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Vista Gets Two New Skateparks Strawberry Festival 2017 Mark Your Calendar!

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Vista Gets Long Desired Skatepark I heard it said recently that, “the shortest distance between two points is not a very interesting journey.” I am almost certain that this person must have been speaking about skateparks in Vista! After almost nine years of waiting, skaters in Vista will finally have a place to call home once again. And the good news is that they will have not just one spot, but two. Vista’s original skatepark, dubbed V-Park by the local skating community, was built in 1999 near the Vista Library. In August, 2008, it was demolished to make space for the new Civic Center. Now, almost 9 years later, two new skateparks are opening on N. Santa Fe. However, the journey from V-Park to a new park has been a bumpy one! Immediately after the skatepark was demolished, there was a public request for a new one. Initially, the city seemed to give assurances that they would build one. But 2008 through 2010 were tough economic years for everyone. The city had no funds set aside for the project, despite the fact that many felt they “pledged” to do it


(an assertion that became a lightning rod at City Council meetings). Enter one of Vista’s longest tenured skaters, Jack Flaherty. Jack has been skating in Vista for over 46 years. He and his wife Lisa promised the skater community that they would see to it that the city followed through on its promise to build a skatepark. In 2010 they formed the Vista Skatepark Coalition, and they began getting out in the public. From 2010 through 2015 you couldn’t attend anything in the community without bumping into Jack and/or Lisa. They were everywhere building awareness, amassing support and keeping the project on the city’s radar. They also sought grant money for the project. One of the biggest ironies throughout the process was that the Tony Hawk Foundation, which is based in Vista, had helped hundreds of communities build skateparks, but yet Vista had nothing. The Executive Director of the Tony Hawk Foundation, Miki Vuckovich, was vocal about this disparity. The coalition’s persistence definitely paid off. Grants were secured and as

the economy improved, the city did allocate money for the construction of the skatepark. However, the next trick became finding a location. A search committee was formed and sites all over Vista were vetted. Every promising site that was proposed was subsequently shot down as being “too well-used already, too close to homes or businesses, or in areas that are too hidden.” Neighborhoods that were considered complained as individual home owners feared their property values would be adversely affected by a large scale skatepark. Steve Gronke, a City Councilman at that time, went so far as to state,“there is no really good site for a skateboard park in the city of Vista.” Time and again, promising sites were removed from the list of potential park locations. As time went by, the idea eventually developed to create two smaller skateparks, instead of one large one, and on February 25, 2014, the City Council approved that plan. That shift in thinking brought to the forefront the two current locations. Here are the two sites with their configurations:

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Site One: 10,500 sq. ft. site with a large bowl, located at 400 N. Santa Fe Ave, corner of N. Santa Fe & Orange Avenues.

1 Site Two: 12,000 sq. ft. facility with streetscape equipment at 510 N. Santa Fe Avenue, between California & Connecticut. These parks will be open to "all wheels" (in other words, not just skate boarders) and will accommodate all skill levels and are both conveniently located near the Vista Transit Center. The city’s website notes that, “Construction includes restrooms, lighting, and street safety improvements.” So here is to a new and improved V-Park! Viva Vista!




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Prohibition has an on-site brew house, which was expanded in 2016, and is a full-service restaurant. The menu consists of American-style pub food ranging from wings to steak, with weekly specials and breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays. Says Ron, “One of our specialty burgers paired with one of our fresh-brewed beers is always a popular item.” Beers range from IPAs to stouts. The brewery has become a local hotspot where people enjoy the relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere. It hosts rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, and a variety of celebrations, including a brewery anniversary party, New Year’s Eve party, and a Super Bowl party. In January, it showed its support for the local community by sponsoring a puppy adoption day. Says Ron, “The community has been very supportive. It started during construction when people would stop by and tell us they were very excited to have us in the community.” This dedication to business and the local community paid

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The Vista Chamber of Commerce is pleased to be bringing back the 8th Annual Vista Strawberry Festival on Sunday May 28 to downtown Vista.

l w a r b t a e S r v r i y t F s e a t s i V We would like to encourage everyone to come down and enjoy the day at Vista’s signature event. There will be a 10k, 5k and Kids’ Run in the morning, followed by 400+ vendors, live entertainment, fun contests, a craft beer garden, carnival rides and much more. There is literally something for everyone at the Vista Strawberry Festival. We have several contests that take place before the festival. Those contests include: • Shades of Red – Our juried art show that will display for 6 weeks in the Chamber Office. • Poster Contest – Help us design next year’s promotion posters. Top 3 entries win cash and the winner will be used next year for event. • T-Shirt Design Contest – Design next year’s event t-shirt that thousands will wear. 12


• Home Beer Brewing – Come show your stuff by submitting your best batch of home brew to our contest. Cash prizes for top three winners, and great gift cards for the winner. Must include a fruit ingredient. • Strawberry Idol – Karaoke contest is held ahead of time with finalists singing at the festival for cash prizes. • Baking Contest – If you love strawberry desserts as much as we do, you are going to want to share. We have two categories as well as a youth division this year. We also have several contests that take place during the festival. These include: • Pie Eating Contest – Who can consume their slice of Strawberry pie the fastest, no hands! No fee to enter, broken down by age groups. • Whole Pie Eating Contest – Who can consume an entire Strawberry pie the fastest? No fee to enter, but only a

limited number of participants will be allowed – contestants are chosen by lottery the day of. • Costume Contest – Looking for the berry cutest! No fee to enter, broken down by age groups. • Little Miss Strawberry Shortcake – Young girls, come dressed in your strawberry finest. $10 entry fee, two age groups. • Beer Stein Holding Contest – Contest of strength held multiple times throughout the day in our beer garden. Winners get our souvenir beer steins. • Frozen T-Shirt Contest – Contest of strength – who can open up a frozen t-shirt and put it on the fastest. Winners get souvenir event t-shirt.

In addition to these festival favorites, we are working on some new contests and wrinkles. Please keep up to date on all the event details by visiting our web page: We hope you join us for a ‘berry good time. So now I encourage you to invite your friends, family and co-workers to joinus that day!

