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Southwest Mobile Storage - Best Mobile Storage & Office Containers In Panorama City, 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. Panorama City, CA offers a wide selection of portable offices and mobile storage containers you can rent, buy or modify.

Our experts in container rental, sales and customization are committed to providing you the highest quality and best experience from service to delivery - our reputation depends on it.

Whether your need is for storage, office space, moving, multi-purpose or custom use, we've got your back. Here's how:

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NO MATTER YOUR NEED, WE'VE GOT YOUR BACK.

STORE AT YOUR LOCATION

We bring your storage container to you for convenient, easy access at your home, business or jobsite. Plus, you'll get more choice in storage space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of a pod or add on building, saving money and energy.

STORE AT OUR LOCATION

Not enough room to keep a storage container at your business, home or construction site? No problem - we can store it for you. Plus, you get 70% more space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of public storage units.

CUSTOM STORAGE

Need a permanent storage solution for your business, residence or construction? We sell new and used shipping containers in many sizes with a variety of add-ons. Or customize a container to your specific storage needs with our certified fabrication experts.

LOCAL MOVE

Take your time packing with our moving containers. We'll deliver to your business or home and pick it up whenever you're ready to move. So, you don't have to stress about moving or making multiple trips in one day, like if you rented a moving truck.

LONG-DISTANCE MOVE

Our moving container solutions ensure the long-distance move of your home or business is highly efficient and affordable throughout the southwest. In fact, we usually cost 20%-40% less than full-service movers.

MOVING & STORAGE

We understand move-in and move-out dates might be different. We can store your moving container at our highly secure facilities until you're ready to move to your new home or business location, and you can conveniently access it at any time.

OFFICE USE

Whether you need a workspace, conference room, or other office requirement, our ground-mounted mobile offices meet any and all of your business needs. Plus, it's faster and easier than building additions.

BUSINESS USE

If you need your shipping container to serve multiple uses, such as office-storage combos, breakrooms and even utilities, we've got you covered. We'll modify a custom container to fit your business needs and bring your business to the next level

CUSTOM USE

We'll create a custom container to fit your unique needs anywhere in the US. With our container modification expertise, we make any idea a reality. From pop-up stores to multi-story structures, our unrivaled facilities and fabrication experts do it all.

You'll get your own dedicated storage and container expert to serve as your one point of contact for easy, convenient service you can trust.
With our wide selection of intermodal containers for sale and rent, you'll find exactly what you need, from size, to type and condition.
We maintain our rental fleet to the highest standard - our integrity depends on it.
Our certified, experienced Conex container modification experts have more than 500 years combined experience modifying ISO containers.
All of our containers come with high security dual-locking system for no additional charge, so you can rest assured your stored items stay safe and that you don't have to pay extra for it.
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At our unrivaled 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility, ensuring your custom shipping container is made exactly to your specifications.
With our level of service, quality and expertise, you won't find a better value anywhere else.
Our portable offices include lighting and electrical outlets, internet hookups, HVAC and were crafted by our in-house steel container fabrication experts for top-quality construction.

Premium Quality - High Security

With Southwest Mobile Storage, you get much more than a POD or typical Conex box. You also get high security, unparalleled service and unmatched container modification expertise and facilities. No other company offers that much.

Shipping containers and storage containers come in a range of sizes. The most common external lengths are 20ft and 40ft with a width of 8ft. ISO Containers are typically 8ft 6in tall, but high cube containers are 9ft 6in tall. We also have steel containers in a variety of sizes from 10ft long to 45ft long to rent or buy, and we can modify shipping containers into any size you want.

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SMS Mobile Storage Containers have these high quality features:

1/8" thick steel plate bottom side rails
High strength steel supporting cross members
1 1/8" thick hardwood floor with galvanized self-tapping screws
16-gauge corrugated steel walls
16-gauge roof
270-degree swing cargo door(s)
High security dual-locking system*
Spot-grinded, primed & repainted with a beige high-grade water reducible alkyd direct-to-metal enamel*
* Comes standard on all rental units

SMS portable workspace containers have these structural features:

High security window bars, lever & deadbolt set with lock box
Studs & R-19 Insulation covered with wood paneling
1 1/8" marine board floor is covered with a durable single part gray epoxy coating
Dual pane low-E horizontal sliding windows with screens and miniblinds
18 Gauge steel polystyrene core 3-hour fire rated personnel door
All of our workspaces are refurbished grade or better
Exterior load center operating on 100 Amp single phase 230 Volt power
Light switch, receptacles and 4' light fixtures; all wiring is Romex 12/2
CAT-6 voice and data lines with electrical junction box
HVAC units ranging from 1 ton to 2 ton on rentals; ability to customize up to 10 tons of cooling

Having flexible storage containers options is important, but security is crucial to protect your peace of mind and your possessions.

