’s prosciutto and salami factories, and by an early age he picked up a lot of knowledge about how to cure various meats. He assisted his family with their salami-making business in Richmond, Virginia as a young man in the 1980’s. “You could not import meats to America at that time,” Olli says. In 2000, Olli joined his grandfather’s company and started learning the traditional techniques of creating an everlasting salami filled with history, tradition, patience, and quality. He launched his own salamimaking venture in Virginia in 2010 and then settled right here in Oceanside in 2015, expanding his company into a much larger facility. The quality of Olli Salumeria salami is directly affected by three main factors; meat, ingredients, and method of production, which they have perfected over the years. He incorporates into his meat mix more than four generations of artisanal, slow-cured history based on old family recipes and continues to sustain the process that has proved to provide a flavorful, healthy, and clean salami. Olli says it just takes simple ingredients and time. “Our salami making takes a unique and old-world approach to all three of these factors. In doing so, we have created a product that we believe in and has a tangible difference from more traditional salami found in America,” Olli says.

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With Olli Salumeria, the company aims to create an experience that recreates what a person would eat in Italy. This experience is a fresh-tasting salami that is sweeter with a less acidic taste, Olli says. “We do a method that has been used for thousands of years, but we can tweak it for the safety of the consumers,” he adds. “We don’t take short cuts.” The salami’s casing is covered in a powdery dusting of benign white mold, which is removed before eating. This is a “good” type of mold, which helps cure the salami and fend off bad bacteria. The pork is ground and then cooked at a very high temperature which makes it easier to dry and is less acidic. They also ferment it and keep a higher Ph, which makes a difference in the quality and flavor. It’s a salami that had time to develop its complex meat flavor through a slow-cure, gluten-free production cycle, flavored with spices and culture. The factory produces salami in many shapes and sizes. Their products include Olli snacks, 6-ounce chubs, antipasto, pre-sliced, and 5-pound bulk sausage. Whether you are in the mood for something spicy like chipotle or subtle like a genoa or even something more unusual like a black truffle infused Tartufo, Olli doesn’t disappoint his home or business customers. Other savory salami varieties available for wholesale or retail: Genoa: Genoa salami is simply seasoned with just salt and white pepper, allowing the flavor of their premium pork to shine. Sopressata: Sopressata is a robust salami flavored with whole black peppercorn and garlic. Napoli: Napoli salami is smoked over applewood giving it a complex, hearty flavor. Toscano: Toscano salami is seasoned with fennel pollen conveying a slight, licorice-like aroma. Calabrese: Their spicy calabrese is seasoned with cayenne pepper and paprika,

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quality of our meats and other foods,” Olli says. He also has invested in his people to develop and train them for success in his business, treating them like family. “As we grow, we want to see our employees grow, too,” he adds.

Pepperoni: Pepperoni is Olli’s classically American salami. Hot Sopressata: This is a spicy salami seasoned with garlic, red pepper, black pepper, paprika and red wine. What sets Olli apart from other salami makers is his respect for animal husbandry, sustainable farming methods, ensuring the hogs are vegetarians, and that there are no antibiotics or nitrates, or nitrites added. The salami is made from high-quality pork that comes from pasture-raised pigs raised on family farms. The color of the meat is a deeper mahogany color as compared to the more pinkish colored pork in which you may be familiar. “Yes, it costs more to run a business this way,” Olli says, “but we get a better meat out of them.” Because of OIli’s product quality, he was able to get his product into Whole Foods nationally within just 9 months of being in business. However, Olli says the first two years of business were difficult. “2015 and 2016 were hard. We had new costs, new overhead, new labor force. It was hard, but we persevered. In 2017, things started to change, and we started growing,” he says. His advice to other entrepreneurs is: “Don’t be scared at the first setback, but keep going.” You can now find his delicacies behind the deli counter and as local restaurant fare. When the company propelled into the snacking category in 2017, making salami, cheese and cracker packs for grocery stores and Allegiant Air, that was a game changer. Their charcuterie boards help their home consumers make entertainment easier with a pack of his own salami, imported Greek olives, and cheese. They are launching a new product line this month. Now, he has invested in modern technology such as robotic machines to move the salami from one section of his factory to another as part of the curing process. “The reason we invested so much on automation is so we can spend our money on the technology and | Winter 2022

Recently, The Student Opportunities for Career Awareness and Learning, or SOCAL, a joint project of the San Diego North Economic Development Council and the Carlsbad, Vista and Oceanside chambers of commerce, spent the morning with Olli and his staff Claudia Torres from human resources, Food Quality Control Director, Garrett Walsh and Raw Food Manager Nicole Angel to create a secondary school career exploration video that highlighted the company. The project, funded by a grant from Supervisor Jim Desmond, aims to inform students and those in career transition of unfamiliar professions and what educational path they might take close to home. Olli believes in encouraging youth to follow their professional dreams and believes in training new and current staff in his family’s traditional and modern salami-making methods. “We don’t expect people we hire to have the experience, and we can train them. We just want them to love the work as much as we do,” Olli says. Olli also prides itself in being “American made.” His meat, spices, raw ingredients and packaging are all made locally. Even the Olli Salumeria product labels are made right here in Oceanside with a local business. “We are made in the U.S., but with Italian style.” The company’s packaging isn’t hand-wrapped, but therein lies the secret to the taste and texture of their salami, Olli says. “Our equipment seals each salami inside the airtight translucent film that keeps the salami fresh – in the store and at home. It keeps the salami from slowly drying out and getting hard and unpleasant to eat while it’s in a store waiting to be purchased. OK, packaging secrets may be divulged, but don’t ask Olli to share his family recipes for his salumi. The recipe may be kept secret, but the intention of his products is not. “We are a family business that creates good food and convenience without sacrificing quality,” Olli says. “My family is not just selling salami— We are selling an experience. It’s like putting you in Italy with a good glass of wine, some cheese, and friends.” Olli Salumeria Americana, LLC is located at 1301 Rocky Point Drive. You can learn more about them at https://

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s g n i t t u C n o Ribb UEI COLLEGE UEI College is a career college that trains employment ready candidates in Electrician Technician, HVAC Technician, Automotive Technician, Dental Assistant, Medical Assistant, Medical Office Specialist, Pharmacy Technician, Business Office Administration, and Criminal Justice. Campus President, Alex Poyuzina, J.D., MATL, cut the ribbon with Mayor Esther Sanchez, Councilmember Peter Weiss, Fernando Hernandez on behalf of Assemblymember Tasha Boerner Horvath, Scott Ashton, CEO of the Oceanside Chamber and members of the community. UEI College has been providing career education in the North County since 2010; however, we are excited to now be part of the Oceanside community.

BLESSED AND BOUJEE BOUTIQUE Did you know “Boujee” means luxurious in lifestyle, yet humble in character? Blessed & Boujee Boutique inspires women to be strong and independent and encourages them to shop confidently! Owner Amanda Marie created this one-stop fashion boutique to meet all women’s needs. Amanda as a plus-size woman has struggled with her weight all her life. When she found attire that made her feel amazing, she knew she wanted other women to feel confident in their skin too! She wanted them to feel as excited as she did the first time a dress fit perfectly. And that’s how Blessed & Boujee Boutique was born! This New Boujee Boutique offers lingerie, accessories, shoes, fun gifts, and stylish clothing for all women including those “Blessed with Curves”!

STUDIO ACE Studio ACE is an arts education nonprofit organization with a mission to enrich lives through Arts, Community, and Education. They opened their first physical studio space in June 2018, and proudly celebrated the opening of an additional 1000 square feet of classroom space in September 2021, allowing them to bring even more arts education opportunities to the Oceanside community. The grand opening also marked the unveiling of ACE’s new classroom mural, donated and painted by Oceanside artist Michael Summers, titled “Be Kind”. Stop by to see the new space, visit the ACE Art Shop, and find out about upcoming classes!

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K E Y CO N T R I B U T O R S: C H I L D R EN ’S PA R A D I S E The Oceanside Chamber of Commerce is pleased to join Children’s Paradise Preschool and Infant Centers in recognizing the following individuals from the Oceanside location as key contributors to their organization and the community. Each and every employee showed incredible determination and tenacity during the past 18 months, dedicating long hours in an unknown situation to care for the children of essential workers. They are now on a mission to make this already incredible childcare center better than ever! The Oceanside Children’s Paradise is an incredible pillar in the community of Oceanside and we recognize them for this.

Lina Borja, Director, Priscilla Badmilk, Assistant Director “Teamwork makes the dream work,” is often heard at all five Children’s Paradise locations. Mrs. Lina and Mrs. Priscilla are shining examples of this. Together, they serve more than 200 children and their families and manage almost 40 staff members who make this childcare center one of the best in North County. When most other schools closed for COVID-19, their Oceanside site stayed open to care for the children of essential workers without even hesitating. They are always ready for a challenge and remain positive even if things are hard. They’ve learned each other’s strengths and use this knowledge to work with children of all ages and abilities, staff, and parents.

Marietess (Mary) Sevilla Lead Teacher for Toddlers Two-year-old toddlers’ early development skills skyrocket in Oceanside as they interact with their lead teacher, Mrs. Mary. She’s best known for her language-rich environment and keeping her classroom routine solid. When it’s time for snacks and lunch, toddlers engage in a family-style dining experience and engage in every step including setting it up and cleaning. During meals, Mrs. Mary talks with the children about what they are eating, where it comes from, the shape, taste and colors, all of which stimulates language skills. Outside the classroom, she’s constantly engaged with her class while teaching them to appreciate nature. You can find Mrs. Mary and her little students of life looking for bugs and catching lizards and butterflies.

