Experts in container rentals, sales & customization
Let us help you today! 800.686.9114

CONTACT US TODAY

WHY CHOOSE US FOR YOUR
SHIPPING CONTAINERS IN Torrance 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 90,000 sq. ft. facility and expertise in maintaining, manufacturing, and delivering corrugated steel containers are 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. Torrance, 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 with the highest quality and best experience from service to delivery - our reputation depends on it.

Whether you need shipping containers for storage, office, moving, multi-purpose or custom use, we've got your back.

LEARN MORE

WHERE WE'RE LOCATED

What Clients Say About US

STORAGE CONTAINERS AVAILABLE IN Torrance CA

When you choose mobile storage containers over traditional storage facilities, you get more space for less, plus the convenience of onsite, 24/7 access to your valuables. And if you can't keep a container at your location, we offer you the flexibility to store it at our place instead. Rest assured, our high-quality storage containers will keep your items safe from weather, pests and break-ins. When you need to rent, buy or modify mobile storage containers in Torrance, CA, look no further than Southwest Mobile Storage.

Our certified experts modify containers to fit any of your business needs or events.

Our shipping container modifications can help improve or expand your business. We can customize containers to any size you need, so you can rest easy knowing you have enough space for your inventory, documents, equipment or services.

Here's why you should choose us for your container modifications:

  • We offer the highest quality modifications on the market.
  • Our certified fabricators have years of combined experience in container modifications. No other company in the industry matches our expertise.
  • We have modified thousands of containers over the past 25 years for foreign and domestic clients.
  • Our certified weld and quality control inspectors ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications through every step of the process.
  • We can build multiple projects simultaneously in our 90,000 sq ft fabrication facility with consistent quality and a fast turnaround.
  • Most of our competition outsources their modifications, so you don’t know who is doing the work or how much markup is involved.
  • Even after your custom container has been delivered, we still have your back. Our full-service staff can provide maintenance and quick modifications at your location.
Storage Containers Torrance, CA
Southwest Mobile Storage

CONTAINERS SOLUTIONS IN Torrance CA

 Rent Storage Containers Torrance, CA

COMMERCIAL MOBILE
STORAGE & OFFICES

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. Renting or buying storage containers to keep at your business eliminates the cost and hassles of sending your staff to offsite storage facilities. If you're in need of a custom solution, we'll modify shipping containers into whatever you need to grow your business. Whether it's new paint with your branding, a durable container laboratory for scientific research, or mobile wastewater treatment units,our unrivaled fabrication facility and modification expertshave you covered.

REQUEST A QUOTE

CONSTRUCTION
STORAGE & OFFICES

We know how important it is for your construction company to have reliable, secure storage and comfortable office space at your jobsite. All our storage containers for rent in Torrance, CA, come standard with first-rate multi-point locking systems, so you can rest assured your tools, equipment and materials are safe and secure. We also understand that construction can run long or finish early. We'll accommodate your schedule, even on short notice, and will prorate your rent after your first 28 days, so you don't have to pay for more than you actually need. With us, you also won't have to deal with the hassle of a large call center. Instead, you'll have dedicated sales representatives who will work with you for the entirety of your business with us.

REQUEST A QUOTE
 Storage Containers For Rent Torrance, CA
 Mobile Storage Containers Torrance, CA

RESIDENTIAL
STORAGE CONTAINERS

Get 24/7 access to your personal belongings without ever leaving your property. Whether you need short-term storage during home renovations or to permanently expand your home's storage space, our shipping containers for rental, sale and modification in Torrance, CA, are the most convenient, secure solution. With our first-rate security features, using a storage container for your holiday decorations, lawn equipment, furniture, and other items will keep your contents safer than if you used a shed. Don't have room on your property? We also offer the option to keep your container at our secure facility. Our experienced team is here to help you find the perfect solution for your needs.

