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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. Granada Hills, CA offers a wide selection of portable offices and mobile storage containers you can rent, buy or modify.

Our experts in container rental, sales and customization are committed to providing you the highest quality and best experience from service to delivery - our reputation depends on it.

Whether your need is for storage, office space, moving, multi-purpose or custom use, we've got your back. Here's how:

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We bring your storage container to you for convenient, easy access at your home, business or jobsite. Plus, you'll get more choice in storage space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of a pod or add on building, saving money and energy.


Not enough room to keep a storage container at your business, home or construction site? No problem - we can store it for you. Plus, you get 70% more space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of public storage units.


Need a permanent storage solution for your business, residence or construction? We sell new and used shipping containers in many sizes with a variety of add-ons. Or customize a container to your specific storage needs with our certified fabrication experts.


Take your time packing with our moving containers. We'll deliver to your business or home and pick it up whenever you're ready to move. So, you don't have to stress about moving or making multiple trips in one day, like if you rented a moving truck.


Our moving container solutions ensure the long-distance move of your home or business is highly efficient and affordable throughout the southwest. In fact, we usually cost 20%-40% less than full-service movers.


We understand move-in and move-out dates might be different. We can store your moving container at our highly secure facilities until you're ready to move to your new home or business location, and you can conveniently access it at any time.


Whether you need a workspace, conference room, or other office requirement, our ground-mounted mobile offices meet any and all of your business needs. Plus, it's faster and easier than building additions.


If you need your shipping container to serve multiple uses, such as office-storage combos, breakrooms and even utilities, we've got you covered. We'll modify a custom container to fit your business needs and bring your business to the next level


We'll create a custom container to fit your unique needs anywhere in the US. With our container modification expertise, we make any idea a reality. From pop-up stores to multi-story structures, our unrivaled facilities and fabrication experts do it all.

You'll get your own dedicated storage and container expert to serve as your one point of contact for easy, convenient service you can trust.
With our wide selection of intermodal containers for sale and rent, you'll find exactly what you need, from size, to type and condition.
We maintain our rental fleet to the highest standard - our integrity depends on it.
Our certified, experienced Conex container modification experts have more than 500 years combined experience modifying ISO containers.
All of our containers come with high security dual-locking system for no additional charge, so you can rest assured your stored items stay safe and that you don't have to pay extra for it.
At our unrivaled 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility, ensuring your custom shipping container is made exactly to your specifications.
With our level of service, quality and expertise, you won't find a better value anywhere else.
Our portable offices include lighting and electrical outlets, internet hookups, HVAC and were crafted by our in-house steel container fabrication experts for top-quality construction.

Premium Quality - High Security

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

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

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SMS Mobile Storage Containers have these high quality features:

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

SMS portable workspace containers have these structural features:

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

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

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


High-security slide-bolt locking system and extra-long lock box, giving you twice the security and peace of mind.
No holes to ensure your rental shipping container is wind and water-tight.
No rust for your safety.
14-gauge corrugated steel for strength and reinforcement.

Contact us to speak with a helpful, friendly representative to better understand our full range of capabilities. We are happy to answer any questions you have, go over pricing and set up a time and place to deliver your Conex box. Our quotes are 100% free and you are under no obligation to pay for your consultation.


When you own a business or manage one, it's crucial to have efficient, affordable ways to store inventory and supplies, whether it's to grow your business or adapt to changes in the market, like the many caused by the pandemic.

Renting storage containers to keep at your business eliminates the cost and hassles of sending your staff to offsite storage facilities. Steel containers with roll up doors make storing and retrieving items faster and easier. Auto repair shops and other businesses that need easy access throughout the workday to secure storage for tools, parts, equipment or supplies find renting shipping containers to be the best solution for their business storage needs. Southwest Mobile Storage has your back.

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Renting portable offices gives your business more workspace, breakrooms, pop up stores, security booths and more, without the cost and red tape associated with constructing building additions. Plus, a steel storage container fits neatly into one parking space and provides much stronger security than Pods and way more convenience than self-storage units.