Mrs. Marietess (Mary) Sevilla, Lead Teacher for Toddlers

Rebecca (Becca) Pantoja, Lead Preschool Teacher Sierra Rice, Preschool Teacher Daniel Lopez, Instructional Aid Mrs. Priscilla Badmilk, Assistant Director, and Mrs. Lina Borja, Director | Spring 2020

This threesome makes an incredible team as they approach every challenge with a positive mindset. Oceanside Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Journal | 9

Ms. Sierra, Mrs. Becca and Mr. Daniel create magic and peace with the center’s most challenging little ones. They work together managing the classroom and keep activities fresh and fun. Each early childhood educator contributes new ideas and techniques by researching early education methods and learning new strategies from others. Mrs. Becca, the lead teacher, combined with Ms. Sierra and Mr. Daniel’s willingness to learn new things, has also made this team stay vigilant with paperwork and childcare requirements every day.

each one of the staff had to do repeatedly this past year. Mr. Gian’s creative, quick thinking always keeps children engaged and having fun while learning. For example, if a child asks for something, he responds, “how many do you need?” getting the child to think even if he knows it’s only one. Recently, Mr. Gian also volunteered to star in a series of training videos to help all teachers maintain a clean and healthy classroom. We’re proud to have Mr. Gian on our team.

Marcella Marquez-Lopez Lead Infant Teacher When infants have to be away from their parents, Ms. Marcella is just the person you want holding the babies. She provides a clean, loving and nurturing environment every moment of the day to keep infants calm and happy at Children’s Paradise, Oceanside. She also has a special gift with infants who have been diagnosed with developmental disabilities. Currently, Ms. Marcella and her team are working with a set of twins to help build their muscles with floor time play and assisted stretching. She also spends extra time patiently feeding them and ensuring their growth.

Mrs. Rebecca (Becca) Pantoja, Lead Preschool Teacher, Mr. Daniel Lopez, Instructional Aid, and Ms. Sierra Rice, Preschool Teacher

Guillen (Gian) Arango Instructional Aide Mr. Gian is a pure joy to have in the Oceanside center. He goes above and beyond every day and never complains when asked to pivot – something

Ms. Marcella Marquez-Lopez, Lead Infant Teacher

Do you have a Key Contributor at your business or organization? Contact to share your nominee. Mr. Guillen (Gian) Arango, Instructional Aide

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125th wrap up The Oceanside Chamber held its annual Meet the City Reception on September 30, 2021. This event gives Oceanside Chamber members and guests the opportunity to connect with local elected officials, City of Oceanside staff members, along with other businesses and community leaders. The event was held at the new El Corazon Aquatic Event Center and patio. Also, that evening, the Oceanside Chamber celebrated its 125th anniversary. Established in 1896, the Oceanside Chamber is the oldest business in Oceanside. Over its long history, its role as a business and community advocate continues to be an important one. Since its inception, the Chamber has helped to shape the development of our City. | Winter 2022

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A R E D I E TA R Y S U P P L E M EN T S N E C E S S A R Y F O R MY H E A LT H? 6 things to know about dietary supplements before taking them By Dr. Immanuel Hausig, D.O. Scripps Health Walk down the vitamin and mineral aisle of your local drugstore. You’ll see rows of capsules, liquids and powders listed as dietary supplements. Their labels claim they can help improve your health and well-being. But are dietary supplements necessary for your health? It depends. Supplements contain nutrients but they cannot treat or cure disease. Some can be beneficial to your health and for managing some health conditions. But some can put you at risk if you take too many, or if you mix them with medication. “Not everyone needs supplements. But if you’re thinking of taking them, do your homework,”

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says Immanuel Hausig, DO, a family medicine physician at Scripps Coastal Medical Center Carlsbad. “Learn how safe and effective they are first.” The supplement industry is a $40 billion industry and growing. There are thousands of dietary supplements available on store shelves ready for purchase without a prescription. “Which is why you want to be cautious,” says Dr. Hausig. With so many choices, it’s important to know how to read product labels and claims before buying. And if you want to read beyond the label, it’s important to know where to get reliable information. “You can check with your health care provider,” Dr. Hausig says. “Your doctor can tell you what conditions supplements can help with and which ones, if any, are right for you.”

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Here are six facts about supplements to consider before taking them:

1. DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS ARE NOT REGULATED LIKE DRUGS The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates dietary supplements. But it does not regulate them as drugs that can be used to treat or cure a disease. They are regulated as foods, but not conventional foods. The FDA does not approve safety or effectiveness of dietary supplements before they go to market. It leaves that up to the makers of the supplements. The FDA can remove any supplement product from the market if it’s found not to be safe. It can also take action if claims on the products are false or misleading.

2. DIETARY SUPPLEMENT MAKERS CAN MAKE LIMITED HEALTH CLAIMS Supplement makers by law cannot claim their product treats or cures a disease or health condition. Only an FDA-approved drug can make such a claim. However, they can make health claims on how a nutrient or ingredient can help reduce the risk of a disease or health condition. They can claim, for example: • Getting enough calcium as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle can reduce the risk of osteoporosis • Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oils might help some people with heart disease. There are two types of health claims that can be found on labels, qualified and authorized. Authorized claims have been reviewed by the FDA and have significant scientific agreement. Qualified claims have scientific evidence in support but not significant scientific agreement and must be accompanied by a disclaimer.

3. SUPPLEMENT MAKERS CAN MAKE CLAIMS ABOUT EFFECTS ON BODY STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION In addition to health claims, supplement makers can make structure-function claims. These are claims on how a nutrient or a dietary ingredient affects the structure or function of the human body. Supplement makers can say, for example: • Calcium builds strong bones • Fiber maintains bowel regularity • Antioxidants maintain cell integrity

4. SUPPLEMENTS CAN’T REPLACE A HEALTHY, BALANCED DIET Supplements should not be a substitute for a healthy, balanced diet. Make sure you’re eating a variety of foods and that they are healthy foods. “If you’re thinking of taking a dietary supplement, ask yourself if you can get these nutrients from the foods you’re eating,” Dr. Hausig says. “Most of the time you | Winter 2022

can. You can even find fortified foods that carry extra nutrients at your grocery store.” But not everybody eats as well as they should. In other cases, people have nutritional deficiencies for health or other reasons. Supplements can be used to fill in nutritional gaps in many instances. Folic acid, for example, decreases the risk of certain birth defects. Dr. Hausig cautions not to take more supplements than you need because of the risk of side effects. Taking too much vitamin A, for example, can cause headaches and liver damage, reduce bone strength and cause birth defects, according to the FDA.

5. SOME SUPPLEMENTS CAN INTERACT WITH MEDICATIONS OR AFFECT MEDICAL CONDITIONS Before taking supplements, read the label and check with your doctor to see how they might interact with any medication you might be taking and any potential side effects. Certain supplements may interact with certain medications and reduce their effectiveness. They may also increase the risk of side effects from those medications. According to the FDA: • Vitamin K can reduce the ability of a blood thinner to prevent blood from clotting • St. John’s wort can speed the breakdown of many drugs and reduce their effectiveness • Antioxidant supplements, like vitamins C and E, might reduce the effectiveness of some types of cancer chemotherapy

6. USE RELIABLE RESOURCES TO CHECK QUALITY OF SUPPLEMENTS In addition to your doctor, you can get reliable information about dietary supplements from some non-commercial sources. The US Office of Dietary Supplements is a resource for information about dietary supplements and their ingredients. The US Pharmacopeia (USP) maintains a dietary supplement verification program. The USP Verified Mark on a dietary supplement indicates that the product meets the following: • Contains ingredients listed in declared potency and amounts • Does not contain harmful levels of specified contaminants • Will break down and release into the body within specified amount of time • Were made according to Good Manufacturing Practices for dietary supplements. These practices were set by the FDA in 2007 to help improve quality control. Oceanside Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Journal | 13

membership NEW MEMBERS September 4, 2021 – November 29, 2021

75 and Sunny Remediation 2675 Pacific Vista Pacific Dr., Ste. B Oceanside, CA 92056 (816) 519-1333 Fire, Water & Mold Damage Restoration Beach House Winery 1534 Sleeping Indian Rd. Fallbrook, CA 92028 (760) 732-3236 Winery, Agriculture, Cigar Shop Blessed and Boujee Boutique 4171 Oceanside Blvd., 102 Oceanside, CA 92056 (914) 629-6886 Retail – Clothing Boutique, Clothing and Accessories Capital One 4571 Lambeth Ct. Carlsbad, CA 92010 Financial Services

(760) 331-8680

Deb’s – $5 Oceaniside, CA 92057 (760) 208-0207 https://paparazziaccessories. com/383645 Jewelry Graduate Communications Oceanside, CA 92056 (760) 310-8724 Marketing Los Amigos Mexican Food 2011 Mission Ave. Oceanside, CA 92058 (760) 696-3104 Restaurants, Restaurants – Mexican

Staples Energy Oceanside, CA 92057 Business Consulting Sun and Sea Realty 445 Lexington Circle Oceanside, CA 92057

(858) 243-4232

46-50 Years as Member Scripps Health (760) 845-2390

T Morrissey Corporation 3720 Oceanic Way, Ste. 2 Oceanside, CA 92056 TERI Inc. 251 Airport Rd. Oceanside, CA 92058 (760) 721-1706 Non-Profits/Charities, Autism Information, Support, Services

31-35 Years as Member AT&T Inc. Beach Break Cafe

The DeWitt Group Oceanside, CA 92056 (760) 801-5363 Real Estate Commercial & Investment, Real Estate Sales Veterans Village of San Diego 4141 Pacific Hwy. San Diego, CA 92110 (619) 393-2000 Military Services, Non-Profits/Charities, Veterans Services Wells Fargo Bank (Oceanside College Blvd. In-Store) 845 College Blvd. Oceanside, CA 92057 (760) 414-9023 Banks Wells Fargo Bank (Quarry Creek) 3470 Marron Rd. Oceanside, CA 92056 (760) 720-5040 Banks

Michael Richardson – Community Liaison Oceanside, CA 92056 (916) 548-7313 Associate Member OceanKAMP 6006 El Tordo, First Floor Rancho Santa Fe, (805) 220-0847 CA 92067 Real Estate Developers


Oceanside Surf Basketball 517 Seagaze Dr., Ste. 702 Oceanside, CA 92056 (760) 304-9030 Entertainment, Non-Profits/Charities

