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Southwest Mobile Storage - Best Mobile Storage & Office Containers In Warner Center, 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. Warner Center, 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 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.

EVERY ONE OF OUR MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINERS FOR RENT IN Warner Center, 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 Warner Center, 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 Warner Center, 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 Warner Center, 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 Warner Center, 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 Warner Center, 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 Warner Center, 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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Remembering 49 years of shopping, meals and movies enjoyed at Promenade Mall in Woodland Hills

I was feeling a twinge of déjà vu last Sunday as I pulled my car into a ghost town that had once been the crown jewel of Warner Center in Woodland Hills — the Promenade Mall opening in March 1973.It was sad, like going home to the house you remember fondly as a kid and finding a dilapidated shack. The Promenade was our grand dame in a time when the west end of the San Fernando Valley was considered the sticks.She put us on the map in Los Angeles and now she’s just an eyesore waiting to be torn down....

I was feeling a twinge of déjà vu last Sunday as I pulled my car into a ghost town that had once been the crown jewel of Warner Center in Woodland Hills — the Promenade Mall opening in March 1973.

It was sad, like going home to the house you remember fondly as a kid and finding a dilapidated shack. The Promenade was our grand dame in a time when the west end of the San Fernando Valley was considered the sticks.

She put us on the map in Los Angeles and now she’s just an eyesore waiting to be torn down.

I was there to meet my son for lunch at Maggiano’s Little Italy, which is still open along with the Corner Bakery next door. The parking lot had maybe 20 cars in it, a far cry from the hundreds that packed this space every weekend.

My kid got the spaghetti and meatballs. I got the check. Maggiano’s used to offer a “buy one get one free” on a few select entrees you could take home with you. It’s $5 now. When you’re selling pasta in a ghost town every cent counts.

I had spent 25 years looking for columns at this once-packed mall just a few blocks from the old Daily News building, which is now a huge apartment complex. I’d grab a cup of coffee, take a seat and people watch. Sooner or later, tomorrow’s column would walk by.

Someone would help a lady with a guide dog find the store she was looking for. Or a security guard would take a crying, lost child by the hand and help find his mother. Simple stories of people doing nice things we used to take for granted.

I figured hard news could share a little space in the newspaper with them.

To a lot of people living and working at the west end of the Valley, the Promenade was our hangout — the go-to place to buy a last-minute birthday or anniversary gift you forgot to pick up; a place to play hooky for a few hours in the AMC movie theaters; or just grab a bite to eat in the food court.

She had a little of everything for everyone, but she didn’t have the one thing she needed for herself — the ability to hold back time. The Promenade grew old and a new, glitzier mall moved in up the street on Topanga Canyon Boulevard, stealing all her old customers.

Robinson’s, her anchor store 49 years ago when she was built, had already moved out along with Bullocks, Saks Fifth Avenue, and finally Macy’s, which hung on until 2015.

Barnes & Noble moved out in the mid 2000s, and one by one the smaller stores inside, and most of the restaurants, called it a day. The AMC Theatres closed in June this year and moved over to Westfield Topanga.

They all had a good run, but they couldn’t do business in a ghost town. It was time to go.

Soon, the Promenade will be just another construction zone — torn down to build a training facility for the Los Angeles Rams with retail and residential development, as well.

Only the old timers will remember she was ever there to help put the west end of the Valley on the map in Los Angeles when we were still considered the sticks.

She was our calling card to people looking to move west and find a little more elbow room — affordable homes with bigger backyards, and schools with grass for their kids to play on, not just cement.

She brought us department store shopping and quality restaurants, and a cool, air-conditioned place to hang out in the summer.

The Promenade was the grand dame of Warner Center. And before the wrecking ball arrives, she deserves a big hand as she walks off the stage.

Dennis McCarthy’s column runs on Sunday. He can be reached at dmccarthynews@gmail.com.

