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Southwest Mobile Storage - Best Mobile Storage & Office Containers In San Marcos, 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. San Marcos, 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 San Marcos, 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 San Marcos, 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 San Marcos, 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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Mother’s Day 2022: From San Marcos to Coronado, 22 brunch and dinner spots in San Diego County

Brunches dominate the prix-fixe and a la carte meal offerings on May 8Mother’s Day has traditionally been the biggest day of the year for restaurants, as families celebrate Mom by giving her the day off from kitchen responsibilities. Here’s a roundup of special deals restaurants are offering on Mother’s Day weekend.Allegro, Little Italy: This Italian and California cuisine restaurant opens at 11 a.m. May 8 with a Mother’s Day menu that includes a bottomless mimosas for moms. The restaurant will ...

Brunches dominate the prix-fixe and a la carte meal offerings on May 8

Mother’s Day has traditionally been the biggest day of the year for restaurants, as families celebrate Mom by giving her the day off from kitchen responsibilities. Here’s a roundup of special deals restaurants are offering on Mother’s Day weekend.

Allegro, Little Italy: This Italian and California cuisine restaurant opens at 11 a.m. May 8 with a Mother’s Day menu that includes a bottomless mimosas for moms. The restaurant will also donate $1 of every entrée purchased to the Single Mothers Outreach program. 1536 India St, San Diego. (619) 310-6996.

Animae, Downtown: Chef Tara Monsod is extending its usual dinner-only hours on May 8 to host a prix-fixe Mother’s Day brunch service. The Asian-influenced menu will include poached shrimp with papaya, steak tartare, chicken congee, steamed buns, crab cakes and sisig char siu scramble. Cost is $80 for adults, $40 for children 10 and under. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 8. 960 Pacific Highway, San Diego. (619) 432-1225.

Avant, Rancho Bernardo: The Rancho Bernardo Inn’s fine-dining restaurant will offer a four-course prix-fixe brunch with items that include langoustine tartare and brioche toast, as well as pea parfait and caviar, and poached cod. Meal comes with bottomless bubbly. $105 per adult, including Champagne. $45 per child, ages 4 to 12. 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 8. 17550 Bernardo Oaks Dr, San Diego. (888) 281-7938.

Bivouac Ciderworks, North Park: Bivouac, a cidery, tap room and restaurant, will offer a “Just Peachy” two-course prix-fixe brunch on Mother’s Day. Cost is $30 for food only or $40 with sparkly Bimini Twist peach spritz cider, $15 for child’s meal. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 8. 3986 30th St., San Diego. (619) 725-0844.

Callie, East Village: Chef Travis Swikard hosts his first-ever Mother’s Day Brunch, with a four-course, family-style brunch menu served from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 8. Dishes will include Aleppo chicken, Israeli shakshuka, eggs Benedict with Calabrian duck sausage and harissa-grilled lamb chops. A la carte menu will be available at the bar for walk-ins. Cost is $75 for adults and $35 for a two-course menu for children 10 and under. 1195 Island Ave., San Diego. (619) 255-9696.

Crown Room Brunch, Coronado: The historic Hotel Del Coronado will host a Champagne brunch in the grand ballroom. The buffet-style menu includes a chilled seafood bar, regional and international cuisine, carving stations and a dessert bar. $175 for adults, $95 for children 4 to 12. Free for children 3 and under. Reservations begin at 10:30 a.m. May 8. 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado. Reservations and prepayment required at

DiCicco’s, Escondido: This traditional Italian restaurant will host an Italian-style, a la carte Mother’s Day brunch. Menu items include an “everything bagel"-spiced breakfast pizza, spring vegetable frittata, Nutella crostata and French toast. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 8. 515 W. 13th Ave., Escondido. (858) 391-4422.

Eddie V’s Prime Seafood, La Jolla and Downtown: A prix-fixe three-course brunch menu will be served on Mother’s Day. Dishes include lobster quiche, roasted avocado with jumbo lump crab and steak and eggs with $9 mimosas, bloody marys and bellinis. Cost is $49 for adults and $14 for children. 11a.m. to 2 p.m. March 81270 Prospect St., La Jolla. 789 W. Harbor Drive, San Diego.

