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Southwest Mobile Storage – Best Mobile Storage & Office Containers In San Diego, CA

Southwest Mobile Storage was established in 1995, serving more than 24,000 commercial, construction and residential customers rent, buy or modify containers for their moving, storage and custom needs. We offer a wide selection of portable offices and mobile storage containers for rent in San Diego, CA. You deserve vault-like security, superior service, unrivaled expertise with the best quality and service you can find when renting, buying or modifying shipping containers.

Whether you need mobile storage, portable office space, a combo unit or a custom container for a specific purpose, we’ve got your back. Here’s how:



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

You’ll get your own dedicated storage and container expert to serve as your one point of contact for easy, convenient service you can trust.
With our wide selection of intermodal containers for sale and rent, you’ll find exactly what you need, from size, to type and condition.
We maintain our rental fleet to the highest standard – our integrity depends on it.
Our certified, experienced Conex container modification experts have more than 500 years combined experience modifying ISO containers at our unrivaled 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility, ensuring your custom shipping container is made exactly to your specifications.
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.
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.


Wind and water-tight so you don’t have to stress about rain or condensation ruining the contents inside.
Delivered to your desired location by a dependable roll- off truck
Grinded, prepped and painted before rental by our container fabrication experts.
Fully customizable to fit your unique needs.
Equipped with a dual high-security dual- locking systems.
Delivered by our skilled, experienced drivers for worry-free delivery.

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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


Offsite storage alternatives cause a mess of hassles and headaches. Expanding office space and storage capacity at your location saves time, money and hassle of making multiple trips offsite.
We offer more choice in security, size and features in steel Conex boxes or ISO shipping containers than a public storage unit or Pod for less cost and far greater service.
We offer flexible, month-to-month rental agreements and prorate by the day after your first 28-day billing cycle.
With us, you get a dedicated account manager you can rely on, so you can focus on running your business than waste time with a different person every time you call that doesn’t know or care as much.
While other companies may have some staff for modifying containers, most outsource the work, so you don’t know who is actually doing the modifications or how much they’re marking up the price.
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.


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, 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.


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

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

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

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

Our ISO shipping containers are weatherproof and come with vault-like security, so you don’t have to worry about theft or damage to your belongings. You won’t get that level of security from U-Haul or other moving truck companies.

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Choose Your Container

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

Choose Your Options

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

Choose Your Security

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

Choose Your Delivery Timeframe

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

Pick-Up Planning

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




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



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



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



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


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'Income inequality is at its highest rate' | San Diego guaranteed income program launches

150 families will receive $500 cash payments for 24 months that can be spent on needs such as food, repairing a car to get to work, medicine, and more.SAN DIEGO — San Diego nonprofit San Diego for Every Child received $1.4 million from the CA annual budget in a pilot project for the region's first guaranteed income project.In a press conference Friday, California Senator Ben Hueso (District 40), National City Mayor Alejandra Sotelo-Solis, and ...

150 families will receive $500 cash payments for 24 months that can be spent on needs such as food, repairing a car to get to work, medicine, and more.

SAN DIEGO — San Diego nonprofit San Diego for Every Child received $1.4 million from the CA annual budget in a pilot project for the region's first guaranteed income project.

In a press conference Friday, California Senator Ben Hueso (District 40), National City Mayor Alejandra Sotelo-Solis, and others rolled out the program specifics in Encanto that will allow 150 families to receive $500 cash payments for 24 months.

The program will select 150 families of color with at least one child under the age of 12 living in San Diego and National City – in specific zip codes - to receive $500 cash payments for 24 months that can be spent on needs such as food, repairing a car to get to work, medicine to treat a loved one or rent.

Senator Ben Hueso said that it is “time to end the narrative that people experiencing poverty simply need to work harder or make better choices,” through a released statement. “Income inequality is at its highest rate since right before the Great Depression and is, at least in part, a result of policies and laws in this country that perpetuate poverty and racial inequity. Guaranteed income programs like San Diego for Every Child’s can dramatically improve families’ well-being and are an important step to help address some of the economic and social challenges we currently face in this country.”

In the release, Senator Toni Atkins shared how it could help those families that need it most. “This year’s state budget is one of the most equitable and transformative budgets in California’s history. It allows for bold, once-in-a-generation investments,” said Atkins. “I was honored to join my colleague Senator Ben Hueso in supporting a $1.4 million allocation to Jewish Family Service of San Diego for a Universal Basic Income pilot program. This initiative is designed to lift up our region’s families and combat childhood poverty.

