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With the daunting amount of news and information coming at you constantly it is impossible for any one person to keep up. Our team curates and alerts you to the "must have” information to ensure you are in the know. Having relevant, current information helps you to make the best decisions possible.

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  • Monday, November 27, 2023 8:26 AM | Remy Mcuistion (Administrator)


      Special CSSA Owner/Operator Peer Networking Discussion

    2024 Lien Law Change &

    Protecting Future CA Tax Increases

    Presented by Joe Doherty, Legal Counsel, Self Storage Association

    Naomi Padron, Partner, McHugh Koepke padron Government Relations (SSA/CSSA Lobbyist), Steve Mirabito, President, StoragePRO (Chair, CSSA legislative & Legal Committee) 

    December 12, 2023 - 10:00am – 11:30am

    On January 1, 2024 new lien laws will go into effect for all California self-storage operators We can answer all your questions regarding lien law changes!

    Also, find out about upcoming propositions, such as the Taxpayer Protection Act, and other legislative challenges in 2024 to help protect your business and keep it profitable.

    This is a FREE event for CSSA Members Only!

    Registration is Required

    Don't Miss Out - Register Today!

    CSSA's Peer Power Hour: An open discussion among fellow self storage owners and operators. Your opportunity to ask questions, talk about today's challenges, and share your knowledge/experience. Don't miss out on this unique networking event!

  • Friday, October 27, 2023 3:15 PM | Remy Mcuistion (Administrator)


    E-Bike and other lithium-ion rechargeable batteries may cause fires

    CSSA wanted to make you aware of potential issues with e-bikes and other devices that use lithium-ion rechargeable batteries (hoverboards, scooters, cell phones, vaping devices, tools, etc.). If any of your customers have these devices and are recharging them in their units be aware – they may cause a a fire.

    A self storage facility in New York recently experienced this: CLICK HERE for article

    Also for more information on what causes lithium-ion battery fires CLICK HERE

    You may want to review your Agreements and if necessary, specify that lithium-ion batteries and charging units constitute hazardous or toxic material. Check with your insurance agent or attorney.

    Ross Hutchings, CAE

    Executive Director

    CA Self Storage Association

    CSSA Office: 5325 Elkhorn Blvd., #283, Sacramento, CA 95842 | Phone: 888-277-2207

  • Tuesday, October 10, 2023 3:30 PM | Remy Mcuistion (Administrator)

    Join us at Kure It's Let's Save Lives Gala on Saturday, November 4th

    This year's gala will highlight our dedication to the community, our mission to find life-saving cures, and to improve the outcomes for people facing cancer. In addition, we have partnered with iconic fashion brand, Bally, to add new elements of fun, fashion and philosophy to the evening.

    Click the link below to purchase your sponsorship or tickets: 

    Purchase Tickets Today

    For questions, contact Jackie Kurtz at or call 949-748-5916

  • Wednesday, September 27, 2023 10:44 AM | Remy Mcuistion (Administrator)

    Register by close of business Monday, October 2nd for the discounted registration price.

    Our presenters Jon Dario, CEO, Edison Properties and Jeff Humphrey, ASA, CCRA, SVP of Asset Management, Devon Self Storage Holdings (US) LLC offer this unique, graduate level real estate investment and facility management course.

    Course size is kept small so that you can receive personalized attention. Register today before it sells out!

    For more information on the course, and a complete schedule, click here.

    Register Now

    We're meeting at the Hilton Boston Back Bay. The neighborhood is walking distance from the Charles River, Boston Commons, and many historical and cultural venues are within walking distance. 

    Click here to book your room by October 2nd for SSA's special rate.

    Thank You To Our Sponsors

  • Wednesday, September 13, 2023 11:12 AM | Remy Mcuistion (Administrator)


    After months of development, Mini-Storage Messenger, which has been going by the name of our flagship publication since being acquired by Storelocal Media Corporation in March of this year, has completed its rebranding. We're pleased to reveal our new brand: Modern Storage Media.

    Modern Storage Media, or MSM, pays homage to our rich, 43-year-long history within the self-storage industry by retaining the initials of our monthly print and digital magazine Mini-Storage Messenger. Located between the Ms, the S for Storage in the three-letter logo conveys self-storage being at the center of everything MSM does. The curled corner of the first M in the new logo represents turning the page on the past as a publisher as we transform into a modern media company by taking a technology-focused approach to our offerings.

