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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

Premium Quality - High Security

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

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

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SMS Mobile Storage Containers have these high quality features:

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

SMS portable workspace containers have these structural features:

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

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

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


High-security slide-bolt locking system and extra-long lock box, giving you twice the security and peace of mind.
No holes to ensure your rental shipping container is wind and water-tight.
No rust for your safety.
14-gauge corrugated steel for strength and reinforcement.

Contact us to speak with a helpful, friendly representative to better understand our full range of capabilities. We are happy to answer any questions you have, go over pricing and set up a time and place to deliver your Conex box. Our quotes are 100% free and you are under no obligation to pay for your consultation.


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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

With our mobile storage containers for rent in San Buenaventura, CA, you can save up to 40% when compared to full-service long-distance movers, while gaining more flexibility in your schedule.


We know your needs may change suddenly. With our extensive inventory and variety of sizes of portable offices and shipping containers to rent, buy or modify in San Buenaventura, CA, we provide fast service and the best value possible so it's easy for you to get whatever you need when you need it.

Renting storage containers and portable offices from us gives you more flexibility when it comes to your schedule and options. If you don't have enough space at your current location or simply would prefer offsite storage, you can keep your rental storage and office containers at your location or ours - whichever is most convenient for you. You also get more options to choose from when it comes to size and features, like portable offices with divided rooms for private meetings or office/storage combos for storage and office space in one container. All while costing a fraction of the price of a pod or self-storage facility.

You can also buy new or used freight containers from us and choose from a variety of add-ons, including lights, electricity, doors and windows. Or fully customize a shipping container to save time, money and energy by skipping the expensive, lengthy process of constructing building additions. We can modify a Conex box into whatever you can imagine for any use you need, from construction tool cribs to office buildings, monitoring stations, mobile communication towers and much more. The possibilities are endless.


You'll never face hidden fees or surprises with us. We give you transparent billing up front at the best prices.

With us, you get a reliable, dedicated point of contact, who keeps you updated every step of the way. You can rest assured knowing you'll always get what you need, when you need it.

No other company has the breadth and depth of staff and experience that we do when it comes to modifying shipping containers. Our certified welders, engineers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters and painters have more than 500 years of combined experience in fabricating custom steel containers.

We prorate your rent by the day after the first 28-day billing cycle, so you don't have to pay for a full month when you only have your mobile containers and offices for a few days.

While other companies may be able to do small container modifications, most don't have an in-house fabrication staff or 90,000 sq ft fabrication facility like we do. As a result, they outsource the work on your custom container, so you don't know who's actually building it.

Rest assured knowing your modified shipping container will be built to the highest quality standards. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors check every step of the fabrication process to ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications.


Whether you're in need of a storage container for your commercial business, a portable office for your construction site, or a moving container for your home, our process is simple and straightforward.

Choose Your Container

Choose the mobile storage solution that works best for your needs. In this step, you will let us know the number of containers you need, their sizes and what types of doors to equip.

Choose Your Options

Let us know if you would like to add any of our rental options, like a folding table or shelving.

Choose Your Security

Choose from padlocks, puck locks and other enhanced security options. All of our storage containers come standard with dual-locking, vault-like security.

Choose Your Delivery Timeframe

You can expect standard delivery within 3-5 days of your order. If you need expedited delivery, we will do everything in our power to accommodate your needs.

Pick-Up Planning

Do you need to keep your shipping container at our location? Prefer to have our team deliver your packed container to a location of your choice? Let us know, and we'll be by your side to work out the logistics.




Let our team know where we should deliver your mobile storage container for rent in San Buenaventura, CA. Be sure to let us know if there are any special conditions that might prevent our drivers from entering your chosen destination. Before you schedule your delivery, let us know which direction you would like the doors of your container to face.



Our drivers can deliver your storage container Monday-Friday, between the hours of 6AM and 2PM local time. Our two-hour delivery window is the most precise in the industry. If you desire another delivery time outside of our standard delivery options, we will do our best to accommodate your needs. As a courtesy, our driver will call you at least 30 minutes before they arrive at your drop-off destination.



Before we deliver your Conex box, prepare your delivery area by ensuring that there are no low overhangs, arches, wires, trees or any other obstacles that could interfere with your delivery. It's a good idea to mark the space where you would like your steel container placed.



