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Southwest Mobile Storage - Best Mobile Storage & Office Containers In Rancho Cucamonga, 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. Rancho Cucamonga, 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 Rancho Cucamonga, 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 Rancho Cucamonga, CA

When you own a business or manage one, it's crucial to have efficient, affordable ways to store inventory and supplies, whether it's to grow your business or adapt to changes in the market, like the many caused by the pandemic.

Renting storage containers to keep at your business eliminates the cost and hassles of sending your staff to offsite storage facilities. Steel containers with roll up doors make storing and retrieving items faster and easier. Auto repair shops and other businesses that need easy access throughout the workday to secure storage for tools, parts, equipment or supplies find renting shipping containers to be the best solution for their business storage needs. Southwest Mobile Storage has your back.

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

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

WHETHER YOUR BUSINESS IS COMMERCIAL, HEALTHCARE, GOVERNMENT OR EDUCATION, OR YOUR INTEREST IS TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY SHIPPING CONTAINERS, SMS HAS YOU COVERED:

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Offsite storage alternatives cause a mess of hassles and headaches. Expanding office space and storage capacity at your location saves time, money and hassle of making multiple trips offsite.
We offer more choice in security, size and features in steel Conex boxes or ISO shipping containers than a public storage unit or Pod for less cost and far greater service.
We offer flexible, month-to-month rental agreements and prorate by the day after your first 28-day billing cycle.
With us, you get a dedicated account manager you can rely on, so you can focus on running your business than waste time with a different person every time you call that doesn't know or care as much.
While other companies may have some staff for modifying containers, most outsource the work, so you don't know who is actually doing the modifications or how much they're marking up the price.
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When you modify a shipping container for your business, you won't have to worry about expensive, lengthy and complicated construction.
We have modified thousands of containers nationwide and internationally for more than 25 years for NASA, US Navy, GCP Applied Technologies, Helix and Sundt to name a few. And rent containers to Amazon, Walmart and many of other nationally recognized brands.
Our extensive staff makes it possible to custom build multiple projects simultaneously and our 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility prevents contaminants from interfering with fabrication, which delivers better quality and precision.

CUSTOM CONTAINERS FOR YOUR HOME IN Rancho Cucamonga, 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 Rancho Cucamonga, 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 Rancho Cucamonga, 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 Rancho Cucamonga, 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 Rancho Cucamonga, 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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Dodgers Injury Updates: Andrew Heaney, Blake Treinen & Tommy Kahnle

The Los Angeles Dodgers pitching has been a strongpoint for the team this season, which has come despite recent injuries to Andrew Heaney and Blake Treinen, among others.Heaney was placed on the 10-day injured list April 20 because of left shoulder discomfort. Treinen followed suit two days later due to discomfort in his right shoulder. Both IL stints were backdated and returns to the active roster were expected to come relatively quickly.However, neither Heaney nor Treinen ...

The Los Angeles Dodgers pitching has been a strongpoint for the team this season, which has come despite recent injuries to Andrew Heaney and Blake Treinen, among others.

Heaney was placed on the 10-day injured list April 20 because of left shoulder discomfort. Treinen followed suit two days later due to discomfort in his right shoulder. Both IL stints were backdated and returns to the active roster were expected to come relatively quickly.

However, neither Heaney nor Treinen has been able to resume playing catch, much less throw off a mound.

“I don’t know the next time they’ll pick up a ball or be back with us,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Friday. “I think early on we were hopeful that both guys would be more shorter than longer, but as it’s turned out, both are on the more longer side of things.”

Heaney and Treinen have each undergone an MRI during their time on the IL. “It was more shoulder inflammation on Andrew,” Roberts said. “On Blake, I know it was shoulder but don’t know the exact diagnosis.”

Heaney began to experience shoulder soreness the day after throwing six shutout innings and collecting 11 strikeouts against the Cincinnati Reds on April 17. He’s yet to allow a run over 10.1 innings across two starts this season, and has been replaced in the rotation by Tyler Anderson.