If you have a specific need, we can modify shipping containers to build whatever you need to grow your business. Whether it's a portable workspace to run your business, like a pop-up container bar, or a durable facility for scientific research, like a container laboratory, or even a container gym, our unrivaled fabrication facility and modification experts got you covered. Our full-time, in-house staff of certified welders, engineers, electricians, carpenters and painters have over 500 years combined experience modifying thousands of container projects for just about any business use you can imagine.


Offsite storage alternatives cause a mess of hassles and headaches. Expanding office space and storage capacity at your location saves time, money and hassle of making multiple trips offsite.
We offer more choice in security, size and features in steel Conex boxes or ISO shipping containers than a public storage unit or Pod for less cost and far greater service.
We offer flexible, month-to-month rental agreements and prorate by the day after your first 28-day billing cycle.
With us, you get a dedicated account manager you can rely on, so you can focus on running your business than waste time with a different person every time you call that doesn't know or care as much.
While other companies may have some staff for modifying containers, most outsource the work, so you don't know who is actually doing the modifications or how much they're marking up the price.
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When you modify a shipping container for your business, you won't have to worry about expensive, lengthy and complicated construction.
We have modified thousands of containers nationwide and internationally for more than 25 years for NASA, US Navy, GCP Applied Technologies, Helix and Sundt to name a few. And rent containers to Amazon, Walmart and many of other nationally recognized brands.
Our extensive staff makes it possible to custom build multiple projects simultaneously and our 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility prevents contaminants from interfering with fabrication, which delivers better quality and precision.


Building additions to your home can be very expensive and requires going through the hassle of securing permits and waiting for construction. You can save money, time and stress by modifying a shipping container instead. Whether you need additional space for a home gym, recreation or storage, we can convert steel containers into anything you can imagine. Our custom container gyms, man-caves or she-sheds, garages and more give you the extra space you need without the hassle, cost and wait that comes with home renovation.

Renting shipping containers for temporary storage, either when moving or dealing with restoration from a fire or flood, provides a secure, convenient way to keep your belongings close for accessing them whenever you need to. Plus, renting mobile storage containers for moving costs less than traditional movers and allows you to take your time packing, reducing the stress that comes from moving. You can also rent portable offices for your home to make working remotely distraction-free.

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With an extensive in-house staff and 90,000 sq ft container modification facility, we're able to deliver consistently high quality and work on multiple projects simultaneously for a fast turnaround.

Other companies don't have the facility, staff or resources to modify shipping containers and will outsource the work to various shops who may not have the special experience or tools needed to modify the right way.

You can rest assured knowing your custom container is safe in our hands. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications through every step of the process.

Renting a moving container from us makes your move much less stressful because you won't have to rush to pack your whole house into a moving truck in one day. Instead, you can take your time packing over the course of a month.

Our ISO shipping containers are weatherproof and come with vault-like security, so you don't have to worry about theft or damage to your belongings.

You won't get that level of security from U-Haul or other moving truck companies.

Renting a storage container at your home keeps your belongings close and gives you convenient 24/7 access, so you're always able to retrieve the contents of your container when you need to.

We know move in and move out dates don't always line up. We can store your packed rental container at our secure facility until your new home is ready.

With our mobile storage containers for rent in Granada Hills, CA, you can save up to 40% when compared to full-service long-distance movers, while gaining more flexibility in your schedule.


We know your needs may change suddenly. With our extensive inventory and variety of sizes of portable offices and shipping containers to rent, buy or modify in Granada Hills, CA, we provide fast service and the best value possible so it's easy for you to get whatever you need when you need it.

Renting storage containers and portable offices from us gives you more flexibility when it comes to your schedule and options. If you don't have enough space at your current location or simply would prefer offsite storage, you can keep your rental storage and office containers at your location or ours - whichever is most convenient for you. You also get more options to choose from when it comes to size and features, like portable offices with divided rooms for private meetings or office/storage combos for storage and office space in one container. All while costing a fraction of the price of a pod or self-storage facility.