Expansion set for old Hollywood studio amid surging demand for L.A. soundstages

A historic Hollywood studio site where such stars as Rudolph Valentino and Lillian Gish made silent films is poised for a $600-million comeback in the new era of streaming entertainment.The owner of Television Center, once home to Technicolor’s filmmaking laboratory and Metro Pictures Corp., plans to turn the dated complex on Romaine Street into a bigger, more modern studio that will rent production facilities to people who make movies and television shows.Spurred by the intensifying competition between streaming platform...

A historic Hollywood studio site where such stars as Rudolph Valentino and Lillian Gish made silent films is poised for a $600-million comeback in the new era of streaming entertainment.

The owner of Television Center, once home to Technicolor’s filmmaking laboratory and Metro Pictures Corp., plans to turn the dated complex on Romaine Street into a bigger, more modern studio that will rent production facilities to people who make movies and television shows.

Spurred by the intensifying competition between streaming platforms such as Netflix and Apple TV+, television production is the top driver of demand for both on-location and stage-based production.

In the ring of L.A.'s famed Thirty Mile Zone of filming territory, developers are upgrading old studios such as Warner Bros. Ranch in Burbank and Universal Studios and inventing whole new ones, including one on the property of the former Sears store in Hollywood and one planned in the Los Angeles Times’ printing plant downtown.

The surge in demand is a welcome development as city and state leaders have been trying for years to lure filmmakers back from competing states and countries with various financial incentives. State legislators authorized an additional $150 million in tax credits last year for filming on new or renovated soundstages.

Growth in streaming television has recharged the region’s illustrious entertainment industry, USC economist Richard Green said.

“It’s what makes L.A. special and what’s made L.A. special for 100 years,” he said. “New studios are a reflection of how important this business is to the economy.”

Existing soundstages in Los Angeles County have been almost fully rented for years, which can make it hard for new productions to find places to work, according to FilmLA, the nonprofit that handles film permits in the region.

“We’ve seen streaming growing at an average rate of 35% a year,” FilmLA President Paul Audley said last month. “Even if that backs off, which some people are now predicting, we still don’t have enough stage space to deal with that.”

Though the Los Angeles area has the largest number of soundstages of any city in the world, studios are operating near 100% capacity with wait lists as long as five film productions deep for those spaces, financial advisor Deloitte said in a report last year.

“To meet the booming demand, supply would need to more than double in Los Angeles County” in the next few years, Deloitte said. Planned projects for more studio space fall far short of that.

Entertainment real estate developer Bardas Investment Group will submit plans to the city Thursday to transform Television Center in the heart of Hollywood by adding four soundstages and other production facilities, Managing Principal David Simon said.

The goal is to create a 620,000-square-foot studio on two city blocks with updated elements of a classic Hollywood film factory supported by fashionable offices for people in the industry and underground parking for more than 1,000 cars.

“It’s intended for all entertainment media users,” Simon said of the studio. “We want to keep Hollywood in Hollywood.”

Bardas and financial partner Bain Capital Real Estate made a big bet on reviving the old studio compound, paying $135 million for Television Center in March, more than twice what the previous owner paid in 2020.

The expense is justified by the chance to make in Hollywood proper the kind of studio-office complex that entertainment creators are pursuing, Simon said.

“Hollywood is the best brand in the entire world in respect to the entertainment industry,” he said. “We feel good about the total $600-million investment in the project.”

Bardas previously announced another studio in the works on the site of a long-closed Sears store and parking lot on Santa Monica Boulevard west of the 101 Freeway in Hollywood. Plans there call for a studio with five soundstages and support facilities including offices and space for production base camps, where trucks, equipment and actors’ trailers are placed.

That project, called Echelon Studios, is in the city approval process, which Simon hopes to complete in time to break ground next spring. At Television Center, which will be renamed Echelon at Television Center, Simon hopes to start work within 18 months. Construction of each studio would take about two years to complete.

At Television Center, Simon plans to “pull together” the two blocks “in a way that it will feel like one large studio complex.”

On the north block, the former Technicolor facility was built between 1930 and 1966, and has about 183,000 square feet of office and studio space, including one small soundstage. Bardas plans to retain the property’s original Art Deco-style structures while adding a six-story office building with outdoor terraces facing the Hollywood Hills.

