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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 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 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.

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Latest News in Manhattan Beach, CA

Drought: Outdoor Watering Limited To 3 Days A Week In Manhattan Beach

MANHATTAN BEACH, CA — A drought and water shortage has prompted the city of Manhattan Beach to limit outdoor watering to three days a week, city officials announced Tuesday.The City declared a Stage 1 Water Shortage on Jan. 18, 2022, following the State of Emergency issued by Gov. Gavin Newsom. The declaration issued Tuesday limits outdoor watering in Manhattan Beach to three days per week. Since the declaration, California has experienced the ...

MANHATTAN BEACH, CA — A drought and water shortage has prompted the city of Manhattan Beach to limit outdoor watering to three days a week, city officials announced Tuesday.

The City declared a Stage 1 Water Shortage on Jan. 18, 2022, following the State of Emergency issued by Gov. Gavin Newsom. The declaration issued Tuesday limits outdoor watering in Manhattan Beach to three days per week. Since the declaration, California has experienced the driest first three months of a year in the state's recorded history.

"The drought we are experiencing is creating incredible challenges to our water supply," Mayor Hildy Stern said in a statement. "It is incumbent on each of us to take steps to reduce the risks associated with the drought. Collectively, we can work together to reduce our overall water consumption to ensure we don't enter into an even larger crisis. Please join our efforts to conserve water."

Over the last three years, water supplies continue to be impacted by the combination of high temperatures and below-average precipitation. Currently, ninety-six percent of the City's water supply is imported from Northern California and the Colorado River through the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California via West Basin Municipal Water District.

For the first time, a Tier 1 water shortage at Lake Mead has resulted in federal allocation cutbacks to Arizona, Nevada and Mexico. If drought conditions persist and Tier 2 is triggered, California would experience its first allocation cutback from the Colorado River. Furthermore, on March 18, 2022, California water officials announced the reduction of State Water Project water allocations from 15 percent to only 5 percent.

As a result, on March 28, 2022, the governor called on local water suppliers to move to Level 2 of their Water Shortage Contingency Plans, which require various water districts throughout the Golden State to reduce water usage by 20 percent. In response, the City is considering activating Stage 2 of the City's Water Shortage Contingency Plan, which would further reduce outdoor watering to two days per week. According to Governor Newsom's Executive Order N-10-21, as much as 50 percent of residential water use goes to outdoor irrigation; and much of that is wasted due to evaporation, wind, or runoff caused by inefficient irrigation methods and systems.

Additionally, the City has already identified several irrigation system leaks through its Water Meter Replacement Program, which replaces current water meters with new, highly accurate meters through a technology known as Advanced Metering Infrastructure. Once fully implemented, residents will have the tools available to regularly monitor their own water usage.

To learn about how much water is used for common daily activities, such as brushing your teeth and taking a shower, and to gather ideas to help conserve water, visit the city's website for water conservation tips and links.

Water Restrictions Could Expand To Manhattan Beach

Cuts in water use are needed to prevent officials from implementing even more stringent measures to mitigate the drought in SoCal. MANHATTAN BEACH, CA — 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 will fall under new restrictions as the region continues to experience severely limited water supplies, according to the Metropolitan Water District....

Cuts in water use are needed to prevent officials from implementing even more stringent measures to mitigate the drought in SoCal.

MANHATTAN BEACH, CA — 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 will fall under new restrictions as the region continues to experience severely limited water supplies, according to the Metropolitan Water District.

Manhattan Beach was not listed but local water agencies have urged residents to voluntarily cut back on water usage by more than 20 percent or face mandatory cutbacks by summer's end.

"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."

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. As a result of such recommendations or restrictions in some areas, yellow and brown lawns will be the expected norm this summer.

"We cannot afford green lawns," Hagekhalil said.

New outdoor 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.

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

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

MWD offers a rebate of $2 per square foot for people who replace their grass with water-efficient landscaping. Rebates are also available from other local water agencies.

The rebate program has helped remove 200 million square feet of grass, which has 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.

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

Despite the healthy dosage of snow and rain to Northern California last month, the state is still sinking into drought.

The state emergency regulations direct residents to:

All of the Southland and 92 percent of the state is 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.

Manhattan Beach USD Joins LA Early Education Training Program

Manhattan Beach USD is among 14 local districts to meet the increased teacher demand created by universal transitional kindergarten. MANHATTAN BEACH, CA — Manhattan Beach Unified School District is among several local districts working to meet the increased teacher demand created by universal transitional kindergarten.The Las Virgenes Unified School District is helping local schools meet the anticipated demand following Gov. Gavin Newsom's recent decision to make transitional kindergarten universally available to young ...

