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  • Monday, May 18, 2020 11:27 AM | Ross Hutchings (Administrator)

    CSSA 2020 Annual Owners Summit in Newport Beach is CANCELLED

    Unfortunately, due to all the ongoing Covid-19 (Coronavirus) restrictions as well as people’s reluctance to meet in large gatherings, it has been necessary for CSSA to cancel our popular Annual Self Storage Owners Summit in Newport Beach for the protection and safety of everyone involved.

    The event was originally scheduled for July 16, 2020 at the famed Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach, CA. However, CSSA will be returning to the same location next year, July 15, 2021! 

    Both registrants and sponsors have two options:

    Summit Attendee Registration Fee

    • We would like to keep your registration and move it to the 2021 Summit. This will assure your reservation for the 2021 Summit and at the 2020 rate.
    • If you prefer, we can give you a full refund of your registration fee.

    Summit Sponsors

    • We would like to keep your sponsorship and move it to the 2021 Summit. This not only assures you of the same sponsorship at the same price but will provide additional exposure throughout the year.
    • Or if you prefer, we can also give you a full refund of your sponsorship.

    Room Reservations Refund

    • If you have made a reservation with the Balboa Bay Resort, they will be cancelling all reservations. If you have not already received a refund on your one-night deposit, you will be receiving that shortly. If you made your reservation via some other reservation portal or did not use our room block, you might need to contact that reservation portal for your cancellation.

    Due to the volume of activity surrounding the cancellation of the 2021 Annual Self Storage Owners Summit, WE ASK THAT YOU SUBMIT YOUR REQUESTS (TO HOLD YOUR REGISTRATION OR SPONSORSHIP OR REFUND IT) BY EMAIL (please NO phone calls) to: info@californiaselfstorage.org. Please allow 3 – 4 weeks to receive confirmation for moving of funds to next year or to receive your refund. Again, please no phone calls as we would like to have your requests in writing.

    Thank you for your involvement with CSSA. Please continue to monitor the self storage activity via the CSSA website at: https://www.californiaselfstorage.org for Coronavirus Information updates and NEW training sessions (including cutting-edge Avatar training). Mark your calendar now to attend CSSA Napa Self Storage Owner’s Conference – May 12 & 13, 2021 and the 16th Annual Self Storage Owners Summit in Newport Beach, July 15, 2021.

    We hope you, your family, employees, and loved ones are staying safe during these uncertain times and look forward to seeing all of you in the near future.

    Ross Hutchings, CAE

    Executive Director - California Self Storage Association


  • Monday, May 18, 2020 11:00 AM | Ross Hutchings (Administrator)

    CSSA Pivots Due to Covid-19 Pandemic

    Just as the Covid-19 restrictions and shelter-in-place orders has affected all other organizations, it too had changed CSSA activities and events for 2020. In California we have experienced a strict shelter-in-place order which has prohibited any gatherings. Both our major events were cancelled – the Napa Self Storage Owner’s Conference, originally scheduled for May 13 & 14 and the Annual Self Storage Owners Summit in Newport Beach, originally schedule for July 16. This eliminated our largest networking and training events for the year. This not only eliminated our major events but most of our in-person training sessions as well. In response to that, our Education and Training Committee stepped up the number of offerings, planning to do them virtually.

    CSSA is pleased to announce the first-ever “Avatar Training” for self storage managers. We have developed two trainings – “Managing Customer Issues,” and “Smart Selling: Maximize Revenue – Minimize Discounting." These sessions are a joint effort between CSSA and the University of California Northridge SIMPACT. Each session will include 4 – 5 opportunities where individuals are in the “hot seat” and will interact with an “avatar” (live animated) customer in a face-to-face setting. Others in the session will observe and can critique what happened during that session. The last hour of the virtual session a communications professor will provide detailed information along with practical take-aways, using the avatar session outcomes as examples.

    In addition, CSSA teamed up with the California Employers Association (CEA) to provide members with current HR information. CEA has revised the California Self Storage Employee Handbook with the latest laws. CSSA is also offering its members virtual HR training, which began with a FREE “Labor Law Update” in June, then new HR training each month – “Top 10 Ways to Stay Out of Court,” “Leave Law Update,” and “Conflict – Attitudes in the Workplace.”