You can also buy new or used freight containers from us and choose from a variety of add-ons, including lights, electricity, doors and windows. Or fully customize a shipping container to save time, money and energy by skipping the expensive, lengthy process of constructing building additions. We can modify a Conex box into whatever you can imagine for any use you need, from construction tool cribs to office buildings, monitoring stations, mobile communication towers and much more. The possibilities are endless.


You'll never face hidden fees or surprises with us. We give you transparent billing up front at the best prices.

With us, you get a reliable, dedicated point of contact, who keeps you updated every step of the way. You can rest assured knowing you'll always get what you need, when you need it.

No other company has the breadth and depth of staff and experience that we do when it comes to modifying shipping containers. Our certified welders, engineers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters and painters have more than 500 years of combined experience in fabricating custom steel containers.

We prorate your rent by the day after the first 28-day billing cycle, so you don't have to pay for a full month when you only have your mobile containers and offices for a few days.

While other companies may be able to do small container modifications, most don't have an in-house fabrication staff or 90,000 sq ft fabrication facility like we do. As a result, they outsource the work on your custom container, so you don't know who's actually building it.

Rest assured knowing your modified shipping container will be built to the highest quality standards. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors check every step of the fabrication process to ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications.


Whether you're in need of a storage container for your commercial business, a portable office for your construction site, or a moving container for your home, our process is simple and straightforward.

Choose Your Container

Choose the mobile storage solution that works best for your needs. In this step, you will let us know the number of containers you need, their sizes and what types of doors to equip.

Choose Your Options

Let us know if you would like to add any of our rental options, like a folding table or shelving.

Choose Your Security

Choose from padlocks, puck locks and other enhanced security options. All of our storage containers come standard with dual-locking, vault-like security.

Choose Your Delivery Timeframe

You can expect standard delivery within 3-5 days of your order. If you need expedited delivery, we will do everything in our power to accommodate your needs.

Pick-Up Planning

Do you need to keep your shipping container at our location? Prefer to have our team deliver your packed container to a location of your choice? Let us know, and we'll be by your side to work out the logistics.




Let our team know where we should deliver your mobile storage container for rent in Granada Hills, CA. Be sure to let us know if there are any special conditions that might prevent our drivers from entering your chosen destination. Before you schedule your delivery, let us know which direction you would like the doors of your container to face.



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



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



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


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Latest News in Granada Hills, CA

Proposed mega Home Depot fuels opposition in Granada Hills

Nearly 10 months after the popular Regency Theaters in Granada Hills was acquired by Home Depot, a new plan envisions turn the theater and a dozen shops and restaurants into an imposing mega hardware store.The Atlanta-based home improvement chain bought the Regency Theatre building in October for $37 million. Its plan calls for a 136,000 sq. foot main building and 28,000 sq. ft. garden center at the intersection of Balboa Boulevard and Devonshire Street.The plan quickly drew criticism from surrounding communities concerned abou...

Nearly 10 months after the popular Regency Theaters in Granada Hills was acquired by Home Depot, a new plan envisions turn the theater and a dozen shops and restaurants into an imposing mega hardware store.

The Atlanta-based home improvement chain bought the Regency Theatre building in October for $37 million. Its plan calls for a 136,000 sq. foot main building and 28,000 sq. ft. garden center at the intersection of Balboa Boulevard and Devonshire Street.

The plan quickly drew criticism from surrounding communities concerned about parking, traffic — and the loss of their area’s popular theater and 12 businesses including O.Tofu House & Pankko Tonkatsu restaurant, according to a representative with the Los Angeles Planning Department.

Representatives of Home Deport have filed an application with city planners, disclosing their intent to build a vast store with a garden center at 16830 Devonshire Street that would require demolition of numerous businesses in the northeast part of the shopping center. A total of 456 parking spaces are planned, and 33 bicycle spaces, according to documents filed with the city.