Farmer’s Table, multiple locations: These farm-to-fork restaurants, with locations in Bay Park, La Mesa, Little Italy and Chula Vista, will offer a free rose to every mom who dine in for brunch on Mother’s Day. The restaurants will also donate $1 from every entrée purchase to the Single Mothers Outreach program. For locations, visit

The Fish Shop, multiple locations: Moms who stop in for a meal any time Mother’s Day weekend will receive a discount card for their next visit redeemable for discounts on wine, food more. For locations, visit

Garibaldi, Downtown: This rooftop restaurant in the Marina District will offer a Sardinian-inspired Mother’s Day brunch. Dishes will include Italian “momelet,” baked caponata and eggs and Castagnaccio crepes. Bottomless Aperol spritz drinks are $29. 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 8. Intercontinental San Diego, 901 Bayfront Court, San Diego. (619) 436-1081.

The Henry, Coronado: In addition to the standard Sunday brunch menu, the Henry will offer two featured items for Mother’s Day, Maryland crab cakes with tarragon remoulade and roasted corn salad for $33 and a giant cinnamon roll to share for $12. 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 8.1031 Orange Ave. Coronado. (619) 762-1022.

Kettner Exchange, Little Italy: Moms who arrive for brunch at chef Brian Redzikowski’s restaurant on May 8 will receive a bundle of roses and a free glass of sparkling rosé. The regular Asian-inspired brunch menu and cocktails will be served a la carte. 2001 Kettner Blvd., San Diego. (619) 255-2001.

Lakehouse Hotel & Resort, San Marcos: This Lake San Marcos hotel is offering a prix-fixe Mother’s Day brunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 8 at its The Grill restaurant. Features include an egg and omelet station, buttermilk pancake station, smoked salmon station, cheese and charcuterie and classic shrimp cocktail. Live music and lawn games will follow on the lawn. Cost is $70 for adults, $35 for children 12 and under. 1025 La Bonita Drive, San Marcos. (760) 744-0120.

Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar, Mission Valley: Lazy Dog will be serving Mother’s Day brunch from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 7 and 8, with dishes such as cheesy eggs and avocado toast, and country chicken and biscuit and mimosa flights. Children’s menus will have Mother’s Day cards with IOU coupons inside. Lazy Dog is also matching donations up to $15,000 for, which provides diapers, clothing and necessities to children living in poverty. 1202 Camino Del Rio North, San Diego. (619) 481-6191.

Madison on Park, University Heights: Madison is offering a Mediterranean-inspired brunch menu. Options include a Turkish breakfast sandwich, white bean shakshuka with carnitas, mimosas and the tequila-infused Motor Bike cocktail. 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 8. 4622 Park Blvd, San Diego. (619) 269-6566.

Mustangs & Burros, La Jolla: Estancia La Jolla will be serving prix-fixe buffet brunch in its garden restaurant with a bottomless mimosa bar, live music and a flower cart where moms can build their own floral bouquets. Cost is $110 per person. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 8. Estancia La Jolla Hotel, 9700 N. Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla. (858) 964-6537.

Nick & G’s, Rancho Santa Fe: This family-style Italian restaurant will serve a prix-fixe Mother’s Day brunch for $7. The four-course menu includes a pastry basket for the tale, salad and soup starters, choice of four entrees, including strawberry ricotta pancakes or flat iron steak and eggs, and choice of dessert. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 8. 6106 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe. (858) 771-1871.

Piper, Oceanside: This seasonal California cuisine restaurant at the new Seabird Resort is serving a prix-fixe Mother’s Day brunch. Cost is $95 for adults and $45 for children ages 5 to 12. 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 8.105 W. Mission Ave., Oceanside. (760) 512-3816.

Provisional Kitchen, Gaslamp Quarter: The “Moët for Mom Brunch” will feature a free glass of Moët & Chandon Champagne with its prix-fixe menu of dishes that include a Mom’s Omelet, strawberry rhubarb toast, prime rib, chocolate fountain, live music and a photo booth session. $68 for adults. $28 for children. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 8. Pendry Hotel, 425 Fifth Ave., San Diego. (619) 738-7300.

STK Steakhouse, Gaslamp Quarter: STK will be offering a “Roses and Rose” brunch as well as dinner service for Mother’s Day, with several specialty a la carte options available, including Dungeness crab summer roll, Maine lobster ravioli, Australian Wagyu Picanha-cut beef and molten chocolate cake. Takeout and delivery of select menu items will also be available. Andaz San Diego, 600 F St., San Diego. (619) 354-5988.

