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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 manufactured in-house and arrive new or restored to factory specifications
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.
 Mobile Storage Containers Carmel Mountain, CA
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.


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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San Diego Neighborhood Christmas Light Displays 2022

This Santee home spreads holiday cheer by covering itself with over 12,000 holiday lights!When: Nightly from dusk – 10pm though January 1Where: 9435 Saint Andrews Drive, Santee CA 92071Over 30,000 lights are animated to music heard on 106.9 using 995 computer channels.When: now through January 1. Sunday – Thursday 5:30-10pm and Friday – Saturday 5:30-11pm.Where: 23542 Bassett Way, Ramona CA 92065For decades families have packed up the car and driven their families through these stre...

This Santee home spreads holiday cheer by covering itself with over 12,000 holiday lights!

When: Nightly from dusk – 10pm though January 1

Where: 9435 Saint Andrews Drive, Santee CA 92071

Over 30,000 lights are animated to music heard on 106.9 using 995 computer channels.

When: now through January 1. Sunday – Thursday 5:30-10pm and Friday – Saturday 5:30-11pm.

Where: 23542 Bassett Way, Ramona CA 92065

For decades families have packed up the car and driven their families through these streets filled with festive lights and holiday displays. 75 homes participate in the lighted festivities and its spectacle not to be missed.

When: Nightly from 6 – 9pm (10pm on weekends) through Christmas

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

This small neighborhood in Santee was built in a circle, and the residents get together every year to fill their yard with twinkling lights for all to see.

When: Nightly 5:30 – 10pm through Christmas

Where: West and East Glendon Circle in Santee, 92071

This cul-de-sac turns into Santa Claus Lane each with a light show each evening

When: nightly 5:30 – 10pm through Christmas

Where: 2618 Sheri Lane, Lemon Grove, CA 91945

Over 20 homes that go ALL OUT to the holiday BRIGHT for all with dancing lights and holiday décor.

When: Every evening December 5 through Christmas

Where: 10248 Paseo Palmas Drive, Lakeside, CA 92040

A much-loved tradition started by homeowner Ranch Schmika that has tuned into a neighborhood effort where everyone decks the halls (their yards) with impressive holiday displays and thousands of lights which are synchronized to music that you can hear on FM 106.1. More details available HERE.

When: Nightly 6 – 10pm through December 27

Where: 5306 Belardo Drive, San Drive, San Diego, CA 92124

Featuring dozens of homes that have been completely transformed for the holidays with imaginative displays and more, it has become a San Diego favorite.

When: Nightly from 5 – 9pm through Christmas

Where: 9190 Oviedo St, San Diego, CA 92129

Over 40 residents participate in this delightful neighborhood display that transforms the area of Lana Drive and Jamar, off Abernathy Circle into its own “Christmas Park.”

When: Nightly from dusk to 10pm through Christmas

Where: Lana Drive and Jamar, San Diego, CA 92117

This neighborhood near Sunset Cliff provides a festive, family-friendly holiday displays that are sure to delight.

When: Nightly 5 – 9pm through December 31

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

You’ll be dazzled by this community’s holiday lights that and festive displays.

When: Starting December 16, lights/displays will be on nightly from dusk – 10:30pm through January 1

Where: Stoney Gate Place in San Diego, CA 92128

Everything from trees, lamp posts courtyards and roofs are covered in holiday lights in this lovely neighborhood.

When: Nightly each evening through January 1

Where: Along 30th Street and Fern Street from Juniper, Grape and Beech Streets.

This neighborhood takes their light displays seriously and they really get into the holiday spirit with displays and activities.

When: Nightly 5:30 – 9:30pm through December 31

Where: Merritage Court and Stonebridge Parkway, San Diego, CA 92131

This late historic, Victorian home is adorned each year with bright festive lights. It’s also become known as the “Griswold’s Christmas House.”

When: Nightly 5 – 10pm through December 31

Where: 108 Ivy Street (at 1st Street), San Diego CA 92101

For over 60 years, this neighborhood has been delighting folks with its festive holiday light displays on 55+ homes. It has close to a 5-Star review on Google

When: Nightly 5 – 10pm from December 10 through Christmas

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

You’ll want to get out of the car for this one and stroll through the life-size Candy Land filled with lollipops & gumdrops. Travel to Whoville to meet the mean one, Mr. Grinch and take your Who-Liday photos. Stop by Santa's Workshop and see the Elves hard at work. Drop your wish list in Santa’s mailbox and experience their new “Frozen” display.

