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Southwest Mobile Storage - Best Mobile Storage & Office Containers In Manhattan 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. Manhattan 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 Manhattan 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 Manhattan 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 Manhattan 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 Manhattan 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.

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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 Manhattan 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 Manhattan 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 Manhattan 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 Manhattan 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 Manhattan Beach, CA?

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Latest News in Manhattan Beach, CA

Where To Buy Fresh Christmas Trees In Manhattan Beach

Tis the season for Christmas trees, and Patch has you covered with everything you need to find the perfect tree in Manhattan Beach.MANHATTAN BEACH, CA — People in Manhattan Beach who prefer fresh-cut Christmas trees — whether they cut down trees themselves or buy from a retail lot — shouldn’t have any trouble finding them in 2022, according to a survey of Christmas tree growers by an industry trade group.The prediction by the ...

Tis the season for Christmas trees, and Patch has you covered with everything you need to find the perfect tree in Manhattan Beach.

MANHATTAN BEACH, CA — People in Manhattan Beach who prefer fresh-cut Christmas trees — whether they cut down trees themselves or buy from a retail lot — shouldn’t have any trouble finding them in 2022, according to a survey of Christmas tree growers by an industry trade group.

The prediction by the Real Christmas Tree Board comes after a survey of 55 wholesalers that supply two-thirds of the market for fresh trees and 1,500 U.S. adults ages 21-49.

“The real Christmas tree industry met demand last year, and it will meet demand this year,” Marsha Gray, executive director of the Real Christmas Tree Board, said in a news release. “This is essentially a year without surprises.”

Residents of Manhattan Beach have plenty of options, sortable by ZIP code and by type, on the Real Christmas Tree Board website. They include:

Seasonal lot:

Mr. Jingles Christmas Trees 2

17520 Prairie Ave, Torrance, CA 90504

Garden Center:

Armstrong Garden Centers 29

25225 Crenshaw Blvd. Torrance, CA 90505

Home improvement store:

There is one nearby Home Depot store at:

There is also one nearby Lowes store at:

Real Trees May Be Pricier

Trees, like everything else, may cost a little more this year. Tree growers answering the Real Christmas Tree Board’s survey said growing costs have increased. About 36 percent of respondents said costs were up 11 percent to 15 percent compared to last year, while 27 percent said costs increased 16 to 20 percent. Another 10 percent said the year-over-year increase in production costs was more than 21 percent.

As a result, 71 percent of growers said they would likely increase wholesale prices. That means trees could cost anywhere from 5 percent to 20 percent or more.

Consumers seem to be taking the expected price hikes in stride.

“While our grower survey tells us wholesale prices are likely to be higher for real Christmas trees this year, our consumer survey tells us people expected as much,” Gray said in the news release. “The good news is fans of real Christmas trees say they believe the trees are worth the price, and they are willing to pay more this year if necessary to get one — and that’s not a surprise either.”

Growers’ expectations of a healthy season are also tempered by fears of supply chain disruptions, the No. 1 concern of 44 percent of growers. About 35 percent said their top concern is that inflation-strapped consumers will cut real Christmas trees from their lists this year. About 21 percent of respondents cited labor availability concerns.

The Origin Of Christmas Trees

The origin of the Christmas tree can be traced to long before the advent of Christianity, according to History.com.

In ancient times, it was commonly believed the sun was a god. It appeared to be sick as daylight waned in the winter, but evergreens thriving during winter were a reminder that the sun would become strong again and lush greenery and warmth would return.

Evergreen trees were seen as a symbol of eternal life among ancient Egyptians, Hebrews and Chinese. Pagans throughout Europe used evergreens in their homes to represent fertility and new life.

Christmas trees were first used by devout Christians in Germany. The 16th century Protestant reformer Martin Luther is believed to have added lighted candles to trees. He was composing a sermon as he walked home on a winter evening and was struck by the sight of stars twinkling above the evergreens, and recreated the scene in a tree in his family’s main room.