Treinen initially was expected to avoid the IL after being given an opportunity to rest during the Atlanta Braves series. He last appeared in a game on April 14, throwing 18 pitches over a scoreless inning.

Roberts added Treinen currently was on paternity leave.

Kahnle on verge of joining Dodgers

While Heaney and Treinen figure to be at least one week away from returning, the Dodgers remain on track to activate Tommy Kahnle off the 10-day IL for the San Francisco Giants series next week.

Kahnle signed with the Dodgers in December 2020, but spent all of 2021 recovering from Tommy John surgery. He just cleared the hurdle of pitching on back-to-back nights as part of a rehab assignment with Low-A Rancho Cucamonga, and now is scheduled to make a final appearance.

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Fires char homes in Hazelwood and Lents

WATCH VIDEO | See firefighters put out house fires in two neighborhoods, just 18 hours apart ….Story and photos by David F. AshtonHouse fires on the evening of April 26 and the afternoon of April 27 damaged East Portland homes – but apparently, not beyond repair, thanks to the prompt arrival and professional actions of Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) firefighters.Garage fire threatens Hazelwood home.Tuesday evening, April 26, PF&R crews were sent to th...

WATCH VIDEO | See firefighters put out house fires in two neighborhoods, just 18 hours apart …

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Story and photos by David F. Ashton

House fires on the evening of April 26 and the afternoon of April 27 damaged East Portland homes – but apparently, not beyond repair, thanks to the prompt arrival and professional actions of Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) firefighters.

Garage fire threatens Hazelwood home

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Tuesday evening, April 26, PF&R crews were sent to the residence located at 734 NE 110th Avenue, about a block north of NE Glisan Street, for a reported garage fire.

The dispatch brought out PF&R Gateway Station Engine Company 30’s crew; as well as the Engine Company and Ladder Truck firefighters from Parkrose Training Station 2.

Firefighters found smoke issuing from the rear of a detached garage and seeping through the front garage door. Arriving crews reported that a patio cover extending between the garage and house, was giving them concern that the fire might spread into the 1948-built 1,176 sq. ft. house.

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After peeling off the garage door – using a portable metal-cutting circular saw like a can-opener – firefighters found that the garage was filled, floor-to-ceiling, with cardboard boxes containing belongings, as well as a discarded refrigerator.

An ambulance was also dispatched as a precaution, but it simply remained on standby until it was released back into service.

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A PF&R Fire Investigator arrived to evaluate the burned structure. So far, the cause of this fire, and the extent of damage, have yet to be released.

April 27 at 2:37 p.m. Basement fire damages Lents residence

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A fire that was said to have started in the basement of a home located at 9703 SE Harold Street in the Lents neighborhood, spread up through the structure.

The residents and some neighbors called the 9-1-1 Center to report the fire in a rental house built in 1913, and owned by an investment company located east of Los Angeles in Rancho Cucamonga, California.

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Less than four minutes after being dispatched, PF&R Lents Station 11’s Engine Company and Rescue Unit firefighters had pulled up at the fire. They reported smoke coming from an open rear door, and from the eaves of the two-story home.

Arriving a minute later were PF&R Mill Park Station 7’s Engine and Ladder Truck companies. As is protocol, one squad of firefighters were hooking up water supply line hoses and starting to fight the fire – while other crew members were inside, searching the structure for potential victims.

After cutting a hole in the roof to check for fire in the attic, these Ladder Truck crew members await instructions before cutting more holes to ventilate the smoke.

Ladder Truck #7 firefighters clambered up onto the roof of the 1.5 story house, and cut a hole in the roof for “vertical ventilation” – letting hot and potentially explosive gasses escape from the structure. Because they didn’t pull a hose line up to the roof, it was apparent that fire hadn’t reached the attic.

