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Southwest Mobile Storage - Best Mobile Storage & Office Containers In Crescenta Valley, 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. Crescenta Valley, 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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NO MATTER YOUR NEED, WE'VE GOT YOUR BACK.

STORE AT YOUR LOCATION

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.

STORE AT OUR LOCATION

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.

CUSTOM STORAGE

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.

LOCAL MOVE

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.

LONG-DISTANCE MOVE

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.

MOVING & STORAGE

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.

OFFICE USE

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.

BUSINESS USE

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

CUSTOM USE

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.
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At our unrivaled 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility, ensuring your custom shipping container is made exactly to your specifications.
With our level of service, quality and expertise, you won't find a better value anywhere else.
Our portable offices include lighting and electrical outlets, internet hookups, HVAC and were crafted by our in-house steel container fabrication experts for top-quality construction.

Premium Quality - High Security

With Southwest Mobile Storage, you get much more than a POD or typical Conex box. You also get high security, unparalleled service and unmatched container modification expertise and facilities. No other company offers that much.

Shipping containers and storage containers come in a range of sizes. The most common external lengths are 20ft and 40ft with a width of 8ft. ISO Containers are typically 8ft 6in tall, but high cube containers are 9ft 6in tall. We also have steel containers in a variety of sizes from 10ft long to 45ft long to rent or buy, and we can modify shipping containers into any size you want.

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SMS Mobile Storage Containers have these high quality features:

1/8" thick steel plate bottom side rails
High strength steel supporting cross members
1 1/8" thick hardwood floor with galvanized self-tapping screws
16-gauge corrugated steel walls
16-gauge roof
270-degree swing cargo door(s)
High security dual-locking system*
Spot-grinded, primed & repainted with a beige high-grade water reducible alkyd direct-to-metal enamel*
* Comes standard on all rental units

SMS portable workspace containers have these structural features:

High security window bars, lever & deadbolt set with lock box
Studs & R-19 Insulation covered with wood paneling
1 1/8" marine board floor is covered with a durable single part gray epoxy coating
Dual pane low-E horizontal sliding windows with screens and miniblinds
18 Gauge steel polystyrene core 3-hour fire rated personnel door
All of our workspaces are refurbished grade or better
Exterior load center operating on 100 Amp single phase 230 Volt power
Light switch, receptacles and 4' light fixtures; all wiring is Romex 12/2
CAT-6 voice and data lines with electrical junction box
HVAC units ranging from 1 ton to 2 ton on rentals; ability to customize up to 10 tons of cooling

Having flexible storage containers options is important, but security is crucial to protect your peace of mind and your possessions.

At Southwest Mobile Storage, we don't believe in leaving things to chance. We want you to rest easy knowing your inventory, documents, tools, equipment and other items are safe 24/7. That is why we equip SMS high-security slide bolt locking systems and lockboxes on our entire fleet of rental freight containers.

EVERY ONE OF OUR MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINERS FOR RENT IN Crescenta Valley, CA, INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY MEASURES:

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.

COMMERCIAL STORAGE CONTAINERS TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY IN Crescenta Valley, CA

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.

 Storage Containers For Rent Crescenta Valley, CA

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.

WHETHER YOUR BUSINESS IS COMMERCIAL, HEALTHCARE, GOVERNMENT OR EDUCATION, OR YOUR INTEREST IS TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY SHIPPING CONTAINERS, SMS HAS YOU COVERED:

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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.

CUSTOM CONTAINERS FOR YOUR HOME IN Crescenta Valley, CA

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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HERE'S WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE US TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY A SHIPPING CONTAINER FOR YOUR HOME:

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 Crescenta Valley, CA, you can save up to 40% when compared to full-service long-distance movers, while gaining more flexibility in your schedule.

MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINERS & PORTABLE OFFICES TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY IN Crescenta Valley, CA

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 Crescenta Valley, 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.

HERE'S HOW WE'VE GOT YOUR BACK:

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.

HOW RENTING A STORAGE CONTAINER AND MOBILE OFFICE WORKS

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.

