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Olivenhain Self Storage Supports Urban Surf 4 Kids

by Winnie Hsiu October 10, 2013 9:12 PM
Sometimes charity organizations get overwhelmed with possessions – just like individuals and families. And, just like individuals and families, they need extra space to store them. And, just like individuals and families, they turn to self storage facilities to help relieve the need for storage.

Urban Surf 4 Kids has been collecting donations from corporations and private individuals in anticipation of opening a thrift store. These donations were overwhelming their office space located on Utah Street in San Diego. [More]

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]

A-1 Self Storage in San Diego Raises Funds for Cancer Research

by Holly Robinson August 29, 2012 6:00 PM
A-1 Self Storage recently sponsored a surfing team in the 19th Annual Luau & Longboard Invitational event that was held on August 19, 2012 at Scripps Beach, La Jolla in San Diego, California. All funds raised at the event went to the Moores UCSD Cancer Center.

The purpose of this event is several fold. It raises awareness and funds for cancer research that is done at the Moores Cancer Center. It provides funds for educational programs, outreach, and patient care. [More]

A-1 Self Storage Supports Catholic Relief Services

by Holly Robinson July 16, 2012 8:22 PM
Owners and managers of self storage facilities are very community minded. They like to help out and give back to the community where their facility is located. They also like to help out charitable organizations. Over the years, we at the Self Storage Industry News have written about many of the organizations that have been helped: Habitat for Humanity, Wounded Warrior Outdoors, Inc., Angel Flight, the Shriner’s Hospital for Children, Toys for Tots, Kure It, and Moveable feast. [More]

Big Box Storage, Inc., Joins Efforts with Planet Aid

by Kim Kilpatrick December 9, 2011 3:01 PM
The leading portable storage company in San Diego, Big Box Storage, Inc., joined forces with Planet Aid in an effort to provide sustainable development in underprivileged communities around the world. Big Box Storage will help collect clothing and shoes and give them to Planet Aid.

"We're asking San Diego residents to remember Planet Aid on occasions when they have articles of clothing or shoes available for donation," said Rita Hurley of Big Box Storage in San Diego, CA. "We're pleased to be able to assist them with their ongoing humanitarian and environmental efforts." [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]

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]

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]

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]