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Southwest Mobile Storage - Best Mobile Storage & Office Containers In Granada Hills, 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. 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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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 Granada Hills, 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 Granada Hills, 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 Granada Hills, 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 Granada Hills, 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 Granada Hills, 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 Granada Hills, 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 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.

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 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.

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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.

HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT MOBILE CONTAINERS TO Rent, Buy OR Modify IN Granada Hills, CA?

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Latest News in Granada Hills, CA

Water Restrictions Ordered In Los Angeles Amid Declared Shortage

A big cut in water use is needed to prevent officials from implementing even more stringent measures to mitigate the drought. What to know.LOS ANGELES -- Six million residents in Southern California will face water restrictions next month after water officials declared a severe shortage emergency amid the state's worsening drought.Residents across dozens of Southland cities — including Los Angeles— will fall under such restrictions as the region continued to experience severely limited water supplies, according to...

A big cut in water use is needed to prevent officials from implementing even more stringent measures to mitigate the drought. What to know.

LOS ANGELES -- Six million residents in Southern California will face water restrictions next month after water officials declared a severe shortage emergency amid the state's worsening drought.

Residents across dozens of Southland cities — including Los Angeles— will fall under such restrictions as the region continued to experience severely limited water supplies, according to the Metropolitan Water District.

Starting June 1, outdoor watering will be cut to just one day a week in L.A., according to water officials. As a result, yellow and brown lawns were expected to be the norm this summer.

Although attempting to use less water in households will help, officials have identified outdoor watering as one of the biggest uses of water contributing to worsening drought conditions.

Residents were urged to make changes to save water, such as removing lawns and replacing them with native plants that require less irrigation.

"We cannot afford green lawns," MWD General Manager Adel Hagekhalil said.

MWD member water agencies that fail to enforce the new rules will face fines of up to $2,000 per acre-foot of water supplied by the MWD that exceeds monthly allocation limits.

Member agencies will also be responsible for determining which days watering will be allowed for their customers. Individual agencies can also opt to meet a reduced limit on the overall amount of water they use instead of enforcing the one-day watering rule. If the agencies exceed the limit, they will face the same fines.

It's an unprecedented move for the Southland's largest water supplier, and it signals a shift to more aggressive conservation measures across Southern California.

The average potable water use across the MWD's service area amounts to 125 gallons per day. In comparison, customers of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power use about 111 gallons per person per day, Ellen Cheng, a spokesperson for the department, told the Los Angeles Times.

Water customers will need to slash water use by 30 percent to make a difference and to combat drought conditions "unlike anything we've experienced before," the MWD said.

The following cities, neighborhoods and locations will be affected by the new water restrictions, according to the MWD.Agoura Hills.Arcadia.Avocado Heights.Azusa.Baldwin Park.Bassett.Bradbury.Calabasas.Camarillo.Canoga Park.Chatsworth.Chino.Chino Hills.City of Industry.Claremont.Covina.Culver City.Duarte.El Monte.Encino.Fontana.Granada Hills.Hacienda Heights.Irwindale.La Puente.La Verne.Los Angeles.Mission Hills.Monrovia.Montclair.Moorpark.Newbury Park.North Hills.North Hollywood.North Whittier.Northridge.Oak Park.Ontario.Oxnard.Pacific Palisades.Pacoima.Panorama City.Playa del Rey.Playa Vista.Point Mugu Naval Air Warfare Center.Port Hueneme.Naval Construction Battalion Center Port HuenemePorter Ranch.Rancho Cucamonga.Reseda.Rialto.Rosemead.San Gabriel.Sherman Oaks.Simi Valley.Somis.South El Monte.South Pasadena.Spy Glass Hill.Studio City.Sun Valley.Sunland.Sylmar.Tarzana.Temple City.Thousand Oaks.Tujunga.Universal City.Upland.Valinda.Valley Village.Van Nuys.Venice.West Covina.West Hills.West Hollywood.Westlake Village.Whittier.Winnetka.Woodland Hills.