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Vista Adult School Keeps Costs Low and Spurs Community Success By Sherrin Guy

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Vista Adult School may not be the first place that comes to mind when people think of obtaining high school, business, career technical and other types of education. But, with its incredibly affordable low costs, easy-toreach location (right off the 78 and close to the sprinter); the school has remained a closely guarded secret. “It’s one that deserves to be shared with the local community, and with the rest of San Diego”, enthuses Principal, Elizabeth O'Shea-West, “The school offers some of the lowest cost courses available in San Diego and at community colleges...why would you want to pay $15,000 for a program when you can pay under $2,000 here?’, she enquires. The school does not offer financial aid, instead to counterbalance that, it intentionally keeps its cost cut-price so the student can afford it. “Some of our computer classes are as low as $25, medical classes can be $65, and the most expensive course - phlebotomy is around $600, which in a private school can be well over $25,000”, shares O'Shea-West. Unbeknown to many, the school offers a smorgasbord of traditional, adulteducation, community-education, and career-technical education programs (Business, Bookkeeping, Accounting, Information Technology). It’s most popular courses are its state approved 16


medical, pharmacy, medical billing and coding programs. It also teaches English as second language (ESL) which it offers free to the community. The school also manages regional occupational programs such as the Culinary Arts Program, through three Vista High Schools and offers adults the chance to pass their high school diplomas, GED or HiSET. Access to affordable and ‘relevant’ education is paramount in the school's strategy and wider philosophy. “We are constantly asking ourselves - what are the big trends? What do we need to do to prepare our students so that they can be more employable?,” says O'Shea-West. Vista Adult School offers programs to people who are changing careers, re-entering the workforce or obtaining their first professional position. To that end the school constantly analyzes the needs of its local industries, through industry partnerships, career fairs, and annual advisory meeting, where committee members work with industry partners such as

Walgreens, Palomar Hospital, Coldwell Banker and Vista Unified School District (among others), to review the curriculum and to ensure that their programs meet industry requirements. The school also houses a student transition center that showcases workshops and presentations to help prepare students for their careers. With over 2800 student enrollments last year, and over 1700 of them who had children in the K-12 system; the school continues to strive to be an institution that caters for its unique community. “We are the students that come to us”, beams Principal O'Shea-West. “Whether they are English language learners, people who want that first job or people who want to do better...we are here for them”. With the school’s current success rate of helping over 100 students earn High School Diploma & equivalents, it's no surprise that O'Shea-West is proud to be its principal, “This is what makes me feel lucky to be part of Vista Adult School”, smiles O'Shea-West.

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not fullfill our mission without you. BUT it is also to let others know that there is “no small donation.” Smaller donations, when combined with others make up the grants that we give every month. If everyone in Vista gave a $10 donation think of what the VEF could fund for our school district! We have funded some fun projects; dancing shoes, kilns, art supplies and instruments for elementary classes. We have funded the neccessary, but not glamerous, like instrument cleaning and case repair. Technology grants like microscopes, tripods for cameras (if you look on our web page there is a video made for us after we gave a grant for tripods,) and 3D printers. We are working with the school district on internships and started a program last year with Moonlight Youth Theater. Last but not least, we give graduating seniors scholarships. This is to

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The Vista Education Foundation raises money by fund raisers, sponsors, silent and live auctions and last but not least donations. We have some incredibly civic minded individuals and companies here in our area who step up to the plate on many occassions for many different causes. This article is to applaud those individuals and companies, Art Barter, TriCity,

students, classes and teachers. Along with all the grants we give, there Member SIPC are many partial grants and no funded

help defray the costs of tuition, books and registration. If you look on our website there are numerous thank you notes from

grants. There is only so much money and we try to make sure every penny of it is spent in the best way possible. We are all volunteers, we have no office and our mission is to subsidize the programs that have been cut so deeply in the schools’ budgets. What I have been trying to convey to all of you is that no contribution is too small (or too large) and we are grateful for ALL donations. We cannot succeed without your help and your donation is tax deductible. If you have any questions, please call us - 760-630-8268. If you prefer, send us your thoughts (or a contribution) to PO BOX 1114, Vista, CA 92085. They say it takes a village - well village we need your help! Thank You!




The Vista Press Echoes From A True Community Newspaper A Personal Memory by Lois Cavalier

From the very first issue on September 24, 1926, The Vista Press belonged to the people it served. The weekly newspaper–subscriptions $1 a year– supported and publicized all the good things and boldly decried any move that threatened the well-being of its citizens. Everett Remsburg worked alongside his father, Melvin Z. Remsburg, from that first edition until M.Z.'s death in 1950. He took over as publisher, and with grit and gumption led the newspaper for the next 22 years.

Everett no longer had to gather the news, write the stories, set the type, make up the pages and run the press. He could concentrate on editorials and columns, and on overseeing a newspaper that grew in pace with the burgeoning population. When I first came to The Vista Press in early 1970, Everett was kind and encouraging. A special treat was meeting the pioneer Vistans who often came to visit him. Each was – and is – a story. We hammered out the news on Remington typewriters in an opendoor newsroom. Vistans came and

went with publicity for their organizations – or perhaps a Letter to the Editor replying to one of Everett's pithy editorials. We sent a photographer to children's birthday parties and bridal or baby showers. Wedding stories included a detailed description of the bride's gown and those of her attendants. Vistans were of inestimable help. Someone would call and say “Sirens out,” give a location, and hang up. If a rare bird perched on someone's fence, we got a call. No story was insignificant.

At the end of 1971, Everett's son Melvin guided the newspaper into a new-fangled printing method called photo-offset. Gone was the rhythmic clanking of the Merganthaler typesetters. Blue-line paper and paste-up copy created pages on light tables. Efficient. Quiet. Unromantic. Everett passed away on February 28, 1972, at age 71. It was a sad day for us and the community. The newspaper was soon sold to a Georgia firm, and Mel Remsburg succeeded his father as publisher. The Vista Press had gone from weekly to twice a week to three times, and now it was about to go daily. When I started at The Vista Press I was a freelancer, paid $1.00 per printed column inch and $2.00 per photo. I was later named managing editor and then editor as longtimer Russ Dietrich retired. My only goal was to continue Everett's incomparable strength of reporting all the news fairly – and serving as a snarling watchdog when an individual or group tried to pull a fast one. My dedicated and talented staff worked hard, and we took pride in the good things we accomplished for our city. Later, we all went on to other pursuits. I returned as editor from early 1983 through 1984. The Vista Press was now a morning newspaper, and the newsroom was at the back of Left: Melvin Z. “M.Z.” Remsburg and his son Everett (seated at linotype machine), worked together to publish Vista’s first newspaper.



Left: This 16 x 32-foot building on Indiana Avenue was the first home of The Vista Press. It was remodeled eleven times to accommodate the growing newspaper.

the building. Overseeing the daytime staff, tending to necessary civic duties, writing editorials and putting the paper to bed at midnight often required 14-hour days, but I was doing what I love. Then the paper sold again and I left for another offer, but always, always with memories of the great people who created a city that continues to thrive. NOTE: There is still a bright light for those who love hometown news. Longtime Vistan Eleanor Hutchins now publishes The Vista Press online. The original 1926 banner stands proudly atop the front page. If you enjoy local news, it's there for you at Above Left: Everett Remsburg, Vista Press Publisher 1950-72. Above Right: The Remsburg family circa 1915. Left: The final building to house The Vista Press was dedicated in 1961. It was located at 425 West Vista Way.