HOW RENTING A STORAGE CONTAINER AND MOBILE OFFICE WORKS

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DETERMINE DESTINATION

Let our team know where we should deliver your mobile storage container for rent in Crescenta Valley, 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.

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SCHEDULE DATE & TIME

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.

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PREPARE FOR YOUR MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINER DELIVERY

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.

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DELIVERY & SETUP

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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The Memories of Norma Quinn Potter – Part 2

Last week I began a series on the memories of Norma Quinn Potter who moved to the valley as a kid in 1931. She is a charming woman and she was a charming kid. She wrote about her childhood in an essay she titled “It’s All About Me!” and I’m quoting directly from that.We pick up her narrative in 1933. That was a disaster-filled year for the valley. In March the Long Beach Earthquake shook the valley, in November the San Gabriels burned, and the New Year’s Flood punctuated 1933 with an exclamation mark. Nor...

Last week I began a series on the memories of Norma Quinn Potter who moved to the valley as a kid in 1931. She is a charming woman and she was a charming kid. She wrote about her childhood in an essay she titled “It’s All About Me!” and I’m quoting directly from that.

We pick up her narrative in 1933. That was a disaster-filled year for the valley. In March the Long Beach Earthquake shook the valley, in November the San Gabriels burned, and the New Year’s Flood punctuated 1933 with an exclamation mark. Norma wrote about all three events. I’ll insert my comments in [brackets].

Norma writes: “On March 10, 1933 I was roller skating with my friends on the sidewalk up the street when, all of a sudden, we were falling all around and I found myself skating in the grass of my neighbor’s yard. The Long Beach Earthquake had just hit and it was a very damaging one. This was my first memory of a quake, which has since become quite familiar. The humorous side of this was that it caught Mama on the toilet and she couldn’t get off. That part gave us all a good laugh (except Mama).

“Our next move was to a little bit bigger house at 3131 Evelyn [that house is unchanged], which was still in the Lincoln school district. This house was owned by the Olsons who lived right next door. They had two daughters who were both studying to be teachers. At a later date, they both happened to substitute teach my class at Lincoln. That was fun but really hard to remember to call them ‘Miss Olson’ rather than Alice and Mabel.

“In November 1933 we were amazed to see the whole range of the San Gabriel Mountains above us ablaze. It burned for five days and we were so enthralled that we took our meals out in the street so we could watch while we ate.

“It was a whole different reaction when a couple of months later a wall of water came roaring out of those same mountains and devastated the valley with the New Year’s Flood. I have read many accounts of that event but, for me personally at age 10, I seemed to have missed the horror of its strike. I experienced the aftermath of its damage but the full fury of it swirled around us just a block away. [Their house was safe between two flows of the flood.] Mother and Pop were at the American Legion Hall in Glendale for a New Year’s Eve dance. Mama [grandmother] was at home with Jeanne [sister], me and the dog and was faced with the decision whether to wake us or let us sleep. We slept.

“The flood swept through at midnight and we awoke in the morning to the sights and smells that I will never forget. [Norma told me the musty, moldy smell of the mud was overwhelming.] The heavy flooding had missed us by about a block and we were allowed to go survey the damage close to home. I remember looking into houses where the mud was up to the windowsills and everything else was swept away, and cars were buried up to their roofs.

“Mother was the Disaster Relief chairman for the American Legion in Glendale and went right to work in Montrose seeing to the needs of the refugees and the workers. Mother received special recognition for her tireless efforts and it was well deserved.

“My personal discomfort from the flood came when a neighborhood boy threw dirt in my eye, which required a trip to the doctor for removal. Within days after the flood, I broke out with boils, which was attributed to contaminated water. Weekly trips to Dr. Boyer, where I was well-known, was necessary for lancing and ultra-violet treatments. At one time, the nurse counted 100 boils on my back. This continued well into summer before the last one faded away.”

Happy belated birthday Norma! She just turned 99 years old. Next week we’ll hear more from Norma.

Falcon Boys Volleyball Season Ends in CIF-SS Round 2

By Justin HAGERAfter an incredible season in which they finished second in the Pacific League, finished in the top 100 in the State of California, briefly flirted with a top-100 ranking in the United States, and qualified for the CIF-Southern Section playoffs, the CVHS Falcons boys volleyball team’s 2022 run has finally come to an end. The team lost in straight sets to the Thousand Oaks Lancers on Saturday in the second round of the CIF-SS tournament.The Falcons’ road through CIF was a particularly tough draw. The b...

