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Southwest Mobile Storage - Best Mobile Storage & Office Containers In North Hollywood, 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. North Hollywood, 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.

 Rent Storage Containers North Hollywood, CA

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 North Hollywood, 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 North Hollywood, 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 North Hollywood, 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 North Hollywood, CA

Building additions to your home can be very expensive and requires going through the hassle of securing permits and waiting for construction. You can save money, time and stress by modifying a shipping container instead. Whether you need additional space for a home gym, recreation or storage, we can convert steel containers into anything you can imagine. Our custom container gyms, man-caves or she-sheds, garages and more give you the extra space you need without the hassle, cost and wait that comes with home renovation.

Renting shipping containers for temporary storage, either when moving or dealing with restoration from a fire or flood, provides a secure, convenient way to keep your belongings close for accessing them whenever you need to. Plus, renting mobile storage containers for moving costs less than traditional movers and allows you to take your time packing, reducing the stress that comes from moving. You can also rent portable offices for your home to make working remotely distraction-free.

 Rent Shipping Containers North Hollywood, CA

HERE'S WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE US TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY A SHIPPING CONTAINER FOR YOUR HOME:

With an extensive in-house staff and 90,000 sq ft container modification facility, we're able to deliver consistently high quality and work on multiple projects simultaneously for a fast turnaround.

Other companies don't have the facility, staff or resources to modify shipping containers and will outsource the work to various shops who may not have the special experience or tools needed to modify the right way.

You can rest assured knowing your custom container is safe in our hands. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications through every step of the process.

Renting a moving container from us makes your move much less stressful because you won't have to rush to pack your whole house into a moving truck in one day. Instead, you can take your time packing over the course of a month.

Our ISO shipping containers are weatherproof and come with vault-like security, so you don't have to worry about theft or damage to your belongings.

You won't get that level of security from U-Haul or other moving truck companies.

Renting a storage container at your home keeps your belongings close and gives you convenient 24/7 access, so you're always able to retrieve the contents of your container when you need to.

We know move in and move out dates don't always line up. We can store your packed rental container at our secure facility until your new home is ready.

With our mobile storage containers for rent in North Hollywood, 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 North Hollywood, 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 North Hollywood, 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 North Hollywood, 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 North Hollywood, CA

Where To Buy Fresh Christmas Trees In North Hollywood-Toluca Lake

Tis the season for Christmas trees, and Patch has you covered with everything you need to find the perfect tree in North Hollywood.NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA — People in North Hollywood and Toluca Lake 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 North Hollywood.

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA — People in North Hollywood and Toluca Lake 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 North Hollywood and Toluca Lake have plenty of options, sortable by ZIP code and by type, on the Real Christmas Tree Board website. They include:

Mr. Jingles Christmas Trees 1:

Home Depot at 21218 Roscoe Boulevard, Canoga Park Lowe's at 8383 Topanga Canyon Boulevard in West Hills

Lowe's at 19601 Nordhoff Street in Northridge

Home Depot at 11600 Sherman Way, North Hollywood

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.

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Write Act Rep Presents the World Premiere of PIECE OF MIND At The Brickhouse Theatre, Opens December 10

The world premiere play by playwright Emma Wood will be performed by Write Act Rep from December 10th, 2022 – January 29th, 2023PIECE OF MIND, a play by playwright Emma Wood, will be performed by Write Act Rep from December 10th, 2022 - January 29th, 2023, at the Brickhouse Theatre in North Hollywood. Produced by Write Act's award-winning creative team members: Producing artistic director John Lant, producer ...

The world premiere play by playwright Emma Wood will be performed by Write Act Rep from December 10th, 2022 – January 29th, 2023

PIECE OF MIND, a play by playwright Emma Wood, will be performed by Write Act Rep from December 10th, 2022 - January 29th, 2023, at the Brickhouse Theatre in North Hollywood. Produced by Write Act's award-winning creative team members: Producing artistic director John Lant, producer Tamra Pica with play direction by Susan C. Hunter. Tickets available at: https://pieceofmind.bpt.me. (Preview performance: Dec. 4th)

The Brickhouse Theatre is located at 10950 Peach Grove St., N. Hollywood, CA 91601 (off Vineland, just north of Camarillo), Opening Saturday, December 10th, 2022. Continuing Performances are Saturday night at 7:30pm, Sunday afternoon at 3pm.