When: Most nights through Christmas

Where: 1234 Napa Avenue, Chula Vista CA 91911

This wonderful couple open their homes every night from 6-9pm for guests to marvel at the wall-to-wall display of Christmas trees, décor and so much more – plus holiday music and the spell of pine trees throughout! The couple encourage guests to bring clothing or food donations for the homeless in San Diego.

When: Nightly from 6 – 9pm through January 6 (the home will be closed on Sat. Dec 11)

Where: 756 Nolan Ave. Chula Vista, CA 91910

House after house on this street are covered in holiday lights and festive décor.

When: Nightly from dusk – 10pm through Christmas

Where: Hickory Street, Poway, CA 92064

An entire block gets in the holiday spirit with candy cane themed lights and displays galore.

When: Most nights through Christmas

Where:1000 Crimson Drive, San Marcos, CA 92069

Flamingos, penguins, animated window displays, dancing Santa and the Land of Misfit Toys are all featured at this magical home in Carlsbad. More info HERE.

When: Nightly from 5 – 10pm through December 31

Where: 7607 Romeria Street, Carlsbad, CA 92009

Visiting this incredible display is a cherished holiday tradition for many. The homeowners love to spread holiday happiness with lights and decoration aplenty! Santa will be on-site December 14-23 from 6:30 – 8pm.More details HERE.

When: Nightly 5 – 9pm through December 30

Where: 1639 Knob Hill Road, San Marcos, CA 92069

For over 25 years, the home’s owner Mack has been adding to his incredible display of lights and miniature displays of his home town, family, and friends.

When: Most nights through Christmas

Where: 2031 Reche Road, Fallbrook CA 92028

When: Nightly from 5:30 – 9pm through December 23

Where: Brengle Terrace Park – 1200 Vale Terrace Drive, Vista CA 92084

For over 10 years this family has been conducting at light show at their home for all to see!

When: Evenings through Christmas

Where: 1835 Sunny Slope Terrace, Escondido CA 92027

The house got its name because of the sheer number of lights the pack on their house each year to help make everyone’s holiday bright and cheerful!

When: Nightly from 5:30 – 10pm (weekends - 11pm) through January 1

Where: 12631 Stoutwood Street, Poway, CA 92064

Tens of thousands of lights are integrated into this amazing show that includes mega board arches and singing Christmas trees!

When: 6:30 – 10pm nightly through December 31.

Where: 5279 Willow Walk Road, Oceanside, CA 92057

Botanic Wonderland at San Diego Botanic Garden, has become a local favorite tradition. The nighttime festivities provide families and friends the opportunity to stroll through the garden to enjoy outdoor holiday lighting and activities in a safe and carefully organized setting. Open nightly 5:30 – 9pm through December 30 (closed Dec 24-25). Located at 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024.

Guests at the Enchanted Village walk through acres of brilliantly lit trees, magical cottages, light tunnels, live entertainers, hundreds of giant candy canes, over a million lights, interactive displays, and other festive decorations. Santa will be at the Enchanted Village every night and would love to get a photo with you! All proceeds benefit Noah Homes, a nonprofit that provides housing and care to people with developmental disabilities such as Down syndrome and autism. Located at 12526 Campo Road, Spring Valley CA 91978. More details HERE.

Along with festive food and shopping the Holiday Market has some incredible light displays (Candy Land, Winter Wonderland and Classic Christmas) for you to stroll through. The event is open nightly from 4-9:30pm at Gallagher Square at Petco Park on 840 K Street, San Diego, CA 92101. More details HERE.

The city of Vista creates this annual event where guests can literally walk through a loop that features a canopy of lights and displays. Amazing walk-through light show and display is free to the public and open the evenings of December 7-8 and 14-16 from 5-9pm. Located at the Moonlight Amphitheatre on 1250 Vale Terrace Drive in Vista. More details HERE.

Lights at the Lakes is a drive-through light show at Santee Lakes. The event features one mile drive of 100,000 lights in dazzling displays, over 25 larger than life displays and synchronized music that you can listen to on your car radio for the entire family to enjoy. The show is approximately 15-25 minutes long. Tickets must be purchased in advance. More details HERE.