When our driver arrives, they will back our truck into the space where you would like your shipping container placed. Once we arrive, we will ensure that your container is delivered safely and securely. If placed on asphalt or pavement, we will use wood dunnage pads to make sure your ground surface is protected and the container is level.


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10 Oldest Founded Towns to Visit in Southern California

Embarking on a journey to the oldest towns in Southern California is like stepping into a living history book. As you wander through the narrow streets and gaze upon the centuries-old buildings, a sense of awe and wonder engulfs you. In San Diego, the birthplace of California, you can explore the storied Mission San Diego de Alcalá and immerse yourself in the vibrant Gaslamp Quarter. In San Juan Capistrano, the echoes of Spanish infl...

Embarking on a journey to the oldest towns in Southern California is like stepping into a living history book. As you wander through the narrow streets and gaze upon the centuries-old buildings, a sense of awe and wonder engulfs you. In San Diego, the birthplace of California, you can explore the storied Mission San Diego de Alcalá and immerse yourself in the vibrant Gaslamp Quarter. In San Juan Capistrano, the echoes of Spanish influence resonate at the Mission San Juan Capistrano, where time seems to stand still. These oldest towns in Southern California offer a glimpse into the region's past.

San Diego

Established in 1769 by Spanish explorers, San Diego, California, is significant in California's past. As you explore the city, you'll encounter remnants of its colonial past, including the iconic Mission San Diego de Alcalá. This historic Spanish mission stands as a testament to the town's origins. The Gaslamp Quarter, with its Victorian-era buildings, offers a glimpse into San Diego's bustling past. Explore the city's historical heart at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, which transports you back to the early days of Spanish colonization. Stroll along the Embarcadero, soaking in bay views and visiting iconic landmarks like the USS Midway Museum. Explore and enjoy San Diego's past and present.

Los Angeles

Offering a blend of history and culture that will captivate visitors, Los Angeles's history stretches back centuries since established in 1781. The largest city in California, the area that is Los Angeles, originally belonged to the Tongva and Chumash Native American tribes. You can visit the beautiful Mission San Gabriel Arcángel or stroll through the colorful marketplace of Olvera Street, where you can find authentic Mexican cuisine and unique souvenirs. The nearby El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument is a must-see, featuring a collection of historic buildings from the city's early days. Sunny beaches, Hollywood glam, and delicious food – LA has it all!

San Juan Capistrano

A town that grew around the mission of converting indigenous people to Christianity, San Juan Capistrano, California, history dates back over 200 years. A visit to San Juan Capistrano should include exploring the iconic landmark of Mission San Juan Capistrano, known as "The Jewel of the Missions." Nearby you will find the Los Rios Historic District, charming adobe houses, and colorful gardens. In addition to Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park and Los Rios Park, visitors can stroll along the San Juan Creek Trail or meander through the verdant gardens.

Santa Barbara

With a presence and influence still honored and celebrated in the Santa Barbara community, the Chumash people were the first settlers of the Santa Barbara area, with the region soon falling under Mexican rule in 1822 and American power in 1848. Today, visitors can enjoy the Santa Barbara Waterfront, where you can bask in the coastal beauty or walk along Stearns Wharf, offering stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. Stroll down State Street, and explore the eclectic mix of shops, art galleries, and boutiques, offering everything from designer brands to local crafts. Escape the bustling streets and appreciate the natural beauty of the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. Embrace Santa Barbara and create unforgettable memories.


Ventura, California, was established in the late 18th century with the arrival of Spanish settlers and the establishment of Mission San Buenaventura in 1782. The Ventura County Museum of History and Art offers visitors a chance to delve deeper into the region's heritage, showcasing artifacts and exhibitions that tell the story of Ventura's past. The town boasts many parks, including the Ventura Botanical Gardens, Grant Park, and the Ventura Harbor Village, where visitors can explore hiking trails, relax on scenic beaches, or embark on a boat excursion to witness the breathtaking coastal landscape. As you wander through its streets, immerse yourself in the tales of early settlers, admire the architectural gems, and embrace the vibrant cultural scene.

