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Southwest Mobile Storage - Best Mobile Storage & Office Containers In Carmel Mountain, CA

Southwest Mobile Storage is a family-owned shipping container business founded in 1995. Our strength for more than 25 years comes from the specialized knowledge and passion of our people, along with serving over 24,000 commercial, construction and residential customers. Our facility and expertise in maintaining, manufacturing, and delivering corrugated steel containers is unrivaled in the industry.

While the rental side of our business is regional with branches throughout the Southwest, our container sales and modification operations are nationwide and becoming global. Carmel Mountain, CA offers a wide selection of portable offices and mobile storage containers you can rent, buy or modify.

Our experts in container rental, sales and customization are committed to providing you the highest quality and best experience from service to delivery - our reputation depends on it.

Whether your need is for storage, office space, moving, multi-purpose or custom use, we've got your back. Here's how:

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We bring your storage container to you for convenient, easy access at your home, business or jobsite. Plus, you'll get more choice in storage space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of a pod or add on building, saving money and energy.


Not enough room to keep a storage container at your business, home or construction site? No problem - we can store it for you. Plus, you get 70% more space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of public storage units.


Need a permanent storage solution for your business, residence or construction? We sell new and used shipping containers in many sizes with a variety of add-ons. Or customize a container to your specific storage needs with our certified fabrication experts.


Take your time packing with our moving containers. We'll deliver to your business or home and pick it up whenever you're ready to move. So, you don't have to stress about moving or making multiple trips in one day, like if you rented a moving truck.


Our moving container solutions ensure the long-distance move of your home or business is highly efficient and affordable throughout the southwest. In fact, we usually cost 20%-40% less than full-service movers.


We understand move-in and move-out dates might be different. We can store your moving container at our highly secure facilities until you're ready to move to your new home or business location, and you can conveniently access it at any time.


Whether you need a workspace, conference room, or other office requirement, our ground-mounted mobile offices meet any and all of your business needs. Plus, it's faster and easier than building additions.


If you need your shipping container to serve multiple uses, such as office-storage combos, breakrooms and even utilities, we've got you covered. We'll modify a custom container to fit your business needs and bring your business to the next level


We'll create a custom container to fit your unique needs anywhere in the US. With our container modification expertise, we make any idea a reality. From pop-up stores to multi-story structures, our unrivaled facilities and fabrication experts do it all.

You'll get your own dedicated storage and container expert to serve as your one point of contact for easy, convenient service you can trust.
With our wide selection of intermodal containers for sale and rent, you'll find exactly what you need, from size, to type and condition.
We maintain our rental fleet to the highest standard - our integrity depends on it.
Our certified, experienced Conex container modification experts have more than 500 years combined experience modifying ISO containers.
All of our containers come with high security dual-locking system for no additional charge, so you can rest assured your stored items stay safe and that you don't have to pay extra for it.
At our unrivaled 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility, ensuring your custom shipping container is made exactly to your specifications.
With our level of service, quality and expertise, you won't find a better value anywhere else.
Our portable offices include lighting and electrical outlets, internet hookups, HVAC and were crafted by our in-house steel container fabrication experts for top-quality construction.

Premium Quality - High Security

With Southwest Mobile Storage, you get much more than a POD or typical Conex box. You also get high security, unparalleled service and unmatched container modification expertise and facilities. No other company offers that much.

Shipping containers and storage containers come in a range of sizes. The most common external lengths are 20ft and 40ft with a width of 8ft. ISO Containers are typically 8ft 6in tall, but high cube containers are 9ft 6in tall. We also have steel containers in a variety of sizes from 10ft long to 45ft long to rent or buy, and we can modify shipping containers into any size you want.

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SMS Mobile Storage Containers have these high quality features:

1/8" thick steel plate bottom side rails
High strength steel supporting cross members
1 1/8" thick hardwood floor with galvanized self-tapping screws
16-gauge corrugated steel walls
16-gauge roof
270-degree swing cargo door(s)
High security dual-locking system*
Spot-grinded, primed & repainted with a beige high-grade water reducible alkyd direct-to-metal enamel*
* Comes standard on all rental units

SMS portable workspace containers have these structural features:

High security window bars, lever & deadbolt set with lock box
Studs & R-19 Insulation covered with wood paneling
1 1/8" marine board floor is covered with a durable single part gray epoxy coating
Dual pane low-E horizontal sliding windows with screens and miniblinds
18 Gauge steel polystyrene core 3-hour fire rated personnel door
All of our workspaces are refurbished grade or better
Exterior load center operating on 100 Amp single phase 230 Volt power
Light switch, receptacles and 4' light fixtures; all wiring is Romex 12/2
CAT-6 voice and data lines with electrical junction box
HVAC units ranging from 1 ton to 2 ton on rentals; ability to customize up to 10 tons of cooling

Having flexible storage containers options is important, but security is crucial to protect your peace of mind and your possessions.

At Southwest Mobile Storage, we don't believe in leaving things to chance. We want you to rest easy knowing your inventory, documents, tools, equipment and other items are safe 24/7. That is why we equip SMS high-security slide bolt locking systems and lockboxes on our entire fleet of rental freight containers.