Technicolor used the older buildings for offices and its processing lab, which turned out such films as “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “The Wizard of Oz” and “Singin’ in the Rain.”

After Technicolor moved in the 1980s, the complex was dubbed Television Center, Simon said.

Offices serving the entertainment business are a key element in new studio development because they are in high demand. Film and television production are one of the biggest occupiers of office space in the Los Angeles region, leasing 17.7 million square feet as of 2020, real estate brokerage CBRE said.

The north block would also have a street-level restaurant and coffee shop serving the public, Simon said. The rest of Echelon at Television Center would be internally secured like other studio lots.

The block south of Romaine was once the lot of Metro Pictures, which became part of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in the 1920s. Among Metro’s stars were Rudolph Valentino, Lillian Gish, Ramon Novarro, Jackie Coogan, Buster Keaton and Wallace Beery.

Plans for the south block, where there’s a parking lot, call for four large soundstages, a base camp and a six-story office structure.

Other studio projects abound around Los Angeles County.

Last month East End Studios submitted an application to the city to build a studio near the newly famous 6th Street bridge in downtown L.A. With 16 soundstages, East End Studios’ ADLA Campus would be one of the larger studio projects in the pipeline for the county.

A potential downtown competitor is 8th & Alameda Studios on the site of the current Times printing plant. That planned project would eventually have 17 soundstages on 26 acres.

Other substantial developments include the redevelopment of Warner Bros. Ranch in Burbank and a seven-soundstage complex called Sunset Glenoaks Studios in the Sun Valley neighborhood of L.A.

FilmLA is tracking 14 studio projects in Greater Los Angeles, including new stages and other facilities at the Universal Studios lot and a $1.25-billion overhaul of the former CBS Television City.

If all of these projects are built, the count of certified stages in the region would increase by about 27%, FilmLA said, and the total square footage of stages would grow “by an unknown but considerable sum.” Los Angeles County has 5.4 million square feet of certified stage space in 398 stages.

Adding more facilities to make movies and TV shows cements L.A.'s appeal as the home of the entertainment industry, Green said.

“If you want to get into this business, you want to be where there is dense production,” he said, which “creates a constant recycling between the talent and the work that needs to be done. It’s hard to break that up.”

Watch L.A. Times Today at 7 p.m. on Spectrum News 1 on Channel 1 or live stream on the Spectrum News App. Palos Verdes Peninsula and Orange County viewers can watch on Cox Systems on channel 99.

Westfield malls go up for sale as U.S. shoppers find other places to buy

The owner of Westfield malls, familiar to passersby for decades for their bright-red logo signs, plans to sell all its properties in the U.S. as pandemic fears have sped changes to how people shop.Among the company’s malls in the Los Angeles area are such high-profile properties as Westfield Century City, Westfield Santa Anita in Arcadia and Westfield Topanga & the Village in Warner Center.Unibail-R...

The owner of Westfield malls, familiar to passersby for decades for their bright-red logo signs, plans to sell all its properties in the U.S. as pandemic fears have sped changes to how people shop.

Among the company’s malls in the Los Angeles area are such high-profile properties as Westfield Century City, Westfield Santa Anita in Arcadia and Westfield Topanga & the Village in Warner Center.

Unibail-Rodamco bought Westfield Corp. for nearly $16 billion four years ago. Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, as the Paris company is now known, intends to bet its future on Europe, where it is the largest owner of shopping centers.

All 24 U.S. malls are to be sold by 2023, Chief Executive Jean-Marie Tritant told investors last week. The company will become a “focused, European pure-play,” he said.

Tritant didn’t elaborate on whether the Westfield malls might be sold together or individually, and company representatives declined to comment further on the planned property divestment.

Unibail’s exit is not a complete surprise. In reporting its 2020 results, Unibail said it would “significantly reduce financial exposure” in the U.S. in the near future.

“We understood there was a desire to get out of the U.S.,” competing shopping center owner Sandy Sigal said, but “they could have kept a couple of trophy assets.”

New ownership might be good for shoppers at some malls, said Sigal, president of NewMark Merrill Cos., which is based in Woodland Hills.