San Diego for Every Child’s eligibility survey for participation in the Guaranteed Income Project is now open through Monday, December 6.

The survey is available in English, Spanish, Somali, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Chinese and Arabic. Participants will be selected and contacted in January 2022.

WATCH: San Diego nonprofit announces guaranteed income pilot project to help families with direct payments (April 2021)

Opinion: California water news keeps getting worse as climate emergency sharply limits supplies

San Diego County in much better shape than rest of the state, which could see sweeping new conservation ordersThe ...

San Diego County in much better shape than rest of the state, which could see sweeping new conservation orders

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The grim news about the climate emergency just keeps rolling in. San Diego International Airport saw its driest November since 1980, with only a trace of rain recorded the entire month. Meanwhile, on Wednesday, the state Department of Water Resources said that California agencies that provide water to 27 million residents and 750,000 acres of farmland will get 0 percent of requested water from the reservoirs, canals and dams that comprise the State Water Project. Seven agencies will get some water, but only for urgent health and safety needs, including indoor sanitation and fire suppression.

The San Diego County Water Authority — which made the courageous and game-changing decision in 1991 to diversify its supplies and no longer rely so heavily on the giant, mercurial Metropolitan Water District of Southern California — won’t be affected by the state decision. In a normal year, officials said Thursday, 10 percent of the authority’s water comes from the State Water Project. But this year, it’s received none and still has plenty of water available.

Yet local residents still need the state to address its water woes. Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a statewide drought emergency in October and called for voluntary efforts to reduce water consumption by 15 percent. So far, Californians aren’t coming anywhere close to meeting that goal, and state officials may soon ban hosing down sidewalks and driveways, washing a car without a shut-off nozzle and other practices that are seen as wasting water.

Amid hot, dry weather, much tougher state edicts loom. Californians have some difficult days ahead.

Chris Reed: California housing crisis looks permanent. Speculators make problem worse.

In the Los Angeles area in recent months, more than half of home sales have been to investors, not to families which plan to move in.It’s time to grasp that California’s housing crisis could be permanent. Our system is out of whack. November’s statewide median home price was $699,000 — 18.5 percent higher than ...

In the Los Angeles area in recent months, more than half of home sales have been to investors, not to families which plan to move in.

It’s time to grasp that California’s housing crisis could be permanent. Our system is out of whack. November’s statewide median home price was $699,000 — 18.5 percent higher than in November 2019. November’s average rent for a one-bedroom apartment in the Golden State was $1,670 — up 19.8 percent from November 2020. Many economists thought the pandemic would reduce housing demand, and thus housing costs, because of lost jobs and a weakened economy. Instead, the housing crisis got worse in some ways during the pandemic.

This crisis has huge implications for parents who see their kids move to places where the possibility of home ownership is more than a fantasy — or whose kids never move out. It also is a huge challenge for tech businesses that struggle to recruit workers from out of state because of housing costs, for retail stores and restaurants that find it difficult to retain workers in low-paying jobs — and basically for all middle- and low-income families who don’t have mortgages from before California’s housing bubble began inflating in the late 1990s.

It’s been 10 years since the Census Bureau began issuing a poverty rate adjusted for cost of living, and found California had the highest percentage of impoverished residents of any state — almost entirely due to the cost of housing.

It’s been six years since Gov. Jerry Brown declared an urgent need to bring down or at least stabilize the cost of housing by building far more new units. It’s been four years since Brown’s successor, Gavin Newsom, began running for governor on a platform that staked out the urgent need to build 500,000 new homes a year. It’s been three years since a pro-housing coalition began flexing its muscle in the Legislature, passing a series of measures that were touted as game changers.

Yet in 2019, the last “normal” pre-pandemic year for construction, only about 110,000 new housing starts were reported statewide, down 7 percent from 2018. This reflects the fact that the measures adopted before 2019 really weren’t game changers. Between NIMBY-allied local government and planning groups, costly environmental regulations, building trade unions forcing the use of costlier union labor in construction, and the power of inertia in preserving the local status quo, progress was minimal.

Yes, in September, two bold measures were signed into law by Newsom. Senate Bill 9 makes it much easier for owners of an existing single-family residential lot to add up to four new housing units. Senate Bill 10 lets local governments upzone urban areas close to transit — allowing up to 10 units per parcel without adhering to many provisions in the California Environmental Quality Act.

