Oceanside Stories

Greetings from Oceanside, says the beer

Hazy, fruity brew from Midnight Jack represents by way of Vermont style

In July, the San Diego Tourism Authority commissioned an official destination beer, dubbed 72 and Hoppy, from Point Loma's Bay City Brewing Co.; this month, North County counterpart Visit Oceanside followed suit. The tourism marketing ...

More lobster advice for locals

Keepable-sized bugs off the Oceanside Pier

The local lobster pursuit is in full swing. Just prior to the September 30 opener, over 100 recreational anglers attended a pre-season seminar given by lobster hoop trap expert, Jimmie Salazar. Salazar said the bugs ...

Click on this for Zex allegations

Pitchfork punked by Oceanside label's Canadian band?

A bizarre rift between Oceanside-based Magic Bullet Records and one of its bands, a Canadian four-piece punk band named Zex, makes one wonder if there was a real label-versus-band issue or if the beef was ...

Chair sounded like an AK-47

So, Iraq War veteran stabbed fellow Marine to death in Oceanside garage

David Anthony Strouth, 36, told the jury that he lawfully killed a man in self-defense, disputing the prosecution’s assertion of first-degree murder, with an added allegation of lying in wait. The jury of eight women ...

Oceanside council drama tomorrow

Stroke-stricken mayor to either get more time off or officiate meeting

Oceanside mayor Jim Wood, recovering from his fourth stroke, is wheelchair-bound and, according those close to him, not always completely understandable. While his council colleagues are careful to be publicly respectful of the popular mayor, ...

How Mainsail got on the Warped Tour

Bassist did time as grunt for annual outing — three years in a row

Of the 50-some bands picked to play at the 23rd Van’s Warped Tour, Mainsail was the only local band to make this year’s lineup. The Oceanside pop-punk band played August 5 at their hometown show ...

Bagby beers also taste like experience

Oceanside brewer personally pours them in London, Rome, Copenhagen...

In early September, Bagby Beer Company poured beers at the inaugural Beavertown Extravaganza, a sold-out beer festival in London featuring dozens of the planet's most acclaimed breweries. Several other San Diego beer companies were there, ...

Daughter of surf pro Michael, niece of Derek

Coco Ho had gnarliest wipeout in Western Australia

Name: Coco Ho Age: 26 Occupation: Professional Surfer From: Oahu, Hawaii Location: Oceanside Pier Coco Ho was competing in the SuperGirl Pro in Oceanside on July 29. At about 2:20 p.m., she won the round. ...

Killer roommate

David Anthony Strouth allegedly said he had “slayed the beast.”

Jury selection is expected to begin Monday, September 18, for the trial of David Anthony Strouth, 36, accused of killing the man whose home he had just moved into, weeks before the fatal incident on ...

Oceanside's feelings ajumble over Animal Kingdom

"I do like it because if it makes us look bad."

The final, 13th episode of the second season of Animal Kingdom airs tonight (August 29) at 9 p.m. TNT announced on August 27 that the series has been renewed for a third season, claiming it ...

Damning evidence dogs accused pet abuser

Ex-neighbors get restraining orders, but Herbert still at liberty

David Christopher Herbert, 36, was ordered to answer six felony counts of animal abuse and cruelty at the end of a three-day preliminary hearing on August 25. The prosecutor said that three of the felonies ...

Dogs doused with acid in Oceanside

Lawyer for David Christopher Herbert suggests the dogs were already injured

After more than an hour of grueling cross-examination by a defense attorney, witness Maria Morales Juares began telling him that his questions were “stupid” and she was “bored” of his repeated questions on the same ...

Fight for truck leads to court

Man allegedly punched wife over possession of their Toyota

Oceanside police officer Brett Shields said he was on patrol July 30 when a woman flagged him down on Genine Drive. The distraught woman told him she saw a man climb through a window on ...

American Vandal mockumentary of Oceanside High doesn't ring a bell

Except that Lukas Gage went to San Dieguito

Former Encinitas resident, Lukas Gage, credits his past as a local surfer with helping him land a leading role in the upcoming Netflix series, American Vandal. The eight-episode show uploads to the online network on ...

Camp Pendleton: A hell of a place to grow up

In a good way

We were nearing the end of a late-afternoon soccer practice, trying to squeeze in a few more minutes of scrimmage time before the sun set when coach blew his whistle. The long, shrill tweet stopped ...

Oceanside husband attacked

Children restrained mom while he phoned police.

Jose Alexander Rivera Hernandez said he had another dispute with his wife three weeks ago, on June 29, which ended with their children holding onto their mother while he phoned police. Hernandez said he has ...

The tails were firm, plump, and juicy

Don’t skip an opportunity to eat fried lobster

I don’t usually order tacos outside of a Mexican restaurant. In San Diego that means I’m skipping a lot of tacos — everywhere from Jack in the Box to George’s by the Cove. At this ...