San Gabriel

Step back in time and discover the captivating history of San Gabriel, California, where tales of Native Tongva heritage, Spanish missions, and cultural legacies intertwine in a tapestry of historical significance. The annual San Gabriel Mission Fiesta pays homage to the town's Spanish and Mexican roots, featuring traditional music, dance, and delicious cuisine. Visit the magnificent Mission San Gabriel Arcángel, a cornerstone of California's colonial past and marvel at its impressive architecture, explore the peaceful gardens, and gain insight into the lives of the early settlers. Attend a San Gabriel Mission Playhouse performance, participate in community events celebrating the town's heritage, stroll through Vincent Lugo Park, or sit back and enjoy the scenery.


Uncover the fascinating history of Riverside, California, where tales of citrus groves, the birth of the California citrus industry, and a pioneering spirit converge amidst scenic beauty. Prominent horticulturist Eliza Tibbets planted two Washington Navel orange trees in Riverside in 1873, marking the birth of an empire. Stroll through the historic Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, which boasts stunning architecture and beautiful gardens. The Riverside Art Museum showcases contemporary art and hosts a variety of special exhibits throughout the year. Mount Rubidoux Park and the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park are parks and reservoirs for nature lovers. Visiting the old town of Riverside is a fun and exciting trip to California.


Disney and theme park lovers will love Anaheim, California. A town founded by German immigrants in 1857 did not become the home of the original Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park until 1955. Take a walk down Main Street, USA, and ride the iconic attractions like Space Mountain and Piratown. There is also the Anaheim Packing District, a hip food hall with over 20 artisanal food vendors, and the Angel Stadium of Anaheim, home of the MLB's Los Angeles Angels. Yorba Regional Park features playgrounds, picnic areas, and walking trails, while Anaheim Coves Nature Preserve provides scenic river views and hiking trails. Visiting Anaheim is genuinely a dream come true.

San Bernardino

After discovering gold in nearby Holcomb Valley in San Bernardino, California, they witnessed a gold rush in the mid-19th century. With many flocking to the area to gain riches, the city also emerged in the citrus industry, pushing the population and economy to new growth. In addition to the San Bernardino Asistencia and California Theater of Performing Arts, visitors can also visit other iconic landmarks. Indulge in classic American comfort food, savor authentic Mexican cuisine, or try international flavors worldwide. Visit nearby parks and green spaces, such as Perris Hill Park or Seccombe Lake Park, where you can stroll, picnic, or relax amidst the beauty of nature.


The land where Redlands, California, now stands was inhabited by the Serrano and Cahuilla Native American tribes. Amidst the area's natural splendor, these indigenous communities formed a deep connection with the land and left a cultural imprint still felt today. Today, visitors can stroll through the Kimberly Crest House and Gardens, a stunning example of French Château architecture, or explore the Morey Mansion, a beloved local landmark. Enjoy the majestic peaks and cascading waterfalls in the San Bernardino National Forest, or explore the lush flora at Smiley Park, a historical Redlands Conservancy park with lush vegetation. The iconic Redlands Bowl is a venue for concerts and plays that visitors can enjoy.

Next UpExplore 11 most picturesque small towns in Southern California.

From the sun-soaked shores of San Diego to the picturesque streets of San Juan Capistrano, Ventura, and Riverside, each town offers a unique glimpse into the past. The well-preserved missions, charming architecture, and intriguing stories within these towns transport us to a bygone era, evoking nostalgia and appreciation for Southern California. Whether exploring the birthplace of California or wandering through the historic streets of the inland settlements, celebrate the diverse tapestry of the region's past.

Ventura: A City of Good Fortune

Whenever I visit Central California, there is one coastal city at the top of my “Must-Visit’’ list: Ventura. Think small-town beach vibes where artists-in-residence, professional thrifters and leisurely surfers coexist within their own unhurried circadian rhythms. In a way, our own Small Lake City has a kinship with Ventura. Everyone knows everyone, and it’s nearly impossible to pass a stranger without offering a quick head nod or polite, &ldquo...

Whenever I visit Central California, there is one coastal city at the top of my “Must-Visit’’ list: Ventura. Think small-town beach vibes where artists-in-residence, professional thrifters and leisurely surfers coexist within their own unhurried circadian rhythms. In a way, our own Small Lake City has a kinship with Ventura. Everyone knows everyone, and it’s nearly impossible to pass a stranger without offering a quick head nod or polite, “Hi there!” But you can’t deny that some things—amusement parks, farmer’s markets and women’s rights, to name a few—are just better in California. I know we love to hate on California but it’s time to explore another city, one that makes the case for the Golden State.

