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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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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 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.


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 Otay Mesa, 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 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.


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 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.



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 Otay Mesa, CA

New $100M Otay Mesa industrial park gets first tenant

A business that works in imports will take 153,000 square feet of the new complex.The new $100 million Landmark at Otay 50-acre industrial park, under construction since February, has its first tenant — a business that specializes in Mexican imports.RL Jones Customhouse Brokers, which has a presence along the entire U.S.-Mexico border, will lease 153,00...

A business that works in imports will take 153,000 square feet of the new complex.

The new $100 million Landmark at Otay 50-acre industrial park, under construction since February, has its first tenant — a business that specializes in Mexican imports.

RL Jones Customhouse Brokers, which has a presence along the entire U.S.-Mexico border, will lease 153,000 square feet of the complex for roughly $8 million for five years. RL Jones is positioned next to all major U.S. Southern border entries in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.

Landmark at Otay looks to take advantage of rapid industrialization near the Otay Mesa Port of Entry as a result of tax changes made in 2019 to benefit American and Canadian businesses importing from Mexico over Asia.

The Landmark project is a 50/50 joint venture from two Southern California companies — City of Industry-based Majestic Realty Co. and San Diego-based Sunroad Enterprises. It has four buildings with two that are nearing completion by the end of the year and the other two by the beginning of 2023.

It would have likely been one of the largest projects in Otay Mesa if not for Amazon. The Seattle retailer, which recently opened a 3.4-million-square-foot fulfillment center, has begun construction on a 702,535-square-foot sorting facility nearby and it also bought a 63-acre site across the street in September.

Unlike Amazon, the new Landmark at Otay lease is specifically tied to the border whereas the retailer is believed to be mostly taking advantage of cheaper land.

RL Jones already leases 81,213 square feet in Otay Mesa on Siempre Viva Road and has office space in Tijuana near the Otay Mesa crossing.

The company, in business since 1938, says it is positioned to facilitate trade with Tijuana’s growing maquiladora industry. It also said it offers to consult on Section 321, which allows goods in Mexico costing less than $800 to cross the U.S. border to customers duty-free.

Changes in tax laws to make trade among North American countries more favorable were included in the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, nicknamed “NAFTA 2.0,” signed by the Trump administration. The process of outsourcing closer is called “nearshoring” and has taken on new importance with supply shortages at many of the nation’s seaports.

Cross-border trade between San Diego and Tijuana is also expected to further increase with a $137.2 million remodel of the Otay Mesa crossing that will expand its capacity from six lanes to 12 and makes other improvements to modernize.

Manufacturing is growing across the border to meet demand. The Tijuana Economic Development Corp. said more than 60,000 people are employed in electronics manufacturing; 14,600 in automotive manufacturing; and 42,000 in medical device manufacturing. It said the minimum wage in Mexico is $88.36 pesos a day, or $4.29. That compares to $14 an hour minimum wage in San Diego, or $112 in a typical eight-hour day.

Colliers’ senior vice presidents Chris Holder and Mark Lewkowitz, with associate Will Holder, represented Majestic Realty Co. and Sunroad Enterprises in the lease deal. Regan Tully of Cushman Wakefield represented RL Jones.

California, Mexico sign agreement to open new Otay Mesa border crossing by late 2024

OTAY MESA —The governments of California and Mexico signed an agreement Monday committing to work together to deliver on time a new border crossing at Otay Mesa by late 2024.Unlike other ports of entry, such as San Ysidro and the one operating in Otay Mesa, this new gate would require a toll fee that would offer an average wait time goal of 20 minutes to cross the border.Currently, passenger vehicles and commercial trucks crossing the border between Tijuana and San Diego can endure tedious waits, harming business a...


The governments of California and Mexico signed an agreement Monday committing to work together to deliver on time a new border crossing at Otay Mesa by late 2024.

Unlike other ports of entry, such as San Ysidro and the one operating in Otay Mesa, this new gate would require a toll fee that would offer an average wait time goal of 20 minutes to cross the border.

Currently, passenger vehicles and commercial trucks crossing the border between Tijuana and San Diego can endure tedious waits, harming business and the environmental, officials said.