Manhattan Beach USD is among 14 local districts to meet the increased teacher demand created by universal transitional kindergarten.

MANHATTAN BEACH, CA — Manhattan Beach Unified School District is among several local districts working to meet the increased teacher demand created by universal transitional kindergarten.

The Las Virgenes Unified School District is helping local schools meet the anticipated demand following Gov. Gavin Newsom's recent decision to make transitional kindergarten universally available to young learners across the state.

The district hit the ground running with Newsom's October announcement piloting an Early Childhood Educator Permit Program in partnership with 14 other local school districts, including Manhattan Beach; Redondo Beach; Glendale; Lawndale Elementary; Twin Rivers; Conejo Valley; Moorpark; Simi Valley; Wiseburn; Imperial County; Beverly Hills; La Canada; El Segundo; and Palos Verdes Peninsula.

The program will help already credentialed teachers obtain the additional permit necessary to teach transitional kindergarten, according to Ryan Gleason, LVUSD's Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services.

The first cohort will begin in June 2022. Once permitted, teachers can teach anywhere in California.

The goal of the program is to get ahead of an anticipated workforce shortage with the incoming transitional kindergarten demand, Gleason said.

Newsom's decision will necessitate 11,000 additional teachers and 25,000 additional teacher assistants across the state, which has left school districts scrambling, according to CalMatters. Districts will vie for state grant funding opportunities to provide teacher training similar to LVUSD's permit program.

"If we don't find creative and innovative solutions that create broader access [to training] with high quality, we are going to be a victim of that workforce shortage that is looming. We developed these programs, the [Early Childhood Education] permit being one of them, to always be on the leading edge of a trend that is several years away," Gleason said.

LVUSD was uniquely postured to provide such a program; the district already offers three accredited credential programs, which is unique for a school district, Gleason said. This means all the infrastructure was already in place to make the Early Childhood Education permit program happen quickly.

Partnering with so many local districts, though, offers logistical and other benefits, Gleason said. The partnerships are partially logistically motivated to make a more competitive application for statewide grant funding and maintain a high quality program.

"What the partner brings is their thoughts — they help us recruit faculty for the program that are well qualified and leaders in this area. They [also] join with us on a consortia grant application, and we work together to evaluate the quality of the program based on the preparation of candidates that graduate from our center," Gleason said.

Having such a broad range of schools represented in the program will also produce more well-rounded teachers and a more robust program, he said.

"When every district in the state is working towards the same goal, which is quality early childhood education, a partnership of multiple districts provides a more diverse experience for anyone being developed to teach in that setting," Gleason said. He added: "When we work together and not in silos, everyone benefits and ultimately kids benefit."

"We continue to be innovative as we grow the capacity of our staff so that our students excel," LVUSD Superintendent Dan Stepenosky said.

High Surf, Sun Expected In Manhattan Beach This Weekend

A warming and drying trend will develop over the weekend in Los Angeles County, according to the National Weather Service.MANHATTAN BEACH, CA — Mostly sunny skies are expected this weekend after a damp morning cleared in Los Angeles County Friday.Rain fell across much of the region Thursday night into early Friday morning, lingering into drive-time in some areas.Some locations, primarily in the eastern reaches of the county, saw later bursts of rain as the storm system moved out of the region. But while much of t...

A warming and drying trend will develop over the weekend in Los Angeles County, according to the National Weather Service.

MANHATTAN BEACH, CA — Mostly sunny skies are expected this weekend after a damp morning cleared in Los Angeles County Friday.

Rain fell across much of the region Thursday night into early Friday morning, lingering into drive-time in some areas.

Some locations, primarily in the eastern reaches of the county, saw later bursts of rain as the storm system moved out of the region. But while much of the rain moved on, forecasters with the National Weather Service said cooler and breezy conditions would linger through the day. The NWS noted that the "main theme today will be wind."

A high surf advisory is in effect through 5 p.m. Saturday; a wind advisory was issued through 8 p.m. Friday.

The overnight rain was mostly light, although the NWS issued a flood advisory for parts of Los Angeles County, including the San Gabriel Valley and coastal areas, that expired before dawn.

In Orange County, Bee Canyon recorded 0.39 inches of rain as of 5 a.m. Lower Silverado Canyon reported 0.39 inches and Lake Forest reported 0.36 inches, according to the NWS.

But the sun was shining again across most of the region by mid- to late-morning. And forecasters said conditions will get significantly warmer over the weekend.

"A warming and drying trend will develop over the weekend," according to the NWS. "The warming trend will turn more significant on Sunday and Monday when light offshore flow develops beneath ridging aloft."

