Friday, November 11, 2016


ENERGY: Webster’s: ability to be active: "the physical or mental strength that allows you to do things: natural enthusiasm and effort, usable power that comes from heat, electricity, etc.
PORTAL: a large door, a site serving as a guide or point of entry to the World Wide Web and usually including a search engine or a collection of links to other sites arranged especially by topic, a communicating part or area of an organism".
This morning at a meeting of the Mainstreet vision committee, we were wondering and brainstorming of how to describe our City of Oceanside. Many words and phrases were tossed about, and several came together for me like a thunderclap. Energy and Portal. That’s it Energy Portal…it’s what makes you catch your breath when walking down the sidewalk on Pacific Ave. It’s what sends vibrations of joyful intensity when you pass the young people on Coast Highway. It’s what sends shivers down your spine when you walk the Oceanside Pier and realize that you are on the Edge. Energy Portal captures what we are, who we are, and what we are doing. It captures the new revitalization of our Downtown with “beach Industrial” businesses such as the new craft beer and wine venues. This is a growth industry ideally suited to our local beach scene and will continue to flourish. 
Who we are; an amazing amalgamation of ethnic, economic, educational, age groups, all of who are going through this portal of purpose each and every day. What we are, the doers, who have  seen our own visions of what is possible in this City of Opportunity come to fruition, Artists Alley, and The Oceanside Museum of Art. We are doing amazing things. Bringing new businesses into the City, creating new venues for the most sought after element in what draws us together, The Arts. Working together to help our Community’s citizens to be aware and collaborate to bring new solutions to our Environmental challenges. Oceanside leads the way in making our City a leader in sustainable goals.
We are now bringing  a new element of energy which knows no constraints, The Arts. The infusion into our Downtown of this driving economic element is becoming a force to be reckoned with. With the opening of the First Museum ever for the art genre of murals, The Art Miles .a project of the Muramid Museum will bring new energies into our region. International players in the Arts focusing on Peace will be a catalyst for change, bringing many new visitors in Artists Alley which will in turn have a ripple effect on the whole of Downtown.
ENERGY PORTAL: Our daily gift of being, living, and working here in this electric energizing wave of the future in tune with our neighbor to the west, The Pacific Ocean, which brings us her gifts from sea. Clean air, waves to conquer, food to eat, and most of all the soft sweet vibrant sounds of the endless waves…through this portal everyday, we are endowed with energy.