Tickets are $25.00 online from Brown Paper Tickets or at the door. There will be one preview performance on December 4th. No performances on the weekends of December 24, 25. 31 and January 1.

When Gwen and Allie open a daring business venture to shore up their meagre retirement savings, it seems like a stroke of brilliance. Offering an alternative to traditional counselling, they provide a room with a coffin on a rent by the hour basis. Clients are offered the opportunity to take turns playing dead while one airs their grievances and is heard in full. Piece of mind is expected to follow.

While the concept is unique and interest in it is huge, when they launch, they unwittingly open a Pandora's box along with the business concept, threatening their investment, their reputations and even their friendship.

A darkly comic series of events involving a series of clients, Allie's daughter Tess and Gwen's Aunt Rowena take them on a rollercoaster ride from hope to desperation.

Along the way, all are forced to face their own demons. Just as the business seems doomed, they discover the concept is not as mad as it sounds, and each of them have been helped by it in unexpected ways.

The cast includes April Martucci (Allie), Carla Valentine (Gwen), Cassidy DeSantis (Ellie/Understudy Tess), Dani Mohrback (Tess), Meeka Brown (Understudy Gwen), Roxie Lee (Rowena), and Trevor Murphy (Ed)

Emma Wood (Playwright) is an award winning, internationally produced playwright. With a determination to write stories both entertaining and thought provoking, Emma's plays have been widely acclaimed by audiences and critics. Her ability to create passionate, substantial roles for actors of all ages delights actors and audiences. She has a particular passion for writing female centered stories and leading roles for older women. Her full-length plays are very different but have common threads: engaging characters of a wide range of ages, sparkling dialogue, and a satisfying story to tell. Emma's plays have been produced by professional and community theatre companies in UK, Australia, USA and Asia. Her full-length period comedy Mr. Bennet's Bride, a prequel to Pride and Prejudice, has been a particular crowd favorite, with eight productions already in Australia and the UK.

Susan C. Hunter (Director) is a veteran producer, director, and playwright. At Write Act Repertory she has produced numerous productions, especially the Women Inventing Theatre series which highlights the talents of female playwrights from the Southern California area. Her own full-length plays produced at Write Act include Karma, the Musicaland Kissinup to Mr. Bliss, as well as staged readings of In the Shadow of a Lunatic Moon and The Nups. She has directed throughout The Southland and was artistic director of The Whittier Junior Theatre, followed by a career as a theatre educator during which she served as president of The Drama Teachers Association of Southern California. Her most recent publication, Life Unresolved and Other Short Plays is available in paperback and audio book.

Tamra Pica's (Producer) theater and television work spans 35 years with credits ranging from prop designer to producer of plays, musicals, dance, and ice shows. She is a resident senior producer and casting director at Write Act Repertory for theater and film projects. As a producer she's developed projects for Los Angeles and Off-Broadway theater, film and digital projects. She's produced over 15 Off-Broadway productions including the long-running Frankenstein, Swing, and Lili Marlene and LA premieres most recently: Path to Catherine. Alongside theater, Tamra's work production, casting, and development television work can be seen for companies such as Disney, Sony, Cartoon Network, NBC Studios, TBS, CBS, MTV, ABC and FOX. TV/Film Producing credits include: America's Prince: The JFK Junior Story, Venice the Series, and she casts projects for theater, film and television in both New York and Los Angeles.

The Brickhouse Theatre is located at 10950 Peach Grove St., N. Hollywood, CA 91601 (off Vineland, just north of Camarillo) Opening December 10th 2022 - January 29th, 2023. Performances are Saturday night at 7:30pm, Sunday afternoon at 3pm. Tickets are $20.00 online from Brown Paper Tickets or at the door. Phone 800-838-3006 / Theatre is heated / ADA Accessible / On-street Parking.

Box office opens 15 minutes to curtain due to COVID Safety Protocols. Please arrive 15-20 minutes prior to show time for on-street parking. Theatre is heated / ADA Accessible / On-street Parking.

PLEASE NOTE: OUR COVID POLICY IS THAT THE AUDIENCE IS MASKED AT ALL TIMES FOR THE PERFORMANCE DUE TO THE HEALTH RISKS TO OUR DEDICATED PERFORMERS. This is a vaccinated workspace.