Forecasters said the change will bring "summer-like weather" to Southern California, thanks to Santa Ana winds. Conditions could get warm enough to topple some heat records by Monday, according to the NWS.

Here is the forecast in Manhattan Beach:

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 63. Windy, with a west northwest wind 25 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.

Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 54. Windy, with a west northwest wind 20 to 30 mph becoming east northeast 5 to 10 mph in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 69. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph.

Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 55. West northwest wind 5 to 15 mph becoming east southeast after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 82. North northeast wind 5 to 15 mph becoming west southwest in the afternoon.

Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 57.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 84.

Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 58.

Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 72.

Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 56.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 69.

Wednesday Night: Patchy fog. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 54.

Thursday: Patchy fog. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 67.

- City News Service and Patch Editor Nicole Charky contributed to this report.

CITY COUNCIL – Downtown Manhattan Beach outdoor dining is extended through summer

Manhattan Beach restaurants’ use of temporary outdoor dining decks, allowed by the City Council as an emergency use of public space months into the pandemic, has been extended once more, until mid-September.The Council recognized problems with the current allowance of outdoor dining downtown, and in North Manhattan Beach, including downtown residents’ complaints about increased traffic congestion, and loss of parking impacting other businesses, but reluctantly agreed that restaurants should keep the decks at no charge unti...

Manhattan Beach restaurants’ use of temporary outdoor dining decks, allowed by the City Council as an emergency use of public space months into the pandemic, has been extended once more, until mid-September.

The Council recognized problems with the current allowance of outdoor dining downtown, and in North Manhattan Beach, including downtown residents’ complaints about increased traffic congestion, and loss of parking impacting other businesses, but reluctantly agreed that restaurants should keep the decks at no charge until at least September 15, when the matter will be revisited.

“Do I love this? No. Am I sympathetic to the downtown residents? Yes,” said Councilperson Suzanne Hadley. “ But it will end. This whole bloody pandemic. has gone on longer than we thought. I thought Gavin Newsom, the governor, might rescind the State of Emergency in March and he didn’t, so we’re not going to tell our restaurants it’s all over everything is back to normal….It’s just so much uncertainty. Let’s get through another summer.”

The Council once again stopped short of increasing occupancy limits, but suggested that enforcement for exceeding occupancy would not be a priority. The $3 per sq. ft. fee previously charged for the use of public right of way, which was lifted in March after restaurants objected to occupancy enforcement that limited indoor and outdoor combined occupance to pre-pandemic limits, will not be charged.

“No change in fees,” said Mayor pro tem Steve Napolitano. “And we shift enforcement down to the beach, where they can give tickets to dog owners.”

The temporary outdoor dining deck program was launched in June 2020 in an effort to help restaurants whose indoor dining had been shuttered by the pandemic. The City at the time defied LA County Health Department regulations by declaring the outdoor areas “parklets.” Between June 2020 and August 2021 the City waived $886,618 in revenue from unused parking meters, use fees for the public right-of-way, and parking citations. Last August, the council, for the second time, extended the use of the decks, scheduled to close after Labor Day, until January, but also began charging an under-market-rate $1 per square foot rate. That rate was increased to $3 in December, then lifted in March. The City began enforcing occupancy limits in January.

Napolitano said increasing occupancy limits would make an already unfair program worse unless every restaurant in the city could increase its limits.

“Everyone says, ‘We want to help our small businesses,’” he said. “Well, we are not helping your small businesses. We are helping 26 restaurants…So if we’re going to say let’s toss occupancy aside, then toss it aside for every restaurant in Manhattan Beach. The structure right now is incredibly artificial and it’s biased.”

Restaurant owner Mike Simms, who is also president of the Downtown Business Association, said that the City’s own surveys have shown that people want outdoor dining, but in order for restaurants to afford the increased costs of operating those decks, more occupancy is needed.

“The community wants outdoor dining. It was part of part of the survey, and I’ve heard it expressed over and over again in person,” Simms said. “And so how do you, in the long term, have outdoor dining and make it successful for the City and for the businesses that operate it? It’s a tough nut to crack, and it’s difficult to imagine without being able to have an increased capacity in some fashion to afford what is required.”

The City’s Community Development department is in the process of hiring a new planner who will be tasked with helping develop a permanent outdoor dining program. Downtown resident Jim Burton, who has been critical of the extended temporary program, acknowledged its popularity, but he said it was time to move on.

“One of the things that came out of Covid, with dining, is downtown Manhattan Beach has lacked outdoor dining,” Burton said. “We need a long-term solution. We don’t need to just start piecemealing this whole thing together with all these wooden dining decks sitting in the roadway. We need them out of the roadway.” ER

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