"We have to make these finite supplies last the entire year," Hagekhalil said in a statement Tuesday. "If we don't cut back now, we could be limited to providing only enough water to meet health and human safety needs in these communities."

The new rules will affect residents in areas that rely on the State Water Project. Because of the drought, the state has cut water project deliveries to just 5 percent of requested allocations. The State Water Project typically provides 30 percent of the water used in Southern California.

The watering restrictions will take effect June 1. MWD officials warned that if the rules don't result in sufficient water savings, additional restrictions are possible, including a complete ban on "all nonessential outdoor irrigation."

More restrictions could be imposed as early as Sept. 1.

All of the Southland and 92 percent of the state was under severe drought, according to the National Integrated Drought System. Such conditions have the potential to lengthen and intensify fire season as fuels continue to dry out. Severe drought can also stress trees, trigger plants to increase reproductive mechanisms and increase diseases among wildlife.

"This is a crisis unlike anything that we've seen before," MWD Executive Officer Deven Upadhyay said. "We really only have a little more than half of the water that we need to be able to make it through the summertime and into the end of the year under normal demands, and that's why normal will not work."

The watering restrictions will also affect at least some customers served by the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District, Inland Empire Utilities Agency, Calleguas Municipal Water District and Three Valleys Municipal Water District.

Gov. Gavin Newsom last month directed the MWD and other water suppliers statewide to ramp up conservation efforts by advancing water-shortage contingency plans.

The MWD offers a rebate of $2 per square foot for people who replace their grass lawns with water-efficient landscaping. Rebates were also available from other local water agencies.The rebate program helped remove 200 million square feet of grass, which saved enough water to provide about 62,000 homes with water each year, officials said.

During the state's annual April 1 Sierra Nevada snowpack survey, officials found that levels were just 38 percent of average. As of Friday, the state had received 15.63 inches of rain, 75 percent of the historical average, according to California Water Watch.

Coupled with Newsom's January emergency drought declaration, that means another summer of water restrictions.

Despite the healthy amount of snow and rain that fell on Northern California last month, the state remained in a drought.

State emergency regulations directed residents to do the following:Turn off decorative water fountains.Turn off or pause irrigation systems when it's raining and for two days after rain.Use an automatic shut-off nozzle on water hoses.Use a broom, not water, to clean sidewalks and driveways.Give trees just the water they need. Avoid overwatering.

City News Service contributed to this report.

Mother's Day 2022 Brunch: Reserve Now In Northridge-Chatsworth

Tons of local restaurants and chains will have special deals and events to help Northridge and Chatsworth residents celebrate Mother's Day.NORTHRIDGE, CA — Mother's Day on Sunday, May 8, is still a few weeks away, but if you plan to treat your mother to brunch or dinner out, reservations may fill up quickly in Northridge and Chatsworth as the nation approaches the most normal celebration of moms since the COVID-19 pandemic began.Local restaurants in Northridge and Chatsworth have taken a financial hit during the pandemi...

Tons of local restaurants and chains will have special deals and events to help Northridge and Chatsworth residents celebrate Mother's Day.

NORTHRIDGE, CA — Mother's Day on Sunday, May 8, is still a few weeks away, but if you plan to treat your mother to brunch or dinner out, reservations may fill up quickly in Northridge and Chatsworth as the nation approaches the most normal celebration of moms since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Local restaurants in Northridge and Chatsworth have taken a financial hit during the pandemic and could use the business. Some are closed so their employees can support their own mothers or be pampered by their children, but here are some options:

If you're looking for something else, check OpenTable for restaurants in your area taking reservations for Mother's Day.

Several chain restaurants and other eateries are open for Mother's Day this year, and some are offering specials.

Below are a few options to get you started, featuring everything from casual to fine dining. As always, it's advisable to call ahead to make sure the restaurants in Northridge and Chatsworth are participating and to inquire about any COVID-19 restrictions or limitations.

