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Southwest Mobile Storage - Best Mobile Storage & Office Containers In Hermosa Beach, 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. Hermosa Beach, 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 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.

EVERY ONE OF OUR MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINERS FOR RENT IN Hermosa Beach, 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 Hermosa Beach, 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 Hermosa Beach, 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 Hermosa Beach, 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.

 Rent Shipping Containers Hermosa Beach, CA

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 Hermosa Beach, 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 Hermosa Beach, 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 Hermosa Beach, 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 Hermosa Beach, 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 Hermosa Beach, CA?

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Latest News in Hermosa Beach, CA

July 4th Fireworks 2022 Near Hermosa Beach

Patch has your complete guide to Independence Day fireworks shows, parades and other celebrations in and around L.A.'s West Side & South BayHERMOSA BEACH, CA — Happy birthday, America!After a year or two of COVID-related restrictions, Hermosa Beach and cities and towns throughout the West Side and South Bay/Long Beach region are back in the star-spangled swing with Fourth of July parades, events and fireworks extravaganzas.July 4, 2022 falls on a Monday. Do note not all Independence Day events are on that dat...

Patch has your complete guide to Independence Day fireworks shows, parades and other celebrations in and around L.A.'s West Side & South Bay

HERMOSA BEACH, CA — Happy birthday, America!

After a year or two of COVID-related restrictions, Hermosa Beach and cities and towns throughout the West Side and South Bay/Long Beach region are back in the star-spangled swing with Fourth of July parades, events and fireworks extravaganzas.

July 4, 2022 falls on a Monday. Do note not all Independence Day events are on that date, with several spread throughout the holiday weekend or earlier. And always confirm with organizers that events are proceeding as planned.

Scroll through our annual event guide to find what's going on near you. And have a happy, safe and festive 4th of July, from Patch!

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JULY 3: July 4th Weekend Over-The-Line Tournament & Movie In Park. "Ghostbusters Afterlife" plays at 8 p.m.

JULY 4: July 4th Celebration, Music & Fireworks. Festivities include family games & live music.

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JULY 4: July 4th Great American Kids' Bike Parade. Hosted by Justin Rudd, with free entry.

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JULY 4: LA Galaxy Soccer & July 4th Fireworks: Dignity Health Sports Park. Fireworks follow game against CF Montreal.

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JULY 2-4: July 4th Weekend Fests, Parades & Fireworks. Avalon & Two Harbors both hosting fireworks extravaganzas.

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JULY 4: July 4th Fireworks & 'Let Freedom Ring Celebration' - A community tradition, now in its 49th year.

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JULY 3: July 3rd Independence Day Fest & Fireworks: West LA College. Featuring live music, food & fireworks.

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JULY 4: July 4th Fest & Fireworks. Wristbands on sale.

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JULY 4: July 4th Ironman 'Run, Paddle, Chug' - "The quintessential bonhomie experience."

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JULY 2-4: July 4th Fireworks, L.A. Philharmonic, Steve Martin & Martin Short: Hollywood Bowl. "Join us for one of LA’s greatest July Fourth traditions."

JULY 2-4: July 4th Weekend Outdoor Movies & Fireworks: Hollywood Forever Cemetery. A different movie each night, plus DJs, food & photo booths.

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JUNE 25: Civic Center Block Party & Fireworks. Live entertainment, "Taste of Lakewood" & family fun zone, too.

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JULY 2: Independence Day Dog Parade. At Lincoln Park.

JULY 3: July 3rd 'Big Bang On The Bay' Fireworks & BBQ: Boathouse on the Bay. Ticket proceeds benefit charities.

JULY 4: July 4th Great American Kids' Bike Parade. Hosted by Justin Rudd, with free entry.

JULY 4: July 4th Fireworks At Waterfront. An annual tradition!

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JULY 1 & 4: LA Dodger July 4th Weekend Fireworks & Games. The great American pastime ... followed by fireworks extravaganza.