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Vista City Council - meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 5:30 pm in the City Council Chambers at City Hall, 200 Civic Center Drive

Lunch & Learn: 12p.m. @ Chamber: March 15 Permaculture - Mary Dralle, Cookin’ with Klibs Government Affairs Meeting: 12p.m. @ Chamber: March 2 - Veteran’s Training Center April 6 - SDG&E Pipeline Reliability May 4 - Medical Technology Advancements

Farmers Market - Every Saturday from 7:45 to 11:00am located at the County Court-House parking lot on Melrose. Library Programs - The Vista Branch of the San Diego County Library on 700 Eucalyptus Ave., offers a variety of ongoing program for all ages. For more information, call 760-643-5100

Chamber Networking Events: Business Mixers: 5 p.m. March 8 - EasyTurf April 12 - QLN May 10 - Rosati’s

Lunch Mob: 12 p.m. March 29 - Big Jim’s April 26 - Thai One On May 31 - Sunrise Cafe

Good Morning Vista: 8 a.m. @ Monarch at Shadowridge March 17, April 21, May 19

Member Orientation: 12pm @ Chamber March 10, May 5

Community Events: Ragtime Banjo Band March 1, 5:30pm - 7:30pm Veterans Association of North County Tai Chi Class March 3, 10:00am - 11:00am Gloria McClellan Center - Jasmine Room Coffee & Cars March 4, 7:00am - 11:00am Feliccia’s Italian Restaurant Fall into Beauty - Pampering Sessions with Mary Kay March 4, 10:30am - 11:30am Studio PINK STEM In Your Backyard-Vista March 5, 1:00pm - 5:00pm Main Street parking lot (Next to Avo Playhouse)

Exercise your creativity - Sculpt! March 6, 2:00pm - 5:00pm Brengle Terrace Park Bingo for Prizes March 7, 11:15am - 12:00pm Location: Gloria McClellan Center - Park Terrace

Culture Caravan: The Illusion Culture Caravan Trip March 18, 12:15pm - 5:00pm Gloria McClellan Center Quilt Stash Buster Class March 20, 1:00pm - 3:00pm Gloria McClellan Center - Park Terrace

Vista Vintage & Makers Market April 30, 10:00am - 4:00pm Historic Downtown Vista Rhythym & Brews May 6, 1:00pm - 4:00pm Historic Downtown Vista

Golf Class March 8, 10:00am - 11:00am Location: Brengle Terrace Park

Mariachi Festival April 2, 3:00pm - 6:00pm California Center for the Arts, Escondido

Tai Chi Class May 12, 10:00am - 11:00am Gloria McClellan Center Jasmine Room

Shelter to Soldier First Annual Dog Walk March 12, 3:00pm - 5:00pm American Legion Post 365

Exercise your creativity - Sculpt! April 3, 2:00pm - 5:00pm Brengle Terrace Park

2017 Vista Strawberry Run May 28, 6:45am - 10:00am Historic Downtown Vista

Music Appreciation April 19, 1:00pm - 3:00pm Gloria McClellan Center - Jasmine Room

2017 Vista Strawberry Festival May 28, 8:00am - 6:00pm Historic Downtown Vista

North County St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival March 12, 12:00pm - 6:00pm Historic Downtown Vista

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It’s already begun – the expansion of the biggest used car dealership in north San Diego County. Construction equipment near the temporary sales office filled with employees and ringing phones is evidence of the exciting growth of one of Vista’s premiere businesses. Mehdi Chitgari is the charismatic owner of the long time Vista establishment.

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At its Vista location since December of 2007, Classic Chariots sells used cars, trucks, SUVs, and commercial vehicles at 1611 W. Vista Way. The company has existed in the county of San Diego since 1989, and started with about 10 employees. Now Chitgari’s business has 40 employees, including Vista resimanagdent Susie Dumala, the office manag er who has been with Classic Chariots for 24 years, and Kevin Chitgari, head of the service department who also happens to be Mehdi’s brother, with him since 1994.

“We will be hiring even more employees with this expansion,” says Chitgari. Besides adding square footage and improving the physical buildings, there will be increased room for the already renowned customer service. In fact, customer satisfaction is among the many attributes that keep the wheels turning at Classic Chariots. “Fifty-five percent of our customers are local, repeat and referral. In the car business that’s huge. We serve residents in Vista and Oceanside, and also through the Internet. We also do a lot of business with members of the military,” says Chitgari,“and we have great reviews on Yelp and Google. All of the vehicles we sell are about two or three years old, and we have the best financing around. The majority of the cars are still under factory warranty.”

Part of the expansion will include an 18 bay full service department. Developing as far as the adjacent corner to the existing building, the full service department will be moving next door to make room for more cars. Now with full forward movement, and at the time of the writing of this article, Chitgari anticipates the expansion to be completed by April of this year. Along with serving the auto needs of customers, some of whom travel many miles to do business with him, Chitgari is currently, and has been involved with many community and service organizations. A full binder of photos, awards, certificates and recommendation letters from various prominent business leaders in Vista sits on the table in his office. Chitgari received the Quality Dealer Award in 2015 by the Independent

Automobile Dealer Association of California (IADAC) and various other accolades. He also served one year in the Tri City Hospital Foundation, two years in North County Navy League as president, and is a current member of Navy League North County. Classic Chariots founded, and was the main sponsor of the Enlisted Father of the Year Award on Camp Pendleton, a program put on by the Navy League. Chitgari is also a member of the Chambers of Commerce of Vista and Oceanside. Yet another way in which the community and local residents are benefitted by Chitgari’s service is his company’s generous support of some of Vista’s elementary and middle schools through the donation of materials or assistance with their fundraising goals. There is even a program that inspires students to write creatively.

“Every year we hold a ‘What We’re Thankful For’ essay contest in the schools, and choose winners from each grade,” says Chitgari. “And we buy those students a full Thanksgiving dinner for their family.” Thankfully, there’s a full-service, customer oriented used car company where residents of Vista and beyond can discover the vehicle they’ve been looking for. And what’s more, it’s growing! As you watch it expand, you can be sure there will be even bigger deals in store at Classic Chariots. Pay them a visit and see for yourself. Find additional information at


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What do you get when you combine a rockin’ soundtrack of live music with tastes of San

The San Diego Rhythm and Brews Music & Craft Beer Festival Set For Saturday, May 6th

Diego County’s most sought after brews? The San Diego Brewers Guild’s annual mustattend festival in the heart of Historic Downtown Vista, the San Diego Rhythm and Brews Music & Craft Beer Festival.

Presented by the San Diego Brewers Guild, the annual spring festival is approaching on Saturday, May 6th. Craft beer aficionados are invited to experience what sets San Diego craft beer apart from the rest – its breweries and its enthusiasts. San Diego County is home to over 130 operational brew houses, with 24 more in planning in 2017. Further evidence that San Diego beer is something to take note of: last year, San Diego County breweries took home 18 medals at the reputable 2016 Great American Beer Festival – solidifying San Diego’s place as the ‘Capital of Craft.’ This quantity (and quality) of local breweries provides ample opportunity for San Diego residents and visitors alike to explore a variety of craft brews to expand their palate at craft beer festivals. At North County’s most rockin’ beer festival, visitors will have the chance to sample over 100 beers from more than 50 of our county’s well-loved breweries, including taps from Karl Strauss, AleSmith, Vista’s very own Bear Roots, and many, many more.