At Southwest Mobile Storage, we don't believe in leaving things to chance. We want you to rest easy knowing your inventory, documents, tools, equipment and other items are safe 24/7. That is why we equip SMS high-security slide bolt locking systems and lockboxes on our entire fleet of rental freight containers.

EVERY ONE OF OUR MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINERS FOR RENT IN Panorama City, 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 Panorama City, 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 Panorama City, 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 Panorama City, 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 Panorama City, 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 Panorama City, 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 Panorama City, 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 Panorama City, 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 Panorama City, CA

Taft defeats Panorama for City Division III football title

Senior quarterback Wellington Bristow broke a tackle in the backfield, sprinted to his left and stretched the football just inside the pylon for a two point-conversion with 53 seconds left to lift Woodland Hills Taft to a 21-20 triumph over Panorama in the City Section Division III championship game at Lake Balboa Birmingham High on Friday afternoon.Bristow completed 13 of 27 passes for 172 yards and three touchdowns, including an 11-yard strike to Amir Dutt to pull the top-seeded Toreadors (7-7) to within 20-19.“We knew ...

Senior quarterback Wellington Bristow broke a tackle in the backfield, sprinted to his left and stretched the football just inside the pylon for a two point-conversion with 53 seconds left to lift Woodland Hills Taft to a 21-20 triumph over Panorama in the City Section Division III championship game at Lake Balboa Birmingham High on Friday afternoon.

Bristow completed 13 of 27 passes for 172 yards and three touchdowns, including an 11-yard strike to Amir Dutt to pull the top-seeded Toreadors (7-7) to within 20-19.

“We knew were going for two and I knew what I wanted us to run,” Bristow said. “It was play-action where I keep it and the defense read it, but there was no way I was going down. It means so much because people were saying how bad we were all year.”

With 53 seconds left, Taft’s Wellington Bristow converts the 2 point attempt and Taft wins the Division 3 CIF Title 21-20! ⁦@C_Morrissette⁩ ⁦@Tarek_Fattal⁩ ⁦@Daygofootball⁩ ⁦@latsondheimerpic.twitter.com/2rfZtZrxTt

— Aron Gideon (@GideonAron) November 27, 2021

Daniel Ramirez intercepted a pass inside the Pythons’ 40-yard line with 39 seconds left to seal the win.

Melvin Linares rushed 18 times for 140 yards and all three scores for the third-seeded Pythons (8-6), who were vying for their first City football title since the school opened in 2006. Panorama had upset No. 2 San Fernando 39-13 in the semifinals.

Entering the season, Taft had not won a football game since a 35-0 shutout of Chatsworth on Oct. 27, 2017, and the Toreadors’ losing streak reached 26 before they snapped it with a 43-6 win against Van Nuys on Aug. 27.

“We’ve come a long way since we scrimmaged them [Panorama] in August — and so have they,” said first-year coach Jeff Kearin, formerly the head coach at Los Angeles Loyola and Cal State Northridge. “I can point to 10 guys right now who never put a helmet on before the season. We’ve battled all year and even tonight all bets were off, but we pulled it out.”

City of L.A. to buy 16 buildings through Project Homekey

At its meeting on January 27, the Board of Commissioners of the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) voted to approve the latest batch of purchase through Project Homekey, the state program which provides money for jurisdictions to acquire hotels and market-rate apartments buildings to repurpose them as interim or permanent supportive housing.For nearly $508 million (including state and local funding), the HACLA and the City of ...

At its meeting on January 27, the Board of Commissioners of the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) voted to approve the latest batch of purchase through Project Homekey, the state program which provides money for jurisdictions to acquire hotels and market-rate apartments buildings to repurpose them as interim or permanent supportive housing.

For nearly $508 million (including state and local funding), the HACLA and the City of Los Angeles is poised to buy 16 different properties totaling 1,276 residential units - a per-unit price tag of just over $398,000. The properties are as follows:

A five-story, 41-unit apartment complex with a single level of at-grade apartments located near the Crenshaw/LAX Line in Hyde Park. The City of Los Angeles is expected to pay $17.3 million for the newly-built property, with an expected closing date in late February 2022.

