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Southwest Mobile Storage - Best Mobile Storage & Office Containers In Otay Mesa, 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. Otay Mesa, 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 Otay Mesa, 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 Otay Mesa, CA

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

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

 Storage Containers For Rent Otay Mesa, CA

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

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

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

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

CUSTOM CONTAINERS FOR YOUR HOME IN Otay Mesa, 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 Otay Mesa, 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 Otay Mesa, 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 Otay Mesa, 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 Otay Mesa, CA. Be sure to let us know if there are any special conditions that might prevent our drivers from entering your chosen destination. Before you schedule your delivery, let us know which direction you would like the doors of your container to face.

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SCHEDULE DATE & TIME

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

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PREPARE FOR YOUR MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINER DELIVERY

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

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DELIVERY & SETUP

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

HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT MOBILE CONTAINERS TO Rent, Buy OR Modify IN Otay Mesa, CA?

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Latest News in Otay Mesa, CA

CBP, Princess Cruise Line Introduce Facial Biometrics at Port of San Diego

SAN DIEGO – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), in partnership with Princess Cruises, expanded the use of facial biometrics into the debarkation process at the Port of San Diego, becoming the latest seaport to modernize efforts to revolutionize cruise travel.“As cruise travel resumes around our nation’s ports, it is increasingly important to implement this technology and safely restart cruising, a vital sector of the US travel economy,” said Jennifer De La O, CBP Director of Field Operati...

SAN DIEGO – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), in partnership with Princess Cruises, expanded the use of facial biometrics into the debarkation process at the Port of San Diego, becoming the latest seaport to modernize efforts to revolutionize cruise travel.

“As cruise travel resumes around our nation’s ports, it is increasingly important to implement this technology and safely restart cruising, a vital sector of the US travel economy,” said Jennifer De La O, CBP Director of Field Operations in San Diego. “With the biometric facial comparison process, travelers have the benefit of secure, touchless and streamlined entry procedures into the United States while CBP protects the privacy of all travelers.”

When debarking the cruise vessel at a U.S. seaport, passengers will pause for a photo that will be compared to the traveler’s existing passport or visa photo in secure DHS systems to biometrically verify his/her identity. Once verified, passengers are allowed to proceed through inspections and exit the terminal. This innovative entry process further secures and enhances the customer experience while protecting the privacy of all travelers. The improved arrival process using facial biometrics verifies the traveler’s identity within two seconds and is more than 98% accurate.

U.S. travelers and select foreign nationals who are not required to provide biometrics and wish to opt out of the new biometric process can simply request a manual document check from a CBP officer consistent with existing requirements for admission into the United States.

To date, facial biometric comparison technology is available at 16 seaports across the United States and has been successfully used to process arriving passengers on cruise vessels in Florida, New Jersey, New York, Texas, California, Washington, Louisiana, Alabama, Puerto Rico, and Maryland.

Currently, more than 240 million travelers have participated in the biometric facial comparison process at air, land, and seaports of entry. As of November 2022, CBP has leveraged facial biometrics to prevent more than 1,600 impostors using genuine travel documents from illegally entering the United States at air and land Ports of Entry. More information on CBP’s use of biometric facial comparison technology to secure and streamline the arrival and departure process can be found here.

The San Diego Office of Field Operations covers ports of entry throughout Southern California, including San Ysidro, Tecate, Otay Mesa, Andrade, and Calexico.

CBP’s border security mission is led at ports of entry by CBP officers and agriculture specialists from the Office of Field Operations. CBP screens international travelers and cargo and searches for illicit narcotics, unreported currency, weapons, counterfeit consumer goods, prohibited agriculture, invasive weeds and pests, and other illicit products that could potentially harm the American public, U.S. businesses, and our nation’s safety and economic vitality. Learn what CBP accomplished during A Typical Day in 2021. Learn more about CBP at www.CBP.gov.

For breaking news, current events, human interest stories and photos, follow the San Diego Office of Field Operations on Twitter at @DFOSanDiegoCA and @CBPSanDiego.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the comprehensive management, control, and protection of our nation’s borders, combining customs, immigration, border security, and agricultural protection at and between official ports of entry.