Vessel Restaurant, Shelter Island: An a la carte Mother’s Day brunch will feature items that include artichoke agnolotti and Croque Madame. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 8. Kona Kai Resort, 1551 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego. (619) 819-8195.

Column: NFL Draft first round looms for San Diego County WR Chris Olave

If you saw him catch footballs on Friday nights in San Diego County, you may have guessed Chris Olave could end up in the NFL.He’s almost there.Olave, 21, will go in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday night, according to draft analysts with the league and its medi...

If you saw him catch footballs on Friday nights in San Diego County, you may have guessed Chris Olave could end up in the NFL.

He’s almost there.

Olave, 21, will go in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday night, according to draft analysts with the league and its media partners.

The former San Marcos Mission Hills receiver will walk onto the Las Vegas stage sometime between picks 15 through 19, estimated Daniel Jeremiah, the NFL Network draft analyst and El Cajon Christian High alum.

Jeremiah guessed that if the Philadelphia Eagles don’t take him, the New Orleans Saints will. Both of those NFC teams hold two chips between 15 and 19.

Owners of the 17th pick, the Los Angeles Chargers have chatted up Mission Hills staff to learn more about Olave.

So sound are the receiver’s credentials that when Jeremiah studied his four-year career at Ohio State and conversed with NFL scouts, he deemed Olave a plausible candidate to join almost every NFL club.

“The reason why you see him married with so many different teams in all these mock drafts is that he fits,” said Jeremiah, who scouted for Baltimore, Cleveland and Philadelphia. “He’s a silky smooth route-runner who can do so many different things. He tracks the ball really, really well. He’s incredibly smart. Their coaches down there rave about him. They love him.”

Mission Hills coach Chris Hauser and other local supporters will be watching Thursday at a draft party in San Marcos. Following his sophomore year, Olave transferred to Mission Hills from Chula Vista’s Eastlake High after his father took a job at Camp Pendleton.

Because of a rules technicality later abolished, he was ineligible for football as a prep junior.

No matter. As a senior, he impressed Hauser not only as a future major-college starter but an NFL prospect. The early clues came that summer in passing drills against powerhouse teams from Greater Los Angeles. The season he put together cemented Hauser’s belief the NFL was in Olave’s future.

“He was basically the best player on the field every Friday night,” said the coach Monday. “This is a really talented young man with a great head on his shoulders.”

At season’s end, Olave returned a punt 60 yards for a touchdown in the quarterfinals, to go with TD catches of 82 and 18 yards. He had 12 catches, two for touchdowns, in the section’s Open Division Championship.

Because he hadn’t played as a junior, he was unknown to many college coaches entering his senior year. On his own team, quarterback Jack Tuttle, now at Indiana, drew a lot more interest from college recruiters.

With a nudge from Hauser, those scales began to balance.

Chatting with Ryan Day, who was scouting Tuttle as Ohio State’s quarterbacks coach, he suggested he also take a look at a smooth, fast receiver who hadn’t played as a junior.

Day liked what he saw, and what he saw was a San Diegan who would set a new Ohio State record for receiving touchdowns (35) in a career.

Hauser acknowledged that, back then, he didn’t envision Olave would become a first-round draft selection. But Olave didn’t need much longer to instill that belief. Seeing the Ohio State freshman catch two touchdown passes and block a punt, fueling a rout of No. 4 Michigan that November, made a strong impression.

“When that happened, my gut told me was going to be a first-round pick,” said Hauser, who was among the Vista High coaches who worked with Leon Hall, a defensive back who went 18th to the Cincinnati Bengals in 2007. The coach added with a laugh, “It’s 20-20 hindsight now, talking about it.”

Olave has used his San Diego past for motivation.

Often in interviews, he’s mentioned he was a three-star recruit. Though some recruiting analysts gave him four stars, he wasn’t as highly publicized as many of his Ohio State teammates. Among the uninitiated, Olave not playing as a junior dimmed his star.

“I was always confident in myself,” the receiver said last month at the NFL Scouting Combine. “When I first got to Ohio State, I was a three-star. I wanted to see how I fit in. My first couple practices, I knew I could play there. And, if I could play at Ohio State, I could play in the NFL. I was very confident in myself from the start.”