September 4, 2021 – November 29, 2021 71-75 Years as Member The San Diego Union-Tribune 66-70 Years as Member Larry Hatter 61-65 Years as Member El Camino Country Club 51-55 Years as Member Days Inn Oceanside Eternal Hills Memorial Park, Mortuary & Crematory, FD-234

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41-45 Years as Member O’Harra Fiduciary Services 36-40 Years as Member Frontwave Credit Union Gaspar Doctors of Physical Therapy, APC Richard’s Mobile Tire Service

Wells Fargo Bank (West Oceanside) 2701 Vista Way Oceanside, CA 92054 (760) 439-5405 Banks

Oceanside Family Counseling Center 2201 Mission Ave., Ste. 100 Oceanside, CA 92058 (760) 826-2026 Therapists, Psychologists, and Counseling, Mental Health Services

Hunter Steakhouse of Oceanside Tri-City Medical Center

26-30 Years as Member California Surf Museum Friends of the Oceanside Public Library Oceanside Unified School District Quantum Learning Network TrueCare YMCA- Joe and Mary Mottino Family 21-25 Years as Member Beachwood Motel Comfort Suites Marina Dorothy’s Dry Cleaning & Laundry Elegance Talent Agency & Model Management Harbor Gift Shop Mission Marketplace Shopping Center Nana and Pop Pop’s Sweet Shop Ocean’s Eleven Casino Parra Accounting & Income Tax Service Ranch House Veterinary Services Stater Bros. Markets #150 Stater Bros. Markets #151 Warner’s Muffler, Inc. 16-20 Years as Member Brookdale Oceanside Coldwell Banker/Rita Harper, Realtor, SRES CompassMark Fairwinds Ivey Ranch Jitters Coffee Pub Paradigm Special Effects Graphics Pollos Maria Robert W. Davis, C.P.A. Sea Star Charters & Ocean Classroom Security Public Storage Storage West Self Storage Walmart #5075 Wells Fargo Bank (Rancho Del Oro) 11 to 15 Years as Member 8-2-8 Urgent Care Adrageous! AFLAC – Bob Waite Anderson Catering Services Anna’s Housekeeping Bruce Mortland Coleman & Coleman Advanced Dentistry Copy Link, Inc. Dare to be Fit Harney Sushi Hot 2 Pop Kettle Cor

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membership n / Finest City Kettlecorn Maximum Mortgage & Real Estate – Christopher Rodriguez Royal Rooter, Inc. The Oceanside Community Foundation Thrivent Financial United Studios of Self Defense Window Pros 6 to 11 Years as Member American Pharma Wholesale Americas Publisher, LLC Angels & Gurus Kundalini Yoga and Lifestyle Studio 1st Choice Plumbing Heating and Air Abigail’s Medical Supplies, Inc. Action Carpet and Floor Décor Advanced Plumbing Systems Batteries Plus Bulbs Body & Brain Wellness Foundation San Diego Brookdale Carlsbad Carlson Mobile Notary Children’s Paradise Inc Coast Dental Courtyard San Diego Oceanside DeLuz Family Housing Dragon Printing, Inc. Edward Jones – Vincent Alessi Emerald Isle Golf Course Frontline Tattoo Gigi Gleason GM Mortgage Hass Team Realty – Robbie Calderon-Hass Hume & Company Joel Marcus Insurance Langfordesign LTH & Kitchen MedRev New Venture Christian Fellowship Oceanside Theatre Company Premier Carpet Care Privateer Coal Fire Pizza Pro Kids | The First Tee of San Diego Qualicare Family HomeCareNorth San Diego County Sanford Clinic At Rady Children’s Semper Fi & America’s Fund Shaklee Distributor – Richard Fox Solutions for Change Springhill Suites by Marriott Downtown Oceanside Ted Marioncelli The Frame House The Pharmary RX

Ultimate Carpet Cleaning Wounded Warrior Homes, Inc. 1 to 5 Years as Member Army and Navy Academy Arrowood Golf Course Azzur Group Bliss Tea and Treats Boot Barn Burke & Domercq, LLP Cabana Concepts Camp Pendleton Self Storage Candace Saari, CPA Champion Medicare & Insurance Services Coastal Academy Coldwell Banker Previews International-Marta Hall Compass Balloons LLC Cynthia’s Artistic Expressions Design Hair, Nails & Spa Dominic’s Italian Restaurant DQ Grill & Chill Restaurant Flying Pig Pub & Kitchen Freedom Dogs Fully Promoted of Oceanside Gig Talent GoJump Oceanside, LLC. Gypsy Soul Dreaming Hoffbeck Consulting Honest Medical Injury Trial Lawyers, APC Institute of Healthcare Ivey Ranch Park Association Kennedy & Associates Law Office of Vikas Bajaj, APC Life Enrichment Services Luna Live Scan + Notary Metroflex Gym Mission Auto Care My Salon Suite Oceanside Nagata Bros, LLC. NTE Printing and Graphics Ocean Hills Senior Living Oceanside Friends Of The Arts Oceanside Promise Oceanview Dental Otterlei Coastal Pacifica Senior Living Oceanside Purple Heart Originals, LLC Quality Lock and Security Services, Inc. Ride Oside LLC Roots Craft Juice Scholarship Prep Senior Care Options Sew O’side SignArt Graphix Solis Team Real Estate – Mike and Jessica Solis South O’ Internet Services | Winter 2022

Splitz Second Shooting FT&S, LLC. Stellar Solar

Syndicate Vapes The Real Estate Consultants Trimco Venetos Cucina Italiana

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February 2022 Presented by Shane Hall, Music Series Director Unique, performances from beloved California artists

DESERT ROCK GARDEN January 21 – February 20, 2022

New Village Arts Production Written by Roy Sekigahama Directed by Albert Park

INTO THE WOODS March 18 – May 1, 2022 OTC/NVA Co-Production Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Book by James Lapine Directed by Kristianne Kurner

Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation (OCAF) started Art Walls three years ago in a desire to seek out new exciting venues for the region’s artists to show and sell artwork bringing economic benefits to both businesses and artists. The first venue for Art Walls was the O’side Bakery in East Oceanside. Join Art Walls with Artist Linda Phillips January 7 – February 18, 2022 Civic Center Library at 330 N. Coast Highway For more information visit

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arts & culture From a “Cultural Desert” To A Thriving Arts Community by Maria Mingalone Executive Director, Oceanside Museum of Art

The City of Oceanside was going through redevelopment in the 1980s and 90s battling an image of notoriety. Some citizens remember Oceanside being described by the local media as a cultural desert. Hoping to make the downtown more attractive for residents and local business, city leadership challenged a group of citizens to create a cultural arts center as part of the area’s redevelopment. The idea was the brainchild of then three term mayor, Larry Bagley, who believed that the arts are an essential facet of civic life. Mayor Bagley proposed that “the residents desperately needed something for themselves.” Establishing the Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA) was a journey that started with Mayor Bagley gathering a handful of volunteers in the early 1990s. There have been many milestones to celebrate over the ensuing years. A myriad of programs and events took place before 1994 while the feasibility of a museum in Oceanside was being defined. The process of incorporating as a non-profit organization was completed in 1995. These, among many other accomplishments, were hard won and ably accomplished through volunteer effort by community and art lovers alike. What started as the dream of a handful of citizens, became the reality of an entire community. This coming year will be a landmark moment for OMA— twenty five years prior on October 6, 1997, OMA opened its first official exhibition in the newly renovated, historic Irving J. Gill building on Pier View Way. This touchstone year is a moment the community can galvanize around as OMA embarks on an exciting future. | Winter 2022

That dream includes not only the museum, it embraces the entire arts community that was inspired by and continues to grow since those early years. The museum shares the distinction of being in the state designated Oceanside California Cultural District (OCCD) along with a host of cultural partners. Together we make up a vibrant arts community worth celebrating. With numerous assets including museums, theaters, galleries, and practicing artists, the district is an honor to the hard work these groups have put in over these several decades. For more information on the Cultural District, go to: As we look toward the future, the creative dreams of our community continue to open us to new possibilities beyond the downtown as we celebrate the transformative power of art. To acknowledge this historic milestone, OMA friends and supporters will be hosting a 25th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, February 26, 2022. The Gala will kick off a year of festivities, both small and large, as we bring people together to celebrate the transformative power of art. For more information on how to be involved reach out to

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The Draft Restaurant & Sports Bar is one of the best sports bars in North County. With over 43 large flat screen TV’s to watch all of your favorite games, they offer “the best happy hour in San Diego” with delicious menu options for the entire family. If you love sports The Draft delivers! Enjoy all your favorite sporting events including the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, NCAA, UFC Pay Per View and more! Check them out for your next meal, get together or sports event and experience firsthand all the Draft has to offer!! Located at 4225 Oceanside Blvd. Ste. R

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Sydnee’s Pet Grooming provides pet lovers a salon that is safe and clean, stylish and on trend. At Sydnee’s the staff creates a healthy and stylish life for your pet. Since many pets have unique physical and emotional needs, their sensitive, friendly and experienced groomers are able to work with every pet, oftentimes establishing long-term relationships. In addition, they use only the highest quality products on pets, including a special formula, Furry Facial Face Wash and Massage Line, that is all natural and made with care, used at every location. At Sydnee’s, their service goes beyond grooming, and they look forward to bringing an unparalleled experience to each furry friend that visits them each day. Take your fur baby to Sydnee’s Pet Grooming at 1609 Ord Way in Oceanside. Winter 2022 |



The Oceanside Historical Society serves the community through its museum, website, publications and walking tours. Most of their services, including the museum and history walks, are free. Established in 1985, its mission is to gather, preserve and share the history of our beautiful City. Located at 305 North Nevada Street in downtown Oceanside, the museum has recently expanded its hours and is now open four days a week, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 am to 2 pm.

