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Southwest Mobile Storage - Best Mobile Storage & Office Containers In Vista, 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. Vista, 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.
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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 Vista, 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 Vista, 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 Vista, CA. Be sure to let us know if there are any special conditions that might prevent our drivers from entering your chosen destination. Before you schedule your delivery, let us know which direction you would like the doors of your container to face.



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



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



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


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Latest News in Vista, CA

Chula Vista to consider temporary eviction ban, permanent no-fault rules

Proposed ordinances in response to complaints from rentersCHULA VISTA —The Chula Vista City Council on Tuesday will consider two ordinances intended to address disputes between renters and landlords.The first proposed ordinance would limit the permissible reasons for terminating a renter’s tenancy.Under Assembly Bill 1482, passed in 2019, landlords can use “no-fault just cau...

Proposed ordinances in response to complaints from renters


The Chula Vista City Council on Tuesday will consider two ordinances intended to address disputes between renters and landlords.

The first proposed ordinance would limit the permissible reasons for terminating a renter’s tenancy.

Under Assembly Bill 1482, passed in 2019, landlords can use “no-fault just cause” reasons to evict tenants if they are demolishing their property or removing it from the rental market, moving into the property or planning a substantial remodel.

No-fault evictions have become among the most common reasons why tenants have sought legal assistance or called on cities to issue eviction moratoriums, said Gilberto Vera, an attorney with the Legal Aid Society of San Diego. The Society has received more than 750 requests from tenants in Chula Vista seeking housing assistance since January 2020.

Chula Vista’s proposal still allows for substantial remodels as a fair no-fault eviction, but it imposes additional restrictions on landlords.

For example, the state qualifies a substantial remodel as work, such as electrical, structural or plumbing, that requires a tenant to vacate the property for their own safety for at least 30 days. Chula Vista’s ordinance would extend that to 60 days. If a property was taken off the market and offered again for rent two years later, the city’s proposal would give the tenant displaced from that unit first dibs if they notify the landlord.

Chula Vista’s ordinance also identifies eight more kinds of harassment than the state, including that landlords cannot verbally abuse or threaten a tenant, influence vacancy through fraud or coercion and refuse their rent payment.

The draft landlord and tenant ordinance comes after several tenants’ rights groups asked the City Council for stronger renter protections after reports of tenant harassment and evictions, particularly in west Chula Vista.

Landlords, renters and advocates on both sides have debated Chula Vista’s proposal. Tenants mostly want a local law that will protect them where the state law does not. Property owners say the city’s ordinance is too similar to AB 1482 and that jurisdictions have not yet seen what impacts the law could have on the rental industry due to eviction moratoriums implemented due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For months, families have pleaded during council meetings for an eviction ban or additional rental assistance.

Dora Parra was one of the latest renters who broke down and asked council members during a May 3 meeting to protect her family from eviction as they had a month to vacate their unit and “there’s no affordable housing in San Diego County.”

Property owners and landlord advocates worry the proposal’s language favors tenants.

“It’s my understanding that Chula Vista is trying to close the gap on abuse with substantial remodels and that they had some bad actor landlords that were taking advantage of that, but I don’t think the language of how it’s drafted now is addressing that,” said Allison Higley, associate attorney at Todd A. Brisco & Associates.

Aurora Murillo, a Chula Vista resident and rental homeowner, fears the ordinance is too strict on landlords, ultimately forcing landlords to sell their properties and make way for big corporations to gentrify and rent units above the marketplace.

“This ordinance is coming along with many other things … that are affecting my security, my income and also my tenants,” she said. “I’ve been able to have the freedom to say, ‘Ok, these are my rules and I can help people.’ But unfortunately, my fear, and the thing that is scaring me the most, is that I won’t be able to do that anymore.”

There are nearly 79,000 housing units in Chula Vista. Of that figure, more than 33,100 are rentals, according to the city’s 2019 housing stock data. Most of those rental units, or about 16,100, are apartments with 10 or more units and an estimated 6,400 are single-family detached homes.

When drafting the ordinance, the city did not have readily available data from over the past two years to track trends related to evictions and other landlord/tenant issues, due to the pandemic and changes in its contract with housing nonprofit CSA San Diego, according to the city. Last month, the council renewed its contract with the organization for two years at $80,000 so that they could collect data and information about tenant needs.

