Oceanside Stories

Crawfish past and present

From Alvarado Creek to Sierra Nevadas

Alvarado Creek runs through La Mesa along the south side of Interstate 8 from the Mount Helix watershed to where it converges with the San Diego River a few hundred yards east of the mission. ...

This would be embarrassing for Oceanside - story updated

City treasurer candidate grilled, but no answer

UPDATE: Brenda Moore of the UCLA Registrar's office called back three days after she was first contacted October 30 to confirm Victor Roy in fact did graduate from UCLA with a degree in geography in ...

San Diego's last ocean front lots

32 empty spaces left – from Oceanside to Imperial Beach

Thirty-six years ago, the Reader surveyed the San Diego County coastline in search of any remaining vacant, buildable land along the coast. In January of 1982, we found a scant 79 parcels of land remaining, ...

Oceanside mulling Brother Benno's

Beneficiaries irritating businesses close by

“Brother Benno’s has got to go,” says an irate businessperson in the Oceanside Industrial Park about how the visitors to a not-for-profit support center has impacted her business. “I don’t have a barber pole because ...

A tearful confession in Oceanside

Carey Lamont Reid Jr. could face death penalty

A prosecutor said that Carey Lamont Reid Jr. cried and confessed to murdering a 77-year-old Oceanside man, and then he wrote an apology letter to the widow. Prosecutor Keith Watanabe spoke at the arraignment of ...

Oceanside's middle managers want a raise

If they can't strike, what will they do?

The city of Oceanside’s mid-range employees are in the middle of a wage dispute battle with city hall. They’ve been working without a contract since July 1. At the council meeting on October 3, their ...

Our own trailer park talent

Barbolak poked fun of Oceanside neighbors

It’s been one month now since Oceanside comedian Vicki Barbolak appeared in the live final round of America’s Got Talent. Although she missed out on the one-million-dollar prize placing (she placed sixth out of the ...

Main Attraction leaving downtown Oceanside

Strip club gives way to five-story housing complex

Gentrification has accomplished what eluded city bureaucrats for decades. Oceanside’s Main Attraction, North County’s only remaining topless club, is going away. A five-story 308-unit, apartment complex is proposed as its replacement. Known to locals as ...

Oceanside's Firewater Saloon feels unwelcome

Who has $50K to fight the ABC?

The owner of a downtown Oceanside bar claims the city is railroading her out of business all because of a move to gentrify downtown. “Since we bought this bar two-and-a-half years ago we have never ...

Thief writes note to self about plans

Tool kit for stealing found by Oceanside cops

Oceanside police officer Chris Ruedi said he responded to a radio call after a man who had reported his $3,000 bicycle stolen that morning claimed he saw a man riding his bicycle in the beach ...

Oceanside Swap Meet sellers wait and wonder

Zephyr bought land for homes

The 20-year-old swap meet on Highway 76 which has had the reputation with locals as one big garage sale, is populated by vendors who pay $15 on Saturday or $45 on a Sunday to sell ...

Take a seat at the big table

Bites and wine pairings in Oceanside

There’s an actual table at the center of Oceanside eatery, The Miller’s Table. It’s a large, stoutly constructed wood high top, about 6'x6', topped with plants, candles, and eclectic décor. The community table is not ...

Look out!

Skydivers over Oceanside

Drew Andrioff was suspicious about a driver “creeping up and down my street” in the middle of the day. The 495 houses in his Wanis View Estates neighborhood — between the Oceanside Municipal Airport and ...

Hand standers steal attention

Upper body strength displayed at Oceanside, OB, Santa Monica

On July 28 at 4 pm, the spectators surrounding the Oceanside Pier had a double-feature; the pro-surfers in the water and the hand-standers in the sand by the rocks. This was the second day of ...

Accused of hurting dogs, $1 million bail

Oceanside man will act as his own lawyer

David Christopher Herbert, now 37, is accused of using a knife and a baseball bat and a caustic chemical to hurt dogs that belonged to his neighbors. Herbert pleads not guilty, is set to go ...

Waving AR-15 is red flag to Californians

But red meat in Oceanside

Mauro Campos, 37, served four years in the Marines in the infantry company known as Suicide Charley. After working construction and in a local airplane engine shop, he now manages a gun store called Firearms ...

Swerved into Oceanside bike lane with stolen Honda

Ten years and deportation for manslaughter

In court today, Felix Aaron Ruiz Bazan admitted he killed a bicyclist almost a year ago, in a plea deal in which he expects to be sentenced to ten years in prison. Bazan, now 26, ...