Scenic coastline views, endless outdoor adventures and Main Street hotspots have made Ventura a cultural hive—one that was named the most desirable place to live in America in 2015 based on the USDA’s index ranking the “natural aspects of attractiveness.”

The intrinsic appeal of the city has drawn individuals for hundreds of years, including Saint Junipero Serra who established California’s ninth mission San Buenaventura in 1782. The Mission is named after the Italian Saint Bonaventure, who is known for both the exclamation of “O Good Fortune!” that gave the mission its Spanish name and also, cringingly, as the Patron Saint of bowel disorders. (How’s that for a Biblical contradiction?) The area became a thriving agricultural hub and was officially incorporated into California in 1873. Today, the Mission remains a defining feature of Ventura’s downtown district and offers tours daily. Stop in between sunrise and sunset to tour the lush gardens and restored artifact collection.

Long before Ventura’s official induction into the California cool kids club, it was home to the indigenous Chumash tribe, whose thriving territory spanned the coastline from Malibu to Paso Robles. For 10,000 years their maritime lifestyle manifested advanced building techniques, transportation methods and knowledge of astronomy. Often regarded as the most unique on the continent, many Chumash traditions have been preserved and re-created at Wishtoyo’s Chumash Village in neighboring Malibu. The living museum offers a glimpse of authentic Chumash life with traditional storytelling, hands-on activities, ‘Ap dwellings, and Tomol canoes.

Considering its deep historical roots, it’s only natural that Ventura nurtures a connection to the past. Furthering a sense of nostalgia, several thrift and consignment shops line downtown’s Main Street. While unassuming on the outside, Coalition Thrift Store and SPARC Second Chance Store house an impressive collection of clothes and furniture. Plus, each donates a portion of proceeds to victims of domestic violence and no-kill animal shelters respectively. One short block away, Goodwill is an obligatory pitstop for any credible thrifter. If on-trend and vintage fashion is what you’re after, Throwback Junction and Buffalo Exchange promise a brand name bargain or a too-good-to-pass-up novelty find (read: neon light-up daisy backpack).

Trading the chaos of Los Angeles for Ventura’s soothing scenery, many creatives call the coastal town home. The influx of artistic flair is embodied in countless galleries and artist’s spaces, like the Bell Arts Factory—a grassroots community housing ceramicists, painters and writers that invites the public to experience artists at work. Other creative sanctuaries include Art City Studios, Working Artists of Ventura and Vita Art Center. Peruse Main Street for a mix of fine art and photographic galleries like Latitudes Gallery and H Gallery + Studios.

And if you really want to blend in with the locals, visit the city during their ArtWalk event in October. Now in its 27th year, ArtWalk is a free self-guided tour of pop-up venues and galleries, studios and more. To find more information on this year’s participating artists and experiences, visit ArtWalk’s website.

The Channel Islands are home to 150 endemic species of seabirds, mammals and predators, earning them the nickname the “Galapagos of North America.” Seeds carried by birds, island foxes carried over by Chumash canoes and wild game planted by well-heeled sportsmen have culminated in biodiversity found little elsewhere on earth. Having recovered from the brink of extinction only a few years ago, the Dwarf Santa Rosa Island fox is a personal favorite. (House-cat sized AND easily tamed? I need to speak with my landlord.)

Experiencing Ventura wouldn’t be complete without strolling down Main Street and pursuing whatever sight, smell or sound calls to you. Now extending in 2024, the city has closed off five blocks (from the mission to Fir Street) to accommodate a pedestrian-only promenade. Think Salt Lake’s Open Streets but with less inebriated Greek lifers and more sandy-toed and slightly-stoned surfers. (I’ll take that trade!)

It’s practically law to start with brunch—this is SoCal after all. Grab a bacon flight at Immigrant Son Caffe and don’t shy from the breakfast lasagna. Also, sangria and lots of it. Fuel up with an ancho chili mocha at Palermo and grab a gluten-free donut while you’re at it.

For midday sunbathing, hit the patio at Paradise Pantry. Choose from five artisan cheese boards paired with certified California vino. They also offer regional wine and cheese tours so you can sip your way through Greece, Spain and Italy. If your vibe is less caviar-meets-cabernet and more I-need-a-beer-right-now, head up to Fluid State Beer Garden for sourdough pizza and rotation beer selection. Other brew hubs include Poseidon Brewery Company, Madewest Brewing Company and Barrelhouse 101.