High-security slide-bolt locking system and extra-long lock box, giving you twice the security and peace of mind.
No holes to ensure your rental shipping container is wind and water-tight.
No rust for your safety.
14-gauge corrugated steel for strength and reinforcement.

Contact us to speak with a helpful, friendly representative to better understand our full range of capabilities. We are happy to answer any questions you have, go over pricing and set up a time and place to deliver your Conex box. Our quotes are 100% free and you are under no obligation to pay for your consultation.


When you own a business or manage one, it's crucial to have efficient, affordable ways to store inventory and supplies, whether it's to grow your business or adapt to changes in the market, like the many caused by the pandemic.

Renting storage containers to keep at your business eliminates the cost and hassles of sending your staff to offsite storage facilities. Steel containers with roll up doors make storing and retrieving items faster and easier. Auto repair shops and other businesses that need easy access throughout the workday to secure storage for tools, parts, equipment or supplies find renting shipping containers to be the best solution for their business storage needs. Southwest Mobile Storage has your back.

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Renting portable offices gives your business more workspace, breakrooms, pop up stores, security booths and more, without the cost and red tape associated with constructing building additions. Plus, a steel storage container fits neatly into one parking space and provides much stronger security than Pods and way more convenience than self-storage units.

If you have a specific need, we can modify shipping containers to build whatever you need to grow your business. Whether it's a portable workspace to run your business, like a pop-up container bar, or a durable facility for scientific research, like a container laboratory, or even a container gym, our unrivaled fabrication facility and modification experts got you covered. Our full-time, in-house staff of certified welders, engineers, electricians, carpenters and painters have over 500 years combined experience modifying thousands of container projects for just about any business use you can imagine.


Offsite storage alternatives cause a mess of hassles and headaches. Expanding office space and storage capacity at your location saves time, money and hassle of making multiple trips offsite.
We offer more choice in security, size and features in steel Conex boxes or ISO shipping containers than a public storage unit or Pod for less cost and far greater service.
We offer flexible, month-to-month rental agreements and prorate by the day after your first 28-day billing cycle.
With us, you get a dedicated account manager you can rely on, so you can focus on running your business than waste time with a different person every time you call that doesn't know or care as much.
While other companies may have some staff for modifying containers, most outsource the work, so you don't know who is actually doing the modifications or how much they're marking up the price.
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When you modify a shipping container for your business, you won't have to worry about expensive, lengthy and complicated construction.
We have modified thousands of containers nationwide and internationally for more than 25 years for NASA, US Navy, GCP Applied Technologies, Helix and Sundt to name a few. And rent containers to Amazon, Walmart and many of other nationally recognized brands.
Our extensive staff makes it possible to custom build multiple projects simultaneously and our 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility prevents contaminants from interfering with fabrication, which delivers better quality and precision.


Building additions to your home can be very expensive and requires going through the hassle of securing permits and waiting for construction. You can save money, time and stress by modifying a shipping container instead. Whether you need additional space for a home gym, recreation or storage, we can convert steel containers into anything you can imagine. Our custom container gyms, man-caves or she-sheds, garages and more give you the extra space you need without the hassle, cost and wait that comes with home renovation.

Renting shipping containers for temporary storage, either when moving or dealing with restoration from a fire or flood, provides a secure, convenient way to keep your belongings close for accessing them whenever you need to. Plus, renting mobile storage containers for moving costs less than traditional movers and allows you to take your time packing, reducing the stress that comes from moving. You can also rent portable offices for your home to make working remotely distraction-free.

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With an extensive in-house staff and 90,000 sq ft container modification facility, we're able to deliver consistently high quality and work on multiple projects simultaneously for a fast turnaround.

Other companies don't have the facility, staff or resources to modify shipping containers and will outsource the work to various shops who may not have the special experience or tools needed to modify the right way.

You can rest assured knowing your custom container is safe in our hands. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications through every step of the process.

Renting a moving container from us makes your move much less stressful because you won't have to rush to pack your whole house into a moving truck in one day. Instead, you can take your time packing over the course of a month.

Our ISO shipping containers are weatherproof and come with vault-like security, so you don't have to worry about theft or damage to your belongings.

You won't get that level of security from U-Haul or other moving truck companies.

Renting a storage container at your home keeps your belongings close and gives you convenient 24/7 access, so you're always able to retrieve the contents of your container when you need to.

We know move in and move out dates don't always line up. We can store your packed rental container at our secure facility until your new home is ready.

With our mobile storage containers for rent in Carmel Mountain, CA, you can save up to 40% when compared to full-service long-distance movers, while gaining more flexibility in your schedule.


We know your needs may change suddenly. With our extensive inventory and variety of sizes of portable offices and shipping containers to rent, buy or modify in Carmel Mountain, CA, we provide fast service and the best value possible so it's easy for you to get whatever you need when you need it.

Renting storage containers and portable offices from us gives you more flexibility when it comes to your schedule and options. If you don't have enough space at your current location or simply would prefer offsite storage, you can keep your rental storage and office containers at your location or ours - whichever is most convenient for you. You also get more options to choose from when it comes to size and features, like portable offices with divided rooms for private meetings or office/storage combos for storage and office space in one container. All while costing a fraction of the price of a pod or self-storage facility.

