Oceanside

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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

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 […]

Oceanside adopts a five year public housing plan

OCEANSIDE — Oceanside City Council approved a five-year public housing plan that includes a focus on housing veterans and chronic homeless individuals on April 1. The new focus on veterans and chronic homeless is sparked by the national 25 Cities Initiative that aims to end veteran homelessness in 25 U.S. cities by the end of […]

Oceanside selects two new planning commissioners

OCEANSIDE — Oceanside City Council appointed two new planning commissioners at its meeting Wednesday. Colleen Balch and John Scrivener were appointed out of a candidate pool of seven, which included current commissioners Robert Neal and Robert Ross. Several council members said they were looking for some new faces to serve the city. “It’s time to […]

Building owners have another decade to retrofit

OCEANSIDE — Oceanside City Council voted to extend its deadline for the remaining 24 building owners to retrofit their structures and meet state mandated earthquake safety requirements on April 1. Many of the unreinforced masonry buildings that are not up to code are located in the downtown area. Others include the Rosicrucian Fellowship building on […]

City pumps up $600,000 for sand on beaches

OCEANSIDE — The City Council unanimously, and a bit begrudgingly, approved spending $600,000 to have 60,000 additional cubic yards of sand dredged from the harbor and put on Oceanside Pier beach. The city has an annual agreement with the Army Corps of Engineers to dredge the mouth of the harbor and remove excess sand that […]

VANC planning for Veterans Honor Garden

VANC planning for Veterans Honor Garden

OCEANSIDE — The Veterans Association of North County (VANC) board of directors has had its sights set on establishing the Veterans’ Honor Garden practically since the veterans’ resource center on Mission Avenue opened. Plans are to create an inspirational outdoor space for events, personal reflection and to convey thanks to the sacrifices military men, women […]

Aquatic Complex plans still afloat

OCEANSIDE — Oceanside City Council took another stroke forward on plans to build a $12 million plus aquatic complex at El Corazon Park on March 18. Unanimous approval was given to direct city staff to determine an order of magnitude, for building costs and yearly expense to homeowners, if the project is approved and bond […]

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