With more than 25 years of experience in the Chamber of Commerce industry, Scott Ashton has been named as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce, effective November 15. Ashton has worked at the Oceanside Chamber in a variety of capacities for the past 20 years, most recently serving as the Vice President of Business Development.
Ashton will replace David Nydegger who is retiring after nearly 19 years as CEO of the Oceanside Chamber. He will oversee the day-to-day operations of the Chamber including staffing, financial management and implementation of board policy and priorities.
by Scott Ashton
What started as a casual conversation at a Chamber Plates for 8 Luncheon, has turned into a collaboration of Oceanside Chamber members helping our local homeless citizens.
New Chamber member, Danielle Hass, owner of The Inspired Home, Organization, and Design brought a situation to light by letting us know that Bread of Life Rescue Mission, where her grandfather Alan Lauer is a pastor, was having financial issues that could seriously impact their ability to continue providing important services to the local homeless community.
At a candidates forum on September 27th sponsored by the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce’s Business and Community Political Action Committee (BACPAC), the candidates for Oceanside City Council were asked a series of 7 questions requiring a “yes” or “no” answers. This yes/no format was used to ensure that each candidate’s response was clear and could be impartially scored. These questions specifically related to business issues and were designed to evaluate a candidate’s “business friendliness”. The questions included issues related to commercial development, zoning, replenishing sand on our beaches and the downtown area. To assure there was no bias in favor of any one candidate, the “business friendly” response was determined prior to the forum.
by Scott Ashton
Nestled in the quaint Cape Cod style village of the Oceanside Harbor is one of the community’s treasured establishments, Harbor Fish and Chips. Terry Cross, owner, will tell you that
there is no one in Oceanside more passionate about fish than he is.
Cross was born at Oceanside General Hospital and raised in the same Oceanside home his entire childhood. His dad taught him deer hunting and fishing; and his father-in-law,
Doug McWha taught him how to run a commercial fishing boat when Cross was 20 years old.
by Kristi Hawthorne, Oceanside Living Magazine
During the Great Depression, President Franklin D. Roosevelt established a works program in 1935 to help millions of unemployed Americans by creating building projects to provide jobs. The Works Progress Administration (or Works Projects Administration) was commonly known as the WPA. Throughout the U.S. these jobs put over 8 million people to work by building 650,000 miles of roads, thousands of parks and bridges, hundreds of airports, and over 100,000 public buildings. In addition, The Federal Arts Project employed artists to create public art.
In Oceanside the WPA was responsible for building Oceanside’s first permanent Post Office building in 1935. This historic building also contains two projects commissioned by the Treasury
Section of Fine Arts, which like the Federal Arts Project, provided murals and other art forms to decorate public buildings. A beautiful 16' x 6' mural of the San Luis Rey Valley and its Mission,
entitled “Air Mail” by Elise Seeds hangs in the lobby. A carved wooden eagle and grille over the front entrance was done by Stuart Holmes.
Last Thursday marked the Oceanside Chamber’s 11th Annual North County Health Fair at the Oceanside Civic Center Plaza. Hundreds of residents, along with visitors and members of the local business community came together to enjoy a beautiful day in the sun.
The event, presented by Tri-City Medical Center, offered community members an opportunity to get connected to the wide variety of health care resources that are available in Oceanside and surrounding communities. Dozens of exhibitors were on hand to provide information about the services offered by their businesses. Event sponsors included Scripps, Kaiser Permanente and Primary Care Associates/Cassidy Medical Group, Part of OptumCare.
On October 13th, the Chamber’s Oceanside Senior Expo event will take place at the same venue. For more information on the Chamber’s upcoming events, visit our Special Events page.
Oceanside’s restaurants and craft breweries are more than just a place to get a hot meal and a cold beer. They’re where we celebrate special occasions with friends and loved ones, experience new taste sensations, and where we satisfy our cravings by exploring San Diego County’s diverse cultures. Restaurants and craft breweries are also where many of us work to support our families, and they are a key driver of our region’s thriving economy. San Diego County is home to more than 2,500 restaurants from fine dining to fast casual, and 126 craft breweries from nano to internationally distributed brands. And there is one thing they all have in common – natural gas is essential to their current and future success.
There’s been a lot of talk about natural gas lately, but what hasn’t been discussed is how important it is for San Diego County. After all, it’s a clean energy source that is responsible for generating more than half of all the electricity used in our region. But it’s especially critical for the local restaurant and brewing industries. That’s because natural gas not only keeps the lights on, it also fires the brew kettles, cooks the food properly, keeps beer and food cold and the breweries and kitchens sanitary – all of which are crucial to highly functioning brewing and food service operations.
by Kristi Hawthorne, Oceanside Living Magazine
The “Antoinette W” is a familiar site in the Oceanside Harbor and its iconic turquoise and blue colors set it apart from the other boats. Built in 1978, in San Pedro, it was named after the original owner’s grandmother. Asked about changing the name of the “Antoinette W”, owner James Gardner said he only briefly contemplated it but never did because it’s considered bad luck.