A six-story, 42-unit apartment complex built by Schon Tepler Group in Historic Filipinotown. The City of Los Angeles is expected to pay $18.6 million for the building, with an expected closing date in May 2022.

A two-story, 29-unit apartment complex next to the Pacoima Wash in Panorama City, which dates to the 1970s. HACLA is expected to close on the $10-million purchase in May 2022.

A recently-completed five-story, 36-unit apartment complex located near the Van Nuys Metrolink Station in the San Fernando Valley. The City of Los Angeles is expected to pay $16.6 million for the building, with a closing date at the close of February 2022.

A four-story, 27-unit apartment complex with at-grade parking and commercial space near the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Alvarado Street in Echo Park. The City of Los Angeles is primed to pay $11.2 million to developer Schon Tepler Group for the newly-built structure, with a closing date in May 2022.

A newly-built 128-unit apartment complex in South Los Angeles. The City of Los Angeles will pay $49.5 million for the building in a transaction which is expected to close in March 2022.

A six-story, 80-unit modular apartment complex built by Universal Standard Housing in Westlake. HACLA has agreed to pay $31 million for the property.

A seven-story mixed-use building with 101 apartments and ground-floor commercial space in Canoga Park. The City of Los Angeles will pay $55.2 million for the building in a deal expected to close in April 2022.

A recently-completed mixed-use complex featuring 79 apartments and 2,100 square feet of retail space in Mid-City. HACLA will acquire the building for $36.5 million.

6531 S. Sepulveda Boulevard

The City of Los Angeles will acquire an Extended Stay America hotel at 6531 S. Sepulveda Boulevard in Westchester for $52.5 million. The transaction, expected to close in June 2022, will include 133 dwellings.

18602 S. Vermont Avenue

The City of Los Angeles is poised to pay $37.8 million to acquire an Extended Stay America hotel located at 18602 S. Vermont Avenue in Harbor Gateway, creating 136 dwelling units.

20205 Ventura Boulevard

Another Extended Stay America hotel located at 20205 Ventura Boulevard in Woodland Hills, consisting of 146 units, is expected to sell to the City of Los Angeles in a deal closing in June 2022.

19325 Londelius Street

In Northridge, a fourth Extended Stay America hotel is expected to sell to the City of Los Angeles for $46.8 million in June 2022, creating an additional 117 dwellings.

10150 Hillhaven Avenue

A newly built 62-unit apartment complex located in the Tujunga neighborhood. HACLA is poised to pay $17.7 million for the building in a deal closing in May 2022.

BLVD Hotel

Just north of Hollywood Boulevard, the City of Los Angeles has agreed to pay $24.4 million to acquire the BLVD Hotel at 2010 N. Highland Avenue, creating 62 homes. The deal is expected to close in May 2022.

An 85-key hotel located just south of the I-10 freeway in Boyle Heights. HACLA will pay $35.8 million for the under-construction building in a deal closing in September 2022.

EOPA California Congratulates LA City Council for Supporting the CA Divestment Act

On April 5, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to support Senate Bill 1173, the Fossil Fuel Divestment Act. Back on February 17, Senator Lena A. Gonzalez introduced the Fossil Fuel Divestment Act, SB-1173, in the California state legislature. The bill is co-sponsored by Sen. Scott Wiener and would mandate that California’s public pension funds stop investments in fossil fuel companies.Specifically, the legislation would give the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and the California Sta...

On April 5, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to support Senate Bill 1173, the Fossil Fuel Divestment Act. Back on February 17, Senator Lena A. Gonzalez introduced the Fossil Fuel Divestment Act, SB-1173, in the California state legislature. The bill is co-sponsored by Sen. Scott Wiener and would mandate that California’s public pension funds stop investments in fossil fuel companies.

Specifically, the legislation would give the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) until July 2027 to divest a combined $9.9 billion from the Carbon Underground 200, a list of companies considered to have the greatest potential for future fossil fuel emissions from their reserves and prohibit any new investments in those companies.

So far the California Senate Labor, Public Employment and Retirement Committee have approved the bill by a 3-1 vote.