Craft beer fans can also groove to live musical performances and enjoy delicious eats from local food trucks. “The San Diego Brewers Guild strives to make craft beer accessible to the public in engaging and entertaining ways,” says Jill Davidson, San Diego Brewers Guild president. “Rhythm & Brews is always a great time for all involved and we look forward to the energy of bringing such a large number of San Diego’s amazing breweries together.” As the San Diego Brewers Guild’s Spring bookend event, Rhythm & Brews is part of its mission to promote awareness and visibility of San Diego’s growing craft beer industry and unite breweries through events. Make sure to mark your calendars for San Diego Beer Week 2017 happening November 3rd through 12th. Whether you prefer stouts or IPAs (or anything and everything in between), Rhythym and Brews has a beer for every taste. It’s the perfect way to spend a Spring afternoon in the ‘Capital of Craft.’ Last year, over

1,600 people joined in the festivities to celebrate the San Diego craft beer community – overtaking Historic Downtown Vista for an entire afternoon. VIP ticket holders will be admitted at 12 p.m., one hour prior to general admission at 1 p.m. Guests can enjoy their favorite craft beers, eats and tunes until 4 p.m. Visit http://www. to snag your tickets. Proceeds from the event will benefit the San Diego Brewers Guild, a non-profit, and support their role in bolstering the craft beer community through supporting its members. The Guild also sponsors San Diego Beer Week in November. San Diego Beer Week is an unparalleled 10-day celebration that features over 500 brewery sponsored events and kicks off with the VIP Brewer Takeover and Guild Fest at the Broadway Pier. Both Rhythm & Brews and San Diego Beer Week provide craft beer enthusiasts with unprecedented access to brewers, tastes of specialty beers and education.



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rising stars November Rising Stars: Ruben Hernandez Cruz, Guajome Park Academy; Irving Lopez Curiel, Mission Vista High School; Lea Zaric, Rancho Buena Vista High School; Jonathan Studinka, North County Trade Tech High School; Giovanni Barrios, Vista High School; Brandon Garcia, Major General Murray

January Rising Stars: Erika Keppeler, Guajome Park Academy; Victor Chavez, North County Trade Tech High School; Taylor Beccera, Rancho Buena Vista High School; Crystal Rojas, Mission Vista High School; Kimberly Arenas, Major General Raymond Murray; Angelica Menchaca, Vista High School

December Rising Stars: Alexandra Hewson, Mission Vista High School; Rola Kojok, Guajome Park Academy; Myrka Hernandez, Alta Vista High School; Leslie Martinez, Vista High School; Peter Ferguson, Tri-City Christian; Bailey Page, Rancho Buena Vista High School

February Rising Stars: Sophia Carpinelli, Guajome Park Academy; Cedric Falefitu, Rancho Buena Vista High School; Steven Harris, Vista High School; Livie Trillizio, Trade Tech High School; Xipatly Montano, Alta Vista High School; Ariana Morales, Mission Vista High School 34


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Accounting AdvantEdge Accounting Solutions (760) 722-6839 Alan M. Brown, CPA (760) 212-4993 Polito Eppich Associate LLP (760) 599-9900 Quantax, Inc. (760) 278-1040 San Diego Small Biz Assist (760) 519-3766

Advertising- Promotional Products LOGO Expressions, Inc (760) 598-9011

Antiques Gypsy Trunk Antiques (760) 724-0060

Apartments Mountain View Apartments (760) 724-4223 mountainviewapartmentsonline. com Monarch at Shadowridge (760) 599-9811 monarchatshadowridge-apts. com Rancho Hills Apartments (760) 727-0030 Shadowridge Meadows Apartments (760) 598-1222

Skye Apartments (760) 940-4170 Sycamore Greens Apartments (760) 598-9000 Waterleaf Apartments (760) 726-7331

Appliance Sales & Service Yingst Appliance (760) 724-8373

Appliance, Lighting & Plumbing Sales Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery (760) 643-4240

Art Galleries Visions In Art Gallery & Custom Framing (760) 724-1469 Vista Art Foundation (760) 917-1337

Attorneys Alan Rich & Associates, APLC (760) 438-2211 Gatzke Dillon & Ballance LLP (760) 431-9501 Gavin and Dersch Law and Mediation Center (760) 941-4420 Law Office of Patricia L. Andel (760) 631-6360

Law Office of Phyllis J. McGreevey (760) 726-8928 Law Office of Simon Mikhael (760) 724-2555 Lawyer Referral Service of North County (760) 758-4755 Paul V. L. Campo, Attorney (760) 639-1680

Audio & Visual Pyxis Industries (951) 526-1999 Sandy Entertainment (760) 212-0767

Autobody & Collision Repairs Euro Pacific Paint & Body (760) 631-3600 Kenny’s Kar Klinic, Inc (760) 726-0572 Patrick Flynn’s Collision (760) 758-5139

Automobile Dealers BMW of Vista (760) 208-2350 Classic Chariots (760) 414-1600 North County Ford (760) 945-9900

Toyota of Escondido (877) 763-8217

Automobile Repairs & Service A-1 Vista Auto Repair (760) 630-9427 B & D Auto Repair (760) 631-2886 Pass N Go Smog Center (760) 295-4356 Tasker’s Automotive (760) 758-5200 TJ Crossman’s Auto Repair, Inc. (760) 908-3381

Bail Bonds Vista Bail Bonds (760) 967-7777

Bakeries Baked in the Sun (760) 504-7500 Frogy’s Donuts & Bakery (760) 758-7779 Little Cakes Cupcake Kitchen (760) 842-5138 Queen of Cakes (760) 726-4760

Banks & Credit Unions California Bank and Trust (760) 940-2600

Comerica Bank (760) 732-0841 First Citizens Bank (760) 696-9731 JP Morgan Chase-Shadowridge (760) 598-4226 JP Morgan Chase-Sycamore (760) 734-3747 JP Morgan Chase-University (760) 941-4020 JP Morgan Chase-Vista Way (760) 758-3551 Pacific Western Bank (760) 597-4930 San Diego County Credit Union (877) 732-2848 Silvergate Bank (760) 931-1001 Torrey Pines Bank (760) 444-8401 US Bank-Hacienda (760) 631-2500 Wells Fargo Bank - Santa Fe (760) 758-9551

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Phenix Salon Suites (619) 843-5461 Xcentric Salon (760) 295-0743

Botanical Gardens Alta Vista Botanical Gardens (760) 945-3954

Bowling Vista Entertainment Center (760) 941-1032

Business & Management Consultants SCORE - Service Corps of Retired Executives (619) 557-7272 Strategic Results Group (760) 940-1381 Business Credit & Funding FIT Business Finance (877) 384-8777

Business Organization The Friends in Business Network (760) 613-6412

Cable Television Cox Communications, Inc (619) 269-2458

Car Washes Rancho Vista Car Wash (760) 726-0501

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news and notes Baskin Robbins Last month Baskin Robbins opened a new store in Vista at 550 Hacienda Drive (near Islands Restaurant). Vista has been without Baskin Robbins for over 15 years – but it is back. Stop by today for some great ice cream, ice cream cakes and more!