City staff said its COVID-19 rental assistance program did offer some data on recent tenant needs. As of last month, more than 7,300 people had applied and about 6,100 had been processed. Still, without specific data, the city said it was difficult to assess the potential impacts the ordinance could have on smaller landlords or city resources.

Council members will also consider implementing an eviction ban to protect against no-fault causes. That moratorium would resemble San Diego’s ban, which takes effect May 22 and expires Sept. 30.


VISTA, CA, JUNE 8, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -... According to a recent survey of 1000 Americans byManly Man Co. (America's provider of intriguing, never-boring gifts for men,) Only a third (33.6%) of Americans chose Father's Day as being 'one of the most important holiday...

VISTA, CA, JUNE 8, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -... According to a recent survey of 1000 Americans byManly Man Co. (America's provider of intriguing, never-boring gifts for men,) Only a third (33.6%) of Americans chose Father's Day as being 'one of the most important holidays.' Adding insult to injury, Father's Day was beat out by Mother's Day (41.2%.)


Key findings of the survey:

Manly Man Co's Father's Day gift line-up:

World's First 'Carnivore Friendly' Coupon Books

Sure, you want to gift Dad a King of the remote, Free Movie Night (Dad's Choice,) Free Day of No Kids Whining' and Free Car Wash coupon book … but what if dad could have his coupons and eat them too? Manly Man Co. has invented the world's first 'Carnivore friendly' Father's Day coupon book made of original smokehouse flavour beef jerky laser-etched with coupons of your choice.

Each book has your choice of our favourite coupons or it can be customized on demand. The cover page is customizable with up to 4 kids' names.

$69.00 for 6 pages$89.00 for 8 pages

'Manly' Beef Jerky Ties

Cheekily based on traditional ties, the 'Manly Man' version lets you gift your tie and eat it too. Crafted in delicious beef jerky and laser cut in the shape of a tie, the Meat-tie gives Dad something to talk about (and chew on.)

$23.50 (for 2.3 oz)

Meathearts - Father's Day Edition

Based on our extremely popular Original Meathearts, Carnivores can now enjoy packs of mini laser-etched beef jerky hearts, laser engraved with Father's Day sentiments.


The Valentine's edition Meathearts famously sold out in one hour, broke Manly Man Co's servers due to so much traffic and shattered daily sales records! We're expecting the same with the brand new Father's Day Edition Meathearts.


Why would any man want a boring cardboard card when they could get a custom card laser-etched on beef jerky? Customers are encouraged to print whatever message they want to deliver directly to their 'manly man' Dad. (We don't judge.)

$22.50 for 100 custom characters laser engraved on a card-sized (4"x9") sheet of delicious beef jerky.

The Beef Bouquet (Father's Day Edition)

It's a tasty and tasteful arrangement of gourmet beef sticks in multiple flavors.$49.00(includes 6x smokehouse beef sticks, 6x Teriyaki Beef Sticks and 6x smokehouse hot and spicy sticks.)

The Bacon Bouquet (Father's Day Edition)

This arrangement includes an assortment of individually packaged thick-cut slices of gourmet bacon... Each bouquet is delivered ready to enjoy and includes:(5x) Smokehouse - Sweet & Spicy, (5x) Smokehouse - Sweet, (5x) Smokehouse - Habanero Heat,and (5x) Smokehouse - Thai Curry.


The famous Beef Jerky Flower Bouquet

What says you love your 'manly man' Dad more than a dozen beef jerky 'flowers' in a handsome bouquet delivered in a pint glass vase?

Ditch the pretty flowers for the perfect meat-based manly version.$89.00 for a full dozen, $59.00 for 8, available in 3 flavors.

About Manly Man Co.

The idea for the Manly Man Company® came to Founder, Greg Murray after a simple conversation with his wife Jacquie, for whom he had recently bought a bouquet of flowers: Why isn't there a gift for men that's equivalent to flowers? Yes, you can buy men flowers, but the practice isn't what you might call commonplace. The couple speculated that a bouquet of beef jerky might be the perfect stand-in. Soon after his wife surprised Greg with the very first iteration of what is now called "Man Bouquets"— sticks and sheets of jerky carved into the shape of flowers that are presented inside a pint glass or beer mug "vase".

A Veteran-Owned Business

Contact:Patrick McCaullyPointman News

SOURCE Manly Man Co.