'Once In A Lifetime' Teacher: Manhattan Beach Hero

We all know someone who's making a difference. Here's one local resident who is having an impact in Manhattan Beach.MANHATTAN BEACH,CA — When times are tough, heroes emerge. We all know someone who's making a difference right now as we live through unprecedented and changing times.Here at Patch, we've launched an initiative to help recognize these heroes making a difference in their communities. We’re working to let all your neighbors know about these outstanding people and their stories.This submission com...

We all know someone who's making a difference. Here's one local resident who is having an impact in Manhattan Beach.

MANHATTAN BEACH,CA — When times are tough, heroes emerge. We all know someone who's making a difference right now as we live through unprecedented and changing times.

Here at Patch, we've launched an initiative to help recognize these heroes making a difference in their communities. We’re working to let all your neighbors know about these outstanding people and their stories.

This submission comes from Cathy Oh who nominated Joel Carlson of Manhattan Beach. Oh's children are students of Carlson's at Mira Costa High School.

Local hero’s full name

Joel Carlson

Local hero’s home state

California

Local hero’s Patch

Manhattan Beach

How do you know the local hero?

He is the Band Director at Mira Costa High School (teaches both my son and daughter)

What does the local hero do?

Teacher

Why do you believe the local hero should be recognized or honored?

Mr. Carlson has been the Band Director at Mira Costa High School for the last 15 years and has created a classroom that goes beyond just music. He has created an inclusive environment for all students who happen to love music. He not only teaches a full load of classes, he performs a public service for our community. As the only Marching Band & Colorguard in Manhattan Beach, he makes sure his students know the importance of giving back. In the first semester of this school year alone he has used his own time to have his band perform in over 20 events outside of the classroom, supporting our high school, our elementary schools, our community, our veterans, and our local traditions. He is one of those teachers that come around once in a lifetime. He is the type of teacher that his students will remember for years and decades to come. He himself is a father of four, yet, makes sure he gives it all to his students each and everyday. We know teachers do not always hold a high status economically in our nation but us parents know their value. When your child comes home from school each day excited about what they learned with Mr. Carlson, how fun the class was, the amazing music they performed, and cannot wait to go back the next day - this value cannot be measured.

What's one thing you want everyone to know about the local hero?

Mr. Carlson's passion for music, for teaching, and for supporting our community is a gift to Manhattan Beach and we are so lucky he chooses to teach at Mira Costa High School.

Thank you for all you do, Joel Carlson!

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Community Takes A Stand Against Hate In Manhattan Beach

Students and city officials spoke out against the hate symbols that have been popping up on campuses in Manhattan Beach.MANHATTAN BEACH, CA — After experiencing a number of reported hate crimes since the beginning of the year, Manhattan Beach city officials and community members gathered to let people know that hate has no place in Manhattan Beach.On Sunday the South Bay Community Coalition Against Hate launched its "United Against Hate Week" with an event at Polliwog Park where students and city officials sp...

Students and city officials spoke out against the hate symbols that have been popping up on campuses in Manhattan Beach.

MANHATTAN BEACH, CA — After experiencing a number of reported hate crimes since the beginning of the year, Manhattan Beach city officials and community members gathered to let people know that hate has no place in Manhattan Beach.

On Sunday the South Bay Community Coalition Against Hate launched its "United Against Hate Week" with an event at Polliwog Park where students and city officials spoke out against the hate symbols that have been popping up on campuses in the city.

"I envision a future of inclusive, supportive, respectful, and kind environments that allow students to feel safe as who they are enabling them to thrive and learn," said Ava, a fourth-grade student at Pacific Elementary School. "When hate exists, it can affect my learning environment and affects our social confidence and ability to grow. It can also affect the ability to ask questions without judgment. Let's help our students feel safe, supported and accepted."

In 2022 alone there have been nine different reports of antisemitic incidents, with the most recent being on Sept. 17 at Pennekamp Elementary School where officials found hateful phrases drawn on walls.

The first symbols were found in February at Mira Costa High School where a swastika and a Confederate flag were drawn inside of a bathroom stall.