But do many families have the ability to borrow hundreds of thousands of dollars or more to pay for new construction when they often struggle to pay their existing mortgages? Nope.

Who does have the money? The real estate speculators who have transformed California’s real-estate market this century because of their recognition that Golden State property has high and durable value. Last month, a report came out showing that 51 percent of all home purchases in the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside were by investors — nearly triple the national average.

Yes, Senate Bill 9 was modified to try to limit speculation by requiring applicants for new units on previously single-family-zone lots to declare their “intent” to live in one of the units for at least three years. But that’s a pretty weak provision. And even if it does have teeth and is strictly enforced, what’s to prevent a homeowner from teaming with an investor to add the units? Where is the evidence that such speculators have any interest in promoting the social good by making housing more affordable? After more than 20 years of surging home prices, why assume that a “modest” increase in home building — that’s the prediction of a UC Berkeley analysis — will yield lower prices instead of more speculation?

I am for the new laws as gambles worth trying. But it’s not just NIMBYs who should worry about speculator-driven gentrification transforming neighborhoods, often to the detriment of renters from less affluent communities of color. An October story in The New York Times about a San Diego real estate speculator on the prowl “for homes on abnormally large lots with a flat, neglected yard that is primed to start building on” had this as a header: “A single-family home from the 1950s is now a rental complex and a vision of California’s future.”

But there’s also another distinct possibility: That next November, voters wipe out state laws meant to end local governments’ ability to block new housing projects, with a few exceptions.

Some local government officials have formed Our Neighborhood Voices to promote such a state initiative with financial backing from Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation, a deep-pockets group that has waded into land-use fights of late. Advocates say polling shows wide support for local control of housing decisions.

Instead of buying a new “vision of California’s future,” voters may opt for the past.

Reed is deputy editor of the editorial and opinion section. Column archive: Twitter: @calwhine. Email:

John Maffei’s Southern California Regional football picks

Cathedral Catholic, Mater Dei, Helix, Scripps Ranch, Patrick Henry and Palo Verde Valley try to advance to state finalsSouthern California Regional Championships in football will be held Friday and Saturday.Tickets: $12 general admission. $8 students, seniors and children over 5Parking: Varies by locationTicket purchase: All tickets and must be purchased online at GoFan.Note: State rankings are from MaxPreps....

Cathedral Catholic, Mater Dei, Helix, Scripps Ranch, Patrick Henry and Palo Verde Valley try to advance to state finals

Southern California Regional Championships in football will be held Friday and Saturday.

Tickets: $12 general admission. $8 students, seniors and children over 5

Parking: Varies by location

Ticket purchase: All tickets and must be purchased online at GoFan.

Note: State rankings are from MaxPreps.

Division 1-AA

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

(9) Cathedral Catholic vs. (5) Orange Lutheran at Orange Coast College

Preview: Cathedral Catholic (10-2) is the San Diego Section Open Division champion and has won 7 in a row and 20 of its last 24. The Dons are led by RB Lucky Sutton, who has 188 carries for 2,220 yards and 32 TDs. He had 13 carries for 269 yards and TD runs of 4, 77 and 88 yards in the Open Division title game against Carlsbad. QB Charlie Mirer has completed 86 of 161 passes for 1,472 yards with 18 TDs and 6 interceptions. WR Rex Haynes has 26 catches for 629 yards and 8 TDs with 4 catches for 115 yards and TDs of 19 and 51 yards against Carlsbad. The defense is anchored by Stanford-commit Jaxson Moi, Tano Letuli and Harmon Savaiinaea. … Orange Lutheran (10-4) is the Southern Section Division 2 champion, beating Bishop Alemany in the title game. The Lancers, who have won four in a row, are led by 3-star QB Logan Gonzalez, who has thrown for 3,371 yards with 7 interceptions and 38 TDs. Dartmouth-commit RB Desmin Jackson has rushed 180 times for 1,018 yards and 11 TDs and has 50 receptions for 535 yards and 5 TDs. Highly recruited WR Pierce Brown has 46 receptions. MLB Gabe Morin, a big-time recruit, has 118 tackles.

Big-time opponents: Cathedral Catholic’s losses are to No. 4 Corona Centennial and No. 12 Concord De La Salle. Orange Lutheran, which plays in the ultra-competitive Trinity League, has losses to No. 1 Santa Ana Mater Dei, No. 2 Servite, No. 4 St. John Bosco and No. 10 Santa Margarita, and wins over No. 7 Alemany, No. 11 Sierra Canyon and No. 25 Corona del Mar.