JULY 4: July 4th LAX Coastal Parade. This year's theme is"Yours for a Better Community: Celebrating the Best of America," in honor of philanthropist Howard Drollinger’s 100th birthday in Westchester.

JULY 4: Grand Park July 4th Block Party & Fireworks. Night of food, music, DJs, dancing & fireworks!

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JULY 3: July 3rd Fireworks Show, Food, Entertainment & Family Fun. Includes food trucks, live entertainment, bounce houses, lawn games & more.

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JULY 1-4: July 4th Weekend Fireworks. Check for latest updates on barge displays.

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JULY 3: July 3rd Salute To The Troops: Picnic & Concert. Pack a picnic & enjoy The Satin Dollz.

JULY 4: July 4th Begg Pool Party Celebration. $5 per person.

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JULY 4: July 4th Fireworks: Burton Chace Park & Fisherman's Village. "There’s no better place in Los Angeles to see 4th of July fireworks than in L.A.’s Marina."

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JULY 4: July 4th Will Rogers 5K, 10K & Kids' Fun Run. Annual event, dating to 1977, draws participants from young children to those 80 years old!

JULY 4: July 4th Parade, Flyover & Fireworks. Advance ticket sales required for fireworks.

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JULY 4: July 4th Celebration & Carnival. Pony rides, food trucks, games, beer & wine booth also planned.

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JULY 3: Village Runner Independence Day 5K Run & Firecracker Dash. With costume contest, plus T-shirts & medals for finishers.

JULY 4: July 4th Fest, Bands & Fireworks: Riviera Village. On Avenue I & tickets on sale.

JULY 4: July 4th Fireworks: Seaside Lagoon. On a first-come, first-serve basis.

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JULY 1: July 1st 'Cars & Stripes Forever' - Fireworks & Music. "The popular patriotic event Port of Los Angeles Cars & Stripes Forever! returns to the LA Waterfront in 2022!"

JULY 4: July 4th Community Observance At Korean Bell. At Angels Gate Park, home of the Korean Friendship Bell.

JULY 4: July 4th John Olguin Fireworks Spectacular Party: Cabrillo Beach. Tickets on sale.

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JULY 2-4: July 4th Weekend Fest & Fireworks: Six Flags Magic Mountain. Featuring nightly fireworks.

JULY 4: July 4th Fireworks: Westfield Valencia Town Center. Soundtrack broadcasts live on KHTS AM 1220.

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JULY 1-5: July 4th Weekend Ferris Wheel Flag Display: Pacific Park. Pacific Wheel will fly a 90-feet tall American flag & interchanging display for weekend celebration.

JULY 4: July 4th Parade. "We're proud to honor our community heroes, first responders during the pandemic years: healthcare, public safety & food service workers."

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JULY 1-4: July 4th Weekend Carnival & Fireworks. Thrill rides, midway games, carnival food & more!

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JULY 4: July 4th Celebration Fireworks. Viewing will be on first-come, first-served basis.

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JULY 2-4: July 4th Weekend Fireworks: Universal Studios Hollywood. With nightly fireworks show.

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JULY 2-4: July 4th Weekend Fest & Fireworks: Six Flags Magic Mountain. Featuring nightly fireworks.

JULY 4: July 4th Fireworks: Westfield Valencia Town Center. Soundtrack broadcasts live on KHTS AM 1220.

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JULY 3-4: July 4th Weekend Electric Light Parade. A unique event, only in Venice!

JULY 4: July 4th 'Mr. & Mrs. Muscle Beach' Competition. Includes guest appearance by body-building legend, Bill Grant, aka,"The Man of Steel."

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JULY 4: July 4th LAX Coastal Parade. This year's theme is"Yours for a Better Community: Celebrating the Best of America," in honor of philanthropist Howard Drollinger’s 100th birthday.

