Oceanside Chamber Monthly Digest

Your Investment at Work


May 2021

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...

Economic Recovery

In March, the Chamber launched a new Economic Recovery Task Force made up of representatives from the business community, arts and culture community, City of Oceanside, Visit Oceanside and MainStreet Oceanside. Key focus areas for the task force will include the following…

  • Gateway enhancement and beautification
  • Promoting economic recovery and development through the cultural arts
  • Creating a year-round “shop and play local” culture
  • Promoting business friendly policies to help businesses accommodate “pent-up demand”
  • Convening business and community leaders to address the issue of homelessness

Political Policy/Business Advocacy

State Legislation

The Oceanside Chamber of Commerce signed on to numerous statewide coalition letters on business related legislation including…

  • Supported AB 927 which helps California Community Colleges to proactively meet the changing workforce needs of our businesses. The legislation will make the current 15 community college baccalaureate degree programs permanent and to allow for the expansion of the program into other communities. The pilot program, which allowed MiraCosta College to offer a baccalaureate degree in biomanufacturing, has been a huge success for our region.

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  • Supported AB 61 which supports restaurants impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic by providing temporary regulatory flexibility to help facilitate outdoor dining, and take-out and delivery options in a manner consistent with public health guidance. AB 61 contains some of the most successful elements of emergency pandemic relief and expands them for one year after the COVID-19 state of emergency is lifted. Expanded outdoor dining will continue to be critical for so many community restaurants as they are forced to continue to fight for their economic survival.
  • Opposed AB 1119 which adds any individual with “family responsibilities” as a protected class to the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). This creates an automatic basis for an individual in that new classification to challenge any adverse employment action. This bill also imposes a burdensome new accommodation requirement on employers for any employee who has “family responsibilities,” which could include daily or weekly time off requests and unexpected schedule changes. FEHA applies to employers with five or more employees and includes a costly private right of action, exposing small employers to litigation who make any mistake in the application of these new mandates.
  • Opposed SB 335 which would make significant changes to the workers' compensation system by shortening the amount of time an employer/carrier has to investigate a claim and increasing the amount of medical expenses an employer must pay while the claim is being investigated. There is no data or evidence suggesting that these fundamental changes to the workers' compensation process are necessary and these changes will increase costs on the system.
  • Opposed AB 1041 which would significantly expand the California Family Rights Act and Health Workplaces, Health Families Act for employers of all sizes by allowing employees to take leave to care for any individual of the employee’s choosing. While one more benefit may not seem significant in isolation, this mandate must be viewed in the context of all of California’s other leaves and paid benefits. California has numerous protected, overlapping leaves and benefits requirements.
  • Opposed SB 727 which would expand liability for businesses that use subcontractors. Contractors would now also be liable for a subcontractor’s liability related to Unemployment Insurance withholdings/deductions/contributions or the failure to maintain workers’ compensation coverage.
  • Opposed SB 213 which expands costly presumption of injury. This also significantly increases workers’ compensation costs for public and private hospitals by presuming certain diseases and injuries are caused by the workplace and establishes an extremely concerning precedent for expanding presumptions into the private sector.

Local Issues

  • In April, the Oceanside City Council adopted a hotel/motel voucher program and anti-camping ordinances. The voucher program offers a viable, short-term solution to sheltering our homeless population until a permanent shelter can be put in place. Additionally, the ordinances give our public safety officials more options to address a growing problem. The Chamber, along with MainStreet Oceanside and Visit Oceanside, played an instrumental role in urging the business community to speak up in support of these solutions. The Chamber’s digital advocacy platform showed over 230 participants emailing the Council on this issue.
  • The Chamber provided a support letter for the City of Oceanside’s request for funding to establish a year-round shelter to address homelessness in North San Diego County. The shelter will provide up to 50 beds and wrap-around services to assist persons with case management specific to their needs and assistance in moving forward into permanent housing suitable for their situation to help prevent future homelessness.
  • The Chamber provided a letter of support for the City of Oceanside regarding North County Coalition's water recycling efforts. The purpose of the letter was to request support for federal financial assistance for the North San Diego County Regional Recycled Water Project.

 Serving as a Champion for our Community

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The Chamber continued its Advancing Oceanside Podcast in order to bring attention to the businesses and non-profit organizations serving our community. April’s interviews focused on sustainability and included ENJO, Stellar Solar, SDG&E and the San Diego County Water Authority. The podcast also hosted Chamber Board Chair, Haley Wonsley

The podcasts can be viewed on the Chamber's YouTube Channel, IGTV, Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

In this Issue:

  • Economic Recovery Task Force Key Areas of Focus
  • Oceanside City Council Adopts Hotel/Motel Voucher Program and Anti-Camping Ordinances
  • North County Coalition's water recycling efforts
  • State Legislation Updates
  • Advancing Oceanside Podcast Sustainability Series

Thank You to Our Partners:

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Platinum Partners:


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Silver Partners:

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Bronze Partners:

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Welcome New Members!

The Switchboard Restaurant and Bar


Mayor Esther Sanchez

Renewal by Anderson of Greater San Diego

Interfaith Community Services


Be Well Therapy, Inc

BLOOMS Design House

Oceanside-Mission Grocery Outlet

J Harris Insurance Services

Massage World West

The Document People

Expeditionary Technical Solutions, Inc

The Broken Yolk

LPC West

Advancing Oceanside Podcast

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Upcoming Chamber Events:

8:00 AM - 9:0 AM
Virtual First Tuesday Coffee

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Virtual Emerging Issues Forum: Update on Oceanside General Plan and Measure X Updates

10:00 PM - 11:00 AM
Virtual Oceanside Young Professionals Network

10:30 PM - 11:30 AM
Virtual Military affairs Forum

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Virtual Social Media Workshop: An Introduction to Content Creation

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
CalTMS Grand Opening Celebration


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