Dave Beauvais, former president of the Granada Hills South Neighborhood Council, said the reason some neighbors and business owners are upset is because the concept moved forward without enough neighborhood input.

“It appears it’s just a done deal without any input from the community,” he said. “That’s the biggest problem.”

He said the shopping center, home to a supermarket, restaurants, a bank, the movie theater and many other businesses, was “a lousy place to put a big hardware store.”

“My concerns would be, is it a good fit in that shopping center?” he said. “You’re replacing a bunch of small retail stores and the theater — where most of the traffic was (going) on evenings and weekends — with a huge 140,000 sq. foot store. It’s going to draw traffic from all over the north Valley,” he said.

The new store would be nearly twice as large as the theater’s footprint. An owner of a building adjacent to Regency Theaters declined to comment, but said he’d already hired a lawyer to sue Home Depot. Representatives of Home Depot didn’t immediately return requests for comment.

Granada Hills resident Linda Williamson said, “There’s a variety of businesses which serve a variety of purposes and I am not delighted about a single business replacing this variety.”

She added that building a massive hardware store would not serve the community’s needs and would be “a significant change to the character of the neighborhood.”

“A community is a diverse group of people with a diverse group of needs,” Williamson said. “That’s why there’s a diverse group of businesses there, to serve them. And for Home Depot corporation — it feels like they’re just coming in and saying: ‘No, no, no, all you need is one giant hardware store.’”

She added that demolishing the popular theater and shops would clearly lead to the loss of “a good family-friendly activity.”

Michael Benedetto, president of the Granada Hills South Neighborhood Council, said the new project would displace businesses that “Granada Hills has come to know and love.” Ralphs and AutoZone, which are located on a separate parcel, would remain, according to the city planning department.

He added that the neighborhood council’s position on the project is neutral, but “this has been a tremendous community concern. We get a lot of emails from a lot of different people.”

He said that although residents had “mixed feelings” about the mega Home Depot, nearly 80% of them opposed it, especially due to the loss of the beloved Regency Theaters, which has been showing films in Granada Hills for more than 25 years.

The neighborhood council will have a town hall in the next few weeks with representatives from Home Depot and the city planning department who will answer questions and share their plans for the new store.

Stanley cousins lift Granada Hills to season-opening shutout over Arleta

For just one play, things were perfect, and Arleta coach Bill Coan pumped his fistDijon Stanley caught the opening kickoff, met a wall of Arleta defenders, attempted to shake and bake and backtrack all the way to the opposite sideline — and tripped flat on his face.“Yes!” Coan said with an exaggerated grin. “The grass got him!”It was a sigh of relief that at least something could bring down Stanley, a 6-foot-1 Granada Hills senior running back. It was a bit of déjà vu — A...

For just one play, things were perfect, and Arleta coach Bill Coan pumped his fist

Dijon Stanley caught the opening kickoff, met a wall of Arleta defenders, attempted to shake and bake and backtrack all the way to the opposite sideline — and tripped flat on his face.

“Yes!” Coan said with an exaggerated grin. “The grass got him!”

It was a sigh of relief that at least something could bring down Stanley, a 6-foot-1 Granada Hills senior running back. It was a bit of déjà vu — Arleta trying to stop Stanley in its first game of the season for the second year in a row, getting drubbed by Granada Hills in 2021. Perhaps with that fluke first play, things would be different this time.

Never mind.

On Granada Hills’ first play from scrimmage, Stanley broke straight through the middle for a 56-yard touchdown run. And nobody found an answer to slow him or other Granada Hills backs in a 54-0 rout Friday afternoon.

Cousins Darrell (left) and Dijon Stanley of Granada Hills Charter on finally playing on the same team together. Darrell with two scores today, Dijon with three TDs. That last thing Dijon says on the fist-bump (hard to hear) is “Stanley-Stanley power.”

— Luca Evans (@bylucaevans) August 20, 2022

“Y’all see that?” one player on Arleta’s sideline said, turning to the crowd behind him.