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Letters to the Editor 6-9-22

The butterfly effectDear ER:The South Bay community is fortunate to have Suzanne Evans (“Hermosa Beach Flowers of the Valley School Dune, ER June 2, 2022). Her back dune restoration at Hermosa Beach Valley school, coupled with the integration of school kids into the project is an example to other schools and cities.South Bay Parkland Conservancy is excited to be starting a project that will plant native pollinator plants along the Hermosa Beach Green Belt. This project is ta...

The butterfly effect

Dear ER:

The South Bay community is fortunate to have Suzanne Evans (“Hermosa Beach Flowers of the Valley School Dune, ER June 2, 2022). Her back dune restoration at Hermosa Beach Valley school, coupled with the integration of school kids into the project is an example to other schools and cities.

South Bay Parkland Conservancy is excited to be starting a project that will plant native pollinator plants along the Hermosa Beach Green Belt. This project is targeted at the overwintering monarch butterflies, as well as the endangered El Segundo blue butterfly. It will connect the El Segundo blue butterfly populations at Redondo’s bluffs, and the Chevron preserve in El Segundo. It will also connect the existing native plant gardens at Valley Elementary, on the Green Belt and at Valley Park.

We are working out final details with the City of Hermosa Beach, which has been extremely supportive. We will need volunteers. Details are on our Facebook page or at SouthBayparks.org.

Our initial funding is from a local resident and a small grant from the Xerces Society.

Jim Light

Redondo Beach

Greatest gift of all

Dear ER:

My deepest thanks to Suzanne Evans, and to all who have helped along the way (“Hermosa Beach Flowers of the Valley School Dune, ER June 2, 2022). Preserving and expanding native habitat at Hermosa Valley School is a central key to the continuous network of coastal habitat, from Ballona Wetlands to Palos Verdes. Giving children this opportunity to learn and help is the greatest gift of all.

Barbara Epstein

Hermosa Beach

A rose by another other name

Dear ER:

As a resident of Manhattan Beach, I cherish our low-profile character. It distinguishes us from other cities. Restricting building heights is the very essence of our land use and planning. So, quite frankly, it is obscene that the city approved the four-story Highrose luxury apartments. Worse yet, the city is putting out the narrative that it is a “done deal,” that they have no choice. Poppycock!

My career was in public service to a city and its residents. And I have never, and I mean never, seen a “done deal,” where nothing could be done. Yes, I’ve heard that sham claim, but it has always been used to “roll over,” to acquiesce. In other words, “We don’t want to fight,” let’s give up.” Here’s why I believe our city has given up.

Manhattan Beach was bludgeoned, time and again, by their handling of the Bruce’s Beach matter. From our governor on down, state politicians criticized our city in the press, time and again. It is understandable why politically our city would be reluctant, even afraid, to challenge the state. And, if you are a council member with political ambitions, even more so in a single-party state.

So, how do MB residents change this “done deal” dynamic? Let your voices in opposition be heard, loud and clear, again and again. That opportunity starts at the Planning Commission. Then, when the matter comes before the Council, roar inr opposition.

Mark Burton

Manhattan Beach

A serious thought

Dear ER:

The California Healthy Kids Survey for 2022 reports that 18 percent of Beach Cities’ 11th graders seriously considered attempting suicide within the past 12 months, a 3 percent increase over the previous year, underscoring the need for mental health resources for our youth. The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated existing mental health challenges for both young people, and adults.

Beach Cities Health District has been seeking options through programs and partnerships to address mental health for our young people. Later this year, we will open the allcove Beach Cities center at BCHD’s campus in Redondo Beach. Created to serve ages 12 to 25, it is part of an innovative network of integrated youth mental health centers designed with, by and for youth, which reduce stigma, embrace mental wellness, increase community connection and provide access to services.

