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

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 […]

Council gives feeback on El Corazon projects

OCEANSIDE — The City Council held a workshop to give its feedback on two residential projects proposed for the city owned El Corazon property on March 25. The goal of the workshop was to give developers an early heads up on where the council stands, and if changes are recommended. Within the El Corazon property’s […]

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 […]

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