By Justin HAGER

After an incredible season in which they finished second in the Pacific League, finished in the top 100 in the State of California, briefly flirted with a top-100 ranking in the United States, and qualified for the CIF-Southern Section playoffs, the CVHS Falcons boys volleyball team’s 2022 run has finally come to an end. The team lost in straight sets to the Thousand Oaks Lancers on Saturday in the second round of the CIF-SS tournament.

The Falcons’ road through CIF was a particularly tough draw. The boys opened the tournament on the road against the 10-0 Gold Coast League champion Winward Wildcats. The Wildcats entered the game having only lost two sets in League play the entire season. They’d lost more than that to the Falcons, who won the match in straight sets last Thursday, 25-21, 25-23 and 25-17.

Saturday brought the Thousand Oaks Lancers to the gymnasium at CVHS. The Lancers entered the match as the 9-1 champions of the ridiculously overpowered Marmonte League – a League that includes three teams in the top 100 in the United States.

The Falcons came out strong and took a quick 13-8 lead halfway through the first set. But the Lancers came back swinging with a vengeance. Combined with a few unforced errors on serve, the Falcons quickly found themselves outmatched. They went on to lose the match in straight sets 22-25, 12-25, and 20-25.

After the match, hard-hitting senior Evan Boyle, one of six seniors on the team who saw their high school career come to an end on Saturday, said that he was “obviously a little bummed out, but I had a tremendous amount of fun with these guys and we grew closer and closer every day.”

Boyle’s volleyball career will continue as he transitions to playing for the University of California at San Diego.

Coach John Nelson was visibly emotional as he congratulated the Falcons on their hard-fought and highly successful season.

“I am extremely blessed that I got to be a part of this team,” he said. “This is a great team – not just great players, but a great team. It’s the highlight of my day every day to come to practice and work with these guys.”

USC-VHH Unveils New IR Cath Lab

Local hospital now provides immediate help to people in cardiac distress.By Bethany BROWNThe USC Verdugo Hills Hospital held a celebratory opening of its newly developed Interventional Radiology/Cardiac Catheterization Lab (IR Cath Lab) on April 28. The lab had been in construction for just over a year and marks a huge leap in the hospital’s ability to provide immediate help for those suffering with cardiac complications.Cardiac catheterization examines the vessels, valves and chambers of the heart. The IR...

Local hospital now provides immediate help to people in cardiac distress.

By Bethany BROWN

The USC Verdugo Hills Hospital held a celebratory opening of its newly developed Interventional Radiology/Cardiac Catheterization Lab (IR Cath Lab) on April 28. The lab had been in construction for just over a year and marks a huge leap in the hospital’s ability to provide immediate help for those suffering with cardiac complications.

Cardiac catheterization examines the vessels, valves and chambers of the heart. The IR Cath Lab at USC-VHH will be used by cardiovascular surgeons to perform specialized or more invasive surgeries that require simultaneous imaging, like tracing arteries, that will allow doctors to quickly identify internal problems when patients enter the Emergency Room. Previously, patients who had arrived at the hospital with coronary issues that required a more in-depth diagnosis or specialty treatment were transferred to another hospital, which delayed treatment significantly.

“It was a really big celebration; it’s been a few years in the making to finally get to this point,” said Hambik Tankazyan, MD and medical director of the IR Cath Lab. “We’re all proud of this accomplishment and couldn’t be happier that we now have the means to serve our patients in ways that we were not able to before.”

Dr. Tankazyan said the Lab is equipped with leading technology seldom available throughout the country – only about one in every 20 hospitals presently have access to the equipment that USC-VHH now does. Procedures that this equipment allows are the insertion of stents and pacemakers, the opening of blockages within the arteries and using angiography to look at arteries in the legs, abdomen, brain and heart, among many others.