“On behalf of over 430 elected officials from 49 counties working to phase out dangerous oil and gas drilling, Elected Officals to Protect America (EOPA) California congratulates the Los Angeles City Council for their bold leadership supporting SB-1173, the Fossil Fuel Divestment Act. When passed it will help stop the environmental devastation of communities of color who are disproportionately affected with toxic pollutants that can lead to premature death,” said Christian Brock, CEO of EOPA. “Instead of investing in fossil fuels, CalPERS could invest in clean energy solutions like offshore wind to ensure our clean energy independence. To achieve environmental justice state agencies must protect the environment, the health and the future of all Californians, not just some.”

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) reports that California has an enormous 112 GW of offshore wind technical power potential, representing 150 percent of the state's current electricity use.

CalPERS and CalSTRS are the two largest public pension funds in the United States.

"The brand new IPCC report is unequivocal: it's now or never if we want to limit planetary warming to reasonably safe levels," said Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz, author of the resolution to support SB 1173, EOPA California Leadership Council. "That means we need to immediately stop subsidizing the dangerously reckless fossil fuel industry. The pension systems are intended to provide workers a safe future. We need to provide those same workers that safe future with our investment decisions as well.”

LA City has been reconfiguring its own relationship with the fossil fuel industry, including declaring local oil drilling a non-conforming land use and closely examining the LA City Employees Retirement System Investments (CF#19-1577).

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, in 2020, Russia was the third-largest producer of fossil fuels after the U.S. and Saudi Arabia. Putin’s war has been financed by $285M from sales of Russian oil daily.

In response to a letter from Governor Newsom, CalPERS has reported that it has over three quarters of a billion dollars in Russian investments, consisting of $420 million in public stocks and $345 million in illiquid real estate assets. Then CalPERS announced the following actions:

● CalPERS has ceased all transactions in Russian publicly traded equity and has stopped the flow of any new investments into the country.● CalPERS is actively assessing its real estate investments and determining a path forward.● CalPERS is reviewing all its investments in emerging markets, including Russia, due to the impacts the crisis has had on all financial markets.● CalPERS is following all regulatory requirements promulgated by the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control and the sanctions that are in place.

“Every day I recoil from images of neighborhoods where I played as a youngster as they go up in flames and are reduced to rubble. Clearly investments in fossil fuels are volatile and contribute to war. The horrific reality should be used to help accelerate a transition away from fossil fuels,” said Igor Tregub, Chair of the California Democratic Party Environmental Caucus and Former Berkeley Rent Stabilization Boardmember, EOPA California. “CalPERS should leave all Russian investments. Bolstering our energy supply with renewable solutions like distributed solar is a viable local solution that can be catalyzed right now. These and other renewable energy investments will catalyze the creation of thousands of new, well-paying Californian jobs, grow our economy, and literally save lives.”

For over eight years, teachers, students, and state workers have called for their pensions to be divested from fossil fuels. Many of the pension fund beneficiaries experience severe health impacts every day because they live near fossil fuel extraction operations. With divestment, the earnings of nearly 3 million active and retired public school teachers, college instructors, state and local employees, the health and wellbeing of all Californians would benefit.

The City of Los Angeles has a total of 5,229 oil wells, of which 296 are idle and the majority are located within 2,500 feet of homes, schools and hospitals. For comparison, in unincorporated Los Angeles County, there are nearly 2,000 active and idle oil and gas wells.

More than 580,000 LA City residents live within one-quarter mile of a productive oil and gas well. Scientific evidence shows that nearby oil and gas drilling operations can cause premature death. A host of ailments including, cancer, liver and kidney damage, neurological, cardiovascular and respiratory problems, low birth weights and birth defects have been attributed to oil and gas industries operations.

Communities of color host the majority of these oil and gas wells and continue to suffer greater health risks. In LA County, 44 percent of Black residents, 37 percent of Latino residents and 48 percent of Asian residents live near oil and gas wells, compared to 31 percent of Caucasian residents.

According to a report by the FracTracker Alliance, Governor Newsom approved 10,212 oil drilling permits since he assumed office in 2019, mainly in communities of color.

In January, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to prohibit the drilling of new oil and gas wells, phase out production of existing oil and gas wells and create a process for the phase-out and cleanup of existing oil wells, with a just transition.

Culver City voted in June of 2021 to phase out oil and gas production, enact a just transition for industry workers and require the cleanup of well sites in the city’s portion of the Inglewood Oil Field within five years.