Points for/against: Cathedral Catholic 451-220. Orange Lutheran 415-414.

Up next: Winner plays the winner of NorCal championship (No. 21 Folsom-No. 8 Concord De La Salle) at 8 p.m. next Friday at Saddleback College.

Prediction: Cathedral Catholic 31, Orange Lutheran 28

Division 2-AA

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

(40) Helix at (33) Mater Dei Catholic

Preview: Helix (9-3) is the San Diego Section Division I champion, beating Lincoln 28-21 behind a 43-carry, 181-yard, 4-TD game from Christian Washington. For the season, Washington has 251 carries for 2,032 yards and 21 TDs with 10 100-yard games. Sophomore QB Ryland Jessee has completed 121 of 187 passes for 1,569 yards with 12 TDs and 4 interceptions. WR Xavier Van has 28 catches and 6 TDs with 5 interceptions on defense. … Mater Dei Catholic (11-0) is the San Diego Section Division III champion with a convincing win over Ramona. QB Dominic Nankil has completed 171 of 272 passes for 2,933 yards with 37 TDs and 4 interceptions. He has 5 WRs — Surahz Buncom, Cruz Estrada, Chris Snyder, Jerry McClure and Rollin George — with more than 400 yards receiving. McClure had two long TDs against Ramona. RB Nico Mosley has 97 carries for 965 yards and Anthony McMillan has 63 carries for 682 yards. The defense, led by LB Tre Edwards and DE Jason Harden, has allowed just 69 points.

Big-time opponents: Helix has losses to No. 2 Servite, No. 6 Mission Viejo and No. 9 Cathedral Catholic. Mater Dei Catholic hasn’t played a team above No. 110 Ramona. Helix was scheduled to host Mater Dei Catholic on Sept. 3, but the game was canceled after the Crusaders had a COVID-19 outbreak.

Points for/against: Helix 322-313. Mater Dei Catholic 489-69.

Up next: Winner plays winner of NorCal championship (No. 57 Fresno Bullard-No. 31 Modesto Central Catholic) at 4 p.m. next Friday at Saddleback College.

Prediction: Mater Dei Catholic 27, Helix 24

Division 2-A

When: Saturday, 6 p.m.

(74) Scripps Ranch at (56) Valencia

Preview: Scripps Ranch (11-1) is the San Diego Section Division II champion, beating La Jolla 42-0 in the title game. The high-scoring Falcons attack on the ground and through the air. RB Jalen Shaw has 116 carries for 1,109 yards and 17 TDs, including 25 carries for 170 yards and 3 TDs against La Jolla. QB Jax Leatherwood has completed 203 of 282 passes for 3,121 yards with 43 TDs and just 2 interceptions. WR Conor Lawlor has 66 catches for 1,149 yards and 17 TDs, while Noah Richards has 24 catches for 622 yards and 7 TDs. The defense has allowed only 26 points over the last 4 games. MLB Hudson Wanner has 70 tackles and OLB Xander Medina has 61. A healthy MLB Dylan Stoney has made a huge difference. … Valencia (8-4) is the Southern Section Division 5 champion. The Vikings, who were 2-3 after the first 5 games, have won five in a row and have outscored four playoff opponents 121-54, including a 28-14 win over Oaks Christian in the title game. QB Trey Erickson has thrown for 957 yards and 12 TDs with 2 interceptions. RB Giorgio Spiropolous has 80 carries for 558 yards and 5 TDs. WR Zamondre Merriweather has 22 catches for 430 yards and 4 TDs, 4 interceptions and has blocked a pair of FGs and 3 PATs. LB Reid Farrell has 22 TFL and Jack Gieser has 20 TFL and 5 sacks.

Points for/against: Scripps Ranch 567-201. Valencia 341-199.

Up next: The winner plays winner of NorCal championship (No. 64 Manteca-No. 70 Santa Clara Wilcox) at 4 p.m. Dec. 11 at Saddleback College.

Prediction: Scripps Ranch 35, Valencia 27

Division 3-A

(124) Lake Balboa Birmingham at (113) Patrick Henry

When: Saturday, 6 p.m.