    CSSA is focusing on how to connect our vendors with our owner/operators, especially during this time of no-gatherings. CSSA has embarked on a much more robust Vendor Directory, giving vendors the opportunity to classify themselves in various categories. In addition, CSSA held several Business Partner Town Hall meetings, soliciting ideas that are currently being developed.

    One suggestion that is being offered is an opportunity for our vendors to hold “Vendor Training Sessions.” These sessions focus on industry-specific topics where the vendor is a subject-matter expert. Rather than hold these as webinars where it is basically a one-way presentation, we are holding these on Zoom to allow for more interaction between presenter and attendee. While the vendors pay a small fee for these sessions, they are FREE to CSSA members and CSSA does the marketing and provides logistical support.

    Covid-19 pandemic has caused a major disruption to the economy but CSSA has pivoted to provide continued support to our members, both owner/operators and business partners so that the self storage business can continue to grow in California.


  • Thursday, May 14, 2020 1:50 PM | Ross Hutchings (Administrator)

    On Thursday, May 14th, at noon PDT, Governor Gavin Newsom released his revised 2020-21 state budget proposal in lieu of holding his regularly scheduled COVID-19 press briefing.   

    Today, Newsom did not mince words regarding the devasting fiscal impacts of COVID-19.  Amid the ongoing pandemic, California’s state budget has gone from surplus to shortfall.  Recall in January – just four months ago – when Newsom released his initial 2020-21 proposal, that plan called for a record-high $222.2 billion in spending.  At the time, the budget included a $5.6 billion surplus and specifically contained 3.5 percent more spending than lawmakers enacted for the current fiscal year which ends June 30th

    "These are not ordinary times,” Newsom acknowledged.  His revised budget reflects the latest, more grim, economic forecasts.  He took the podium with no notes and his presentation included  just four slides.  But Newsom also said the state had built up reserves in preparation.  Nevertheless, in spite of those reserves, California is still facing a projected deficit. 

    Specifically,  Newsom’s revised budget proposal projects a revenue decline of 22.3 percent compared to January projections; $133.9 billion general fund, which is a 9.4 percent decrease from the Budget Act of 2019; $203.3 billion overall budget, 5.4 percent decrease from 2019.

    Overall, the Governor’s press office stated, “The May Revision proposes to cancel new initiatives proposed in the Governor’s Budget, cancel and reduce spending included in the 2019 Budget Act, draw down reserves, borrow from special funds, temporarily increase revenues and make government more efficient.”

    In taking a balanced approach to closing the budget gap, the May Revise specifically proposes to:

    • Cancel $6.1 billion in program expansions and spending increases.
    • Draw down $16.2 billion in the Budget Stabilization Account (Rainy Day Fund) over three years.
    • Borrow and transfer $4.1 billion from special funds.
    • Temporarily suspend net operating losses and temporarily limit to $5 million the amount of credits a taxpayer can use in any given tax year.
    • Reflect the Administration’s nationwide request of $1 trillion in flexible federal funds to support all 50 states and local governments, and identifies reductions to base programs and employee compensation that will be necessary if sufficient federal funding does not materialize. 

    The Governor’s office press release highlights the following:

    • Protecting Public Health, Public Safety, and Public Education – $44.9 billion in General Fund support for schools and community colleges and $6 billion in additional federal funds to supplement state funding.
    • Supporting Californians Facing the Greatest Hardships – Maintains the newly expanded Earned Income Tax Credit and maintains grant levels for families and individuals supported by the CalWORKs and SSI/SSP programs.  Prioritizes funding to maintain current eligibility for critical health care services in both Medi-Cal and the expanded subsidies offered through the Covered California marketplace.  Estimates unemployment insurance benefits in 2020-21 will be $43.8 billion – 650 percent higher than the $5.8 billion previously estimated.
    • State Government Savings and Efficiency – Negotiations will commence or continue with the state’s collective bargaining units to achieve reduced pay of approximately 10 percent.
    • Supporting Job Creation, Economic Recovery, and Opportunity – Proposes an augmentation of $50 million for a total increase of $100 million to the small business loan guarantee program to fill gaps in available federal assistance.