You can also buy new or used freight containers from us and choose from a variety of add-ons, including lights, electricity, doors and windows. Or fully customize a shipping container to save time, money and energy by skipping the expensive, lengthy process of constructing building additions. We can modify a Conex box into whatever you can imagine for any use you need, from construction tool cribs to office buildings, monitoring stations, mobile communication towers and much more. The possibilities are endless.


You'll never face hidden fees or surprises with us. We give you transparent billing up front at the best prices.

With us, you get a reliable, dedicated point of contact, who keeps you updated every step of the way. You can rest assured knowing you'll always get what you need, when you need it.

No other company has the breadth and depth of staff and experience that we do when it comes to modifying shipping containers. Our certified welders, engineers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters and painters have more than 500 years of combined experience in fabricating custom steel containers.

We prorate your rent by the day after the first 28-day billing cycle, so you don't have to pay for a full month when you only have your mobile containers and offices for a few days.

While other companies may be able to do small container modifications, most don't have an in-house fabrication staff or 90,000 sq ft fabrication facility like we do. As a result, they outsource the work on your custom container, so you don't know who's actually building it.

Rest assured knowing your modified shipping container will be built to the highest quality standards. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors check every step of the fabrication process to ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications.


Whether you're in need of a storage container for your commercial business, a portable office for your construction site, or a moving container for your home, our process is simple and straightforward.

Choose Your Container

Choose the mobile storage solution that works best for your needs. In this step, you will let us know the number of containers you need, their sizes and what types of doors to equip.

Choose Your Options

Let us know if you would like to add any of our rental options, like a folding table or shelving.

Choose Your Security

Choose from padlocks, puck locks and other enhanced security options. All of our storage containers come standard with dual-locking, vault-like security.

Choose Your Delivery Timeframe

You can expect standard delivery within 3-5 days of your order. If you need expedited delivery, we will do everything in our power to accommodate your needs.

Pick-Up Planning

Do you need to keep your shipping container at our location? Prefer to have our team deliver your packed container to a location of your choice? Let us know, and we'll be by your side to work out the logistics.




Let our team know where we should deliver your mobile storage container for rent in Carmel Mountain, CA. Be sure to let us know if there are any special conditions that might prevent our drivers from entering your chosen destination. Before you schedule your delivery, let us know which direction you would like the doors of your container to face.



Our drivers can deliver your storage container Monday-Friday, between the hours of 6AM and 2PM local time. Our two-hour delivery window is the most precise in the industry. If you desire another delivery time outside of our standard delivery options, we will do our best to accommodate your needs. As a courtesy, our driver will call you at least 30 minutes before they arrive at your drop-off destination.



Before we deliver your Conex box, prepare your delivery area by ensuring that there are no low overhangs, arches, wires, trees or any other obstacles that could interfere with your delivery. It's a good idea to mark the space where you would like your steel container placed.



When our driver arrives, they will back our truck into the space where you would like your shipping container placed. Once we arrive, we will ensure that your container is delivered safely and securely. If placed on asphalt or pavement, we will use wood dunnage pads to make sure your ground surface is protected and the container is level.


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Latest News in Carmel Mountain, CA

Second Chance Beer Company Debuts New Lager

SAN DIEGO, California – Second Chance Beer Company has been busy brewing their latest creation – Buddy – a crushable American lager with a crisp, refreshing finish. Second Chance prides itself on being more than just an award-winning brewery. It’s a company that is proud to be a part of a strong community of craft beer lovers who advocate for good. The brewery embraces diversity, values innovation and gives back without compromise. While there are many breweries that take charitable action and subscri...

SAN DIEGO, California – Second Chance Beer Company has been busy brewing their latest creation – Buddy – a crushable American lager with a crisp, refreshing finish. Second Chance prides itself on being more than just an award-winning brewery. It’s a company that is proud to be a part of a strong community of craft beer lovers who advocate for good. The brewery embraces diversity, values innovation and gives back without compromise. While there are many breweries that take charitable action and subscribe to a “people first” mentality, Second Chance is San Diego’s only “pups-first, drink-second” brewery.

In the spirit of giving back without compromise, Second Chance will donate a portion of all proceeds from Buddy Lager to local dog rescues such as The Animal Pad and Second Chance Rescue. Both rescues are non-profit organizations dedicated to saving homeless dogs and giving them a second chance at life.

”Giving pups a second chance is at the core of what we do at Second Chance Beer Company. We’ve done dog adoptions and fundraisers since we opened in 2015, and over the last couple years, we started fostering rescue pups, a few of which have been adopted by our team and regular guests. It’s rewarding to see them thriving in their furever homes. Buddy Lager is a way for fans to support our efforts – and enjoy a delicious beer at the same time,” explains CEO and Co-Owner, Virginia Morrison.