Under the producing artistic leadership of John Lant since 2003, an award-winning producer and director of over 100 plays in LA and NYC, including 17 Off-Broadway plays. WRITE ACT REPERTORY has produced over 75 Mainstage and 125 original one-act plays in Los Angeles and New York City. Write Act Repertory currently has work on Off-Broadway plays running at St. Clement's, Theater Row, MTC City Center, St. Luke's Theatre, Actors Temple Theater and ATA, in the heart of Broadway Theatre District. This company is dedicated to the development of original plays, lesser-known works by established writers, adaptations of classical-themed materials and musicals. Write Act Repertory also produces rarely seen works and unfinished musicals by composers who passed before their work was completed. www.writeactrep.org

Strippers at a North Hollywood club want a union. Management has challenged their ballots

Dancers at a topless dive bar in North Hollywood holding a historic union election expected results Monday. They will need to wait a while longer.The National Labor Relations Board said Monday that a majority of the ballots were challenged by the club, Star Garden, and the labor board couldn’t complete a tally.The announcement was a setback for the group of strippers seeking to join Actors’ Equity Assn., a century-old union that represents actors and stage managers on Broadway and at venues such as the Hollywood Pan...

Dancers at a topless dive bar in North Hollywood holding a historic union election expected results Monday. They will need to wait a while longer.

The National Labor Relations Board said Monday that a majority of the ballots were challenged by the club, Star Garden, and the labor board couldn’t complete a tally.

The announcement was a setback for the group of strippers seeking to join Actors’ Equity Assn., a century-old union that represents actors and stage managers on Broadway and at venues such as the Hollywood Pantages Theatre. The effort represents a move by an established union to bring historically marginalized workers into the fold of organized labor.

The director of the board’s Region 31 Los Angeles office will need to determine whether the 16 challenged ballots should be opened and counted. One ballot cast in the mail-in vote wasn’t challenged and one ballot was voided.

The board didn’t reveal the vote of the single unchallenged ballot to preserve the privacy of the person who cast the vote, NLRB spokesperson Kayla Blado said in a statement.

The regional NLRB director could also order a hearing to determine the eligibility of the 16 people who cast the challenged ballots to vote in the election.

An attorney representing Star Garden said the club argues that dancers who submitted ballots were not employed by the business and thus weren’t eligible to vote.

“Those individuals were never employees of Star Garden since our client purchased the business in October 2021,” John Linker of Akerman, the law firm representing Star Garden, said in an email.

Actors’ Equity Assn. President Kate Shindle said Monday that Star Garden owners have continued to deny that dancers ever worked at Star Garden.

One argument Star Garden might pursue is that dancers were not hired as employees but rather were leasing the space under contract, Shindle said. But the union “is confident these [dancers] are employees,” Shindle said.

“It’s disappointing. It’s a delaying tactic,” Shindle said. “We believe these challenges will get dismissed and we’ll keep going.”

Shindle and several Star Garden dancers who have been protesting outside the club for months gathered at Actors’ Equity offices in North Hollywood on Monday afternoon to hear the results of the election.

“We knew this was coming from these employers,” said a dancer who goes by the stage name Velveeta to protect her privacy. There’s “a history of strip club owners wanting to erase our dignity — wanting to erase our existence.”

Although ballots weren’t revealed, “we know how we voted,” Velveeta said. “This is a win. Period.”

If the dancers’ union vote eventually is successful, they would be the first strip club dancers in the country to join a guild since 1996.

The strippers’ election comes amid a wave of union efforts at individual work sites for companies including Starbucks, Amazon and Trader Joe’s — employers that have long staved off organized labor. Broad national unionization rates haven’t risen significantly, pushing unions to seek other ways to expand membership.

Most of the strippers seeking representation have not worked at Star Garden since mid-March, when 15 of the club’s 23 dancers raised safety concerns and demanded better working conditions. Several dancers were fired and for months have picketed outside the bar.

The dancers submitted a petition to Star Garden alleging that management had failed to take “basic steps” to protect their safety and privacy. The petition called for Star Garden to enforce safety policies preventing customers from filming and photographing dancers and lingering after closing time. It urged management to provide them copies of their work contracts and to stop overserving customers who they said get more belligerent when drinking heavily.

Dancers filed seven unfair labor practice allegations against Star Garden that are under investigation by the National Labor Relations Board.

The club’s lawyer said Monday that “a lot of nasty and untrue allegations have been levied against Star Garden. This is a small, family-run business that has always sought to do right by its employees and customers, which includes adhering to all state and federal labor laws.”

