Oceanside Stories

Oceanside awards for pot-growing questioned

Four of the five licenses connected to the Mellano family

According to a lawsuit filed last week, it can’t hurt to do business in Oceanside if you have ties to a well-connected local family. “There seems to be a strong nexus between local government and ...

North River Farms not giving up on Oceanside

“They are trying to buy a town just like Doug Manchester did"

I need your support,” Oceanside City Councilman Christopher Rodriguez said in a June 29 Facebook post. The first-year councilman was not after votes or promoting a favorite charity. He was trying to sell the controversial ...

Gas tax bump sends 15 San Diego stations above $4.30/gallon

Calif. governor launches investigation

Gas prices in San Diego County were supposed to go up on 5.6 cents a gallon on July 1, due to a new gas tax. Some stations didn’t get the memo. As of midday July ...

Will Oceanside use groins like Newport Beach to save sand?

“We are not going to back down”

The decimation of Oceanside beaches was the whole point of forming a group called Save Our Sand [SOS] Oceanside. At its first meeting June 17, some 25 people shared their stories about what it means ...

The far from generic Mission Avenue Bar & Grill

Saturday night in Oceanside means drinks, music, and… duck confit?

A musician plays acoustic guitar ballads on the patio, while servers shuttle drinks to a mixed crowd, ranging in age from their 20s to 50s. There are no seats left at the bar, where busy ...

How to deal with Oceanside homeless

Does public shaming work?

Is it a Neighborhood Watch-style Facebook page with members who share local crime alerts. Or is Take Back Oceanside a vigilante site that uses social media shaming to have fun at the expense of local ...

Chon’s Play-Doh rock

Their music never goes the same way twice

Chon specialize in guitars that swirl and sway, spidering up and down scales over odd chord changes — an outgrowth of prog often called to as “math rock.” As Chon honcho Mario Camarena confesses, growing ...

Wave park proposed to take place of Oceanside Swap Meet

Zephyr Partners to use Wave Garden Cove?

The 90-acre Oceanside Swap Meet site was once hyped as a perfect home for a new Chargers stadium. That ten-year-old rumor was just idle folklore. But get ready for an attraction that may be just ...

A meeting in Fire Mountain about David Fischbach

Sober living homes plague Oceanside neighborhoods

Twenty homeowners met May 9 in a living room in the upscale Oceanside Fire Mountain neighborhood. They weren’t carrying pitchforks, but they were fuming, outraged that an aggressive entrepreneur with a dubious history was building ...

Two fads in one at Fugu Ice Cream & Taiyaki

Will it be rolled ice cream or soft serve in fish-shaped cones?

Thanks to the proliferation of trend-spotting foodie blogs worldwide, it’s easy to trace the way new food fads spread from city to city. For example, a little googling tells us that fish-shaped ice cream cones ...

Larry Flynt tries Oceanside

Closeness of Oceanside High and Ocean’s Eleven Casino may be roadblock

Q: What do you do if you want to open an adult business where it’s not permitted? A: If you’re Larry Flynt’s attorney you simply proclaim you are not an adult business and hope no ...

No one wants to talk about Oceanside's Sparsha Pharma

“I heard that’s not good for you”

I happened to be at the May 16, 2018 Oceanside City Council meeting when David Newman gave an emotional rant during the “items not on the agenda” segment. He and his wife Amber had been ...

How to spend Oceanside money – pools or police?

High schools want Olympic-sized pool at El Corazon like Carlsbad’s Alga Norte, but...

Oceanside is on a spending binge. Thanks to an extra $11 million coming in this year from the Measure X sales tax increase approved in November, the city council voted to rebuild its downtown fire ...

Cheapest San Diego County gas is Pauma Valley and Oceanside

Oil companies blame Phillips 66 refinery in Carson and Valero’s in Wilmington

Just as reported in the Reader’s February 11 article, the expected raise in gas prices has found San Diego motorist’s paying an average of $4.04 a gallon (regular gas, cash price). That’s the highest price ...

Soapy Joe's too popular for Oceanside strip mall

Can they move to the old CHP lot?

"There have times when my customers can’t leave because the Soapy Joe's line of cars has taken over the entire parking lot. Their customers waiting in line often won't let anyone out of their parking ...

Cavalier mobilehome owners in Oceanside tripped up trying to sell

“We sold it to a salvager who paid $5,000 and took it to Mexico"

Could mobile homes be an answer to the affordable housing crisis? Recent developments in Oceanside suggest not. In fact, it’s only getting worse for those who invested their lifesavings on their prefab homes. The corporations ...

North San Diego County GOP survivors: Chris Rodriguez, John Franklin, Rocky Chavez

Rodriguez attends Democrats' meeting but poked into leaving

“The Republican party asked me to run against [Congressman] Mike Levin in 2020,” says GOP-up-and-comer Christopher Rodriguez. The Hispanic father of six checks a lot of political boxes. He’s a Purple Heart-decorated, USMC Iraq War ...