“This new port of entry will not only spur economic activity, but it will also improve the quality of life for the millions of Californians and Mexicans who frequently cross one of the busiest borders in the world,” said California Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis.

“A great example of California’s leadership in combatting climate change. The project will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve mobility in the region.”

Otay Mesa East, also known as the Otay II project, will help reduce wait times at existing border crossings and is projected to provide an economic boost of $1.8 billion annually, officials said.

With the signing of the memorandum of understanding, both countries commit to meet their respective construction projects, quickly resolve policy issues and establish a framework to share toll revenues for project funding.

“We know what it takes to get it done. We have certain milestones to meet, and now we have this document that memorializes our commitment to the project,” said California Secretary of Transportation David S. Kim after the signing ceremony Monday at the construction site in Otay Mesa.

On the California side, the $1 billion project has already secured $565 million in local, state and federal funding. The remainder is expected to be financed mostly through toll revenue.

On the Mexican side, a first phase investment of more than $186 million is contemplated for construction work and access roads, according to Roberto Velasco, director of North America with the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Last year, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador included the Otay II project within an infrastructure plan that seeks to reactivate the economy.

Velasco emphasized that this project is a symbol of the strong binational relationship. “We believe in building bridges not in building walls, and this is important for us in that sense,” he said.

“This is the future of the U.S.-Mexico relationship that we want. A future where we are more connected, and we allow for the many different possibilities that life in the border offers to both of our countries”.

Initially, Otay Mesa East will have five lanes for vehicles and five more for commercial trucks, with the option for these to be interchangeable depending on the time and demand, explained María Rodríguez-Molina, project manager with SANDAG.

Toll fees will not be collected at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection inspection point, but “either through electronic pay” or in toll booths that will be placed within the U.S. on the State Route 11.

Toll collection will be for both northbound and southbound traffic. The revenue will be divided between the U.S. and Mexico, added Mario Orso, project director with Caltrans.

On the U.S. side, the project started eight years ago with the construction of the SR-11. Construction of the new port is now under way on a 100-acre area a few miles east of the current Otay Mesa border crossing.

In Tijuana, construction is expected to begin next year to meet the timeframe both countries established.

City leaders break ground on neighborhood park in Otay Mesa

‘Better late than never:’ Riviera del Sol Neighborhood Park is decades in the making for the Otay Mesa communityIt took 20 years, but San Diego leaders broke ground Tuesday on a $9.5 million neighborhood park called Riviera del Sol in Otay Mesa.Residents who had moved into nearby homes built in the early 2000s were promised a park, but recurring funding issues caused the nearly 5-acre lot to remain empty — until now.“Today is a great day for the Otay Mesa community, as a promise that was made to...

‘Better late than never:’ Riviera del Sol Neighborhood Park is decades in the making for the Otay Mesa community

It took 20 years, but San Diego leaders broke ground Tuesday on a $9.5 million neighborhood park called Riviera del Sol in Otay Mesa.

Residents who had moved into nearby homes built in the early 2000s were promised a park, but recurring funding issues caused the nearly 5-acre lot to remain empty — until now.

“Today is a great day for the Otay Mesa community, as a promise that was made to our residents decades ago is going to become a reality,” said Vivian Moreno, council member of District 8.

The Capital Improvements Program project for the park was created in June 2009, and the general development plan was approved in 2012, but the project was put on hold until late 2018, city officials said.

Now the revitalized 4.8-acre project calls for a basketball court, two playgrounds, fitness equipment, picnic shelters, restrooms, security lighting, benches, a park monument sign, landscaping, on-street parking for persons with disabilities and a crosswalk.

The same economic downturn that stalled the park’s construction brought Otay Mesa resident Felipe Nuño to the neighborhood in 2009, he said. Nuño joined the Otay Mesa Planning Group and was among many residents who lobbied City Council over the years to ensure the park was built.

“I was one of the beneficiaries of the real estate crash [and] was able to buy a short-sale home,” Nuño said.

“They look at the south of the city of San Diego and they don’t really pay attention to us,” he added. “So we have become very involved and are making a lot of voices so that we can be heard.”