    Some additional key points (from the summary document) of revised budget proposal include:

    • Wildfire Mitigation Efforts – Overall, the Governor’s Budget and May Revision together contain 106 new positions and $30 million for the Commission to address issues related to utility-caused wildfires.
    • Broadband Expansion – To identify which areas of the state lack sufficient access to broadband, the May Revision includes $2.8 million and 3 positions in additional resources from the Public Utilities Commission Utilities Reimbursement Account for the Commission to enhance its broadband mapping activities.
    • AB 5 Enforcement –The May Revision maintains the Governor's Budget proposal to enforce compliance with AB 5, including $17.5 million for the Department of Industrial Relations, $3.4 million for the Employment Development Department, and $780,000 for the Department of Justice.
    • California Consumer Financial Protection – The May Revision sustains the Governor’s Budget proposal for $10.2 million Financial Protection Fund and 44 positions in 2020-21, growing to $19.3 million and 90 positions ongoing in 2022-23, to revamp the Department of Business Oversight (DBO) as the Department of Financial Protection and Innovation.
    • Department of Toxic Substances Control Reform – The May Revision maintains the Administration’s commitment to governance and fiscal reform for the Department of Toxic Substances Control.
    • Climate Resilience – Governor is withdrawing the $250 million General Fund Climate Catalyst Fund proposal.
    • Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment – Governor is withdrawing Evaluating Unassessed Chemicals Using Precision Prevention Methodologies $6 million General Fund Proposal.
    • Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation – The May Revision proposes total funding of $13.4 billion ($13.1 billion General Fund and $311 million other funds) for the Department in 2020-21.  The May Revision proposes the closure of two adult institutions—one beginning in 2021-22 and a second beginning in 2022-23.  The closures are estimated to result in savings of $100 million in 2021-22, $300 million in 2022-23 and $400 million ongoing.  When asked, Newsom said the specific facilities have not been determined and this is still being negotiated.
    • Cap and Trade Expenditure Plan – The May Revision maintains the Governor's Budget Cap and Trade Expenditure Plan, and establishes a “pay-as-you-go” budget mechanism to authorize budget act expenditures based on actual proceeds received at each quarterly auction.
    • Department of Public Health – The May Revision maintains and increases the Department’s disease surveillance and identification workforce. Specifically, the May Revision proposes $5.9 million General Fund for 2020-21 and $4.8 million General Fund ongoing, to support laboratory staff to increase the laboratories’ testing capacity, and to purchase equipment and laboratory supplies that are specifically utilized for COVID-19 testing as well as other diseases.
    • Caltrans Investments – While fuel tax revenues used to fund transportation projects are expected to drop by a total of $1.8 billion through 2024-25, the May Revision maintains current planning and engineering staffing levels to continue developing and designing previously programmed projects.
    • State Support for Renters and Homeowners – The May Revision proposes to expend $331 million in National Mortgage Settlement funds for housing counseling, mortgage assistance and renter legal aid services.
    • State Funding For Housing – The May Revision maintains the $500 million in low-income housing state tax credits in the Governor's Budget.
    • Capitol Annex Projects – To reduce costs, the May Revision also proposes a transfer of $754.2 million from the State Project Infrastructure Fund to the General Fund. These funds were previously earmarked for the design and construction of a series of projects necessary for the renovation or reconstruction of the Capitol Annex.

    The May Revise marks the start of what will be a month of negotiations with legislators.  The budget, with any legislative adjustments, must be finalized by June 15th in time for the Governor to sign the package and the new fiscal year to begin on July 1st.  

    For more information, please see  http://www.ebudget.ca.gov/FullBudgetSummary.pdf.

    Information provided by:

    Naomi Padron

    Legislative Advocate

    McHugh Koepke & Associates

    1121 L Street, Suite 103

    Sacramento, CA 95814

    (916) 930-1993

    www.mchughgr.com



  • Friday, April 24, 2020 12:00 PM | Ross Hutchings (Administrator)

    REDONDO BEACH, Calif.April 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- InSite Property Group (InSite) - a fully integrated developer, builder and operator of Commercial Real Estate assets – is pleased to welcome Nathan McElmurry to the team in the role of Senior Vice President to oversee all acquisitions for its wholly owned SecureSpace Self Storage division. 

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  • Tuesday, January 28, 2020 11:00 AM | Pam Wright (Administrator)

    EVENT DETAILS

    Colliers International
    301 University Avenue, #100
    Sacramento, CA 95825
    Tuesday, January 28, 2020
    11:00am - 1:00pm
    lunch provided

    TOPICS OF DISCUSSION

    • Overview of 2019
    • 2020 Forecast
    • Trends in the Market
    • New Development in the Area
    • Transactions
    • Financing
    • How to Enhance Your Facility


    EMAIL TO RSVP

    Debra.Bailey@colliers.com
    Phone   (916) 724-5517   






  • Friday, August 30, 2019 3:45 PM | Ross Hutchings (Administrator)

    Split Roll – Your Opinion Needed Now!

