Oceanside

City Info


It might be known to ‘80s movie fans as “home to the ‘Top Gun’ house,” but there is so much more to the third largest city in the county.Just south of Camp Pendleton, the busiest military base in the country, Oceanside is also home to the California Surf Museum and Mission San Luis Rey.The annual Harbor Days festival embodies the spirit of the city as it gets the whole community out to celebrate all things nautical while honoring local military.

Population: Approximately 183,000

Housing units: Approximately 64,750

Median income: $59,395

Education: 22.16 percent of adults have a bachelor’s degree or higher

Reporter: Promise Yee


Promise Yee is a freelance reporter and photographer. She has covered the Oceanside beat for The Coast News since 2007. She also shoots, edits and posts videos for The Coast News website. Yee has a master’s degree in education English writing, a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies with an emphasis in English, and an associate degree in radio television communications. She previously worked in television as a program producer, reporter and video editor.

Email: pyee@coastnewsgroup.com

Contact Info


City Hall
300 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA 92054
760-435-3065

Oceanside Police Department
3855 Mission Ave., Oceanside, CA 92054
760-435-4900

Graffiti Hotline
760-435-4466

Public Works
760-435-4500

Oceanside Fire Department
300 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA 92054-2824
760-435-4100

Agritourism is taking root in Oceanside

Agritourism is taking root in Oceanside

OCEANSIDE — City and businesses efforts are coming together to launch agritourism efforts in Oceanside that will provide tactile farm experiences to visitors and locals. Tracey Bohlen, city economic development manager, described agritourism as “something you can touch, taste, experience and buy.” Possibilities range from taking a worm class to lean how to make fertilizer, […]

View obstruction an issue with proposed beachfront development

OCEANSIDE — Discussion about the coastal stringline setback, which tells developers how far they can build out homes toward the ocean, caused frustration for residents, developers and planning commissioners April 20. KCS Properties LCC proposed building two contemporary single-family homes on two side-by-side beachfront lots, with the contingency that balconies extend 2 to 3 feet […]

City braces for 20 percent state mandated water cutbacks

OCEANSIDE – Oceanside is making plans to cutback on city water use by an expected 20 percent mandate. Ordered water cutbacks are scheduled to be adopted by the State Water Resource Control Board in May in response to California’s level II drought. Jason Dafforn, city interim water utilities director, shared increased measures the city will […]

Police HOT team efforts give city homeless a hand up

OCEANSIDE — Oceanside police have initiated a Homeless Outreach Team (HOT) to connect individuals with resources to help them get back on their feet and end the cycle of homelessness. HOT team officers present assistance to individuals at transient camps and respond to police officer referrals and calls from homeless individuals. From there they work […]

Oceanside Earth Fest hailed as biggest in North County

Oceanside Earth Fest hailed as biggest in North County

Oceanside – The seventh annual Oceanside Earth Festival filled four downtown blocks with eco-friendly home and business tips, interactive kids activities, environmental nonprofits, and vintage and repurposed retail April 19. The message shared was reduce, reuse, recycle, and rethink. “It’s a celebration of our region’s efforts to promote sustainability and protect our waterways,” Colleen Foster, […]

Donate First Day kicks off Earth Day events

Donate First Day kicks off Earth Day events

OCEANSIDE — Donate First Day collected items for reuse, prior to them being recycled or thrown away. The city of Oceanside partnered with Goodwill Industries to set up a daylong collection station at Oceanside High School on April 11. Colleen Foster, Oceanside Solid Waste and Recycling management analyst, said reuse is a vital step in […]

Days of Art rolls out in Oceanside

OCEANSIDE — Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation invites art lovers to the Oceanside Days of Art (ODA) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 18 and April 19 to the corner of Coast Highway 101 and Pier View Way. ODA is a juried fine-art festival featuring local artists showing and selling paintings, sculptures, stained glass, ceramics, […]

FedEx groundbreaking hailed as good for the region

FedEx groundbreaking hailed as good for the region

OCEANSIDE — The April 10 groundbreaking for the 306,054-square-foot FedEx Ground distribution facility drew state and city officials, who hailed the business as good for the region. The distribution facility is expected to bring 500 immediate jobs, both hired and contracted, to Oceanside once it opens. When operations reach full capacity the facility is estimated […]

Oceanside band behind the annual Ocean Commotion festival

Oceanside band behind the annual Ocean Commotion festival

REGION — The Oceanside-based The Barnwell Shift band has a deep respect for the ocean. Band members grew up in North County and have been surfing local surf breaks for decades. Their love of the ocean prompted them to get involved in conservation efforts, including the annual Coastkeeper Ocean Commotion festival. The band headlines the […]

Oceanside beaches get access and lighting upgrades

Oceanside beaches get access and lighting upgrades

OCEANSIDE — Oceanside beaches are being spruced up with new sets of stairs and energy-efficient LED lighting. Beach stairwells, handrails and decks have already been replaced at Tyson Street Park, Ash Street and 1919 South Pacific. Work is underway just north of the Beach Recreation Center, and will continue beach by beach at access points […]

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