Oceanside Stories

Newspaperless Oceanside

Union-Tribune vacates office, heads east to San Marcos

For the first time in over 130 years, Oceanside will not be home to a newspaper office. At the end of this month, the Union-Tribune is moving out of its leased headquarters in Oceanside and ...

Almost all shopped out

Major remodel for Oceanside's Camino Town & Country center

During the past decade, the Camino Town & Country shopping center — at El Camino Real at Highway 78 in Oceanside, one of the busiest intersections in North County — has become dilapidated, with vacant ...

Get your butt off the beach

Coastal cleanup numbers for 2015

The trash tally for San Diego beaches was released on January 12 by San Diego Coastkeeper and the San Diego chapter of the Surfrider Foundation. In beach cleanups hosted by both groups, 197,788 pieces of ...

Design your own pie

Good vibrations and roadhouse blues at Zigzag

The rain was blowing sideways in Oceanside when we decided to leave our hotel room at the Wyndham Oceanside Pier Resort, so it made sense that we took the elevator down to street level and ...

No shots, no pitchers, no Fireball.

Urge's new brewpub pairs craft beer and whiskey in South Oceanside

As of January 7, the long anticipated Urge Gastropub & Whiskey Bank has opened to the public in Oceanside, and with it attached brewhouse Mason Ale Works is officially serving beer. The converted bank property ...

Surf meets street eats: Oceanside's Sunset Market

The Thursday evening street fair makes for a North County draw.

Every Thursday night for the last eight years, starting at 5 p.m., Oceanside’s Sunset Market kicks off. Consuming four blocks down near the pier, this market’s more than your standard farmer’s fair. With live music ...

Outstanding Peruvian rotisserie in Oceanside

Aji panca and purple corn juice add to the fun

If you've never been to South Oceanside — and I'd wager most haven't — you probably don't imagine you're missing much. Lately, you'd be wrong. Urge Gastropub's on the verge of opening a spacious 42-tap ...

Battle in Oceanside Harbor

Legal tussle between captain of longtime charter boat and landing owner

Since June 2014, fishing-boat captain Joe Cacciola has been fighting to keep his charter sportfishing boat’s slip at the Oceanside Harbor. And since this September, he wondered each day if U.S. Marshals would show up ...

Riding the faces of giants

Big wave art on exhibit in Oceanside

Big-wave surfing was born in the minds of Southern California surfers in 1953, when a photo of George Downing and Buzzy Trent riding a 15-foot wave at Makaha, Hawaii, appeared in Life magazine and National ...

MiraCosta's Oceanside campus hit with racist graffiti

"To be honest with you, I don’t feel safe...."

Early arrivals to the MiraCosta College Oceanside campus Monday morning (November 30) discovered graffiti slurring MiraCosta’s African-American community. Hateful words were spray-painted on the windows of the school’s student center, where the Black Student Union ...

Free cell phones here

Subsidized phone service used to cover only landlines

There’s no excuse in California for low-income families not having a phone, as visitors to San Diego County’s Health and Human Services Agency offices on Union Plaza Court in Oceanside can attest. Monday through Friday, ...

This just in: Episcopal churches to be sold

“The fact that church attendance is dying in America isn’t news."

Two North County Episcopal churches, both over 60 years old, were told last week that due to declining attendance and compounding red ink, the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego has decided to fold them. The ...

Oceanside’s coffee revolution

Bean bloom in Oceanside

Revolution Roasters opened its first retail shop in mid-September on the Coast Highway in Oceanside. The roaster continues to cook beans where it started as a wholesaler four years ago — in the back of ...

Shifty sandbars

This World Junior Surfing Championship, back in California for the first time since 2005, will host competition October 11–18 south of the Oceanside Pier in four divisions: under-18 boys, under-16 boys, under-18 girls, and under-16 ...

This county is lousy for the disabled

Out of 150 cities, Chula Vista ranks 120th

San Diego is a disappointing middle-of-the-pack as a residence for those with disabilities, according to a new study by WalletHub, a firm that does statistical studies on states, metro areas, and cities. Out of 150 ...

Party at Pier Plaza with Pepper

Brooklyn of the West

“I plan on stumbling home that night,” singer/guitarist Kaleo Wassman says about his show Friday at Oceanside’s Pier Plaza Amphitheatre. It’s five blocks from his house. Pepper moved to North County from Hawaii 16 years ...

The birds win one in Oceanside

Audubon Society buys 3.5 acres once intended for development

The Buena Vista Audubon Society announced this week that they have reached their fundraising goal of $1.5 million to purchase a 3.5-acre parcel on the west side of Coast Highway, on the border of Oceanside ...