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Within minutes, the fire was extinguished, and firefighters – equipped with fresh air bottles – headed back inside to “overhaul” the burned area, which involves removing burned materials and looking for embers.

The cause and extent of this fire hasn’t yet been revealed.

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$2 million coming to Rancho Cucamonga to help complete children’s museum

Ever since the second floor of the Paul A. Biane Library in Victoria Gardens was refurbished in 2016, the city of Rancho Cucamonga knew it had a long way to go before the empty space would become a children’s museum, designed for playful, interactive learning and literacy.Now, six years later, that vision will soon become a reality.The city on Feb. 8, 2022 receive...

Ever since the second floor of the Paul A. Biane Library in Victoria Gardens was refurbished in 2016, the city of Rancho Cucamonga knew it had a long way to go before the empty space would become a children’s museum, designed for playful, interactive learning and literacy.

Now, six years later, that vision will soon become a reality.

The city on Feb. 8, 2022 received approval for a $2 million grant from the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors. The money will be used to build Phase 2 of the library’s Second Story and Beyond program, which has a price tag of $6.25 million, said Wess Garcia, deputy director of library services.

The grant came from Supervisor Janice Rutherford’s $11 million discretionary funds and represents 18.2% of that pot of money, according to Scott Vanhorne, communications director for Rutherford.

“That $2 million will get us to the finish line,” Garcia said. The grant allows the city to go to bid for design and construction of the children’s museum and for purchasing interactive exhibits starting in about two months, Garcia said.

“This money puts is in a position where we can do it now. We can now move forward with it,” Garcia said this week.

The city will kick in $2.75 million from reserves and the Rancho Cucamonga Library Foundation is on track to raise $1.5 million. These dollars, combined with the county grant, will fully fund the project, he said.

“Whatever we can do to increase engagement of young kids in science, art and creativity is important for the region,” Rutherford said Friday.

A grand opening is anticipated in summer 2023, he said.

Interactive museum

The second floor of the library occupies 8,040 square feet and the exhibits will take up about 5,570 square feet. About 1,970 square feet will be used for an art studio, a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Lab, a workshop and a kitchenette.

The exhibits planned include a climbing net suspended over a water feature and a giant kaleidoscope tube that children can put their heads in and view things using refraction of light, Garcia said.

“Some of these will be rocks and minerals that they can see in a different way,” Garcia said. “This type of literacy may focus on environmental issues and how do we sustain our environment.”

A sensory room will allow children to touch and feel objects. They may reach without seeing what they are touching and will need guidance from their parents, adding an inter-generational theme.

In the art studio, participants will incorporate recyclable materials into a sculpture, such as cardboard toilet or paper towel rolls. “They will be working with materials they can recycle or upcycle into different pieces of art — so they don’t pollute the environment,” Garcia said.

Each nine months, the museum will have a theme. For example, the space may look like a pirate ship or resemble an outdoor setting, he said.

The project is patterned after Kidspace Children’s Museum in Pasadena and the Discovery Cube Orange County in Santa Ana, he said.

A destination

Both the county and the city expect the museum/program to be a regional draw for Inland Empire families.

The interactive space will focus on reading and comprehension, while highlighting science, math, ecology and civic literacy, city documents say.

The county wants the Second Story and Beyond project to blend lifelong learning, child development and informal education by “creating additional experiences based on literary themes that bring stories and science to life,” reads part of the award stipulations in the county’s contract with the city.

The grant money is part of a contract from the county to the city that began on Feb. 8, 2022 and runs through June 30, 2023.

Explore Rancho Cucamonga's LoanMart Field

Welcome to LoanMart Field, where the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes shake it up with mascots Tremor and Aftershock. Dodgers fans flock here for a front-row view of the future while enjoying the Southern California sunshine.Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (Affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers since 2011) Established: 1993 Ballpark: LoanMart Field (opened 1993, as The Epicenter) League: Low-A West Notable Alumni: Mike Trout, Joc Pederson, Corey Seager, Cody B...