    This shift includes focusing on breaking industry news and offering custom publishing, as well as providing an enhanced website, advertising opportunities, and digital magazine experiences. Along with video and premium advertising options, MSM now has tracking capabilities to deliver invaluable ROI data to our advertisers.  

    “The name Modern Storage Media exemplifies the company’s forward-thinking approach to all things self-storage,” says Travis Morrow, CEO of Storelocal, our parent company. “It will empower us to continue providing the cutting-edge media solutions our readers and advertisers are seeking.”

    “We are very excited about the expanded opportunities that will be available to our readers and advertisers as a part of this rebrand,” says Publisher Poppy Behrens. “Not only does it move us forward in the digital age, but it also preserves the history of the publication started by Hardy Good more than 40 years ago.”

    The MSM team, boasting over 20 years of experience in the self-storage industry, remains committed to providing high-quality content that adds value to our readers through the monthly, quarterly, and annual publications the industry has come to trust, as well as our new offerings. To get a feel for the new MSM, visit our updated website,

  • Wednesday, August 30, 2023 2:46 PM | Remy Mcuistion (Administrator)

    Toy Storage Nation Announces New Board Chair, Recognizes Excellence in Leadership by Departing Chair

    PHOENIX, August 30, 2023 –Toy Storage Nation, the only organization dedicated solely to providing news, education and expertise for developing, owning, operating and investing in RV and boat storage businesses, has named Chris Koenig, President of Pacific Property Advisors as Advisory Board Chairman. He succeeds Terry Anderson, CEO and President of Tenant Property Protection, who has contributed to vast growth within the organization over the past year.

    “We are extremely excited to have Chris Koenig step into this leadership role,” stated Toy Storage Nation President Amy Bix. “Chris has been a very active board member for two years, bringing both a fresh and personal perspective to Toy Storage Nation as a developer-operator and an analyst who can evaluate company strategies to lead business development and cash flow stability.”

    Founding Advisory Board Member Bob Hayworth, CEO, President and Founder of Baja Construction Company, paid great respect to outgoing Chair Terry Anderson while acknowledging that the passing of the baton to Koenig will be a smooth transition. 

    “Like Terry, Chris has a wealth of experience to share with RV and boat storage business developers-operators-investors. Likewise, he is a sharp innovator in the industry and has the stealth and skills to take Toy Storage Nation to the next dimension of success,” says Hayworth. 

    Fellow Advisory Board member and longtime industry advisor Jim Chiswell echoed similar gratitude for Anderson’s guidance since Toy Storage Nation was founded more than two years ago.

    “Like every trade association, it is not uncommon to see a change in leadership on the board of advisors,” begins Chiswell, managing partner at Chiswell & Associates and a highly revered self-storage–and now RV and boat storage–consultant for more than 40 years. “What is not common, however, is the leadership provided to our new organization by outgoing Chairman Terry Anderson, President/CEO of Tenant Property Protection, since Toy Storage Nation’s inception. I’d like to personally thank Terry for his commitment to helping to make Toy Storage Nation the voice of the RV and boat storage industry that it is today.”

    Koenig brings invaluable discipline and experience to his new role as Advisory Board Chair. He sped through higher education studies at University of California, Davis, graduating the four-year bachelor’s in business program in three years while earning honors. Since then, he successfully developed retail and industrial properties in Napa Valley for Pacific Union Property Advisors LLC, before starting a property tax appeal business under a new company, Pacific Property Advisors Inc. Currently, he has developed, owns and is in the process of developing approximately $200 million in storage projects in California. 

    “I look forward to advancing the Class A RV Boat Storage business model and sharing my years of knowledge to those who are interested or new to this market,” stated Koenig. “Coming from the development/ownership side, I hope to offer unbiased and objective opinions on this asset class to our TSN audience.”