There’s a good chance a fellow San Diegan, linebacker Devin Lloyd, an Otay Mesa High alum, will precede or follow Olave to the NFL stage Thursday night, But, not since Point Loma High alum J.J. Stokes went 10th in the 1995 NFL Draft, from UCLA to the San Francisco 49ers, has a former San Diego County prep player gone in the first round as a receiver. Six years before Stokes, it was Kearny’s Shawn Collins, who went 27th to the Atlanta Falcons in 1989. San Diego State receivers Haven Moses and Isaac Curtis were first-round choices, in 1969 and 1973.

For Stokes, wringing enough speed and elusiveness out of his 6-foot-4, 218-pound body proved a large challenge in an eight-year NFL career that produced 342 receptions, 30 TD catches and no Pro Bowl berths.

Olave will have to contend with NFL opponents that will try to exploit his relatively slight build — a fraction over 6 feet and 187 pounds. He said he has improved his diet and is attempting to build size and strength, without taking from his 4.39 speed in the 40-yard dash.

He’ll have a network of friends awaiting him in the NFL. Former Ohio State teammate Justin Fields is the Chicago Bears quarterback. Olave said he’s received several NFL pointers from Saints All-Pro receiver Michael Thomas, an Ohio State alum.

Tennessee Titans Select UCLA Wide Reciever Kyle Philips in 5th Round of NFL Draft

There are going to be a lot of targets to go around in Nashville this fall, and one Bruin has a chance to earn his fair share.The Tennessee Titans selected UCLA football wide receiver Kyle Philips with the No. 163 overall pick in the fifth round of the 2022 NFL Draft on Saturday. Philips is the fourth Bruin to come off the board, with tight end Greg Dulcich going to the Denver Broncos in the third round at No. 80, offensive lineman Sean Rhyan going to the Green Bay Packers later in the third at No. 92 and defensive lineman Otito Ogbon...

There are going to be a lot of targets to go around in Nashville this fall, and one Bruin has a chance to earn his fair share.

The Tennessee Titans selected UCLA football wide receiver Kyle Philips with the No. 163 overall pick in the fifth round of the 2022 NFL Draft on Saturday. Philips is the fourth Bruin to come off the board, with tight end Greg Dulcich going to the Denver Broncos in the third round at No. 80, offensive lineman Sean Rhyan going to the Green Bay Packers later in the third at No. 92 and defensive lineman Otito Ogbonnia going to the Los Angeles Chargers just a few picks earlier than Philips at No. 160.

Philips is the first UCLA wideout to get picked since 2018, when Jordan Lasley went in the fifth round to the Baltimore Ravens at No. 162. The Titans have picked four Bruins in the history of their franchise – most recently linebacker Jayon Brown in 2017 – but never one on the offensive side of the ball.

Arriving in Westwood from San Marcos High School (CA) a few months after Lasley left the program, Philips redshirted his freshman year. Philips became the Bruins' No. 1 receiver in 2019, racking up 681 yards and five touchdowns on 60 catches in addition to a punt return touchdown.

Philips continued to solidify his place among the conference's top pass catchers in the COVID-19-shortened 2020 season, recording 370 yards and two touchdowns on 38 catches en route to an All-Pac-12 honorable mention. In 2021, Philips ascended to the All-Pac-12 First Team by going for 739 yards and 10 touchdowns on 59 grabs, plus another punt return score.

The receiver worked his way up to No. 4 on UCLA's all-time receptions list with 163, No. 8 on the touchdowns list with 17 and No. 17 on the receiving yards list with 1,790 yards. After one of the most productive careers in program history, Philips showed out at the East-West Shring Bowl and NFL Scouting Combine

Philips measured in at 5-foot-11 and 189 pounds and ran a 4.58-second 40-yard dash in Indianapolis, and while he hurt his shoulder at the end of the individual workouts, he was back at full health in time for UCLA's pro day in mid-March.

The Titans traded Pro Bowl receiver AJ Brown for the 18th pick Thursday night, which they used to select Arkansas wideout Treylon Burks. After adding Auburn cornerback Roger McCeary in the second round, their following five selections were all used on offensive players – Ohio State offensive tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere, Liberty quarterback Malik Willis, Michigan running back Hassan Haskins, Maryland tight end Chigoziem Okonkwo and Philips.

