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Friday | June 3, 2022


Chamber Leads Effort to Honor Military Families

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On Saturday, May 21st, the Chamber held its annual Armed Forces Day Operation Appreciation Event. The purpose of Operation Appreciation is to provide our active-duty local military families with a day of free entertainment, food and children’s activities. Several thousand were in attendance at this year’s event which took place at the Oceanside Pier Amphitheatre. The event was supported by a generous grant from San Diego County Supervisor Jim Desmond, along with presenting sponsors Frontwave Credit Union, Genentech, Walmart and Oceanside Therapy Group along with numerous other local businesses.

Chamber Partners with North County Young Women's Empowerment Network Program

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Assemblymember Tasha Boerner Horvath’s office recently reached out to the Chamber’s Young Professionals network to partner in The North County Young Women's Empowerment Network. NCYWEN is a program dedicated to cultivating a group of young leaders and offering young women in the 76th Assembly District an opportunity to learn, train, and lend their voices to a variety of local issues. The program participants will attend 4 trainings over a 6-week time frame and receive free training and workshops on professional and social development, advocacy 101 with local/state/federal entities, training in business etiquette, and receive free professional headshot and a state certificate of recognition upon completion.


Nearly a Dozen Disadvantaged Oceanside Rising Star Students Receive Scholarships

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The Oceanside Chamber of Commerce hosted its final Rising Star Program student recognition breakfast of the school year May 24th to recognize 11 Rising Star scholarship recipients. Each student received at least $1,000 in scholarship money generously provided by Oceanside Chamber of Commerce members, Genentech and Tri-City Medical Center.

Congratulations to these Rising Stars who received scholarships:

  • El Camino High School: Angela Hernandez Lira, Ariyan Perdue, and Nhi Ngo
  • Oceanside High School: Daniel Cruz, Dianne Ibarra, Julissa Beltran, and Sabrya Mosely
  • Surfside Educational Academy: Zitlali Valverde Gomez, Angel Gomez Galvan, and Jasmine Perez
  • Pacific View Charter School: Jonathan Dolores

“The Rising Star student of-the-month program is hosted by the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce to recognize high school seniors at our city’s high schools who have overcome significant challenges in their life, but who have managed to keep, or get back on track with their education. We are also focused on engaging with our educational partners to ensure a strong workforce pipeline for Oceanside businesses,” said Scott Ashton, CEO of Oceanside Chamber of Commerce. If you would like to participate as a sponsor of the Rising Star program, please contact [email protected].

Chambers’ Women’s Incubator Program Graduates Third Cohort, 100th Entrepreneur

Women, especially military spouses and female veterans were disproportionately impacted by the Pandemic, with many forced out of the workplace. The National Veterans Chamber of Commerce, SCORE Mentors, and the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce have responded to this call to action by hosting a free business incubator program. The Women Entrepreneur Incubator program, which launched last fall via Zoom, is helping to train entrepreneurs to develop their part-time or full-time businesses. The three organizations are providing training, technical assistance, mentorship, peer-to-peer support, and financial information. Just in time for Armed Forces Day, we graduated our third incubator class on May 19, bringing a total of 100 women who were trained during this school year. Each participant received certificates from the three program sponsors as well as from Assemblymember Tasha Boerner Horvath. An added benefit of the incubator is that each entrepreneur receives in-person coaching and mentoring at the Oceanside Chamber’s office following the online training sessions. Internships with member businesses are also available to each incubator participant. The next women’s cohort begins in the Fall. There are also plans to launch a youth-specific business incubator. 


The Oceanside Chamber regularly participates in coalition efforts led by the California Chamber of Commerce to weigh in on legislation impacting our business community.


Bill Attacks Local Control Over Land Use

The Oceanside Chamber joined a large business coalition led by the Cal Chamber to OPPOSE AB 2840 (Reyes), which the CalChamber has labeled as a JOB KILLER. The bill seeks to prohibit local governments from approving any new or expansion of existing warehouses and development projects 100,000 square feet or more if: 1) proposed within 1,000 feet of sensitive receptors, or 2) alternative measures are not imposed on the project that effectively achieve 1,000 foot buffer level protections. In a recent letter to legislators, the CalChamber pointed out that AB 2840 will exacerbate the state’s supply chain problems by constraining local governments from being able to responsibly permit critically needed warehouses and logistics use projects throughout California, irrespective of any environmental mitigation, electrification or technological investments made to use low- or zero-emission equipment on-site, based on outdated standards.

Chambers Opposed Expansion of CEQA 

The Oceanside Chamber has joined in a coalition to opposed AB 1001, labeled by the Cal Chamber as a Job Killer bill. The bill proposes to expand the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)to further exacerbate known problems with the statute by limiting local land use discretion and imposing burdensome and unworkable new legal obligations on lead agencies. In attempting to address environmental justice concerns through CEQA as the bill proposes, AB 1001 winds up substantially aggravating one of the state’s most intractable problems: California’s housing crisis inextricably linked to its inability to produce housing quickly and cost effectively. Additionally, AB 1001 will create substantial new legal liability for local governments by substantially limiting their discretion to determine what projects should be approved and how and where mitigation should be applied to reduce significant impacts to less than significant on impacted communities.

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