The Inglewood Oil Field is the largest contiguous urban oil field in the U.S., with more than one million people living within five miles of the site. Jurisdiction over the Inglewood Oil Field is split between Culver City and Los Angeles County. On average, the field produces 2.5 – 3.1 million barrels of oil yearly on about 1,100 acres. Approximately 10 percent (78 acres) was located within the limits of Culver City.

Nurses, doctors sick. Ambulances, blood in short supply. Omicron hits L.A. healthcare hard

Los Angeles County’s hospitals are straining to provide medical care, hobbled by staffing shortages far worse than last winter’s coronavirus surge.Many healthcare workers, burned out by the pandemic, have quit, and many who remain have tested positive for the virus and are at home isolating. And healthcare facilities are busier this year because there’s more de...

Los Angeles County’s hospitals are straining to provide medical care, hobbled by staffing shortages far worse than last winter’s coronavirus surge.

Many healthcare workers, burned out by the pandemic, have quit, and many who remain have tested positive for the virus and are at home isolating. And healthcare facilities are busier this year because there’s more demand for non-COVID-19 care.

Among L.A. County’s four public hospitals, hundreds of coronavirus-positive health workers are in isolation, which “has made it virtually impossible to ... maintain services that are at a level of care needed to support safe patient care,” Health Services Director Dr. Christina Ghaly told the county Board of Supervisors this week.

“The numbers are due to the much higher rates of community transmission than what we have experienced at any previous point in this pandemic,” Ghaly said. “There’s just a lot more virus out there in the community. And healthcare workers, just like anybody else, are getting infected.”

It’s not just nurses that are in short supply. “It affects physicians, respiratory therapists, radiology techs, lab staffs — the whole gamut of what is needed to run a hospital safely,” Ghaly said.

In the face of the latest surge in cases, Kaiser Permanente Southern California is temporarily postponing all elective surgeries that require an inpatient stay in the hospital after an operation, it announced Wednesday.

The hospital system will continue to perform emergency surgeries, urgent procedures including those involving cancer patients or people whose medical condition would be worsened by a delay, and elective outpatient surgeries that do not require an overnight stay in the hospital, its regional director of medical quality, Dr. Nancy Gin, said.

“We will continue to do everything we can to minimize the impact on our members and the public,” Gin said.

Ambulances are also facing longer delays before they can drop off patients. Companies who contract with the county to provide emergency transport through the 911 system “have experienced severe staffing shortages and are having difficulty responding to calls in a timely manner,” Ghaly said. Many employees are out sick, while other workers are not vaccinated, and “as a result, they are not able to work in line with public health orders.”

L.A. County has identified the 20 most hard-hit emergency rooms, and county employees have been dispatched to the top 10 — all privately run hospitals — to assist with offloading ambulances; the other eight are expected to receive federal help within the next two weeks, Ghaly said.

On Saturday, California sent a strike team to augment the 911 ambulance companies. “We requested five; we received one, with one still pending and three [to be determined,]” she said.

Besides the hospital surge, Ghaly warned that blood supplies across L.A. County are reaching a critical shortage. The American Red Cross is calling the nationwide blood shortage the worst in more than a decade.

“The demand for blood is high, but the donation volume is still down,” said Ghaly, who urged people to donate by going to redcrossblood.org. “Trauma centers just cannot operate without blood. If there’s not blood, they will need to close, and that is not a situation that we want to find ourselves in.”

Blood shortages forced the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services to shut down one of its trauma centers to new patients for hours earlier this week — a step it had not taken in over three decades, officials at the department said Wednesday.

The trauma center at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center closed to new patients for more than two hours Monday, a department spokesperson said. It had to reach out to other hospitals in the DHS system for blood in order to reopen.

The strain on hospitals in L.A. County is exacerbated because other facilities are refusing to care for coronavirus-positive patients. Outpatient dialysis companies are sending coronavirus-positive patients to hospitals, said Ghaly, adding that practice is inappropriate.

In addition, congregate residential care facilities, including those that care for mental health patients, are sometimes refusing coronavirus-positive patients, Ghaly said, “causing huge backlogs of patients filling up precious hospital beds.”

County officials are working to establish a motel voucher program to provide quarantine and isolation locations for residents who don’t require a certain level of medical oversight.

The county and state have deployed staff to establish three hospital surge units at: Mission Community Hospital in Panorama City, Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center in San Pedro and Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster.

To reduce transmission risk among visitors, L.A. County’s public hospitals have also restricted visiting hours, including the duration and number of visitors allowed.