Popular beach eatery in Oceanside suffered beer theft

Johnny Manana’s fridge was busted into overnight

A fingerprint on a broken piece of glass near a damaged beer fridge led investigators to a three-strikes criminal, according to testimony in court on June 26. Workers at Johnny Manana’s restaurant near the beach ...

Skaters kickflip for beer

Some of the world's best skateboarders have something brewing in Oceanside

The grand opening for Oceanside's newest brewery is slated for Saturday, June 10, but it has already sold out its first batch of beer, thanks to racking up 122 different bar and restaurant accounts. That's ...

Flora, fauna, and folks on San Luis Rey River bike trail

A quiet ride along the river

The San Luis Rey River bike trail is a multi-use trail that follows the San Luis Rey River, whose headwaters are in the Palomar Mountain range some 60 miles inland. The path runs along the ...

Jennie's Cafe in Oceanside closed — drug overdose

Owner leaves behind three children

Jennie Duffin was not able to open her Oceanside café on Sunday. But some of her friends staged their own Mother’s Day tribute to her on the Jennie’s Café patio that runs along Coast Highway. ...

Oceanside McDonald's uncovers electrical outlets

“We realized people need to do work occasionally.”

The Oceanside McDonald’s at 3794 Plaza Drive just went through a 76-day complete remodel. The old play structure was completely removed; a new interior, signage, and outside façade were added, along with redesigned drive-thru lanes. ...

From one hot Oceanside neighborhood to another

Dad sells Anita's building, son moves south

A plaque says the Oceanside Historical Society deems the building on Coast Highway near downtown historically significant. It was built as a house in 1908 and first used as a restaurant by George Pernicano, one ...

For fans of meat, mayo, and styrofoam

Put all thoughts of nutrition out of your head

A lot of the time, when I eat out, I spend longer than I should deliberating over a menu to find the right balance between meat and vegetables. This was not one of those times. ...

Decision on sportfishing landing at Oceanside Harbor postponed

Sea Center and Helgren's won't occupy same space.

After stalling for almost eight months, on April 19, the Oceanside city council has kicked the can down the road for another six months regarding which firm will operate the sportfishing landing at Oceanside Harbor. ...

Oceanside’s fountain, turned back on, comes into view

City eyes Camp Pendleton front gate for water source

A five-foot high, decorative wrought iron fence erected around the Oceanside Civic Center’s large plaza’s fountains has finally come down. The 400-foot of temporary blue fence was first erected in April of 2015 to help ...

Home is where you park it

Trailer life at Sandy Shores RV Park in Oceanside

Each morning I wake up to the continuous hum of the traffic on I-5, crawl out of my bed, and take one step into the bathroom. After I shower — the shower being only half ...

Rest in peace, Boss Lady

Talent buyer, club owner Anilee Griffin passes away at 35

Anilee Griffin, known to many punk and metal musicians as the tattooed music lover who hired bands at Hensley’s Flying Elephant in Carlsbad, Brick by Brick in Bay Park, and who owned and operated the ...

After Greenough

Who will claim the title of Kneeboard Surfing USA champ this year?

Kneeboard surfing has a devout but small fraction of the surfing population keeping the sport alive. The kneeboard came along in the early 1950s as post-war economic success made waterskiing popular. By the turn of ...

To the banishment of Ren faire mead — huzzah!

Golden Coast strives for sunshine and flowers in a glass

Frank Golbeck recalls the moment in 2011 that prompted him to open a meadery and tasting room in Oceanside. Golbeck and his Golden Coast Mead cofounders had spent their first year in business contract-brewing at ...

A pleasantly fun fish house

Hello Betty's signature dish comes with a side of beach buggy flair

My server's answer surprised me, so when she walked away, I flagged down another waitress to ask for a second opinion. Which dish, off the entire dinner menu, did she recommend for someone after the ...

Transmission trouble leads to gravy for breakfast

Jennie’s Cafe — a big family kitchen

My transmission was on the blink. After I checked in with the mechanic and sat down in the lobby, I realized I was hungry. So, I got up, walked out the door and headed down ...

Alleged Oceanside gang members indicted

Tiny Dum, Lil' Burger, Baby West, among those caught in justice system

Eleven alleged members and associates of Oceanside's Westside Crips gang were indicted today (February 10) for racketeering, conspiracy involving drug trafficking, prostitution, and other crimes. "[T]he manager of two national brand hotels in Oceanside" was ...

Say bye to Oceanside Digiplex's squeaky seats

Theater giant buys small chain to add to its big one

On January 31, as I sat in the Oceanside Digiplex Theater at the Mission Market Place, I couldn’t help but be bothered by the squeaky seat behind me; I also noticed a seat covered up ...

Where surfing pros come from

The next Rachel Tilly could emerge from Scholastic Surf Series

Southern California’s Scholastic Surf league is divided into three areas: San Diego, Orange County, and Los Angeles to Santa Barbara. Each high school team consists of six to nine shortboard men, three longboard men, two ...

A lot of people who assume they’re going to heaven are not

Pastor Jared Osselaer knows religious stuff.