Carpet Cleaning Ultimate Carpet Cleaning (760) 994-3200

Caterers Chef DK Catering (760) 828-0596 Devil Dogs BBQ (760) 814-4776 Isaac’s Catering (760) 931-0267 Mexico City Cuisine (760) 822-4871 The Flavor Chef, Inc. (760) 727-2058 Cellular & PCS Telephone Service QC Wireless (760) 917-6629

Chambers of Commerce Vista Chamber of Commerce (760) 726-1122 Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce (619) 661-6111

Chiropractors Chiropractic Rehabilitation Wellness Center (760) 726-9660 Health From Within Family Wellness Center (760) 385-8352 Moncado Chiropractic (858) 722-9222 Pacific Family Chiropractic (760) 643-9191

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Strategic IT Group (760) 598-5005

Cleaning/Janitorial Services Andrea Professional Cleaning Service, LLC (760) 672-9042 Clean Corps (760) 295-3308 Keller Resources Group (760) 639-8791

Clinics & Medical Groups Children’s Physicians Medical Group (877) 276-4543 Graybill Medical Group (866) 228-2236 Pregnancy Resource Center (760) 945-4673

Computer Printer Supplies & Service Assured Printer Repairs (760) 522-8760 One Stop Toner & Inkjet LLC (760) 431-3756 Waring Enterprises LLC (800) 584-0520

Computer Sales & Service The Computer Factory (760) 744-4315

Conference Facility QLN Conference Center 760-722-0072 x193

Construction Hocoa Home Repair Network (760) 720-7474 Mark Anthony Construction & Roofing, Inc. (760) 803-7534



Cabi - Puglisi (760) 828-5700 LuLaRoe - Laurel Alamillo (760) 536-4576

Eckert & Sons, Inc. (760) 500-001 Pacific Political, Inc. (760) 260-4511 United Top Quality Construction, Inc. (760) 407-6321

Coaching Awakened to Life (760) 533-8141 Mathematical Boundaries (760) 650-2725

Copiers - Sales & Supplies The Copier Doctor (760) 213-9007

Counseling/Therapy Believing In Change Counseling Center (702) 589-1981 The Art of Family (760) 505-8463

Country Clubs - Golf Shadowridge Golf Club (760) 727-7700 Vista Valley Country Club 29354 Vista Valley Dr (760) 758-2800 Welk Resorts (760) 749-3000

Cremation CSI - Cremation Services Inc (760) 727-8906

Dance Studio Tanya’s Dance Studio (760) 630-4827

Dentists Coleman & Coleman Advanced Dentistry (760) 726-0770 Ginger Hansen, DDS (760) 940-0366 Main Street Dental (760) 295-9870 Premier Dental Arts (760) 599-1100 Santa Fe Dental Group (760) 732-5878 Smile Essentials Dental Care (760) 806-5302 Stuart Chang, DDS (760) 945-1111

Vista Dental Care & Specialty Center (760) 630-5000 Vista Family Dental Care Dental Practice of Stacy Kirner Felix (760) 941-1912

Tory R. Walker Engineering, Inc (760) 414-9212

DJ Services

Escape Rooms

Entertainment Boomers - Vista (760) 945-9474 x202

Aon Events (818) 277-7642 My DJ’s (760) 207-2980 Solid Gold Professional Disc Jockey Service (619) 339-2880

School of Hard Locks (213) 810-5008

Education Consultants

Financial Planning & Investments

Educate To Career (760) 500-7883

Electricians Bob Leider Electric (760) 599-0450 Chambers Electric, Inc. (760) 598-5498 MT Electrical (618) 771-1514

Electronics Repair & Service CaliPhoneYa Techs (760) 917-1301 Vista Village Electronics (760) 726-5696

Embroidery Embroidery Image, Inc. (760) 726-4167

Engineering Excel Engineering (760) 745-8118

Fences Scott Fence (760) 598-0070 Vista Fence Co., Inc. (760) 941-1629

Advanced Financial Solutions (760) 639-0160 BDT & Associates Financial Planning (858) 753-1728 Benefits by Artzberger (858) 401-9026 Edward Jones - Baldwin (760) 630-8268 Edward Jones - Downtown Vista (760) 630-8268 Edward Jones-Shadowridge (760) 599-5810 Equity Solutions for Life, Inc. (760) 749-1037 Five Rings Financial - Anastasia Kabitskaya (970) 485-2149 Nobel Creek Resources (760) 473-2688

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O’Reilly Wealth Advisors (760) 804-0910

Fire Sprinklers Titan Fire Protection, Inc. (760) 295-3436

Fitness Tempest Freerunning Academy North County (760) 305-8926 Vista Fit Body Boot Camp (760) 212-1112

Eternal Hills Memorial Park Mortuary & Crematory (760) 754-6600

Furniture Sales Ideal Mattress Furniture Center (760) 631-4990

Games, Toys & Hobbies Pair-A-Dice Games (760) 940-0139 Remote Control Hobbies (760) 295-9256


Gasoline Stations

Direct Carpet Unlimited (760) 471-9090

ARCN Corporation (760) 727-8965

Florists Croziers Flowers (760) 726-3800

Food Products, Services, Supplies & Brokers Colors Enterprise, Inc. (760) 597-1400 Cookin’ With Klibs (760) 630-3482 US Foods (760) 599-6221

Freight Forwarder WorldTrans Services Inc. (858) 536-7900

Funeral Homes Allen Brothers Mortuary (760) 726-2555 Aztlan Mortuary North County (760) 724-1680

Glass & Mirror A & D Glass (760) 758-1673 Noble Glass, Inc. (760) 598-5100

Government & Govt. Officials City of Vista (760) 639-6130 Issa for Congress (760) 599-5000

Graphic Design Janet McAlpine Graphic Design (760) 331-8729

Grocery Stores 7-Eleven #34996 (760) 724-1461 Frazier Farms (760) 758-7175 La Vista Market #1 (619) 729-3335

Rodeo’s Meat Market, Inc 336 Vista Village Dr (760) 758-0513 Stater Bros. Market 156 (760) 726-7080 Stater Bros. Market 157 (760) 726-8485

Hospitals & Medical Centers

Insurance - General


Scripps Health (858) 678-6202 Tri-City Medical Center (760) 724-8411

John Shakarian Jeweler (760) 726-1670

Gun Store

Hyatt Place San Diego Carlsbad/ Vista (760) 814-8879 Motel 6 (760) 726-2900 TownePlace Suites by Marriott (760) 216-6010

Adriana’s Insurance (760) 542-7805 Aflac - Tammie & Jeff (619) 980-8131 Allstate Insurance & Financial Products-Timmons (760) 806-1630 welcome Alta Vista Insurance Agency (760) 724-2124 Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. (619) 704-3503 Nationwide Insurance McArthur & Associates (760) 599-9300 x104 Robert Franks Insurance Agency, Inc. - State Farm Insurance (760) 758-1090

