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September 2022


SOCAL Video Project Continues to Show Off Open Roles in Oceanside

Do you need to recruit talent for your business or organization? Maybe the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce can help. Give middle school, high school, post-secondary students and transitioning Marines and other adults an opportunity to gain insights into career pathways and apply for jobs now at your organization or company. It’s all part of the Student Opportunities for Career Awareness and Learning, or SOCAL, a joint project of local chambers of commerce, economic development councils, and the Tri-City Medical Center.

We recently interviewed award-winning Chef de Cuisine Samantha Parker on why she does what she does. “I love the way food brings everybody together,” she told us. Try one of Samantha’s dishes at The Privateer Coal Fire Pizza and wine bar, 1706 S. Coast Hwy., Oceanside.

We also interviewed EMT Jonathan Pinto on why he does what he does. “Seconds count in our profession,” he told us. Learn more about being an EMT, a paramedic, an EMT trainer for the Oceanside Fire Department and anyone who wants to learn, and even an entrepreneur at the Institute of Healthcare, Inc., 2181 S. El Camino Real, suite 302, Oceanside.

Samantha’s and Jonathan’s stories are sponsored by the City of Oceanside. There are numerous industries such as Food and Hospitality, Public Safety, Health, Advanced Manufacturing and more represented in the video project and yours could be next. Visit www.SOCALWorkforce.org or Contact victoria@oceansidechamber.com to learn more.

Are You Utilizing the Chamber’s Job Board?

The Oceanside Chamber’s Job Board includes a space for employers to list their open positions, job seekers to upload their resumes, and helpful resources for applicants, businesses, and organizations. Job listings are an added member benefit. The success of the job board depends on you, our members, so please visit the page to add your open positions at www.oceansidecareers.com.


Chamber Partners in California Paid Family Leave Grants for Small Businesses

The Oceanside Chamber is pleased to announce its partnership with the California Paid Family Leave Grant (CPFLG). We are excited to be part of a network of over 25 chambers of commerce throughout the state to offer the California Paid Family Leave Grant (CPFLG).

CPFLG allows eligible small businesses in California with 1-100 employees with at least one (1) employee utilizing California’s Paid Family Leave program to apply for grants up to $2,000 per employee to offset the increased costs associated with the employee out on leave.

For more information, eligibility details, and to apply, visit CaliforniaPFL.com or call (818) 989-0300.

Chamber Supports Workforce Housing

This summer, the Chamber actively supported the potential development of more than 1,000 housing units in Oceanside. Oceanside's share of the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) for the current cycle is approximately 5,400 housing units. As the RHNA report shows, we need housing of all types to meet the needs of a wide variety of income levels of our current and future workforce.

In July, the OceanKamp Resort project was approved by the City of Oceanside’s Planning Commission. OceanKAMP will help make housing more accessible by developing multifamily units and allowing for a broader range of housing at a variety of market rates. This project goes a long way in meeting our City’s housing needs, with up to 700 housing units planned. OceanKamp has since been appealed to the City Council and expected to go before the Council in October.

In August, the Chamber supported the Tierra Norte Planned Blocked Development Overlay District to allow for the future development of residential communities in the South Morro Hills area. The City Council supported this zoning change which will allow for over 350 much needed workforce housing units in that area of the City.


Chamber Supports Workforce Housing

In July, the Chamber Board endorsed Rick Robinson for the District 2 seat. Robinson, who has served as Oceanside’s Fire Chief since 2016, officially retired from the position at the end of July. With a desire to still actively serve the residents of Oceanside, Robinson decided to make a run at the Council seat in District 2, where he and his wife have lived for many years.

In its endorsement recommendation to the Chamber Board, AOPAC noted several strengths that they saw in Robinson during the interview process. The group noted that Robinson has a strong grasp on where Oceanside’s future opportunities lie in the coming years, including continuing the strong progress we have made with the development of hotels, and influx of new businesses. He also demonstrated an understanding of the importance of marketing Oceanside as a destination in order to drive sales tax and transient occupancy tax to keep our City in a strong fiscal position.

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