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Southwest Mobile Storage - Best Mobile Storage & Office Containers In Santa Monica, 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. Santa Monica, 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 Santa Monica, 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 Santa Monica, CA

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

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

 Storage Containers For Rent Santa Monica, CA

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

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

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

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

CUSTOM CONTAINERS FOR YOUR HOME IN Santa Monica, 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 Santa Monica, 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 Santa Monica, 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 Santa Monica, 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 Santa Monica, 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.

HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT MOBILE CONTAINERS TO Rent, Buy OR Modify IN Santa Monica, CA?

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McKinley Elementary In Santa Monica Wins CA Education Award

McKinley Elementary School in Santa Monica received the California Department of Education 2022 CA Pivotal Practice Award.SANTA MONICA, CA — McKinley Elementary School in Santa Monica received the California Department of Education 2022 CA Pivotal Practice Award, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District officials told Patch Thursday.State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced the winners of the newly created 2022 California Pivotal Practice (CAPP) Award Program, which has replaced California Di...

McKinley Elementary School in Santa Monica received the California Department of Education 2022 CA Pivotal Practice Award.

SANTA MONICA, CA — McKinley Elementary School in Santa Monica received the California Department of Education 2022 CA Pivotal Practice Award, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District officials told Patch Thursday.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced the winners of the newly created 2022 California Pivotal Practice (CAPP) Award Program, which has replaced California Distinguished Schools Program for 2022. The award celebrates schools and districts that implemented an innovative practice during the 2020–21 school year, when California required schools to offer distance learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

McKinley Elementary is one of 727 schools in the Golden State honored for its demonstrated efforts to support students in four target areas:

McKinley's innovative practices during distance learning were in the areas of family and student engagement, and the social-emotional well-being of students.

"I am very proud of the McKinley Elementary School administration, teachers, staff and parentswho rose above the challenges of remote learning to maintain student and family engagement," Superintendent Dr. Ben Drati said in a statement.

"Their commitment to both academic progress and social-emotional learning benefited the overall wellbeing of students and the school community as whole," Drati said.

The SMMUSD Board of Education will recognize McKinley at its May 5 school boardmeeting.

In order to connect students to school and foster engagement, McKinley staff and familiescollaboratively transformed school traditions into creative virtual events. Some virtual community events included a movie night, talent show, harvest festival and haunted house, family literacy night, drive-thru art show, winter sing-a-long, international day, and move-a-thon. In addition, McKinley engaged TK-5 students through virtual field trips, student clubs like STEM Club and student newspaper, and by providing supplemental recorded or live enrichment instruction in STEM, theater, music, visual art, and physical education. McKinley emphasized students' social-emotional learning on Zoom through class morning meetings and experiences such as monthly schoolwide assembly videos featuring grade level performances about the Pillars of Character.

McKinley's pivotal practices led to a high level of student attendance and schoolwide progress-monitoring assessment data comparable to in-person learning.

"We are honored to receive this award and I am so proud of how the McKinley family came together during a challenging time to create a sense of normalcy and joy for our students," McKinley Principal Dr. Ashley Benjamin said in a statement.

See the full list of the 2022 award-winning schools.

Mother's Day 2022 Brunch: Reserve Now In Santa Monica

From brunch to dinner, here's how to plan for Mother's Day 2022. SANTA MONICA, CA — Mother's Day on Sunday, May 8, is still a week away, but if you plan to treat your mother to brunch or dinner out, reservations may fill up quickly in Santa Monica as the nation approaches the most normal celebration of moms since the COVID-19 pandemic began.Local restaurants in Santa Monica have taken a financial hit during the pandemic and could use the business. Some are closed so their employees can support their own mothers or be pa...

From brunch to dinner, here's how to plan for Mother's Day 2022.