“Real estate really is a local business,” he said, and with local owners “you wind up with tenants more relevant to that community” as well as malls that are physically and socially more reflective of their neighborhoods. “It’s much more on-point when you’re owned by a local.”

Unibail valued its U.S. malls at about $13.2 billion last year but has not said how much it hopes to get for them now. Real estate analyst Green Street valued them at more than $11.4 billion.

“They are top-quality malls” and should be sought after, said Dirk Aulabaugh, global head of advisory services at Green Street. The price of the entire portfolio might be too steep for a single buyer such as another mall company, though some may try.

“It’s doable,” he said of a portfolio sale, but “most likely they would break it into smaller chunks more digestible by the market.”

Shopping habits have been changing for decades, with conventional malls that sprang up across the country in the latter 20th century losing their once-firm grip on consumers.

Growing online sales have chipped away at mall profits for years, but the COVID-19 pandemic drove people out of public spaces and further increased their interest in grabbing many goods from home with clicks and taps, San Francisco Bay Area real estate consultant David Greensfelder said.

The country has too many malls and the industry has “been in a tremendous period of consolidation,” he said. “COVID just sped that up.”

In general, people are shopping either for commodities that are widely available or for specialty items they put thought and care into acquiring, Greensfelder said.

“Commodity is everyday,” he said. “Specialty is the stuff you splurge on, with more of an emotional connection.”

Malls that sell mostly commodities, including many Westfield malls, are having a tough go, he said. Westfield does, however, have a handful of the country’s top specialty malls, including Valley Fair in Santa Clara and Century City, where the previous owner completed a $1-billion makeover in 2017.

“These are absolutely ‘A’ malls because they are able to differentiate themselves and have compelling tenant mixes,” he said. “All the rest are either treading water or slowly sinking.”

Those Westfield malls, however, offer “huge” opportunities to investors “because they are incredibly well-located,” he said. They could be repurposed for other uses or redeveloped into mixed-use complexes with stores, offices and apartments.

The Sherman Oaks Galleria, for instance, was a national icon of 1980s teenage mall culture, immortalized in the Frank and Moon Zappa song “Valley Girl” and films such as “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.” It shut down in 1999 because of flagging sales. A new owner redeveloped the once-vast mall in the early 2000s as a smaller open-air shopping and entertainment center with adjoining office space for rent.

Last month Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield said it had sold the former Promenade mall in Warner Center for $150 million to investors believed to be associated with the Rams. The team may build a practice facility there and set up other operations.

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield’s U.S operation has value beyond its real estate, competitor Sigal said.

“They’re leaders in tech and marketing,” he said, “with very good people as an organization. My hope is that they would stay together in some fashion, owned by a domestic operator.”

If that happens, the brand’s familiar red logo may live on for years to come, he said. “You could still see those signs, I hope.”

Warner, Slotkin, Colleagues Urge Action on Misleading Search Results About Abortion Clinics

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI) led colleagues in a letter to the CEO of Alphabet Inc. and its subsidiary Google, Sundar Pichai, urging him to take action to prevent misleading Google search results and ads that lead to anti-abortion clinics.In the letter, the lawmakers note that 37 percent of Google Maps results and 11 percent of Google search results for “abortion clinic near me” and “abortion pill” in states with so-called “trigger laws” – l...

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI) led colleagues in a letter to the CEO of Alphabet Inc. and its subsidiary Google, Sundar Pichai, urging him to take action to prevent misleading Google search results and ads that lead to anti-abortion clinics.

In the letter, the lawmakers note that 37 percent of Google Maps results and 11 percent of Google search results for “abortion clinic near me” and “abortion pill” in states with so-called “trigger laws” – laws that would effectively ban abortion if Roe v. Wadeis overturned – were for anti-abortion clinics. Additionally, 28 percent of Google ads displayed at the top of search results were for anti-abortion clinics. Amid a draft opinion of a Supreme Court decision that would overturn Roe and the passage of several state laws that would curtail access to reproductive health care, the lawmakers are pushing for quick action to display accurate information.

