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Self Storage Auctions Aplenty in San Diego This Week

by Kim Kilpatrick August 5, 2013 7:24 PM
There are lots of things to do in San Diego. You can go to one of the beaches, visit Seaport Village, stroll through the historic Gaslamp Quarter, fly a kite in Mission Bay Park, enjoy Old Town, go to SeaWorld, or visit the zoo. There is always something to see or do for everyone.

This week there is also something else quite unusual going on. There will be self storage auctions galore around the city for those interested in those auctions. [More]

CA Wildfire Survivors Seek Storage

by Holly Robinson September 16, 2010 5:16 PM
The Witch Creek Fire, one of the southern California wildfires that menaced the San Diego area in 2007, was extinguished three years ago, but fire survivors are still recovering from the loss of their homes. Shortly after the fires, a group of women founded a Witch Creek Fire support and recovery group, called Fired Up Sisters. Fired Up Sisters provides help to area residents who lost their homes to the wildfire. But now Fired Up Sisters needs help too -- it is moving to Ramona, but needs storage space to hold donations. [More]

Residents Fighting Self Storage near Escondido,California

by Holly Robinson December 17, 2009 8:49 AM
Residents of a small community near Escondido, California (near San Diego) are fighting against the development and building of a small self-storage facility in their neighborhood....Residents say that while they do not have anything against self storage per se, they fear that this development will be the first step in changing the whole region from a bucolic rural haven into a colorless commercial artery. They do not want to see the area lose its rural flavor....However, PacVentures' representative, Bill Hofman, told officials at Monday's community meeting that the company has changed the design for the self storage facility to make it more compatible with the neighborhood. The design now includes more landscaping on the site's four acres, sound walls, and a small decrease in square footage. Hofman said that the facility was being modified to make it look more like a gated residential community....

Coincidentally, Bear Valley Rural Neighbors was originally formed in July 1999 to fight a plan to build a small shopping mall in the area. The group sued the city to stop it from running sewer lines out to the intersection for the shopping plaza. The group won the lawsuit, and the city was ordered to pay the group's legal fees. Later, it also defeated the North County Baptist Church of Escondido, stopping it from building a 13-acre complex nearby, and the Escondido Charter High School, preventing it from building a campus at the intersection. [More]