Tijuana expanding pedestrian crossing lanes at the San Ysidro border

Next year, there will be more lanes to accommodate the flow of people crossing from Tijuana to San Ysidro through the pedestrian lanes.Last week, a $77,000 expansion project began on the Mexican side of the San Ysidro PedEast crossing to increase the number of lanes from two to five. The intention is to improve order and reduce the length of the line, authorities said.Tijuana Mayor Montserrat Caballero said that the project also seeks to “keep the ‘gaviotas’ out of the line,” referring to people who cut ...

Next year, there will be more lanes to accommodate the flow of people crossing from Tijuana to San Ysidro through the pedestrian lanes.

Last week, a $77,000 expansion project began on the Mexican side of the San Ysidro PedEast crossing to increase the number of lanes from two to five. The intention is to improve order and reduce the length of the line, authorities said.

Tijuana Mayor Montserrat Caballero said that the project also seeks to “keep the ‘gaviotas’ out of the line,” referring to people who cut the line, as well as to “provide shade, allowing them to wait in a dignified manner and also make it more beautiful to look at and generate greater agility.”

The project is being carried out on the Mexican side and does not influence the number of inspection booths available to process travelers on the U.S. side.

During peak hours or holidays, the pedestrian line at the San Ysidro Port of Entry can extend for hundreds of meters, causing the end of the line to double and zigzag.

The first stage of construction will expand the number of lanes in the 40 meters closest to the border. There will be two lanes for Ready Lane users, two general lanes and one more for those enrolled in the SENTRI trusted-traveler program.

The redesign will use some space currently used by buses, but the bus lane will continue to used.

This first phase of construction is estimated to be completed by the end of January, according to Héctor Francisco Juárez, the city’s deputy director of construction. In the second phase, construction work will focus on the next 285 meters of the lane up to Frontera Street.

As part of the project, a monument commemorating the 200th anniversary of the bilateral relationship between Mexico and the United States will be placed on the dividing line. In addition, a luminous sign will be installed with a message representing Tijuana: “Aquí inicia la patria” — “The homeland starts here.”

The project does not include the PedWest crossing, which was closed in April 2020 due to the pandemic.

Officials from Customs and Border Protection have not released any information on a potential reopening date, blaming the extended closure on an inability to staff the extra lanes.

“CBP is continually assessing its resources and looking at this on a consistent basis. Our resources, of course, must take into account CBP’s other vital priorities, including our mission to protect public safety and national security, interdict the flow of narcotics and contraband, and facilitate lawful trade and travel,” a CBP spokesperson said on Nov. 7 when questioned about a possible reopening.

The U.S. consul general in Tijuana, Tom Reott, reiterated last week in a press briefing: “PedWest cannot be opened for now,” he said.

However, the expansion plan does extend to the pedestrian crossings at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry, Caballero said. The start date for the Otay Mesa project is still unknown.

Juarez said that for the San Ysidro project there will be no interruptions for travelers, and that they are considering night work to interfere as little as possible with cross-border travel.

Work Starts on New $101M University Center at Southwestern

Southwestern College has started construction of a $101 million University Center in Chula Vista that promises to give South County students a place to earn a bachelor’s degree – without the commute.“The vision for the University Center is to increase access for students in the South County for a four-year degree program,” said Mark Sanchez, superintendent and president of the Southwestern Community College District.Despite Chula Vista’s size and prominence, the city lacks a major university hub, a...

Southwestern College has started construction of a $101 million University Center in Chula Vista that promises to give South County students a place to earn a bachelor’s degree – without the commute.

“The vision for the University Center is to increase access for students in the South County for a four-year degree program,” said Mark Sanchez, superintendent and president of the Southwestern Community College District.

Despite Chula Vista’s size and prominence, the city lacks a major university hub, and the goal is for Southwestern College’s University Center is to provide that hub.

Not only will the future University Center bring a four-year university presence to the region, but students will also have more flexibility while taking classes at Southwestern, according to school officials.

Designed by Gensler, the 80,000-square-foot new University Center will include a new planetarium to replace one from the 1960’s that was razed to make way for the new construction.

The center also will include 40 classrooms for the schools of business and technology, language and literature and art, communication and social sciences.

Sanchez said that the new center is among several college construction projects funded by Proposition R, a $389 million bond measure approved by voters in 2008, and Proposition Z, a $400 million bond measure approved by voters in 2016.

The college recently completed a $25.7 million new public safety training center on its Otay Mesa campus, and a $25.6 million information technology data center building.

The college also is building a new student union building that will house student support services.