As stated on the Buddy Lager cans, “It doesn’t matter where you’re going, it’s who you have beside you on the journey.” Available in four-packs of 16-oz cans, you can get your hands on Buddy Lager at select retailers including Second Chance Beer Company tasting rooms (North Park & Carmel Mtn Ranch), Total Wines (Mission Valley & Carmel Mtn Ranch (opening soon)), Barrel Republic (Escondido), Arrowood Golf Course (Oceanside), Hideout Bar & Grill (Pacific Beach), Iron Pig Alehouse (Pacific Beach), Amplified Ale Works (East Village) and Cass Street Bar & Grill (Pacific Beach).

ABV: 4.6%

About Second Chance Beer Company

Second Chance Beer Company was founded in September 2015 by Marty Mendiola and Virginia Morrison. The San Diego-based, award-winning craft brewery has a brewery and tasting room in Carmel Mountain Ranch and a beer lounge and tasting room in North Park. Its beer also can be found in restaurants, bars and retailers in San Diego and Orange Counties and throughout Arizona. In addition to making award-winning beer, Second Chance’s mission is to give pups a second chance through support of dog rescues. The Second Chance Team is proud to offer a diverse menu of craft beers, hard seltzers, beer cocktails, and non-alcoholic options, to ensure their tasting rooms are spaces where everyone is welcome to form connections, share stories, and champion good deeds.

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12 Best Places To Visit In California

Widely known as the epicenter of celebrities, filmmaking, and amusement parks, California is indeed the land of the famous. But beyond the well-known faces and movie studios, the US State of California is also home to a rich backdrop of history, technological innovation, natural beauty, and iconic landmarks. From ...

Widely known as the epicenter of celebrities, filmmaking, and amusement parks, California is indeed the land of the famous. But beyond the well-known faces and movie studios, the US State of California is also home to a rich backdrop of history, technological innovation, natural beauty, and iconic landmarks. From Silicon Valley to the Golden Gate Bridge to the renowned Giant Redwood trees, California is packed with culture, tasty food, possibility, and plenty of exciting adventures. The article lists the 12 Best Places to Visit in California.

Los Angeles

Los Angeles is the nation's second-largest city and undoubtedly the most visited major city in California. Surrounded by mountains, valleys, and the Pacific Coast, Los Angeles is a central spot for a wide variety of attractions, parks, beaches, museums, tours, restaurants, shops, and more! This city of four million and its surrounding areas are home to such amusement parks as Universal Studios Hollywood, and Disneyland (in nearby Anaheim). It is the heart of Hollywood and the American film industry. Tourists can visit the city's neighborhoods, such as Beverly Hills, for celebrity sightings or take a tour of any major film studios. And a photo op on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is surely not to be missed!

San Francisco

Renowned for its iconic sights, its vast scenic beauty, and even its infamously cool climate, San Francisco is one of California's most well-known destinations. Positioned between the Pacific Ocean and the San Francisco Bay, this northern California city is amongst the United States' most popular tourist destinations. The city's steep hills, iconic cable cars, and stunning homes (often with charming Victorian architecture) make a walk or a drive a visually exotic experience, while an assortment of museums, theatres, shopping retailers, and unique restaurants ensure an outing in San Francisco is an exceptional one. Tourists can congregate at Union Square or the famed Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39, site of magnificent views of the Bay, sunbathing sea lions, great dining options, and the Golden Gate Bridge. And, of course, any visitor should make sure to see the infamous Alcatraz Island and Penitentiary firsthand, an iconic historic landmark that has uniquely shaped American popular culture.

Death Valley

An unforgiving and harsh desert environment, Death Valley lies in the Death Valley National Park in the Mojave Desert. With truly spectacular scenery and landscapes that include multicolored sand dunes and snow-capped mountain peaks, the views in Death Valley are unlike any other in the State. Besides the natural wonders, tourists can enjoy human marvels like the historic Spanish villa Scotty’s Castle (though it has been closed due to flooding since 2015) and the Wildrose Charcoal Kilns. Death Valley is also home to the lowest point in North America - the barren Badwater Basin and Furnace Creek - one of the hottest places on Earth.

San Diego

The home of miles of beaches, golden sand, and a famous surfing scene, San Diego has been affectionately called “America’s Finest City.” The state’s second-largest city, this Southern California metropolis is just a 30-minute drive from the Mexican border and the city of Tijuana. Although lounging on the beach is certainly a must-do activity, San Diego is also a culturally and historically rich city with fantastic museums, attractions, and historical sights. In Balboa Park, tourists get to see the world-renowned San Diego Zoo (first opened in 1916), while a visit to the ocean life-oriented theme park and aquarium Sea World will satisfy guests of all ages. In the downtown, an assortment of restaurants, bars, shopping centers, and beautiful historic buildings populate the scenery, while the esteemed San Diego Comic-Con occupies the city’s convention center every July. Naturally, spending time outdoors is always required when in San Diego, with plenty of swimming, surfing, hiking, cycling, and boating opportunities.

Napa Valley

Famed for its world-class wineries and breathtaking landscapes, Napa Valley is one of California's Bay Area's most popular tourist sights. With rolling hills and fertile vineyards, tourists and even locals flock to try the region's delicious wines, gourmet cafes, and restaurants and even take a relaxing spa session or two. Napa Valley offers plenty of luxury resorts, boutique shops and hotels, golf courses, horse ranches, and hiking trails. For the very adventurous, hot air balloon rides provide an exquisite and unforgettable view. And without a doubt, the region's more than 200 wineries will provide ample opportunity for any visitor to enjoy local wines and the California sunshine!