REQUEST A QUOTE

MOBILE OFFICE CONTAINERS AVAILABLE IN Torrance CA

Our ground-mounted mobile offices provide comfortable, temperature-controlled workspace without the extra expenses associated with portable office trailers, like stairs, metal skirting or setup and removal fees. Whether you only need one workspace, storage to go with it, or separate rooms in one container, we've got you covered. With our 500 years of combined container fabrication experience, rest easy knowing your mobile office is of the highest quality craftsmanship when you choose Southwest Mobile Storage.

CONTAINER SIZES AND TYPES

Standard Storage Containers for Rent

SMS-Single-Bay-Doors
10' Single Door Container
15' Single Door Container
20' Single Door Container
24' Single Door Container
30' Single Door Container
40' Single Door Container
45' Single Door Container
SMS-Dual-Bay-Doors
24' Double Door Container
30' Double Door Container
40' Double Door Container

Standard Storage Containers for Rent

SMS-Office-Dual-window
10' Open Bay Offices
20' Open Bay Offices
40' Open Bay Offices
40' Office with Split Rooms
SMS-Office-Single-window-storage
20' Office/Storage Combo
24' Office/Storage Combo
40' Office/Storage Combo

HOW IT WORKS

Shipping Rentals Container Type

Choose Your Container Type
Whether you need storage, office or combo space, determine how many containers, what sizes and door types your business needs.

Shipping container Arrow
Shipping container rentals Options

Choose What Options You Need
Select what add-ons, accessories and utilities you'd like.

Shipping container Arrow
Shipping container Determine Security

Determine Security Needs
All of our storage containers come standard with dual-lock vault-like security.

Shipping container Timeframe

What's Your Timeframe
Standard delivery is within 3-5 days of order. If you need it sooner, we'll do our best to accommodate.

Shipping container arrow
Shipping container Delivery

Delivery
Are we taking your packed container directly to your new location? Or do you need to store it at our location until you're ready?

Southwest Mobile Storage
Southwest Mobile Storage

FIRST-RATE SECURITY
SETTING THE STANDARD IN CONTAINER STORAGE SAFETY & SECURITY

Shipping container rentals

Up to six points for adding locks to your shipping container, including a high-security slide bolt for puck locks.

Extra-long lockbox to ensure you always have at least one lock keeping your mobile storage container safe from break-ins.

Shipping container Security
Southwest Shipping container rentals

No holes to ensure your rental shipping container is wind and watertight.

Our 14-gauge corrugated steel containers are stronger than other storage solutions like pods.

Shipping container 4 Guage steel
Southwest Shipping container

HAS YOUR BACK EVERY STEP OF THE WAY

 Rent Shipping Containers Torrance, CA
HIGHEST QUALITY, BEST VALUE

Shop and compare. When it comes to quality, delivery, security and service, you won't find a better value.

Shipping container highest quality
 Portable Storage Containers For Rent Torrance, CA
FIRST-RATE SECURITY

High security, multi-point locking systems come standard on all our rental containers at no additional cost.

Shipping container First-Rate-Security
 Storage Container Rental Torrance, CA
UNRIVALED FACILITY & EXPERTISE

90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication center and certified experts with more than 500 years combined experience in customized container modification.

Shipping container unrivaled expertise
 Shipping Containers For Rent Torrance, CA
SUPERIOR SERVICE

One reliable point of contact, seamless delivery and dependable service you can trust every step of the way.

Shipping container rating

CONTACT US TODAY TO GET A FREE QUOTE!

In a few short minutes, our helpful staff can answer all your questions.

CALL 866.525.7349
REQUEST A QUOTE
 Shipping Containers For Mobile Office Torrance, CA

Latest News in Torrance, CA

Torrance Restaurant ERTC Help: Online Claim Assistance, Qualification Announced

Cottage Digital Media is announcing an expanded range of services for restaurants, bars, and pubs in the Torrance area. The company offers expert help to help qualifying businesses claim their ERTC, working with a team of dedicated specialists to ensure its services adhere to the latest IRS guidelines.More details can be found at https://ertcrecoveryaid.comThe update comes on the heels of ...