In fairness, it was difficult to keep track of Stanley. Blink for a moment and he was bursting through the line of scrimmage for another long run. With Granada Hills leading 42-0, he fielded a third-quarter punt and whizzed down the sideline, shedding a defender for a 70-yard touchdown return.

Granada Hills’ Dijon Stanley blasts off AGAIN. 47-yard TD down right sideline in second quarter here v. Arleta. It’s 34-0 with 9 minutes left in half — Stanley already has 152 yards, 2 TDs. Can’t stop him.

— Luca Evans (@bylucaevans) August 19, 2022

“I don’t know how we’re going to stop that back,” Coan had said Friday morning.

His plan was to try to keep Stanley from breaking to the outside, and stack defenders at the line of scrimmage.

It simply didn’t work. Then again, not much has worked in trying to contain him during his career. The Utah commit finished with more than 170 yards in only eight carries and scored three touchdowns.

“The bigger the moment,” Granada Hills coach Bucky Brooks said, “the more he’s able to dig down deep and pull out his best performances.”

It wasn’t just Stanley, though mostly it was. Another Stanley emerged as a potential standout for Granada Hills. Dijon’s cousin, Darrell, is a slightly shorter sophomore who sports the same wiry frame and slithery speed. Brooks was adamant that Granada Hills’ double-wing offense wasn’t just a one-man show, and Darrell proved that with nearly 130 yards rushing and a pair of scores.

There’s Dijon Stanley’s cousin Darrell with a massive TD run. Sophomore — Granada Hills has family ties in a pair of extremely dangerous runners.

— Luca Evans (@bylucaevans) August 19, 2022

The cousins had never played on the same team, but now, they’re finally trading touches in the same backfield. City Section beware.

“Show that Stanley-Stanley power,” Dijon said postgame, fist-bumping Darrell.


School will compete in Nationals in late April, seeking repeat U.S. victoryGRANADA HILLS, Calif., March 22, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- The Academic Decathlon team from Granada Hills Charter (GHC) captured the California State Title for the third straight year as the competition once again took place virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic. Cont...

School will compete in Nationals in late April, seeking repeat U.S. victory

GRANADA HILLS, Calif., March 22, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- The Academic Decathlon team from Granada Hills Charter (GHC) captured the California State Title for the third straight year as the competition once again took place virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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The team next heads to the National competition, which runs from April 20-22, with the winners announced during an awards ceremony on Saturday, April 23. GHC will be vying for its record ninth U.S. title, as well as its second straight. The National Academic Decathlon was canceled in 2020; GHC also won in 2019. The National competition, like the state, will take place virtually.

"I'm incredibly proud of how all the members of our team pulled together throughout the year, supported one another and made what is a challenging process one they all could enjoy and truly benefit from," said Head Coach, Tyler Lee. "Although the competition was virtual, we were able to practice together, building the comradery and cohesiveness that is one of the most important elements of the experience. I want everyone to enjoy this moment – and then begin to get ready for the National competition."

GHC totaled 51,949.5 points to capture the State title.

The School's nine-member team included: Zainab Al-Atya, Lily Fairbank-Bermejo, Vivian Le, Vanessa Miller, Kira Pospeshil, Matthew Salce, Colby Sapera, Garrett Scott, Mason Wong.

"I've been fortunate to know our dedicated and determined Academic Decathlon teams over the years, and I'm always so impressed by how they pull together as a team and bring the best out of each other," said Brian Bauer, Executive Director of GHC. "It also is incredible how much they learn during the year and how well they prepare themselves to present such a wide range of information in such a rigorous environment. Everyone at GHC is extremely proud of the work they do and commitment they make, and we all will be pulling for them next month at the U.S. competition."

The theme for this year's competition is one familiar to all students in California – Water: A Most Essential Resource.

The Academic Decathlon involves 10 events revolving around a central topic in seven subject areas: science, literature, art, music, social science, economics and mathematics. The competition includes multiple-choice exams in each subject, as well as essays and speeches. It culminates with a fast-paced Super Quiz relay. As part of the competition, each school enters a field of students from the following GPA categories, - "A" students (honors), - "B" students (scholastic), and - "C or below" (varsity).