When it’s officially cocktail hour, visit The Saloon, a western-style bar, for a seasonal libation and an all-vegan menu. (I did say “western-style.”) Inside a historic building, Bank of Italy Cocktail Trust serves Italian-inspired drinks named to match the many wizard motifs found inside. (Gandalf the Grey-Hound was my personal fave). Go full beach-mode at Ventiki Tiki Lounge and Lanai where authentic Mai Tais are paired with spam musubi and surfer tunes.

For dinner, take advantage of fresh coastal seafood at Lure Fish House or Rumfish Y Vino. Spencer Makenzie’s has the best fish tacos in Ventura and homemade chowder to boot. For a romantic Italian dinner, visit Barrel 33 or grab a casual bite at Thai/Korean fusion restaurant Asiatique Eatery.

Considering their nearly 273 sunny days per year, Ventura is a town quite literally made of the outdoors. Sweeping beaches and a wealth of surf breaks offer a haven to surfers, who can find beginner to advanced waves at Mondo’s, Ventura Point and South Jetty. Ventura is also a great launch point for whale watching during their migration period, and the folks at Island Packer’s offer whole and half-day trips.

If you feel a true call to the wild, the nearby Channel Islands promise untamed adventure and sweet solitude. One of America’s least visited National Parks, the string of five islands can be explored via kayak or on foot. Paddle into sea caves, snorkel around the coast or embark on a remote camping excursion. Roam the sandy beaches and craggy cliffs of San Miguel island, once the home of pygmy mammoths and the Arlington Springs Man—the oldest human remains discovered in North America. Or, take in the vast ocean views from Anacapa island, where Seussical wildflowers paint the hills in splendor. At the end of your adventure, don’t forget to stop and enjoy the sunset. Are you in the golden state of mind yet?

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Ventura, California: Affordable Farmworker Housing Designed for Sustainability and Climate Resiliency

Home > Case Studies > Ventura, California: Affordable Farmworker Housing Designed for Sustainability and Climate Resiliency In 1992, Thelma Hansen left her assets to the University of California “to support and maintain research and affiliated activities that support the sustainability and benefit of agriculture and natural resources in V...

Home > Case Studies > Ventura, California: Affordable Farmworker Housing Designed for Sustainability and Climate Resiliency

In 1992, Thelma Hansen left her assets to the University of California “to support and maintain research and affiliated activities that support the sustainability and benefit of agriculture and natural resources in Ventura County.” The estate included a 36-acre property in Ventura, California, a mid-size coastal city approximately 65 miles from Downtown Los Angeles. In 2015, the university sold the property to support the Hansen Trust’s programs and prepared a site plan for a predominately residential neighborhood “based on the principles of smart growth, sustainable development, and traditional neighborhood design.” This portion of the site was developed with more than 100 single-family houses as well as 34 row houses and public green space. With strong advocacy from House Farm Workers!, the university donated a 1.4-acre portion of the site to the Housing Authority of the City of San Buenaventura (HACSB) for farmworker housing. The affordable housing development, known as Rancho Verde, opened in 2019 with 23 apartments for farmworkers with very low and extremely low incomes. The project was designed in a sustainable and climate-conscious manner capable of generating energy on site. Rancho Verde won a 2020 U.S. Department of Energy Housing Innovation Award and received LEED Platinum certification.

Housing for Farmers

The one- to four-bedroom apartments in Rancho Verde are spread across 11 one- and two-story buildings. Of the development’s 24 units, 3 are reserved for households earning up to 30 percent of the area median income (AMI), 6 are for those earning up to 45 percent of AMI, and 14 are for those making up to 50 percent of AMI, with one manager’s unit. All of the apartments include a full kitchen with a stove, oven, and dishwasher. The two-unit buildings frame courtyards with seating. A common building has a computer learning center, kitchen, and community room. Rancho Verde is HACSB’s only development dedicated to farmworkers.

Ventura County’s $2 billion agriculture industry is the 11th largest in the nation employing approximately 42,000 workers to harvest strawberries, lemons, avocados, peppers, and other crops. These workers, many of whom are immigrants, make an average of $22,000 a year while the median yearly rent in the county is more than $20,000. The high cost of housing has forced many workers to live in substandard and overcrowded units as well as garages and sheds. The county and the city have acknowledged the need for affordable farmworker housing in their housing plans and subsequent ordinances. For example, in 2012, the city council amended the zoning code to permit housing for farmers by right in agricultural zoning districts, starting with an allowance of up to 12 dwelling units on parcels of at least 40 acres.