    Here is a great, easy opportunity to spread the word that split roll is dangerous.  Last week the Orange County Register published an article that most likely appeared in all the Southern California News Group’s (SCNG) 12 papers.  They are seeking opinions on split roll, so this is a great time to make the point that it must be defeated.

    Please take a few minutes to let SCNG newspapers know that split roll must be defeated.  Read this article and use the email address noted:  opinion@scng.com. I urge you to complete the survey today!

    The California Self Storage Association is joining a coalition of business organizations including the CA Business Properties Association (CBPA), Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, and NAIOP (the commercial real estate development association). Check out the following: (https://stophigherpropertytaxes.org/) for more information on the coalition, facts, and articles opposing split role tax.

    Below are some talking points, some provided by NAIOP and CBPA, regarding the split roll tax and may provide you with information to share when completing the survey:

    •         CSSA, which represents all self storage owners throughout California strongly oppose the split roll initiative.  It’s devastating impact on the California economy will negatively impact all the businesses and people of California.  At a time of record high State tax revenues, why is this even being considered?
    •         The measure’s $11 billion tax increase on businesses, the largest in California history, will ultimately get passed on to consumers in the form of increased prices on just about everything people buy and use, including groceries, fuel,utilities, day care, health care and more.
    •         Californians already face some of the steepest taxes in the country.  Our cost of living is at a record level – highest in the nation.  Split roll will only make this far worse which will cause more businesses to leave the state,thereby reducing
    •         With zero transparency and accountability, and no protections against waste, fraud and abuse, this measure turns billions of new tax dollars over to school administrators and local politicians with no guarantee the money will be spent in the classroom. This measure is so full of flaws that we should not give schools more money until there are assurances, they will spend it better.  Supporters say that this measure will help schools, but only 40 cents of every new tax dollar with go to K-12 schools, while 60 cents will go to local governments with zero requirements on how the money should be spent.
    •         Split role tax will especially impact small businesses, like commercial buildings, shopping centers, and self storage. Smaller businesses are less able to absorb a sudden increase.
    •       It will create volatility in in property tax revenue due to the fluctuation of property values, thereby causing volatility in rent increases. Prop 13 stabilized the flow of property tax revenue by pricing values year to year.

    The sponsors of the split roll initiative have already indicated that if this measure passes, they will come after Proposition 13 protections on homeowners next. This will make the housing crisis even worse by increasing the costs of owning and renting a home – it could even force people out of their homes like what happened before the voters passed Proposition 13 in 1978. 


  • Wednesday, August 28, 2019 12:36 PM | Ross Hutchings (Administrator)

    SSA has a new blog post on their website. The most recent post discusses upcoming changes to the salary requirements for overtime-exempt salaried employees. These changes will take effect in early 2020 so now is a good time to start preparations to review employee's duties to ensure they are properly classified as exempt from overtime. Read more

  • Friday, August 23, 2019 1:21 PM | Ross Hutchings (Administrator)

    Janus Logo

    CLEARLAKE CAPITAL-BACKED JANUS INTERNATIONAL
    NAMES INDUSTRY VETERAN RAMEY JACKSON AS CEO

    Janus Founder, President and CEO David Curtis to Retire
    and Serve as Co-Chairman of Janus Board of Directors

    Temple, GA and Santa Monica, CA – August 23, 2019 – Janus International Group, LLC (“Janus”), the leading global manufacturer and supplier of turn-key solutions and new technologies for the self-storage, commercial and industrial markets, backed by Clearlake Capital Group, L.P. (together with its affiliates, “Clearlake”), today announced that long-time Janus executive and industry veteran Ramey Jackson will succeed David Curtis as Chief Executive Officer, effective
    September 2, 2019. Mr. Curtis, who announced his retirement, will remain with the company in the role of Co-Chairman of Janus’ Board of Directors.

    Mr. Jackson is an accomplished veteran of the self-storage industry with more than 20 years of relevant experience, and he has served in many executive and leadership roles within Janus, most recently as Vice President of Sales.