Le Rendez-Vous French Bakery brings you a taste of the finest France has to offer in baked goods. Their baker and pastry chef are trained by some of the finest institutions in Paris and bring with them many years of expertise. They are excited to bring this experience for your enjoyment and invite you to visit and treat yourself to a slice of heaven with delectable breads and pastries. At Le Rendez-Vous French Bakery they carry many licensed cake designs, as well as their own creations that will be sure to suite your fancy whatever the occasion may be. In addition, they offer a full selection of coffee, lattes, and espressos from one of the best local roasters. Stop by for a tasty treat in the RDO Gateway Plaza at 4225 Oceanside Blvd., Ste. Q. | Winter 2022

The Society currently has two published histories available for purchase which provide an extensive history of Oceanside along with stunning historic photos. A third, limited edition history book will be released in early 2022 and will feature some never before published images and historical highlights of some of Oceanside’s oldest buildings, along with stories about residents who helped to shape and diversify our community. Its photo collection is one of the largest in San Diego County and spans over 125 years. The Society is always looking to expand and add photos to its extensive archives from long time residents. For over two decades the Oceanside Historical Society has conducted Downtown History Walks, which are offered the second Saturday of each month from April through September. To find out more the History Walks and learn about our history, visit their extensive website at

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Situated in a shopping center off Old Grove Road, the restaurant features colorful murals of the Mexican countryside, all painted by Marie’s relative, artist Sean Dominguez. At Pollos Maria chickens are prepared in a citrus-based marinade, then flattened so they cook evenly and quickly over the grill. The taste, devoted customers say, is tender, juicy and flavorful. Aside from their house specialty, this family owned, and operated restaurant offers a full range of Mexican favorites, from fish tacos to carne asada and even menudo on weekends. Beer, wine and desserts round out their extensive menu. Come hungry! Located at 125 Old Grove Rd, Ste. 8.

THE CRIMSON CAKE Don’s Country Kitchen has been family-owned and operated since 2010. Located in South Oceanside, this café is very popular with both locals and visitors. The staff are proud to provide guests with amazing customer service paired with consistently delicious food and drinks! Homestyle breakfast and lunch is served from 7 am to 2 pm. At Don’s they love to support local farmers by using locally sourced meats, fruits, and vegetables and are well known for the best biscuits and gravy, home-made hollandaise sauce, and much more! They also serve craft beers, hand-crafted cocktails, mimosas, specialty coffee and beverages for every age. Both kid-friendly and dogfriendly, bring your loved ones and expect friendly service and fresh homestyle cooking. Enjoy your next meal at Don’s Country Kitchen located at 1938 South Coast Highway.


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The Crimson Cake is a small, custom cake and dessert shop owned and operated by Pastry Chef Alicia Phoenix. After graduating Scottsdale Culinary Institute in 1999, she spent the next decade honing her baking and cake decorating skills in Boston and North County San Diego, working in wholesale bakeries and upscale hotel pastry shops. In 2010, she opened The Crimson Cake, located at 3830 Oceanic Dr. Suite 410, offering custom designed and walk-in cakes, cupcakes and desserts. All recipes are made from scratch with high quality chocolate, cream and butter - no mixes or pre-made frosting. The cakes are moist, the fruit is fresh and the fillings and buttercream are just lightly sweet. At the Crimson Cake they take pride in creating products that are not just memorable for the design but, that taste extraordinary as well.Our Story Winter 2022 |


When Linda and Scott Sharkey took their kids to get haircuts in those uninviting, unexciting salons, they always felt there should be something better, so they set out to create a unique salon that caters to children of all ages—Sharkey’s Cuts for Kids. Sharkey’s offers haircuts for kids with experienced, patient stylists in a clean, safe place filled with fun! Children can sit in a variety of fun vehicles while watching their favorite cartoons or Netflix and any anxiety of getting that first haircut melts away. They also provide “Glamour Girl” birthday parties, with mini makeovers. Visit Sharkey’s Cuts for Kids at 4635 Frazee Rd., Ste. B, the salon just for kids where the haircuts are cool and fun rules!



If you’re looking for a great pizza for dine in, delivery or takeout Big Bob’s Best Pizza is at the top of the list. Located in the Ocean Ranch Center, owners Bob, Dave and Diana have a passion for both pizza and pasta. Since 2011 Big Bob’s Best Pizza has been serving up traditional, “Old World style” pizzas with homemade, hand-tossed dough, original recipe sauce and a distinctive blend of three cheeses. Customers can create any combination of pizza with a selection of spicy meats and fresh vegetables and fruits. After 10 years in business many of their loyal customers have now become valued friends. There’s always room for a slice so visit Big Bob’s Best Pizza at 3617 Ocean Ranch Boulevard. At Felix’s BBQ with Soul, it’s a combination of Cajun and barbecue, gumbos and fried chicken, collard greens and red beans — a tasty mix of southern food done right, served breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dinner entrees include catfish, sausage, ribs and tri tip, prepared with authenticity. Their sides are just as good as their entrees and include choices like delicious mac and cheese, fried okra, hush puppies, and more, including homemade cornbread. Felix’s BBQ with Soul has just what you need to complete any BBQ and soul food meal. Felix is committed to hospitality, and his desire to bring Southern charm and smiling service to all of his patrons, in addition to serving quality food, is what keeps people coming back. Available for dine in and take-out, as well as catering, visit Felix’s BBQ with Soul at 3613 Ocean Ranch Road. Oceanside Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Journal | 21

workforce development Women’s Incubator Program Hatches Bright Ideas The Women Entrepreneur Incubator program, which launched in September on Zoom, graduated its first cohort of trained female veterans and military spouses to develop home-based businesses in one of two tracks: Social Media Management and Virtual Assistant companies. The event, held at the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 28th, featured a presentation by Joseph Molina, the Executive Director and CEO of the National Veterans Chamber of Commerce based in San Diego County, and one of the incubator sponsors. SCORE Mentors and the Oceanside Chamber also collaborated as sponsors of the free business incubator program. The three organizations provided training, technical assistance, mentorship, peer-topeer support, and financial information to each of the 40 participants. Each entrepreneur received a certificate to congratulate them on launching their businesses from Assemblywoman Tasha Boerner Horvath (76th district). Oceanside native Fernando Hernandez presented the certificates at the graduation event. The three incubator sponsors also presented each business owner with a special certificate of recognition.

LEFT: Joseph Molina signs his name on 40 certificates of recognition from event sponsors the National Veterans Chamber of Commerce, SCORE Mentors and the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce. RIGHT: Joseph Molina, the Executive Director and CEO of the National Veterans Chamber of Commerce, poses with two of the incubator graduates holding certificates from the event sponsors and the assemblymember’s office.

“Our aim is that the first cohort learned how to be ‘Pandemic,’ ‘Recession’ proof, and ‘Portable’ by investing in themselves,” says the Chamber’s workforce development coordinator, Victoria Carlborg. An added benefit of the incubator is that each entrepreneur is receiving in-person coaching and mentoring at the Oceanside Chamber’s office following the online training sessions. The second incubator cohort begins January 20. The free online training will be from 2:30-3:30 p.m. While the cohort will focus on women, all are welcome to join. Register at social-media-virtual-assistant-home-based-businessincubator-tickets-207086941617.

Joseph Molina congratulates the women incubator graduates at the hybrid event.

Chamber member Daryle Howard, a financial advisor and veteran from Chamber member First Command, joined the graduation and will participate in the next cohort. Local TV news stations KFMB and the CW covered the event for the nightly news and even interviewed one of the entrepreneurs remotely from her home back east. 22 | Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Journal

Fernando Hernandez from Assemblywoman Tasha Boerner Horvath’s office presented certificates to women’s incubator graduates at the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce Oct. 28th.

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Free Course Offered at the Chamber’s Office The Oceanside Chamber’s workforce development program, InterFaith Ministries, and the U.S. Environment Protection Agency brought our businesses free professional development and continuing education training in November. Employees who work in the construction sector or other industries in which they might be exposed to lead earned a Certificate of Completion for “Lead: Renovation, Repair, and Painting” just for attending one of two, 8-hour courses offered at the Chamber’s office. The course concentrated on procedures for minimizing lead dust generation and soil contamination during maintenance, renovation, and remodeling activities as defined by the EPA and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The Chamber visited Olli Salumeria, a company dedicated to producing salami with modern methods honoring Italian tradition, right in Oceanside’s backyard. They interviewed the founder and president along with two of his employees, including Raw Food Manager, Nicole Angel.

The Chamber’s workforce development program hosted the training to keep employers and their employees safe. If these procedures are correctly implemented, the risk of lead exposure to employees, children, residents and families of employees can be minimized.

SOCAL Project Goes Global The Student Opportunities for Career Awareness and Learning, or SOCAL, is a joint project of the San Diego North Economic Development Council, Tri-City Medical Center and the Carlsbad, Vista and Oceanside Chambers of Commerce. The project originated over two years ago at Tri-City Medical Center (TCMC) as a way to advance its long-standing priority of strengthening North County’s Healthcare workforce pipeline. TCMC originated the concept of occupational videos on demand, the name, the logo and look of the SOCAL brand. Phase one of the project, funded by a grant from Supervisor Jim Desmond, aims to inform students and those in career transition of unfamiliar professions and what educational path they might take close to home. So far with the SOCAL project, the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce has featured three member companies: Hydranautics, Olli Salumeria, and Genentech. The videos launched in December on a website library for high school students and teachers to use in career education and exploration. For more information visit | Winter 2022

The Chamber visited Oceanside’s Genentech location, a company that uses cutting-edge science to create and deliver innovative medicines around the globe. They interviewed four employees including Marquis Harris, Manufacturing Training Program Coordinator. The Chamber visited the Oceanside headquarters of global manufacturing company Hydranautics, makers of state-of-the art membranes used in reverse osmosis and other fluid purification processes. Shannon Lopez, Engineering Associate, was interviewed for the video project, along with two other employees.

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Beyond 125 Years: Planning For The Chamber’s Future

currently conducting its first comprehensive General Plan Update (GPU). The Chamber’s Economic Recovery Task Force will formally take on the role of ensuring the business community’s involvement in the remainder of the GPU update process.

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community has a voice at all levels of government and that business leaders actively participate in the Chamber’s advocacy efforts.

