Oceanside Chamber Monthly Digest
Your Investment at Work


June 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


  • We had our first victory on the beach sand erosion issue. Members of the Chamber's Save our Beaches Task Force had met with Congressman Levin's office earlier this year to ask for their support in getting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers(USACE) to complete the Shoreline Feasibility Study. Congressman Levin's office subsequently reached out to Senator Kamala Harris to ask her to sign on to a letter to the USACE. Senator Harris agreed and that they sent a joint letter to the USACE on our City's behalf. Read Letter.
  • Met with North County Chambers to discuss a legislative alliance on behalf of our restaurant owners. Restaurants are severely impacted by minimum wage laws that don’t account for tips given to “front of the house” employees. We are researching potential racial and ethnic inequities caused by State policy.
  • Supported Brewery Ignitor project proposed for the old “Oceanside College of Beauty” location. Brewery Igniter is a turn-key brewing facility that offers an opportunity for serious entrepreneurial brewers to start a business without the startup risk of cost, time and logistics.
  • Met with co-chairs of Public Policy Task Force to review legislative items to bring to next Public Policy Task Force Meeting. Task Force will meet in July to begin updating Chamber’s Policy Platforms on a variety of issues including health care, military, and wage compensation and employment issues.
  • Began outreach to share Chamber’s newly adopted Housing Policy Platform with community members. With regard to housing, the Chamber continues to advocate for the North River Farms project.
  • Partnered with North County Chambers and the San Diego North in opposition of SANDAG’s proposal to modify TransNet funds approved by voters in 2004. We are advocating for the position that SANDAG must deliver what the voters asked for when they approved the ballot initiative. Read letter.
  • Partnered with the California Chamber to offer our business community discounted rates on the State’s mandatory Harassment Prevention Training which businesses with 5 or more employees are required to complete before the end of 2019.
  • Attended community scoping meeting for Wood Partners proposed development of “Main Attraction” site. Community had opportunity to give input on environmental and traffic impacts for the proposed mixed-use project. 
  • Partnered with Carlsbad and Vista Chambers in sending letter to County Board of Supervisors in support a broad and regional approach to the on-going behavioral health needs within the county. Read letter.

Education & Workforce Development

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  • Partnered with Oceanside Promise in the Latino Young Men Success Initiative to place 11 young men in paid internships that will offer 15-20 hours of professional opportunities over six weeks this summer. The Chamber is one of several organizations that has funded the internships and will also be hosting an intern. The internship sites include: The Oceanside Chamber of Commerce, San Diego Health & Human Services Agency, Primerica, City of Oceanside Fleet Services, North County Lifeline, Fagen, Feldman & Fulfrost, the Oceanside Museum of Art, and KOCT. 
  • Chamber staff volunteered at the first two Love of Literacy events held at Libby Lake Park and Crown Heights. These events, four in total, are hosted by Oceanside Promise and aim to promote the importance of early literacy in our community. The event featured free books, free dental exams, guest readers and resource based education from community partners. 

Political Action

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  • Hosted the final of 6 focus group sessions giving Chamber members the opportunity to express their views on what they want to see in our future leaders. Member feedback will be used as we develop questionnaires and interviews for candidates for elected office next year.
  • Completed first and second draft of Policies & Procedures for Endorsing Business Friendly Candidates. These are expected to go to Chamber Board for approval in July and will then be distributed to candidates filing for the Oceanside City Council and Mayoral races.

Military Outreach

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  • Partnered with USO Camp Pendleton in outreach to transitioning servicemembers to promote the Chamber’s mentorship program.
  • Continued attending weekly Welcome Aboard Meetings on Camp Pendleton, delivering bags which feature coupons and discounts from approximately 30 Chamber members. 

Professional Development

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  • Discussed an educational housing event for young professionals county wide. The event will be hosted by North River Farms and held in July. 
  • Held OYPN Mixer, OYPN Balls. Buckets. & Beers., at Goat Hill Park. ​​​​​​


In This Issue:

  • Support of Brewery Ignitor Project in Oceanside
  • Discussion of newly implemented Chamber Housing Policy
  • Latino Young Men Success Initiative internship progress update
  • Love of Literacy event recap
  • Policies & Procedures for Endorsing Business Friendly Candidates
  • Partnership with USO 
  • Recap of OYPN Mixer

Thank You to Our Partners:

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Silver Partners:

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The Chamber & the Community!

Sen. Bates Honors Oceanside's PJ Graphics as Small Business of the Year

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Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) today honored veteran-owned PJ Graphics as the 2019 Small Business of the Year for the 36th Senate District. 

“PJ Graphics embodies the spirit of service, perseverance, and hard work that define small business,” said Senator Bates, a former small business owner. “I congratulate Tom and Helen Hartley for their successful stewardship of PJ Graphics and for serving their customers with innovative service. It is also noteworthy that it is a veteran-owned business, which I hope will inspire other military veterans to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams.”



Chamber Staff Members Celebrate 106th Birthday of Oceanside Resident Marian Walter at Merril Gardens



Upcoming Chamber Events:

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

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Business After Hours at Tap That Tap Room

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

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Awards and Recognition Luncheon

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

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

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

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
North County Health and Wellness Fair


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