Cottage Digital Media is announcing an expanded range of services for restaurants, bars, and pubs in the Torrance area. The company offers expert help to help qualifying businesses claim their ERTC, working with a team of dedicated specialists to ensure its services adhere to the latest IRS guidelines.

More details can be found at https://ertcrecoveryaid.com

The update comes on the heels of increased IRS scrutiny into how ERTC claims are filed, as the Service has seen a large number of ineligible businesses apply, often pressured by unscrupulous, unqualified marketers looking to earn high contingency fees.

Inadequate qualification assessments from intermediaries without sufficient knowledge have created a string of issues for the IRS, other small businesses, and ultimately all tax payers, explains Cottage Digital - which is why it emphasizes thorough checking and works with a team of fully qualified ERTC specialists.

"We only specialize in maximizing Employee Retention Tax Credits for small business owners," said a company representative. "You won't find us preparing income taxes, compiling financial statements, or providing attestation services of any kind. When you engage us, rest assured that you've hired the best CPA Firm to lock in this one-time opportunity for a large refund check from the IRS."

The company will help owners of businesses in the hospitality industry determine whether or not they're eligible for Employee Retention Tax Credits. They may qualify for credits if, during 2020 - 2021, they have had decreased revenue, were required to shut down, had supply chain issues, or were affected in other ways by the pandemic.

Cottage Digital Media offers a free, no-obligation pre-qualification assessment that is in full compliance with all IRS recommendation. If eligible, business owners may opt to work with the agency, or file separately - and if they do decide to work with Cottage Digital, the agency will offer complete assistance with documentation preparation and application.

All operations that involve customer documents and IRS communication are undertaken exclusively by CPAs specializing in Employee Retention Tax Credits.

Interested parties can find more information at https://ertcrecoveryaid.com

Cottage Digital Media, LLC

380 Maple Street Suite 1782

COMTEX_442099947/2824/2023-10-18T22:54:35

15 Essential Ramen Shops in Los Angeles

Los Angeles has a long history of great ramen, but only in the past few years has the scene hit its stride. From rich tonkotsu (pork) to shoyu (soy sauce) and shio (salt), here now are the 15 essential ramen shops in Los Angeles.Eater maps are curated by editors and aim to reflect a diversity of neighborhoods, cuisines, and prices. Learn more about our editorial process.This diminutive ramen shop is the best place for Japanese noodles on the Westside...

Los Angeles has a long history of great ramen, but only in the past few years has the scene hit its stride. From rich tonkotsu (pork) to shoyu (soy sauce) and shio (salt), here now are the 15 essential ramen shops in Los Angeles.

Eater maps are curated by editors and aim to reflect a diversity of neighborhoods, cuisines, and prices. Learn more about our editorial process.

This diminutive ramen shop is the best place for Japanese noodles on the Westside. With a composed, well-balanced broth that's not too rich, and sporting firm, high-quality noodles, it's a very good Tsujita competitor for Hakata-style tonkotsu. For something a little less heavy, opt for the chuka soba, a Tokyo-style bowl with a lighter broth.

When does mazemen (dry ramen) start to just resemble pasta? Maybe it doesn’t matter, especially at West LA’s Mogumogu which specializes in well-sauced, fully-loaded mazemen with toppings like chashu and poached eggs.

This tantanmen specialist on Sawtelle comes from the prolific Tsujita group, which already has two standout noodle restaurants on the block. What’s different about Killer Noodle is its homage to the spicy, Chinese-inflected tantanmen. With sesame- and pepper-laden noodles, the ramen is served as a noodle soup or “dry” on a platter. The waits can be very long during prime dining hours.

Both the tonkotsu ramen and tsukemen are among the best versions available in LA. The broth and noodles are nearly perfect, with a strong seafood umami to round the soup out. The waits can be lengthy here, so plan accordingly.

This all-ramen restaurant features a signature bowl with thick noodles and a dense broth that’s chock-full of garlic and pork back fat. The tsukemen’s broth is tinged with a vinegary kick and served with flat noodles that work well for dipping and slurping. Add a spoonful of chile powder for a dose of heat.