Champion Workforce Strategies to Provide a Skilled Workforce The Oceanside Chamber’s Workforce Development Task Force is focused on championing awareness of diverse industry positions and needs, while convening resources at all stages of talent development and facilitating business growth through talent pipeline development, skill building, and advocacy to promote individual and community economic empowerment.

Working to stop domestic violence and sexual assault as we revive courage and empower lives. WRC provides counseling, case management, supportive services and shelter to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence and their children.

Engage in the Development of Oceanside’s General Plan Update The City of Oceanside is

Develop a Pipeline of Oceanside Leaders The future success of Oceanside will be directly tied to the effectiveness of its leaders. The Chamber will encourage and equip young professionals to participate more actively in the community. Engage in Political Action/Candidate Endorsements A key to pursuing business-friendly policies is supporting policymakers that understand the importance of supporting our small businesses. The Chamber’s Advance Oceanside Political Action Committee will build on its successes from 2020 to support business friendly candidates as they seek local office. In early 2022 the Chamber will publish a more detailed version of it 5-year Strategic Plan to include many of the action steps that are planned for the current year. Stay tuned and thank you for your continued support!



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WELCOME NEW BOARD AND STAFF Lauren Sweeton, General Manager – The Brick Hotel, Chamber Board Member Lauren is a fourth generation O’sider. After graduating from El Camino in 2006, she went on to earn her degree at Pepperdine University. Lauren launched her professional career in Los Angeles, where she worked at Discovery Channel, and Spotify. In 2016, she moved back to Oceanside to join her brother in starting a property management business which specializes in coastal development, value add and income properties. Their most recent development will be The Brick Hotel, an adaptive reuse restoration of a building from 1888, which will be located on Pier View Way. The Brick will feature ten guest rooms, a groundfloor restaurant, rooftop bar, an outdoor cafe, cocktail lounge and access to the neighboring beer garden. A former live-aboard on a 1979 Californian motor-yacht, Lauren loves to travel and has visited 6 continents and 30+ countries. When she is not traveling, Lauren enjoys serving her community and is also an active member of the Downtown Advisory Committee, the Visit Oceanside Board and the PBID Governing Committee. As the daughter of a former Chamber president, Lauren is excited to join the Chamber Board and eager to see what the future holds for Oceanside.

Kevin Shin, Owner – The Switchboard Restaurant, Chamber Board Member Kevin Shin is the owner of The Switchboard Restaurant, North County Roastery, and holds a partnership for The Fin Hotel. He is also a Fire Captain for the Culver City Fire Department. | Winter 2022

Kevin spent 13 years in the United States Marine Corps and was “ordered” to make Oceanside his first and favorite residency. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from CSU San Marcos. Kevin was previously an executive project manager and marketing director for various telemetry and GPS firms. Kevin currently serves as a board member for Oceanside Museum of Art and KOCT.

Porsche Copeland, Events and Programs Coordinator, Oceanside Chamber of Commerce Porsche Copeland is a true California native. Her North County roots run deep as she was born on Camp Pendleton and raised in Oceanside’s neighboring city, Vista. A Pageant girl growing up, Porsche claimed her crown as the 2004 Miss Vista Princess. She has spent the majority of her life loving North County and holds a special place in her heart for our coastal cities. Her love for the Oceanside community was even recognized by former Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood with her receipt of a Certificate of Recognition. Porsche has always been a “people person” and thoroughly enjoys organizing events that bring people together. She has an extensive background in hosting events large and small. Her most significant work was organizing and executing events for the Fort Campbell Spouses Club, a volunteer-run, non-profit focusing on social, charitable, and educational programs and dedicated to improving the quality of lives for our military and their families. Porsche is so excited to take on the role of Events and Programs Coordinator for the Oceanside Chamber! But, aside from her busy Chamber work, Porsche enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She can be found relaxing on the beach or partaking in outdoor activities like hiking, skateboarding, or anything in the sunshine and fresh air. Oceanside Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Journal | 25

You can reach Porsche at the Chamber offices (760) 722-1534 ext. 104 or by email at porsche@

Rosie Hurt, Programs and Customer Service Specialist, Oceanside Chamber of Commerce An east coast girl at heart, Rosie Hurt grew up in a rural, small town in the Southern Adirondacks of upstate New York. Rosie studied New Media with a focus on graphic design and photography at SUNY Adirondack. While she had been passionate about art and working within the creative realm, it was there that she realized she was meant to pursue a career in digital art. To kickoff her career in digital media, Rosie secured an internship with Black Dog Designs, digital marketing firm consisting of graphic designers, web developers,

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content creators and marketing specialists using market research to help businesses grow. From there, Rosie continued to grow her portfolio creating countless logos and branded content for businesses in the area. Rosie’s was previously employed as a Computer Help Desk Aide for a K-12 school district. Besides managing the help desk and creating web content, Rosie had the special opportunity to teach kids a variety of fun activities including how to program robots! Rosie recently moved to North County after marrying her now husband who is stationed at Camp Pendleton. While she only visited Oceanside once before calling it home, she is absolutely loving the beach, the gorgeous sunsets, and, above all else, our beautiful coastal community. Outside the Chamber, Rosie loves to cook and bake, grow her graphic design portfolio with new skills, and explore her new city. An east coast girl turned west coast, Rosie Hurt is excited for many years to come in Oceanside. You can reach Rosie at the Chamber offices (760) 722-1534 ext. 101 or by email at

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A N E W Y E A R F O R H E A LT H Y C H O I C E S It is the time of the year to start our New Year’s Resolutions. Year after year, exercising more and eating healthy are the top two New Year’s Resolutions. We all have good intentions on New Year’s Day, but many go back to our old habits because change is never easy. A study by the University of Scranton showed only 8% of people stick to their New Year’s Resolution. So what can we do to stick to our goals? We talk with Dr. Lizotte from Seaside Medical Group in Oceanside to get his take on keeping healthy habits year-round. “With the holidays behind us, now might be a good time to revisit healthy eating habits,” said Paul Lizotte, DO, FACP, a board-certified Internist with Seaside Medical Group. “There are certain factors that you may have no control over, such as your genetics, environment, diseases and medications, that can affect your weight. But there are other factors that you can control all year round to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. I encourage my patients to eat a well-balanced diet, increase their physical activity and amount of sleep, and reduce stress whenever possible, especially at this time of the year.” To keep your New year’s Resolution while also enjoying balance in your life, Dr. Lizotte encourages his patients to consider these healthy eating tips: Make smaller goals for yourself instead of going straight for a strict exercise regimen. For instance, set a goal to go on a walk around your neighborhood every day for 30 minutes. Or make the goal to go to the gym two times a week. This way, you set realistic expectations for yourself and can create new plans from there. | Winter 2022

Make exercise a fun part of your day. Play beach volleyball with your friends or family, take your dog to the park and run with them, plan a hike in the area or find fun group fitness classes to attend. Exercise should be a fun part of your day, so try to find something that you will genuinely enjoy. Instead of taking things out of your diet, add healthy options into your diet. Do you want spaghetti? Add some squash and broccoli. Are you craving tacos? Add bell pepper and onion to them. This way, you are still enjoying the food you love, but you add nutritional value and get full quicker. Eat a small healthy snack throughout the day, like almonds or fruit, to help prevent over-eating later in the day. Containing your hunger is very important. Eat more slowly to savor the taste of your food substitute sugary drinks for water. Water is essential for your overall health. “Remember, balance is key in making healthy choices,” added Dr. Lizotte. “Still do the things you love and try not to get discouraged if you have a bad day. Every day we wake up, we have a new chance to make healthy choices.” Maintaining your weight during this time is possible by committing to two simple goals: thoughtful planning and paying attention to your food choices. It’s OK to partake in your favorite treats if you do so mindfully and in moderation. If you would like to speak with someone about weight management and improving your health by eating better and exercising more, the nutrition experts at Tri-City Medical Center are here to help. Registered dietitians can provide medical nutrition counseling and work with you to develop a personalized nutrition plan that is right for you. Their goal is to help you make long-term changes in your eating habits and lifestyle while providing encouraging support and advice along the way. To learn more, visit Tri-City Medical Center’s Outpatient Nutritional Counseling Program or call 760-940-7726

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Cox Communications Expands Internet Affordability Program to Help Close the Digital Divide

Cox Communications has broadened its affordability portfolio by expanding its low-cost internet tier, ConnectAssist. The newly expanded offering is one of Cox’s many efforts to create digital equity and is designed for low-income households who don’t qualify for Connect2Compete, which is designed for families with children in grades K-12 who are enrolled in government financial assistance programs. “Helping to bridge the digital divide and bring digital equity to low-income households is important to us,” said Ingo Hentschel, senior vice president and region manager for Cox Communications in California. “We want to do what we can to eliminate the technology gap for people of all ages in our communities, which is why we’re expanding our low-cost internet options to include ConnectAssist.”

​ rontwave Named Best Credit Union in San F Diego Reader Poll Two Years Running Frontwave Credit Union has been named San Diego’s Best Credit in the 2021 San Diego Reader’s Best-Of Poll. Each year, the San Diego Reader invites San Diegans to nominate their favorite businesses, restaurants and activities to be named to the Best-Of list. The top 5 nominees in each category then go headto-head in a month-long voting process. This year, hundreds of thousands of votes were cast and Frontwave was honored to be selected as the Best Credit Union in San Diego! In addition, Frontwave Credit Union was named runner-up in the Best Mortgage Company category. ​ “There are a number of terrific 28 | Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Journal

financial institutions in our community so it’s a huge honor to be voted as the best of the best,” said Bill Birnie, President/CEO for Frontwave Credit Union. “For nearly 70 years, we’ve been committed to making financial dreams come true. This recognition affirms that we are delivering on our vision to be the best place our Members have ever banked. It’s all thanks to our marvelous Dream Makers who demonstrate their commitment and dedication to our Membership and the communities we serve every day.”