"Eighth grade was the first time I saw a swastika drawn on the bathroom stall at school," Mira Costa High School senior Brent Torres said. "An assembly was called to address this, but within weeks more hateful symbols and phrases would appear on desks throughout campus."

Sally Peel, Manhattan Beach Unified School District Board of Trustees President, said the district collaborated with student groups, teachers, staff, community leaders, police and parents to put together programs and strategies for combating hate.

Peel said the district has made efforts to combat the problem, including increasing patrols when vandalism is most likely to happen and incorporating new literature into the core curriculum. Peel also said that MBUSD is slated to be the first school district in the Anti-Defamation League Los Angeles region to have a "No Place For Hate" designation at all schools.

"There's a few that are trying to make our community look bad in the eyes of the world. We cannot let them do it. We will not let them do it," Rabbi Yossi Mintz said. " I've lived in this community for 27 years, I stand out as a very proud Jew. I can tell you never in our community did I experience any form of hate ever."

Moving forward, the school district and the city plan to continue their efforts to combat hate. United Against Hate Week lasts until Nov. 19 and includes more events such as a community-wide moment of silence and a screening of the movie "Race to be Human."

"This is what our community is all about, coming together and supporting each other and be a part of a beautiful community," Councilmember Hilde Stern, founder of the SBCCAH, said. "We can be thoughtful and we can be mindful about how we can continue to have intention of being better for each other and ourselves every day."

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What to do in Los Angeles?

If you have friends or relatives coming to town to visit the City of Angels at some point, some opinionated guidance for all of you.The video above will show you all the expected sights, (minus theme parks!) from Hollywood and Beverly Hills, the beaches and the downt...

If you have friends or relatives coming to town to visit the City of Angels at some point, some opinionated guidance for all of you.

The video above will show you all the expected sights, (minus theme parks!) from Hollywood and Beverly Hills, the beaches and the downtown wonders like Walt Disney Concert Hall and Union Station.

But let me add further here: Los Angeles is a sprawling city of roughly 4 million people, with 12 million in the greater area. We’ve got city life, canyons, mountains, incredible architecture with some buildings over 100 years old, traditions and our beloved beaches.

Most tourists would hit Hollywood Blvd., Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills and the beaches of Venice and Santa Monica over a one to two day visit.

Hollywood Blvd. is in fact rather seedy, and while you can see “stars” there, they are on the ground of the “Walk of Fame” which extends from La Brea to past Vine over 15 blocks. You can see footprints of stars of the past, like John Wayne and Humphrey Bogart, in front of the old Grauman’s Chinese Theater. The oldest restaurant in L.A., Musso & Frank, is down the street from the theater (and still amazing) while one of the great Italian restaurants, Micelli’s (“home of the singing waiters”) is across the way, and has been in business since 1949.

Traffic is intense in the area.

My suggested one-day itinerary:

The Hollywood Sign is one of the symbols of Los Angeles, but it’s very hard to get in front of. Neighbors who live by it in the Beachwood Canyon area of L.A. are sick of Instagrammers flooding their neighborhood so strict parking regulations have been enacted. One-hundred percent not allowed on weekends. This is the area with the best hike and view of the sign.

Put this into your GPS or give it to your Uber/cab driver 3390 Deronda Drive, Los Angeles. Once parked or on foot, ignore the signs that say you can’t be there (you can,) and head through a gate, which leads to a little park with an awesome view.

For weekend visitors, go to Lake Hollywood Park, 3160 Canyon Lake Drive. Parking is more plentiful and you can visit on Saturday and Sunday. You won’t be as close to the Sign, but it’s still a great view.

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The streets of Beverly are clean, it’s a very walkable city, despite the urban myth that people don’t walk in 90210, the stores are over-the-top for wealthy folks but fun to look at, and both City Hall and the storied Beverly Hills Hotel and Four Seasons Beverly Hills Hotel (where “Pretty Woman” was filmed) are still as glorious as ever. Who wouldn’t want a double selfie, in front of the Hollywood Sign and the Beverly Hills Hotel Pink Palace too? For fun, stop into the Polo Lounge and feel like a Player.