“All of these buildings will be coming on in 2024 and 2025,” Sanchez said.

With the University Center due to open in 2024, Sanchez said that Southwestern College students will be able to take four-year in-person degree programs at the new center offered by university partners including National University, Point Loma Nazarene and San Diego State University.

Sanchez said that he’s also in talks to have University of California San Diego offer in-person classes in the center for four-year degrees.

UC San Diego has a new downtown San Diego campus where South County students can take classes and the Blue Line trolley was extended to the main UC San Diego campus in Torrey Pines – both of which were meant to make UC San Diego programs available to South County students.

“It’s fantastic that they did that,” Sanchez said of the trolley extension.

Even with new trolley line and the opening of a downtown UC San Diego campus, Sanchez said that some South County students find the commute too daunting.

Construction of the new University Center “is really trying to eliminate that barrier of distance,” Sanchez said.

“If you live in Otay Mesa or San Ysidro, that’s quite a commute to UC San Diego,” Sanchez said. “If we can eliminate those barriers and have those programs right here in the community, I think it’s going to be amazing access for South County, I think it’s going to be game changer.”

Southwestern College in 2022 had an enrollment of 45,149 students, up from 41,647 in 2021, and Sanchez said that enrollment continues to grow. He said that the new construction is should be able to handle the growing population for several years.

Sanchez said 25% to 30% of South County graduating seniors don’t go to any college or university yet most of the new high tech and biotech jobs require college degrees.

He said there’s “a disconnect between the jobs of the future “and the skills people need to get them.

Countywide, Sanchez said there are 1,800 engineering positions that are unfilled.

“My viewpoint is why not educate our own community to be poised to fill those positions in the future,” Sanchez said.

Southwestern College

Founded: 1961 Headquarters: Chula Vista President/Superintendent: Mark Sanchez Business: Community college Enrollment: 45,149 Website: www.swccd.edu Contact: 619-421-6700 Notable: The college began offering classes to 1,657 students in 1961, with temporary quarters at Chula Vista High School. Groundbreaking for the present 156-acre Chula Vista campus was held in 1963. By September 1964, initial construction was completed and classes were being held at the new campus on the corner of Otay Lakes Road and H Street in Chula Vista.

California, Mexico celebrate groundbreaking of the new border crossing in Otay Mesa

OTAY MESA — U.S. and Mexican authorities celebrated on Monday the groundbreaking of the second border crossing at Otay Mesa, which is expected to begin operations in 2024.“We break ground today, but what will truly be groundbreaking is the immense amount of benefits that will come from this project: for mobility, for economic development, for the environment, and for the people,” said California Transportation Agency Secretary Toks Omishakin, during a ceremony on the U.S. side of the construction site.U...

OTAY MESA —

U.S. and Mexican authorities celebrated on Monday the groundbreaking of the second border crossing at Otay Mesa, which is expected to begin operations in 2024.

“We break ground today, but what will truly be groundbreaking is the immense amount of benefits that will come from this project: for mobility, for economic development, for the environment, and for the people,” said California Transportation Agency Secretary Toks Omishakin, during a ceremony on the U.S. side of the construction site.

Unlike other ports of entry, such as San Ysidro, this new gateway — 20 years in development — will require a toll that officials say will guarantee an average wait time of 20 minutes.

The Otay Mesa East border crossing, also known as Otay II, will initially have 10 lanes — five for passenger vehicles and five more for commercial trucks — with an interchangeable option depending on demand.

California recently completed construction of a freeway connector that will link the border region with the new border crossing.

With the operation of this third border crossing between San Diego and Tijuana, peak wait times at the existing ports of entry should decrease by about 50 percent on opening day, officials said.

California Lt. Gov., Eleni Kounalakis said this is “one of the most important infrastructure projects for California.”

It is estimated that the increasing wait times cost the U.S. and Mexico a combined $3.4 billion in annual economic output and more than 88,000 thousand jobs each year.

Kounalakis quoted SANDAG estimates that project that without Otay Mesa East, regional wait times for trucks will be more than six hours long by 2040. With Otay Mesa East, the wait times for trucks could be reduced to 40 minutes by 2040.

Catherine Blakespear, president of SANDAG’s board of directors and Encinitas mayor, emphasized that this project will improve the quality of life on both sides of the border. “Right now there are multiple hour delays for people to cross the border,” she said. "(This new crossing) will allow people, merchandise and businesses to cross the border in an efficient way.”