Oceanside Senior Volunteer of the Year Announced The recipient of the Oceanside 2021 Senior Volunteer of the Year Award was announced at the annual Senior Expo hosted by the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce at Civic Center Plaza. ​Oceanside resident Shirley Thralls was awarded the honor, remarking, “Helping has always been in my blood.” Ms. Thralls, aged 90, has been an active volunteer with the Tri-City Medical Center since 2008 where her upbeat, outgoing personality was well appreciated. Shirley has also been a dedicated volunteer at the El Corazon Senior Center since 2009, greeting guests, conducting facility tours, and making calls to check in on seniors. During COVID’s “stay at home” orders, Ms. Thralls helped make over 1,500 calls to Oceanside seniors to help coordinate shopping trips, doctor visits, and more. Shirley shares her helpful knowledge of Oceanside community services with all who stop by the Senior Center during her volunteer hours – over 750 hours per year at the El Corazon Senior Center alone. Thank you Shirley!

U.S. Early Education Provider Develops Caring Series to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 and Other Viruses Children’s Paradise Preschool and Infant Centers (“Children’s Paradise”) announced the release Winter 2022 |

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of an operational system of posters, signage and tags that outline how to combat COVID-19 and other viruses in settings that care for children from infant to five years of age. Lina Borja, Director of Children’s Paradise in Oceanside has made masks for families at the center. The Sweet Teams program supports children, educators, preschools, and daycares, and the community using step-by-step strategies to keep learning centers, play yards and common areas safe and healthy. Children’s Paradise’s operational system is the only known platform in existence for these types of centers. Most guidance and templates being provided at the state and local levels pertain to grades K-12.

Scripps Gives 1,500 COVID-19, Flu Shots at Del Mar Fairgrounds Vaccine Station on First Day of Operation During the first day of operation of the new Scripps Health vaccination station at the Del Mar Fairgrounds on Wednesday, 1,000 Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster shots and 500 influenza vaccine were provided to Scripps patients and employees. And while appointments at the station have been filled quickly, there were still appointments available to Scripps patients and employees in the following weeks. Appointments may be made through the MyScripps portal. “With flu season under way, there’s no better time than now to get immunized against influenza and COVID-19,” Scripps President and CEO Chris Van Gorder said. Van Gorder and Ghazala Sharieff, M.D., M.B.A., Scripps chief medical officer for acute care, clinical excellence and experience, were at the

fairgrounds to administer the vaccines. “It’s safe to receive both vaccines at the same time, and Scripps wanted to make getting both vaccines as easy as possible by providing both vaccines at Del Mar,” Dr. Sharieff said. “There is no reason to hold off on protecting yourself as much as you can from these potentially serious and deadly diseases.”

City of Oceanside Wins WateReuse Award of Excellence The City of Oceanside received an Award of Excellence during the WateReuse Conference this month. Oceanside received the Recycled Water Outreach/ Education Program Award for Pure Water Oceanside, which pays tribute to an agency that demonstrates a significant and wide-reaching community outreach and/or public education program that informs the community about the presence and benefits of water reuse. Scheduled to be complete in 2022, Pure Water Oceanside will be the first fully operational indirect potable reuse project in San Diego County providing more than 32% of the City of Oceanside’s water supply. The City has implemented strategic public outreach and education in order to provide an interactive experience that highlights the importance of this project. The City of Oceanside offers a bustling tour program, which allows you to directly experience and interact with program operators, engineers, and project managers. Videos, and educational material highlight the many benefits of Pure Water Oceanside continued on page 30 | Winter 2022

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including decreased dependence on imported water, using one-third of the energy required to desalinate seawater, helping to make Oceanside more drought-resilient, protecting the groundwater basin from saltwater contamination, and protecting the environment by reusing a precious resource.

MiraCosta College Named in Top 150 Community Colleges to Compete for $1 Million Aspen Prize The Aspen Institute has named MiraCosta College as one of the 150 entities eligible to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, one of the nation’s highest awards honoring achievement and performance of America’s community colleges. The colleges selected for this honor stand out among more than 1,000 community colleges nationwide as having high and improving levels of student success, as well as equitable outcomes for Black and Hispanic students and those from lower-income backgrounds. “It is an honor to be included amongst the top 15 percent of community colleges invited to compete for the Aspen Prize,” explains Dr. Sunita “Sunny” Cooke, MiraCosta College Superintendent/ President. 30 | Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Journal

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Our City has so much to offer! Our friends at Tri-City Medical Center share why they love where they live and their passion for our community.

Rocky J. Chavez Chairperson, Tri-City Healthcare District I love the daytime farmer’s Market in Oceanside as well as the Sunset Market on the same day. The food is always delicious and there is such a fantastic variety always available! I love walking around and seeing what local artists have conjured in their studios as well. It is always an adventure.


As a former State Assembly Member representing Oceanside from 20122018, this amazing city holds a special place in my heart. I love this community because it holds high values and supports our military, environment and education. Oceanside highlights the best of California: beaches/harbor, agriculture, San Luis Rey Mission, industry, military, Oceanside Museum of Art and open spaces. I have been fortunate enough to serve this great community as a U.S. Marine Corps Colonel at Camp Pendleton, as well as on the Oceanside city council. Now, as Chair of the Tri-City Healthcare District Board of Directors, I am proud to serve coastal North County’s largest hospital where we provide the best care to our Oceanside residents!


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I love Oceanside because you get southern hospitality but in a California beach town. The community is downto-earth, caring and people-oriented. I love that Camp Pendleton is right in our backyard. Being able to host the nation’s finest warriors (Marines) is not only an honor but is a steady reminder of how lucky we are to have freedom.



I love Oceanside because it’s a military town and that means a lot to me because both of my parents served in the United States Marine Corps. I was born at Tri-City Medical Center and had the privilege of growing up in Oceanside and watching it grow over the years. It really is the best place to live and work!

Hope Chaney EVS Department Manager, Tri-City Medical Center Oceanside is such a great place to call home. As a United States Marine Corps Veteran, I was introduced to Oceanside back in 1988, and I knew I would come back one day. My daughter moved to Oceanside and I knew that it was my time to rekindle my experience with such a welcoming town. I have been here five years now and am proud to say Oceanside is my new home. I have done more activities here in Oceanside than ever, from walking along the beach to cycling the San Luis Rey River and you can’t forget trotting the 5k on Thanksgiving. Oceanside is such a fun-loving community.

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Food Scraps Recycling Program

In 2020, the City of Oceanside and Waste Management launched the Food Scraps Recycling Program for commercial and multi-family customers to guarantee compliance with current State legislation, AB 1826 and SB 1383, as well as support the City of Oceanside’s Climate Action Plan and Zero Waste Strategic Management Plan’s overall goal of reaching 75-90% diversion rate. Not only has this program reduced the amount of materials being sent to the landfill, but it also provides opportunities for businesses to right-size or down-size their current services to mitigate cost impact, if not provide overall cost savings. In Oceanside, recycling and food scraps services are cheaper than landfill services, resulting in savings when you minimize your landfill services and strive for zero waste. During the program roll out, the majority of the Oceanside business community has realized cost savings, totaling over $15,000 saved each month.

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Over the last two years, more and more Oceanside businesses have subscribed to the Food Scraps Recycling Program, ensuring compliance with local and State laws before 2022 and paving the way for a more sustainable City. From restaurants and grocery stores, to even hardware stores and automotive shops, Oceanside has multiple leaders who demonstrate that a successful program is possible regardless of their industry or business model. One business in particular that has proven that any business can have a successful Food Scraps Recycling Program is Bussey’s Automotive (1402 Mission Ave; www. Family owned and operated since 1946, Bussey’s Automotive was one of the first businesses to work with the City of Oceanside’s Zero Waste Technical Assistance (ZWTA) Team to add backend food scraps recycling services to their existing recycling and landfill service, train their staff, and Winter 2022 |

add signage to employee breakrooms, demonstrating the ease of adding a third stream. When first introduced to the Food Scraps Recycling Program, owner Dan Phillips had questions and concerns, especially being an auto service shop. But after a visit from the ZWTA Team, employee training, addition of interior bins provided by the City, and other resources, he quickly realized that this program was a great addition to his backend services and noticed that he and his employees created much more food scraps and food soiled paper than he first thought. “We love the program. It has really opened up our eyes to the fact that trash may not be ‘just trash’,” Dan said. “It can be recycled or reused, and disposed of properly.” SB 1383 will be going into effect January 1, 2022, further requiring all generators to have recycling and food scraps services. The City and Waste Management will continue to work with remaining businesses and multi-family customers to set up and roll out these services. Technical assistance, posters, signage, virtual and in person training, and free recycling starter kits will be available to assist | Winter 2022

with the transition. For questions or comments regarding service adjustments, bin deliveries or the program as a whole, including scheduling an in-person training or virtual one-on-one technical assistance appointment, please call the Zero Waste team at (760) 435-5457 or email

The City of Oceanside is dedicated to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and has a target of reaching a 25% reduction by 2030 through its Oceanside Climate Action Plan and strategies outlined in its 2020 Zero Waste Plan. To learn more about these initiatives, visit and

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Oceanside Students Recognized as Rising Stars by Local Business Community

Three stars were visible in the morning sky on Nov. 2 when the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce recognized seniors from three Oceanside high schools through its inaugural Rising Star student recognition program. The students, selected by their school’s educators, embody the mission of the program: “Convening the business and education community to honor Oceanside seniors for rising above adversity by demonstrating character, integrity, school and community engagement that make our city shine like a star.” Scott Ashton, the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce’s CEO and event emcee, said they are hosting the Rising Star program as part of its larger workforce development initiative. “Through this student recognition and providing higher education scholarships, we are focused on engaging with our K-12 educational partners to ensure a strong workforce pipeline for our Oceanside business community,” Ashton said.