Northern Lights returns December 3rd - January 2nd starting at sunset daily! Enjoy this self-guided holiday lighting decor experience as the Center is transformed into fantasy of light. Stroll through a tunnel of twinkling lights, LED Christmas trees, and light shows. Thank You To Our Generous Sponsors Linden Root Dickinson Foundation Gale and Jay Stienon The Aeling Family. Located at the California Center for the Arts - 340 N. Escondido Blvd.

San Diego approves 1,200-home Carmel Mountain Ranch project on former golf course

SAN DIEGO — Twelve-hundred apartments and condominiums will be built on the former Carmel Mountain Ranch Golf Course under a development plan the City Council approved this week.The council’s 8-1 approval on Tuesday came despite vocal opposition from many nearby residents, who stressed that the project would have far more units than have been built on most other local golf courses that have closed in recent years.Two council members — Marni Von Wilpert and Joe LaCava — unsuccessfully sought to shr...


Twelve-hundred apartments and condominiums will be built on the former Carmel Mountain Ranch Golf Course under a development plan the City Council approved this week.

The council’s 8-1 approval on Tuesday came despite vocal opposition from many nearby residents, who stressed that the project would have far more units than have been built on most other local golf courses that have closed in recent years.

Two council members — Marni Von Wilpert and Joe LaCava — unsuccessfully sought to shrink the project to 830 units and delay approval until later this fall. Von Wilpert and LaCava represent two northern council districts near the project.

Developer New Urban West contends the project, called The Trails, will help solve San Diego’s housing crisis. One hundred and eighty of the units will be reserved for people making below 60 percent of the region’s median annual income of $95,000.

“We are grateful to the City Council for their strong support and recognizing that this project will thoughtfully deliver much-needed affordable housing for San Diego,” said Jonathan Frankel, a project manager working with New Urban West. “We’re looking forward to breaking ground and making these homes available for San Diegans as soon as possible.”

While the number of units is higher than most other developments built on former golf courses, developer New Urban West says the project is similar to others in density. The developer also notes 4,300 units are being built on a defunct course in higher-density Mission Valley.

The approval comes three years after the closure of the private Carmel Mountain Ranch Golf Course, an unusually designed course that meanders through multiple housing subdivisions.

The Trails is near the Sabre Springs Transit Center and will include 8 acres of new parks, 5 miles of trails and 110 acres of open space — 70 percent of the former golf course.

Residents say the project will damage community character and flood the area with nearly 2,400 new residents. They also note that only a small portion of the sprawling project is walking distance to the transit center.

Those are the same kinds of concerns raised recently in other suburban San Diego neighborhoods, where the city has begun using a new model for development aimed at helping solve the housing crisis.

The new model focuses on adding large housing projects along existing transportation corridors and leaving the surrounding single-family areas alone.

San Diego must increase the number of units built per year — which was 6,482 in 2020 — to 13,500 to meet a state-mandated goal of 100,000 more units by 2029.

Councilman Stephen Whitburn, who represents downtown, Hillcrest and nearby areas, said he sympathizes with Carmel Ranch residents. But he stressed that other parts of the city are absorbing even more new housing.

“I’m proud of my constituents for being a big part of the solution to San Diego’s housing needs, and I can’t in good conscience let them accept additional density and then vote against additional density elsewhere,” he said.

During the final vote, the only “no” vote was cast by Von Wilpert.

Cold Weather Storm Brings Rain, San Diego County Mountain Snow

Snow levels bottomed out around 3,500 feet Monday morning in the San Diego County mountains as several school districts canceled classes.Ashley Ludwig, Patch StaffSAN DIEGO, CA — Four school districts in San Diego County closed Monday due to icy conditions and snow in mountain areas, according to the San Diego County Office of Education.The Julian Union Elementary School District, Julian Union High School District...

Snow levels bottomed out around 3,500 feet Monday morning in the San Diego County mountains as several school districts canceled classes.

Ashley Ludwig, Patch Staff

SAN DIEGO, CA — Four school districts in San Diego County closed Monday due to icy conditions and snow in mountain areas, according to the San Diego County Office of Education.

The Julian Union Elementary School District, Julian Union High School District, Spencer Valley Schools District and Warner Unified School District will be closed.

"The safety of students and school staff is of the utmost importance to San Diego County school districts," the Office of Education wrote on its website.

