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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

Premium Quality - High Security

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

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

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SMS Mobile Storage Containers have these high quality features:

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

SMS portable workspace containers have these structural features:

High security window bars, lever & deadbolt set with lock box
Studs & R-19 Insulation covered with wood paneling
1 1/8" marine board floor is covered with a durable single part gray epoxy coating
Dual pane low-E horizontal sliding windows with screens and miniblinds
18 Gauge steel polystyrene core 3-hour fire rated personnel door
All of our workspaces are 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.


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

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


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

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

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

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


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


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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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 El Cajon, 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 El Cajon, 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 El Cajon, 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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Latest News in El Cajon, CA

El Cajon to receive $2.6 million for wildfire preparation in risk-prone area

The city has experienced 174 vegetation fires during the last decade, officials saidEL CAJON —El Cajon will receive more than $2.6 million to make open areas more fire resistant, as the county heads toward another dry summer amid a severe lack of rainfall.The money will allow officials to pull dead plants from about 85 acres in Fletcher Hi...

The city has experienced 174 vegetation fires during the last decade, officials said


El Cajon will receive more than $2.6 million to make open areas more fire resistant, as the county heads toward another dry summer amid a severe lack of rainfall.

The money will allow officials to pull dead plants from about 85 acres in Fletcher Hills and Hillside Park, plant native vegetation that doesn’t need much water, replace one of the city’s fire engines and offer more emergency training to residents, among other changes.

All five city councilmembers voted in favor of accepting the money from the San Diego River Conservancy, an independent state agency, during last week’s public meeting.

“With the expanded funding, we’ll be able to make a much more aggressive approach,” El Cajon Associate Engineer Senan Kachi told the council.

Other cities are also preparing for wildfire season. The Santee City Council voted Wednesday to spend more federal funds on clearing brush along the San Diego River, partially to reduce the risk of fire, and one conservancy leader said they’d given more than $18 million to different parts of the region since May.

During the past decade, El Cajon alone has experienced 174 vegetation fires, according to the conservancy.

The city “faces significant challenges” as a result of “climate change and limited funding for fuel reduction and vegetation management,” conservancy staff wrote in the proposal.

Low-income residents can be especially vulnerable. The city has almost a dozen “disadvantaged communities” with a median household income of less than $44,700, including one neighborhood near Fletcher Hills, staff said.

The grant will also allow officials to improve roads for emergency vehicles and upgrade fire hydrants. The Heartland Fire-Rescue Department’s new Type 1 engine will be especially suited for wildfires, according to city spokesman David Richards.

The funding should last through May 2024.

El Cajon had previously asked for millions of dollars for wildfire prevention, but only a half-million was available last year, according to Julia Richards, the conservancy’s executive officer. When California’s budget surplus made more money available, the agency voted last month to give the city everything it was asking for.

“We’re so happy to be able to do this,” Richards said in an interview. Although state leaders have long focused on Northern California, Richards said funding was increasingly available for the southern part of the state.

The city will ultimately receive more than $3.1 million for wildfire prevention.

Tint for a Cause at Tint World La Mesa

SAN DIEGO, CA, UNITED STATES, May 9, 2022 / -- It’s All About the Kids® Foundation [IAATK] is proud to announce TINT FOR A CAUSE, in partnership with Tint World La Mesa ...

SAN DIEGO, CA, UNITED STATES, May 9, 2022 / -- It’s All About the Kids® Foundation [IAATK] is proud to announce TINT FOR A CAUSE, in partnership with Tint World La Mesa Automotive Styling Centers. The campaign was kicked off on April 30, 2022, at the Grant Opening for Tint World La Mesa at their new location at 7360 El Cajon Blvd in San Diego, California. The Grand Opening featured custom and exotic cars, food, drinks, prizes, and fun for the whole family.

TINT FOR A CAUSE is the newest cause marketing campaign supporting IAATK. When customers visit Tint World and purchase a tint package, a donation will be made to IAATK for the Feed the Kids Program.

Premium Tint Package = 10 nutritious meals Supreme Tint Package = 20 nutritious meals Ultimate Tint Package = 30 nutritious meals

“Tint World La Mesa is delighted to be partnering with such a great cause and we’d like to thank the team at It’s All About The Kids for their help in making our Grand Opening such a great event! We believe in helping our local community so we’re extending our campaign indefinitely. Now every tint package sold will help feed hungry children in San Diego,” said owner David Roche.

Childhood food insecurity is at an all-time high in San Diego and community support is needed now more than ever. To support IAATK and get a fantastic tint on your vehicle and boat, visit Tint World La Mesa Automotive Styling Centers.