"This year's theme has additional meaning and relevance to our students, who like everyone across Southern California have seen the effects of the drought on so many aspects of our lives," Lee said. "It was a real chance for them to learn and think deeply about this issue that impacts us all from the different perspectives the competition offers."

Named by the California Department of Education (CDE) as a California Distinguished School based on its outstanding student outcomes, Granada Hills Charter (GHC) is the largest public charter school in the nation and is located in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles County. As a fiscally independent conversion charter, the School has a student enrollment of more than 5,800 walking the breezeways on two sites, the Zelzah high school campus and the Devonshire TK-8 campus. Serving students in grades transitional kindergarten through 12 (TK-12), the School has an annual waitlist of 4,000+ hopeful students seeking the excellent and diverse curricular, extracurricular, and athletic opportunities of a vibrant comprehensive school. GHC's student population is one of the most diverse, with more than 40 languages other than English spoken at home and over 60 nationalities represented. Nearly 50% of students are eligible for the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program. As a 501c3 non-profit benefit corporation, the School's Governing Board is the legal entity overseeing all school policy and its $60 million operating budget. GHC is ranked "#1 Best Public Elementary School in California," "#1 Best Charter Middle School in California" and "#1 Best Charter High School in Los Angeles County" by in the 2021 Best Schools rankings.

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‘I’m a national champion!’ Granada Hills Charter wins U.S. Academic Decathlon for ninth time

After months of studying, the Academic Decathlon team at Granada Hills Charter awaited its fate.The defending champions entered the 2022 national competition in second place but knew they had a good chance of repeating their success.But shock still prevailed Saturday with the countdown to the first-place winners and, finally, the announcement that the San Fernando Valley high schoo...

After months of studying, the Academic Decathlon team at Granada Hills Charter awaited its fate.

The defending champions entered the 2022 national competition in second place but knew they had a good chance of repeating their success.

But shock still prevailed Saturday with the countdown to the first-place winners and, finally, the announcement that the San Fernando Valley high school had won the title for the ninth time.

“I’m a national champion!” Lily Fairbank-Bermejo, 17, told co-workers Sunday morning when she walked into work at the local coffee shop.

Nine students — Lily Fairbank-Bermejo, Zainab Al-Atya, Vivian Le, Vanessa Miller, Kira Pospeshil, Matthew Salcedo, Colby Sapera, Garrett Scott and Mason Wong — represented the school in the competition. Two others — Anthony Mercado and Elyssa Nguyen — were alternates on the team coached by Tyler Lee and Amy Contreras.

Lee said that the team, winnowed down from a pool of more than 30 students, had spent “many, many hours” studying after school and during “Saturday scrimmages” to prepare for the rigorous battle.

“Seeing students who can ... commit to something, stick to it and put everything they have into it — mentally, emotionally and really work together — it’s indescribable,” said Lee, a history teacher who started at Granada Hills this past school year. He believes that the school’s strong support of the program is what has contributed to its ongoing success.

“Most sports programs are two or three months long,” Lee said. “Decathlon is almost the entire year, so it’s exhausting for them and I know it. But this group of kids really just kept going. They worked together, they lifted each other up.”

The Decathlon involves 10 competitions that revolve around a single theme in seven subject areas: math, science, economics, literature, art, music and social science. Each student takes 50-question multiple-choice tests back to back, Lee said.

This year’s theme was “California Water: A Most Essential Resource.” Pospeshil, a senior and a first-timer in the competition, said that the theme itself comes at a time when California is in a multi-year drought and is what compelled her to try out for the team — the topic was one she cared about.

This year’s three-day competition was held virtually over Zoom. The students gathered each day in their school’s auditorium and returned Saturday morning to watch the awards ceremony together.

Al-Atya, the nine-person team’s sole sophomore who was the highest-ranking student in the entire competition, said she celebrated first by taking time to rest.