SANTA MONICA, CA — Mother's Day on Sunday, May 8, is still a week away, but if you plan to treat your mother to brunch or dinner out, reservations may fill up quickly in Santa Monica as the nation approaches the most normal celebration of moms since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Local restaurants in Santa Monica have taken a financial hit during the pandemic and could use the business. Some are closed so their employees can support their own mothers or be pampered by their children, but here are some options:

BIRDIE G'S: Bring home a sweet treat: a whole "World Famous" Rose Petal Pie, Crème Brûlée Pie or Malted Chocolate Layer Cake. Also offered: wines by female vintners & St. Germain Cocktail Kit (with edible glitter!) to make three different cocktails. Pre-order desserts & drinks online via Tock or at 310-310-3616 by May 5 for May 8 pickup. The eatery, at 2421 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica, also will be open May 8 for on-site dining.

BOA STEAKHOUSE: On May 8, a special Mother's Day brunch buffet planned (11 a.m. - 3 p.m./$95 per person), featuring surf & turf carving station, breakfast classics, seafood bar, fried chicken, ribs, Wagyu tacos, sushi, BOA's signature Caesar salad & more. Floral cocktails available. Complimentary gift for Mom, too. Live jazz at BOA on Sunset. Reservations here. Locations at 9200 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood & 101 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica.

EL TORITO: Enjoy all-you-can-eat Mother's Day brunch 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 8, with ham & tri-tip carving station, build-your-own tacos, made-to-order omelets, $5 cadillac margs, Bloody Marys, micheladas, unlimited champagne & more. (NOTE ONE EXCEPTION: Marina del Rey restaurant offering four-course, prix-fixe brunch menu for $34.) Website here. Locations in Hawthorne, Lakewood, Long Beach, Marina del Rey (with four-course, prix-fixe brunch), Northridge, Palmdale, Pasadena, Redondo Beach, Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks, Torrance, West Covina & Woodland Hills.

HUCKLEBERRY CAFE: Celebrate at home with "Mother's Day Breakfast in Bed" takeout ($125 serves two) that includes breakfast strata, fruit, cinnamon-roll scones & mimosa kit, plus other options. Pre-order via Tock or e-mail catering@huckleberrycafe.com by May 6 for May 8 pickup. On-site brunch dining, with kids' menu option, also offered, with Croque Madames & Monsieurs, pancakes & breakfast burritos. Brunch menu here. At 1014 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica.

MILO + OLIVE: Reservations underway for Mother's Day brunch that includes breakfast pizza, cast-iron cinnamon rolls & French toast with vanilla brandy whipped mascarpone. Or pre-order heat-and-serve, brunch to-go kit, featuring asparagus & feta frittata, chimichurri potatoes, sausage, mimosa kits, plus more. Pre-order kits online via Tock, or call 310-453-6776 by May 4 for May 8 pick-up. Reservations here. 2723 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica.

NORTH ITALIA: Just in time for Mother's Day, the eatery launches new spring dishes & cocktails. Among brunch & dinner standouts: hanger steak tagliata with charred broccolini & Tuscan bean ragu; caprese sandwich; sweet corn & fontina with roasted corn & white polenta. See here for info & reservations. Locales in El Segundo & Santa Monica.

1 PICO AT SHUTTERS ON THE BEACH: Mother's Day, pre-fixe brunch planned May 8 ($115 per person), offering: starter choices including oysters, Caesar salad, braised octopus or beef carpaccio: entrees of lobster carbonara, halibut, caviar omelet, ham Benedict or wagyu skirt steak. Dessert selections: cinnamon roll or sugar spice doughnuts. Info & reservations. At 1 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica.

RUSTIC CANYON: Surprise Mom with a custom-made cake or pie created just for her from Michelin-recognized Pastry Chef Erika Chan. Fill out online form via website, answer a few questions about ingredients, flavor profiles & types of desserts your mom likes, and Erika will make sweet magic happen. Seven days' notice required. At 1119 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica.

SUGAR PALM AT VICEROY SANTA MONICA: Family-style Mother's Day brunch May 8 from Executive Chef Jason Francisco to feature shareable platters, including sashimi platter (salmon, hamachi, ahi tuna), seafood (crab cakes, salmon croquettes, shrimp), mini sandwiches (BLT, caprese, herbed chicken, pork belly) & sweet platters with French toast stuffed with Nutella, cheesecake batter & cocoa dust. Duck confit chilaquiles, vegan hash & cast-iron-baked Dutch baby also on menu. Brunch is 6:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Reservations here. 1819 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica.