Marshall Defense Weaponry (760) 685-6550

Hair Removal Electrolysis by Tammy (760) 726-3682

Health & Wellness AdvoCare (858) 248-3804 Arbonne International - Harris (760) 717-3927 Moms Making Six Figures (619) 820-5274 Nerium International (858) 692-0566 New U Rejuvenation Center (760) 305-7255 Olianna Lia Piancone Vista Family Health Center (760) 941-7050

Heating & Air Conditioning Approved Air, Inc. (877) 422-6531 Sherlock Heating & Air Conditioning (760) 295-5014

Hotels, Motels & Resorts

Housing Developer Affirmed Housing Group (858) 679-2828

Human Resources Services & Training Fichter Silva Consulting (760) 967-7254

Human Resources Services & Training Sage Business Solutions (858) 472-7079

Ice Cream

Insurance - Medical/Dental Dimirak Financial Corporation (760) 806-8200 Pickering Insurance Services, Inc (760) 758-9800

Insurance-Life/Health Professional Insurance Services (760) 724-3147

Baskin Robbins Vista 550 Hacienda Dr. , Ste, 102 (760) 630-1031 Dunkin’ Brands (781) 737-5286

Insurance-Property & Casualty

Individuals/Civic Members

Interior Decorators & Designers

Garry Garretson John Herrera Kat Wacker Chuck Rabel Rita Geldert Victoria Waufle Dal Williams

Tague Insurance Agency (760) 729-1143

Coastal Home Design Center (760) 726-0036

Janitorial Supplies North County Janitorial Supply (760) 758-5622

Karaoke Karaoke Systems Plus, Inc. (800) 966-7464

Land Development/ Investments & Brokers Integral Communities (760) 944-7511 Moxie Pacific Palomar, LLC (760) 533-8323

Laundry Service EZ Express Laundry (760) 724-9900

Legal Services Lawyer Referral & Information Services of S.D. County Bar Assn (619) 231-8585 Legal Document Preparation Center (760) 999-2122 Legal Shield/Go Small Biz/IDShield (760) 598-8043 PPS Legal Document Specialist (760) 630-7777

Library Vista Branch Library-San Diego County Library (760) 643-5100

Lighting-Fixtures & Supplies Solatube Home Daylight (760) 602-3223

Lingerie Deja Vu Love Boutique (760) 598-5889

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Liquor Stores Emerald Spirits (760) 941-4015

Locksmiths Quality Lock & Safe, Inc (760) 945-4545 Vista Lock & Safe Company (760) 726-0310

Machining/Machine Shop Speedy Cut Inc. (760) 433-1188 Western CNC, Inc. (760) 597-7000

Mailing/Shipping Services EOS-Electronic Output Solutions (760) 599-9945

Maker Space Open Source Maker Labs (760) 998-1522

Management Consultants Servant Leadership Institute (855) 754-5323

Manufacturers Applied Membranes, Inc. (760) 727-3711 Applied Spectral Imaging (760) 929-2840 Aqua Lung America, Inc./ US Divers (760) 597-5000 BioFilm, Inc (760) 727-9030 C Enterprises LP (760) 599-5111 Creative Nail Design (800) 598-2739

Datron World Communications, Inc (760) 597-1500 DDH Enterprise, Inc (760) 599-0171 DEI Holdings, Inc. (760) 598-6200 Denso Wireless Systems America, Inc. (760) 734-4600 DIG Corporation (800) 322-9146 DotMod (760) 509-4054 Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps (760) 743-2211 Earthlite Massage Tables, Inc. (800) 872-0560 Fresh Creative Foods (760) 597-1270 H2O Innovation USA, Inc. DBA Professional Water Technologies (760) 639-4400 HRE Performance Wheels (760) 598-1960 La Costa Silkscreen (760) 410-1500 Leica Biosystems (760) 539-1100 Leidos (858) 826-7312 MacKenzie Aircraft Parts (760) 727-3775 Manufacturing Technologies CA Inc. a.k.a. Eaton Leonard Robolix, Inc. (760) 599-6313

McCain (760) 727-8100 Medental International, Inc. (760) 727-5889 Monster Tool Co. (760) 477-1000 ORBOT (760) 936-8054 Piedmont Pacific (760) 305-7616 Protec Arisawa America, Inc. (760) 599-4800 x107 Solatube International, Inc. (760) 597-4400 TechNiche International (760) 476-0654 The Coromega Company, Inc (760) 599-6088 Watkins Wellness (760) 598-6464 Zodiac Pool Systems, Inc. (800) 822-7933

Marketing Consultants GoBeRewarded (760) 421-8456 Kaleo Marketing (530) 433-6607 StorySetFree (858) 227-9813

Marketing Services Beacons Point Marketing Digital Marketing (949) 280-6482 Puzzle Pieces Marketing (858) 848-6584

Welcome Wagon (714) 655-9721 Welcoming Services San Diego (760) 622-5954

Martial Arts California Karate Academy (760) 522-2091

Massage Melrose Spa (760) 536-3416 Perfect Balance Therapeutic Massage LLC (760) 744-2300 Stone Medical Group (760) 215-4227

Medical Billing NJ Revenue Technologies LLC (909) 908-2525

Medical Centers Vista Community Clinic (760) 631-5000 x 1139

Medical Products Abigail’s Medical Supplies (760) 940-1132

Merchant Services Gravity Payments (760) 855-7281 Matrix Merchant Card Processing (630) 973-6297 Pay Pro Tec (760) 497-6117

Micro Brewery Aztec Brewing Company (800) 706-6324

Barrel Harbor Brewing Company (760) 734-3949 Bear Roots Brewing Company (760) 726-4204 Belching Beaver Brewery (760) 599-5832 Booze Brothers Brewing Co. (760) 295-0217 Indian Joe Brewing (760) 295-3945 Iron Fist Brewing Company (760) 216-6500 Latitude 33 Brewing Company (760) 913-7333 Prohibition Brewing Company (760) 295-3525 prohibitionbrewingcompany. com

Mobile Food Concessions Carl’s Hawaiian Shaved Ice & Food Concessions (951) 652-8966 Finest City Kettlecorn (619) 980-0880

Mortgage Boulton Mortgage & Real Estate Services (760) 945-9924 Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation (760) 859-7449 Fairway Mortgage Company (760) 696-1407 reversemortgagesbymaryregan. com Finance of America Reverse (858) 248-5541 Provident Bank Mortgage (760) 480-1890 x13412

Mortgage Brokers & Lenders GEM Mortgage (760) 631-0004 x103 Leader One Financial (760) 809-1597 Wells Fargo Home Mortgage - TCB (760) 754-6517

Motorcycle North County’s House of Motorcycles (760) 433-4333

Museums Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum (760) 941-1791 Vista Historical Society (760) 630-0444

Music Education Renaissance Institute of Music (760) 434-7466

Newspapers Coast News Group (760) 436-9737 San Diego Union Tribune (760) 529-4800

Nursery Viaspace, Inc. (626) 695-9250

Office Equipment - Sales & Repair Sharp Business Systems (619) 258-1400

Office Space Rental Melrose Law Center (760) 806-4334

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Office-Supplies, Equipment & Furniture GML Office Furniture, Inc (760) 598-3493

