Oceanside Chamber Monthly Digest
Your Investment at Work


December 2019

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 if what your investment in the Chamber allowed us to accomplish in the recent weeks...

Public Policy & Business Advocacy


  • Several Chamber representatives spoke at City Council in support of the North River Farms Development. The project, which was approved by a 3-2 vote of the City Council, will bring much needed housing to Oceanside, along with critical backbone infrastructure improvements.
  • Chamber staff sent a letter to the County Board of Supervisors urging them to update the ballot language for the Better Choice Measure to provide clarity to voters. The earlier proposed language was very vague and did not give voters a clear picture of what they would be supporting or opposing. The Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 in support of the Chamber-recommended option for ballot language.
  • Chamber CEO, Scott Ashton met with City Manager Deanna Lorson to discuss results of the Chamber’s roundtable meetings with business leaders and councilmembers, and to discuss fostering a pro-business culture in the City.

Economic Development

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  • At the Chamber’s Emerging Issues Forum, representatives from the Better Choice Measure gave an overview of Newland Sierra’s proposed housing development. The County General Plan allows for a massive, 2 million square-foot retail and office development, along with 99 luxury estates. Newland Sierra's proposal affirms the County Board of Supervisors’ unanimous approval of a project that provides 2,135 much-needed new homes – more than 60% of which will be affordably priced for working families – and preserves more than 60% of the property as permanent open space.
  • Chamber staff continued to work with Unite North County on messaging related to criminal activity associated with homelessness/transiency.

Political Action


  • The Chamber’s Business and Community Political Action Committee (BACPAC) continued work on candidate screening questions to determine our minimum threshold for city council and mayoral candidates to be interviewed for the Chamber’s endorsement.
  • BACPAC developed a timeline for reaching out to candidates and for bringing endorsement recommendations to the Chamber Board.

Workforce Development

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

Military Outreach

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  • Delivered 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​​​​​​


  • The Chamber’s Oceanside Young Professionals Network (OYPN) steering committee met to plan events for quarter one of 2020. In addition to this, the group discussed establishing a mentorship program for local college seniors majoring in business degrees. The program would help students gain access to a variety of resources available through the Chamber in addition to a network of industry experts to help them in the next step of their career path. The group was joined by staff members of the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce to discuss partnership opportunities between OYPN and the Carlsbad Young Professionals.
  • Chamber staff attended a Carlsbad Young Professionals steering committee to discuss a co-hosting an event at Pacific Coast Spirits in February of 2020.

In This Issue:

  • North River Farms Updates
  • Ballot language Updated for the Better Choice Measure
  • Overview of Newland Sierra’s Proposed Housing Development
  • BACPAC Updates
  • Partnership with MiraCosta College’s Gear Up Program
  • OYPN Mentorship Program for Local College Seniors

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!

Introducing, Discovering Wellness, the Chamber's 1st Health and Wellness eNewsletter!

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By Angelina Santoro
Help your health this holiday season! Check out our new Discovering Wellness eNewsletter designed and authored by Angelina Santoro, our newest Chamber staff member. 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. December's issue features a list of natural pain relievers, a recipe for healthier gingerbread cookies and a wellnes tip from our member, Red Mountain Wellness.


Upcoming Chamber Events:

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

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Emerging Issues Forum

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
OYPN Committee Meeting

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Plates for 8 at Saint Tropez Bistro and Beyond

5:00 PM -6:30 PM
Holiday Mixer at the QLN

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
OYPN Holiday Paint N' Sip


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

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