Applebee's is adding a $10 bonus card to the purchase of a $50 gift card for Mother's Day and other special occasions, including graduations and Father's Day.

Bonefish Grill is open for dine-in and carryout meals on Mother's Day. Its "Family Bundles" meals include salad, fresh bread and pesto, and house-baked cookies

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar opens early at 11 a.m. on both May 7 and 8 with its Mother's Day 3-Course Menu featuring a hand-cut filet mignon and pairing of the diner's choice.

Fogo de Chão Brazilian steakhouse is offering a ready-to-reheat Mother's Day Celebration Package that feeds six and features a choice of fire-roasted meats, sides and dessert. Meals should be ordered at least 24 hours in advance and are available all day May 7, and until 10:30 a.m. May 8.

Morton's, The Steakhouse is accepting reservations for Mother's Day, and also will bring the meal to Mom in select locations.

Ruth's Chris Steakhouse is offering its prix fixe Mother's Day meal, including a starter, entrée, side and dessert, from May 6-8.

LA bakery brings a taste of the Philippines to Angelenos

Sweet, flaky and oozing with flavor, hopia is a cake-like pastry that has baked itself into a fan favorite within the realm of Filipino cuisine. Similar to lumpia, a spring roll typically filled with pork and mixed vegetables, hopia has garnered popularity as a Filipino comfort food staple.Since 2015, Hopia Like It has served the Los Angeles community with a mix of authenti...

Sweet, flaky and oozing with flavor, hopia is a cake-like pastry that has baked itself into a fan favorite within the realm of Filipino cuisine. Similar to lumpia, a spring roll typically filled with pork and mixed vegetables, hopia has garnered popularity as a Filipino comfort food staple.

Since 2015, Hopia Like It has served the Los Angeles community with a mix of authentic recipes and unique renditions of Filipino cuisine. Standing out the most from their menu is their freshly-baked hopia, hence the bakery’s name.

Their diverse array of flavors ranges from the classic mung bean and ube hopia to the more experimental fillings of Nutella and apple cinnamon. Regardless of what type of hopia is munched on, Hopia Like It serves patrons an edible bite of nostalgia, particularly for those who grew up in the Philippines.

“We hear from our customers all the time that they’re just happy to have a recipe that does remind them of home,” said James Mercado, Hopia Like It’s creative director. “They’ve tried other recipes that might be elsewhere, but it isn’t until they try our hopia that they’re like, ‘You know what, this actually reminds me of the Philippines.’”

Hopia Like It seeks to introduce authentic Filipino food to anyone curious to try it out, especially younger generations of Filipinos who may not have grown up eating the food of their culture.

Considering that an estimated 48% of Americans have never tried Filipino food, according to a study on ethnic cuisines conducted by YouGov, establishments like Hopia Like It may help expose more people to the wonders of Filipino food.

Even people outside of Los Angeles can get their fix of hopia and try other Filipino pastries with the bakery’s online ordering options.

“I think that’s one of the spaces that we really wanted to tap into is at least being able to provide a place online, and even in-store, for Filipinos and non-Filipinos to learn about our culture,” Mercado said.

In addition to their specialty pastry, Hopia Like It offers a variety of popular Filipino dishes, including pancit malabon (stir-fried noodles), lechon kawali (deep-fried pork belly) and lumpia.

Before becoming Hopia Like It, the bakery took on a different form as a Panorama City restaurant when Kalesa Grill opened up in 1998. Owned and operated by James’ parents, Anette and Gerry Mercado, Kalesa Grill had its humble beginnings as a home away from home for Filipinos to eat foods that would usually be available only in the Philippines. With half of California’s Filipino American population residing in Los Angeles, an estimated 506,000, the San Fernando Valley’s presence of Hopia Like It has helped bake up an accessible taste of Filipino sweets.