Sustainable Design

Rancho Verde incorporated numerous sustainable methods and technologies to receive LEED Platinum certification. This included recycling or diverting nearly 80 percent of the waste from construction. Ceiling and roof designs also reduced the amount of framing materials. Rancho Verde’s buildings also have low-flow faucets, showers, and toilets to conserve water. A greywater system recycles about 600 gallons of water each day from laundry machines. This system, along with the drought tolerant plants, reduces the strain on the water supply while also saving residents money. The development was designed to operate at net zero energy. Roofs were shaped to maximize southern exposure and were covered in photovoltaic panels to offset the community’s energy use. Although the development can take energy from the electric grid when needed, the photovoltaic system provides energy back to the grid. A portion of the solar energy is stored in a battery that powers the community room in the evening or during emergencies. To further Rancho Verde’s goal of sustainability, the development was built to be all electric, in combination with using ENERGY STAR-rated refrigerators, dishwashers, and washers. This nevertheless created a challenge because electric clothes dryers and water heaters are generally more expensive to operate than gas appliances and required enlarging the photovoltaic system, according to Shane Hansen, an associate principal at the sustainability consulting firm Green Dinosaur. The buildings’ heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems are also energy efficient. To ensure all these features are used to their best advantage, residents receive green training. Upon moving in, all residents and the building manager walk through the house to get familiar with its sustainable features; each household also receives a manual on how to make sustainable lifestyle choices.

Financing Rancho Verde

The development cost about $14 million, which was financed through three primary sources (table 1). Most of the funding was low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) equity. In addition, HACSB provided two loans, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) supported the project with a Section 514 loan. USDA also supplements farmers’ rents so that no one pays more than 30 percent of their income in rent.

Table 1: Financing for Rancho Verde

LIHTC equity$7,813,000
USDA Farm Labor Housing loan3,000,000
HACSB development loan840,000
HACSB carryback loan1,600,000
Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco276,000
Ventura County Farmworker Housing funds240,000
Deferred developer fee219,000

Sustainable Living

Hansen also credits the development team for going beyond the state’s and USDA’s sustainable requirements. For example, the USDA loan required the development to produce on site at least 80 percent of the energy consumed, but the photovoltaic system was designed to more than offset the site’s total energy load. Similarly, the loan stipulated that the greywater system had to provide at least 50 percent of the site’s irrigation water, yet the system was designed to provide all of Rancho Verde’s irrigation needs. Furthermore, the development was designed to use less than 75 percent of the state’s 2013 Title 24 Building Energy Efficiency Standards before factoring in the photovoltaic panels, and Hansen believes Rancho Verde would likely comply with the forthcoming 2022 version of the standards. The development’s energy-saving features have reduced residents’ energy bills by approximately $800 a year. Although Rancho Verde was HACSB’s first net zero and all electric development, the agency has similar affordable housing projects underway. According to Karen Flock, the deputy director for real estate development at HACSB, the agency plans all future housing projects to be net zero.

Pope Francis declares Mission San Buenaventura a Basilica

The Mission Basilica San Buenaventura becomes the sixth Minor Basilica in the State of California, and the 88th in the United States.“With all praise and glory to God, Pope Francis has elevated Mission San Buenaventura to the status of a Minor Basilica, the first basilica in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.” The announcement of the papal honour was made on the Mission’s website on Wednesday, the feast of St Bonaventure.The Mission ...

The Mission Basilica San Buenaventura becomes the sixth Minor Basilica in the State of California, and the 88th in the United States.

“With all praise and glory to God, Pope Francis has elevated Mission San Buenaventura to the status of a Minor Basilica, the first basilica in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.” The announcement of the papal honour was made on the Mission’s website on Wednesday, the feast of St Bonaventure.

The Mission San Buenaventura was founded on Easter Sunday, 31 March 1782, by Fra Junipero Serra. It was the ninth and last of the historic missions founded by the Franciscan saint. The original church building was destroyed by fire, and construction of a second church was abandoned when “the door gave way.” The present church was begun in 1792, but not completed until 1809. The Church was dedicated on 9 September of that year, with the first Sunday liturgy celebrated the following day.

