In August, the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce announced its endorsements for the 2020 City of Oceanside elections. The Chamber Board of Directors voted to support Ryan Keim for District 3 and Peter Weiss for District 4. Both candidates won their respective district races within crowded candidate fields.
By Scott Ashton, CEO, Oceanside Chamber of Commerce
The City of Oceanside has taken a positive step toward improving housing affordability in the downtown Oceanside district. In August, the Oceanside City Council adopted recommendations from City staff and the Downtown Advisory Committee to remove density caps on residential projects that are part of mixed-used developments in the Downtown District. The previous zoning ordinance allowed for a maximum of 43 dwelling units per acre. The removal of the density cap will allow for smaller, more affordable units, while maintaining all other development requirements including height, setbacks and parking.
The Oceanside Chamber of Commerce is committed to playing a vital role in the well-being of our community. In February, the chamber voted to support the proposed North River Farms development in eastern Oceanside, in part because of the positive opportunities it will create to meet our housing and employment objectives. Chamber CEO, Scott Ashton says, “As we look to our future it is imperative that we implement lifestyle supportive housing to attract and retain our workforce.”
Chamber CEO, Scott Ashton and incoming Board Chair, Bill Birnie were included in a group of business and civic leaders invited to partipate in a forum with Congressman-Elect Mike Levin earlier this week. Levin is set to take over the 49th Congressional District seat, currently held by Darrell Issa, in January.
Representatives from the Manufacturing, Health Care, Transportation and Biotech sectors
(including Oceanside's Genentech), were given the opportunity to share concerns related to their specific industries. Levin expressed an interest in following up with tours of many of the businesses in attendance.
Coffee as an Art Form
(From Oceanside Living Magazine 2016, by Scott Ashton)
Do you want to get excited about coffee? Just spend some time with Matt and Erika Rydell, owners of Stache Coffee in Oceanside and you’ll be inspired to learn more about this beverage that so many people around the world enjoy each day.
Stache coffee was started in Matt’s garage and has been operating in a small warehouse space in Oceanside Industrial Park for the past two years. Growing up in Kauai, coffee was a big part of Matt’s culture. He will tell you that coffee fueled him through some of the busier times in his life, but his true love of coffee began shortly after leaving the United States to travel abroad. While on a trip to Indonesia, Matt met a Frenchman named J.P. DeGuine, who was traveling the world on bicycle. Matt found J.P. to be very inspirational, and a friendship ensued.