Hospitalizations of coronavirus-positive patients in L.A. County are rising rapidly, growing to 3,912 as of Tuesday, six times the number compared to last month. But the latest tally is still a fraction of the record 8,098 coronavirus-positive patients recorded Jan. 5, 2021.

There were 536 COVID-19 patients in L.A. County intensive care units as of Monday, triple last month’s number. That is still less than one-third of last year’s peak, when there were 1,731 on Jan. 8, 2021.

Still, some officials expect the number of hospitalized coronavirus-positive patients to climb. As of Tuesday, California hospitals had 12,317 coronavirus-positive patients; that’s a little more than half the record of 21,938 set Jan. 6, 2021.

One model cited by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday indicated it’s plausible that the number of coronavirus-patients hospitalized in California could reach 23,000 by Feb. 2 — exceeding the pandemic record.

Newsom said that as of Wednesday morning, there were about 52,400 people hospitalized for all reasons, including COVID-19, in California. That’s nearing the peak of 53,000 set during last winter’s surge, a number California is expected to hit later this week, the governor said.

Data show that 4.5% of those who are infected with the Omicron variant are hospitalized, Newsom said Monday. That’s better than past surges: L.A. County estimated that during last year’s peak, 15% to 20% of coronavirus cases led to hospitalizations, and during the summer Delta wave, 5% to 6% of infections resulted in hospitalizations.

Newsom said the average length of stay in the hospital for Omicron patients is 3.6 days, fewer than for previous variants.

But the sheer number of Californians becoming infected with Omicron means that hospitals will likely continue to be stressed, even though a lower percentage of those infected need hospitalization.

“The totality of those getting this variant are such that it’s going to put tremendous strain on our hospital system. It’s not unique to California,” Newsom said.

The governor said the demands on hospitals this winter are “manageable, but it’s challenging. It’s difficult.”

Emergency rooms statewide are undergoing immense strain. On Sunday, there were 55,000 total emergency department visits statewide, according to data Newsom presented; a year ago, there were 27,000.

The difference is that the demand for non-COVID emergency care is worse than last year, when much of California was under regional stay-at-home orders. On Sunday, there were 12,500 emergency department visits related to COVID-19; last year at this time, there were 11,500.

Evidence continues to show that many infections with Omicron result in mild or moderate illness. Still, people should still do as much as they can to avoid getting infected, L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said, particularly since Omicron survivors might be at risk of long COVID. There also is worry about children developing multisystem inflammatory syndrome, a rare but serious condition that can be deadly.

“We do know that weeks after last winter’s surge, we saw a huge increase in MIS cases, so it remains prudent to do everything you can to avoid getting infected,” Ferrer said.

Pediatric hospitalizations have risen recently. On Jan. 1, there were 79 coronavirus-positive children in L.A. County’s hospitals, 58 of them among children under 5, who are too young to be vaccinated. There were only four coronavirus-positive children younger than 5 hospitalized across L.A. County on Dec. 4.

Los Angeles Area Millionaires Made In 2021: California Lottery

You can't win if you don't play. Here's who won the biggest prizes in Los Angeles County this year.LOS ANGELES, CA— Who won the biggest lottery prizes in Los Angeles County this year? Here is the 2021 California Lottery Winner breakdown:Brentwood: Mega Millions Winner: Daniel Beltran Eusebio: $2,390,663 playing Mega Millions. The ticket matched five numbers in the Mega Millions® drawing on January 5. Even though his ticket missed the Mega number. The ticket was purchased at the Chevron located at 5591 Lone Tree way ...

You can't win if you don't play. Here's who won the biggest prizes in Los Angeles County this year.

LOS ANGELES, CA— Who won the biggest lottery prizes in Los Angeles County this year? Here is the 2021 California Lottery Winner breakdown:

Brentwood: Mega Millions Winner: Daniel Beltran Eusebio: $2,390,663 playing Mega Millions. The ticket matched five numbers in the Mega Millions® drawing on January 5. Even though his ticket missed the Mega number. The ticket was purchased at the Chevron located at 5591 Lone Tree way in Brentwood (Contra Costa County).

Los Angeles: Avrahom Orloff: $10 Million playing Ultimate Millions Scratchers. Purchased at Redondo Market, located at 624 East Holt Avenue in Pomona (Los Angeles County).

Los Angeles: Cindy Osorio: $1 million playing a PAC-MAN® Scratchers. Purchased at the 7-Eleven, located at 5700 Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles (Los Angeles County).