“I just went home and went to sleep because I think after all this studying and this long school year, I really just needed a break,” said Al-Atya, 15, a first-timer on the team who also entered the campus for the first time this year since the pandemic shut its doors.

Pospeshil, 18, didn’t have much time to process the win before she had to run home to get ready for prom. At the dance, she celebrated with friends who showered her with congratulations.

The outcome of the competition won’t make a difference to her college prospects — she’s headed to MIT in the fall to study computer science. But it has already boosted her confidence.

“There’s a tendency to feel like you’re not enough or maybe it’s a fluke or you can’t keep up, and having a national championship under my belt is definitely reassuring. I’m excited to go into college with this win,” Pospeshil said.

Fairbank-Bermejo, a junior who also joined the team for the first time, echoed the sentiment.

“I’ve always had a lot of self-doubt before, but then it’s like I know the work I put into something, I know what I accomplished and it’s been very beneficial in that aspect,” she said, “but i also think it will be helpful for my future, not just in terms of whatever colleges I go to but also just how I carry myself.”

The school is planning a pep rally to celebrate the students’ win.

Granada Hills homeowner sued by LA County for hoarding

Los Angeles County has filed a public nuisance complaint against a homeowner due to a hoarding issue that has plagued neighbors for years.CBS first reported on story back in November, which neighbors say helped with a temporary solution. But in a few month's time the trash seemed to reappear as if it had never left.Neighbors in the surrounding area have complained about the ho...

Los Angeles County has filed a public nuisance complaint against a homeowner due to a hoarding issue that has plagued neighbors for years.

CBS first reported on story back in November, which neighbors say helped with a temporary solution. But in a few month's time the trash seemed to reappear as if it had never left.

Neighbors in the surrounding area have complained about the home for years, dating back to 2018, filing complaints and seeking court orders for the removal of the junk filling the yard of the home located in the 16500 block of Bircher Street.

In November, the city of Los Angeles sent workers to clear more than 20,000 pounds of trash from the front yard, a large amount of which people state has returned to the property. The cleanup, authorized by Councilman John Lee, cost $12,000 worth of public funds.

Now, nearly a year later, the home appears to be much clearer upon visit from CBS reporters, however, LA County officials and neighbors state that's far from the truth.

"I saw the change as soon as that report came out," said Tina Alleguez, a woman living in the area with her family, who said it never lasts for long. "They clean it up just enough, to make it look better for the inspection."

LA County has called the home an "incessant source of public nuisance," filing the lawsuit against both the woman who owns the property and her adult son. It goes on to say that the property harbors rodents and roaches, and apart from being an eyesore, is also an "excessive and constant noise disturbance," with constant "loitering, trespass, damage to personal property, violence and threatening behavior" amongst other issues brought to light.

On top of that, the lawsuit, which references CBS' coverage and utilizes drone footage of the home from 2021, alleges that the residents have subjected their neighbors to "public nuisance conditions that have endangered the residents' health, property, safety and welfare, and have substantially and unreasonably interfered with the residents' comfortable enjoyment of life and property."

Alleguez said she won't let her teenage daughter ride her bike down to the street "just because of the undesirable people that hang out there."

Residents are pleased to hear about the pending lawsuit, but are rightfully apprehensive in believing true change will come.

"Guarded enthusiasm and hope," said James Eric, who also lives nearby. "This wouldn't be the first time we were teased with some sort of solution."

Experts believe the lawsuit will send the home into a receivership.

"The property pays its own cost to repair. What that means is the court will approve a lien on the property to cover the hard costs, like a contractor or a clean out crew," said Mark Adams with California Receivership Group, who said the suit is interesting in the fact that while the property falls within LA City limits, it was the county that took action. "The City of Los Angeles has a miserable enforcement record. There are properties like this all over the City of Los Angeles that should be taken care of and aren't."

A spokesperson with the LA City Attorney's office told CBS, "The City worked closely and supportively with the County in bringing the lawsuit. Because a single lawsuit is sufficient to address this situation, there was no need for the City to join or file a separate action."


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