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Southwest Mobile Storage - Best Mobile Storage & Office Containers In Marina Del Rey, 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. Marina Del Rey, 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 Marina Del Rey, 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 Marina Del Rey, 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.

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

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

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 Marina Del Rey, 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 Marina Del Rey, 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 Marina Del Rey, 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 Marina Del Rey, 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 Marina Del Rey, 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 Marina Del Rey, CA?

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DIRECTV vs. Fox: Why Did Fox Throw the First Punch?

TV Answer Man, I am very concerned about DIRECTV losing Fox. Is it likely that Fox will be removed? It seems likely because why else would they post such a scary warning several days before the big deadline?! Right? What’s your take here? — Barry, Marina Del Rey, California. Barry, Fox yesterday afternoon posted a viewer alert at KeepFox.com that said DIRECTV, DIRECTV Stream and U-verse ...

TV Answer Man, I am very concerned about DIRECTV losing Fox. Is it likely that Fox will be removed? It seems likely because why else would they post such a scary warning several days before the big deadline?! Right? What’s your take here? — Barry, Marina Del Rey, California.

Barry, Fox yesterday afternoon posted a viewer alert at KeepFox.com that said DIRECTV, DIRECTV Stream and U-verse could lose all Fox Sports programming due to a carriage dispute between the companies. The blackout, which could begin as early as midnight on December 2, would include the Fox-owned network affiliates in 18 markets, FS1, FS2, Big Ten Network, Fox Deportes, and Fox Soccer Plus.

The warning sent shivers down the backs of DIRECTV subscribers since Fox is the TV home of NFL football games, college football conference title games such as the Big Ten and Pac 12, and the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

While Fox stated it’s committed to “reaching a fair agreement with DIRECTV,” the network didn’t sound hopeful a deal can be reached before the deadline.

“Despite our best efforts for months, we regret that DIRECTV continues to demand unprecedented special treatment that represents a wholesale change to our long-standing relationship and is out of step with marketplace terms,” the network said.

DIRECTV tried to calm the waters with its counter statement.

“We’re confident we’ll come to terms ahead of any potential disruption. In fact, we’ve renewed nearly 200 local FOX stations much like these over the last few years,” the satcaster said. (Any blackout would not affect local Fox network affiliates that are not owned by Fox.)

But the damage was done. Subscribers to the three DIRECTV-owned TV services quickly marched to the social media sites to express an array of emotions, but mostly anger and much of it directed at DIRECTV.

“I mean, we’ve watched the ads enough! Stop showing them again! Or I’m going to Comcast! Already had enough without CBS and maybe without FOX Sports! Get your f——-act together DirecTV!” tweeted one upset customer.

And that’s exactly what Fox wants.

The network knows that DIRECTV has already lost several million subscribers over the last several years. It also knows that DIRECTV is already involved in a five-week blackout dispute with 25 Mission Broadcasting-owned local stations, including 12 Fox locals.

DIRECTV simply can’t afford to upset more customers now. And Fox knows that, too.

By issuing a public warning several days in advance (and on NFL Sunday), Fox is ensuring that a significant number of DIRECTV subscribers will call, send e-mails, text or send smoke signals if necessary to alert the satcaster that they will drop service if they lose Fox at this pivotal time in sports broadcasting. That in turn could put more pressure on DIRECTV to bow to Fox’s carriage demands in the days leading up to the deadline.

It’s a ploy, folks, one used by networks and programmers for years. In fact, Fox issued this warning last October just a few days before settling a carriage dispute with Altice.

“Despite our best efforts for months, we regret that Altice continues to demand special treatment and reject marketplace terms, compelling us to alert our loyal viewers of a potential blackout of all Fox channels by Optimum.”

Does that statement sound familiar? Once again, here is the Fox statement from yesterday:

“Despite our best efforts for months, we regret that DIRECTV continues to demand unprecedented special treatment that represents a wholesale change to our long-standing relationship and is out of step with marketplace terms,” the network said.

Uh, yeah.

This gamesmanship doesn’t mean that DIRECTV will succumb to the pressure. It also doesn’t mean that it will lose Fox by this weekend. But it does mean, in this veteran reporter’s opinion, that Fox is sounding the alarm bells early because it believes it will give it more leverage at the negotiating table rather than it being a reflection of how dire the situation is.

The TV Answer Man will monitor this situation this week and report back here if anything significant changes.

Until then, happy viewing and stay safe!

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10 Magical Holiday Light Displays in Southern California

We've all been awaiting the holidays with great anticipation, and what better way to begin this holiday season than to enjoy some festive holiday light displays? Take a look at the most anticipated holiday light displays in Southern California.'Lightscape' at The ArboretumLightscape will be transforming the Arboretum into a dazzling world of wonder. The event will include installations, illuminated pathways, and even a Winter Cathedral. Lightscape and The Arboretum have their own entrance fees. Entry to Light...

