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CA City to Use Federal Recovery Funds to Convert Racing Horse Barns to Self Storage

by Tony Gonzalez September 10, 2010 7:48 AM
City council members in Pomona, California, this week approved a proposal to convert six racing horse barns a self storage facility. The facility will become part of a business center, converted from another six racing horse barns, that will include office, warehouse, and light industrial space. Funding for the project will come from federal recovery bonds issued as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. [More]

Self Storage Facilities Target E-waste in New Recycling Programs

by John Stevens August 24, 2010 7:13 AM
Self storage facilities interested in “greening” their properties have begun to offer e-waste recycling, in addition to ordinary recycling of paper products, glass, and aluminum cans. E-waste refers to electronic waste. It can include computers, monitors, televisions, cell phones, printers, laptop computers, fax machines, copiers, VCRS and DVD players, stereos, or any other electronic device. [More]

Fresno Downsizer Gives Away $200 Million in Ansel Adams Negatives for $45

by John Stevens July 27, 2010 7:56 PM
You never know what you will find in a garage, attic, basement, or self storage unit -- or at a garage sale or yard sale. If you find old photographs, artwork, or antiques, maybe you should store them in a secure storage unit until you are sure that they are not a lost treasure. A Fresno, California resident sold two boxes of Ansel Adams’ negatives at a garage sale in 2000, their buyer confirmed today. Rick Norsigian, an antique aficionado, was hoping to find a vintage barber’s chair, but when he saw the two boxes of antique glass negatives, he started bargaining. Norsigian managed to negotiate the price of the antique negatives down from $75 to $45. Then he began the process of finding an antique appraiser to verify his opinion as to what, exactly, he had found. The value of the antique collection is actually around $200 million. Ansel Adams is regarded as the father of American photography. [More]

More Americans Moving Again

by Kim Kilpatrick July 23, 2010 9:16 PM
The American Moving and Storage Association reported today that Americans were shipping 4.2 percent more household goods during the first five months of this year than during the same period in 2009. (AMSA is a storage and moving trade association, and puts consumers in touch with professional movers through its Mover Referral Service.) When AMSA looked only at items shipped by consumers, the shipments were up by 11.2 percent. During 2008 and 2009, shipping dropped dramatically, by 21.5 percent in 2009 and 18.2 percent in 2008.

The statistics suggest that more Americans are moving from one home to another again, which means that the housing market may start to pick up. Relocation tends to stimulate consumer spending in general, because people who are moving spend more money on take-out food, renovations, and household items for the new home. [More]

What Can You Do With That Old Kaypro?

by Tony Gonzalez July 9, 2010 10:38 PM
If you have an old Kaypro, hang onto it -- it’s part of computer history. Pack it carefully and put it into your self storage unit. But if you have computer or electronic equipment to get rid of that is not quite so old, you may want to take it to your local self storage facility for a different reason -- to recycle it. Many self storage facilities are beginning to offer e-waste recycling -- recycling of electronic waste. Items that can be dropped off at e-waste collection centers include computers (both laptop and desktop), monitors, cell phones, printers, camcorders, CD/DVD/cassette players, fax machines, photocopiers, radios, stereos, landline telephones, VCRs, televisions, batteries and power packs, etc. [More]

Families Turn to Self Storage After Falling Prey to Loan Modification Scams

by Tony Gonzalez July 7, 2010 3:21 PM
The nation is slowly coming out of the recession, and unemployment rates are starting to drop. But many people, even after getting a new job, are struggling to catch up on their debts -- especially back mortgage payments. Bankruptcy rates are slowly rising. All too many families, seeking bankruptcy protection or trying to avoid foreclosures, have fallen prey to financial scams. One common scam occurs when a company takes money from a family, agrees to make arrangements for a mortgage loan modification with the bank or lender, and then does nothing, letting the property go into foreclosure. Ironically, some people have gone into foreclosure or bankruptcy right after becoming employed again. Many such families have turned to self storage facilities at the last minute, storing their possessions while looking for a place to live. [More]

History Channel About to Unveil Storage Wars

by Kim Kilpatrick June 30, 2010 1:41 PM
The History Channel is preparing to debut a new reality show this fall -- and it will be about storage. The show, called Storage Wars, will focus on what happens to the contents of a storage unit if it is abandoned by its owners. It is being developed by Thom Beers, who previously produced reality shows Deadliest Catch and Ice Road Truckers. Beers hopes that Storage Wars will follow in the footsteps of other hit new reality tv shows, like Antiques Roadshow, American Pickers, and Pawn Stars. [More]

American Self Storage Redding Protects Mother KillDeer and Her Eggs

by Holly Robinson June 7, 2010 5:55 PM
If you’ve ever seen a mother killdeer nesting on the ground, you know that they are hard to see. Killdeer blend into their surroundings so well that you might not see a nesting killdeer until you were about to step on her -- or drive over her. Killdeer are famous for nesting in people’s driveways and near roads.

This year, a mother killdeer decided to nest on the grounds of American Self Storage Redding, of Redding, California. She found a rocky area of ground not far from a stretch of pavement. Killdeer usually only sit on their eggs for 22 to 28 days, so the manager of American Self Storage Redding, Brett Rohde, decided it would be no bother to protect the nest. American Self Storage tenant John Mort, of John’s Machine & Welding, donated two orange cones to alert drivers not to come too close to the mother killdeer. [More]

Too Bad The Tonight Show Didn’t Use Self Storage

by Holly Robinson June 2, 2010 4:36 PM
Had the producers of The Tonight Show opted to store the show’s wardrobes in self storage they could have had their pick of security features offered by self storage facilities near Universal Studios in Burbank where the show is filmed. There are at least nine self storage facilities near the studio, including Kiss Keep It Self Storage and A-1 Self Storage, which are less than one mile away. Self storage facilities fit two of The Tonight Show’s needs nicely. First, self storage companies maintain customer confidentiality -- self storage operators do not tell anyone who rents units at a facility. Second, self storage facilities are secure. These days, most self storage facilities have 24-hour security camera surveillance and security fences. Many also offer biometric security features.

Unfortunately, the Tonight Show did not store its wardrobes in a self storage facility. Instead, it rented space in a warehouse that does not seem to have the state-of-the-art security devices that are standard in the self storage industry. It is unfortunate that the show did not have the benefit of security fences, cameras, and the like, because on Monday a Tonight Show employee discovered that the show’s chosen storage facility had been burglarized. [More]

Where Will HP’s Laid-Off Employees Relocate (If Necessary)?

by John Stevens June 1, 2010 9:34 PM
In September of 2008, Hewlett-Packard (HP) took over information technology (IT) provider Electronic Data Systems, and then proceeded to cut 24,600 jobs. Today HP announced that it will be cutting about 9,000 more. Lately, technology firms in Silicon Valley have starting recruiting more aggressively again. But will there be enough technology jobs in the Valley for the 9,000 Hewlett-Packard employees that will be laid off over the next several years?

HP says that it will also be adding a total of 6,000 jobs to its sales and delivery teams, but the 9,000 laid-off employees will be from IT. The IT jobs will disappear as HP automates more of the services that it provides to clients. Some technology companies in the area, such as Google, Intel, and Cisco are adding jobs. But analysts say that many technology jobs are starting to migrate to other cities -- and laid-off technology workers are beginning to follow. [More]
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