Ex-Marine accused of killing Oceanside neighbor in broad daylight

Shooter prevents bystanders from helping gasping woman

A former Marine killed his neighbor after she came home from work and took her dog out for a walk, a San Diego County prosecutor alleged in court July 24, 2018. Eduardo Arriola, 25, made ...

Adios to longtime Oceanside

L&M Gifts, H&M Military Supplies, Cotton Patch, and maybe Wienerschnitzel

Half a block of prime downtown Oceanside real estate has just been sold, impacting a handful of longtime Oceanside businesses. “We have a week left and then we are moving to Hot Springs, Arkansas,” says ...

How they drink beer on the other side of the county

An overdue visit to Legacy Brewing Co.

It’s my first time passing through the doors of Legacy Brewing Co., and I’m not sure what to expect. The place has been here five years this fall, but. I count about forty miles and ...

Popular Oceanside ex-mayor keeps counsel

Jim Wood withholds endorsements

When Jim Wood talks, Oceanside listens. But Oceanside’s most popular politician is keeping mum. After serving 30-plus years as an Oceanside policeman, Wood was elected to the Oceanside City council in 2002. Two years later ...

A-frame over an open flame

The oldest salmon cooking technique proves best

Though the cooking technique dates back countless centuries to natives of the Pacific Northwest, here in latter day America, cedar plank salmon has largely become the provenance of upscale dining venues. But don’t tell that ...

Taggers' paradise or slum bait?

Bladimir Lopez of Vista was arrested for 300 graffiti in 2014

Graffiti is nothing new along transit routes. The local trolley's general manager was quoted in 1987 saying graffiti clean-up was a high priority. "When graffiti is noticed, it is our policy to remove it immediately." ...

Advocates for Youth gets the boot

Oceanside Unified suspends sex ed program for grades K-6

Oceanside Unified School District suspended sexual health instruction for grades K-6 Monday (June 18) after getting feedback from parents and community members through an online and written survey. Acting Superintendent Reggie Thompkins announced, “The district ...

Goodbye, cheap ocean views

Oceanside sea-front mobile homes squeezed

If Oceanside residents who occupy some 2,500 mobile home spaces think they have housing security, maybe they should think again. The 57-space Catalina Mobile Home park on Coast Highway in South Oceanside has been razed ...

Felon found in parking lot with gun, cops say

Currently out on bail

A man standing in the parking lot of a busy Oceanside hotel on a Friday afternoon was actually a felon in possession of a 9mm Ruger handgun, according to testimony today, Thursday June 21, 2018. ...

Trouble on Garfield Street

Man denies assault with scissors

“I had just came back from the grocery store,” said Gary. The two-door car that belonged to the boyfriend of his housemate Katie was there. “His vehicle was in the driveway.” Katie had her own ...

As I Lay Dying show at Soma sells out in four minutes

Not everyone forgives Tim Lambesis

Whether the original members of As I Lay Dying should or should not get back together with Tim Lambesis is now only a philosophical question. The five internationally famous metalcore bandmates are in fact reuniting ...

Plot thickens for Oceanside's "prison hotel"

Fairfield Inn developer hasn't paid property taxes, for starters

There’s good news for neighbors who spoke out at a May 9 Oceanside City Council meeting against a 99-room hotel to be built on a hillside just west of I-5. Based on drawings, they trashed ...

No more Bunch-a-Lunch, Mojo potatoes

Shakey's gone from Oceanside

Pizza lovers in Oceanside are disappointed to see the only Shakey’s Pizza Parlor in North County close down. No more Bunch-a-Lunch buffet, Mojo potatoes, big screen sports, and arcade games. Without notice, the pizza joint ...

Oceanside's civic freak flag

Fairfield Inn — an eyesore on the hill

In the last six years, the Oceanside city clerk says he can only remember one other time when anyone blurted out “recall” from a city council meeting audience. “It was when the council approved district ...

Officer was injured deploying spike strip

Bailed-out felon denies causing multi-car crash

A 44-year-old man who was out on bail led officers on a 45 minute pursuit in a stolen car, and caused injury to multiple persons, a prosecutor alleged in court yesterday, Wednesday, May 2, 2018. ...

Oceanside cleans up

Council ready to chuck aides

What one former councilmember called Oceanside’s dirty little secret has been discussed in open session and appears to be on the chopping block. Oceanside is by far the largest city in North County. But its ...

Open window reveals new boyfriend

Carlsbad cop charged with aggravated trespassing

A Carlsbad police officer who was arrested on suspicion of two felonies, first-degree burglary and stalking, was ordered released from custody on April 11. Instead of the felony charges, Jeffry Edwards, 37, was instead arraigned ...

