Oceanside Chamber Monthly Digest
Your Investment at Work


January 2020

Helping Businesses Prosper and our Community Thrive!

Your investment in the Oceanside Chamber is making a difference in our community! The Chamber's mission is to "stimulate economic prosperity and foster a vibrant community." Here's a quick overview of what your investment in the Chamber allowed us to accomplish in the recent weeks...

Public Policy & Business Advocacy


  • Chamber CEO, Scott Ashton testified at the City’s Brother Bennos Standing Committee meeting on the impacts of criminal behavior involving Brother Benno’s clients on surrounding businesses. City is considering updates to Brother Benno’s conditional use permit and has been seeking input from the community. Follow-up meetings will take place in the spring.
  • Chamber staff sent a letter to Congressman Levin to request support of H.R. 1398, the Health Insurance Tax Relief Act of 2019, which would provide continuing relief for businesses from the Health Insurance Tax (HIT). The Chamber participated in an OpEd sent to the San Diego Union Tribune on the same topic.
  • Representatives from the Chamber continued to advocate for transit-friendly housing by testifying at City Council in support of the Breeze Town Homes project. The project was approved by Council by a 4-1 vote, with Councilmember Sanchez opposing the project.


Economic Development

  • Chamber staff attended meeting hosted by Councilmembers Feller and Rodriguez regarding affordable housing in Oceanside. Discussion focused on opportunities to incentivize developers to build affordable housing.
  • Held a Beach Sand Task Force meeting with Councilmember Ryan Keim to discuss the importance of “innovative sand retention” strategies. The Chamber will continue outreach to legislative offices to encourage support on this issue.

Political Action


  • Chamber’s Business and Community Political Action Committee (BACPAC) partnered in writing the ballot argument in favor of converting City Clerk and Treasurer roles to appointed positions. Chamber also assisted in getting signatories for the ballot measure arguments.
  • BACPAC developed a timeline for reaching out to candidates and for bringing endorsement recommendations to the Chamber Board. The Chamber expects to announce its candidate endorsements for Oceanside Mayor and Districts 3 and 4 in June 2020.

Workforce Development

  • Held a Workforce Development Task Force meeting to discuss creation of a pilot program to provide middle school students with exposure to emerging industries in our city and region. This program will be done in partnership with MiraCosta College’s Gear Up Program.

Military Outreach

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  • Delivered 80 welcome bags containing promotional materials from over 30 Chamber members to newly stationed servicemembers during the Welcome Aboard Briefings.
  • The Chamber’s Military Outreach Task Force met to plan for upcoming outreach to transitioning servicemembers to promote the Chamber’s Military Mentorship program.

Professional Development​​​​​​



  • Come join the Oceanside Young Professionals Network for a fun filled Scavenger Hunt at the Oceanside Museum of Art on January 23rd from 5pm-7pm. Work with others to find clues around various museum exhibits and connect with other young professionals in the area as you go along. Light appetizers & refreshments will be provided. This event is free and open to all young professionals in the North San Diego County area.


In This Issue:

  • Brother Bennos Updates
  • Breeze Town Homes Project Updates
  • Beach Sand Task Force
  • BACPAC Updates​​​​​​
  • Developments on MiraCosta College's Gear Up Program

Thank You to Our Partners:

Emerald Partner:

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Platinum Partners:


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Silver Partners:

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Bronze Partners:

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The Chamber & the Community!

Discovering Wellness, January!

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By Angelina Santoro

Here's your start to a healthy 2020! Check out January's issue of Discovering Wellness, our eNewsletter designed and authored by Angelina Santoro, of the Oceanside Chamber. This monthly eNewsletter is set to share some valuable, current health tips, as well as, a featured spotlight from a Chamber member within the Health and Wellness field. January's issue shares the SMART goals to help you succeed, ways to get you moving even at home, and a special feature on hearing loss from our member Sonus Hearing Care Professionals. 


Upcoming Chamber Events:

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
First Tuesday Coffee

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Military Affairs Forum

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Business After Hours at Coomber Craft Wines

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Plates for 8 at Fat Joe's O'side

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
OYPN Scavenger Hunt

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Taste of Tuscany Italy Trip Orientation

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Meet the City


This email was sent by Oceanside Chamber of Commerce at 928 North Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA 92054.

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