Led by a team of nine Youth Advisory Group members from the Beach Cities, with support from Stanford University’s Center for Youth Mental Health & Wellbeing, and a team of local experts, allcove Beach Cities will provide unique peer-to-peer collaboration and guidance in areas ranging from substance abuse, and educational support to mental and physical wellness services.

By taking a regional approach, BCHD was able to receive a $2 million grant from the State, bringing needed professional mental health resources to youth in the Beach Cities and South Bay. Congress has also provided another $1 million for allcove Beach Cities, thanks to the efforts of Representative Ted Lieu and his team.

I encourage residents to learn more at www.bchd.org/allcoveBeachCities

Ali Steward

Director of Youth Services

Beach Cities Health District

Health champion

Dear ER:

Beach Cities Health District has partnered with schools to help our children learn healthy habits, provided free COVID testing/vaccinations, organized volunteers to run errands for those in need, and helped people find services like health insurance and mental health care. Parade Magazine named the South Bay as one of the healthiest places to live in the country, thanks to the Blue Zones project which BCHD championed.

We all benefit when unsightly, decades old structures are improved. Redondo Beach has watched neighboring cities build new libraries, grocery stores, malls, offices, recreation areas and schools, all to the benefit of the community. I sense a prevailing myth by some in Redondo that new construction (outside of townhouses in North Redondo, which are abundant) is bad, when clearly our neighbors are reaping the benefits of improvements. I hope the Redondo Beach City Council and Planning Commission can move forward with BCHD Healthy Living Campus. I love Redondo, but it is disappointing to see our outdated pier, mall, bike path, and the AES power plant just wither year after year while surrounding cities upgrade. As the campus is a benefit for so many, this project should be an easy yes!

Marie Puterbaugh

Redondo Beach

Get serious

Dear ER:

As a 25 year resident of Hermosa, I’ve noticed that cannabis use has been prevalent in this city by all ages and socioeconomic levels (“Hermosa Beach survey shows residents would support sales tax increase, cannabis sales,” ER May 26, 2029). Does anyone really think because of cannabis shops in town, that sketchy people from scary neighborhoods are going to drive to Hermosa to get their weed (which will cost more due to high rent for the retail location)? Or will South Bay locals now be able to get their cannabis products without having to go to “sketchy neighborhoods,” where cannabis retail outlets have been allowed to operate. Are fights or other forms of violence more likely to be caused by consumers of alcohol or cannabis? Will cannabis use skyrocket due to local accessibility? The only problem I see, as with any popular new place in Hermosa is, lack of parking. (Full disclosure: I work in the cannabis industry, with all verticals including retail.)

Gleb Gofin

3/4 idea

Dear ER:

A Hermosa Beach sales tax increase of .75 cents would raise the local sales tax from 9.75 percent to to 10.5 percent (“Hermosa Beach survey shows residents would support sales tax increase, cannabis sales,” ER May 26, 2029).That would cause a significant hit to businesses like Learned Lumber, causing some buyers to purchase from areas with a lower sales tax.

A significant hit would be to residents, and businesses purchasing a vehicle. Sales tax on a vehicle is based on where the buyer lives, not the city in which the buyer purchases a vehicle. Thus on a $45,000 vehicle purchase, the increase of 3/4 percent in sales tax would raise the vehicle cost by $337.50. Presently the city receives about 1 penny of the 9.75 pennies on taxable sales. The rest goes to the state or county. With a .75 percent increase in sales tax, the city would get about 1.75 pennies of the new 10.5 pennies of tax on. The tax and spend City Council would need four votes to place any tax or tax increase on the ballot.

Tracy Hopkins

Hermosa Beach

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Parade, speeches, documentaries highlight Hermosa Beach Pride Festival 2022

by Kevin CodyA parade down Pier avenue to the beach, followed by speeches at the rainbow-painted lifeguard tower on Saturday morning; and a surf session Sunday morning highlighted the second annual Hermosa Pride Festival.Pride Festival organizer Randy Renner began remarks to the estimated 200 people who gathered at the rainbow tower by urging attendees “to fill our hearts today for tomorrow’s fight. What happened yesterday was not great, but we can fight it,” he said, referring to the Supreme...

by Kevin Cody

A parade down Pier avenue to the beach, followed by speeches at the rainbow-painted lifeguard tower on Saturday morning; and a surf session Sunday morning highlighted the second annual Hermosa Pride Festival.

