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

O’side asking for more information on interchange plans

OCEANSIDE — Community input is being gathered in spurts by Caltrans for the redesign of the Interstate 5/state Route 78 interchange. Initial public and work group meetings were held in January. Councilman Chuck Lowery is among those who would like updated information on the project, and expressed concern about closed work group meetings that do […]

Update given on beach restroom improvements

Update given on beach restroom improvements

OCEANSIDE — A community outreach meeting was held to review plans and gather input on much needed improvements to the Mission Avenue beach restrooms on March 25. “The public deserves decent bathrooms, it’s embarrassing,” Rick Wright, MainStreet Oceanside executive director, said. Plans are to build 14 unisex single stall restrooms, a two-story temporary lifeguard station, […]

City seeks input on parking

OCEANSIDE — The city of Oceanside is seeking input on residential coastal parking standards south of its downtown, and asking residents to complete an online survey. City Council gave direction to city staff to look into updating residential coastal parking in December. The request was sparked after council reviewed several vacation rental renovation projects that […]

South Oceanside Elementary hosts third annual car show fundraiser

South Oceanside Elementary hosts third annual car show fundraiser

OCEANSIDE — For the third year South Oceanside Elementary held its annual South O Car and Bike Show fundraiser March 21. More than 100 classic cars and souped-up motorcycles filled the school’s grass field. “We’ve got rat rods, high-end lowriders, competition cars, pedigree drag cars, and very old classics,” Dino Iacovino, PTO dad and event […]

Gathering remembers shooting victims, uplifts neighborhood

Gathering remembers shooting victims, uplifts neighborhood

OCEANSIDE — Hundreds gathered for the second annual Libby Lake Celebration of Life that marks the anniversary of a fatal park shooting. Lt. Leonard Cosby has worked as a Libby Lake community police officer for close to 20 years. He was the watch commander the night of the shooting. “Hearing the calls, and hearing the […]

Oceanside OKs smoking ban

OCEANSIDE — The City Council approved the introduction of an ordinance to ban smoking on outdoor restaurant and bar dining patios in a 3-2 vote on March 18. While the majority of City Council members and speakers said the ordinance that guards against secondhand smoke is the right things to do, a handful of restaurant/bar […]

Sinking boat is raised in Oceanside Harbor

OCEANSIDE — Harbor police and harbor maintenance workers came to the aid of a sinking boat in Oceanside Harbor on March 9. A caller reported a 35-foot vessel tied up at the L Dock was taking on water. When first responders arrived the boat had sunk down to its rails. Lt. Leonard Cosby said the […]

Senior Citizens Standing Committee formed to give those 55 and over a voice

OCEANSIDE — The first meeting of the newly establish Senior Citizens Standing Committee was held March 17. The standing committee was formed at the request of residents 55 and older to ensure they have a voice in city decision-making. The standing committee operates under the Parks and Recreation Commission led by Parks and Recreation division […]

Commission gives input on stretching development notifications

OCEANSIDE — The state law requires 300 feet notification of building projects, most North County cities ask for 600 feet notification, and Oceanside is considering extending notification to 1,500 feet. Planning staff presented draft recommendations to the Planning Commission on March 9. The idea of expanding notification did not sit well with some. “I could […]

City looks into workers’ compensation complaints

OCEANSIDE — Councilman Chuck Lowery requested that city staff look into whether Oceanside’s workers’ compensation provider is meeting city needs. He said his request was sparked by complaints from all categories of city employees. “It’s all over the board, it’s not simply one group, elected officials, department heads, and staff have complained about the lack […]

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