The Mission Basilica of San Buenaventura

“This is holy ground”

News of Pope Francis’s decision to raise the Mission to the status of a Basilica was communicated to the Archbishop of Los Angeles, Archbishop José Goméz, on June 30. Following the announcement, Archbishop Goméz celebrated a special Mass at the Mission, joined by regional Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron and Father Tom Elewuat, San Buenaventura’s pastor.

During the liturgy, Archbishop Gomez explained, “When the Pope designates a basilica, it means this is holy ground, that something beautiful and important in the history of salvation happened here.” The designation of a church as a minor Basilica is a recognition of its importance in the pastoral life of the local Church, often because of its historical significance, its status as a shrine, or because of the presence of major relics of a saint or of a notably venerated sacred image.

New ways of evangelization

Churches with the title of Minor Basilica are marked in a special way by their connection to the Pope and the Church of Rome, and so serve as a sign and symbol of the universality of the Church. Basilicas are granted the privilege of an “ombrellino” – a red and yellow, cone-shaped canopy — and a “tintinnabulum,” a bell mounted on a pole that can be carried in processions. Basilicas are also permitted to use the crossed “papal keys” on banners and signs.

Commenting on the Mission’s new status as a Basilica, the pastor, Fr Elewuat, said, “This is going to put a greater responsibility on the parish leadership and the people of the parish to discover new ways of evangelization in the spirit of St. Junípero Serra and St. Bonaventure.”

Mission pastor defends St. Junípero's legacy at Ventura board meeting

The pastor of Mission Basilica San Buenaventura voiced his concerns to Ventura County officials about “inaccurate, inflammatory testimony” targeting the legacy of St. Junípero Serra that led to the removal of the Franciscan missionary’s likeness from the county seal earlier this year.“The missions in California remain a testament to the founding of Western civilization and the introduction of the Catholic faith — which most Indigenous descendants in California profess,” said Father Thomas Ele...

The pastor of Mission Basilica San Buenaventura voiced his concerns to Ventura County officials about “inaccurate, inflammatory testimony” targeting the legacy of St. Junípero Serra that led to the removal of the Franciscan missionary’s likeness from the county seal earlier this year.

“The missions in California remain a testament to the founding of Western civilization and the introduction of the Catholic faith — which most Indigenous descendants in California profess,” said Father Thomas Elewaut in remarks to the Ventura County Board of Supervisors Sept. 20.

On May 24, 2022, the supervisors voted 4-1 to approve a new county seal depicting Anacapa's Arch Rock, a landmark near the county’s Channel Islands. In addition to an image of St. Junípero, the new seal also removed images referring to the oil industry, sailing, agriculture and atomic energy that were in the original seal.

The pastor has said that he “disagrees strongly” with why the decision to remove the saint from the seal was made and “finds the motive at variance with the facts.”

Father Elewaut, who also serves as director of Historic Mission Sites for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, told the supervisors that he was offering the clarifications “in the spirit of dialogue.” He cited the research of several secular historians in his remarks, including Drs. Rose Marie Beebe and Robert Senkewicz of Santa Clara University, Gregory Orfalea (formerly of the Claremont Colleges) and retired University of Redlands historian Dr. James Sandos.

Among the claims refuted by Father Elewaut is that St. Junipero was responsible for genocide of California’s native peoples.

“Comparison [of Franciscan acts] to genocide is false. The U.S. Government paying people to slaughter others, that’s genocide,” said Father Elewaut, quoting Dr. Sandos.

The priest also cited research showing that contrary to claims made by some activists, indigenous peoples were not forced into the mission system under St. Junípero.

“They voluntarily came in for a variety of reasons that ranged from disorientation due to smallpox and other diseases that were ravaging their villages, to protection from inter-tribal warfare to clothing and food,” said Father Elewaut.

The mission system was active in areas comprising just one quarter of California’s native population at the time, the priest said. He cited research estimating that only about 10 percent of natives ever fled the missions.

“We may ask ourselves: If things were so bad, why did 90 percent stay?” said Father Elewaut at the meeting.

Father Elewaut concluded his remarks by thanking the board “for the opportunity to correct an inaccurate, inflammatory testimony about Junípero Serra that appears to have contributed to actions that do not conform to the facts.”


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