Pride Festival organizer Randy Renner began remarks to the estimated 200 people who gathered at the rainbow tower by urging attendees “to fill our hearts today for tomorrow’s fight. What happened yesterday was not great, but we can fight it,” he said, referring to the Supreme Court overturning of Roe Vs. Wade on Friday.

Renner then introduced Hermosa Beach Mayor Mike Detoy as someone who “has been with us from the start.”

Detoy noted that women’s reproductive rights remain protected in California, but said efforts must be made to protect women’s rights in neighboring Arizona and other states.

Detoy was followed by Tyler Wilde, the subject of “Gender Outlaw,” a documentary about the transgender body sufer finding acceptance by the Gillis Body Surfing Association.

Wilde recalled the difficulty he experienced when he moved to the South Bay in 2005, in meeting people “who shared my experience.”

“This is why this tower matters. Visibility matters. But only if it’s followed up by action,” he said.

Renner, after thanking Wilde for his appearance, quoted a statement Wilde makes in “Gender Outlaw:”

“I don’t really identify as a man or woman. I identify as everything and nothing, all at once. Some people say it’s a spectrum. I don’t even subscribe to that. It’s like a galaxy, and there’s just like an infinite amount of ways to be a human. And I’m just one little star.”

Ashley Tull told the gathering, “I’m usually the angry one. I come from a town where the mayor would never have met me at a rainbow tower, where my parents would never have come to the beach to support me.”

But she was able to set her anger aside in Hermosa, she said, because, “I can walk through Hermosa and never worry about being hurt.”

Kristin Key, a sixth place finisher on “Last Comic Standing,” said she moved to Redondo Beach from a similarly intolerant town in Texas.

The comedian closed the gathering by singing a song about “french fries, something everyone can agree on.” she said.

The Pride Festival weekend began with a welcoming happy hour Friday evening at The Stanton, followed by a screening of “Gender Outlaw,” and a drag show. Saturday night, celebrants filled the parking lot at Vista, on the Strand, for a silent disco. The festival ended Sunday at St. Cross Episcopal Church with a screening of “My name is Pauli Murray.” Murray was a non-binary Black lawyer, activist and poet. ER

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Eulogy for grieving parents

by Ralph DoyleA friend of Pat Ryan’s went to his shaping bay in Hermosa’s small surfboard district on Cypress Avenue Wednesday morning. Ryan is one of three living surfboard shapers inducted into the Hermosa Beach Surfer Walk of Fame (in 2019). The friend ordered a board from Ryan a few months ago, and wanted to know when it would be ready.Ryan had just locked up. He told the friend the board was almost ready. The friend laughed. “Almost ready” is shaper-speak for “the check’...

by Ralph Doyle

A friend of Pat Ryan’s went to his shaping bay in Hermosa’s small surfboard district on Cypress Avenue Wednesday morning. Ryan is one of three living surfboard shapers inducted into the Hermosa Beach Surfer Walk of Fame (in 2019). The friend ordered a board from Ryan a few months ago, and wanted to know when it would be ready.

Ryan had just locked up. He told the friend the board was almost ready. The friend laughed. “Almost ready” is shaper-speak for “the check’s in the mail.”

Ryan asked, “Do you want to see it?”

He walked the friend across the alley to AquaTech Glassing. The 6-foot-10 tri fin glistened red in an upright rack. It looked finished, but the glasser said it needed a final gloss coat.

Ryan lives on Cypress Street, between the surfboard district, and Clark Baseball Stadium.