Tint World La Mesa Automotive Styling Centers offers products and services including window tinting, car alarms, auto detailing, car audio and video, Nano Ceramic Coating, Marine styling, vehicle graphics, wheels and tires, auto accessories, and LED and HID Lighting. 73360 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego 92115, 619-877-8330

It’s All About the Kids Foundation is an award winning 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, that bridges the weekend food insecurity gap for children in impoverished neighborhoods. Each week, homeless and working families receive fresh produce, bread, and non-perishable items. We feed the kids. To date, we have provided over 3.3 million nutritious meals to kids and their families in San Diego.

Angela M Brannon-Baptiste It's All About the Kids Foundation +1 858-229-3663 email us here Visit us on social media: Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Other

Light mag. 3.5 earthquake - 30 mi east of Ramona, San Diego County, California, USA, on Monday, May 9, 2022 at 2:35 pm (GMT -7) -

Small magnitude 3.6 quake hits 30 miles east of Ramona, California, United States early afternoon An earthquake of magnitude 3.6 occurred early afternoon on Monday, May 9th, 2022, at 2:35 pm local time near Ramona, San Diego County, California, USA, as reported by the United States Geological Survey.According to preliminary data, the quake was located at a shallow depth of 7 miles. Shallow earthquakes are felt more strongly than deeper ones as they are closer to the surface. The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the qu...

Small magnitude 3.6 quake hits 30 miles east of Ramona, California, United States early afternoon

An earthquake of magnitude 3.6 occurred early afternoon on Monday, May 9th, 2022, at 2:35 pm local time near Ramona, San Diego County, California, USA, as reported by the United States Geological Survey.According to preliminary data, the quake was located at a shallow depth of 7 miles. Shallow earthquakes are felt more strongly than deeper ones as they are closer to the surface. The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be revised within the next few hours or minutes as seismologists review data and refine their calculations, or as other agencies issue their report.A second report was later issued by the citizen-seismograph network of RaspberryShake, which listed it as a magnitude 3.6 earthquake as well. A third agency, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), reported the same quake at magnitude 3.6.Towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Mt Laguna (pop. 57) located 13 miles from the epicenter, and Ramona (pop. 20,300) 30 miles away. In Santee (pop. 57,800, 38 miles away), El Cajon (pop. 103,700, 39 miles away), Escondido (pop. 151,500, 43 miles away), San Marcos (pop. 92,900, 47 miles away), Indian Wells (pop. 87,500, 48 miles away), Chula Vista (pop. 265,800, 51 miles away), and San Diego (pop. 1,394,900, 52 miles away), the quake was probably not felt.

If you were or still are in this area during the quake help others with your feedback and report it here.

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Date & time: May 9, 2022 21:35:33 UTC - 1 day 0 hour agoLocal time at epicenter: Monday, May 9, 2022 at 2:35 pm (GMT -7) Magnitude: 3.5 Depth: 11.3 km Epicenter latitude / longitude: 33.03917°N / 116.35383°W (San Diego, California, United States) Antipode: 33.039°S / 63.646°E Nearest volcano: Salton Buttes (71 km / 44 mi) Nearby towns and cities:20 km (12 mi) NNE of Mt Laguna (pop: 57) --> See nearby quakes!48 km (30 mi) E of Ramona (San Diego County) (pop: 20,300) --> See nearby quakes!62 km (39 mi) ENE of Santee (pop: 57,800) --> See nearby quakes!63 km (39 mi) ENE of El Cajon (pop: 103,700) --> See nearby quakes!69 km (43 mi) E of Escondido (pop: 151,500) --> See nearby quakes!77 km (48 mi) E of San Marcos (pop: 92,900) --> See nearby quakes!77 km (48 mi) S of Indian Wells (pop: 87,500) --> See nearby quakes!81 km (51 mi) NE of Chula Vista (pop: 265,800) --> See nearby quakes!84 km (52 mi) ENE of San Diego (pop: 1,394,900) --> See nearby quakes!771 km (479 mi) SE of Sacramento (pop: 490,700) --> See nearby quakes!

Weather at epicenter at time of quake: Clear Sky 17.3°C (63 F), humidity: 20%, wind: 4 m/s (9 kts) from SSW

Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey) Estimated released energy: 1.1 x 1010 joules (3.12 megawatt hours, equivalent to 2.68 tons of TNT) | about seismic energy

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Cabin village for homeless moms coming to El Cajon

Temporary shelter could eventually grow to serve a larger populationEL CAJON —A small cluster of cabins that will serve as a temporary home for young mothers is under construction in El Cajon, and the little village some day could serve as a model for other communities seeking alternatives to homeless shelters.“We’ve been working so hard for so many years, and now we’re here,” said Lisa Kogan, treasurer of the nonprofit Amikas, which has organized the construction next to Meridian Baptist ...