With Philips and Burks filling in for Brown and future Hall of Fame free agent Julio Jones, they will also line up alongside free agent additions Robert Woods and Austin Hooper to catch passes from veteran Ryan Tennehill. Burks and Philips are both slot receivers first, but with Burks having more dynamism positionally, Philips should be able to slide in there when the first rounder moves around the field.

And with All-Pro running back Derrick Henry being the focal point of Tennessee's offense, Philips is also a plus-blocker for someone his size.

Philips was the 23rd receiver to hear his name called and the second out of the Pac-12 after USC's Drake London went to the Atlanta Falcons in the first round.

Defensive lineman Otito Ogbonnia and safety Quentin Lake are the next UCLA prospects projected to get drafted, with safety Qwuantrezz Knight, running back Brittain Brown and offensive tackle Alec Anderson also on the board.

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North City developer seeks change allowing taller buildings near Cal State San Marcos

Proposed changes also include removing two bridgesSAN MARCOS —The developers of North City near California State University San Marcos are asking the city to amend its plans for the project to allow taller buildings in exchange for more ground space for pedestrians, which they say will provide a better experience for residents and visitors.Sea Breeze Properties also is asking to eliminate a pedestrian bridge and a vehicle bridge over State Route 78 as part of a proposed amendment that will go before the San Marco...

Proposed changes also include removing two bridges


The developers of North City near California State University San Marcos are asking the city to amend its plans for the project to allow taller buildings in exchange for more ground space for pedestrians, which they say will provide a better experience for residents and visitors.

Sea Breeze Properties also is asking to eliminate a pedestrian bridge and a vehicle bridge over State Route 78 as part of a proposed amendment that will go before the San Marcos Planning Commission in the near future.

Discussing the proposed changes at his Mission Hills office with architects Taal Safdie and Ricardo Rabines, Sea Breeze Vice President Darren Levitt said the proposed changes will not add more residential units to the property and will be a benefit to San Marcos residents overall.

“Creating more ground floor open space for pedestrians will help us attract better restaurants, and better businesses will follow,” he said. “It’s better for the San Marcos community, especially for the folks who already live in San Marcos who will come and experience the future downtown of San Marcos.”

Not just the future downtown of San Marcos, but the future downtown of North County, he said. Levitt and other planners behind the project see the mixed-use community as a new focus of the SR 78 corridor, with up to 1.5 million square feet for retail and commercial use and 3,400 residential units.

“I think it’s an opportunity to build an ideal city, which is working, living, entertaining in one place,” said Ricardo Rabines of Safdie Rabines Architects. “This is a great opportunity to start from scratch to create the right balance.”

The city’s University District Specific Plan, originally approved in 2009 and already amended several times, calls for 3,400 residential units on about 200 acres. Amendments over the years have reduced the number of planned hotel rooms from 450 to 250 while retail space was cut back from about one million square feet to 350,000 square feet.

Only nine buildings have been constructed so far over two blocks, and an eight-story student housing building is under construction and expected to be complete this summer.

Next up is a centerpiece, 480-unit residential building with 20,000 square feet of retail on the ground floor at North City Drive and Campus Way. The proposed amendment asks for the building’s height to be increased from the approved eight stories to 12 stories and to replace a planned road a block north with open space for a pedestrian walkway.

If approved by the Planning Commission and City Council, construction on the building could begin by the fall and be complete in about two years, Levitt said.

The amendment also asks to increase the height restrictions of a building at Twin Oaks Valley Road and Barham Drive from eight stories to 16 stories.

“We’re not asking to build a 16-story building tomorrow,” Levitt said. " We are asking for the flexibility, in the future, should the demand be there, and should it make sense, to build 16 stories in that specific location.”

The building could provide about a million square feet of commercial, office and technology space, enough to host the headquarters of a major company.

“This will bring so much work and energy and taxes, the city will just really boom,” Rabines said.

Levitt said the proposed amendment going before the city also asks for the removal of a pedestrian bridge over Discovery Street and a vehicle bridge over SR-78 connecting north to Johnston Way.