Optical Retail Eyeglass World (760) 726-4074

Optometrists Douglas M. Osborne, OD, FAAO (760) 724-2119

Organizations & Clubs ACE International (760) 715-0359 American Cancer Society-California Division Relay for Life (760) 845-7102 Amigos de Vista Lions Club (760) 727-5226 contact.php Assistance League of North Coast (760) 722-2286 Boys & Girls Club of Vista (760) 724-6606 Foundation for Senior Wellbeing (844) 654-4636 thefoundationforseniorwellbeing. org Green Oak Ranch (760) 727-0251 Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank (858) 527-1419 Kainga Music (760) 828-8415 Kiwanis Club of Sunrise Vista (760) 801-7120

MAAC Project Head Start (760) 471-4210 Moonlight Angels Auxiliary (760) 726-7251 Moonlight Cultural Foundation (760) 630-7650 New Haven Youth & Family Services (760) 630-4035 North County African American Women’s Assoc. (760) 978-6534 North County Lifeline (760) 726-4900 North San Diego Young Marines (760) 310-5390 Operation Hope - Vista, Inc. (760) 536-3880 Optimist Club of Vista (760) 598-5907 Palomar College Foundation (760) 744-1150 x2733 Preserve Calavera (760) 724-3887 Pride of Vista Lions Club (760) 726-3640 Rotary Club of El Camino Real (760) 650-2582 San Diego Blood Bank (619) 400-8237 San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau (619) 232-3101 Shadowridge Owners’ Assn/PCM (760) 918-8040

Solutions for Change, Inc. (760) 941-6545 Sons of Norway (760) 726-6526 Soroptimist International of Vista and North County Inland (760) 809-8146 Sustainable Surplus Exchange (888) 780-4416 The Vista Conservancy (760) 758-7710 Vista Pop Warner Football & Cheer (760) 650-2522 The Woman’s Club of Vista GFWC (760) 822-6824 United Way of San Diego County (858) 636-4162 Vista Education Foundation (760) 630-8268 Vista Firefighters Association Vista Hi Noon Rotary (760) 726-4167 Vista Soccer Club (760) 940-8804 Vista Teachers Association (760) 758-2690 Vista Teen Outreach (760) 390-2932 Vista Village Business Association (760) 414-9391 Wellness Champions (760) 990-3637 Women’s Resource Center (760) 757-3500


Physical Therapy


David S. Han, MS, DMD, APC (760) 726-4790 Shadowridge Orthodontics (760) 598-1707

Rancho Physical Therapy (760) 630-2258

Fresh Pac International (760) 439-3968


Professional Services

Cassidy Medical Group (760) 941-9002 Greater Tri Cities IPA Medical Group (760) 941-7309 x140 Minimally Invasive Surgeons of North County (760) 300-3647 Vista Village Pediatrics (760) 439-4839

Tideline Partners LLC (760) 295-9111 Verbal Aikido Pure Communications Mastery (310) 210-1978

Packaging Distributor Ernest Packaging Solutions (760) 477-8000

Packaging Machinery Marburg Industries, Inc. (760) 727-3762

Party Equipment Rentals Allie’s Party Equipment Rental, Inc (760) 591-4314

Payroll Services NetPay Payroll Inc. (760) 277-4490 Paychex (858) 547-2920

Personal Assistant Life Inspired LifeStyle Services (760) 214-7066

Pest Control Services Corky’s Pest Control (800) 901-1102 Orkin (877) 250-1652 vista

Pet Grooming Hairy’s Pet Salon (760) 598-6600

Photography/Studio Randel Berg Photography (951) 541-6932

Plant Rental & Sales EXPO Plant Service, Inc. (760) 477-7863

Plumbing Hanna Plumbing & Supply, Inc (760) 726-2002 Vista Plumbing, Inc. (760) 758-2345

Pre School/Childcare Children’s Paradise (760) 724-5600 Educational Enrichment Systems, Inc. (858) 569-7273

Printing Services Advanced Web Offset, Inc (760) 727-1700 Precision an RR Donnelley Company (760) 727-9400 Ries Printing (760) 724-7331

Propane Lava Propane, LLC (760) 599-4735

Property Management Ambassador Property Management (760) 945-8107 Lawrence Associates (760) 717-3700 Nancy Russell Property Management LLC & Real Estate Sales (760) 639-0601 Silverado Community Management Services, Inc. (760) 407-7575 x105

Publications Marcoa Publishing (619) 309-6510 (760) 696-8270 ZCode Magazines (619) 717-2322

Quilting Fat Quarters Quilt Shop Inc. (760) 758-8308

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Real Estate Coldwell Banker Residential (760) 941-6888 vista/office/vista-village/oid_6042 Cristine Clark & Jamie Gilman Team (760) 500-5189 Green Team Realty (760) 815-4872 Jeff Underdahl & The Dream Home Pros (760) 705-6927 Jennifer Gotteman, Realtor (760) 390-2117 KP Real Estate Investments, Inc. (760) 521-6519 Lund Team Real Estate (760) 438-0800 RE/MAX Regal (760) 539-7995 R-Mac Properties, Inc. (760) 716-1731 Staged Homes Real Estate-Avey (760) 212-7355 The Eisendrath Team at The Real Estate Consultants (760) 815-8009 The Town Square Realty Group (760) 295-7999 Tri-City Realty (760) 732-5800

Real Estate Consultants Howes, Weiler & Associates (760) 929-2288

Real Estate Developers & Developments Atomic Investments (619) 234-7966 Real Estate Inspection Services Red Rock Home Inspections (760) 675-5463

Real Estate-Commercial Lee & Associates Commercial Real Estate (760) 929-9700 Real Estate-Holdings & Management Greene Properties, Inc. (760) 727-6888

Real Estate-Investment/Development Grasshopper Development (858) 204-5438 Shopoff Realty (949) 417-1867 Silvergate Development, Inc. (619) 625-1216 Street Lights Residential (434) 882-2108

Recording Studio Sonic-Rocket Productions (760)695-6444

Recreational Vehicles North County RV & Boat Storage (760) 598-7878

Remodeling - Repairs Guedes Construction Inc. (760) 295-3036 Handyma’am, Inc. (760) 576-4430

Mr. Cabinet Care (714) 961-1900

Restaurants Albertacos Mex Food, Inc (760) 598-6047 Big Jim’s 395 Grill (760) 842-7303 Boba Hut & Deli (760) 224-5848 Chin’s Szechwan Vista (760) 732-3880 Ciao Ristorante Italiano (760) 630-7333 Curbside Cafe (760) 630-2747 Hungry Bear Deli (760) 295-2295 Hunter Steakhouse (760) 433-2633 Jersey Mike’s Subs (760) 631-7827 Lamppost Pizza/Backstreet Brewery (760) 407-7600 Mama’s & Papa’s Pizza Grotto (760) 941-3900 McDonald’s of Vista (760) 724-2728 Nucci’s Pizza, Pasta & Deli (760) 598-1005 Palomar Pizza & Pasta (760) 727-5559 Pepper Tree Frosty (760) 726-0732 Pizza on Tap (760) 630-4105