Santa Barbara

Just 160km northwest of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara is an ideal destination for a weekend getaway or day trip. Located between the Pacific Ocean and the slopes of the Santa Ynez Mountains, the City of Santa Barbara is a picturesque and pleasant coastal paradise, informally known as the “American Riviera.” Many cultural events and festivals are held throughout the year, while an abundance of beautiful parks, beaches, and vineyards make a day in the City never a dull one. Charming old-style Spanish architecture next to palm tree-lined streets and boulevards makes walking or driving through town a most beautiful trip, with plenty of photo opportunities. In short, any visitor to Santa Barbara will never have a shortage of activities and scenic views.

Channel Islands

Along California’s southern coastline, the Channel Islands are a series of eight small islands in the Pacific Ocean. With beautiful beaches, rugged canyons and cliffs, and trails galore, these often-forgotten gems of California are an extraordinary place to discover and explore. Five of the Islands lie within the Channel Islands National Park, which officially protects the local ecosystem, while two are inaccessible due to their use by the United States Navy. Only Santa Catalina Island has permanent residents, with a population of 4,000. A tourist resort since the 1920s, Catalina Island, is a popular day trip from Los Angeles, just 35 kilometers away. Fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, boating, hiking, rock climbing, and animal watching are among the many activities available in the area. A place of settlement for indigenous people, tourists will also not want to miss a visit to the Catalina Island Museum, which details Channel Island’s history and geographic significance.


Situated on California’s Pacific Coast Highway and just south of Monterey Bay, Carmel By The Sea is a charming town with radiant scenery. With cliffs, hills, and vast vistas of the Pacific, this oceanside settlement has been a popular destination for tourists and a creative place of influence for artists and writers for many decades. A former artists’ colony, Carmel By The Sea is filled with charming old houses and cottages, as well a plethora of locally-owned galleries and artists’ studios. With cute inns, boutique stores, small cafes, and unique California dining, tourists to this town will leave with a most memorable photogenic experience. And of course, the famed and beautiful white sand of Carmel Beach will undoubtedly leave its mark, as an unforgettable sunset creates imagery like no other.

Laguna Beach

Tourists who descend on Laguna Beach, one hour south of Los Angeles, will be treated to a beautiful locale with a very Mediterranean feeling. A host of luxury resorts and stunning beaches, this seaside city is also known for its bustling and thriving artistic community. An array of art galleries and public sculptures can be seen all around town, while the local residences are works of art in themselves. Charming and quaint cottages dot the landscape, while local artists and other craftspeople highlight their work at the many arts festivals held throughout the year. Among those of note include the Sawdust Festival and the Pageant of the Masters. The eponymous Laguna Beach cannot be forgotten, with its spectacular views of rugged cliffs, golden sands, and secluded coves. The tourists and residents can enjoy its pristine waters and take advantage of all the opportunities like surfing, scuba diving, and old-fashioned swimming.

Joshua Tree National Park

Spanning an area of 3,199.6 sq. km, Joshua Tree National Park lies 205 kilometers east of Los Angeles and includes portions of both the Mojave and Colorado Deserts. A stunning habitat for a wide array of animals like coyotes, eagles, and rattlesnakes, the park's floral and faunal diversity is astounding. Named after the unique Joshua Trees (Yucca brevifolia) that populate much of the landscape, a visit to this park will satisfy all tourists with a profound love of nature. Visitors must explore the park's rock formations, mountains, and canyons and then spend the remaining time camping under the stars in one of California's most special places.

Palm Springs

Known for its modern architecture, Palm Springs is a desert-resort city situated within the Coachella Valley of the Colorado Desert. Popular among golfers and outdoor enthusiasts, the town has a sizeable retiree population who stay for moderate temperatures. With a plethora of museums, galleries, restaurants, shops all around, and the San Jacinto Mountains in the background, Palm Springs is a relaxing and culturally rich city that represents some of California's very best.

Santa Monica

A beachfront city on Santa Monica Bay, the city of Santa Monica is a laidback community surrounded by the larger Los Angeles metropolitan area. For visitors and residents alike, it is a welcome break from the busyness of downtown Los Angeles and Hollywood. Sought after for its beaches and hot sun, Santa Monica was developed as a modern settlement in the early 20th century, as Los Angeles also grew rapidly. Tourists can enjoy beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean at the Santa Monica Pier and partake in several beach activities like swimming, surfing, and volleyball. A ride on the Ferris wheel provides fantastic views, while the arts-inclined tourist will surely relish the plethora of local galleries and street murals across town. In addition to this, a wealth of shops, restaurants, bars, and themed hotels and a stay in Santa Monica will surely be amongst the most memorable of any visit to California.

News Briefs: Ramona Garden Club to host Garden Tour and Plant & Craft Sale

The Ramona Garden Club will host a Garden Tour and Plant & Craft Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 30 in San Diego Country Estates.The self-guided Garden Tour will be held at four gardens in the Estates and the Plant & Craft Sale will be located at one of the gardens.One garden is drought-tolerant and has three terraces that include a rose garden, rock garden, and fairy garden with a castle and magical village, organizers said.A second mature garden full of succulents, cactus and a palm in the center has...