Country Club Drive, just south of Harmony Grove Road in Escondido, was barricaded and closed at 1:04 p.m. Sunday due to flooding and will remain closed until the rainstorm is over, the DPW said. In Spring Valley, Quarry Road was closed at 1:27 p.m. from Elkelton Boulevard to state Route 125 because of flooding.

Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms would remain in the area through Monday, clearing up on Tuesday, the National Weather Service said.

Most temperatures Sunday were in the 50s, with overnight lows in the 40s. The mountains were expected to be in the mid-40s, dropping into the mid- 30s overnight, and highs in the deserts were forecast in the mid-60s with lows in the mid-40s.

Snow levels will fall through Sunday night, bottoming out around 3,500 feet Monday. Driving in these areas was expected to be treacherous due to low visibility in fog, snow, and blowing snow, the NWS said.

Tuesday and Wednesday were expected to be dry and cold followed by minor warming Thursday and Friday.

There was a chance for additional precipitation next weekend.

Gusty south winds 25-30 knots Sunday morning were expected to turn to the northwest Sunday afternoon. Rough seas, strong winds and heavy rain leading to reduced visibility may occur through much of Sunday and Monday.

A slight chance of thunderstorms was expected over the coastal waters starting later Sunday night into Monday morning. Conditions were predicted to improve on Tuesday.

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Eagle Scout creates new vernal pool viewing deck in the Carmel Mountain Preserve

Eagle Scout candidate Dylan Kearse and a local environmental group, The Chaparral Lands Conservancy, have completed a new viewing deck over a vernal pool wetland on the Carmel Mountain Preserve in Carmel Valley.Just in time for the rainy season, the deck gives visitors to the Preserve an opportunity for close-up viewing of fairy shrimp, tadpoles and other vernal pool life with interpretive signs on the natural history of vernal pools. The deck and signs were designed and funded by the Conservancy and Dylan with major additional fundin...

Eagle Scout candidate Dylan Kearse and a local environmental group, The Chaparral Lands Conservancy, have completed a new viewing deck over a vernal pool wetland on the Carmel Mountain Preserve in Carmel Valley.

Just in time for the rainy season, the deck gives visitors to the Preserve an opportunity for close-up viewing of fairy shrimp, tadpoles and other vernal pool life with interpretive signs on the natural history of vernal pools. The deck and signs were designed and funded by the Conservancy and Dylan with major additional funding from The Friends of Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve, and review and approval by City of San Diego park rangers. Dylan has also repaired trail fencing as part of his Eagle Scout project as a member of Boy Scouts of America Troop 765.

“I’ve enjoyed visiting the Carmel Mountain Preserve near my home and the vernal pool deck was a great fit for an Eagle Scout Project,” said Dylan, a senior at Canyon Crest Academy in a news release. “This project had a bit of several great life experiences including teamwork, logistics, engineering, construction and biology. It’s been fun explaining the project to passersby during construction and we’ve heard a lot of positive feedback.”

The 300-acre Carmel Mountain Preserve is located east of Interstate 5 and south of State Route 56 in Carmel Valley, with a trail system open to hikers, equestrians, and mountain bikers. The Preserve was established in 1998 to protect several sensitive coastal ecosystems after a years-long grassroots campaign to block a residential housing development. The Preserve is now a part of the San Diego Multiple Species Conservation Plan and protects ecosystems like vernal pools, southern maritime chaparral and coastal sage scrub and several dependent endangered species like California gnatcatchers, San Diego fairy shrimp and Del Mar manzanita.

According to David Hogan, director of the Chaparral Lands Conservancy, vernal pools are one of California’s most endangered wetland ecosystems with over 95% of all original pools lost to development and agriculture. Seven animals and plants recognized as endangered or threatened under state and federal endangered species laws live on the Carmel Mountain Preserve and have benefited from a habitat restoration project conducted there by The Chaparral Lands Conservancy between 2012 and 2015.

“The original idea for the vernal pool deck originated with the Conservancy several years ago as part of our work to repair damaged habitat on the Preserve,” said Hogan in a news release. “But it took Dylan’s motivation and Eagle Scout project to get us over the finish line. Many visitors to the Preserve have heard of vernal pools and this is a great way to see them up close.”

While many trail options will get you there, the easiest way to check out the new viewing deck is via the trailhead at Ocean Air Community Park, located on 4777 Fairport Way.

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.”


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