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Senior Center featured speakers such as Mayor Esther Sanchez (pictured top right) and Superintendent Dr. Julie Vitale. Event sponsors and members of the Oceanside chamber’s board of directors attended. Representatives for elected officials presented each student with a certificate of recognition. KUSI and The Patch covered the event. The event highlight, however, was when the honorees individually addressed the audience. Introduced by her principal, Skyler M. Garrahy, Julissa Beltran Ramos from Oceanside High School was the first to speak and it was clear to all that she has risen above her challenges. She spoke poignantly of her traumatic home life and being “forced to grow up at the age of 9” but she gave credit to her mother for starting a new life. Although she struggled academically and emotionally, Julissa said she found her voice. She said she is grateful for her struggles because she has grown resilient despite them and has found hope and a purpose for her life. Julissa’s plans are to enter medical school and to study emergency medicine. Her mother listened carefully at the table to her daughter’s words of strength and courage, and then shared a loving tribute through an interpreter. Gianna Stafford from El Camino High School was described by her principal, Eileen Frazier, as making a transformation from a quietly defiant student involved in unhealthy relationships, to a student who was mature, focused, and confident. When asked what brought on this change, Gia simply said she wanted a better life and had goals she wanted to achieve. Now, Winter 2022 |

with improved grades and outlook, Gia is a part of the Associated Student Body and has taken control of her own destiny. As she stood at the lectern and thanked her teachers and counselors, Gia stated that she had plans to join the Navy and then go into nursing, as she wants to make a difference, help others, and give back to her community. Her mother read a note from Gia’s father which said, “always remember on your hardest days, no matter what, as long as you have a fight and a fire within you, you can achieve anything. Don’t limit your challenges, challenge your limits always.” Vanessa Mendoza from Surfside Educational Academy was introduced by principal Eric Frandsen as an effective communicator and on a mission. Frandsen said, “The Surfside team is proud to celebrate Vanessa in receiving this well-deserved recognition.” School counselor Anna Rhine went on to describe Vanessa as a hard worker, a serious student concentrated on her studies, earning college credits in her hospitality class, and most notably a leader among her peers. Vanessa humbly spoke about difficulties finding her way in traditional high school. She was failing her classes and was discouraged until she was placed at Surfside. Recognizing her teachers and school staff as part of her success, Vanessa is looking forward to a working during the summer months and enrolling in MiraCosta College’s nursing program.

The Rising Star program is presented by Tri City Medical Center and Genentech and sponsored by San Diego Gas & Electric. At the end of the school year, the Rising Stars are eligible to apply for scholarships. Ashton added, “We would like to thank Genentech for their generous $20,000 scholarship sponsorship which will help more of our Rising Stars to reach the stars!” If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to the scholarship fund or purchase a ticket to attend the next monthly event, visit https://risingstaroceanside. Special thanks to Oceanside-Camp Pendleton Patch for the event photos

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Coastal Academy: Award-Winning Public Schools Supporting Parent Choice North San Diego County is fortunate to have many great public schools offering flexible program options to serve the diverse needs of students. As we look to the future and the likely requirement of mandatory vaccinations for students to attend in-class instruction at school, many parents are searching for alternatives to traditional, on-campus learning modalities. While public schools in our region have recently begun offering virtual education options, Coastal Academy (TK-8) and Coastal Academy High School (9-12) have provided students with independent study and homeschool programs in Oceanside and the surrounding areas since 2003. They are a part of the award-winning Classical Academies organization that provides rigorous academics, small class sizes, and an acclaimed character education program. Their uniquely designed program encourages students to explore their interests, accommodates individual learning styles, and prepares students to reach their maximum potential by becoming thinkers, communicators, and achievers.

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Parents and guardians play a meaningful and active role in their children’s education by working alongside credentialed teachers to promote learning, explore their community, and encourage student success. In addition to high-quality academics, both campuses offer award-winning Musical Theater programs and robust music and art programs, including Marching Band. Coastal Academy High School provides CIF Sports, ASB, cheer, dance, clubs,

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member of the quar ter Daryle Howard, First Command Financial Services The Oceanside Chamber is happy to recognize First Command Financial Services as our Member of the Quarter. First Command’s Financial Advisor Daryle Howard has been an active member participating in a number of Chamber events and committees and makes the most of the company’s membership. He was instrumental in securing a sponsorship for the annual military event, Operation Appreciation in August.

Howard retired as a Chief Warrant Officer 3 after a 20-year career in the United States Marine Corps and understands the challenges and opportunities associated with life in the military. He is committed to helping service members and their families get their financial lives “squared away.” First Command Financial Services was founded in 1958 by a retired Air Force officer for the specific purpose of improving the financial well-being of military professionals and their families. Today, more than 500 First Command Financial Advisors across the country and abroad, many of whom also served, are committed to the company’s Mission of “coaching those who serve in their pursuit of financial security.”

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Oceanside International Film Festival Kicks Off in February Established in 2009, the Oceanside International Film Festival is the longest running festival of its kind in North County San Diego. OIFF is an opportunity for independent filmmakers to have their work publicly screened in the heart of the thriving Oceanside art scene. It also gives attending moviegoers a chance to experience both local and international cinema in a locale known for its rich history, beautiful beaches, and unique artistic community. The Oceanside International Film Festival brings the best of cinema & moderated industry discussions from around the world to our thriving downtown area. This includes films of all genres and mediums, legacy titles of a classic nature, special presentations enhanced with a live musical re-score and anniversary celebration screenings. The festival continues to welcome honored names of Hollywood, from Academy Award winning performers, cast and crew, to Walt Disney pioneers, and the emerging artists of tomorrow. A more recent staple of the festival has been highlighting the locally produced TNT drama series, Animal Kingdom, which have included members of the show’s cast & crew on stage for sold out in-depth discussions. Simply put, OIFF has been an equal promoter of works shot within Oceanside and with artistic voices heard far beyond the city itself. OIFF takes place in Downtown Oceanside, which has been recognized as one of 14 Cultural Arts Districts by the State of California. Adding to this, the festival has the honor of being represented as one of 3 major artistic pillars of our Oceanside District. With that, we invite you all to our 11th Annual event, kicking-off our second decade of supporting independent film & those who create them. OIFF 2022 will run Tuesday February 22nd through Sunday February 27th at The Historic Brooks Theatre. Visit & follow us on social media @osidefilm for more information. See you at the movies! | Winter 2022

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By Giselle Gharchet Kaur Marketing and Events Manager and Kundalini Yoga Instructor Life’s unexpected circumstances can sometimes create a plot twist in our lives; however, learning and understanding fundamental tools can not only help keep us on track, but can lead us to a more harmonious path. Founder and owner of Angels & Gurus, Vanessa Sat Siri Kaur, is from Turkey and began her spiritual journey in Germany. It was there where she had her kundalini awakening and discovered her own angelic gifts. She began regularly practicing kundalini yoga which continued to magnify her abilities to assist many of her students in achieving peace, health and prosperity. She continued her training and obtained

certifications in kundalini medicine, physical therapy and yoga, Qigong, breathwork, Feng Shui, reincarnation and hypnosis therapy. During one of her most powerful spiritual awakenings, she got a calling and a vision that included the salt water and mystical guides that called her to come to California. In 2020, Vanessa moved her yoga studio from Germany to South Oceanside. Shortly after opening her business, the pandemic and lockdown began making it difficult for any business owner to stay afloat. However, Vanessa remained to be a pillar ... continued on page 46

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Oceanside Companies Set World Record America has a new record for the World’s Fastest Electric Vehicle and the story behind that record begins here in Oceanside. Two local Oceanside companies, Moon Buggy Engineering owned by Trenton Wonsley and Revolt Systems owned by Eddy Borysewicz partnered together to convert Team Vesco’s “Little Giant” (a former Trenton Wonsley and Eddy Borysewicz gas-powered streamliner) to electric, beating both the national and world records at an average speed of 353.87 MPH. Borsewicz whose career started in software development, recently launched his new company Revolt Systems located in Ocean Ranch to focus on high-end electric propulsion and the electric hot rod industry. When the opportunity was presented from car owner Rick Vesco, whose family is a legend

in the racing industry, to design what is now the world’s fastest electric vehicle, Borsewicz immediately reached out to Wonsley who has engineered dozens of conversion projects over his career. Projects that include the first electric Ferrari, Maserati BiTurbo, dune buggies- and most recently was featured on Jay Leno’s Garage series where Leno himself drove Wonsley’s converted Porsche 912 and said it was “one of the best [he’s] ever driven.” If you see an old hot rod or classic car that silently flies by you on the road, it’s very likely Oceanside’s own Wonsley has had a role. “What our team has accomplished ultimately changes the competition in land speed racing and how the world views electric vehicles as it relates to speed and technology,” said Borsewicz. This is the first dual Tesla motor configuration used in a streamliner to date. Top speeds like this also wouldn’t be possible without the driving expertise of Eric Ritter, Team Vesco’s driver from Queens, New York who has personally topped speed at 430 MPH. “The torque curve is just so unreal to drive. It stayed hooked up the whole run and with a 2 1/4-mile time at over 303 mph it was like being a test pilot on a sled rail. I never thought I would be doing record runs in a Tesla powered race car, but I am definitely hearing 400 mph calling my name and a tour at the Tesla factory,” describes Ritter. Team Vesco is a family race team that began with Rick’s father John Vesco back in 1933. Their other land

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speed vehicle, the Turbinator II powered by a turbine engine is the fastest wheel driven car in the world. In 2018 it reached a top speed of 503 MPH. Today, with help from Oceanside’s Revolt Systems and Moon Buggy Engineering, they now have the world’s fastest vehicles in both gas-powered and electric.

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“I grew up in the garage fixing cars with my dad,” Wonsley reflects. Today, that hobby has grown into one of the greatest moments of my career – achieving a world record with Eddy, Team Vesco, Greg Peek and a whole team behind us, in an evolving and dare I say revolutionary way because we achieved it with a

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UPCOMING NETWORKING EVENTS The Oceanside Chamber is excited to host a variety of upcoming in-person forums, workshops, and networking events. Please check the Chamber calendar for all event updates.




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economic development update Despite the challenges of the past 19 months, Oceanside businesses have remained strong and resilient. 2021 welcomed dozens of new businesses to our City that brought more jobs and renewed economic vibrancy. With the return of many special events that had been postponed in 2020, Oceanside is once again bustling with activity, attracting more visitors and providing new amenities for locals to enjoy. Read on for a list of exciting new projects!


