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

LGBT community still has more work to do for true equality

LGBT community still has more work to do for true equality

OCEANSIDE — The path to reaching true equality for people in the gay community got a little bit shorter last week when the Supreme Court ruled that same sex marriage was legal in all 50 states. And while Max Disposti, executive director of the LGBTQ Resource Center in Oceanside said the landmark ruling was a […]

Civic Center bonds promise swim complex funding

OCEANSIDE — City Council approved the refinancing of 2005 Civic Center bonds June 24 with a promise from Councilwoman Esther Sanchez the money would be reissued to fund the planned city swim complex. The maximum of $9.5 million was refinanced, with no immediate allocation of funds. However, future reissuing of the bonds to build the […]

Oceanside shaper makes entire surfboard from agave

Oceanside shaper makes entire surfboard from agave

OCEANSIDE — Surfboard shaper Gary Linden is inspired by agave. He’s been working with the desert plant for decades after he was introduced to the concept by a friend’s dad who received an agave and redwood surfboard as payment for medical attention. Linden said shapers have been using locally sourced agave for ages. “Apparently, the […]

Airport improvements shared, met with residents’ concerns

Airport improvements shared, met with residents’ concerns

OCEANSIDE — Updates on improvements to Oceanside Municipal Airport were shared on June 24, and met with residents’ concerns. The discussion was seemingly comparing apples to oranges with Airport Property Ventures (APV) listing steps forward, and residents asking the City Council to consider another airport manager. Following the meeting Doug Eddow, city real estate manager, […]

Libby Lake Park mural uplifts community

Libby Lake Park mural uplifts community

OCEANSIDE — A vibrant community mural was unveiled at Libby Lake Park as the culmination of a one-year neighborhood beautification project on June 28. Jimmy Figueroa, program supervisor for Vista Community Clinic Project REACH, said an underlying beauty of the project is it was spearheaded by teens from a neighborhood with gang problems, an area […]

City manager search continues

OCEANSIDE — City Council met for an all day closed session meeting to interview city manager candidates on June 20. Councilman Jack Feller said there was discussion following the interviews, but no hiring decision was made. The number of candidates interviewed could not be confirmed, nor whether any were eliminated. “We’re not to the point […]

Crafting North County — Finding a solution to homelessness: Part II

Shortly after I began an investigation last month into North County’s homeless epidemic, I came across a key program working to change the way we address the problem in our part of the county. At issue is the 25 Cities North County Initiative, a relatively new program. Launched in January 2015, the Initiative is managed […]

Oceanside denies digital billboard

Oceanside denies digital billboard

OCEANSIDE — In an unexpected 3-2 vote the City Council denied approval of a digital billboard on Rancho del Oro Drive and state Route 78 on Wednesday. Many, including opponents of the electronic billboard, expected the project to go through. Five years ago Oceanside amended its sign ordinance to allow four digital billboards on city […]

Open House shares 3 roadway improvement options

OCEANSIDE — The Coast Highway Corridor Study Open House on Thursday was seeking community input on three preliminary options for highway improvements. A no build option will keep Coast Highway a four-lane road. Alternative 1 follows the 2009 Coast Highway Vision Plan and narrows the highway to two lanes. It also adds bike lanes, possible […]

New police hire ‘proud’ to serve Oceanside

New police hire ‘proud’ to serve Oceanside

OCEANISDE — Oceanside Police Department recently added Officer Mike Hatfield to its rank and file. Hatfield previously served as a Sacramento County Sheriff for 26 years, and was hired by Oceanside for a lateral position as a field patrol officer. Hatfield said he is impressed by the positive relationship the Oceanside Police Department has with […]

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