This Northern California transplant serves spectacular tonkotsu ramen with a deeply flavored broth and a fully customizable bowl where diners can choose from different noodles, tare, and toppings. The waits are at least 20 minutes and upwards of an hour during prime meal hours.

This Michelin-recommended ramen shop has a slightly more upscale and polished feel than competing shops, with some bowls reaching and surpassing $30. The results are terrific for those willing to shell out a few extra bucks, especially the signature shina soba ramen with an intense broth, wontons, and chashu. For a more creative combination, try the whole lamb chops swimming in spicy red soup.

Originally from Tokyo, Tonchin LA takes over a prime Melrose Avenue location with sleek vibes, a cocktail bar, and upscale ramen bowls. Everyone orders the smoked dashi with whole clams or the tonkatsu broth. The shop’s thick, wavy noodles are made on the premises.

This focused ramen shop in Torrance serves polished bowls with a garlicky broth. Chashu pork melts in one’s mouth, while the noodles are of the thin, wheat variety common at Hakata-style shops. The tantanmen is mild, while the gyoza are terrific.

This ramen offering from the folks behind Torihei izakaya feels very much like a neighborhood ramenya in Japan, featuring an excellent tsukemen that's full of fish funk to go along with intense porkiness. The lighter Tokyo-style ramen has a terrific burst of bonito to round out the flavors without an overly rich tonkotsu broth.

This versatile ramen shop tucked in a sleepy Koreatown strip mall prepares everything from a classic shoyu to a Tokyo-style yuzu shio and wagyu beef ramen. In addition to the extensive ramen menu, there’s a wide selection of izakaya fare including sushi rolls, fried shishito peppers, and more.

This Orange County ramen shop recently expanded to Gardena, with a stall inside the Tokyo Central Market serving tsukemen and ramen. While the disposable bowls are an unfortunate aspect of this casual outlet, the specialty of miso-based broth — either tamer white miso or more aggressive red miso — brings a rounded sweetness and deep umami flavor.

One of LA’s most creative ramen shops comes from Top Chef winner Ilan Hall. To make the Grand Central Market stall’s signature vegan broth, Hall takes umami-rich ingredients like konbu and shiitake mushrooms and combines it with roasted sunflower seeds and white miso. The result is a rich broth that’s as good as a traditional porky one; a vegan “egg” tops every bowl.

This tsukemen specialist took over sister restaurant Aizen Udon, which moved to the Little Tokyo Marketplace a few blocks over. Tsukemen Aizen’s deluxe offering serves thinly shaved pork in a flower-like formation, along with a mound of thick noodles, spinach, lotus root, and boiled eggs. The star — a side bowl of fishy, umami-riddled dipping broth — coats every dipped noodle with an explosion of salty, fatty flavor. It’s pretty awesome to behold.

Tokyo’s famous Afuri opened in LA after first expanding to Oregon. Sporting a yuzu-tinted seafood and chicken broth, this lighter style of ramen still packs plenty of flavor with soba-like noodles made on the premises and high-quality toppings. The cocktails and minimalist ambience makes the whole affair a pleasant experience.

This diminutive ramen shop is the best place for Japanese noodles on the Westside. With a composed, well-balanced broth that's not too rich, and sporting firm, high-quality noodles, it's a very good Tsujita competitor for Hakata-style tonkotsu. For something a little less heavy, opt for the chuka soba, a Tokyo-style bowl with a lighter broth.

When does mazemen (dry ramen) start to just resemble pasta? Maybe it doesn’t matter, especially at West LA’s Mogumogu which specializes in well-sauced, fully-loaded mazemen with toppings like chashu and poached eggs.

This tantanmen specialist on Sawtelle comes from the prolific Tsujita group, which already has two standout noodle restaurants on the block. What’s different about Killer Noodle is its homage to the spicy, Chinese-inflected tantanmen. With sesame- and pepper-laden noodles, the ramen is served as a noodle soup or “dry” on a platter. The waits can be very long during prime dining hours.