We've all been awaiting the holidays with great anticipation, and what better way to begin this holiday season than to enjoy some festive holiday light displays? Take a look at the most anticipated holiday light displays in Southern California.

'Lightscape' at The Arboretum

Lightscape will be transforming the Arboretum into a dazzling world of wonder. The event will include installations, illuminated pathways, and even a Winter Cathedral. Lightscape and The Arboretum have their own entrance fees. Entry to Lightscape begins at 5:30 p.m., and once inside, attendees are free to remain for as long as they desire. The duration of the self-guided walk is around 90 minutes, and it is slightly over a mile long. This event is accessible for wheelchairs and strollers.

Click here to purchase tickets.

Astra Lumina

Hidden within the Palos Verdes botanic garden is the most magical walk with "lustrous light, cosmic visions, and astral songs." This seaside oasis will be transformed into a vibrant, sensory-filled galaxy, you'll have to see it to believe.

Click here to purchase tickets.

LA Zoo Lights: Animals Aglow

Animals Aglow is an immersive landscape covered in lantern sculptures of animals, among blooming flowers and a mystical forest. This wild wonderland will feature a self-guided 60 to 90 minute stroll and plenty of photo ops. There’s also hot chocolate and plenty of festive treats available for purchase. Manual and electric wheelchairs and strollers will be available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis.

Enchanted Forest of Light

Located inside Descanso Gardens is a new world of bright wonder. This interactive experience features a one-mile walk through vibrant light displays. Tom Fruin's "stained glass" village in the Rose Garden, HYBYCOZO's geometric displays on the Main Lawn, Flower Power on the Promenade, and the Ancient Forest's lighting effects are some of the returning favorites. Guests are advised to wear warm clothes and comfortable walking shoes. This experience is accessible for strollers, wheelchairs and mobility assistance devices.

Holiday Light Festival

Right after Thanksgiving the Griffith Park & Southern Railroad transforms into the Holiday Light Festival which features mystical scenery and festive lights. Guests are welcome to ride the train, which takes about 10 minutes, enjoy a photo booth, and a gift kiosk.

For more information, visit the official website.

Holiday Road

Calabasas is hosting one of the most exciting adventures of the season. The experience features huge displays, countless Christmas lights, Santa, Mrs. Claus, elves and thousands of candy canes. It’ll also include face painting, carolers, a winter market, photo ops, food trucks, a holiday bar, shops, and more.

Visit their website for more information.

Old Pasadena

It's easy to get into the holiday spirit and support local merchants in the historic district of Old Pasadena. The area is lit up by fairy lights and festive projections illuminating the outdoor courtyards and alleyways of Old Pas. There's everything from family-owned restaurants, to plenty of local shops, perfect for a holiday family shopping spree. Though the holiday celebrations go on through January 2nd, on the Saturday right after Thanksgiving and Black Friday, Old Pas is celebrating "Small Business Saturday" with giveaways, promotions and special offers at local stores.

'Wildlights' at Living Desert

Wildlights provides festive, lit-up pathways for guests to enjoy. It also features photo opportunities, a carousel, pictures with Santa, themed treats, and more. The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens will illuminate over 80 of its 1,200 acres with one million holiday lights. This year's magical show will lead guests on a brand-new adventure along illuminating pathways, providing stunning new perspectives of animal habitats. In addition, there will be light shows set to music in different areas of the zoo, as well as a holiday-themed G-scale model train with over 3,300 feet of track on display.

Click here to learn more.

Santa's Speedway

The Irwindale speedway will be transformed into a spectacle of light for people of all ages to enjoy. Visitors can enjoy in-car and out-of-car experiences, such as driving on a NASCAR track and enjoying brightly lit-up displays and an 11-story Christmas tree. They will even have a Christmas Village with reindeer stables, food and drinks, and plenty of selfie spots. Guests can also take pictures with Santa, for the perfect Christmas memory.

Click here to visit the official website for more information.

Holiday Boat Parade

Marina del Rey will be hosting their annual 60th holiday boat parade. This event will feature live music, fireworks, and more. This winter tradition will contain a presentation of glammed-out boats, lit up in different colors. People of all ages are welcome to come enjoy the show.

If you have any questions about the event, check out the official website.

International Research Firm Parks Associates Announces 2023 Executive Conferences on the Connected Consumer and Smart Building Markets, Covering Smart Home, Energy, Health, and Video

Research firm estimates there are more than 700,000 multifamily properties across the USDALLAS , Nov. 22, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Parks Associates today announced its 2023 event schedule for its executive conferences, including the inaugural conference ...

