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

Oceanside a step closer to naming a new city manager

OCEANSIDE — Oceanside is one step closer to hiring a new city manager after a closed session meeting was held to review applications Wednesday. The city launched a nationwide search following the resignation of former city manager Steve Jepsen in February. While not much can be shared about the 36 to 40 potential candidates who […]

Oceanside bans beer and wine sales

Oceanside bans beer and wine sales

Ban will affect fast food and drive thru restaurants OCEANSIDE — Oceanside City Council took action to head off fast food and drive thru restaurant sales of beer and wine on Wednesday. New applicants for a restaurant beer and wine license must have a full service kitchen, and cannot have drive thru or walk up […]

Oceanside desal test wells show promising early results

OCEANSIDE — Oceanside is finishing up round two of groundwater test wells aimed at locating a consistent water source to treat and supply local water to residents and businesses. “It’s one of our key projects to help us get to a water independence point the City Council is extremely interested in,” Jason Dafforn, interim water […]

Hands-on fun connects families with nature

Hands-on fun connects families with nature

OCEANSIDE — About a dozen kids practiced making a figure eight with their bug nets before heading down the lagoon trail with their families and Buena Vista Audubon Society volunteer Annette Schneider on a bug hunt on Saturday. Inside the nature center another dozen kids sat side by side on the carpet as an Eco-Vivarium […]

O’side takes steps to reduce water use

OCEANSIDE — City water reduction efforts, that range from low flow sinks in city buildings to providing recycled water for irrigation, were shared at the City Council meeting on May 6. On a small scale the city began the process to replace sinks, toilets and urinals in government buildings with low flow fixtures in January. […]

Water reductions will affect  farmers, consumers this summer

Water reductions will affect farmers, consumers this summer

OCEANSIDE — Almost half of Oceanside farmers will be allocated 15 percent less water come July. Farmers that elected to purchase low-cost water through the San Diego County Water Authority Special Agricultural Water Rate (SAWR) will be divvied up less water. If farmers exceed their water allotments their water rates will increase significantly. Oceanside SAWR […]

Oceanside gets preview of SANDAG transportation plan

OCEANSIDE — Oceanside got a preview of the SANDAG regional transportation plan on Wednesday that will be discussed at a series of workshops in the weeks ahead. The upcoming SANDAG workshop planned for Oceanside falls on the date of a city council meeting, so the preview workshop allowed council members and residents to share their […]

City extends ban on public smoking to deter vagrants

OCEANSIDE — City Council action to extend the no smoking ordinance will do more than stop smoking. City Council unanimously approved banning smoking within the pier amphitheater and adjacent plaza on May 6. This not only eliminates the dangers of secondhand smoke and the litter of cigarette butts, but also deters vagrants from gathering and […]

Oceanside is gearing up for Operation Appreciation

Oceanside is gearing up for Operation Appreciation

OCEANSIDE — Oceanside is readying for the annual Operation Appreciation celebration to honor active duty military and their families. The yearly celebration is held on Armed Forces Day to salute the military, and say thank you with a hot lunch, live music, booths and carnival rides at the Oceanside Pier. “I encourage you to come […]

Crafting North County: Sharing our economic future

Recently, the five cities intersecting the 78 Highway (Oceanside, Carlsbad, Vista, San Marcos, Escondido) announced a new partnership to foster economic collaboration. Whether North County will realize its own economic destiny may hinge partly on the success or failure of their efforts. At issue is Innovate78, a new branding campaign promoting employment and investment opportunities […]

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