SANDAG and Caltrans officials agreed that this would be the last border crossing between San Diego and Tijuana due to the lack of space.

“We have mountains to the East and the Tijuana River Estuary to the West,” noted Caltrans Deputy District Director, Mario Orso. “It would be very complicated on environmental impacts.”

Tolls will be collected after leaving the inspection area on the U.S. side. The proceeds will be divided between Mexico and the United States.

Although an official rate is not yet available, Orso estimated that it could be between $5 and $20 for passenger vehicles, and between $15 and $40 for trucks. The cost will vary according to the time of day and demand.

The project is progressing on the Mexican side too

During a visit Friday to Tijuana, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador highlighted the joint work with the U.S. government to carry out infrastructure projects that benefit cross-border communities.

Pablo Gálvez, director for Border Affairs in North America with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE in Spanish), said Monday that the presidential directive is to finish construction of the new port of entry by December 2023 and have it operating in 2024.

He added that they hope to soon have a date for the groundbreaking on the Mexican side.

Gálvez estimated an initial investment by the federal government of about $224 million (about 4.5 billion in pesos).

Sergio Franco Moreno, director of Border Projects with Mexico’s Secretariat of Infrastructure, Communications and Transportation (SICT in Spanish), said the necessary parcels of land on the Mexican side have already been secured to begin construction.

Work is currently under way to relocate high tension electrical towers in the area.

The construction, which will begin in September, will be carried out by the Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena in Spanish).

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Freeway connector to border in Otay Mesa is complete

OTAY MESA — The last link of a South County roadway network that seeks to improve mobility in the border region is complete. Now construction of the much-awaited second border crossing at Otay Mesa will follow.Caltrans and SANDAG representatives, along with federal, state, local and Mexican officials, celebrated on Tuesday the completion of the southbound state Route 125 to westbound SR-905 freeway connector in Otay Mesa. The new connector marks the completion of the SR-125, SR-905 and SR-11 highway network.SANDAG ...

OTAY MESA —

The last link of a South County roadway network that seeks to improve mobility in the border region is complete. Now construction of the much-awaited second border crossing at Otay Mesa will follow.

Caltrans and SANDAG representatives, along with federal, state, local and Mexican officials, celebrated on Tuesday the completion of the southbound state Route 125 to westbound SR-905 freeway connector in Otay Mesa. The new connector marks the completion of the SR-125, SR-905 and SR-11 highway network.

SANDAG and Caltrans officials expect the new connector will open to traffic sometime next week.

It also improves traffic flow and access and creates a seamless connection between border communities and the rest of San Diego region, said SANDAG Chair and Encinitas Mayor, Catherine Blakespear.

“We can more efficiently move people and goods throughout the region and doing so we are able to alleviate traffic congestion and travel delays, improving travel times and air quality for our border communities,”Blakespear said during the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

This $28.9 million project was partially funded with the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017.

“This is a very important milestone,” said Caltrans District 11 Director Gustavo Dallarda. “Now, we are ready to build the actual Otay Mesa East port of entry.”

Prep-work on the U.S. side will begin next month with the goal of completing construction by September 2024, or sooner, if possible.

The new port of entry, also known as Otay II, will have 10 lanes for passenger vehicles and commercial trucks, with the option for these lanes to be interchangeable depending on time and demand.

Unlike other border crossings, such as San Ysidro or the existing one in Otay Mesa, the new port of entry will require a toll that will be collected upon exiting the inspection point on the U.S. side. Revenue will be divided between the U.S. and Mexico.

Toll price will vary depending on demand, and it will guarantee an average waiting time of 20 minutes or less, Dallarda said.

On the Mexican side, the project is also moving forward to deliver within the timeframe agreed by both countries, said Carlos González Gutiérrez, the Consul General of Mexico in San Diego.

“The Mexican government is doing its part, aware that here in the U.S. construction is slated to begin next month,” he said.

Rep. Juan Vargas (D-San Diego) praised the binational collaboration. “It’s incredible to see what can be achieved when both of our countries come together on a united front.

“The Otay Mesa East port of entry will help achieve the bold new vision for transforming the way people and goods move throughout our region by improving regional mobility, bolstering binational trade, and fueling economic growth for both the U.S. and Mexico,” Vargas said.

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