Welcome to LoanMart Field, where the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes shake it up with mascots Tremor and Aftershock. Dodgers fans flock here for a front-row view of the future while enjoying the Southern California sunshine.

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (Affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers since 2011) Established: 1993 Ballpark: LoanMart Field (opened 1993, as The Epicenter) League: Low-A West Notable Alumni: Mike Trout, Joc Pederson, Corey Seager, Cody Bellinger, Julio Urías, Walker Buehler, Gavin Lux, Dustin May Championships: 1994, 2015, 2018

The population of the Southern California city of Rancho Cucamonga nearly doubled between 1980 and 1990 and has continued to grow at a rapid clip since. That's a lot of new Dodgers fans in western San Bernardino County, about 50 miles from Chavez Ravine. They fill LoanMart Field with passion, making it a great place for visiting fans to mingle with locals and rooters from LA who come out to get a look at future Dodgers stars.

LoanMart Field

8408 Rochester Ave., Rancho Cucamonga, CA, 91730 (909) 481-5000 Capacity: ~4,900 Dimensions: right field, 330; center field, 401; left field, 330

The franchise traces its roots back to the Lodi Crushers of the late 1960s but was established in Rancho Cucamonga as a Padres affiliate in 1993 before partnering with the Angels in 2001 and finding an ideal fit with the Dodgers in 2011. The Angels' affiliation made Mike Trout an alumnus, and when Trout and fellow former Quakes basher Cody Bellinger won their respective MVP Awards in 2019, Rancho Cucamonga could boast having produced that year's best player in each of the Major Leagues.

Many of the pieces of the Dodgers' recent success -- from bit players to superstars like Bellinger and Julio Urías -- spent significant development time with the Quakes, and the team's proximity to Dodger Stadium has made it a convenient rehab spot for legends and legends in the making, from Manny Ramirez and Adrián González to Clayton Kershaw and Justin Turner. Over the course of a given year, the Quakes are likely to field upwards of a dozen Dodgers working their way back to the bigs.

(Incidentally, the Kershaw-Trout MVP year of '14 gave the Quakes unique bragging rights, too, as Kershaw, although never having stopped at Rancho Cucamonga on his way up the organizational ladder the first time, made a rehab start with the Quakes that very summer.)

LoanMart Field sits in a large city park, and, as at Dodger Stadium, fans arriving by automobile can make their way into the facility via a road called Stadium Way. (Connoisseurs of old-time TV and golden-age radio may delight in entering or exiting along Jack Benny Drive.) The outside of LoanMart Field has a classic California feel, with palm trees dotting the walkway to arched entrances.

The ballyard is municipally owned, and the Quakes have reason to be proud of both their stadium and of the job the city does keeping it beautiful. The team cherishes the park's well-deserved reputation as a first-class developmental facility suitable for rehabbing stars and high-profile prospects in a high-profile system.

On Sundays, player development takes on another meeting. Through a U.S. Bank-sponsored program, Quakes players host a clinic free to Little Leaguers throughout the community, which fosters a tough-to-beat energy in the stands throughout games on those days.

Like that of the division-rival 66ers, the Quakes' ballpark is nestled underneath the San Gabriel Mountains, making for some stunning vistas -- especially during twilight. For the most dramatic mountain views, get a seat (or take a walk) along the first-base side of LoanMart Field. But almost the entirety of the perimeter of the park is lined with stately trees, so even if your seat isn't facing the mountains, they -- and the Angeles and San Bernardino National Forests -- feel just as nearby as they are.

There are a multitude of group seating options, including the "Dugout Decks" near third base, the "Cafe" near shallow left field and the "Fault Zone" near shallow right field. The Quakes also have six luxury boxes.

The Dave & Buster's Fun Zone next to the Fault Zone offers features such as a jump house, speed pitch and an obstacle course.

