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Southwest Mobile Storage - Best Mobile Storage & Office Containers In Palos Verdes Estates, 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. Palos Verdes Estates, 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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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.
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.


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.


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.


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.


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 Palos Verdes Estates, CA, you can save up to 40% when compared to full-service long-distance movers, while gaining more flexibility in your schedule.


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 Palos Verdes Estates, 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.


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.


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.




Let our team know where we should deliver your mobile storage container for rent in Palos Verdes Estates, 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.



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.



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.



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 Palos Verdes Estates, CA

Former PVE City Council Candidate 'Mystified' By Claims In City Email

Desiree Myers was the subject of a citywide email last week and said that the city's claims about her were false and confusing.|Updated Fri, Apr 28, 2023 at 10:42 am PTPALOS VERDES ESTATES, CA — A city email that went out last week to residents of Palos Verdes Estates accused a former City Council candidate and a resident group of sending newsletters disguised as official city communication.Desiree Myers and PreservePVE, ...

Desiree Myers was the subject of a citywide email last week and said that the city's claims about her were false and confusing.

|Updated Fri, Apr 28, 2023 at 10:42 am PT

PALOS VERDES ESTATES, CA — A city email that went out last week to residents of Palos Verdes Estates accused a former City Council candidate and a resident group of sending newsletters disguised as official city communication.

Desiree Myers and PreservePVE, the subjects of the city's email, said the city's claims were false and confusing because the newsletters don't include any city seals and clearly display the PreservePVE name multiple times throughout the email.

"It's mystifying to me because PreservePVE is clearly stated at the top of the email, it doesn't use any city seals, it doesn't claim to be from the city, and it's branded eight times in the newsletter," Myers said. "We're mystified what their motivation is."

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The city's email claimed the PreservePVE newsletters, of which only two have gone out so far for March and April, were created to support Myers' campaign efforts. However, Myers contends there is no connection between the newsletter and any campaign efforts. She ran for City Council in 2022 but lost the election.

PreservePVE's newsletters are created by residents of Palos Verdes Estates for residents, Myers said. The two newsletters that have been sent to subscribers, so far, include city updates such as job openings in the city, updates on City Council agenda items and general facts.

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"[PreservePVE] asked Mayor Roos twice to identify any information that was opinion over fact and any information that mentioned my name or did any campaigning. To date, he has been unable to identify any of those items," Myers said.

According to City Manager David Ready, Myers and PreservePVE submitted a public records request to get the list of all the people who were signed up to receive the city's newsletter. Myers explained that PreservePVE never submitted a public records request and members never saw that email list. Rather, they were requested for a separate reason and were never used for PreservePVE's subscriber list, she said.

"I am the one that requested the emails because I was investigating what was going on with a huge amount of emails that were used in a smear campaign last fall. The emails they sent me were never used," Myers said.

Myers said PreservePVE was motivated to create its newsletter because the organization and its members believe there is an information gap between the city and the residents. Myers believes the city's official newsletter leaves out critical information that residents need to know to stay up to date with what is happening in the small city.

Since the city email was sent, Myers said many people have reached out to her and PreservePVE in confusion, and subscribers for the organization's newsletter have risen in response. PreservePVE collects its own subscriber list via consensual sign-ups on the organization's website, requests through emails, signup events and canvassing.

11 Reasons we Love Palos Verdes

Los Angeles is an amazing area with history (downtown and Pasadena), culture (Hollywood) and fantastic oc...

Los Angeles is an amazing area with history (downtown and Pasadena), culture (Hollywood) and fantastic ocean beach cities (Manhattan Beach, Hermosa, Redondo, Torrance.)

But if you were to come visit me from out of town, and ask me to take you to the most breathtaking place to visit in all of L.A., I’d easily throw you in the car and haul you to the Palos Verdes Peninsula, our own little Hawaii in Southern California.

You have views from everywhere, it’s quiet, it’s remote, it’s woodsy, hiking trails abound, there’s no better spot for biking, and did I mention those views?

As a photographer, I always consider it a privilege to take a client up to PV for portraits.

And on the latest episode of #PhotowalksTV, I join forces with noted PV photographer Ute Reckhorn to explore the area, photographing her daughter Clara and friend Leia in 5 of PV’s best spots: Malaga Cove, Frog Creek Trail, Bluff Side Trail, Point Vincente and the top of the hill at the corner of Paseo Del Sol and Via Del Monte.