Both the tonkotsu ramen and tsukemen are among the best versions available in LA. The broth and noodles are nearly perfect, with a strong seafood umami to round the soup out. The waits can be lengthy here, so plan accordingly.

This all-ramen restaurant features a signature bowl with thick noodles and a dense broth that’s chock-full of garlic and pork back fat. The tsukemen’s broth is tinged with a vinegary kick and served with flat noodles that work well for dipping and slurping. Add a spoonful of chile powder for a dose of heat.

This Northern California transplant serves spectacular tonkotsu ramen with a deeply flavored broth and a fully customizable bowl where diners can choose from different noodles, tare, and toppings. The waits are at least 20 minutes and upwards of an hour during prime meal hours.

This Michelin-recommended ramen shop has a slightly more upscale and polished feel than competing shops, with some bowls reaching and surpassing $30. The results are terrific for those willing to shell out a few extra bucks, especially the signature shina soba ramen with an intense broth, wontons, and chashu. For a more creative combination, try the whole lamb chops swimming in spicy red soup.

Originally from Tokyo, Tonchin LA takes over a prime Melrose Avenue location with sleek vibes, a cocktail bar, and upscale ramen bowls. Everyone orders the smoked dashi with whole clams or the tonkatsu broth. The shop’s thick, wavy noodles are made on the premises.

This focused ramen shop in Torrance serves polished bowls with a garlicky broth. Chashu pork melts in one’s mouth, while the noodles are of the thin, wheat variety common at Hakata-style shops. The tantanmen is mild, while the gyoza are terrific.

This ramen offering from the folks behind Torihei izakaya feels very much like a neighborhood ramenya in Japan, featuring an excellent tsukemen that's full of fish funk to go along with intense porkiness. The lighter Tokyo-style ramen has a terrific burst of bonito to round out the flavors without an overly rich tonkotsu broth.

This versatile ramen shop tucked in a sleepy Koreatown strip mall prepares everything from a classic shoyu to a Tokyo-style yuzu shio and wagyu beef ramen. In addition to the extensive ramen menu, there’s a wide selection of izakaya fare including sushi rolls, fried shishito peppers, and more.

This Orange County ramen shop recently expanded to Gardena, with a stall inside the Tokyo Central Market serving tsukemen and ramen. While the disposable bowls are an unfortunate aspect of this casual outlet, the specialty of miso-based broth — either tamer white miso or more aggressive red miso — brings a rounded sweetness and deep umami flavor.

One of LA’s most creative ramen shops comes from Top Chef winner Ilan Hall. To make the Grand Central Market stall’s signature vegan broth, Hall takes umami-rich ingredients like konbu and shiitake mushrooms and combines it with roasted sunflower seeds and white miso. The result is a rich broth that’s as good as a traditional porky one; a vegan “egg” tops every bowl.

This tsukemen specialist took over sister restaurant Aizen Udon, which moved to the Little Tokyo Marketplace a few blocks over. Tsukemen Aizen’s deluxe offering serves thinly shaved pork in a flower-like formation, along with a mound of thick noodles, spinach, lotus root, and boiled eggs. The star — a side bowl of fishy, umami-riddled dipping broth — coats every dipped noodle with an explosion of salty, fatty flavor. It’s pretty awesome to behold.

Tokyo’s famous Afuri opened in LA after first expanding to Oregon. Sporting a yuzu-tinted seafood and chicken broth, this lighter style of ramen still packs plenty of flavor with soba-like noodles made on the premises and high-quality toppings. The cocktails and minimalist ambience makes the whole affair a pleasant experience.

Beloved Spires Restaurant in Torrance closing after an almost 50-year run

Spires Restaurant in Torrance, which has served as a gathering place for families and seniors for almost 50 years, will close to make way for two new eateries.Spires’s last day is Friday, May 26.Property owner Plaza Del Amo Properties, LLC, applied and received approval from the Torrance Planning Commission in August for a conditional use permit to build a two-tenant restaurant with outdoor dining a...