The population of nearly 81,000 surrounding the park consists mostly of Latino, Asian or African American households, according to the San Diego Association of Governments.

“It’s finally happening,” Nuño said. “And let’s keep getting involved so these things keep happening for us and for the wellness and the good of our community.”

Moreno said it was because of the encouragement and determination of the community that the park finally came to fruition.

“I made a promise that I would fight for parks, streets, and our fair share of city resources,” Moreno added. “The fight doesn’t stop today. We have four more empty lots just like this one [where parks] need to be built and need to come to fruition in District 8.”

Mayor Todd Gloria said he was grateful for the community’s patience but said more has to be done so projects like those mentioned by Moreno happen at a faster pace in the coming years.

“We will do everything we can to make sure that this city’s amenities in this neighborhood match the greatness of the people of this neighborhood,” he said. “I hope that in the weeks and months ahead you see more parks, more road repairs, more infrastructure projects.”

Over the summer, Gloria and the council approved a new parks master plan that would dedicate much of the city’s funds for parks projects to park-deficient neighborhoods and historically underserved communities.

The $9.5 million for the Riviera del Sol park, which includes land acquisition, design, planning, construction and inspection, is being funded by Otay Mesa and the Otay Mesa West Facilities Benefit Assessment, city officials said.

Construction of the park, located at 4536 Riviera Shores St., is expected to be completed in spring 2023.

California Air Resources Board

Residents in East Oakland and the International Border area of San Diego will help develop community-driven actions to improve air quality and reduce exposure to harmful air pollution where they work and live under AB 617PrintSACRAMENTO – Two more communities have been added to California’s fight for clean air ...

Residents in East Oakland and the International Border area of San Diego will help develop community-driven actions to improve air quality and reduce exposure to harmful air pollution where they work and live under AB 617


SACRAMENTO – Two more communities have been added to California’s fight for clean air under the State’s Community Air Protection Program. The California Air Resources Board approved staff’s recommendationto select the East Oakland Community in the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (Bay Area AQMD) and the International Border Community (San Ysidro/Otay Mesa) in the San Diego Air Pollution Control District (San Diego APCD). Both communities were selected to develop a Community Emissions Reduction Program to improve air quality at the neighborhood scale and the San Ysidro/Otay Mesa community was also selected to also develop a community air monitoring plan.

These two diverse, urban and Border area communities will work in partnership with their local Air District in crafting community-specific plans to reduce both air pollution emissions and exposures using a variety of strategies based on incentives, enhanced enforcement and rulemaking.

“Air pollution disproportionately impacts low-income communities and disadvantaged communities,” said Chanell Fletcher, CARB’s Deputy Executive Officer for Environmental Justice. “With the selection of these new communities, we can continue to advance and leverage community-driven solutions that will create more breathable air and better health for communities across California.”

Under the Community Air Protection Program, staff worked with community members, air districts, community-based organizations, and other stakeholders to develop the fourth annual recommendation of new communities to join the program. The two communities chosen for the program this year were selected from air district / community recommendations. Communities are nominated for the program by community members, local air districts, community-based organizations and other stakeholders. CARB staff performs a technical assessment of nominated communities followed by public comment. The Board makes the final decision on community selection.

Since the implementation of AB 617, 15 community steering committees have been formed, 11 Community Emissions Reduction Programs have been approved by the Board (7 of them in their second year of a five-year implementation period), and many strategies have been developed to fight air pollution generated by agricultural activities, heavy duty trucks, railyards, and industry across California. CARB estimates that at the end of the five-year implementation period for the 11 communities from years 1 and 2, combined emission reductions from both CARB and air district actions will be around 75 tons of PM2.5.

The Board's action brings the total number of communities in the program to 17 since the passage of AB 617 in 2017. Lessons learned to date will be applied to help bring air quality improvements to the many disadvantaged communities suffering from poor air quality, as originally envisioned by CARB’s Board.