We didn’t have time to catch all of PV’s highlights in the video. But in blog form, I have all the room in the world, so here’s my top 11 reasons to love PV, starting just south of Malaga Cove. Using Google Maps as a guide, we’ll begin there, and continue towards San Pedro at the other side of the hill, before climbing back up to the top for a finale.

Note: We will be in Palos Verdes Estates for the first four on the list, then shift to Rancho Palos Verdes when we cross Hawthorne. But for many of us, it’s all just PV, right?

Frog Creek Trail

Immediately to the left of Malaga Cove Plaza is a trail that takes you into a woodsy, secluded area that gave us lots of room for great portraits of Leia and Clara. Just walk straight from the Plaza. You can’t miss it.

Malaga Cove Plaza

The European like plaza might resemble a little square in Italy and it should. The centerpiece of the plaza is the statue of King Neptune that was imported from Italy in 1930. The columns and bricks add to the nostalgia, and as I found out when doing wedding photos up there a few years ago, it makes a wonderful backdrop save in the case of rain. (Remember those days?) The Plaza has several businesses, including the beloved Malaga Cove Ranch Market, which sells supermarket food plus homemade sandwiches, pizzas and the like, the Yellow Vase restaurant, and several banks and real estate firms.

Malaga Cove Library

Just up from the Plaza, a block away, is the stunning five-level library, a noted historic landmark, also built in 1930 in the Mediterranean revival style, and offering five levels and an art gallery below. Many wedding and portrait photographers take advantage of the huge lawn out front, and the beautiful surroundings for group shots by the library. 2400 Via Campesina, PV Estates.

Neighborhood Church

A former private mansion from the 1920s with over 15,000 square feet of living space and 32 rooms, the home was designed by Italian architect Armand Monaco (see a pattern here?) “built to model a Mediterranean villa with ceiling murals, carved balustrades, wrought iron gates and decorations,” per the Church, the Estate featured sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean from PV to Malibu. By the 1930s, the original owner ran into financial trouble and sold it, and by 1951 it turned into the church that is today. This is a great place to visit, both inside and out, especially the exterior, for the views of the stunning grounds.

Bluff Cove

One of those great PV finds, an off the beaten path hike at the side of the road that will take you down the hill to a secluded, rocky beach, beloved by surfers. To get there, go straight down the hill by the library, past the stop sign and turn towards the water, then turn left. You’ll pass the Neighborhood Church. Head up the hill for about half a mile, and park when you see the cars pulled over on the side of the road.

Starbucks/Subway on Hawthorne

Go back up the road and turn right on PV Drive West. At the intersection of Hawthorne are the greatest Starbucks and Subway restaurants in the world. Here’s my criteria: they both have outdoor decks with that amazing PV ocean view. (31202 Palos Verdes Dr. West, Rancho Palos Verdes)

The Point Vincente lighthouse in Rancho Palos Verdes, with the island of Catalina behind it.

Point Vicente

Here’s where you’ll find the stately Point Vicente lighthouse, rarely open to the public (only one day a month), but just try to visit and not get a picture of it. Look directly across from Point Vicente and you’ll see Catalina Island. There’s also wonderful picnic grounds and the Interpretive Center, which offers information about the history of the area. (31501 Palos Verdes Dr W, Rancho Palos Verdes.)


A big, beautiful, ritzy resort by the sea, which happens to have public access to the ocean trails. Walking the resort is free too. 100 Terranea Way, Rancho PV.

A wedding at the Wayfarers Chapel

Wayfarers Chapel

Across the street is the “glass church” designed by Frank Lloyd Wright’s son Lloyd, completed in 1951. A must-see! 5755 Palos Verdes Dr S, Rancho Palos Verdes.

Portuguese Bend Reserve Hike

Turn back towards Malaga Cove, and turn right and up the hill at Hawthorne to the very top, taking a right at Crenshaw and continuing it comes to a dead end. Here you’ll have an ocean view hike that will get you higher than a drone, with rolling hills, steep canyons and rock outcrops, per PV.

Via Del Monte view

Type “Paseo Del Sol and Via Del Monte” into your GPS, and take a short 10 minute, windy, hilly drive to another amazing overview, this one looking down at Torrance, Redondo Beach, Hermosa, Manhattan and El Segundo, as well as Century City and even Hollywood. On a clear day, you can see the Hollywood Sign and Griffith Observatory from up here. Is there a better sunset spot in Los Angeles? I don’t think so.