Arcadia: Evelyn Pizzuto: $1 million playing Merry & Bright Scratchers tickets. Purchased at the Von's located at 745 West Naomi Avenue in Arcadia (Los Angeles County).

Van Nuys: Luis Simental $1 million playing Merry & Bright Scratchers tickets. Purchased at 7-Eleven located at 6586 Van Nuys Boulevard in Van Nuys (Los Angeles County).

Inglewood: Guillermo Ceja: $10,000,000 on a $10,000,000 Bankroll Scratchers ticket purchased at Kelso Ranch Market located at 601 West Kelso Street in Inglewood (Los Angeles County).

Covina: Victor Navar: $750,000 on a Mystery Crossword Scratchers ticket. Purchased at Covina Donut located at 1007 North Grand Avenue in Covina (Los Angeles County).

Canyon Country: James Nichols: $5 million on a $5 Million Extravaganza ticket. Purchased at Arco located at 28406 Sand Canyon Road in Canyon Country (Los Angeles County).

Panorama City: Thonginh Sasouvanh: $2 million on an Instant Prize Crossword ticket. Purchased his ticket at Food Market located at 9059 Van Nuys Boulevard in Panorama City (Los Angeles County).

Alhambra: Mike Hong: $3 million on a 2021 Scratchers ticket at Circle K located at 1 Hellman Avenue in Alhambra (Los Angeles County).

Rancho Cucamonga: Christopher Barto: $10 million on a $400 Million Money Mania Scratchers ticket. Purchased at Chevron located at 8075 Monet Street in Rancho Cucamonga (San Bernardino County).

Santa Clarita: Nhat Van: $2 million on an Instant Prize Crossword Scratchers ticket. Purchased at Kwik Pick Liquor located at 27600 Bouquet Canyon Road in Santa Clarita (Los Angeles County).

Pasadena: Benjamin Schaefer: $2 million on an Instant Prize Crossword Scratchers ticket worth $2 million. Purchased at Chevron located at 1400 East Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena (Los Angeles County).

Los Angeles: Demetrius Guy: $5 million on a $5,000,000 Platinum Payout Scratchers ticket. Purchased at La Brea Chevron, located at 307 North La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles.

Gardena: Joga Singh: $2 million on an Ultimate Millions Scratchers ticket. That winning ticket was purchased at Holiday Liquor, located at 13438 South Normandie Avenue in Gardena (Los Angeles County).

Reseda: Sam Sacket: $1 million on a Million Dollar Multiplier Scratchers ticket that lived up to its name. Sacket's ticket, worth $1 million, was purchased at G&M Oil located at 17707 Sherman way in Reseda (Los Angeles County).

Van Nuys: SUPERLOTTO PLUS: A SuperLotto Plus ticket purchased in Van Nuys (Los Angeles County) hit the $62 million jackpot. The lucky ticket was purchased at Tori Liquor located at 7300 Sepulveda Boulevard in Van Nuys, CA 91405. This business will earn a bonus of $310,000 for selling the winning ticket. The winning numbers were 15, 9, 11, 30, 27 with a Mega Ball of 25.

Pacoima: MEGA MILLIONS: A ticket sold in Pacoima (Los Angeles County) matched the numbers 9-34-17-1-27, just missing the Mega number of 24. That lucky ticket is worth $1,091,799.The winning ticket was sold at Cortesia Market located at 11552 Glenoaks Boulevard in Pacoima (Los Angeles County). Cortesia Market receives a bonus of $5,458 for selling that winning ticket.

La Puente: Mega Millions: A winning Mega Millions ticket sold in La Puente (Los Angeles County) matched the numbers 67-26-17-52-18, just missing the Mega number of 19. That lucky ticket is worth $1,001,371. The winning ticket was sold at the Fastrip Food Store located at 1400 Valinda Avenue in La Puente (Los Angeles County). The Fastrip Food Store receives a bonus of $5,006 for selling that winning ticket.

El Monte: Nora Estremera $5 million on a 100X Scratchers ticket. Purchased at El Monte Chevron located at 12004 East Ramona Boulevard in El Monte (Los Angeles County).

Compton: Manual Salazar Ochoa: $3 million on the Set For Life Scratchers ticket. Purchased at Miracle Market located at 800 West Alondra Boulevard in Compton (Los Angeles County).

Sylmar: Wilfredo Galicias: $2 million on the Instant Prize Crossword Scratchers ticket. Purchased her ticket at 7-Eleven located at 13919 Hubbard Street in Sylmar (Los Angeles County).

