The Oceanside City Council approved the appointment of Kori Jensen as City Councilmember to fill the vacant District 1 Council seat in January 2021. The District 1 seat is up for election in November 2022.
Kori Jensen is part of a three generation Oceanside family, the granddaughter of Mexican immigrants and Scandinavians from Minnesota. She proudly embodies the rich cultural diversity found here in Oceanside. She spent her early childhood years in Oceanside, walking to South Oceanside Elementary School, learning to swim at the Marshall Street Pool, playing at Buccaneer Beach and Buddy Todd Park, and learning to fish off our famous Oceanside Pier. Both Koris grandparents were successful employers and owned iconic businesses in Oceanside. Her father s parents were the founders and operators of Scandia Bakery & Fountain on Mission Avenue in downtown and her mother s parents owned Palomar Linen Supply, a commercial laundry that served North County.
Councilmember Jensen is an addiction counselor, currently certified as a CADC II International Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Anger Management Instructor and Domestic Violence Counselor. Working with people with addictions is her passion. The opioid epidemic ravaging many communities has had a profound effect on her and strengthened her desire to make a difference through community service.
Kori is also a licensed Realtor, currently affiliated with a woman-owned real estate agency in Oceanside.
As a small business owner, she understands the level of hard work and dedication it takes to build a business, the challenges faced during economic downturns and the value of community and civic support for our local businesses.
Kori has also been active in PFLAG, the first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their parents and families, and allies.