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Anticipation in Vista

By   /  September 22, 2017  /  Local  /  No Comments

Pat Murphy…Vistans are wondering when they will open. The wait is excruciating for many. Signage promises that it won’t be much longer but just how much longer will it take? Meanwhile many stomachs are grumbling in anticipation. I’m referring, of course, to a bevy of new eateries that are coming to Vista. Wildwood Restaurant, When […]

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Vista Restaurant Celebrates Anniversary

By   /  September 4, 2017  /  Local  /  No Comments

  Pat Murphy….In the last ten years there have been big changes in the Historic downtown area of Vista. New businesses have replaced empty storefronts bringing a welcome vibrancy to Main Street. Murals and sculptures have brought color to the thoroughfares that now teem with pedestrians on most evenings. However, some things never change and […]

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A Farewell to Vista

By   /  June 20, 2017  /  Local  /  5 Comments

A Farewell to Vista It was just a little over 14 years ago that we first came to Vista. We had previously lived in the San Fernando Valley for 39 years and until stumbling over a new development one Sunday while visiting our daughter, we had no idea where Vista was. Our first 10 years […]

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The Sergeant Major’s Big Birthday Bash – Hoo Rah!

By   /  May 5, 2017  /  Local  /  1 Comment

A Very rare and significant birthday took place at the Village Café in Historic downtown Vista. City leaders, Vista’s top Sheriff and Deputies, almost the entire Senior Voluntary Sheriff’s Patrol, Family members, and close friends convened at the restaurant that has been a cornerstone of downtown Vista for 38 years. They all came for the […]

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Vista’s Vintage and Maker Market Brings More Attention To Vista

By   /  May 2, 2017  /  Local  /  No Comments

Danny’s Donuts garnered National attention with their prize winning blueberry donuts. Then Don Hein brought the National spotlight to Vista by winning the televised “Cup Cake Wars “, on two occasions. Several publications have proclaimed that Vista has the most micro-breweries per capita than any other city in America. This past weekend an event took […]

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A Silver Moonlight Event – Moonlight Angels Spring Luncheon

By   /  April 28, 2017  /  Local  /  1 Comment

Pat Murphy…It was a beautiful day in Vista. Warm but not too hot with a steady mild breeze. The Vista Valley Country Club was surrounded by green hills and pink flowers. The parking lot was overflowing onto the main street in this exclusive neighborhood. It wasn’t just because it was a great day for golf. […]

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2017 Miss Pride of Vista Pageant – Changing the Queens

By   /  April 28, 2017  /  Local  /  No Comments

…Not every queen gets to reign as long as Queen Elizabeth of England. Maybe if you spend a year of being “the queen” as long as Aleena Record, Jacky Colon, Elizabeth Perez and Sabrina Zary have been, you wouldn’t want to be the queen for 65 years like Queen Elizabeth has been. These young women […]

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Heroes of Vista – An Evening in Carlsbad

By   /  April 25, 2017  /  Local  /  1 Comment

Hey Vista! Did you feel it? On Friday April 21 at 6 pm there was a rather large decline in the population of Vista. Why would this happen? Well it happened because many Vistans were attending the 6th annual “Heroes of Vista” in the ballroom at the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort. Yes, they were celebrating Vista… […]

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Earth Day Trash Talkers at Earth Day Festival

By   /  April 18, 2017  /  Local  /  No Comments

  Pat Murphy….The Earth Day Festival at Alta Vista Botanical Gardens this year wasn’t at all what I expected. The first thing I noticed was a severe lack of automobiles in the general parking lot that sits just below the entrance to the gardens. I normally wait until the event has been going for an […]

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April 11 Vista City Council Meeting – Ups and Downs

By   /  April 14, 2017  /  Local  /  3 Comments

Another City Council meeting, but a well-attended one, took place on Tuesday April 11. In addition to the normal issues that the City Council members face month to month, this meeting contained some special items that at times put lots of smiles on the audience’s faces. The biggest smile producer was the graduation of 19 […]

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Walking with the Mayor – A Stroll Through Downtown Vista