Research firm estimates there are more than 700,000 multifamily properties across the US

DALLAS , Nov. 22, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Parks Associates today announced its 2023 event schedule for its executive conferences, including the inaugural conference Smart Spaces: Apartments, Hospitality, and Community Living on April 17-18. The research firm reports annual home service spending is $340 billion in the United States across home phone, internet, mobile, security, and video services. In addition, the firm estimates there are more than 700,000 multifamily properties in the US, which represents a growing market for broadband, smart solutions, and technology integration and services. Currently 30% of US internet households live in multi-dwelling (MDU) housing.

Parks Associates' 2023 conferences include a mix of in-person and quarterly virtual sessions, providing ongoing research insights and networking opportunities. "Our events help the industry best understand the next stages of growth," said Mindi Sue Sternblitz-Rubenstein, VP, Marketing, Parks Associates. "We are so excited about our 2023 plans, spotlighting all areas of our research work."

2022 Smart Energy Summit sponsors were Schneider Electric, SmartThings, Rapid Response Monitoring, Zen Ecosystems, and Particle.

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Floods, Fires, Mudslides: Marina Del Rey Braces For Nature's Onslaught

As Tropical Storm Kay moves into the region, SoCal goes from heatwaves and wildfires to mudslide risks, heavy winds and high surf.LOS ANGELES, CA — Tropical Storm Kay slowly made her way up the California coast, helping to douse some natural disasters while simultaneously threatening to ignite others.Noteworthy rainfall isn't expected to hit Los Angeles until nightfall with the heaviest rain coming after midnight and into the morning Saturday. The storm is expected to batter the region's mountains with heavy downpours a...

As Tropical Storm Kay moves into the region, SoCal goes from heatwaves and wildfires to mudslide risks, heavy winds and high surf.

LOS ANGELES, CA — Tropical Storm Kay slowly made her way up the California coast, helping to douse some natural disasters while simultaneously threatening to ignite others.

Noteworthy rainfall isn't expected to hit Los Angeles until nightfall with the heaviest rain coming after midnight and into the morning Saturday. The storm is expected to batter the region's mountains with heavy downpours and intense wind gusts of more than 60 miles per hour and as high as 110 miles per hour.

The National Weather Service issued a flood watch that will be in effect from 11 p.m. Friday through Saturday evening in the Los Angeles County Mountains and Antelope Valley.

"Moisture from Kay will move into the area today (Friday) and linger through Saturday," according to the NWS. "Showers and thunderstorms with periods of heavy rain at times will increase the risk of flooding, especially in the mountains. The heaviest rain is expected to occur late tonight through Saturday evening."

Forecasters said the rain could lead to excessive runoff resulting in "flooding of rivers, creeks, streams and other low-lying and flood-prone locations."

The storm has the potential to trigger mudslides in the county's burn scar areas. In Los Angeles County, officials will be watching the Route and Gulch Fire burn scars in addition to the older burn scars such as the Creek Fire for potential mudslides.

The rain already helped firefighters get the upper hand on the Radford Fire in the Big Bear area, but the combination of wind and lightning remain a potential fire hazard in the drought-stricken Southern California region.

The National Weather Service also warns of the potential for thunder and lightning, which could ignite new wildfires. Along the Los Angeles County coast, Kay will bring heavy surf with waves up to 7 or 8 feet and the potential for flooding in low-lying coastal areas, according to the National Weather Service.

Southern California entered the 10th and possibly final day of a prolonged heat wave Friday, with Tropical Storm Kay bringing clouds and rain to San Diego in the morning and Orange County by the afternoon. Those areas were expected to see the heaviest rainfall in Southern California.

Kay had been categorized as a hurricane, but it weakened as it made landfall Thursday night, then began shifting to the northwest over the ocean. But Kay was still packing a punch, promising to bring widespread rain across the region.

The cloud cover from the storm was helping to trap warm air in the region, meaning continued hot weather on Friday, despite some overcast conditions, along with increased humidity. Excessive heat warnings will remain in effect for most of the Southland until 8 p.m. Friday. Then the rain will move in.

"Rainfall amounts should generally range between a quarter to half inch for the coast, a third to two-thirds of an inch for the valleys, and a half to one-and-one-half for the mountains," according to the NWS. "For the Antelope Valley, generally a third to two-thirds of an inch is expected for the storm. Locally higher amounts could develop, especially with any thunderstorms. Heavy downpours are possible across the mountains and desert where terrain will cause orographic effects that could increase rainfall rates."

The storm has already caused higher tides, prompting concerns of localized flooding along the coast. In Long Beach, crews worked overnight to fortify berms, and sandbags were being made available to residents to help protect their properties from flooding.

Long Beach fire and parks officials were focusing efforts in Alamitos Beach, building up protective berms mainly between Fifth and Ninth places.

"High tide for Long Beach will be at 9:16 p.m. tonight," the Long Beach Fire Department noted on its Twitter page. "Please take efforts now to prepare your homes if you live in vulnerable locations along our coastline that are prone to flooding."