“When [my parents] started it out, it was because they really felt like there was a lack of proper representation of Filipino food. There were other Filipino restaurants in the area, but they kind of felt like they had their own spin to it that they’d be able to capitalize on,” Mercado said.

Kalesa Grill later evolved into Bistro Kalesa, a fine dining restaurant that carved itself out as a community venue where patrons could sing their hearts out on karaoke night and people could enjoy live performances of Filipino artists.

“I was only like 9 [or] 10 years old, but I do remember seeing a lot of events coming through and just the Filipino culture was crazy because for me growing up American, it was like, the Filipinos are coming through, but I don’t know who these artists necessarily are,” Mercado said.

While he was too young to recognize who the musicians were, he sensed that the restaurant and its events held a degree of significance for the San Fernando Valley’s Filipino community.

“Seeing everyone come through showed how popular or at least how important it was to have these Filipino artists come to the restaurant and just represent themselves there,” Mercado said.

Bistro Kalesa eventually shut its doors in 2007. However, the business was resurrected in 2015 — this time as the original Kalesa Grill. The difference is that a bakery was implemented as an extension to the restaurant as Anette developed a passion for baking pastries, such as hopia.

After seeing success as a companion bakery that shared space with Kalesa Grill, Hopia Like It added another location when its first stand-alone establishment opened up in Granada Hills in 2018.

“Granada Hills is still getting used to a Filipino bakery being there. But we’re starting to get a lot more traffic that isn’t Filipino and it’s starting to grow a little bit more into just outside of that Filipino community for sure,” Mercado said.

Boras Classic: Zach Brown provides drama with walk-off home run for Villa Park

The first game of the 16-team, four-day Boras Classic on Tuesday produced the kind of drama and excitement you’d expect from a tournament loaded with outstanding teams and elite players.Villa Park and Servite went into the ninth inning tied 4-4. Servite had the bases loaded in the top of the ninth with none out but couldn’t score. Then junior Zach Brown ended the game with two outs in the bottom of the ninth w...

The first game of the 16-team, four-day Boras Classic on Tuesday produced the kind of drama and excitement you’d expect from a tournament loaded with outstanding teams and elite players.

Villa Park and Servite went into the ninth inning tied 4-4. Servite had the bases loaded in the top of the ninth with none out but couldn’t score. Then junior Zach Brown ended the game with two outs in the bottom of the ninth with a walk-off home run for a 5-4 Villa Park win at Mater Dei High. It was his first home run of the season.

Brown comes from a family known for coming through in sports. Oldest brother Dillon was a standout at Foothill, played at Cal State Fullerton and is now a JV pitching coach at Orange Lutheran while finishing his master’s degree. Brother Tommy was an offensive lineman at Mater Dei, Alabama and now Colorado. And his father, Vince, is athletic director at Orange Lutheran.

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Vince was watching Monday’s game but had scheduled an appointment for noon thinking high school games end in less than three hours. He went to his appointment after the game entered extra innings.

“I missed the home run,” he said.

Vince Brown, the father of Dillon, Tommy and Zach, said during COVID-19 they all happened to be home. And since they love buffets, there were no buffets. "It was a nightmare. I needed to get them out of my house."

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He knew something was going on when his watch started “blowing up” with text messages.

“It was nice to see him get one out of the ballpark,” Vince said. “Being the young pup and following his brothers, it’s nice for him. He’s created his own path at Villa Park.”

Villa Park will play Huntington Beach in the quarterfinals on Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Mater Dei. Huntington Beach got a walk-off single from Antonio Ventimiglia in the seventh inning for a 3-2 win over Yucaipa. Ben Jacobs struck out 10 in six innings.