Preview: Birmingham (8-5) has won eight in a row after losing its first five by a count of 167-48. The Patriots are the Los Angeles City Section Open Division champions. QB David Jordan-Oliveros leads the offense along with RBs Peter Cortes and Delmonte Barnes and WR Arlis Boardingham. Barnes and Boardingham lead the defense along with DB Timothy Jackson, who has 7 interceptions. … Patrick Henry (10-2) is the San Diego Section Division IV champion with a 49-21 win over University City in the title game. Henry has won eight in a row behind QB Malachi Ghitman, who has 1,533 yards passing with 24 TDs and 4 interceptions, and RBs Elijaih Lux, who has 1,903 yards and 19 TDs, and Tobias Harris, who has 889 yards and 7 TDs. Lux had 28 carries for 350 yards and 4 TDs against University City as Henry piled up 562 yards total offense. The team averages 9.7 yards on 362 rushes. On defense, LB Hassan Noureddine has 119 tackles, 10 tackles for a loss and 10 sacks. LB Jayden Davis has 68 tackles and 12 sacks.

Points for/against: Birmingham 426-194. Patrick Henry 554-247.

Up next: The winner plays at the winner of NorCal championship (No. 100 Moraga Campolindo-No. 108 Oakland McClymonds) at 6 p.m. Dec. 11.

Prediction: Patrick Henry 42, Birmingham 28

Division 6-AA

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

(302) Quartz Hill at (330) Palo Verde Valley

Preview: Quartz Hill (9-4) is the Southern Section Division 12 champion, beating Compton in the title game. The Royals, who have won five in a row, are led by QB Chalin Crawford, who has 1,850 yards passing and 650 yards and 18 TDs rushing. RB Ashtin Dupleasis has 206 carries for 1,473 yards and 20 TDs. … Palo Verde (11-2) is the San Diego Section Division V champ, beating Mission Bay in the title game, and has won nine in a row. The Yellow Jackets have thrown fewer than 3 passes a game and have a pair of 1,000-yard rushers in Markus Macon, who has 147 carries for 1,589 yards and 27 TDs, and Xzavier Bejarano, who has 177 carries for 1,607 yards and 15 TDs. The defense has 17 interceptions and 21 sacks.

Points for/against: Quartz Hill 385-329. Palo Verde Valley 412-208.

Up next: The winner plays at the winner of NorCal championship (No. 233 Petaluma St. Vincent de Paul-No. 241 Jackson Argonaut) at 6 p.m. Dec. 11.

Prediction: Palo Verde Valley 35, Quartz Hill 31

Last week: 3-2

Season: 130-39

Cannibalistic lancetfish washes up on a San Diego beach, the first one preserved by science since 1996

(CNN)Beachgoers discovered a 4-foot lancetfish washed up near the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at University of California, San Diego Tuesday. Although not particularly rare, researchers noted it was the first lancetfish preserved by science since 1996, and only the 17th preserved from a San Diego beach since 1947.The finding comes just a week after a Pacific footballfish -- a deep-sea angl...

(CNN)Beachgoers discovered a 4-foot lancetfish washed up near the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at University of California, San Diego Tuesday. Although not particularly rare, researchers noted it was the first lancetfish preserved by science since 1996, and only the 17th preserved from a San Diego beach since 1947.

The finding comes just a week after a Pacific footballfish -- a deep-sea anglerfish much rarer than the lancetfish -- washed up about three miles away on Black's Beach.

The fish, whose catalog name is SIO 21-37, is the newest addition to the SIO's Vertebrate Collection. Manager Ben Frable told CNN the fish was found at La Jolla Shores alive but didn't survive once on land. It had been "bombarded by seagulls," according to Frable. SIO 21-37, though, will be preserved for possibly hundreds of years.

Frable suspects the fish could have landed on the beach for a number of reasons including running from a predator or getting caught in a current and not being strong enough to swim out.

Lancetfish are known for their enormous eyes, fanged jaws, and a slithery body, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Lancetfish, which are hermaphrodites, animals with both reproductive organs, are notorious cannibals which also feed on other fish and invertebrates. The fish can grow to more than 7 feet long and barely digest their food.

But Frable confirms cannibalism is not as taboo in the fish world as it seems.

"So they have a pretty varied diet, but other lancetfish do seem to be pretty popular. But what's really interesting is other lancetfish don't really show up in their diet until the fish are about 3 feet long," he said.

Frable said little is known about lancetfish and this particular behavior since they are not easily observed at lower depths, even though they are found in all of the world's oceans. The lab took tissue samples that could be used to determine genetics and other data.

"From a research perspective, lancetfish help provide a window into the open ocean food web," Frable said. "So being able to learn more about how nitrogen and carbon are moving around in the open ocean and what that might mean for interactions on a global scale is super important."


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