Spires Restaurant in Torrance, which has served as a gathering place for families and seniors for almost 50 years, will close to make way for two new eateries.

Spires’s last day is Friday, May 26.

Property owner Plaza Del Amo Properties, LLC, applied and received approval from the Torrance Planning Commission in August for a conditional use permit to build a two-tenant restaurant with outdoor dining at 21107 Hawthorne Blvd., where Spires is currently located.

The building that houses the restaurant will be demolished and two 2,479-square foot restaurants, each with 495-square foot outdoor dining areas, will take its place. At this time, no tenants have been identified by the property owner.

In the last few weeks, waves of regulars and occasional diners have streamed in to eat at Spires one last time before it permanently closes at 2 p.m. Friday. Many have brought flowers, balloons and cards to show the staff there their appreciation. Some have even inquired about purchasing the restaurant’s interior decor as a keepsake.

Among the grieving customers was Evelyn Dunn.

“It just breaks my heart that they can’t keep something that’s one of the few old-fashioned, what would you call, coffee house kind of family restaurants,” Dunn said recently, “in the sea of all of these fancy places that you can’t afford anymore.”

The 76-year-old resident has been a regular at the restaurant since it opened in 1977. She found its American diner-style menu high quality and reasonably priced.

After her kids were born, Dunn started taking them to eat at Spires as well, where the family often ran into her colleagues and neighbors, she said. Over time, they have developed a close relationship with other customers and staff at the restaurant.

“We’re all kind of like family,” Dunn said.

She recalled an incident where she ordered a vegetable soup from Spires while recovering at a hospital close to the restaurant, and the food came back with get-well messages written on its bag. When her grandson was born, a waitress from the restaurant visited him at the hospital, she said.

“It’s all the good stuff that we kind of miss in this world today. People touch each other, talk to each other and find out about their families,” Dunn said. “It’s just a wonderful experience.”

Restaurant owner Chris Haretakis, who has run the business for more than 30 years, said Spires has become a sort of “second home” to many customers.

“I’ve seen many generations of people grow up here. I’ve seen people get married, have kids, their kids grow up, and then they have kids,” Haretakis said. “The customers are family, the same as my staff is my family.”

Some of them have made it a habit to eat at the restaurant for breakfast and dinner every day. They even made it a point to call Haretakis to make sure there’s no hard feelings when unforeseen circumstances prevented them from coming in, he said.

“Every day I come to work, I recognize about 85% of the customers. They’re like either daily or (there) 3, 4 times a week,” Haretakis said. “And I think the reason we were able to maintain that loyal following is because it’s like a familiarity. People, when they come, they see the same friendly faces that they recognize and they feel comfortable.”

There are around 20 employees at the restaurant, Haretakis said. He said he hopes to migrate as many of them to another Spires restaurant about 3.5 miles away. That location, 1750 Sepulveda Blvd., will be the only remaining Spires branch in Torrance after Haretakis’s restaurant closes.

“It’s the old chicken and the egg syndrome,” Haretakis said. “Basically, if we can get business over there, then we can support bringing some staff from here to there, that’s our goal.”

Victor Sanchez, a manager at the restaurant, said it will be hard to say goodbye.

“A lot of familiar faces the whole seven years that I’ve been working here,” he said.

The restaurant is part of the small Spires chain that was founded in 1965. Greek immigrant John Haretakis, Chris Haretakis’s uncle, founded the first diner on the corner of Euclid Street and Ball Road in Anaheim.

From there, the elder Haretakis went on to open more than 30 locations in Southern California and even parts of Texas. But over the years, as locations and demographics changed, the number of Spires restaurants narrowed, the younger Haretakis said. A Long Beach branch shut down in 2019 to make way for a Starbucks and a Jack in the Box.

There are several other Spires in the area, though, including in Carson, Lawndale, Long Beach, Ontario and Tustin.