JSerra rallied from a 2-0 deficit to defeat San Dimas 4-2. The Lions scored four runs in the fifth inning. Brandon Chang had two hits. David Horn threw a complete game. St. Augustine defeated Foothill 3-2 and will play JSerra at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Andrew Pyle (Sr. C) Long Beach State commit exes a calm confidence and a rock for the Matadors behind the plate. Great middle of the order presence holding .358 Avg, 21 RBIs, 9 SB. #borasclassic #borasplayertowatch #mlbdraft pic.twitter.com/DBiae7R3GC

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The biggest upset was La Mirada knocking off 22-0 Sierra Canyon. The Trailblazers decided to hold off using their top three starting pitchers, and La Mirada pounced with a four-run first inning that featured a three-run home run by Andrew Pyle and an RBI double from freshman Aiden Aguayo, who doubled a second time and three RBIs. Eric Jean pitched La Mirada into the quarterfinals at 6 p.m. Wednesday at JSerra against Orange Lutheran, which defeated King 16-1 behind five RBIs from Casey Borba.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Eric Jeon (Jr. 3B/P) is a super athletic player & throwback two-way player w/ an ability to drive the ball to all fields at the plate. On the mound he is a bulldog that loves to compete. #borasclassic #borasplayertowatch #mlbdraft @LMBaseball20 pic.twitter.com/hhmoMB5sS5

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Sherman Oaks Notre Dame received a two-hitter from Cole Clark in a 7-0 victory over Corona. The Knights broke open the game with a six-run seventh. Jack Gurevitch finished with two RBIs. Notre Dame will play Point Loma at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Mater Dei in the quarterfinals. Point Loma defeated Mater Dei 1-0.

Here’s the link to updated brackets.

In other games Tuesday in the Southland:

Bishop Amat 10, Loyola 0: Alejandro Morales struck out nine, walked none and gave up three hits in the shutout for Bishop Amat. Jacob Hernandez and Jordan Pasillas each had two hits and two RBIs. Isaiah Ibarra had three hits.

Birmingham 7, El Camino Real 1: Daniel Flores threw a complete game and Dominic Ramirez had two hits and two RBIs for Birmingham.

Granada Hills 5, Taft 2: Alden Quintanilla had a three-run home run to help the Highlanders keep pace with Birmingham in the battle for first place in the West Valley League.

Cleveland 9, Chatsworth 2: Braden Lowe struck out three in five innings while allowing two hits for Cleveland. He also had three hits and four RBIs.

Roosevelt 3, Garfield 1: Andrew Contreras struck out six to give Roosevelt the win in the annual baseball rivalry game.

Marshall 10, Franklin 0: Ivan Torres of Marshall threw a five-inning no-hitter with nine strikeouts.

Pasadena 8, Arcadia 1: The Bulldogs handed Arcadia its second Pacific League defeat.

Calabasas 7, Simi Valley 3: Sam Sonnenberg and Jacob Triessl had doubles to lead the Coyotes.

Royal 7, Moorpark 6: Nate Hamburger had the walk-off two-run hit for Royal.

Capistrano Valley 6, Tesoro 0: Jaden Sekhon threw the shutout for the Cougars.

Crespi 4, St. Bonaventure 3: Tyler Grenn struck out five in four innings.

Harvard-Westlake 11, Bishop Alemany 0: Tommy Bridges threw five shutout innings in the Mission League victory.

Warren 2, Gahr 1: Aidan Gonzalez of Warren improved to 8-1 with a 10-strikeout performance.

Softball

El Camino Real 4, Granada Hills 1: Brooke DeSmet allowed two hits in the victory.

Villa Park 11, Yorba Linda 2: Bethany Spurr had a home run, double and four RBIs for Villa Park. Sydney Somerndike started and pitched 2 1/3 innings.

Mission Viejo 2, San Juan Hills 0: It took 11 innings before the Diablos prevailed.

GRANADA HILLS CHARTER CAPTURES 2022 CALIFORNIA ACADEMIC DECATHLON TITLE

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.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 ni...

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.

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 Niche.com in the 2021 Best Schools rankings.

SOURCE Granada Hills Charter

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