The bridge over SR-78 is not needed, Levitt said, because the amount of traffic projected in 2009 is now expected to be much less because of the significant reduction in retail space planned for North City, where a big-box store like Target or Ikea once was planned.

The bridge would have connected to the city’s planned Creek District development north of SR-78, and Levitt said the specific plan for the area is being rewritten as part of the general plan update, and the amount of traffic generated from the development is expected to be less than originally anticipate. Levitt also said the bridge would cost $70 million to $80 million to build and call for the demolition of some houses.

At least one San Marcos resident has spoken against some aspects of the planned amendment at public hearings.

Kirk Erickson said he lives about a half-mile away from North City and appreciates the developer’s plans to increase open space, but sees the removal of the two bridges and the height increases as bad ideas.

“I don’t see any safe alternatives for people to cross over Discovery from north to south,” he said, adding that traffic will likely increase after the street is widened as part of the San Marcos Creek Project. “As soon as that street opens up, it’s going to be a floodgate of traffic.”

Erickson also said he thinks removing the bridge over SR-78 will create much more traffic on Twin Oaks Valley Road. While the development’s planners see the community as a place where residents will not drive much, Erickson said he expects they still will use their cars on regular trips and add to traffic congestion.

He also has a problem with increasing the height limit to 16 stories.

“I’m a little concerned about the aesthetics and also how they’re presenting this,” he said. “They say, ‘We want to raise the limits, but we don’t have any plans.’ My concern is they’re trying to sugar coat it. When you’re coming down Twin Oaks or Discovery, it’s going to be very ominous.”

Levitt said North City is roughly about 10 or 15 percent built out, and its final completion will depend on the market.

As it builds out, he said care will be taken to create a community that feels like a downtown with unique, local businesses, lots of foot traffic and an opportunity to live and work next to a thriving university.

“We’ve had 7/Eleven knocking on our doors since day one to be on the ground floor of one of our projects, and we won’t do that,” he said. “That’s not the type of tenants that’s going to add value to our community. We need to be very thoughtful when it comes to who we tenant so we can continue to build a cohesive, communal environment. Just about every tenant we have today is a San Diego company or primarily based here.”

San Diego Moms: Mother’s Day Restaurant Guide

OK, moms, let’s face it: When it comes to holidays, you’re taking the lead even on Mother’s Day. This is usually the case for different reasons (1) You’re celebrating your own mother while your kids celebrate you (2) You like to take control (3) You really have no choice but to take control.Regardless of the reasons, we’ve rounded up recommendations for 10 local restaurants that will surely fulfill the wants of all the different mothers out there. Is your partner taking charge in booking the restaurant? T...

OK, moms, let’s face it: When it comes to holidays, you’re taking the lead even on Mother’s Day. This is usually the case for different reasons (1) You’re celebrating your own mother while your kids celebrate you (2) You like to take control (3) You really have no choice but to take control.

Regardless of the reasons, we’ve rounded up recommendations for 10 local restaurants that will surely fulfill the wants of all the different mothers out there. Is your partner taking charge in booking the restaurant? Then just casually forward this article his/her way.

Enclave Cafe is a great restaurant for the conscious mother. The eatery — which has locations in Scripps Ranch, La Jolla and Del Mar — has a mission to put the “fun” in functional foods and bring delicious, nutrient-dense foods approved by functional medicine doctors to southern California. Spearheaded by Chef Lan Thai, Enclave Café’s diverse menus are consciously curated to include medicinal ingredients, sourced from Enclave’s 19-acre regenerative farm in Bonsall. Guests can expect meals loaded with antioxidants and rich nutrients to support overall health by increasing circulation, boosting gut health and building strong immunity.

Tip: Hours vary at each location so be sure to check them online before you make your way over!


For the mothers who want something fancy, head over to Lionfish at Pendray San Diego hotel in downtown. Guests can expect the debut of the Papillote, made with steamed halibut, lobster beurre blanc, heirloom tomatoes, asparagus, dill and fennel. Guests can also expect “fresh catches” such as coal grilled Baja striped bass and spaghetti lobster homard, sushi and sashimi or oysters. Reservations are recommended and can be made on OpenTable here.

Tip: Make sure to order the Kampachi Crudo to start and share!