Trial begins for Oceanside woman who drove with body in her car

Stacey Sanchez fell asleep, her attorney said

The defense attorney seemed to admit that Esteysi Izazaga Sanchez, 31, drove her car up onto a sidewalk and hit a pedestrian so hard that part of one leg snapped off, while the rest of ...

Oceanside Ale Works returns — see Apr.4 update below

New owners swept up in ongoing partner dispute

It was only a couple months ago the Reader reported Oceanside Ale Works had shut its doors as the result of a partner dispute. As of March 17th, its doors are officially open to the ...

Oceanside man denies seeking child for sex

History of autism and immaturity

A jury will decide if a 46-year-old registered sex offender went to the home of a 16-year-old girl two years ago to act out his fantasies, or to give her a bible as he claims. ...

Oceanside bike cop said he was threatened

Eliseo Cruz Flores reportedly admitted marijuana use

“He told me he wanted to provoke the police officer,” said Oceanside police officer Ivan Sanchez, who was called to a confrontation on the main drag of the beach town on February 2, 2018. Officer ...

Oceanside Monarch vs. Encinitas Monarch

Name-sharing leads to confusion

The Metal Monarch is none too pleased. Monarch is an Encinitas-based Allman Brothers–ish instrumental jam band. They released their album Two Isles in 2016. One problem: there was another band named Monarch that had been ...

No beef with this corndog

Bagby gives vegan beer fans something to chew on

There are a dozens of good reasons to visit the Bagby Beer Company pub in downtown Oceanside, and most of them fit inside a pint glass. Yes, the gastro-brewpub launched by O.G. San Diego brewmaster ...

Horus Aged Ales gone in two seconds

50,000 vie for 480 bottles

One of Oceanside's newest beer companies sold its first bottles of beer to the public this week, but you probably didn't get one. Horus Aged Ales doesn't have a public tasting room, nor even the ...

Pad Thai three ways

There's more than one road to authenticity

Look near the top of any Thai restaurant menu in America, and you're sure to find one Thai dish in particular: Pad Thai. However, as chef Nattapon "Nat" Thitathan explained to me in a recent ...

Flogging will continue

Pro skater/accordionist Matt Hensley's brew scene beats bar ownership

Practice sessions for Flogging Molly’s Matt Hensley used to be a pain. He’s been in North County for decades. The other six Celtic punkers lived in greater L.A. Lately it’s gotten a lot harder for ...

Mountain-bikers don't want illegal trails either

Open-space protectors and riders do lap around compromise

The future of public access to the Carlsbad Highlands Ecological Reserve for the recreational set appears to be up in the air once again. After trails were closed last summer, an unofficial truce seemed to ...

Contenders list is long for Rocky's seat

New blood for North County's 76th Assembly District

Election season is heating up in coastal North County with incumbent Rocky Chávez (R-Oceanside) not running for re-election in the 76th Assembly District. He was elected to the seat in 2012. The district runs from ...

Textbook East Coast degenerate migration story

Home-invading burglar back home, busted on murder charges here

A repeat felon from the East Coast was booked into jail in San Diego County this week and charged with second-degree murder in the stabbing death of an Oceanside man, David Patrick Viars, 33, who ...

Historic ginger beer recipes in Oceanside

Moonglade nonalcoholic brews were first sold at farmers' markets

A different sort of brewery tasting room has opened in Oceanside. Since November, Moonglade Brews has been serving nonalcoholic ginger and root beers out of the front of its brewing space off Highway 76 (102 ...

A spicy jerk offers tenderness

The only Jamaican food between Orange County and the 56

As I sat in my booth at One Love Island Cuisine in Oceanside, I watched as fellow customers entered the shop and approached the counter to order. Most of them had a story to share ...

What the babysitter saw in the garage

Tony had no idea why he killed his friend.

Scott Schafer was out in front of his house on Oceanside’s Santa Anita Street at about 5 p.m. His four-year–old son was playing with two neighbor kids. Scott was friends with their dad Robbie, who ...

Partner dispute spells the end of Oceanside Ale Works

Third SD brewery to close in 15 days

Officially, Oceanside Ale Works has closed. But the brewers at 1800 Ord Way expect to be making beer again soon. On January 5th, Oceanside's first brewery used social media posts to announce it would close ...

Oceanside council wafts toward pot decision

Councilwoman called out for eating on the job

The Oceanside City Council on December 20 voted 3-1 to forward the recommendations of the Medical Marijuana Ad Hoc Committee to staff and advisory boards/commissions for review and comments to be brought back to council. ...

Roberto ran over a cop

Slow-witted vermin guarantees itself a swift trial.

Oceanside police attacker: "They’re trying to use their power." Talks to cellmates about L.A. cop killer Christopher Dorner.

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