“Directing women towards fake clinics that traffic in misinformation and don’t provide comprehensive health services is dangerous to women’s health and undermines the integrity of Google’s search results,” wrote the lawmakers. “Google should not be displaying anti-abortion fake clinics or crisis pregnancy centers in search results for users that are searching for an ‘abortion clinic’ or ‘abortion pill.’ If Google must continue showing these misleading results in search results and Google Maps, the results should, at the very least, be appropriately labeled.”

In addition to Sen. Warner and Rep. Slotkin, the letter was also signed by Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), John Hickenlooper (D-CO), Alex Padilla (D-CA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Ed Markey (D-MA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Tina Smith (D-MN). It was also signed by Reps. Don Beyer (D-VA), Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Jason Crow (D-CO), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Katie Porter (D-CA), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), and Jackie Speier (D-CA).

The lawmakers requested Sundar Pichai respond to the letter and provide:

2. A plan to add disclaimers that clearly indicate whether a search result does or does not provide abortions

3. Information on Google’s attempts to provide accurate search results pertaining to health care

Sen. Warner has been a longtime supporter of both abortion rights and increasing transparency online. He is a cosponsor of the Women’s Health Protection Act, which would codify Roe v. Wade, and several pieces of tech legislation that would promote transparency and curb manipulative patterns.

Text of the letter is below.

Dear Mr. Pichai,

We write today regarding disturbing new reports that Google has been directing users who search for abortion services towards anti-abortion ‘fake clinics,’ also known as ‘crisis pregnancy centers’ or ‘pregnancy resource centers’ without any disclaimer indicating these businesses do not provide abortions and seek to steer women away from certain health decisions. In the wake of the leaked Supreme Court decision that would overturn Roe v. Wade, we find these reports especially concerning and would appreciate your immediate attention to this matter.

According to research by the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH), a U.S.-based nonprofit that fights online hate and misinformation, 11% of results for searches for “abortion clinic near me” and “abortion pill” in states with so-called ‘Trigger Laws’ – laws that would effectively ban abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned – were for anti-abortion fake clinics. Directing women towards fake clinics that traffic in misinformation and don’t provide comprehensive health services is dangerous to women’s health and undermines the integrity of Google’s search results.

This problem is even more pronounced on Google Maps, where CCDH found that 37% of search results were for anti-abortion fake clinics. Google should not be displaying anti-abortion fake clinics or crisis pregnancy centers in search results for users that are searching for an ‘abortion clinic’ or ‘abortion pill.’ If Google must continue showing these misleading results in search results and Google Maps, the results should, at the very least, be appropriately labeled.

CCDH also found that 28% of Google Ads displayed at the top of search results were for anti-abortion fake clinics. Since facing criticism over misleading ads related to anti-abortion fake clinics in 2019, Google has provided a disclaimer – albeit one that appears in small font and is easily missed – for ads from anti-abortion fake clinics. However, no such warning is present on non-sponsored search results on Google Search. The prevalence of these misleading ads marks what appears to be a concerning reversal from Google’s pledge in 2014 to take down ads from crisis pregnancy centers that engage in overt deception of women seeking out abortion information online.

Given this disturbing research, we would appreciate answers to the following questions:

1. What steps will Google take to limit the appearance of anti-abortion fake clinics or so-called ‘crisis pregnancy centers’ in Google search results, Google Ads, and on Google Maps when users search for “abortion clinic,” “abortion pill,” or similar terms?

2. If Google will not take action to prevent anti-abortion fake clinics from appearing in search results, will Google add user-friendly disclaimers that clearly indicate whether or not a search result does or does not provide abortions?

3. What additional steps will Google take to ensure that users are receiving accurate information when they search for health care services like abortion on Google Search and Google Maps when users search for “abortion clinic,” “abortion pill,” or similar terms?

We urge you to take action to rectify these issues and help ensure women seeking health care services are directed to the basic information they request. Many thanks for your consideration, and we look forward to your timely response.

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Valley Developer Makes L.A. Buy

California Home Builders, which has two Q buildings open and three more on the way at Warner Center, has expanded its Q brand beyond the Valley to include an apartment community near Playa Vista.The Canoga Park-based developer acquired a Class A, 376-unit residential complex that was previously called Modera West LA for $231 million in July. Since the acquisition, California Home Builders has revamped the property — changing the name to the Q Playa — and has begun adding all of the Q amenities and services it offers at its...