“CARB staff are preparing to engage stakeholders in a process to reimagine how we can develop other models that apply what we’ve learned so far to reset the program. We will do this while meeting our long-term commitment to support communities that have already been selected,” said head of the Office of Community Air Protection Deldi Reyes. Through engagement with the AB 617 Consultation Group, CARB is ready to update the Statewide Strategy to include a strong focus on equity, civil rights and environmental justice while also including other strategies to address disproportionate air quality at the community scale.

CARB continues its statewide efforts to achieve emissions reductions in all highly burdened communities and will include additional strategies in the next update to the Community Air Protection Program Blueprint.

CARB's mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and considering effects on the economy. CARB is the lead agency for climate change programs and oversees all air pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain health-based air quality standards.

Officials present update on Otay Mesa East border crossing

OTAY MESA — The region’s third border crossing is reaching milestones as the $1.1 billion Otay Mesa East Port of Entry moves forward.Officials with San Diego Association of Governments, along with staff and representatives from Caltrans and the Mexican government, provided an update to the SANDAG board during an April 8 site visit.Hasan Ihkrata, executive director of SANDAG, said the entry will be the most sophisticated and technologically advanced crossing in the country upon completion.The crossing is a pri...

OTAY MESA — The region’s third border crossing is reaching milestones as the $1.1 billion Otay Mesa East Port of Entry moves forward.

Officials with San Diego Association of Governments, along with staff and representatives from Caltrans and the Mexican government, provided an update to the SANDAG board during an April 8 site visit.

Hasan Ihkrata, executive director of SANDAG, said the entry will be the most sophisticated and technologically advanced crossing in the country upon completion.

The crossing is a priority for both the Mexican and American governments as a way to offload border traffic from border crossings at San Ysidro and Otay Mesa, which experience waits up to five hours, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and enhances regional mobility.

The port of entry site is 120 acres and will also house law enforcement for security, officials said.

“The wait will be cut significantly from hours to 20 to 30 minutes,” Ihkrata said. “This (project model) could be used in Texas and Arizona.”

Gustavo Dallarda, District 11 director for Caltrans, said the crossing will include tolls for those willing to pay to expedite their crossing. Both Dallarda and Ihkrata said the goal is to reduce the wait time to 20 to 30 minutes for the new entry point.

Caltrans and SANDAG are continuing lobbying efforts with the U.S. government for the Fiscal Year 2022-23 budget to help fund the final phases of the project. Ihkrata said 50% of funding comes from federal sources, 40% from the state and 10% from SANDAG.

To date, about $600 million have been spent on the project.

The new entry from the U.S. side will feature a 10-lane highway on the near-complete state Route 11, which connects to SR 905 with access points to Interstates 5 and 15. One lane will be dedicated to commercial trucks, the other four for passenger vehicles depending on the time of time and demand, said Maria Rodriguez, project development program manager for SANDAG.

Dynamic pricing will be installed and features a baseline bottom price with no cap. The pricing will be determined on demand of the port, officials said, revenue will be a 50-50 split with Mexico and with at least a 10-to-one return on the investment, Rodriguez said.

It’s similar to I-15, which has a cap on its pricing for toll lanes, although Lemon Grove Councilman Jack Shu said he hopes to remove the I-15 cap in the future.

Regardless, Rodriguez said the project is moving in phases with the next focusing on the completion of SR 11, along with grading and foundation work for facilities and the crossing.

“We hope to reduce the wait times by 40% at the other two border crossings,” Rodriguez said. “We will also have appointment systems for trucks, charging stations and solar panels.”

Natalia Figueroa, the Mexican consul for political and economic affairs, said the new crossing will also aid in social aspects, along with increases in demand for trade and freight traffic. According to SANDAG, in 2019 the value of trade between the two countries was $614.5 billion, with $48.3 billion crossing at Otay Mesa and Tecate ports of entry.

Otay Mesa also ranks second in truck crossing volume and 74% of all trade with trucks moves through that border crossing. The county’s ports of entry are also the busiest in the Western Hemisphere with 112 million crossings in 2019.

“This is a top priority for us at the Mexican government,” she added. “We have been working on this since 1998.”

The new port of entry is also a key component of SANDAG’s proposed $172 billion regional transportation plan, which consists mostly of investments for transit, flexible fleets and mobility hubs to move residents across the county.


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