San Diego Brewers Guild turns 25: A quarter century of craft unity

In honor of the San Diego Brewers Guild’s milestone anniversary, we take a look at the history of creativity and collaboration in the local beer community Gina Marsaglia remembers a time before San Diego earned its stripes as one of the most collaborative cities in the craft beer industry.“Back then, all the breweries were so spread out we were kind of on our own island,” said Marsaglia, the CEO/President of Pizza Port Brewing Company. “We would reach out to each other and everything, but the Guild was...

In honor of the San Diego Brewers Guild’s milestone anniversary, we take a look at the history of creativity and collaboration in the local beer community

Gina Marsaglia remembers a time before San Diego earned its stripes as one of the most collaborative cities in the craft beer industry.

“Back then, all the breweries were so spread out we were kind of on our own island,” said Marsaglia, the CEO/President of Pizza Port Brewing Company. “We would reach out to each other and everything, but the Guild was really formed because we wanted unity.”

Pizza Port was among the original 15 breweries to join the Guild, formally known as the San Diego Brewers Guild (SDBG). This was back in 1997 — more than a decade after Marsaglia opened her brewpub with her brother, Vince.

Tomme Arthur, co-founder and CEO of The Lost Abbey, said he thinks there was an initial hesitation for these breweries to work together. However, it soon became clear that collaboration was the way to also stay competitive in the market.

“Everybody knew that there was a really small pool of drinkers (in San Diego),” said Arthur, who got his start at Pizza Port in 1997. “I think that’s where the Guild came from. We were like, ‘OK, we now have X amount of operating breweries. We’re all preaching to the same people. Maybe we should try to work together to synergize the actual city as a drinking destination.”

"(The Guild) started out almost like a meet-and-greet. Now it’s a complete (operation) — thanks to Paige, in a lot of ways,” Marsaglia said, referring to one of SDBG’s leaders, Paige McWey Acers. “Having an executive director really tightened things up and created an agenda with focus. As more breweries became relevant in San Diego, I think it’s really the one thing that holds us all in one place.”

The mission of SDBG, which has now grown to nearly 300 active members, is to “promote awareness and increase the visibility of fresh locally brewed beer through education and participation in community events.”

Since its founding, SDBG has grown exponentially, including launching education initiatives and hosting annual community events like the Guild Festival (2005), San Diego Beer Week (2009), and the SDBG Golf Tournament at Rancho Bernardo Inn (2014).

This weekend, SDBG is celebrating its 25th year anniversary with the launch of San Diego Beer Weekend, happening today through Sunday. The informal celebration is less of an event and more of an initiative — encouraging San Diegans to visit their neighborhood brewery and support the businesses.

"(SDBG) really wanted to create an opportunity to get fans into tasting rooms instead of pulling them out of tasting rooms and hosting an event for ourselves,” Acers said. “The dollar goes a lot further in the brewing tasting rooms and their physical locations. ... They still need support; they’re still coming back; they’re still fighting to stay alive (post-pandemic).”

What makes San Diego special

So how did San Diego establish itself as the Capital of Craft? There are a lot of theories, depending on who you talk to. The city’s status as a lifestyle town, the number of homebrewers residing in the area, and even the water quality are all aspects that could have contributed to its success.

One thing everyone can agree on: San Diego breweries know how to work together.

Historian Judith Downie is the curator of the Brewchive, a resource at California State University San Marcos that aims to archive the brewing history of San Diego County. She notes that the mission of local breweries supporting each other has been vital to the success of the San Diego beer scene.

“It’s definitely setting a model,” Downie said. “I’m starting to see more collaboration with other breweries out of our area. I mean, they’re looking at San Diego and saying, ‘Why is San Diego working out so well?’ And anybody with any sense is looking at what we’re doing with collaboration, beer festivals, charity support, and all these other things — and a lot of that is done by our local Brewers Guild.”

San Diego’s knack for collaboration doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement. Downie, who recently gave a local presentation about women in brewing, noted the longtime lack of female representation in the community.

“Nationally, the numbers are terrible for women — even the owners, much less the brewers — and San Diego is pretty parallel to those numbers ... when you think of a brewery, you think of a bearded White guy,” Downie said. “That’s just the stereotype. And we’re still dealing with stereotypes today.”

But there are steps toward progress, like the opening of Mujeres Brew House, a woman-owned and women-run brewery in Barrio Logan. Additionally, SDBG established a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee in January 2020. Spearheaded by Virginia Morrison — the cofounder and CEO of Second Chance Beer Co. — the DEI Committee aims to provide education, resources and opportunities for marginalized groups.