As the two walked up Cypress toward his home. Ryan gave a soliloquy on flat, concave, and double concave surfboard bottoms.

Before they parted, Ryan asked the friend how his son was doing. Their sons were a subject they usually avoided. They grew up together, playing Little League at Clark Stadium, and surfing at the Hermosa pier. They got in trouble, a lot, for high risk behavior, like climbing Clark Field’s 50-foot high, floodlight towers.

The friend said his son was doing well. Ryan said, in his usual quiet voice, his kid was having trouble. A bit louder he said, “Never give up.”

Never give up is what Churchill told students at Harrow School following the London Blitz. It’s what parents tell themselves, so if their kids go south, they can cling to the comfort of knowing they never gave up.

Thursday morning, Ryan was preparing to take his son Andrew to a rehab center when Andrew bolted down Cypress to Clark Stadium. He climbed the first base floodlight tower, and jumped to his death.

The next morning the friend brought Ryan food, and asked how he was doing.

“I’ve lost my son,” Ryan said.

Andrew Ryan was 35. ER

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Truffle, karaage, tiramisu: Hermosa Beach restaurant blends cultures, cuisines with SoCal flair

HERMOSA BEACH, Calif. — A new restaurant serving reimagined Asian cuisine with a Southern California flair is taking over Hermosa Beach with bold flavors and a trendy ambience.The menu at RYLA offers a bit of everything from different cultures, such as the tiramisu topped with matcha powder.“My mom is from Kyoto,” said chef and owner Ray Hayashi. “They are known for their green tea and their matcha.”Not only does it represent Hayashi’s culture, it’s also being made by his wife an...

HERMOSA BEACH, Calif. — A new restaurant serving reimagined Asian cuisine with a Southern California flair is taking over Hermosa Beach with bold flavors and a trendy ambience.

The menu at RYLA offers a bit of everything from different cultures, such as the tiramisu topped with matcha powder.

“My mom is from Kyoto,” said chef and owner Ray Hayashi. “They are known for their green tea and their matcha.”

Not only does it represent Hayashi’s culture, it’s also being made by his wife and business partner, chef Cynthia Hetlinger. As a traditional Italian dessert, it’s featured because “we think it tastes good, really,” Hayashi said.

The carefully curated menu, offering bits and pieces of different cuisines and ingredients, is based on what this couple enjoys in their downtime. A mixing and matching one wouldn’t think to find all in one restaurant, but straying away from the word fusion.

“It really is just the way we like to eat,” Hetlinger said. “We have friends with different cultural backgrounds, and we love going out and experiencing food differently. So we put it together on our menu.”

Hetlinger was born in Taiwan and moved to California after college, drawn to Los Angeles’ diversity.

“I can drive a few miles and eat pretty local Taiwanese food and then enjoy these other cuisines I couldn’t eat growing up,” she said. “That’s where a lot of the soul of this restaurant comes from.”

The soul is also from Hayashi, a Japanese American from Palos Verdes and Gardena. He’s a California kid who grew up surfing off the beaches nearby where the restaurant now stands. This blending of cultures seen in their Nashville hot Japanese karaage.

It was always a dream for the couple to have their own place. After they met years ago while cooking in a Manhattan Beach restaurant, opening in Hermosa just a mile down the road is a full-circle moment. Both worked under critically acclaimed chefs, including Michael Cimarusti of Providence and David LeFevre of MB Post. LeFevre supported Ryla with restaurateur Mike Simms.

“I get to talk with Mike about opening the restaurant while we go surfing in the morning. It was an awesome experience to go through that,” Hayashi said.

Now at his own spot, Hayashi whips up a concept he wanted to serve for years. It’s a dish simple in process, but not in flavor. The black truffle fried rice combines the sweet and savory topped with an exorbitant amount of black truffle.

A true pairing of cultures, cuisines and love can be found at RYLA, located at 1220 Hermosa Ave. in Hermosa Beach.

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