The NWS warned that Kay will bring steep seas and gusty east winds to coastal waters through Saturday.

Gale force winds are expected at Catalina and San Nicolas Islands, with a chance of winds reaching 20 to 30 knots north to Point Conception and the Channel Islands.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn said sandbags were being made available to Catalina residents on the east side of South Beach. She noted that the story "is forecasted to bring wind, high surf and coastal flooding to the island."

According to Hahn, Catalina Express canceled the 5:45 p.m. departure from San Pedro to Avalon, as well as the 7:40 p.m. boat from Avalon to San Pedro and the 9:45 p.m. departure from Avalon to Long Beach.

In the meantime, high heat will persist Friday, bringing with it concerns about strain on the statewide power grid. The California Independent System Operator, which manages the grid, issued another Flex Alert for 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, urging residents to cut back their power use to avoid strain on the system and possible rolling blackouts.

The alerts have been in place nightly throughout the heat wave, and thus far they have worked -- with Cal-ISO avoiding any calls for rolling power outages.

During the Flex Alert, residents are asked to save power by:

Residents were also advised to pre-cool their homes as much as possible and close blinds and drapes to keep interiors cool.

The power grid has been pushed to the limit during the heat wave. Late Tuesday afternoon, statewide electricity demand reached 52,061 megawatts, breaking the record of 50,270 MW set in 2006, according to Cal-ISO.

Southern California has seen temperatures soar above 100 degrees every day since Wednesday of last week. Los Angeles International Airport reached 97 degrees on Thursday, breaking the record for the date of 93 degrees, set in 1984.

It was 103 in Anaheim on Thursday, breaking a record of 102 set in 2015. It was 95 in Newport Beach, breaking a record of 90 set in 1984.

Excessive heat warnings will be in effect through 8 p.m. Friday for the inland coastal area including downtown Los Angeles, the Santa Monica Mountains, L.A. County beaches, the Malibu coast and the San Gabriel, San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys. The warnings expired at 8 p.m. Thursday in the Los Angeles County mountains and Antelope Valley.

The excessive heat warning will also be in place until 8 p.m. Friday for Orange County coastal and inland areas, including valleys in San Bernardino and Riverside, and the Santa Ana mountains and foothills.

"Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors," the NWS urged. "Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances."

Forecasters also urged residents to be aware of the signs of heat stroke and to take precautions.

Cooling centers for Los Angeles County can be found at ready.lacounty.gov/heat/. Cooling centers for Los Angeles can be found at emergency.lacity.org/la-responds/beat-heat, or by calling 311.

City News Service and Patch Staffer Paige Austin contributed to this report.

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Amazon Store To Close In Marina Del Rey

The online retail giant is shuttering all of its brick-and-mortar bookstores, as well as its 4-star shops and pop-up locations.MARINA DEL REY, CA — Amazon is closing down all of its in-person bookstores, 4-star shops and pop-up locations in California and across the U.S. The retail giant seeks to rework its brick-and-mortar presence.In Marina del Rey, ...

The online retail giant is shuttering all of its brick-and-mortar bookstores, as well as its 4-star shops and pop-up locations.

MARINA DEL REY, CA — Amazon is closing down all of its in-person bookstores, 4-star shops and pop-up locations in California and across the U.S. The retail giant seeks to rework its brick-and-mortar presence.

In Marina del Rey, 4752 Admiralty Way is expected to close this year.

The move will affect 66 stores in the U.S. and at least 16 locations in the Golden State.

The company said this week that it will pivot to focus on a convenience concept called Amazon Go and its upcoming Amazon Style stores. Amazon Style, which will sell clothing and accessories, is set to open its debut store in Southern California later this year.

"We remain committed to building great, long-term physical retail experiences and technologies and we're working closely with our affected employees to help them find new roles within Amazon," the Seattle-based company said in a statement.

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It wasn't specified how many Amazon workers could be affected by the wide swath of closures.

Amazon opened its first physical bookstore in 2015, two decades after it started selling books online, driving many long standing shops out of business. The company's 4-star shops made their debut in 2019 and carried a smaller selection of best selling products.

The strategy of closing so many stores comes as a surprise for Neil Saunders, the managing director of GlobalData Retail. He believes it's an acknowledgement that the bookstores weren't delivering the returns the conglomerate had sought.

The main issue with Amazon's non-food stores is that they lack a real purpose even though the the merchandise was well-presented, he said.

"They were designed for people to pop in and browse rather than as destinations where people would head on a mission to buy something," he wrote in a note on Wednesday. He added that ultimately that wasn't good for driving customer traffic, especially in an era where people are visiting shops less.

The other problem, Saunders said, is the assortment which, in many locations, was disjoined and unfocused.

The news of the closure was first reported by Reuters.

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