The long-awaited beachfront resorts, the Mission Pacific Hotel at 201 N. Myers St. and the Seabird Resort at 101 Mission Ave, opened in May 2021. Restaurants and cocktail lounges within the resorts include The Rooftop Bar, High/Low, and Valle in the Mission Pacific and Piper, The Shore Room Bar & Lounge, and The Shelter Club in the Seabird. The Tremont Collective has opened at 602 South Tremont. This project transformed former auto repair garages into a mixed-use project with retail, restaurants, and a creative warehouse-style office. Retailers and restaurants include Brixton, Communal Coffee, Communal Annex, BottleCraft, Shootz Fish & Beer, Al Fresko, Atacama Surf Shop, STAB, and Verve Studios. The William A. Wagner Aquatic Center at Senior Center Drive is a world-class aquatic center that will provide competitionlevel amenities to serve Oceanside residents, school districts and host regional meets. The aquatic center features a 56-meter competition pool, diving boards, instructional pool, splash pad, administrative offices, meeting rooms, large multi-purpose hall, locker rooms, and outdoor recreational and viewing areas

NEW BUSINESSES OPENED IN 2021 – DOWNTOWN AND SOUTH O Neighborhood Veterinary Hospital of Oceanside - 215 S. Coast Hwy., Roots Craft Juice - 631 S. Cleveland St., Zzang Hot Dogs and Chicken Oceanside - 409 Mission Ave., | Winter 2022

Previously On - 105 S. Coast Hwy., Oceanside Technology Center (OTC) - 1140 S. Tremont St., Plantology – 913 S. Coast Hwy., Sugar Lemon Water (SLW) - 1934 S. Coast Hwy., Carrillo Pottery - 309 South Coast Hwy., Municipal Taco - 2002 South Coast Hwy., Shore Shot Shooting Simulator - 603 Mission Ave., Plantplay Gardens - 1839 S. Coast Hwy., The Ozone – 102 Mission Ave., Los Amigos Mexican Food - 2011 Mission Ave., The Proper 32 - 2003 S. Coast Hwy., Fine – 214 North Coast Hwy., The Bunker House Café & Social Lounge – 322 N. Cleveland St., The Green Room Hotel – 2020 South Coast Hwy. Matsu – 626 S. Tremont St., South “O” Brewing at 1575 S. Coast Hwy., MAB Beauty Bar – 212 Artist Alley, Flying Pig Pub & Kitchen – 509 Mission Ave. Friends of Friends Hat Co – 1931 S. Coast Hwy.

NEW BUSINESSES OPENED IN 2021 – GREATER OCEANSIDE FS Hawaii, USA - 4660 North Ave. Heat Factory, USA - 3544 Seagate Way., R-Space - 475 College Blvd., Lollicup Fresh SD - 4121 Oceanside Blvd., Guanatos City Restaurant - 3776 Mission Ave., Body by JS 3365 Mission Ave., Five Below - 459-09 College Blvd., Localhost459 College Blvd., Ding Tea Oceanside - 4259 Oceanside Blvd., Les Creme - 4061 Oceanside Blvd. Grocery Outlet – 1527 Mission Ave., Rhea Lana’s – 2550 Vista Way, Banfield Pet Hospital – 3841 Plaza Dr., Blessed & Boujee Boutique – 4171 Oceanside Blvd.

The City of Oceanside looks forward to helping more businesses open and expand in 2022. The Economic development staff is available to assist with site selection, market data and other resources to help businesses locate, stay and grow in Oceanside. For more information, contact Michelle Geller, Economic Development Manager, at or (760) 435-3351. Oceanside Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Journal | 45

Building Community Through Tourism Leslee Gaul Visit Oceanside Everywhere you look, exciting things are happening in Oceanside. The stylish new beach resorts have activated our pier beachfront with attractive new spaces and local experiences. The restoration and reinvention of the Brick Hotel is not only preserving a bit of Oceanside history, but also uniting beloved Oceanside businesses like the Succulent Café, Stone Tasting Room Oceanside and Frankie’s Cocktail Lounge in the heart of our cultural district. The beautification of the pier plaza area and the debut of the Tremont Collective with its flagship Brixton store – a brand that originated in Oceanside – are other examples in a long list of projects that pay homage to our past and celebrated O’side culture while shaping our community of tomorrow. While many of these new discoveries appeal to outof-town visitors, they are as much about creating a vibrant community and opportunities for locals and offer a good reminder of the symbiotic relationship that exists between tourism and a local community.

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This relationship was best described several years ago by a United Kingdom hospitality expert who wrote the following: “When communities invest money into tourism in a responsible manner that includes preserving the local heritage and culture as well improving infrastructure and beautification, it will in turn create better education, better leisure amenities, more cultural and special events and thus a better lifestyle for the local people.” He goes on to explain that when locals enjoy a better quality of life, they are more likely to reinvest back into the community, which creates everything from more jobs for residents to enhanced cultural attractions and special events. In return, the destination becomes more attractive to visitors, which boosts visitor spending to benefit local businesses. The destination also starts to attract a more quality visitor who is willing to invest in the destination by supporting

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the rich and diverse experiences that connect them with interesting people, unique products and beautiful natural environments.

Visitor Spending in OceansidE Visitor OceansidE HotelSpending visitors spend an averagein of $469 per day,* per party with 74% of spending going to businesses other than lodging. Hotel visitors spend an average of $469 per day,* per party with 74% of spending going to businesses other than lodging. L o L o

HOTEL: $122 HOTEL: $122

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It’s fulfilling to see that this is indeed what’s happening in Oceanside! Over the last decade, we’ve seen unprecedented and thoughtful investment in infrastructure and beautification. In return, visitor spending has doubled, which has supported a wide variety of local businesses including retail shops, restaurants and cultural and recreational attractions. According to a recent study from Dean Runyan and Associates, a whopping 74 percent of visitor spending in Oceanside goes to businesses other than lodging, including the many small businesses owned by our friends and neighbors. What’s more, in the 10 years prior to the pandemic, tourism jobs for residents grew by 50 percent and tax revenues, which support parks, recreation, public safety, road repair, libraries and more, grew by 200 percent. As we continue to emerge from the pandemic, we know that tourism recovery will truly benefit everyone in Oceanside. Visit Oceanside remains committed to its role as a destination steward to help drive this recovery in a way that nurtures the positive symbiotic relationship with our local community. We continue to advocate for projects, such as the agritourism master plan, that preserve our unique heritage and landscape. We seek to spread visitors out so that businesses in all parts of Oceanside may benefit and encourage visitation during shoulder seasons to support a reliable stream of year-round visitor spending. We invest in programs that celebrate our rich cultural heritage. We support green and sustainable initiatives such as beach clean-ups to help protect and preserve our beautiful beaches. Through all these efforts, Visit Oceanside is proud to positively impact the quality of life in our City while sharing our inspired and storied destination with the world. The future has never looked brighter for Oceanside.

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Member Spotlight – Angels and Gurus

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of strength for the community with her caring nature and desire to support many locals to find peace during a chaotic time. She continues to uplift the community by providing a safe space for all to recharge and remember their true nature. The studio mainly offers Kundalini Yoga, the yoga of awareness. Classes are a dynamic blend of postures, mudras, breathwork, mantra, music and meditation that teach the art of relaxation, self-healing and elevation. Vanessa and the Angels & Gurus team are trained to teach how to balance the body and mind to enable all students to experience the clarity and beauty of their soul. Ultimately the goal is to excel in life no matter what kind of challenges or stresses people are faced with. In addition to yoga and Vanessa’s services, she has opened up a retail space within Angels & Gurus for other local artists and healers to sell their unique handcrafted items and offer their healing services. Vanessa believes that we can all find healing through many different modalities. Whether healing is found through crystals, essential oils, reading, art or body care it is important for all to feel whole and to seek a healthy lifestyle that suits all our needs. Vanessa continues to work on many projects and is looking forward to the grand opening of the café located inside Angels & Gurus. While the café currently offers a variety of keto desserts it will expand to vegan treats, keto coffee, tea and smoothies; all geared to be nutritious, delicious and satisfying for health-conscious visitors. No matter what unforeseen circumstances may arise in the outside world, Vanessa encourages that the best thing we can do is find peace and true love within ourselves. Come harness the power within you at Angels & Gurus Kundalini Yoga and Lifestyle studio located in South Oceanside on South Coast Highway. Oceanside Chamber Ad November 2021

Reach Out To Active Duty And Retired Military Personnel

The Military Appreciation Resource Magazine is designed exclusively to show Military personnel and their families businesses that support active duty and retired military personnel.


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MILITARY AFFAIRS FORUM The Oceanside Chamber of Commerce’s Military Affairs Forum provides an avenue for Oceanside Chamber members to learn about key issues relating to Oceanside’s relationship with Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and the servicemembers serving on the base. This meeting is open to all Oceanside Chamber members and invited guests only and will be held the second Thursday of the month (odd numbered months), from 8 AM to 9 AM in the Oceanside Chamber conference room. Thursday, January 13th and March 10th

RISING STAR STUDENT RECOGNITION BREAKFAST The Oceanside Chamber’s monthly Rising Star Breakfast will be held the third Tuesday for the remainder of the school year. The Oceanside Chamber’s Rising Star Program aims to champion students that have overcome significant challenges in their life, but have managed to keep, or get back on track, with their education. The Chamber will honor one high school senior each month from each of our area high schools at a breakfast event. Rising Star Breakfasts are open to all educators, family members of students being honored, Chamber Board Members, business leaders, community members and event sponsors. All donations to the Rising Star program are tax deductible through the Oceanside Chamber Foundation, a 501(c)(3). Tickets are $25 for Chamber members and $40 for prospective members. Please check the Oceanside Chamber’s website for location details and to purchase your ticket. Tuesday, January 18th, February 15th, and March 15th

If you would like more information on distribution and advertising in the Military Appreciation Resource Magazine, contact Jim Pruitt.

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