Rosatis (760) 536-3230 Sizzler Restaurant (760) 726-2000 Slater’s 50/50 (760) 759-2900 Sonic Drive-in (760) 940-9900 Sunrise Cafe (760) 631-2912 Thai One On & Bar Too (760) 643-1688 The Yellow Deli (760) 630-0040 URBN Pizza (760) 724-8840 Vista Icebox Deli (760) 599-8874 Vista Pantry Cafe (760) 414-9803 Vista Village Pub (760) 643-1619 Vista Way Cafe (760) 758-1549é

Retail Metaphor Boutique (760) 587-9146 Twice (760) 415-2952 Walmart (760) 945-7995 World’s Fare Gift Shop (760) 726-4125

Retirement Planning Stifel (760) 804-3424

Roofing & Insulation El Cajon Roofing, Inc. (760) 295-7587 Landmark Roofing, Inc. (760) 216-6105

Roofing & Insulation Schott Roofing, Inc. (760) 630-6450

Safes & Vaults Brown Safe Manufacturing, Inc. (760) 233-2293

Schools, Colleges & Education Bella Mente Montessori Academy (760) 621-8948 Brightwood College (760) 630-1555 California State University San Marcos (760) 750-8700 Diego Valley Public Charter (760) 297-4073 Guajome Park Academy (760) 631-8500 ITT Technical Institute (760) 630-1418 La Fuente Charter Academy (951) 395-2591 North County Trade Tech High School (760) 598-0782 Pacific View Charter School (760) 757-0161

Palomar Community College (760) 744-1150 SIATech Schools (760) 945-1227 Taylion San Diego Academy (760) 295-5564 The Classical Academy Vista (760) 546-0101 Tri-City Christian Schools (760) 630-8227 X215 Vista Adult School/ROP (760) 758-7122 x8099 Vista Unified School District (760) 726-2170

Screenprinting Big Media Prints (760) 505-7098

Security Services & Patrol Oceanside Security Agency (760) 644-2957 Rancho Santa Fe Security Systems, Inc. (760) 942-0688

Senior Services: Alzheimer’s Care Vista Gardens Memory Care Community (760) 295-3900

Senior Services: Assisted Living Rancho Vista Senior Living (760) 941-1480 rancho-vista Rose Garden Senior Living 1-844-320-1497 Silver Oak Country Estates (760) 216-6103

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Vista Village Senior Living (760) 941-3233

Senior Services: Medicare Insurance Got Health Insurance (760) 945-3803

Shipping Post Pack & Ship (760) 630-7225 The UPS Store - Melrose (760) 598-5190

Shopping Centers North County Square (858) 481-0844

Signs Federal Heath (760) 901-7447 ideas Cabrera (760) 941-8492 North Coast Signs (760) 536-5454 Option D Graphics, LLC (760) 936-0515 Rouse Sign & Graphics (760) 726-2070 Sign Art (760) 940-1947 Sign-A-Rama (760) 744-5046 Urgent Signs (760) 598-0100

Skateboard Shop Skate 7 Skateboarding (760) 305-7897

Skatepark Aura Skateboarding Company (760) 542-0232

Skin Care Arbonne International-Le Gree (619) 549-1348 Mary Kay - Margrette Lamkin (760) 521-6416 Skincare by Melissa (760) 716-4110

Solar Energy Equipment & Systems Cosmic Solar (760) 749-1111 Independent Energy Solutions, Inc. (760) 752-9706

Soundproofing SoundAway Corporation (760) 599-3985

Sporting Goods Team Sports of North County (760) 599-9467

Staffing: Temporary & Permanent Eastridge Workforce Solutions (760) 705-3506 FoodServ Staffing (760) 739-7500 Occasions Staffing (760) 439-7500

Storage North Melrose Self Storage (760) 639-6400 Storage West (760) 744-4510

Stor’em Self Storage (760) 727-3470

Surveyors Gold Coast Surveying, Inc (760) 758-7732 Synthetic Lawns/Putting Greens Easy Turf (760) 745-7026

Tax Preparation & Bookkeeping Accounting Value, Inc (760) 295-4256 Bookkeeping Services Plus, Inc. (760) 908-6632 DePauw Johnson, Inc. Tax & Financial Services (760) 941-1763 Kevin Barton Financial Services (760) 643-4137 Melco Business Services (760) 945-1888 Plaza Tax Service (760) 724-7113 Snap Mobile Apps (760) 201-3438 The Tax Gals! (760) 305-8480

Telecommunications AT&T - Corporate (800) 750-2355 T Mobile (760) 631-8474

Theaters Cinepolis Luxury Cinemas (760) 477-1200

Thrift Stores


Water Conditioning

Goodwill Industries (760) 630-0600

San Diego County Water Authority (858) 522-6714 San Diego Gas & Electric Co (800) 411-7343 Vista Irrigation District (760) 597-3100

Bevier Eco Solutions (619) 980-1998 Eco Water Systems of San Diego (760) 754-1960 Rayne Water of North County (760) 724-8603 Water Damage Restoration Roto-Rooter (760) 598-4234

Toilet Rentals Diamond Environmental Services (760) 744-7191 United Site Services (619) 843-2676

Transportation North County Transit District (760) 966-6500 Reach Air Medical Services (442) 245-4015 The Toll Roads - Transportation Corridor Agencies (949) 754-3458 Travel Agencies\Cruises Cruises Inc. (760) 726-2109

Veterans American Legion Post #365 (760) 726-0472 Veterans Association of North County (760) 722-1277 VFW Post #7041 (760) 726-0472 Wounded Warrior Homes (760) 483-3553


Website Design TVK Designs (760) 214-5064

Wholesale Tainong Seeds, Inc (760) 598-2368

Window Coverings Budget Blinds of Vista, Bonsall and Fallbrook (760) 407-2298

B & K Engraving (760) 726-0311 San Dieguito Trophy (760) 431-7674

Aloha Animal Hospital (760) 724-8313 Alta Mira Animal Hospital (760) 726-8918 Mohnacky Animal Hospital of Vista (760) 758-8004 Palomar Animal Hospital (760) 727-7622

Truck Rentals

Waste & Recycling

U-Haul of Oceanside (951) 200-5415 Vista Truck Rentals / Quick Check Smog (760) 940-9831

EDCO (760) 727-1600

2Plank Vineyards, LLC (858) 500-7757 Brooking Vineyards (760) 689-0160 California Fruit Wine Company (858) 522-9463

Water - Bottled

Yoga Studio

Palomar Mountain Premium Spring Water (760) 743-0140

Yoga Branch Vista Village (760) 390-3640 Yoga Munkey (760) 224-3033

Treatment Center Center for Discovery (858) 847-5350

Trophies & Plaques

Uniform Services Cintas (760) 941-8422

Windows Renewal by Andersen (858) 201-4321


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