Another food tip: the great old Beverly Hills deli, Nate & Als, is still thriving, despite a downturn for delis nationally. Stop in for a nosh.

Parking tip: municipal lots offer free 2-hour parking all over town.

Again, the iconic photo symbols of L.A. are the downtown skyline, the Hollywood Sign, perhaps a star from Hollywood Blvd., the Beverly Hills Hotel and two beach shots: a lifeguard tower and a surfer entering the water.

The Manhattan Beach Pier by Jefferson Graham for the PhotowalksTV series

Beaches

We have many, many great beach towns. Malibu is a little further out for a one day, while Santa Monica and Venice are the closest, and the busiest.

Santa Monica has the iconic pier with the Ferris Wheel and other rides on it, and Venice is home to a vibrant, wild street scene that’s especially active on weekends. You can walk for miles and just enjoy the free show in front of you, with wild stores and people. There’s also one of the largest homeless communities in the area, which may make you feel uncomfortable.

As many of you know, I prefer the South Bay. Our beaches are quieter, cleaner, less crowded and photographically awesome. If you’re heading back to the airport, you can’t beat a visit to Manhattan Beach. We’re just 3 miles away from LAX.

The Strand, a 12.4 mile walkway which extends from Playa del Rey to Manhattan, Hermosa, Redondo and a sliver of Torrance Beach generally has two lanes: one for pedestrians and other for cyclists.

Down the road, Hermosa Beach is smaller, funkier and home to many restaurants and bars in a pedestrian-only walkway called Pier Plaza. Redondo has a large fishing pier that’s often frequented by large pelicans and a separate walking path called the Esplanade, which looks down at the ocean waves.

Up the hill is the Palos Verdes Peninsula, the greatest hidden secret in L.A., our Hawaii, offering the best coastal views in the Southland. Continue south, and the coastal route continues, to Long Beach, Orange County beach cities (Huntington, Laguna, Newport) and onto San Diego and the California border with Mexico.

Check out the video below of Manhattan Beach on Thanksgiving morning. Pretty cool place, right?

Los Angeles skyline by Jefferson Graham for the PhotowalksTV series

Back to L.A.

Griffith Observatory has the best views of urban Los Angeles (city lights like you’ve seen in movie posters) and even if you don’t go inside for the science, just walking around the grounds is fantastic. Parking is very hard—it’s that popular. But during winter months (like now!) it’s free mid-week until noon. But you’ll need to be there early to snag a spot. Otherwise, public transportation is encouraged. When spaces disappear, you park at the Greek Theater, down the way, and walk about two miles up the road to get to the Observatory.

The Grove/Farmer’s Market is a great shopping mall in the heart of Los Angeles, with a wonderful taste of the old (Farmer’s) mixed with modern, Disneyland like shopping mall experience at the Grove. And the classic Canter’s Deli is right up the road.

Kenneth Hahn Park/Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook: If you can’t get into Griffith, these two parks have way more plentiful parking, and also a terrific view of the downtown skyline. This is where people like me go in early January to get the skyline with snow behind her.

Philippe’s Original and Dodger Stadium. Many people like to come to L.A. and see a ballgame. Before or after, many stop at Philippe’s (1001 N. Alameda St.) home to a French-dipped sandwich that wasn’t invented there, but certainly perfected. The 80-year-old plus art deco Union Station is across the street, and makes a fabulous place to gawk and pose.

Deli walk: As many of you know, we here are fans of the great Jewish deli, and while many are closing, due to changing tastes and the next generation not having the energy to keep them going, L.A. probably has more great delis than any other city. Los Angeles proper has Langer’s (home of the $19!), Canter’s, Factor’s, Daughter’s, Wexler’s and Nate N’Als, while the San Fernando Valley has a host of great ones, including Art’s, Mort’s, Brent’s and Uncle Bernie’s. (Langer’s is considered to have the best hot pastrami sandwich, while the sandwiches at Art’s are still a work of art, and quite stuffed. Canter’s has the best visual experience, and if you get to the Valley, Brent’s is amazing and under-rated.)