Temporary shelter could eventually grow to serve a larger population


A small cluster of cabins that will serve as a temporary home for young mothers is under construction in El Cajon, and the little village some day could serve as a model for other communities seeking alternatives to homeless shelters.

“We’ve been working so hard for so many years, and now we’re here,” said Lisa Kogan, treasurer of the nonprofit Amikas, which has organized the construction next to Meridian Baptist Church. “And we’re going to do it.”

Amikas formed in 2009 with a mission of housing women, children and female veterans, and in the past five years has advocated for using cabins to provide a safe and secure shelter for homeless people who otherwise may be living on sidewalks and canyons.

The group constructed cabins at various local sites over the years as demonstration projects, but never got a buy-in from civic leaders or found a property for their project.

But two years ago, Steve Goble brought the idea before his fellow El Cajon City Council members after seeing a demonstration cabin Amikas had built at Meridian Baptist Church a year earlier. Council members in August 2020 unanimously approved a pilot program through December 2023 that would add five more cabins, plus one for security.

Amikas received its building permit in January, and began work at the site last month. Volunteers will be on the property each Saturday, with a goal of completing all five in April.

Home Start, a nonprofit that provides housing and programs for young mothers and pregnant women who are facing homelessness, will refer clients to stay in the cabins. The city agreement asks clients to be from El Cajon and to stay in the cabins just 90 days.

While the first people to use the cabins will be young mothers, the village could serve as a model to serve a large population of homeless people.

Outreach workers commonly find that people living in canyons and sidewalk encampments routinely turn down shelters for a variety of reasons, and homeless advocates have called on civic leaders to be open to alternatives such as safe campgrounds and cabins.

“This could be a model for many, many, places in San Diego County,” Goble said. “Not everyone can function well in a tent with 200 other people in bunk beds. This partnership among the city of El Cajon, Meridian Baptist Church, Amikas, and Home Start, Inc. provides another solution, something needed because the reasons for homelessness vary as well.”

Amikas President Shanna Welsh-Levin agreed that cabins could be a way to get more homeless people off the street and into a safer environment.

“Cabins provide more autonomy and privacy than shelters,” she said. “It’s very different from a shelter situation. There are certainly populations that could benefit from these, particularly women with children.”

The cabins are 12-feet by 12-feet with a porch and have 96 square feet of living space. Cabins will have electricity, but no plumbing.

Kogan said the cost of each cabin kit had been about $4,000 two years ago, but the escalating price of lumber during the pandemic has added another $2,000.

The Rev. Rolland Slade of Meridian Baptist Church is an Amikas board member and said he originally contacted the group to offer a site.

“We were harvesting tumbleweeds there,” he said about the vacant land next to his church.

Slade said he encouraged Amikas to build a cabin on the property so City Council members could have an idea of what could be accomplished.

“I said let’s do it the right way and go through all the processes we need to go through, the permits, the zoning checks, and do this right with the city’s buy-in,” he said.

Having gone through the city approval process, Slade said he can help other faith-based organizations that may want to offer their property for another Amikas village.

Kogan credited the city with helping them along the process, and said the two years that passed since the project was approved was not because of roadblocks in the city.

“We don’t know what we don’t know,” Kogan said. “We thought we needed this. We thought we needed that. We made it a little bit longer, and that was on us, not the city.”

3rd Annual 2022 Blue Water Film Festival Announces 2022 Global Citizen Award and Film Slate

JANE GOODALL TO RECEIVE “GLOBAL CITIZEN” AWARDExecutive Director Greg Reitman announced today the Blue Water Film Festival honorees and film line-up for its Third Annual Blue Water Film festival event taking place June 2nd through 5th, 2022”— Greg ReitmanSAN DIEGO, CA, UNITED STATES, May 10, 2022 / -- The 2022 Blue Water Film Festival (...


Executive Director Greg Reitman announced today the Blue Water Film Festival honorees and film line-up for its Third Annual Blue Water Film festival event taking place June 2nd through 5th, 2022”

— Greg Reitman

SAN DIEGO, CA, UNITED STATES, May 10, 2022 / -- The 2022 Blue Water Film Festival (BWFF) presented by the Blue Water Institute, has revealed the honorees and film line-up for its Third Annual Blue Water Film festival event taking place June 2nd through 5th, 2022, Festival and Institute Executive Director Greg Reitman announced today. Held each year in celebration of United Nations World Oceans Day, BWFF will screen eighteen feature films, fifteen short films and two animated films--35 films in all, one world premiere; 12 int’l premiere and the remaining California premieres.

