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Aclaimed Movers & Storage Puts Videos on Their Web Site

by Holly Robinson October 4, 2013 3:32 PM
One hundred hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute. Every minute! More than 1 billion unique users visit YouTube each month. Over 6 billion hours of video are watched each month on YouTube. That’s 50% more than last year and equals an hour for every single person on earth. And, according to Nielsen, YouTube reaches more people ages 18-34 than any cable network. Videos on YouTube are big. Really big. [More]

Magellan Storage in California Acquires 2 New Facilities

by Winnie Hsiu April 13, 2012 6:40 PM
Magellan Storage, part of the Magellan Group, recently purchased two new facilities to add to their portfolio. The cost totaled $11.2 million dollars. [More]

Storage West (R) Self Storage Chooses Management Software System

by Winnie Hsiu November 7, 2011 10:34 AM
Technology assists businesses to run smoother and to increase their financial revenues -- especially when a business has more than one business site to manage. Storage West® Self Storage, based in Los Angeles, has selected a management software that they will be using at all 45 of their business sites located throughout California, Nevada, and Arizona. [More]

California Self Storage Operators Roll Up Their Sleeves Again to Fight New Legislation

by John Stevens May 18, 2011 8:02 AM
There’s a renewed battle brewing between the newspaper industry and the self storage industry in California. Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed Assembly Bill 655 into law in 2010 which after three years of fighting between the two opposing industries, resulted in a more cost-effective lien sale process and lien-sale notification procedure. But the California Newspaper Publishers Association (CNPA) has backed the recent Senate Bill 279 which would require self storage operators to announce lien sales in newspapers within elusive and smaller judicial districts rather than in newspapers that circulate in the county where the sale is to be held. [More]

Homeless Awarded Use of Storage Facility in San Diego

by John Stevens January 12, 2011 11:21 AM
It started with an act of disregard. A year ago, while 13 homeless people were eating inside an East Village church in San Diego, Calif., city crews and police threw the people’s carts that held their belongings into garbage trucks. After the incident, lawsuits accused the city of knowing the carts and their contents were not trash. On Tuesday, to make amends, the city council voted unanimously on a settlement that would fund a downtown storage facility for the homeless to store their personal items. [More]

Safe Gun Storage Can Prevent Tragic Accidents

by Holly Robinson July 21, 2010 10:46 PM
About ten days ago, a nine-year-old Los Angeles boy, looking for something to do, rummaged through a closet in his home. He found something he thought would be fun to play with -- a gun. The gun was loaded, and the boy wound up accidentally shooting and killing his two-year-old brother. According to a National Rifle Association brochure on gun safety, around half of all U.S. households contain at least one gun. Guns, whether loaded or unloaded, do not belong within the reach of children. Ammunition, likewise, should be stored out of reach. Children can be quite creative about finding ways to get items that have been stored on high shelves or locked drawers thought to be out of their reach. Consequently, the safest place to store a firearm, whether it is a hand gun, a shotgun, or a hunting gun, is outside the home, in a locked, secure facility. Tragic gun accidents illustrate one of the best uses of self storage -- to keep dangerous items out of the hands of children. [More]

Northrop Grumman Relocates Los Angeles Office to Washington, D.C.

by Holly Robinson January 7, 2010 5:10 AM
Just as the Washington, D.C. area Beltway gears up for the Fort Belvoir relocation, which will bring 19,000 new jobs -- and a potential traffic nightmare -- to the region, defense contractor Northrop Grumman (NG) has announced that it, too, is relocating to the Washington area. "As a global security company with a large customer base," explained NG president and CEO Wes Bush, "this move will enable us to better serve our nation and customers."

The District will have some time to prepare for its newest influx of workers, as NG has not chosen a new location yet. The company plans to move only about 300 members of its corporate staff at this time. The relocating staff members will come from NG's Los Angeles offices....When NG's corporate employees do move out of Los Angeles, they may be in for an unwelcome surprise as they start looking for housing in the Washington, D.C. area. Housing in Washington is 13% more expensive than housing in Los Angeles. The overall cost of living in Washington is about 7% higher than the cost of living in L.A. The differences are mostly in the areas of housing and transportation -- food and health care cost about the same in both places, and utilities are a little less expensive in Washington. Relocating employees may want to use the following resources as they research the Washington D.C. area: [More]