California Home Builders, which has two Q buildings open and three more on the way at Warner Center, has expanded its Q brand beyond the Valley to include an apartment community near Playa Vista.

The Canoga Park-based developer acquired a Class A, 376-unit residential complex that was previously called Modera West LA for $231 million in July. Since the acquisition, California Home Builders has revamped the property — changing the name to the Q Playa — and has begun adding all of the Q amenities and services it offers at its San Fernando Valley sites.

The original Q buildings are at Warner Center, where the Q Variel, a 245-unit residence, has been open for almost two years, and the Q Topanga, with 347 units, which debuted 10 months ago. The Q De Soto – 376 units currently under construction – will open in the middle of 2025. Q Erwin – with 260 units – will break ground next year, while Q Califa – with 210 units – will begin construction in 2025.

All of the Q buildings share a host of amenities including a 24/7 concierge, complimentary valet parking, a Tesla with a driver, bicycles, a resort-style pool with cabanas, fitness and yoga facilities with classes and a pet spa with an in-house groomer.

The site near Playa Vista represents a departure for California Home Builders.

“Typically, we build our properties,” said California Home Builders President Shawn Evenhaim, the company’s founder. “We wanted to expand the brand on the Westside, and (acquiring an existing property) was the quickest way to do it. It had everything we wanted that we could take and transform into a Q property.”

Those traits included that it was newer construction, completed in 2019, and it was built with quality in mind.

“The location was very attractive, it’s close to the beach, and it’s right next to Playa Vista,” Evenhaim said.

The common spaces met Evenhaim’s Q criteria. California Home Builders is currently upgrading furnishings for the common places, landscaping, changing colors and design and adding electric vehicle charging stations.

“The tenants are already feeling some of the features of the Q community,” Evenhaim said. “The improvements are going in without interrupting the lives of the tenants living in the building.”

There is even a Q app.

“We run all community stuff through there,” said Edan Evenhaim, California Home Builders’ director of brand marketing and Shawn’s son. “On there you can see upcoming events, partnerships. We have a bulletin board where residents can communicate”

The entire process of converting the Modera West L.A. into a Q site will take between eight and 12 months.

“It’s an apartment building and we want to convert it into a community,” Shawn Evenhaim said. “A lot of the things that happen are not really improvements to the structure of the property, it’s more social and community-building activities. Those were already implemented.”

So far there have been two happy hours. In October, there will be a Q anniversary event with a DJ and catered food. There is also gym programming four times a week and an upgraded gaming area with ping pong and a pool.

“It’s part of our desire to transform the living experience of apartment residents,” Shawn Evenhaim said. “We want to give them a lifestyle that will exceed their expectations.”

Evenhaim said the first happy hour had 100 tenants in attendance.

Spending big

Evenhaim feels that the extra investment he is putting into the property will be worthwhile for his tenants.

“A lot of real estate companies look at the bottom line and how to minimize expenses,” Evenhaim said. “We’re looking at how the tenants want to live, how can we make their lives better and how we can make them feel that they are part of a community and not just renting an apartment building.”

Evenhaim said that the building’s transformation into a Q-branded residence did not necessitate raising rents on current tenants.

“We’re not planning any specific increases right now,” he said. “There are just standard increases to meet market rates and inflation and the cost of operation.”

Rents at the Q Playa range from $2,665 to $6,358. Evenhaim declined to state how much the conversion into a Q property will cost his firm.

“The improvements that we are making are on deferred maintenance and introducing the Q quality and the Q amenities,” Evenhaim said. “Tenants will feel the difference but it does not require any major renovations.”

Evenhaim may even create Q brands outside of L.A. County and is open to acquiring more properties to turn into Q residences at an organic pace.

“This is a family-owned business,” Evenhaim said. “We do everything in-house. We take a project, we entitle it, we design it, we build it and we operate it. We don’t have investors, we don’t have partners…we don’t have to get approvals from anyone.”

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