TALLULA'S: If Mom loves Mexican cuisine in beachside atmosphere, check out brunch, Saturday & Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. for Mother's Day weekend. Among menu options: chilaquiles; breakfast burritos & tacos; "Eggs in a Blanket" (fried or scrambled eggs & refried black beans between two corn tortillas & topped with salsa suiza, crema, queso fresco, jack cheese & tortilla strips); Milanesa (flank steak, mojo de ajo potatoes, eggs & poblano gravy); ham & cheese quesadillas; blue corn pancakes; huevos rancheros & more. Reservations via Resy, but walk-ins welcome. Website. At 118 Entrada Drive, Santa Monica.

THE PIE HOLE: Treat Mom to the pie shop's signature Pie Holes — bite-sized pies with pie filling inside, baked in butter crust & topped with specialty glaze. Four flavors, Nutella, strawberry, blueberry & apple, can be purchased 24 pack ($79.95) or ordered for shipping via Goldbelly. Website here. Locations at Gelson's in Del Mar, Pacific Beach & Santa Monica, plus shops in Hollywood, Orange, Pasadena, Anaheim & Arts District of Los Angeles.

If you're looking for something else, check OpenTable for restaurants in your area taking reservations for Mother's Day.

Several chain restaurants and other eateries are open for Mother's Day this year, and some are offering specials.

Below are a few options to get you started, featuring everything from casual to fine dining. As always, it's advisable to call ahead to make sure the restaurants in YOUR PATCH TOWN are participating and to inquire about any COVID-19 restrictions or limitations.

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar opens early at 11 a.m. on both May 7 and 8 with its Mother's Day 3-Course Menu featuring a hand-cut filet mignon and pairing of the diner's choice.

Fogo de Chão Brazilian steakhouse is offering a ready-to-reheat Mother's Day Celebration Package that feeds six and features a choice of fire-roasted meats, sides and dessert. Meals should be ordered at least 24 hours in advance and are available all day May 7, and until 10:30 a.m. May 8.

Morton's, The Steakhouse is accepting reservations for Mother's Day, and also will bring the meal to Mom in select locations.

Kong Studios moves its HQ to Santa Monica, a hub city for game development companies

SANTA MONICA, Calif., April 30, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S Game developer, Kong Studios Inc (Kong Studios), moved its headquarters from Nevada to Santa Monica, California. Santa Monica is a hub city for many renowned game development companies such as Naughty Dog, Respawn Entertainment and Infinity Ward. Kong Studios plans to ramp up development for its next triple A (AAA) title.Kong Studios released its first game 'Dungeon Link', a mobile puzzle RPG, in 2015 and released the second game titled 'Guardian Tales', a mobile adventure RPG i...

SANTA MONICA, Calif., April 30, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S Game developer, Kong Studios Inc (Kong Studios), moved its headquarters from Nevada to Santa Monica, California. Santa Monica is a hub city for many renowned game development companies such as Naughty Dog, Respawn Entertainment and Infinity Ward. Kong Studios plans to ramp up development for its next triple A (AAA) title.

Kong Studios released its first game 'Dungeon Link', a mobile puzzle RPG, in 2015 and released the second game titled 'Guardian Tales', a mobile adventure RPG in 2020. Guardian Tales is a highly polished game, featuring a well-written story line, and various characters expressed with detailed pixel-art graphics. Guardian Tales made its global grand launch in U.S, Europe, Korea and 230 other nations at the end of July 2020. In 2021, the game also began its services in China and Japan.

After its release, the game received continuous praise from global users. Guardian Tales achieved $216M USD in sales and a total of 25M downloads only after a year of release. In August 2021, Kong Studios closed a $62M USD Series B financing round and instantly became a 'unicorn' status company valued at $1B USD.

The success Kong Studios had in the Japanese gaming market right after Series B financing is evaluated as being in a league of its own. In October 2021, Kong Studios self-published and began service in Japan through its Japanese branch. Within 2 days of launch, Guardian Tales became the most downloaded game for 2 consecutive weeks in both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store for the free-to-download category.