    “I am honored to serve as the next CEO of Janus, and I want to thank David, Clearlake and the entire team at Janus for the confidence they have placed in me to lead this incredible organization,” said Mr. Jackson. “The self-storage business is undergoing exciting changes, as new technological solutions are developed and applied, and Janus looks forward to offering the most innovative, customer-friendly options.”

    “Ramey is an executive with the knowledge, experience, commitment and vision required to lead Janus into the future, and we look forward to partnering with him as we work together to take Janus to the next stage of growth,” said José E. Feliciano, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, and Colin Leonard, Partner, at Clearlake. “On behalf of Clearlake and the Board, we want to thank David for his exemplary service to Janus, wish him well in his well-deserved retirement and look forward to his continued contributions as Co-Chairman.”

    Mr. Curtis founded Janus in 2001 and served as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer since inception. He has over 35 years of executive experience within the industry, having founded and led multiple companies at the forefront of the self-storage and commercial sectors.

    "I am proud of the incredible global platform we have built with the best employees in the industry,” said Mr. Curtis. “Janus is just getting started in its growth trajectory, and I am excited to watch Ramey execute on our compelling growth plan to pioneer new technologies like access control, while expanding our core business lines. Ramey is a proven and respected leader in our organization who has delivered strong results through an unwavering commitment to our customers and people.”

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    ABOUT JANUS

    Janus International Group, LLC is the leading global manufacturer and supplier of turn-key self-storage, commercial and industrial building solutions including: roll up and swing doors, hallway systems, re-locatable storage units, and facility and door automation technologies. The Janus team operates out of several U.S. locations and five locations internationally. More information is available at www.janusintl.com.

    ABOUT CLEARLAKE

    Clearlake Capital Group, L.P. is a leading private investment firm founded in 2006. With a sector-focused approach, the firm seeks to partner with world-class management teams by providing patient, long-term capital to dynamic businesses that can benefit from Clearlake’s operational improvement approach, O.P.S.® The firm’s core target sectors are industrials and energy; software and technology-enabled services, and consumer. Clearlake has managed over $10 billion of institutional capital since inception and its senior investment principals have led or co-led over 100 investments. More information is available at www.clearlake.com.

    Media Contacts:

    For Janus: Christine DeBord - 770-562-2850 - marketing@janusintl.com

    For Clearlake: Blicksilver Public Relations - Kristin Celauro  - 732-433-5200 - kristin@blicksilverpr.com


  • Friday, April 05, 2019 2:44 PM | Ross Hutchings (Administrator)

    Attention: If you own a self storage facility in the Los Angeles area, you are being targeted to pay a parcel tax on your facility! 

    To all self storage owners: Help us defeat this measure to prevent it from growing beyond LA School District. If this passes, it is likely that many school districts will attempt to duplicate this effort and tax YOUR facility. You can help by donating to the cause.

    Background - On Feb. 28, 2019, the LAUSD’s Board unanimously voted to place on a June 4, 2019 Special Election ballot a new $500 million property tax on homes, apartments and business properties throughout the City of Los Angeles and within the vast boundaries of the school district (see attached map).

    The LAUSD’s proposed property tax would assess a tax of 16 cents per square foot on all properties, which is in addition to an existing 12 cent per square foot property tax levied by the district, and statewide tax increases dedicated to schools passed by voters in 2012 and 2016.

    CSSA has joined this coalition of organizations representing all property owners in the Los Angeles area to fight Measure EE.

    We encourage not only self storage owners in the LA area to get involved, but ALL self storage owners to donate to help defeat this measure!

    Please read accompanying attachments:

    For additional information contact: Tracy Austin (tracy@tracyaustininc.com) or 310.435.8474

  • Friday, April 05, 2019 2:00 PM | Ross Hutchings (Administrator)

    SELF STORAGE FAVORABLE COURT RULING

    In a recent case (Halliburton v. Stadium Properties) the self storage industry received a very favorable CA Court of Appeal opinion dealing with several sections of the Self-service Storage Facility Act. At every turn, the court rejects the plaintiff's arguments that the jury verdict should be reversed. It clarifies many issues of lien law - however, it is to be an unpublished opinion. (per attorney Carlos Kaslow)

    California does have a procedure for requisition publication of unpublished cases. Given the importance and positive nature of this opinion, SSA and CSSA sent a letter April 5, 2019 to the Court of Appeal asking the court to publish this opinion

    See letter here: HalliburtonRequestToPublish - FINAL.pdf  

    We will keep you posted on our progress to get this positive ruling published.

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