Christopher in the News:
Councilman Chris Rodriguez blasted Mayor Esther Sanchez for her comments about a homeless encampment featured in a recent news article
Friday, May 15, 2020 4:32 PM
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Oceanside City Councilmember Christopher Rodriguez is demanding that parks & beaches be opened up immediately.
Friday, May 1, 2020 9:07 AM
OCEANSIDE, CA — Oceanside City Councilman Christopher Rodriguez announced Friday he would give up the salary he earns in his council post to help local residents and businesses as they deal with the impact of COVID-19.
"In this time of great need and uncertainty for Oceanside residents, I have decided to forfeit my salary as an Oceanside city councilman and ask that the amount be directed to the programs the city is launching to help the businesses and residents affected by the current shutdown," he said in a statement. "Cooperation and solidarity are demanded of us in this time of great crisis."
Rodriguez, a former Marine, added that the city "will be acting to assist residents and local employers" and said he is "hopeful these programs will lessen the financial impact on our friends and neighbors."
"We will get through this by following the advice of our public health officials to ensure we all remain safe and healthy, and each of us doing our part to keep our city moving forward," said Rodriguez, a real estate agent and farmer.
Friday, March 13, 2020 10:41 AM
City of Oceanside COVID19 Update
There is currently no vaccine available to protect against Coronavirus but it is recommended for everyone to get their flu vaccine and practice proven and routine preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Thursday, October 31, 2019 1:00 AM
OCEANSIDE — It’s no surprise that rent in California and particularly San Diego County is expensive, especially for cities with beaches. Though many still find Oceanside’s cost to be pricey, it remains on the more affordable side when compared to the other coastal cities.
According to a recent report from Zumper, an online apartment search platform, Oceanside is the eighth most expensive place to live in San Diego County in October. On average, it costs approximately $1,620 per month to rent a single-bedroom apartment in Oceanside.
The Zumper report looked at 12 cities in San Diego County and ranked them in order of how expensive their rent prices are. The most expensive was Coronado with a rent average of $2,900 per month for a one-bedroom apartment.
Oceanside’s neighbor Carlsbad was the second most expensive at $1,970 per month, and Vista was sixth at $1,680 per month.
Thursday, October 31, 2019 12:00 AM
OCEANSIDE — Veterans who have transitioned from military to civilian life can go on to serve the public in a variety of capacities, whether it’s as law enforcement, firefighters, teachers, nurses, doctors or even as council members.
Christopher Rodriguez, 34, fits into that last criterion since being elected onto Oceanside City Council last fall. Rodriguez first came to Oceanside in 2002 as a Marine stationed at Camp Pendleton. He joined at the young age of 17, though he had already done some fast growing up before that.
Rodriguez was born Chicago, where his father was a member of the Latin Kings gang and abusive to his family. Rodriguez’s mother eventually escaped his father with Rodriguez and his sister, and later remarried a Marine who partly influenced Rodriguez’s decision to also become one.......
Monday, October 21, 2019 1:00 AM
OCEANSIDE, Calif. -- A town hall meeting in Oceanside addressed homelessness, among other topics, Monday night.
One of the speakers included a woman who revealed she spent more than 20 years on the streets before turning her life around. Attendees cheered her story and discussed action that can be taken to help more people like her.
City councilmember Christopher Rodriguez says the issue of homelessness is the No. 1 email and phone call he gets from residents and believes a key way to address the problem is to address drug addiction.
“We’re not dealing with a homelessness crisis, we’re dealing with an addiction crisis," said Rodriguez. "Right now we have an addiction epidemic.”
Tuesday, October 1, 2019 11:56 AM
Oceanside San Luis Rey riverbed sweep
Councilman Rodriguez joins the Oceanside Police Department (OPD) on a morning sweep of the San Luis Rey riverbed. Primary objective is to work with the homeless population through outreach and resources provided by our specialized Homeless Outreach Team. Secondary, objective is to identify "abandoned encampments" to include posting notice before removal of debris and paraphernalia.
Sunday, September 15, 2019 12:00 AM
Politicians in San Diego are raiding road funds meant to fix and improve major roads leaving Oceanside to fend for ourself.
The City of Oceanside lists CA-76 as a 6-lane Highway on its circulation element and CALTRAN (California Transportation) has ZERO committed funding to complete.
Traffic in Oceanside is only going to get worse as regional developments from all surrounding cities are underway.
Join Councilman Rodriguez and support his 4 step plan to Fixing The 76 and mitigating for future traffic impacts before its too late. Visit www.FixThe76.com for more information.
Monday, September 2, 2019 11:15 AM
City of Oceanside moves to Streamline Development and Change Culture
In the passion of my campaign for city council I made a big promise, I promised to make Oceanside one of the safest and most business friendly cities in Southern California. Shortly after getting elected I got my feet wet with a few policy items surrounding a Homeless Work Program, Tax Incentives for Businesses that hire locals and a Streamlined Accessory Dwelling Unit "Granny Flat" program, I immediately began to notice a culture of frustration, delay and confusion from both the development community and city staff with respect to the development entitlement process.
So, in March of this year, I decided to take on city staff and the development community and get down in the mud to truly understand the root issues surrounding this unproductive culture. I started with 3 important goals in mind, to Save Time, Save Money and Create Certainty for all stakeholders involved in the entitlement process. I had in total about 30 meetings, countless phone calls, and the most important step was getting both sides in the same room.
I ultimately got out of the way and let the development community and city staff do what they were meant to do, work together! Sure enough great ideas, feedback and inspiration spread like a wild fire which led staff to help me take on this problem with full support...That led to a council agenda item passing 4-0 (Sanchez abstained).
As an elected leader I am responsible for ensuring public safety, infrastructure and quality of life are prioritized and all impacts adequately mitigated. The City of Oceanside gets so much more when we can just cut through the non-sense and work together!
Below is a great Article about the Council Agenda item I proposed and the details and direction to staff!
See article from The Coast News, Samantha Taylor https://www.thecoastnews.com/city-seeks-faster-cheaper-developer-application-process/
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 12:00 AM
Rodriguez vision for Oceanside and how your involvment is instrumental to making Oceanside the safest and most business friendly city in SD County.
Oceanside is on the verge of an economic boom and your involvement in Oceanside politics has never been more important.
Saturday, April 20, 2019 5:48 PM
My observations on the state of Homelessness in Oceanside and Oceanside’s Homeless Outreach Team (HOT) Response.
Monday, April 15, 2019 5:42 PM
Great meeting today with Supervisor Desmond and multiple community leaders and non-profits discussing homelessness in Oceanside.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 12:00 AM
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 12:00 AM
Sunday, February 10, 2019 12:00 AM
Monday, October 1, 2018 1:27 PM
Only candidate to receive endorsement from OPOA
My first duty and highest obligation is to Oceanside’s Public Safety. I am honored to be the ONLY candidate in Oceanside to have the full support and endorsement of Oceanside Police Officers' Association.
Thursday, July 26, 2018 12:00 AM
North County leaders came together this past Friday to show support for Christopher Rodriguez, a local candidate running for city council in Oceanside.
Saturday, June 30, 2018 12:00 AM
Christopher Rodriguez from Maximum Real Estate Services recently became the first Oceanside Chamber member to graduate from the Public Leadership Institute training program offered by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Monday, May 7, 2018 4:15 PM
On April 23rd 2018 after Christopher officially files his Notice of Candidacy at the Oceanside Clerks office !!