The Ramona Garden Club will host a Garden Tour and Plant & Craft Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 30 in San Diego Country Estates.

The self-guided Garden Tour will be held at four gardens in the Estates and the Plant & Craft Sale will be located at one of the gardens.

One garden is drought-tolerant and has three terraces that include a rose garden, rock garden, and fairy garden with a castle and magical village, organizers said.

A second mature garden full of succulents, cactus and a palm in the center has a walkway that travels down the slope of the backyard.

The third garden is an example of the different microclimates in Ramona with shade and sun plants, espaliered apple tree, bulbs, dahlias, salvias, ferns and fruit trees.

And the fourth garden has a curving path with a canopy of manzanita trailing down to a secret garden and includes a seating area, Japanese bridge, oleanders, tecomas, giant ferns and bulbs and perennials.

Addresses of the gardens will be available starting the day before the event online at

Items for sale at the Plant & Craft Sale include succulent gardens and handmade crafts such as clay embossed pots and decoupage cans.

Proceeds from this event will go toward the Garden Club’s scholarship fund available to local high school students who pursue a college education in a horticultural-related vocation.

Tickets cost $25 and are available at Main Street Coffee, formerly Packard’s Coffee, at 680 Main St., and on the website via PayPal. Tickets can also be purchased from club members or at the Ramona Oaks Park on the day of the tour and sale. Payments should be made in cash or by check payable to the Ramona Garden Club.

This is a self-guided tour and the gardens are not disabled accessible. No pets, children under age 12 or strollers are allowed in the gardens. There are no restroom facilities at the gardens, however, Ramona Oaks Park will have restrooms available. All ticket sales are final and the tour will be held rain or shine.

For more information, call Garden Club Treasurer Kathy Marshall at 858-361-5730.

Ramona Parking Project encounters slight delay

Construction crews are continuing to work on the SR-78 Ramona Parking Project in Downtown, although there may be a slight delay in the project, Caltrans officials said.

Work began Thursday, April 7 on state Route 78/Main Street between Eighth and 10th streets to resurface the road and add striping to create 41 parking spaces. Work was done on the $85,000 project overnight from 8 p.m. April 7 to 5 a.m. April 8.

While pavement microsurfacing work was done on April 9, the materials did not set as expected so the nightly road closure was extended from 9 a.m. to shortly after 11 a.m., said Caltrans Public Information Officer Cathryne Bruce-Johnson.

The pavement microsurfacing scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, April 10 to 9 a.m. Monday, April 11 was suspended, Bruce-Johnson said. Microsurfacing is a thin overlay that helps preserve the pavement.

“We want to make sure we do work within closure times,” she said. “If there are issues with materials not setting properly, we have to suspend the work and look at it again so our closures are timely.”

The original schedule called for adding final striping to complete the project from 8 p.m. Monday, April 18 to 5 a.m. Tuesday, April 19, but Bruce-Johnson was waiting for an updated schedule as of Monday, April 11.

For real-time information including traffic speed, lane and road closures due to construction and maintenance activities, visit the website.

Ukuladies step up for Woman’s Club

When Chico’s at Carmel Mountain Ranch cancelled the Ramona Woman’s Club fashion show two weeks before the event, the Ukuladies of Ramona stepped up. The ukelele group will present a program of Hawaiian music at the club’s Scholarship Fundraiser on Thursday, April 14, at 524 Main St.

Doors will open at 11 a.m., giving attendees time to check out the more than 40 opportunity drawing baskets and gift certificates. A Hawaiian luncheon of kalua pork, katsu (panko) chicken, steamed rice, macaroni salad, garden salad, tropical fruit salad, Hawaiian rolls, desserts, tea, punch and water will be served at 11:30 a.m.

Proceeds will go to scholarships for high school seniors graduating from Ramona schools in June and to community nonprofits. In the past 10 years, the club has given more than $52,000 in scholarships and $8,000 to community groups such as the Friends of Ramona Library, Ramona Pioneer Historical Society and Friends of Ramona Unified Schools.

For more information about the fundraiser, contact Darlene McNeal, club president, at 760-315-2910.

Construction is underway on new Torrey View life science campus

Torrey Hills board says they lacked input on the developmentLast week Breakthrough Properties shared more details and renderings of Torrey View, a new life science research campus now under construction on the corner of El Camino Real and Carmel Mountain Road in Torrey Hills that is facing some community opposition.Breakthrough Properties, a life science real estate development company focused on the research and development (R&D) sector, plans to erect a new 442,500-square-foot campus of three four-to-five story building...

Torrey Hills board says they lacked input on the development

Last week Breakthrough Properties shared more details and renderings of Torrey View, a new life science research campus now under construction on the corner of El Camino Real and Carmel Mountain Road in Torrey Hills that is facing some community opposition.

Breakthrough Properties, a life science real estate development company focused on the research and development (R&D) sector, plans to erect a new 442,500-square-foot campus of three four-to-five story buildings and an underground parking garage on the 10-acre site.