Avoid foreclosure! Go see the Archbishop

San Diegans involved in $8 million mortgage fraud

People fearful of losing their homes through foreclosure were told they should consult the Archbishop of Shon-Te-East-A, Walks with Spirit, a group claiming to be a spiritual organization dedicated to helping people dodge foreclosure. A ...

Oceanside's Galanis and sons in trouble again

Criminal and civil charges for stock market fraud

Oceanside's Galanis family is in trouble again for alleged stock market fraud. Yesterday (September 24), the Securities and Exchange Commission civilly charged some family members with manipulating the stock market. At the same time, the ...

Amateur poker player has decent payday

“The guy that finished first, I think he learned a few things from me."

After 18 years of playing Texas hold ’em poker in area casinos, David Scheunemann of Oceanside recently won the biggest pot of his life. Scheunemann placed fifth in the World Poker Tour Foundation’s three-day tournament ...

Feast! North County Coastal

Restaurant scene blossoming along the county's northern coast

Along 20 miles of coastline between Del Mar and Oceanside you can find food aimed at surfers, yogis, young families, and millionaires. Del Mar and Solana Beach give fine dining spectacular views, Carlsbad embraces the ...

Oceanside Pier rehab

El Niño or not, rusted-out underside crossbeams need replacement

Perhaps in preparation for this year’s predicted El Niño weather pattern and its accompanying big waves and high tides, the Oceanside Pier is getting some extra support. Construction crews will be under the pier for ...

What a Dragmaster it is getting old

Historic Carlsbad auto shop gets retooled as drinking-and-dining center

A historic building, once the hub of drag racing in the U.S., is getting a facelift in the downtown village of Carlsbad. The old auto-mechanic shop and quonset hut in the 2700 block of State ...

Puppy supply line threatened

Vista City Council delays vote that would spell out source requirements

Even though pet-store operator David Salinas's legal bills are mounting, cities are outlawing his puppy-supply pipeline, and animal-welfare activists continue to bite into him, he plans to continue selling puppies. "If you run a small ...

Why bodysurfers use fins and planes

Modern-day bodysurfing — specifically, the ability of one to carve a wave and change direction — owes its popularity to two items. Enabling bodysurfers to maneuver and kick into a wave better, Voit Duck Feet ...

To ride the nose

In order to noseride, the surfer moves to the front of the board and performs one or more maneuvers or positions. Hawaii’s Rabbit Kekai is often identified as the first surfer to ride the nose ...

She beat the local chiefs

There are modern surfing legends such as Sarah Gerhardt, Mary Ann Hawkins, and Lisa Andersen, and there are ancient legends of female surfers from Hawaii. Kelea, who is believed to have lived during the 14th ...

Steal big, young thug

Oceanside burglary spree yields 109 calls to police and caught suspects

Here’s a tip to Oceanside criminals: Don’t try to rob numerous houses, in the same neighborhood, on the same day, in broad daylight. On the afternoon of July 7, Oceanside police started receiving 911 calls ...

God is out to save everyone he can

He might destroy you, but God won’t torture you.

Membership: 600 Pastor: Eddie Dopp Age: 63 Born: Seattle, WA Formation: Loma Linda University, Loma Linda; Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena Years Ordained: 25 SDR: What’s your main concern as a member of the clergy? PD: ...

Reggae on the Coast canceled

What's high-definition radio?

Does reggae not matter in San Diego or should the folks who run modern-rock station FM 94/9 stay out of the reggae concert business? Those were the questions being raised on June 29 when Lincoln ...

The CheeseSteak Grill does Philly proud

Oceanside’s take on a nationally revered sandwich

I’d like to find out how many cheesesteak restaurants there are in the U.S. There have been quite a few in San Diego, and while a number of them have come and gone, you can ...

Electronic billboard? No!

Oceanside council votes against 40-foot-tall sign

Going against its own staff recommendation, on June 24 the Oceanside City Council said no to the installation of a giant digital billboard on Highway 78. With all five councilmembers expressing some concern, the three-two ...

Burgers and açaí at Swami’s Café

“Have you tried the açaí bowl?” she asked. “It’s the bomb.”

Loud. That was the first thing that came to mind when I walked into Swami’s Café in Oceanside, so I grabbed a menu to peruse on the patio where I snagged a table with a ...

Viva Oceanside!

Who was responsible for naming streets in the Valley of the Dead Casinos?

Although there is no obvious connection between Oceanside and Las Vegas, a housing tract that was built in the early ’60s was laid out on nine streets named after Las Vegas casinos. Last month, Riviera ...

Trouble at TriCity hospital, nurse testifies

“They are not in a position to raise the capital. They just aren’t.”