Guardian Tales not only achieved 1st place for sales in the Google Play Store and 3rd for sales in the Apple App Store but was also featured on 'Apple-Featured' which evaluates games based on excellence of quality. The game had successfully launched in the Japanese market, which is considered to be the home of sub-culture games. The feats Guardian Tales made in Japan lead to success in sales as well. After the first quarter of 2022, total sales passed $350M USD and the company is showing steady growth in the global market.

Kong Studios is planning to use its steady growth as a base to expand HQ's role. It plans to expand its IP (Intellectual Property) and related businesses in various areas. Unlike the 2D graphics based games it previously released, Kong Studios is planning to focus on developing a 3D open world sandbox game for the next title. Staff from Kong Studios stated: "HQ's move to Santa Monica is a significant start for Kong Studios Inc. It signifies growth of our company into one capable of developing a triple A (AAA) title. We are planning to actively hire professionals continuously to focus on developing our future title. Anyone prepared to develop a truly special game is always welcome."

Meanwhile, Kong Studios will start the collaboration event with the famous Japanese Anime, 'Slayers NEXT' in Japan for 4 weeks in May. The collaboration event was previously held in February for the global and Korean markets.

SOURCE Kong Studios

Mother's Day 2022 Gifts: What Do Santa Monica Moms Really Want?

Check out these great gift ideas for Mother's Day 2022. SANTA MONICA, CA — What do Santa Monica moms want from their kids this Mother's Day?What many will likely get come May 8 are jewelry and Mother's Day brunch or dinner out. Those two categories are driving a record $31.7 billion in Mother's Day spending, a $3.6 billion increase over last year's record, according to a report last week from ...

Check out these great gift ideas for Mother's Day 2022.

SANTA MONICA, CA — What do Santa Monica moms want from their kids this Mother's Day?

What many will likely get come May 8 are jewelry and Mother's Day brunch or dinner out. Those two categories are driving a record $31.7 billion in Mother's Day spending, a $3.6 billion increase over last year's record, according to a report last week from the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insight & Analytics.

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Some 84 percent of U.S. adults said they plan to celebrate Mother's Day with a gift, spending $245 on average on their mothers and mother figures, the report said. Jewelry stores alone are expected to see $7 billion in spending, according to the report.

That's good news for jewelry and keepsake shops around Santa Monica.

If you're planning to treat Mom to dinner out, reservations are going quickly at restaurants in Santa Monica, including those OpenTable recently listed among the 100 Best Brunch Spots in America. Reservations are up 39 percent from pre-pandemic 2019, and up 13 percent from 2021, the online reservation service said last week.

And, according to the OpenTable survey, almost half (48 percent) of moms want to celebrate Mother's Day at a restaurant. The survey of 1,255 adults also showed that 45 percent plan to make up for lost time with their mother figures during the pandemic by "going big" this year.

'Anything To Feel Pampered'

A 2021 YouGov poll revealed the top five gifts moms want are flowers, a card with a heartfelt message, a gift certificate to the spa or for a massage, jewelry and chocolate. Most moms are satisfied with however their children honor them on Mother's Day, though, with 58 percent saying they've never been disappointed by their kids' shows of affection and appreciation.

Some reliable go-to places for gifts in Santa Monica include:

We took our own informal survey of several Patch moms. While by no means scientific, it revealed some similar themes.

"We have always had the girls make homemade cards — even now that they are teenagers," one mom told us, adding the handwritten notes are "so much more meaningful than any Hallmark card could ever be."

Some new moms and those with small children don't want stuff as much as they do a break.

"New moms can't expect to get anything from the kids," one Patch mom told us. "I'd say a restaurant gift certificate for them. That's one less meal to cook."

Another said: "My toddler keeps me running around all the time and doesn't sleep, so any time I can have to take care of myself, anything to feel pampered even just for an hour — mani/pedi, hair blown out, restaurant gift card so I don't have to cook, or just an offer to watch him for one hour."

It never hurts to drop a hint.

"I want a plant — not flowers, because they don't last as long — but a plant that my husband knows I have a spot for and the right light for," one mom told us. Another said, "you can never go wrong with a bottle of wine."