“As a company, the heart of what we do is to create high-quality office and lab environments where really exciting companies can further propel scientific discovery and innovation,” said Dan D’Orazi, executive vice president and head of acquisition for Breakthrough.

The first tenants are expected to move in by 2023.

While not required to go to the Torrey Hills Planning Board, Breakthrough made its first formal presentation to the board on Sept. 21, giving community members a better idea of what to expect from the development. Over the last several months, planning board members have expressed their frustration that they were not given an opportunity to weigh in on the project. A community group called Torrey Hills Community Coalition has also been raising funds to fight the development.

“This is the largest development ever proposed for Torrey Hills, yet there has been no public participation in the planning as every other development in Torrey Hills has required,” said Kathryn Burton, Torrey Hills Community Planning Board chair.

Breakthrough acquired the site in October 2020 and the planning group did not find out about the project until early spring 2021. They started a subcommittee in an effort to find out more information, however, grading on the project had already begun by August.

The city’s Development Services Department (DSD) determined that the life science research campus is a ministerial project and does not require a community plan amendment, California Environmental Quality Act review, traffic study, community planning group review or any additional approval from San Diego City Council.

DSD found that the project is consistent with the city general plan and Torrey Hills Community Plan and concluded that R&D uses are permitted in the zone “by right.”

Planning board members and residents have shared their concerns that despite the city’s determination, they do not believe the project is consistent with the community plan, both in its “buildable intensity” and the number of daily traffic trips generated.

They have argued that a development of this size does not fit the community character, as the majority of office buildings along El Camino Real are two stories with some four-story buildings further down the road in the Torrey Reserve Business Park.

During his presentation, D’Orazi said the project was designed and developed with the surrounding uses in mind and to help meet the “overwhelming demand for life science spaces”. He said they worked with the city to closely adhere to the community plan and city’s general plan.

Sharing renderings with the board, he showed how the site will have three R&D buildings terraced down the hillside to minimize the impact on the view corridors, extensive landscaping, pedestrian and bike pathways, and a significant amount of outdoor gathering areas.

The parking will be contained in a partially below-grade, 1,382-space parking garage—there is no above-grade or surface parking. Above the parking garage is a tenant clubhouse with ancillary services for tenants including dining, recreation and fitness areas. Tim Stoll, senior vice president of development for Breakthrough, said the activity deck intends to keep tenants on-site throughout the day.

Residents and board members on the Zoom call shared concerns about equipment noise disturbing the quality of life (citing the “hum and whine” of biotech buildings around San Diego), the height impact on surrounding residential neighborhoods and whether the project was sufficiently parked.

The site is directly adjacent to Torrey Hills’ residential communities of San Rafael, Trilogy, Mont Claire, Torrey Point and Torrey View. Stoll said the buildings were designed to be respectful of those surrounding elevations, with the five-story building positioned toward the back of the terraced site and the four-story buildings positioned toward the front of the site so they should not be higher than the surrounding homes.

D’Orazi said the design complies with the city’s noise ordinance, and mechanical equipment and back-up generators will be shielded visually and acoustically. He also assured that there will be adequate parking –he did not expect any cars to spill out into the neighborhood streets, a concern for Trilogy resident and board member Darren Gretler.

Susie Harborth, executive vice president of business operations for Breakthrough Properties, said as the construction continues ongoing engagement will be important and they want to have an open dialogue with the community to address any concerns. A project website has been set up at

Following the meeting, Burton again expressed her frustration that the developers didn’t engage the community ahead of time, only told them what they were building after they began grading.

Additionally, as grading began, several mature Torrey Pines trees were taken down on the property without notification to the Torrey Hills Maintenance Assessment District. Burton has requested an investigation by the city as to how that could have happened as well as a valuation for the trees.

“The planning board does not object to the R&D use. We do object to violating our community plan with four buildings that far exceed the square footage stipulated in the community plan,” said Burton. “This project would be welcome with participation from the Torrey Hills community, and a bulk and scale that does not tower over the single-family homes across the street.”

WATCH: Where to Find Holiday Light Displays in San Diego County

Tis the season for joy and peace and several communities across San Diego County truly tap into the holiday spirit by showcasing stunning light displays right outside their homes. Whether you’re a hot chocolate person or an egg nog aficionado, one thing that can be agreed upon is that the displays local residents work hard on each year surely lift the holiday spirit.Here’s a list of several holiday light displays in different neighborhoods throughout the region:San Diego...

Tis the season for joy and peace and several communities across San Diego County truly tap into the holiday spirit by showcasing stunning light displays right outside their homes. Whether you’re a hot chocolate person or an egg nog aficionado, one thing that can be agreed upon is that the displays local residents work hard on each year surely lift the holiday spirit.

Here’s a list of several holiday light displays in different neighborhoods throughout the region:

San Diego

Fairway Village – Carmel Mountain RanchIf you’re looking to be dazzled by a light display, head on over to this Carmel Mountain Ranch community! Aside from the beautiful lights and display, this neighborhood hosts a yearly block party the Saturday before Christmas. Residents enjoy sips of hot chocolate and cider while they nosh on holiday cookies and snacks at the shindig. The event is open to the public.