Tremor, a green dino billed as the world's only Rallysaurus, is the active face of the team in the community and, of course, in the ballpark. Wearing 4.8 on his jersey, the Quakes' primary mascot can always be counted on to shake things up.

Aftershock, Tremor's little brother, seems to threaten the credibility of Tremor's standing as the world's only Rallysaurus, but family matters can be tricky. Whatever the complications and bloodlines between them, Aftershock and Tremor get along just fine, and they're both a blast to be around during a game.

Whether you're a lifelong Dodgers fan or you're wearing blue for the first time when you put on a Quakes hat on your way to your seat, you may wish you had a Dodger Dog. Good news! The Quakes offer both Dodger Dogs and Doyer Dogs -- Dodger Dogs given a Cali-Mexican flavor with toppings like jalapeños, pico de gallo and nacho cheese.

If spuds are more your speed, you'll want to check out the Loaded Tremor Tots. Named after the Quakes' beloved Rallysaurus, these are tater tots covered with nacho cheese, sour cream, green onions and bacon bits. One naturally expects such an item to quickly grow soggy and lose some of its charm, but the genius of the Tremor Tots is in their structure; they're crispy enough on the outside to retain their integrity but on the inside are as soft and forgiving as a potato-based snack ought to be.

The Quakes also offer a number of craft and local beers, as well as specialty burger options, teriyaki bowls, tacos and burritos.

Local attractions

Baseball fans who are also outdoors enthusiasts will jump for joy upon arriving in the area, with the Cucamonga Wilderness (free permit required), Sheep Mountain Wilderness (free permit required on some trails) and more splendors of the Angeles and San Bernardino National Forests are within an easy drive of LoanMart Field.

Sheep Mountain Wilderness – has 41,883 acres with elevations from 2,400 to the 10,064-foot Mt. San Antonio (also known as Old Baldy). The East Fork of the San Gabriel River, which runs through this wilderness, is famous for its recreational opportunities. #NationalForestWeek pic.twitter.com/GL7aY7MLW0

— Angeles National Forest (@Angeles_NF) July 15, 2021

If shopping is more your bag, you won't want to miss Rancho Cucamonga's Victoria Gardens, a commercial, arts and architectural town center with dozens of retail and dining options, as well as a movie theater, the city-owned Lewis Theater Playhouse, a public library and a large, versatile function hall.

All of the attractions of Los Angeles are within reach, too, but visitors from out of the region will want to be particularly mindful of the region's traffic if they plan to drive into LA in the afternoon and make it back for a night game's first pitch.

The aforementioned Victoria Gardens includes options for just about every palate.

The San Gabriel Valley, widely known in foodie circles for its rich abundance and variety of Chinese cuisine, is a quick jaunt westward on the 10 Freeway.

The Mitla Cafe is worth a visit in nearby San Bernardino, home of the Inland Empire 66ers.

Lodging

There are a few hotels on Foothill Boulevard, just a hop to the north of LoanMart Field, and several more closer to the junction of the 10 and 15 Freeways about 15 minutes to the south.

Three campsites are within a 45-minute drive in the Cucamonga Wilderness, although a permit is required -- book in advance. Cabin rentals can be found in the San Gabriels, although the winding mountain roads may make a drive take longer than it seems at first glance.

Southern California is a baseball roadtripper's paradise, with not only the Quakes, nearby 66ers and Lake Elsinore Storm, but also a slew of elite college programs from USC and UCLA to Cal State Fullerton and so on. Obviously, a Dodgers game, an Angels game and a Padres game ought to be on the docket, too.

Those interested in points north would be wise to check out the Quakes' league rivals. Why not head to a Visalia Rawhide game, and then take another short trip to see the Fresno Grizzlies?

The Road to Los Angeles

Ask a Rancho Cucamongan on the street about the road to Los Angeles, and you're likely to be directed to the 10 Freeway. The ladder to Dodger Stadium is a little more circuitous, with stops in the High-A Central (Great Lakes Loons), Double-A Central (Tulsa Drillers) and Triple-A West (Oklahoma City Dodgers).