Family-friendly American diners like Spires are losing their appeal to fast-food joints, Haretakis said, as more young clientele choose convenience and speed over traditional dining.

“It’s sad,” Haretakis said, “but at the same time, we’ve had a great run here.”

Our best stories about your local area, handpicked by editors each day.

Hurricane Hilary, C Line extension support in Torrance, and more

Earlier this month, Lincoln Property Company announced that Verve Talent & Literary Agency is relocating its global headquarters to BA/SE, an office complex located at 959 Seward Street in the Hollywood Media District.J.H. Snyder Co.Verve will occupy 53,000 square feet of space in the campus, which was developed by J.H Snyder Co. and purchased by Lincoln Property Company, which has since added a food and beverage kiosk, new outdoor patios, and other amenities.Verve was represented by CBRE vice chairman Jeff Pion, whi...

Earlier this month, Lincoln Property Company announced that Verve Talent & Literary Agency is relocating its global headquarters to BA/SE, an office complex located at 959 Seward Street in the Hollywood Media District.

J.H. Snyder Co.

Verve will occupy 53,000 square feet of space in the campus, which was developed by J.H Snyder Co. and purchased by Lincoln Property Company, which has since added a food and beverage kiosk, new outdoor patios, and other amenities.

Verve was represented by CBRE vice chairman Jeff Pion, while BA/SE was represented by Kent Handleman and Douglas Brown of Lincoln Property Company.

Here's what we're reading this week:

Hurricane Hilary is upgraded to Category 4, amplifying danger to Southern California "Projections show the storm has about a 50% chance of hitting Southern California late Sunday or early Monday as a tropical storm, meaning sustained winds at or above 39 mph. Hilary strengthened into a Category 3 hurricane Thursday." (LA Times)

CicLAvia—Koreatown meets Hollywood Cancelled While event organizers had originally vowed to press on rain or shine, a look at the forecast in the days ahead has prompted a reconsideration: CicLAvia's August 20th event is officially canceled. Hope for better weather next time! (CicLAvia)

L.A. Housing Department Demands Residential Hotels Stop Renting Rooms to Tourists "The Los Angeles Housing Department has sent warning letters to the owners of 17 buildings meant for low-cost housing, demanding that they stop renting rooms to tourists in violation of city law." (LAist)

Metro

Recent Poll Show Community Support for C Line (Green) Extension to Torrance Project Metro claps back at the Torrance City Councilmembers who have recently come out in opposition to the C Line extension (The Source)

Eyes on the Street: New La Brea Bus Lanes are Open "The initially announced ~5.9 miles of bus lane were whittled down to just ~2.5 miles installed in the current project. City Councilmember Heather Hutt continues to block implementation below Olympic Boulevard." (Streetsblog LA)

In Reversal, Feds Approve One Of Bass’ Biggest Requests To Speed Up Homeless Housing "Instead of having to gather a variety of bank statements, tax filings and other proof of income before being able to move in, the waiver allows the city to move unhoused people in first and provide their paperwork later." (LAist)

Noise pollution precedent set by People’s Park case blocks housing in LA "The city of Los Angeles’ defeat is believed to be the first of its kind to rely on the infamous Berkeley noise precedent. The appeal is focused on a proposed rooftop deck, which appellants worry will generate too much noise." (Daily Cal)

WSAB Transit Corridor Rename the Project Submit suggestions to do exactly what the name of the website says by September 29 and you could win a $100 gift card (Rename WSAB)

Follow us on social media:

Torrance enacts ordinance to ban smoking in multi-unit housing complexes

Smokers will soon have to think twice before taking a puff in some Torrance residential buildings.The City Council this week gave final approval of an ordinance that will ban smoking in all multi-family residences, joining a growing trend of cities across the state and the nation to do so.“I always believe that the government should play one major role in people’s lives,” Councilmember Aurelio Mattucci, who proposed the ordinance, said before this week’s meeting, “to protect their quality of life. ...

Smokers will soon have to think twice before taking a puff in some Torrance residential buildings.