Van Nuys: SuperLotto Plus Winner: Paul Sudhan: $62,000,000 prize. Purchased at Tori Liquor located at 7300 Sepulveda Boulevard in Van Nuys (Los Angeles County). Sudhan has been playing the Lottery for more than 30 years, but this was the very first time he has ever purchased tickets at Tori Liquor. That retailer will receive a $310,000 prize for selling the winning ticket. Sudhan, a hard worker, stated, "I work 12 hours a day, seven days a week. God gave me this opportunity and now I can help people." Sudhan plans to pay off debt, help his kids, take care of his family, contribute to his community and invest. And for retirement, Sudhan said giddily, "I don't know yet."

Compton: Powerball Winner: Vicente Malagon won more than $2.5 million on Powerball after he matched five numbers but missed the Powerball number. He purchased his ticket at the General Store located at 614 East El Segundo Boulevard in Compton (Los Angeles County). The ticket, which matched five numbers (1-4-18-46-62), but missed the Powerball number (25).

Lakewood: Armando Zaragoza: $6,000,000 on a Set For Life Scratchers ticket. Purchased at the 7-Eleven located at 2611 Carson Street in Lakewood (Los Angeles County).

West Covina: David Lafortune: $5,000,000 on a 2021 Scratchers ticket. Purchased at Jug and Jigger located at 2612 East Garvey Avenue in West Covina (Los Angeles County).

Los Angeles: Elizabeth Duenas: $1,000,000 on a Red Hot 10's Scratchers ticket. Purchased at El Super at 3405 East Cesar Chavez Avenue. (Los Angeles).

Long Beach: Martin Haslup: $1,000,000 on a California Dreamin' Scratchers ticket. Purchased at Smoke 4 Less located at 1944 North Lakewood Boulevard Long Beach (Los Angeles County).

Sherman Oaks: Robert Jacobs: $1,000,000 on a Monopoly Scratchers ticket. Fulton Square Liquor is located at 4824 Fulton Avenue, Sherman Oaks. (Los Angeles County).

Sun Valley: Mega Millions Winner: A winning ticket worth $2,694,898 was sold at a liquor store in the San Fernando Valley. The ticket, which matched five numbers in last night's drawing (14-56-6-19-62) but missed the Mega number (9), at Jerry's Liquor located at 11010 Saticoy Street in Sun Valley.

Bell Gardens: Luis Roque: $1,000,000 on a Red Hot 10's Scratchers ticket. Purchased at Hi-Bon Liquor located at 5985 East Florence Avenue in Bell Gardens. (Los Angeles County).

Los Angeles: Danny Siordia: $1 million playing a Multiplier Mania Scratchers ticket. Purchased at El Torito Market located at 10804 Juniper Street in Los Angeles. (Los Angeles County).

Redondo Beach: Andre Rue: $1 million playing a Pac-Man Scratchers ticket. Purchased at Village Spirits located at 1711 South Catalina Avenue in Redondo Beach. (Los Angeles County).

Santa Clarita: A winning SuperLotto Plus jackpot worth $38 million (less federal taxes) matched all six winning numbers (1-11-27-31-36, Mega number 22). It was sold at Plum Canyon Shell located at 19161 Skyline Ranch Road. Plum Canyon Shell will receive $190,000 for selling the winning ticket.

Long Beach: Yolanda Madrigal: $2 million on a winning Instant Prize Crossword Scratchers ticket. Purchased at the United Oil 76 gas station at 2440 East Anaheim Street in Long Beach. (Los Angeles County).

Los Angeles: Santos Valadez: $2 million on an Instant Prize Crossword Scratchers ticket. Purchased at EZB Inc-Gas located at 1904 West Washington Boulevard in Los Angeles. (Los Angeles County).

Ventura: Michael Cisneros: $3 million on a Set for Life Scratchers ticket: Purchased at Uncle Don's Liquor located at 306 East Thompson Boulevard in Ventura (Ventura County).

Canoga Park: Kenneth Wright: $5,000,000 on a 100X Scratchers ticket. Purchased at the ARCO am/pm at 22375 Sherman Way in Canoga Park (Los Angeles County).

Sun Valley: Jessica Cespedes: $1 million on a Monopoly Scratchers ticket. Purchased at Canyon Liquor located at 8432 Laurel Canyon Boulevard in Sun Valley.

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