“This technology really is cutting edge,” he said. “Not only is it state of the art, new and incredibly advanced, but we can have people get the care they need in their own community without having to go elsewhere. We can now internally diagnose and treat coronary artery disease and peripheral vascular disease.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 655,000 Americans die from cardiac disease and about 805,000 have a heart attack each year. In Los Angeles County, heart disease is the leading cause of death, and a major cause of disability.

As for who’s at risk, Dr. Tankazyan stressed that the older people get, the higher the risk of cardiac disease is – with people in their 60s and 70s being the ages most at risk. He urged community members to know the signs of cardiac disease, get regular checkups with a primary care physician and adopt a more active and healthier lifestyle so hopefully they will not find themselves in a position of needing an invasive procedure.

“When we think about risk, we think of modifiable risk factors that usually include smoking, diet and exercise,” he said, suggesting cardio like brisk walking to “get the heart pumping a few times a week,” quitting smoking and consuming less red meat and salt. It’s also important to ensure any high blood pressure, high cholesterol and or diabetes are well controlled and monitored.

Ultimately, Dr. Tankazyan said now that the Lab is officially open the goal is to treat more patients in the community by providing the needed procedures and encourage people to recognize just how prominent an issue cardiac disease is in America, take their health seriously and know which risk factors they have and take the steps to control them.

Council Meets for Budget Planning Session 2

By Julie BUTCHERAt a meeting of the Glendale City Council on Tuesday morning, city staff presented detailed financial and programmatic plans for three city departments during the city’s second budget study session.The Community Services and Parks Dept. plans to replace gas-powered handheld equipment with electric equipment; complete the renovation of Fremont Park adding a community center, water play feature, multi-use field and a pickleball court along with new restrooms, playground and picnic shelters; hold four-week se...

By Julie BUTCHER

At a meeting of the Glendale City Council on Tuesday morning, city staff presented detailed financial and programmatic plans for three city departments during the city’s second budget study session.

The Community Services and Parks Dept. plans to replace gas-powered handheld equipment with electric equipment; complete the renovation of Fremont Park adding a community center, water play feature, multi-use field and a pickleball court along with new restrooms, playground and picnic shelters; hold four-week sessions of nature camp at Deukmejian Wilderness Park for 6 – 14 year olds from June 21 through July 15 to “teach children wilderness survival skills and appreciation for nature and animals;” and to conduct a new senior needs assessment.

The overall department budget proposed for FY 2022-23 is $43.6 million with $18.6 million coming from the general fund and additional multiple sources of funding.

The Library, Arts, and Culture Dept. is proposing to increase its overall staffing to 76.81 full-time equivalents (FTE), with 48 of those full-time, to respond to an uptick in demand. With a total budget of $15.3 million, $11.7 million in general funds, the department hopes to complete improvements to the Central Library this year. It also plans on adding an all-electric outreach vehicles to reach non-library users with educational programming at special events, schools and senior living facilities, focusing in South Glendale; hosting a book festival; adding digital resources for youth and adults; and piloting a public library diversity residency program to improve the department’s diversity and to test a new internship-type plan.

“The problem is that someone gets a masters in Library and Information Science but if they’ve never worked in a library, how do they get a job?” department head Dr. Gary Shaffer explained the pilot program to the council. “This would be for someone new to the field. We train them how to be a public librarian; they work here for two to three years and then they can get a job anywhere. It’s common in academic libraries but this would be the first in a public library.”

The third department presenting its budget this week was Community Development, which includes neighborhood services and graffiti removal, building and safety, permitting and licensing; land use oversight; transportation planning; Section 8 housing administration; housing development and inspection; and other related city operations. The department’s proposed annual budget is $91.7 million, with $17.2 million coming from the city’s general fund. The departments hopes to increase staffing from 138.9 FTEs last year to 146.03 this year and plans on focusing on affordable housing; establishing objective design standards; updating the citywide bicycle transportation plan; completing the visioning of the Verdugo Wash project to build a 9.4 linear mile park and nature trail for walking and cycling; rehabilitating Rockhaven by finalizing the visioning for the historic resource and acting to accept the $8 million state grant to fund its restoration, museum and ADA improvements; completing the construction of Artsakh Avenue as a significant art installation; and, finally, implementing the city’s Vision Zero Plan and benchmarks “to eliminate transportation-related fatalities.”