The City Council this week gave final approval of an ordinance that will ban smoking in all multi-family residences, joining a growing trend of cities across the state and the nation to do so.

“I always believe that the government should play one major role in people’s lives,” Councilmember Aurelio Mattucci, who proposed the ordinance, said before this week’s meeting, “to protect their quality of life. And I think this is one of those situations where government should step in, in an attempt to protect people’s quality of life,”

The ordinance will become effective 30 days from Tuesday, Aug. 8.

Under the new law, smoking is not only prohibited in all multi-family residential units, but also on private balcony, porch, deck, patio, and common areas, such as lobbies, elevators, swimming pools, laundry rooms and eating areas.

Smoking can be allowed at designated places established by a landlord or homeowners’ association, but it has to be in an unenclosed area and at least 25 feet away from any doorway, window, opening and areas used for physical improvement, such as tennis courts and playgrounds.

Multi-unit residences are defined as lots with two or more units, such as apartments, townhomes, attached townhomes, condo complexes, senior and assisted living facilities, and long-term health care facilities. Single-family homes, duplexes on a single-family lot, accessory dwelling units and mobile homes do not fall under this category.

Violators of the ban could be cited and subject to fines. The ordinance, though, prevents the city from issuing monetary penalties unless the violator has previously been given at least three notices of violations.

The ordinance does include a grandfather clause as well, meaning that current smokers living in multi-unit housing can continue to smoke only within their unit for two years after the ordinance becomes effective.

Around 80 million people in the US live in multi-family units such as condos or apartments, and an estimated 27.6 to 28.9 million are exposed to secondhand smoke infiltration from neighboring units or common areas in the building, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As of July 1, 79 governments statewide, at the city or county levels, have implemented laws prohibit smoking in all private multi-unit rental housing complexes, according to a report by the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation.

With the addition of Torrance, 19 Los Angeles County cities have now adopted a policy to ban smoking in multi-unit housing, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

This main purpose of the ordinance is to help protect the quality of life of renters who live in close quarters with other renters, Mattucci said.

“I respect people’s private property rights,” he said, “but when there’s a shared space between different families, between different groups, there has to be rules put in place to help maintain that good quality of life that people should expect and get.”

The ordinance is also designed to give landlords more power to enforce smoking bans, Mattucci said. Landlords often include smoking bans within their leases, but when the renter smokes outside of their units, the landlords have no way to regulate the act.

Alix Politanoff is a project coordinator at Behavioral Health Services Inc., a nonprofit health care organization that has been providing public education on the ordinance. She said it protects residents’ public health. It also gives landlords more credence to enforce smoking bans and gives neighbors the right to declare smoking a public nuisance.

“The neighbors themselves can take it into their hands and take it as a civil case or whatever,” she said, “if they want to go that route and declare it a public nuisance.”

The vote was 5-1, with Councilmember Mike Griffiths voting no and Councilmember Bridgett Lewis absent.

Griffiths said he is against smoking, but he’s concerned about enforcing the ordinance. To write a violation, an enforcement officer has to witness the smoking happening. What’s more, three warnings have to be given before the officer can cite the violator, he said Wednesday.

“And to me, that’s just a huge amount of effort by our staff to write a violation for no smoking,” Griffiths said. “I just see that that’s not likely to really happen and if it does, I think it will be a tremendous burden on our staff to run out and try to catch smokers in multifamily units.”

A more efficient way to deal with the issue, Griffiths said, is having the landlords be the enforcement arm and impose the smoking ban as part of their leases.

“It just seemed a little bit too much of a city overreach to end up being responsible for trying to enforce a law that’s very, very difficult to enforce,” he said, “considering you have to actually catch someone in the process of smoking in order to even give them a warning.”

Disclaimer:

This website publishes news articles that contain copyrighted material whose use has not been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. The non-commercial use of these news articles for the purposes of local news reporting constitutes "Fair Use" of the copyrighted materials as provided for in Section 107 of the US Copyright Law.