Harrah’s Resort Southern California

Mothers who want some fun (or who want to make a few extra dollars) can head over to Harrah’s Resort. Enjoy some time in the casino then head over to The Café where guests can enjoy filet tournedos served with mashed sweet potatoes and asparagus and topped with a bearnaise sauce. Guests can also try Fiore, the property’s classic steakhouse, or ‘ritas Cantina for a bit of spice!

Tip: Make it a weekend of fun by booking a hotel room. You’ll get to enjoy a break from the grind while floating in the lazy river.


Make your way to the iconic Hotel del Coronado for a meal at Serẽa Coastal Cuisine where guests can indulge in a daily selection of oysters, sashimi and mediterranean-inspired appetizers, among other fresh dishes. Reservations are recommended and can be made on OpenTable here.

Tip: Make sure to call ahead and make reservations as soon as possible for outside seating on the two-tiered patio for dinner and epic sunset views.

Looking for a casual and fun environment for the entire family? Try Local Roots’ new Boochyard in Vista where there’s ample space to relax and play. Serving mothers and families from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Mother’s Day, guests can expect a free dessert for all matriarchs with a purchase of entree. Mothers will also get 25% off all to-go kombucha. Even better than all this? The Boochyard is hosting a Can-for-a-Cause with proceeds benefiting the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance. Now that’s something mothers could be proud of!

Tip: The veggie dumplings with Buddha sauce are a must-try!

Show gratitude for mother by treating her to a memorable plant-based brunch at Cafe Gratitude. Executive Chef Dreux has the ultimate brunch planned with Belgian oat waffles and berries, Shiitake mushroom tartines, smashed avocado toast, chilaquiles, and more. A special Mother’s Day dessert is also planned: The “You Are Appreciated” strawberry cheesecake ($12) made with raw cacao pecan crust, cashew whipped cream, strawberry raspberry reduction, and micro flowers.

Tip: Try the chick’n and waffles for something truly delectable.

Treat your mama to an Asian-inspired feast with Animae where Chef Tara Monsod has a special brunch planned. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., guests can indulge in a four-course meal that includes items such as poached shrimp with papaya, herbs and chili lime salt, chicken congee with chicken confit, ginger, garlic and garlic chive, soft and fluffy steamed buns with mushroom, tofu and vegetables or delicious crab cakes with kimchi tartar sauce, pickled mustard seeds, frisee and mustard greens. Finish off brunch with the sweet strawberry rolled cake with fresh strawberry, pearls and strawberry diplomat. Book a reservation via Opentable.

Tip: Valet your car to avoid the stress with parking.

Ready for a day of outdoor, beach fun? Belmont Park is in full bloom this Mother’s Day! Spend the day at Belmont Park and enjoy vibrant artwork, specialty sips, a flower truck and live entertainment. Stop by the flower truck on Sunday, May 8 where there will be flowers for moms all day. Treat mom to a specialty spring cocktail at one of the boardwalk restaurants, Cannonball, Beach House or Draft. Enjoy live music in the food court from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Tip: Pack the sunscreen!


Every mom deserves a European vacation, but if you haven’t made travel plans, this Leucadia restaurant is bringing Europe to you. Treat mom to brunch at Valentina where you find signature dishes such as the Paella de Mariscos made with Spanish saffron rice, chorizo and seafood mix and the Mother’s Day special, a Spanish-influenced crab benedict. Dishes can be paired with the eatery’s expansive list of natural wines and bubbles from producers ranging from the mountains of Napa Valley to the rolling hills of the Rhône. If brunch isn’t for you, Valentina is also offering Mother’s Day dinner.

Tip: The eatery has crayons for the kiddos, so bring along a coloring book — giving you extra time to have a glass of wine.

Treat mom to brunch, bubbles and relaxation this Mother’s Day at Lakehouse Hotel & Resort. Book the “Mom’s Weekend Retreat” package, which includes a mimosa flight delivered to the room, one complimentary ticket to Mother’s Day Brunch and a waived resort fee. Brunch bites include assorted mini pastries, fresh fruit, an egg & omelet station, buttermilk pancake station and more. After brunch, enjoy live music and lawn games on the Lakeside lawn to complete a lovely Mother’s Day.

Tip: Make a day out of it and book a peddle or pontoon boat at the Lake San Marcos marina for before or after brunch!

San Diego Moms is published every Saturday. Have a story idea? Email and follow her on Instagram at @hoawritessd.


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