Gardner, a commercial fisherman, bought the boat, built as an albacore trawler, in 1985. He soon after converted it to haul live bait. In 1990 Gardner signed on as the lessee of the Oceanside Bait Company at the Harbor and brought the Antoinette to Oceanside. Along with a crew of three, he fishes up and down the coast between La Jolla and Dana Point. He supplies the bait to the bait company, which in turns provides live bait to Helgren’s Sportfishing and the general public.
by Kristi Hawthorne, Oceanside Living Magazine 2016
Trees are an important part of any city, enhancing it with beauty and adding color, providing needed shade, as well as providing a habitat for wildlife. In 1884, Oceanside’s Founder Andrew Jackson Myers, began planting “wattle and blue gum trees on the avenues in Oceanside”. These trees are more commonly known as acacia and eucalyptus. Other early popular tree varieties included cypress and pine, which after a few years became “a nuisance, damaging sewers, sidewalks and the streets.”
Palm trees lined Hill Street (now Coast Highway) as early as the 1890s and as Oceanside developed, its citizens continued to plant trees along its streets and avenues. In 1896 the newspaper reported that 155 palms were planted along with 200 pepper trees, 175 cypress, 275 pines and 420 sugar gums.
by Kristi Hawthorne, from Oceanside Living Magazine
Oceanside has its own share of myths or urban legends that get passed around and soon become truth in the minds of many. Some of these are funny, minute details of Oceanside that never happened or in fact happened but are exaggerated. We take a look at just a few of those, along with some that might have happened.
The Oceanside Pier was once a mile long. Exaggerated. None of Oceanside’s six piers have ever been a mile long. Many locals will recall that the “old pier” (the previous pier) was either “a mile long” or “longer than the present pier”. A mile is 5,280 feet long. The old pier was 1,941 feet long and today’s pier (built in 1987) is 1,942 feet long.
by Kristi Hawthorne, from Oceanside Living Magazine
As Oceanside has developed over the years, we have acquired an eclectic array of structures which have been built over different time periods and that represent a variety of architecture styles. However, with time and neglect, once impressive buildings can lose their luster or when left vacant turn to eyesores. The general consensus may lean toward demolition but when a building can be repurposed, our downtown can maintain its history and character.
Last Wednesday, the Oceanside Chamber held its Annual Awards and Recognition Luncheon at the El Camino Country Club. The Chamber, which is celebrating its 120th anniversary this year, recognized dozens of local businesses for their longtime support of the Chamber, including 75 year member, Weseloh Chevrolet.
Several businesses and community partners were also recognized with awards in ten different categories of excellence. Here's a quick look at our award winners:
Small Business of the Year: Ashley's Party Rental
Philanthropic Business of the Year: North County Lifeline
Green Partner of the Year: Green Oceanside
Patriotic Business of the Year: Pioneer Services
Arts & Culture Partner of the Year: KOCT
Innovator of the Year: Tri-City Medical Center
Community Partner of the Year: Genentech
Large Business of the Year: Gilead
Oceanside Chamber Citizen of the Year: Chuck Atkinson
Community Event of the Year: Kinane Events-Turkey Trot
by Sara Johnson and Amber Ter-Vrugt, Oceanside Living Magazine 2016
Oceanside is a great place to get a buzz… a caffeine buzz, that is! We had entirely too much fun visiting our local coffee (and tea) houses. Through our vigorous research of the coffee
gems of coastal Oceanside, we realized that Oceanside has something for EVERYONE. Each coffee house has its own special vibe, flavor and attributes. Whether you need a
quiet place to relax, an edgy place to enjoy music, or a place you can bring your crazy kids and let them run-a-muck, we discovered you don’t have to leave our community to find
it. Whatever scene you’re in the mood for, you can find it in Oceanside. The single commonality between all the places we sampled is quality. No matter what you chose, you’re going
to have a darn good cup of joe… or tea! We hope our findings are helpful, …Now go get a buzz…!
(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.
El Sábado pasado celebramos el cincuenta aniversario de Johnny el Barbero. Miembros del comité Latino de la cámara de comercio en Oceanside y miembros de la comunidad se unieron para celebrar con Johnny. Estamos muy orgullosos de Johnny y el impacto que ha tenido en la comunidad Latina en Oceanside.
Johnny abrió sus puertas al negocio en el tiempo que no se acostumbraba a ver a hombres cortar el pelo ya que esta industria era dominada por mujeres. Johnny dice que le debe mucho a su éxito y al alto nivel de servicio al cliente. Muchas personas han sido clientes de Johnny desde su juventud y todavía vienen como adultos a ver a Johnny.