And another Patch mom treats herself to a hike on Mother's Day. "The kids usually join in," she said, "even if they don't want to."

Said another: "Alone time! Night at a hotel. Dinner date or night out with friends. Meals pre-ordered and handled."

Get Mom In The Photo

Precious ones, we have news for you: Each of you is going to give your mom 45 pieces of homemade artwork between now and when you leave the nest, according to a survey last year conducted by OnePoll for the art website Canvaspop. And while your moms may say they'll treasure your creative expressions as if Picasso himself were responsible — and, in fact, three-fourths of them display some of it on their walls — another fact is 41 percent agree you're "no Picasso."

So, change that up, kiddos.

More than two-thirds of moms last year said they want more family photos for their walls, but with a catch: Give mom a break from behind the shutter and take photos that include her. The average mom surveyed said she's featured in less than half of family photos.

This survey was in 2021, but unless you wore out the shutter on your camera taking photos, the advice holds.

Make Memories With Mom

With inflation at a 40-year high, money is tight for many Santa Monica families. Experiences count a lot with moms, and they don't have to break the budget.

"I don't need stuff," a Patch mom with an adult child told us. She just wants to spend quality time with her daughter.

"A mom's view of Mother's Day changes as kids get older," another Patch mom said. "When they were little, homemade cards and a Mother's Day spa getaway from them was pure bliss. Now the perfect Mother's Day for me involves dressing up, going out to dinner, and listening to all of their laughter and stories."

But, she said, "I still love the homemade cards and have saved them all through the years!"

Here's another idea: Pick up a nice, cloth-covered journal and write down some of your favorite memories of Mom. Be sure to include some of the bits of advice she's dished out over the years. And don't forget to tell her she was right.

Or how about a scavenger hunt for some of Mom's favorite things? That idea comes from Woman's Day. Or how about a custom jigsaw puzzle of a cherished family photo featuring Mom front and center? (This assumes you've followed the advice above and gotten Mom out from behind the shutter.)

What is your idea of a perfect Mother's Day gift? Tell us in the comments.

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Santa Monica City Council set to Approve $480K Extension for Private Security at Pier

City Council set to approve $480,000 contract with CA Panther at April 26 meetingBy Dolores QuintanaSanta Monica City Council’s contract with CA Panther, a private security company that has been providing additional security to the City at the Santa Monica Pier, is expected to be extended at their next meeting on Tuesday, April 26 as reported by ...

City Council set to approve $480,000 contract with CA Panther at April 26 meeting

By Dolores Quintana

Santa Monica City Council’s contract with CA Panther, a private security company that has been providing additional security to the City at the Santa Monica Pier, is expected to be extended at their next meeting on Tuesday, April 26 as reported by The Santa Monica Lookout.

This contract extension would cost the city $480,000 and the extension period would be in force through June of 2023. The purpose of this private security contract is to assist code enforcement officers who are trying to control the number of illegal vendors at the Santa Monica Pier each weekend, according to City officials.

The staff report to City Council stated, “By extending the contract, the City will continue with the staffing and deployment, with a slight reduction in the staffing schedule, while maintaining the Task Force approach, momentum, and saving costs.”

This extension will require City Council to create an exception to the usual competitive bidding process required normally to award such contracts due to the City’s need to continue the contract without delay, “given the substantial interference with required City operations that would result if there were a disruption of services.”

City Council felt it necessary to reinforce code enforcement employees on staff with private security in October of 2021 after the Council decided to “crackdown” on illegal vendors at the pier who they claim constitute health and safety risks. A former part-time security company withdrew its services and the City Council signed a contract with CA Panther for $250,000 in January of 2022 to provide security services until June 30 of this year.

CA Panther’s security guards are there to “reduce the volume of unpermitted vending or other unlawful activity on the Pier, thus reducing the associated fire and environmental risks,” according to the Santa Monica City Council’s staff report.

In the current contract, CA Panther provides two shifts of unarmed security guards between Friday and Sunday for the Pier area. The new potential contract will add a shift of unarmed security guards that will work a 12-hour shift from Friday to Sunday according to the staff report and the Santa Monica Outlook.

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