When Fallbrook Hospital closed in December, it was kind of an “I-told-you-so” moment for Nathan Kaufman, a San Diego–based expert who has a 35-year career consulting over 80 hospital districts nationwide. Of Fallbrook’s demise, Kaufman ...

One mile into inland Oceanside, 52 years of practice

Know when to flip it

“You won’t regret it,” says Karen.“The iron rack. It’s totally seasoned.”

Oceanside's dirty sidewalks can wait

Complaints posted online don't translate into high-priority problem

Oceanside residents are tired of their crappy downtown sidewalks — and not just the broken pavement. In a posting on Nextdoor's "Seaside District" page for Oceanside (you have to live there to log in), residents ...

After the fires...

Good news and bad following last year's North County disasters

Last year, on the morning of May 14, humidity levels were down to 5 percent, morning beach temperatures already up into the high 80s, and strong Santa Ana winds were blowing from the east. Over ...

Putting the detector before the data

Oceanside PD not yet ready for license-plate reader system

On April 21, just one day before the Oceanside City Council was scheduled to vote on a purchase order for four license-plate readers, the city's police department was unable to answer questions about the secure ...

All that's missing is water

City of Oceanside completes fountain project, but it will remain dry

When is a public fountain not a fountain? That’s the dilemma facing the City of Oceanside, as it was prepared to turn on its civic center fountain after a seven-month, $378,000 refurbishing. The city’s water ...

American flag graffiti incident resolved

Vandalism victims reach end of ordeal that began last summer

Three victims of graffiti and vandalism that struck an Oceanside neighborhood have finally seen justice served, and their property — American flags — returned. Last July 17, neighbors in the Oceana community, Virgil Hardin, Michael ...

Whatever you say, Bagby

What brewmaster says goes (really well) at Oceanside’s Bagby Beer Co.

Helping in the conceptualization of some interesting brews as part of my Beer to the Rescue lupus awareness campaign has been an amazing experience. A saison infused with yuzu and lemongrass, an imperial stout with ...

Vista’s Belching Beaver to construct second brewery in Oceanside

Damn, the Beav sure is growing fast!

Few brewing companies have shown such a burning desire to grow — and grow now — as Vista-based Belching Beaver Brewery. Less than a year after their early 2012 debut, they became one of the ...

Not high but dry in Oceanside

Pot dispensary claims their above-board dealings with sheriff led to bust

Eighteen members of a medical marijuana collective are suing San Diego County and the sheriff's department for false arrest and for conducting an illegal search and seizure of marijuana plants in September of 2014. The ...

John Doe Number One goes after Jeffrey Barton

Witness claims abuse at Carlsbad military academy

A man who claimed he was abused at a military academy when he was 14 said he feared his abuser would kill him if he revealed the abuse, according to grand jury transcripts made available ...

Moving, shaking, brewing

Urge Gastropub owners move on from Vista bowling alley to O-side brewpub

It’s been nearly two years since Urge Gastropub co-owner Grant Tondro announced a grand scheme to convert a former Vista fitness center into a combination brewpub, bottle shop, and bowling alley. That ambitious interest was ...

Didn't mean to shoot you in the face

Killer comes clean, but a dirty, dirty state prison likely awaits

An Oceanside man accused of shooting two people pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter on March 27. Diego Arturo Martinez admitted to firing the rifle that killed Robert Earl Robbins, 47, the night of August 29, ...

Oceanside kicks dispensaries to curb

But it's like playing a game of “whack-a-mole,” says city attorney

The North County toke board tally changed today, March 18. It’s now City of Oceanside, 3. Pot dispensaries, 0. Oceanside city attorney John Mullen said last week that the future for the two remaining medical ...

Jesus crashed into my darkness in a radical way

Membership: 2500 Pastor: Mike Reed Age: 49 Born: Fort Sill, OK Formation: Southern California College (now Vanguard University), Costa Mesa. Years Ordained: 28 San Diego Reader: What is your favorite subject on which to preach? ...

BagbyFest is nigh

Oceanside brewpub Bagby Beer planning grand opening like no other

Bagby Beer Company was one of the most anticipated brewpub projects in San Diego. That’s a big deal considering this county is home to the mighty Pizza Port empire, from which Bagby transitioned in opening ...

Port hole

Oceanside police received an emergency call around midnight on March 10. A boat was sinking in the Oceanside Harbor at the L Dock. Officer John Hoover arrived shortly to find a 34-foot Tollycraft boat submerged ...

Car as weapon?

Pedestrian struck after rude confrontation in Oceanside

In North County’s Superior Court on March 10, a young woman testified that she heard “pretty vulgar things” as she walked past a bar in Oceanside four months ago. The 22-year-old brunette said there were ...

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