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More landslides possible on closed stretch of Palos Verdes Peninsula cliffs, say geologists

The cliffs along Rosita Place in Palos Verdes Estates are still unstable, following the dramatic landslide that sent a 200-foot portion of Palos Verdes Peninsula hillside careening down to Torrance Beach on Friday, Dec. 9.The City of Palos Verdes Estates declared a local emergency on Dec. 10, in an effort to protect life, property and the environment.Mark Prestwich, ...

The cliffs along Rosita Place in Palos Verdes Estates are still unstable, following the dramatic landslide that sent a 200-foot portion of Palos Verdes Peninsula hillside careening down to Torrance Beach on Friday, Dec. 9.

The City of Palos Verdes Estates declared a local emergency on Dec. 10, in an effort to protect life, property and the environment.

Mark Prestwich, city manager and director of emergency services, issued the order which is described as “a proclamation of existence and threatened existence due to the landslide and future risks of landslides.”

Last week’s landslide, though visually dramatic, involved no injuries and only minimum property damage, according to authorities. The slide sent boulders, dirt and debris hurling down the hillside near Rosita Place in the City of Palos Verdes Estates, adjacent to the City of Torrance.

The fast-moving dirt pummeled a Los Angeles County Beaches & Harbors truck that was parked at the bottom of the cliff. There was no one inside the truck, according to Nicole Mooradian, LA County Beaches & Harbors spokesperson.

The truck is still at the bottom of the landslide, said Mooradian, as the area is still active and they don’t want to endanger anyone to attempt a removal. The employee who drove the truck to the area was away from the landslide’s path talking to a supervisor when the hillside collapsed, Mooradian said.

“We were very lucky that no one was in that vehicle,” said lifeguard Capt. A.J. Lester of the Los Angeles County Fire Department in an interview Monday.

An unknown number of homeowners were evacuated on Friday, Dec. 9, as a safety precaution.

Related story: Peninsula landslide causes homeowner evacuation, beach closure, but no injuries

The slide impacted a portion of a back yard of an adjacent property, according to Prestwich, in a statement.

That property, according to Lester, is located directly above the landslide area. The homeowner has a golf putting green on the property, he said. The putting green now contains a sinkhole about 20-30 yards away from the cliff’s edge.

“From that sinkhole going west, it’s not a matter of IF, it’s a matter of WHEN (there will be another landslide),” Lester said. “That whole hillside is unstable.”

Indeed, a preliminary geotechnical analysis of the soil conditions indicates another portion of the slope is actively moving and could fall at any time, Prestwich said.

Authorities noticed additional movement in the area of the landslide over the weekend, said Mooradian. But it’s unclear if the additional sliding was caused by the unstable hillside or the weekend’s rain events, or a combination of the two.

Residents whose properties abut the steep hillside generally plant native vegetation that serves to prevent erosion, said Lester. But, it’s unclear if that was the case for the “lush hillside area” with the putting green.

A 1-mile portion of the beach is closed — from the southernmost portion of the Rat Beach lifeguard tower to the northernmost portion of the Torrance Beach lifeguard tower. It’s unclear when it can reopen.

Authorities are advising the public to stay away from the area until further notice. Lester even cautioned people in general from walking too close to embankments where there are super steep cliffs. If you look up and see a steep cliff, he said, stay clear.

“People should please stay away from that area,” Mooradian said. “It’s just common sense.”

Mooradian said the City of Palos Verdes Estates will be responsible for fencing off the area.

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A landslide took place Friday, Dec. 9, 2022, sending rock and debris down onto the beach below. The slide was located on the cliffside bordering Palos Verdes Estates and Torrance. (Photo by Chuck Bennett/Contributing Photographer)

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Conservationists want 96-acre wildlife corridor on Palos Verdes Peninsula

Conservationists are aiming to carve out nearly 100 acres on the Palos Verdes Peninsula to restore and protect native wildlife by shielding the area from development.The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy and the city of Rancho Palos Verdes are partnering on a $30-million fundraiser to create a wildlife corridor across the peninsula.The campaign, dubbed “Go Wild for the Peninsula,” aims to restore natural and coastal lands across the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve and create a 96-acre wildlife corridor to protect...