The group of protesting Star Garden dancers backed by Actors’ Equity filed a petition Aug. 17 seeking a union election with the federal labor board.

Star Garden’s legal representation argued against proceeding with an election at NLRB video conference hearings Sept. 9 and 15. Star Garden contended that it does not fall under the NLRB’s jurisdiction because it does not generate gross annual revenue of $500,000 or more.

The NLRB disagreed. For the 10-month period beginning October 2021, Star Garden had $424,587 in total revenue, according to an October filing by the director of the NLRB Region 31 office in Los Angeles. Projected through a12-month period, the board found the club’s gross revenue to be about $509,504.

The board ruled Oct. 6 that the Star Garden workers were eligible to be represented by the Actors’ Equity Assn. and ordered the election.

Actors’ Equity has pursued a broader organizing focus in recent months, seeking to make inroads with new groups of workers.

In September, a dozen planetarium lecturers who educate visitors of Griffith Observatory about the night sky filed a petition to join Actors’ Equity.

Actors’ Equity leadership has previously said the union is looking into representing other workers such as actors who assist in medical training, performers at corporate events and improv artists.

Fire at Iliad Bookshop in North Hollywood followed by outpouring of support from patrons, neighbors

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The owner of a beloved bookstore in North Hollywood received an outpouring of support from customers and neighbors in the last few days. The future of The Iliad Bookshop was in jeopardy following a Thursday night fire."I'm feeling better about it today," owner Dan Weinstein told Eyewitness News Monday afternoon. "The smell, you can still smell it in the room here a little bit. But hopefully it didn't ruin the books."While the flames didn't go past the metal door, the sm...

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The owner of a beloved bookstore in North Hollywood received an outpouring of support from customers and neighbors in the last few days. The future of The Iliad Bookshop was in jeopardy following a Thursday night fire.

"I'm feeling better about it today," owner Dan Weinstein told Eyewitness News Monday afternoon. "The smell, you can still smell it in the room here a little bit. But hopefully it didn't ruin the books."

While the flames didn't go past the metal door, the smoke that penetrated the books' pages threatened to make them unsellable.

"Luckily, the fire department blew out what they could that night," Weinstein said. "They spent a good hour with the blowers on, so that really saved the inventory, I think."

After a witness called in, firefighters found a stack of books ablaze outside and put the fire out, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Weinstein regularly leaves out the stack of books to give away.

"They told me had they not been here when they were, if it had been just a few minutes later, the whole place would have been engulfed," he said. "So, I feel so blessed."

Weinstein, who opened the bookstore more than 30 years ago, is expressing deep gratitude for those who donated to his business, dropped off kind notes, and even cat food for his pets.

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The owner said someone set fire to the back portion of the shop Thursday and left a flyer at the scene.

"It's been five times what we've asked for, what they've contributed. It's just an outpouring," he said. "I feel really loved by the community. So, I don't really know why anyone would do this."

When he first opened shop in the late '80s, he was inspired to name it "Iliad" because there was an "Odyssey" video store nearby. He said flyers were posted on the exterior of his business the night of the fire.

"It's nothing really threatening, but I think somebody wanted their agenda put out there, basic conspiracies I think it is," he said.

Right now, Weinstein does not believe he was targeted over his identity. He does question whether this could be connected to a series of arson fires in North Hollywood. Two people were detained and one person was arrested and charged in connection to those cases in late October. According to county records, the suspect remains in custody. For now, Weinstein is grateful his two cats who were inside at the time of the fire are okay.

His love for literature runs in the family. Weinstein's relatives owned bookstores in Southern California since the 70's, a tradition he's grateful to carry on.

"I can't even express how grateful I am that people have supported me the way they have, both their good wishes and donations and book donations," he said. "Thank you all. Thank you. Thank you so much."

Hagerty Garage + Social Partners with Porsche Racing and Car Culture Legends Patrick Long and Rod Emory to Open Southern California Storage Facility, Clubhouse

VAN NUYS, Calif., Nov. 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Hagerty, Inc., (NYSE: HGTY) an automotive lifestyle brand and leading specialty insurance provider, announces the opening of ...