North San Diego County – newspaper desert

Vista had access to seven different dailies

Bartender Steve Menzel easily sees between 75 and 300 customers daily during his eight-hour shifts at Larry’s Beach Club. Menzel has been a bartender at the restaurant/bar on Oceanside Boulevard west of Coast Highway for ...

Oceanside's Pour House owners have big plans for Firewater

“This is still a blue collar, gritty surf community”

The harsh way Firewater Saloon in downtown Oceanside was closed September 25 is not how the state Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) usually deals with bar owners it doesn’t like. Firewater owners were given a ten-day ...

No major changes to Fairfield Inn and Suites in Oceanside

Neighborhood groups get money but won't say how much

City council candidate Michael Odegaard should be happy that local activist Nadine Scott sued a developer who wanted to build the “prison hotel” development in his neighborhood. Scott sued in June over plans to build ...

Camp Pendleton Marine faithful to homeless brothers

Will ask Palomar College for part of parking lot

Florida native Anthony White II taught marksmanship to new recruits in bootcamp. Like many Camp Pendleton Marines, White had a post-Corps life plan when his four years of service was over in 2015. “When I ...

Oceanside police confiscate fish thumper

Or a tire thumper, depending on where you're from

Joseph Patrick Zara, 62, was arrested after a traffic stop in Oceanside, because police noticed he had a “billy club” resting within reach, on the backseat of his car. However, his attorney protested that it ...

Wild West at Oceanside Airport

Monday night's death in fog

Tim Broom was not happy that a small plane crashed about 700 yards from his home near Highway 76. But when his interview aired on News 8’s 11 pm Tuesday night newscast, he could not ...

Emerald Isle Golf Course concerned with every little bird

Even your abandoned pet turtle

It’s been over half a century since comedian Jack Benny cut the ribbon signaling the opening of Emerald Isle Golf Course in southeast Oceanside. Since then the course has doubled its original hole count from ...

Former cop Ryan Keim gets surprise nod for O'side council

Witowich takes name out of consideration

Being tied to Oceanside Police can either be a blessing or the kiss of death if you want to become an Oceanside city councilman. It worked just fine for Jim Wood who was elected to ...

Man and sons skate from Oceanside pier to Ocean Beach pier

"How cool would that be?"

A Carlsbad man and his three kids skateboarded from the Oceanside Pier to the Ocean Beach Pier on December 30, making it his fifth pier-to-pier skate and his youngest boy's first. “It was a solid ...

Change coming to Oceanside pier

Tiki culture to make an appearance

“Bamboo Ben” Bassham has been involved in creating more than 20 tiki bars from San Francisco to Georgia. After he remade them in his version of Polynesian paradise, the bars and restaurants saw business pick ...

Oceanside council pick a done deal?

Witowich would keep conservative majority

“Oceanside is a big city. But it’s just like a small town. You can’t keep a secret here.” That’s from one of 23 candidates who applied for a vacancy created on the city council that ...

Oceanside Mohsen gas stations at war with G&M stations

Shell takes over from Chevron as most expensive

Southern Californians are driving more this holiday season, as evidenced by an unusual post-Christmas Day traffic jam on December 26 through Camp Pendleton south to Del Mar on I-5. It was bumper-to-bumper most of the ...

Oceanside flood damage was avoidable

Why was drain clogged? Why was street open?

The video of 19-year-old hot dogger Lukas Soelberg surfing on the flooded South Oceanside block December 8 went viral. NBC-7 reported an immediate 40,000 hits of the street surfer getting towed by a rope. The ...

Flashed knife for batteries on El Camino Real

Oceanside Target employee backs off

“As soon as I saw the knife I disengaged from the suspect,” a Target store employee testified yesterday, December 10, about his confrontation with a suspected shoplifter three weeks ago. The loss prevention officer said ...

Hairy, naked and swinging at cops

Marines witnessed scuffle last June

A jury trial started this week, on November 26, for a young man who allegedly punched an Oceanside police officer while naked and high on meth. The attorney for Joshua Adams Lachica, 26, suggested that ...

You might not want a neighbor like Oceanside's David Herbert

Animal abuse, burglary, vandalism plague Carino Way

"I didn’t want to go over there in the first place,” David Herbert said. “Before I went over there I spoke with my HOA and contacted law enforcement asking them to help me with the ...

Oceanside – the good and bad news

Hobby Lobby, WinCo, Orfilia Winery coming. TE Connectivity leaving.

Oceanside’s shady days as a wild jarhead romper room are long gone. Residential land values continue to bound upward. Its commercial profile flourishes with the soon-to-be-announced specifics of the new "pier hotel" by developer SD ...

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 ...

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