Dine 909: The Lost Cajun is coming to Rancho Cucamonga

The Lost Cajun will soon be found in Rancho Cucamonga.The Cajun cuisine chain is preparing to open at 8158 Day Creek Blvd., Suite 120.It will be the first California location for the chain, which has two dozen locations in Colorado, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.The location was formerly a Pieology Pizzeria.Peet’s in th...

The Lost Cajun will soon be found in Rancho Cucamonga.

The Cajun cuisine chain is preparing to open at 8158 Day Creek Blvd., Suite 120.

It will be the first California location for the chain, which has two dozen locations in Colorado, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.

The location was formerly a Pieology Pizzeria.

Peet’s in the IE

The Inland Empire has a plethora of Starbucks, a handful of Coffee Beans, some Dunkin’s, and plenty of independent coffeehouses.

But I had never seen a spot to get a cup of Peet’s Coffee here until last week.

A Capital One Café opened earlier this year at Victoria Gardens in Rancho Cucamonga.

The location — kind of a hybrid bank/coffeehouse — serves Peet’s Coffee, along with the usual coffeehouse snacks and treats.

Another twist: Capital One customers get 50% off their beverage orders.

Turns out it’s not the only place in the Inland Empire to get Peet’s Coffee. You can also order a cup at a handful of other places, including the Gelson’s Market in Rancho Mirage and Koffee Kiicha at Soboba Casino Resort, minus the Capital One discount, of course.

The Capital One Café is at 12520 South Mainstreet, Suite 1720.

Hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Ugly sweater time

Ironfire Brewing Company in Temecula is hosting its annual OG Ugly Sweater Party from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, at the brewery, 42095 Zevo Drive, Suite 1.

Food will be available from the Temecula Grilled Cheese Company.

Gift cards will be given out for ugliest, most creative and best sweaters.

Haven City Market updates

During a recent visit to the Haven City Market food hall in Rancho Cucamonga, I noticed lots of announcements for new eateries.

Here’s a look at some of the changes.

Brick Shack Pizza, which currently operates a pizzeria at 1201 N. Grove Ave. in Ontario, is planning to open its second location at the food hall.

Vegan eatery Beleaf Cafe is also planning to open at Haven City Market.

Beleaf currently has a location in the Century City Mall in Los Angeles.

Also coming to the food hall is Two Hands, a Korean corn dog purveyor.

The eatery, which has dozens of locations in 12 states, offers sausage or cheese (or both!) on a stick, with a variety of coatings, including potato and crispy rice.

The food hall’s website lists two more future eateries: Potato Corner, which specializes in French fries, and currently has locations at Ontario Mills and the Moreno Valley Mall; and Pelicana Chicken, a Korean-style fried chicken chain.

In addition, two new eateries opened this year.

Elmer and Jasper’s Craft BBQ opened at the beginning of the year, and the Lao and Thai street food chain Sabaidee opened in September.

Haven City Market is at 8443 Haven Ave. Hours are 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. daily.

Time is fleeting

The end of the year is nearly here, and that means Dickey’s Barbecue Pit’s 80th anniversary celebration will end soon.

To celebrate, the chain has been offering an 80th anniversary meal, with a classic pulled pork sandwich, small side, and a Birthday Cake Marshmallow Treat for dessert.

Pricing starts at $8.80 for the meal.

The chain has also produced six different anniversary versions of its Big Yellow Cup, and is donating a portion of proceeds of sales to The Dickey Foundation, an organization that helps support first responders.

Rialto McDonald’s opens

Rialto’s fourth McDonald’smentioned recently in this column as coming soon — is now open at 1173 W. Casmalia St., just north of the 210 Freeway.

Currently, the drive-thru is open 5-2 a.m., while the lobby is open 6 a.m.-9 p.m.

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