By   /  April 14, 2017  /  Local  /  1 Comment

Pat Murphy….Back in 1994 and 1995 I had the pleasure of going on a half a dozen bicycle rides with the Mayor of Los Angeles, Richard “Dick” Riordan. Riordan served as Mayor from 1993 to 2001. Riordan, an avid cyclist, believed the rides were a great way to “combine his hobby with a chance to […]

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I really Mead you! – Meading at the Garden

By   /  April 10, 2017  /  Local  /  1 Comment

Ok, I confess, I love puns. However, I’m not responsible for this pun. I heard it from the Small Batch Ramblers who were entertaining at the Mead Festival.  They were playing their blues music on the grassy area next to the big pond at the Alta Vista Botanical Gardens this past Saturday (April 8th). The […]

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Will the face of Vista Politics Change? – Vista City Council

By   /  March 30, 2017  /  Local  /  6 Comments

Pat Murphy….I was shocked to see how few Vistans attended the last City Council meeting. I counted only 56 people in the audience, plus two Sheriff Deputies. At the conclusion of the meeting I was able to discern that 4 observers were actually students attending the Vista City Council meeting for a grade. Over the […]

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Meet the Leaders – A Vista Chamber of Commerce Event

By   /  March 28, 2017  /  Local  /  No Comments

Pat Murphy…The view from the entrance of the Shadowridge Golf Club was breathtaking. The late afternoon sun cast long shadows across the green fairways. Golfers were racing to finish their games before dusk. A gentle breeze floated across the green landscape as the whirl of a scuttling golf cart broke the silence. The entire scene […]

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PLUS at Mission Vista High School

By   /  March 27, 2017  /  Local  /  No Comments

Pat Murphy…Following behind Counselor Angel Chavarin, I was led out of the Counseling and Career offices and onto the campus grounds of Mission Vista High School. We briefly crossed a portion of the yard and I could see that the morning rain had stopped. It was only a short distance to a doorway that Chavarin […]

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THIS TIME ISSA CAME – Town Hall Meeting in Oceanside

By   /  March 14, 2017  /  Local  /  1 Comment

Last month I wrote about Congressman Darrell Issa being a no-show. Billed as an Emergency Town Hall Meeting by organizers, and with a public invitation to Congressman Darrell, his constituents convened at the Jim Porter Recreation Center in Brengle Terrace City Park. The attendees I spoke with told me they just wanted Darrell Issa to […]

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Civil War in Vista – A Photographer’s Paradise

By   /  March 7, 2017  /  Local  /  No Comments

March 4rd and 5th Vista, CA President Abraham Lincoln, General Ulysses Grant, and Marshall Ward Hill Lamon were helping to bring history to life. A cast of hundreds was in Vista to recreate authentic battle scenes and bring the sights and sounds of the Civil War to life. This is an annual event that attracts […]

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The HeART Show – Bringing Love to Vista

By   /  February 28, 2017  /  Local  /  No Comments

Pat Murphy – The Vista Art Foundation had its first pop-up art show of 2017 on Saturday, Feb. 25th. Dubbed, “The HeART Show”, it was held at 517 S. Santa Fe, the former home of Botanica Venus. Botanica Venus was a business with Psychics & Astrologer Consultants on staff. Now empty, the building was made […]

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Table Top Auction at Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum

By   /  February 28, 2017  /  Local  /  No Comments

Pat Murphy – On Saturday (Feb. 25th) the “boys” were at it again. It was auction day at the Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum. It looked like they were selling everything that wasn’t bolted down. Auctioneer Tony Mitchell De Zago was perched on his podium and to his left sat Museum Director Rod Groenewold. […]

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President’s Awards at the AL/VFW Post

By   /  February 27, 2017  /  Local  /  No Comments

Pat Murphy…Someone at the American Legion Post 365 / VFW Post 7041 in Vista receiving an award from the President of the United States is not that unusual of a story. These two Posts that share the building at 1234 S. Santa Fe Ave. are where you find many former military personnel. What about thirteen […]

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