Jane Goodall will receive the festival’s Global Citizen Award, which is presented to an industry leader whose contributions to the innovation of marine science and entertainment have changed the industry—and the world—for the better. The award will be presented in-person and online on Saturday, June 4th, at the BWFF filmmaker’s brunch at the Intercontinental Hotel in San Diego.

The Blue Water Film Festival will begin on June 2nd, opening with the world premiere of Mike Libecki’s Inside Antarctica as a special presentation by DELL Technologies. The festival will also debut two Nat Geo documentaries: Fire Of Love and The Territory, and San Diego’s Freedom Boat Club will present special outdoor screening of Whale Wisdom directed by Rick Rosenthal will be presented by the Freedom Boat Club. The festival will close with Last of the Right Whales with director Nadine Pequeneza attending in person for the Q&A following the screening.

The full slate is as follows:

• Against The Current Director: Tod Hardin • Archipelago New York – An Island City Director Thomas Halaczinsky • Aquariums: The Dark Hobby Director: Paula Fouce • Fire Of Love – Director: Sara Dosa • Hell Or High Seas Director: Glenn Holsten • Heroes Of The Sea Director: York Hovest, Katrin Eigendorf, Sabine Streich • Last Of The Right Whales Director: Nadine Pequeneza • Shadow Weavers Director: Erica Nguyen • Soul Of The Ocean Director: Howard Wesley Hall • The Cost Of Free Water/La Goutte De Trop Director: Jérémie Battaglia • The Last Tourist Director: Tyson Sadler • The Power of Activism Director: Steve Pasvolsky • The Territory – Director: Alex Pritz • The Witness Is A Whale Director: Nick Dean, Cheryl Dean • Whale Wisdom Director: Rick Rosenthal • Whetū Mārama- Bright Star Director: Toby Mills, Aileen O’Sullivan • Why On Earth Director: Katie Cleary • 2100 Director: Fabrizio Antonioli

Short Films • A Flyfishing Refugee Director: Brian Kelley • After Ice Director: Kieran Baxter • An Alaskan Flight Director: Brian Kelley • Aquateam-Sea Adventure Director: Massimo Montigiani • A River Reborn Director: Ben Kalina • Cause A Sea Change: Save Sharks Producer(s): NOAA Ocean Today • Drifting North: The Arctic Pulse Director: Lianna Nixon, Amy Lauren • Ghost Ponds Director: Amanda Sosnowski • Heal The River Director: Paulina Sobczak • Hope In The Water Director: Jake Weinberger, Nicolas Quintairos • Inside Antarctica Director: Mike Libecki • Song Of The Sea (El Canto Del Mar) Director: Kat Reynolds • The Fish & The Flame Director: David Hutchinson • The Oyster Farmer Director: Kika Tuff • Tuna Tales Director: Pepe Brix & Rui Pedro Lamy • Wastewater: A Tale Of Two Cities Director: Sarah Franke • We Are Like Waves Director: Jordyn Romero

The majority of films will screen in-person at the La Paloma Theater in Encinitas and at The Museum of Photography (MOPA) in Balboa Park; Media Arts Center San Diego in El Cajon; and streamed virtually at Blue Water+.

The Blue Water Film Festival, in conjunction with the Blue Water Institute, is an emerging festival whose intention is to bring greater awareness to and engagement for our big blue planet’s precious life supply of water—our oceans, aquifers, rivers, dams, lakes, streams, and waterway systems through cinema and engagement. The Blue Water Film Festival is renowned for its environmentally-themed programming which provides opportunities for the support and mentorship of the emerging voices of environmental filmmakers. Blue Water Film Festival is known as the Festival for Environmental Filmmakers: a boutique event beloved by conscious and environmental film fans and auteurs alike. Over 80% of the films in the 2021 BWFF slate will have filmmakers in attendance online to participate in Q&As after the screenings. Passes for the 2022 Blue Water Film Festival can now be purchased at

### About Blue Water Film Festival Founded in 2020, the Blue Water Film festival celebrates the United Nations World Oceans Day, June 8th. The Blue Water Film Festival takes place in San Diego, home to the Scripps Oceanographic Institution. The theme of the BWFF is about our Blue Planet; the festival purpose is to encourage attendees to think broadly about how climate change affects planet Earth and deeply about the universal concerns and actions needed to bring us into balance. About 50% of all film selections are non- US productions, helping to fulfill the festival mission of promoting cross-cultural understanding through film.

BWFF is setup as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Learn more at

About the Blue Water Institute The year-round Blue Water Institute’s purpose is to innovate for ocean-based solutions and to develop the next set of environmental filmmakers for industry change. Blue Water Institute is a non-profit organization committed to the preservation of the planet and the need to nurture the next generation of environmental filmmakers. The Institute is driven by its environmental programs that discover, innovate and support the next generation of environmental filmmakers from all over the world.

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