We also have amazing Persian food in the Westwood and Glendale areas, a thriving Chinatown, Ethiopian and Korean enclaves and on and on she goes. It’s a thriving city.

Hope your family and friends have fun, and hit me up with any questions. Website: http://www.jeffersongraham.net

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Watch Party US-England World Cup Game Set for Hermosa Beach Pier

The game from Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar, is set to begin at 11 a.m. and be televised by Fox and Telemundo.LOS ANGELES, CA — Free watch parties for the broadcasts of Friday's U.S.-England World Cup soccer game will be held at Hermosa Beach Pier Plaza and several other locations in Los Angeles and Orange counties.The game from Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar, is set to begin at 11 a.m. and be televised by Fox and Telemundo.Watch party attendees are encouraged to bring clear, stadium-approved bags only....

The game from Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar, is set to begin at 11 a.m. and be televised by Fox and Telemundo.

LOS ANGELES, CA — Free watch parties for the broadcasts of Friday's U.S.-England World Cup soccer game will be held at Hermosa Beach Pier Plaza and several other locations in Los Angeles and Orange counties.

The game from Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar, is set to begin at 11 a.m. and be televised by Fox and Telemundo.

Watch party attendees are encouraged to bring clear, stadium-approved bags only.

Parties will also be held at the location Saturday for the 8 a.m. game between France and Denmark and the 11 a.m. game between Mexico and Argentina.

Watch parties for Friday's game are also being organized by various chapters of American Outlaws, a nationwide support group for the U.S. men's and women's national soccer teams. They will be held at Lopez & Lefty's in Anaheim; Arrow Lodge Brewing in Covina; The Surly Goat in Encino; Underdogs Sports Bar in Glendale; Underground Pub & Grill in Hermosa Beach and Legends Sports Bar in Long Beach.

England is fifth in the rankings compiled by FIFA, soccer's international governing body. The U.S. is ranked 16th.

The Three Lions opened play in the tournament with a 6-2 victory over Iran on Monday. The U.S. tied Wales, 1-1, in its opener Monday.

The game is unlikely to impact the U.S. chances of advancing to the single-elimination portion of the tournament. If the U.S. defeats England, it would be assured of advancing with at least a tie against Iran in its final group play game Tuesday.

However, a loss to England would mean the U.S. would advance with a victory over Iran and be eliminated with a tie or loss as it would finish third or lower in Group B. The top two teams in each of the eight four-team groups advance to the single-elimination portion of the tournament.

The ABC News-owned data prediction website FiveThirtyEight.com gives the U.S. a 43% chance of advancing and Iran a 54% chance.

The U.S. has never lost to England in the World Cup, winning 1-0 in 1950 in one of the greatest upsets in World Cup history and playing to a 1-1 tie in 2010.

The U.S. is 2-8-1 against England, including a 3-0 loss in their most recent meeting, Nov. 15, 2018. Seven current U.S. men's national team players played in that game and six on England's World Cup team.

The U.S. roster includes two players from the Los Angeles area. Midfielder Cristian Roldan is an alumnus of El Rancho High School in Pico Rivera. Forward Haji Wright played for the LA Galaxy Academy from 2012-15, then signed with the New York Cosmos, then of the Division II North American Soccer League, on March 30, 2015, three days after his 17th birthday.

The U.S. team consists of nine players who play in Major League Soccer, six in England's Premier League, two each in Germany, Italy, Spain and the Championship, the second tier of the English football league system, and one each in France, Scotland and Turkey.

All but one of England's players play in the Premier League. The exception is midfielder Jude Bellingham, a teammate of U.S. forward Gio Reyna at Borussia Dortmund in the German Bundesliga.

U.S. goalkeeper Matt Turner is teammates with English goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, defender Ben White and forward Bukayo Saka at Arsenal. U.S. forward Christian Pulisic plays with midfielders Conor Gallagher and Mason Mount plus forward Raheem Sterling at Chelsea.

FiveThirtyEight.com gives the U.S. a 20% chance of winning, England a 54% chance with a 26% chance of the game ending in a tie.

City News Service

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