Conservationists are aiming to carve out nearly 100 acres on the Palos Verdes Peninsula to restore and protect native wildlife by shielding the area from development.

The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy and the city of Rancho Palos Verdes are partnering on a $30-million fundraiser to create a wildlife corridor across the peninsula.

The campaign, dubbed “Go Wild for the Peninsula,” aims to restore natural and coastal lands across the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve and create a 96-acre wildlife corridor to protect some of California’s — and the nation’s — most vulnerable species, such as the rare Palos Verdes blue butterfly, the El Segundo blue butterfly, the monarch butterfly and the coastal California gnatcatcher, among other threatened wildlife.

“We know that the results we are going to achieve by garnering all of this public support are going to help address a lot of what the public is concerned about, which is protecting this natural, open coastal land from development,” said Adrienne Mohan, executive director of land conservancy.


Jan. 29, 2021

Extensive habitat restoration efforts and wildfire risk mitigation will be needed, Mohan said. One plan is to replace invasive plants that pose a serious risk for wildfires, such as mustard weed, with drought-tolerant native plants, including California bush sunflowers. The organization also is bringing 300 goats to graze on overgrown invasive weeds, such as fennel, ice plant and other non-native plants.

The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy has already raised more than half of its fundraising goal. In 2021, the organization received a $12.6-million grant from the Fish and Wildlife Service’s Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund Grants — the highest award for the year nationwide. California’s Wildlife Conservation Board also chipped in an additional $4.8 million, the city of Rancho Palos Verdes contributed $1.3 million and the L.A. County Regional Park and Open Space District donated $1 million, bringing the total amount raised so far to $19.7 million.

Mohan called the grants and donations “an alignment in the stars” and said the group will now rely on public and private donors to help reach the remaining $10.3-million goal.

In a statement, California Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi said he’s gratified to see how the project is helping California achieve it’s “30 by 30” initiative, an executive order signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom in October 2020 that aims to conserve 30% of its natural land and coastal waters by 2030.

“The partnership between nonprofits, local government and resource agencies are all working together to achieve environmental wins that will benefit everyone,” Muratsuchi said.

Landslide in Palos Verdes Estates triggers beach closure

A landslide along the Palos Verdes cliff-lined coast erupted around 10 a.m., prompting a beach closure as a portion of the cliff fell to the beach below.Los Angeles County Fire Department responded to a "public assist" call at around 10 a.m., when a passerby reported the first landslide along the Palos Verdes Estates coast adjacent to Torrance Beach."We were sitting there calmly, and the next thing you know, there's just dirt on the hillside and lots of smoke and dust flying through the air," said Tim French...

A landslide along the Palos Verdes cliff-lined coast erupted around 10 a.m., prompting a beach closure as a portion of the cliff fell to the beach below.

Los Angeles County Fire Department responded to a "public assist" call at around 10 a.m., when a passerby reported the first landslide along the Palos Verdes Estates coast adjacent to Torrance Beach.

"We were sitting there calmly, and the next thing you know, there's just dirt on the hillside and lots of smoke and dust flying through the air," said Tim French, who witnessed the event.

A Los Angeles County Beaches and Harbors maintenance worker rushed to the scene of the landslide, parking next to the lifeguard tower.

Our Sky9 chopper was investigating the area in response to the call when they caught the landslide in progress.

Rocks and dust were seen rushing down the cliff, near the RAT (Right After Torrance) lifeguard tower and into the worker's truck below, pushing it nearly 30 feet from the spot it was first parked.

The truck was unoccupied and no injuries were reported. The City of Palos Verdes Estates reported that engineering geologists and city staff will evaluate soil, rock, and groundwater conditions to evaluate the safety of the area and nearby structures.

"When the rock pulls away, the cliff behind is going to expand some, it's going to fracture more, it weakens, and it's very typical after a big landslide, to have a lot more landslides follow it," said Dr. Pat Abbot, a geologist. "Once one occurs in an area, back off."

Abbot says that the incoming storm front could bring even more danger to the area in coming days.

"Sea levels are rising, gravity is pulling, and now when you talk about heavy rains coming in this week, might that be a danger? Oh definitely. That's going to add to the problem," he said.

One homeowner, who lives just above the point where the earth gave way, was evacuated.

No injuries have been reported.

The beach has been closed and officials say the public should avoid the area until it is deemed safe as crews attempt to clear the debris in the area.

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