Where to go: Stoney Gate Place in San Diego, CA 92128

When to go: from dusk to 10:30 p.m. through Jan. 1

Garrison St. Lights – Point LomaNot too far from Sunset Cliffs rests a neighborhood bustling with holiday joy and stupendous displays. Garrison St. Lights is back with its festive lights that would inspire even those who typically say “bah humbug” to the holidays. Stroll through this Point Loma community for family-friendly holiday displays certain to lift your seasonal spirit.

Where to go: 3616 Garrison St., San Diego, CA 92106

When to go: 5 to 9 p.m. through Dec. 31

Christmas Card Lane – Rancho PeñasquitosIt’s iconic and a San Diego favorite year after year (it even has almost five stars on Yelp!). Christmas Card Lane features dozens upon dozens of homes that deck the halls with boughs of holly and their front yards with imaginative lights and displays. Visitors can cruise by the holiday attraction or go at a slower pace by taking a leisurely walk to truly take in every detail of each home’s décor

Where to go: 9190 Oviedo St, San Diego, CA 92129

When to go: Dusk to 10 p.m.

“Merry-tage Court” Scripps RanchIf you’re in northern San Diego, one particular Scripps Ranch neighborhood gets deep in the holiday spirit for all to enjoy. “Merry-tage Court” takes its light displays seriously and several homes enjoy indulging in the winter fun. The neighborhood even gets so into the festivities that it earned its seasonal nickname as a fun twist on its street name.

Where to go: Merritage Court and Stonebridge Parkway

When to go: 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. now through Dec. 31.

Belardo Lights – TierrasantaWhat started as an ode to his son and way to bond with him turned into a yearly holiday tradition in this Tierrasanta neighborhood. Thanks to the creation of Randy Schimka, visitors can be awed by the various homes that truly deck the halls and their yards with impressive displays. Adding to the magic, the light displays are synchronized with FM 106.1’s festive music.

Where to go: 5306 Belardo Dr.

When to go: 6 to 10 p.m. nightly through Monday, Dec. 27.

Joy to The World: Photos of Festive Holiday Displays in San Diego County

South Bay

Christmas Circle – Chula VistaIt has almost five stars on Google Reviews, nearly five stars on Yelp and 100 stars in the hearts of South Bay residents. This Chula Vista neighborhood gets deep in the holiday spirit each year and transforms into a beloved tradition known as Christmas Circle. As the name suggests, it embodies all things merry and jolly in this circular neighborhood.

Where to go: Whitney and Mankato Streets in Chula Vista, CA 91910

When to go: 5 to 10 p.m. each evening through Christmas

North County

Candy Cane Lane PowayHickory Street turns into a wonderous hot spot for holiday cheer each year with its dazzling lights. House after house in this area go to infinity and beyond to spread their jolly, good vibes through the holidays. Those who have a hankering for all things sweet can also take cash to buy some hot cocoa from residents.

Where to go: Hickory Street Poway, CA 92064

When to go: Dusk to 10 p.m. through Christmas (some homes leave their displays through New Year’s)

Candy Cane Lane – San MarcosA whole host of houses in this North County city get their Christmas on together, with candy canes and other holiday decorations lining the street. You won't be surprised to hear things get more festive after dark.

Where to go: 1000 Crimson Drive, San Marcos, CA 92069

Christmas on Knob Hill – San MarcosDroves of people travel to San Marcos each year to engage in this community’s cherished tradition. After taking a break in 2020 due to the pandemic, Christmas on Knob Hill is returning this year in full force to spread happiness. Santa Claus, himself, has also made an appearance in previous years. He may return for those who made the nice list.

Where to go: 1639 Knob Hill Rd., San Marcos, CA 92069

When to go: 5 to 9 p.m. nightly through Dec. 30

East County

Jingle Bell Hill – El CajonKnown as “El Cajon’s very own winter wonderland,” Jingle Bell Hill puts an extra twinkle in every visitors' eyes with the hundreds of lights that illuminate Pepper Drive. Stroll down the illuminated neighborhood on foot or feel free to cruise on down from the comfort of your car at this location.

Where to go: Pepper and Lindenwod Drives, or Pepper and Rockview Drives.

When to go: 6 to 9 p.m. (10 p.m. on weekends) nightly

Tinsel Town LakesideThose who are looking for a merry, good time can head on down to Lakeside's "Tinsel Town" extraordinaire. The yearly feel-good display invites neighbors and all alike to take in the sights as dozens of homes light up the sky with their beautiful decorations. And to add to the fun, a special, green visitor is teased to make an appearance (Hint: he usually resides just outside Whoville).

Where to go: 10248 Paseo Palmas Dr.

When to go: evenings beginning Saturday, Dec. 5

Starlight Circle – SanteeThe nickname for this small Santee neighborhood is straightforward and deserved – it’s a circular residential area that twinkles in the evenings of December. Here, you can immerse yourself in a winter wonderland full of lights and displays that will make you say “ooh” and, dare I say it – “aah.”

Where to go: West Glendon Circle and East Glendon Circle in Santee, 92071

When to go: 5:30 to 10 p.m. nightly through Christmas

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