June 14, 2016 | The Inspired Home, organization + design
With "Spring Cleaning" checked off of the list (or not, we won't judge), it’s the perfect time to transition into "summer organizing." The phrase might not have quite the same ring to it, but here at the Inspired Home we think its always a great time to get organized.
For most of us, summer brings with it a big shift in work and family life. With the kids home from school, beach days, and more hours of sunlight— our schedules change, foot traffic in and out of the house picks up, and so does the clutter and messes. We'd like to help you prepare for this busy season by sharing a few of our favorite organizing tips and tricks to inspire your "summer organizing."
by Scott Ashton
Earlier this week, the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce held its 1st Annual Oceanside Heroes event, recognizing some of Oceanside's finest public safety employees and educators. The event, presented by Tri-City Medical Center, was held on the rooftop terrace at the Springhill Suites by Marriott in downtown Oceanside.
Representatives from the Oceanside Police Department, Oceanside Fire Department, Oceanside Lifeguards and Oceanside Unified School District were recognized for outstanding contributions to the well-being and advancement of our City.
by Scott Ashton
This past weekend, the Chamber had the honor of hosting Oceanside's Annual Armed Forces Day Operation Appreciation. The event has been a community tradition for 15 years, as businesses from Oceanside and as far away as the East Coast come together to provide a day of free food, musical entertainment and children's activities for local active duty military families.
Max has taken thousands of photos of Oceanside. Above are just a few of his favorites.
by Scott Ashton
Maxime Koch has a dream of bringing his artistic talents to the United States one day. At just 20 years old, he has just completed his 5th visit to the United States in the last five years, and will be returning for another visit in less than two months. Max has a passion for the arts, including photography, drawing, guitar and tattoo artistry.
Max’s love for the U.S. began before he ever visited the country. As a boy, Max enjoyed watching American movies, which he says gave him a vision of what it would be like here. Max’s first visit to the U.S. came as part of Ace International’s cultural exchange program when he was 16 years old. He stayed with a local family for three weeks. His visit turned out to match the expectations he found in the movies. “This is how I was imagining it would be in the United States.”
by Scott Ashton
April 21st was an amazing day for the Oceanside business community. Several hundred local business professionals and community members gathered at the QLN Conference Center for the Annual Oceanside Business Expo. Exhibitors explained their products and services to potential customers. Restaurants and caterers had a captive (and hungry) audience that was excited to try some of Oceanside's best cuisine. Oceanside's growing brewery scene was on display as several local brewers, along with Beach House Winery offered tastings.
by Kristi Hawthorne,
“That Boy Good” is both the name of a popular downtown restaurant and the statement many will make after tasting one of their delicious entrees. The eatery is located in a rather inconspicuous building at 207 North Coast Highway. You might not find it by name but its popularity has spread by word of mouth, and that’s exactly what owners Kim and Mark were going for.
That Boy Good’s storefront is simply painted with the words “BBQ” and “Cold Beer”. The interior is reminiscent of a southern juke joint, rustic and eclectic. Kim Millwood, co-owner, made most of the furnishing including the tables and a variety of fixtures, in fact, ninety percent of the interior is made of recycled or repurposed materials.
by Kierstin Hill
In 1974, several local women, including Janet Bledsoe and Colleen O’Harra, opened a rape crisis center, known as the Women’s Resource Center. The Women’s Resource Center was designed to serve the North County population because at that time, the closest center was in Hillcrest in downtown San Diego. Soon after opening the crisis center, the Oceanside Police Department came to WRC and asked them to help with child abuse as well. WRC accepted the request and started another organization, Casa de Amparo. A short while later, law enforcement came to WRC with another request: help with domestic violence. The Women’s Resource Center was growing too large so the Board of Directors decided to split into two organizations. Casa de Amparo would focus on child abuse and the Women’s Resource Center would focus on sexual assault and domestic violence.
Thanks to the hard work of our Oceanside City Maintenance workers, our beloved Oceanside sign is back and looking great!
The sign was put back up by Dayne Mueller and Jon Perkins, City maintenance workers. They were assisted by Nathan Erb, Michael Boitnott and Timothy Zigler.
We appreciate your work, gentlemen!
The iconic "Oceanside" sign in the Harbor is getting a much needed face lift. Originally installed in 1965, the sign was taken down this week and should be back in its entirety by early next week.
Life in our North Coast Highway Oceanside neighborhood is about to get a lot busier! The day has arrived for our newest neighbor, In-N-Out Burger to open their doors. Before the clock even hit 10am today, many of our staff members had already enjoyed their delicious burgers and fries.
In-N-Out is located at 936 North Coast Highway, right next to the Chamber and California Welcome Center. Feel free to stop by the Chamber and pick up one of our "Best of Oceanside" Community Guides when you're in the neighborhood!