Councilmembers Paula Devine and Dan Brotman emphasized the importance of code enforcement. Brotman also wanted the codes to be updated. Devine wanted to ensure that the outreach associated with the Verdugo Wash project includes local residents.

“They want to have a voice and I want to give them that voice,” she said.

Councilmember Ara Najarian commented on the status of housing legislation passed by the State of California, SB 9 and SB 10.

“Is there a legitimate challenge?” he asked. “Some people are saying that the Glendale council has dropped the ball, that we should be suing over this. Pasadena tried to declare the entire city historic to thwart SB 9; the city of Woodland Hills tried to declare itself a habitat for mountain lions. Are there other cities that are challenging SB 9?”

City attorney Mike Garcia responded, “As you know, last year the council voted to implement SB 9 and we’re working to implement standards that would protect single-family neighborhoods to the greatest extent possible while still complying with the law. There are a few South Bay cities challenging SB 9 and our recommendation would be to develop the standards necessary but that we do not wait for a court decision as it could take years. The state and the attorney general have made it clear that they will vigorously defend SB 9. If the lawsuit is successful, all cities in California will be beneficiaries of that.”

Falcon Lacrosse Closes Season with Top Honors and a Pacific League Championship

By Justin HAGERThe players and coaches on the CVHS girls’ lacrosse team have earned the title of Pacific League champions. With a 14-5 overall record and an undefeated record in League play, the girls are now ranked in the top 200 in the United States and No. 27 in California, according to MaxPreps. And the latest CIF-SS coaches poll put them just outside the top 10 in Division 1/2 receiving the 12th highest number of votes and earning them an almost certain opportunity to play in the CIF-SS playoffs.The girls have played...

By Justin HAGER

The players and coaches on the CVHS girls’ lacrosse team have earned the title of Pacific League champions. With a 14-5 overall record and an undefeated record in League play, the girls are now ranked in the top 200 in the United States and No. 27 in California, according to MaxPreps. And the latest CIF-SS coaches poll put them just outside the top 10 in Division 1/2 receiving the 12th highest number of votes and earning them an almost certain opportunity to play in the CIF-SS playoffs.

The girls have played the entire season as a cohesive and team-oriented squad, which led them to victories over higher ranked opponents including Mira Costa, the No. 4-ranked team in California and the 26th best in the United States. Their cohesiveness and ability to play at a high level across the roster also led them to victories in multi-day tournaments like the Gold Coast Invitational, which they won despite having several standout players unavailable due to injuries and prior commitments.

But their team motto of TOGETHER did not prevent several individual players from also having outstanding seasons. Early in the season a play known simply as “The Catch” saw Brianne Ballard feed younger sister Camden Ballard the ball for a thrilling overtime goal that this reporter is honored to say he saw in person. Brianne Ballard has gone on to have an outstanding season and is in the top-25 players in the United States in assists. Meanwhile, teammate Haylen Molina, an Under Armour All-American, was recently selected to the Under Armour 2023 Top Players in the United States Watchlist.

On the boys’ side of the lacrosse stick, the Falcons also played big and had an outstanding season and a particularly strong finish to the season. The Falcon boys were 15-2 overall, have the best overall record in their League, are ranked No. 4 in CIF-SS Division 3 according to the CIF coaches poll, and No. 2 in the Division according to MaxPreps. They’re also ranked in the top 75 in the State of California. The past 10 days have included a 14-5 Senior Day win over Calabasas’ Viewpoint High School, a 19-3 victory over Royal and an 18-1 win over local rival the Village Christian Crusaders from Sun Valley.

The Senior Day victory was particularly powerful as this year’s group of 13 graduating seniors were the founding inaugural members of the Falcon boys’ lacrosse team four years ago. Coach Nik Soforenko has been with them throughout that time, leading a group of ninth graders who had never played lacrosse before to their senior year where they are legitimate contenders for not only a CIF-SS playoff birth, but also have the opportunity to make a deep playoff run.

Capping the Senior Day festivities was the individual accomplishment of senior goalie Hayden Lunt, who earned his 500th CIF save during the game.

Both squads now await the release of CIF-SS selections and schedules.

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