Generation Church Contact: 1106 Whaley St., Oceanside; 760-439-8411; gotogeneration.com Membership: 110 Pastor: Jared Osselaer Age: 41 Born: Tacoma, WA Formation: U.S. Navy (bodyguard for Navy chaplains), Golden Gate University-Gateway Seminary (attending) Years Ordained: 4 San ...

Farewell, elder statesman

Oceanside politico Sam Williamson departs for the great beyond

Sam Williamson, 80, passed away on January 8. Back in the early 1980s, when Oceanside’s downtown was a crumbling, rough-and-tumble military town, the former Marine and longtime resident stepped up to help start the city’s ...

No news is bad news in North County

Print runs cease for Seaside Courier and SD Discover

The upper-middle income areas of coastal North County, a desirable region for media advertisers, recently lost two print newspapers; another has cut back publication. The monthly Seaside Courier did not print a January edition. Reportedly, ...

Vinyl in the pink

Western Settings' Will Castro talks about his La Escalera Records and the good news for vinyl sellers

Will Castro lives and dies by the pressing plants that make the vinyl releases for his local label La Escalera Records. Demand for vinyl keeps increasing. But turnaround time is getting worse. Castro says it ...

The undiscovered Brown Cup

Mexican hot chocolate in Oceanside

There are no fedora-wearing hipsters at the Brown Cup. Which is why I go there. Not because I have anything against hipsters, but because this coffee joint is still undiscovered and I can find a ...

The business of Santa

Don't tug on the beard, it's real

For the first time since 2003, one of Oceanside’s real bearded Santas, James Wornia, will not be working this Christmas season. Due to health reasons he’s had to cut back. But if the real Santa ...

Heartache at 100bpm

“We try to honor traditional styles, but I’m not from the 1920s — I grew up playing punk rock and skateboarding.”

With roots music on the rise, it’s a prime time for Wish & the Well to be prepping their debut album for release. The Oceanside-based five-piece fronted by singer/songwriter/guitarist Corey Leal is finishing up mixing ...

Suspected drug-smuggler nabbed at Denny's

"Driving with expired tags, that’s just stupidity.”

Just after midnight on November 17, Oceanside police officer D.K. Williams was cruising through the parking lot of the Denny’s restaurant at 487 Harbor Drive when he noticed an expired registration tag on the license ...

Sea Center seeks to drop anchor in Oceanside Harbor

First, longtime charter business renegotiates lease with city

The battle for sportfishing in Oceanside Harbor may not be over. Although Helgren’s Sportfishing was scheduled to lose their 38-year-long lease in May of 2017, on November 2 it was discovered that the fishing-charter business ...

Pepsi beats out Coke for Oceanside contract

Still not too late to force a hearing

The Coke vs. Pepsi war may be heating up in Oceanside. The city will most likely be switching to Pepsi as their official soft-drink provider, to the chagrin of some city employees. “I feel like ...

Keeping up with the Kinmans

San Diego punk originals the Dils now do blues-rock with new outfit Ford Madox Ford

Don’t expect the Dils to throw a 40th-anniversary show honoring the birth of punk in San Diego. Along with Chula Vista’s Zeros, Carlsbad’s Dils created local punk from scratch. Because of their leftist tunes like ...

Vote for Gary Ernst (R.I.P.)

Recently deceased Oceanside treasurer gets endorsement from councilman

In Oceanside, a campaign has been mounted to encourage people to vote for a deceased candidate. City treasurer Gary Ernst passed away on September 22. The 61-year-old had reportedly been battling diabetes. Oceanside police found ...

Oceanside Blade press runs again

"I’m getting thank-you notes."

Former Oceanside publisher Tom Missett, 75, couldn’t stay away from print journalism. After being out of the daily newspaper business for 19 years, he’s brought back a familiar North County newspaper: the Oceanside Blade issued ...

Labor Day Pier Swim, since 1929

86 Labor Days and counting

The modern version of Oceanside Pier was completed in 1987, some 99 years after the first structure jutting into the sea was erected on the spot in 1888. Through the late 1800s and early 1900s, ...

Oceanside Harbor battle ended?

Fishing businesses chart courses for zero conflict

The battle for recreational sportfishing in Oceanside Harbor may be over. The long-standing dispute between "Captain Joe" Cacciola of the Sea Star and the landing’s operator, Helgren’s Sportfishing, has been decided. On August 19, it ...

The haunted steakhouse and taller Oceanside tales

Capone, Shatner, and Gilligan linked to local lore

There are several stories that have been circulating around Oceanside for decades. Unfortunately, it's now been revealed that most are not true. Yet, there is that one about the Hunter Steakhouse being haunted... That one ...

Swift Boat tour up the California coast

Vietnam-era vessel restored by 36 veterans

A Vietnam-era Swift Boat, U.S. Navy #PCF 816, made a three-day stop at the Oceanside Harbor last week. The Swift Boat Sailors Association restored the boat over the past year, taking it down to bare ...

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