Looking ahead

A lot has changed in the last 25 years — both good and bad. Downsides include an oversaturated market; the brewery experience outweighing beer quality; and increased shelf competition from non-beer craft alternatives like hard kombucha or seltzer.

One of the most positive shifts, however, is a hyperlocal approach many San Diego breweries have adopted. Rather than aim for a large footprint, breweries are sticking close to home.

“Their business plans are community-driven,” Acers said. “They are neighborhood-type breweries — each neighborhood has an identity and those breweries within that neighborhood. They all speak to that.”

“San Diego is such a sophisticated community,” said Chris Cramer, the co-founder and CEO of Karl Strauss Brewing Company. “The emphasis on local has become so profound, and local has changed in definition.”

Moving forward, what does the future of the San Diego beer scene look like?

“It’s a maturing industry. ... I don’t think we’re going to necessarily decline, but I don’t think we’re going to be growing as quickly (as before). We’re going to be slow and steady, once we get through this super rocky path,” Acers said, referring to the post-pandemic landscape.

There are certainly challenges ahead, but San Diego’s beer scene doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere.

“If there’s one thing,” Cramer said, “it’s that history has shown that people love a good beer with friends.”

For San Diego Beer Weekend, various breweries throughout San Diego County will offer exclusive glassware, specialty beer releases, or both. Visit for a full list of participating breweries.

A timeline of SDBG

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Fitch Affirms Vista, CA's Lease Revenues at 'AA'; Outlook Stable

Fitch Ratings - San Francisco - 29 Mar 2022: Fitch Ratings has affirmed Vista, CA's ratings as follows:--Vista Joint Powers Financing Authority 2015 refunding lease revenue bonds (LRBs) at 'AA';--Issuer Default Rating (IDR) at 'AA+'.The Rating Outlook is Stable.The bonds are payable from lease revenue payments, subject to abatement, for use and occupancy of various city facilities, and are supported by the city's covenant to annually budget and appropriate for lease payments.The 'AA+' IDR reflects the city'...

Fitch Ratings - San Francisco - 29 Mar 2022: Fitch Ratings has affirmed Vista, CA's ratings as follows:

--Vista Joint Powers Financing Authority 2015 refunding lease revenue bonds (LRBs) at 'AA';

--Issuer Default Rating (IDR) at 'AA+'.

The Rating Outlook is Stable.

The bonds are payable from lease revenue payments, subject to abatement, for use and occupancy of various city facilities, and are supported by the city's covenant to annually budget and appropriate for lease payments.

The 'AA+' IDR reflects the city's exceptionally strong operating performance, moderate long-term liability burden, and moderate fixed costs. The city's reliance on sales tax and limited independent legal ability to raise revenues could present challenges in adverse economic conditions, but strong reserve levels and budgetary flexibility are likely to offset such weaknesses.

Vista is a residential community in northern San Diego County, 30 miles north of the city of San Diego, with a population of approximately 101,000. Wealth and income levels are below state and national averages but the city's tax base has grown steadily following a moderate decline in the last recession.

Revenue Framework: 'a'

Fitch expects revenue growth to be solid based on the city's continued development and tax base expansion. The city's independent legal ability to raise revenues is constrained by Proposition 13, which requires voter approval for tax increases.

Expenditure Framework: 'aa'

The natural pace of expenditure growth is expected to be in line with to marginally above revenue growth. Expenditure flexibility is solid, with moderate fixed costs associated with debt and retiree benefits, a reasonably flexible labor negotiating framework, and significant flexibility to adjust the time of the city's ongoing pay-as-you-go capital investments.

Long-Term Liability Burden: 'aa'

The city participates in a state pension plan and funds the bulk of its capital needs from current resources, resulting in a long-term liability burden that is moderate and comprised about half of their overlapping debt and about half direct debt and pensions.

Operating Performance: 'aaa'

Financial resilience through downturns is exceptionally strong. The city maintains very robust reserves to offset the low revenue volatility and has adequate ability to adjust budgets to maintain balance via spending adjustments. Budget management in times of recovery is very strong.

Factors that could, individually or collectively, lead to positive rating action/upgrade:

--Consistent general revenue growth trend above GDP levels post-pandemic;

--Ample flexibility to cut spending through the economic cycle;

--Consistent long-term liability burden below 10% of personal income.