VAN NUYS, Calif., Nov. 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Hagerty, Inc., (NYSE: HGTY) an automotive lifestyle brand and leading specialty insurance provider, announces the opening of Garage + Social Van Nuys, the latest in its growing, national network of enthusiast facilities. Porsche factory racing driver Patrick Long and longtime Porsche restorer Rod Emory, both with Southern California roots, have partnered with Hagerty to launch the new location, which will offer a premium clubhouse and storage facility for Los Angeles area car lovers and collectors.

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The Garage + Social clubhouse will be operated by Hagerty in partnership with two of Southern California's most well-known car enthusiasts: Patrick Long, a Porsche North American Motorsports Ambassador and Luftgekühlt co-founder; and Rod Emory, long-time racer, restorer and founder of Emory Motorsports, a prestige vintage Porsche restoration business.

The two enthusiasts will bring a special perspective on car culture rooted in three generations of car-guys from Burbank and Glendale, two towns that were at the epicenter of hot rod and car culture in the mid-1940s. It's this background that makes the duo the ideal pairing to spearhead the design and build of the clubhouse.

"One of the great things about the car world is that we love to gather, share stories and revel in our shared passion and appreciation of collectible cars," said Hagerty CEO McKeel Hagerty. "Patrick and Rod's extensive careers, gracious personalities and SoCal roots mean that they'll create a great atmosphere for Garage + Social members. The result will be an oasis for car enthusiasts, designed by car enthusiasts. It's a place where members and the public alike will enjoy truly special moments that perfectly complement Hagerty's purpose to save driving and car culture for future generations."

"Rod and I have known each other for 15 years from the Porsche racing scene, and we both come from families that were immersed in SoCal's car scene," said Long, of Westlake Village. "The opportunity to work with Hagerty to create a unique car-culture center was one we had to take. In developing the club we look to embrace all types of vehicles, from exotic European makes to old-school hot rods, classics and muscle cars."

"What's exciting is that Hagerty Garage + Social offers more than just a parking spot for your car," said Emory, of North Hollywood. "It offers a vital social component, as well. One which Pat and I are committed to building into something meaningful for enthusiasts of all kinds. The Van Nuys clubhouse will have an all-encompassing entertainment space that focuses on car culture and welcomes the automotive community. We plan to host coffee get-togethers, track days, rallies, you name it. It'll be a relaxed, fun and dynamic atmosphere that speaks to every car enthusiast."

Garage + Social Van Nuys features climate-controlled, dust-free storage with 24-hour security, personalized service, maintenance and detailing. The 2.5-acre site includes more than 30,000 square feet of car storage which is open now, plus a separate 7,500 square foot, 8-car garage that Long and Emory will transform into the Garage + Social clubhouse in the coming months. It will include space for events, complemented by a cafe and coffee bar. The center's interior design will showcase artwork and photography from the world of motorsports and SoCal car culture. The clubhouse is expected to open in March 2023.

For enthusiasts who don't yet own a car or need storage, a social membership is available providing access to the clubhouse. All Garage + Social members are automatically enrolled in the Hagerty Drivers Club and have access to Hagerty Garage + Social locations throughout North America.

The Van Nuys opening marks the first location in Southern California. Hagerty currently operates Garage + Social facilities in nine cities, including Seattle, Chicago, Toronto, Bedford Hills (NY), Delray Beach, Miami, Palm Beach, Van Nuys (CA) and Culver City (CA, opening soon).

For more information on the Hagerty Garage + Social Van Nuys, click here. For behind-the-scenes access, including build-out progress of the clubhouse, please follow Patrick Long (Instagram) and Rod Emory (Instagram) on their social feeds.

About Hagerty, Inc. (NYSE: HGTY)

Based in Based in Traverse City, Michigan, Hagerty's purpose is to save driving and car culture for future generations and its mission is to build a global business to fund that purpose. Hagerty is an automotive enthusiast brand offering integrated membership products and programs as well as a specialty insurance provider focused on the global automotive enthusiast market. Hagerty is home to Hagerty Marketplace, Hagerty Drivers Club®, Hagerty Drivers Club magazine, Hagerty Drivers Foundation, Hagerty DriveShare™, Hagerty Valuation Tools®, Hagerty Media, MotorsportReg, Hagerty Garage + Social®, The Amelia, the Detroit Concours d'Elegance, the Greenwich Concours d'Elegance, the California Mille, Motorlux, RADwood, Broad Arrow Group and more. For more information on Hagerty please visit www.hagerty.com, or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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