--Factors that could, individually or collectively, lead to negative rating action/downgrade:

--Slower revenue growth, about at the level of inflation;

--Failure to maintain satisfactory financial flexibility, including reserves sufficient to address periodic economic volatility.

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Like many localities nationwide, Vista's economy and revenues were negatively affected by the onset of the coronavirus pandemic starting in March 2020. However, Vista's sales tax revenues were buffered by state and federal actions, in particular, federal stimulus monies and Assembly Bill 147 (AB147), adopted in 2019, which allowed local municipalities to capture online sales activity. The growth in online purchases during the pandemic offset losses from in-store purchases. Fiscal 2020 sales tax revenues increased only slightly to $27 million (26% of general fund revenues) after performing well until March 2020. Fiscal 2021 sales tax revenues recovered to $32 million (32% of general fund revenues). Other revenues affected by pandemic mitigation efforts included the transient occupancy tax, which had a modest impact on general fund revenues. Property taxes (about $27 million, or 27% of general fund revenues) continued to grow through the pandemic recession.

The city positioned itself well to address adverse effects from the pandemic through a combination of strong reserve levels and prompt budget management. The city has a solid track record of maintaining expenditures well below revenues, leading to annual surpluses before and through the pandemic. The city ended fiscal 2019 with an $11.5 million surplus, bringing unrestricted fund balance to $74 million, or 95.5% of spending. Fiscal year 2021 ended with $101.8 million, equal to 118% of spending. The city also has the ability to adjust capital spending accordingly to address downturns.

Fiscal 2022 and out-year projections indicate moderate continued revenue growth, including an additional $4 million from the enacted cannabis tax. The city is home to the 1600-acre Vista Business Park that includes over 900 national and international companies. Currently, the business park's vacancy rate is a low 5.4%. There are over 14 million sf of premier industrial space city-wide. The city was awarded $26 million in ARPA funds, which it plans to use in several ways, including infrastructure rehabilitation projects, community development programs, and economic development initiatives. Fitch expects the city will continue its record of adjusting spending as needed and maintaining robust reserve levels.

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State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Announces Model Continuation High Schools for 2022

Release: #22-09SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced today that 36 schools throughout the state were recognized as Model Continuation High Schools (MCHS) for 2022.“These model schools provide invaluable resources and academic opportunities to our high-needs students, who often are dealing with difficult life events,” said Thurmond. “Students reap the benefits of social and emotional learning, mentorship programs, student wellness, and restorative justice practices...

Release: #22-09

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced today that 36 schools throughout the state were recognized as Model Continuation High Schools (MCHS) for 2022.

“These model schools provide invaluable resources and academic opportunities to our high-needs students, who often are dealing with difficult life events,” said Thurmond. “Students reap the benefits of social and emotional learning, mentorship programs, student wellness, and restorative justice practices, among other exemplary methods. The efforts of teachers and administrators at our Model Continuation High Schools provide students with the social support, goal-setting, and coping skills that they need to succeed in the academic setting and in their lives after high school.”

Each of the schools honored offer various opportunities for their students to pursue academic and social success. For example:

There are more than 430 continuation high schools that serve close to 78,000 students throughout the state. Continuation schools provide a high school diploma program for students ages 16 through 18 who have not graduated from high school, are required to attend school, and are at risk of not completing their education.

The MCHS were selected based on a comprehensive application process that included submission of detailed narrative statements describing specific aspects of school operations and how these were exemplary and the use of assessment tools and data to support continuous improvement. The process included a peer review panel and on-site visit.

The MCHS Recognition Program is a collaborative partnership between the California Department of Education (CDE) and the California Continuation Education Association Plus (CCEA Plus). The program honors continuation high schools for the comprehensive services they provide at-risk youth through instructional strategies, flexible scheduling, guidance, and counseling. Not only does this involve operating and supporting their own exemplary program, but MCHS-recognized educators make a commitment to support and mentor their peers in other local educational agencies.

The 36 schools selected as MCHS retain their designation for three years and will be recognized at the CCEA Plus 2022 State Conference in Long Beach, California, on May 5–8, 2022. For more information about continuation education, please visit the CDE Continuation Education web page.

List of 2022 Model Continuation High Schools

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Tony Thurmond — State Superintendent of Public Instruction Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100


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