    As the voice of the RV and boat industry, Toy Storage Nation is the industry’s only fully dedicated educational and networking resource for developers, owners, operators and investors in RV and boat storage facilities. The organization hosts quarterly, one-day workshops throughout the country to accelerate attendees’ journey to success. In addition, Toy Storage Nation recently launched a new membership program that offers huge vendor discounts and unparalleled networking opportunities for industry newcomers and veterans. Learn more and register for Toy Storage Nation’s upcoming executive workshop in Reno, Sept. 23, 2023, as well as become a TSN member by visiting

    Contact: Drew Whitney, 602-677-2207,


    Drew Whitney

    Editorial Director

    Toy Storage Nation 

    "The Independent VOICE of the 

    Recreational Vehicle Storage Industry"

  • Thursday, July 06, 2023 9:35 AM | Remy Mcuistion (Administrator)






    XPS Solutions, based in Richardson, Texas, welcomes and announces the appointment of Jennifer Downer, its Chief Operating Officer. 

    Jennifer brings over 20 years of self-storage management experience, including three years as VP of Operations and five years as COO of Absolute Storage Management, a self-storage management firm. "Jennifer resonates integrity and experience. She knows XPS and our incredible team here. She knows self-storage. And she is excited about our expanded solution offering that together we are bringing to our clients and the self-storage industry." Stated John Traver, CEO. "She brings the necessary expertise to help XPS Solutions expand our future products and services. Jennifer will oversee all aspects of the XPS Solutions core offerings and new Remote Management Suite." After consulting with XPS, Jennifer recognized how her experience had prepared her for this next opportunity in self-storage.

    "It is an honor to be a part of the XPS family. I look forward to combining my experience in the self-storage industry with the vast knowledge of our team at XPS to further develop new tools and innovative options for our current and future clients." Jennifer Downer, Chief Operating Officer

    Robert Gower, the previous Chief Operating Officer, will transition to the COO of Traver Connect, another Traver-owned business.

    Media Contact:

    XPS Solutions 

    Andrew Stavros

    Tel: (972) 865-4256



    XPS Solutions began as the original centralized sales and support center for independent facilities within self-storage. Over the past 23 years, it has evolved into a centralized solution that can provide extended tenant support, rental and move-ins, and remote management solutions for self-storage properties. Today, XPS Solutions supports thousands of self-storage facilities throughout North America.

  • Thursday, June 22, 2023 8:30 AM | Remy Mcuistion (Administrator)


    Hello Charity Storage partners,  

    Have you ordered your FREE Charity Storage marketing kit yet?   

    The NEW kit is available on the Charity Storage Shop page and features eye-catching designs printed on UV-protected materials to ensure visibility and longevity. The promotional package includes:

    • Gate Sign: Printed on UV vinyl and includes pre-drilled holes.
    • Counter Sign: A UV ink-printed sign with an easel back. 
    • Window Cling: Static cling sign that can stick to any glass surface.

    Don't miss out on an opportunity to get your hands on this NEW marketing bundle valued at $45!

    Use coupon code freekit at checkout and get your first one FREE! This exclusive opportunity is limited. Act now and claim your kit today!

    Showcase your participation in the program with this new kit and bring more awareness to your self storage business and the charitable causes you support!

    Click here and order your marketing kit while supplies last!

    Want to be featured on our social pages? Tag @Charity Storage on social media and share photos of your marketing kit in action.

    Thank you for being a proud supporter of Charity Storage!


    The Charity Storage Team

  • Wednesday, March 15, 2023 11:27 AM | Ross Hutchings (Administrator)

    LOS ANGELES – March 15, 2023 -- LaTerra Development, a leading Los Angeles-based developer, has named Bryan Miranda, formerly Western Regional Vice President for Public Storage (NYSE:PSA), as Managing Director of LaTerra Storage to lead expansion of the self-storage company.

             As head of development in the Western United States for Public Storage, the largest self-storage REIT in the world, Miranda completed over $1 billion of self-storage development during his nearly 10 years with the company.

             “It’s possible Bryan has developed more self storage than anyone on the planet,” said Chris Tourtellotte, Managing Director for LaTerra Development.  “We look forward to his leadership in creating a preeminent self-storage company with us.  In addition to building ground-up storage facilities, we anticipate growing new investment vehicles such as value add and build-to-core.”

    In 2022, LaTerra announced its formation of a self-storage development platform and formed a joint venture with a fund managed by Macquarie Asset Management to deploy up to $300 million in self-storage developments initially concentrated in Los Angeles and other Southern California markets.

             LaTerra Storage already has five self-storage facilities underway in Metro Los Angeles and a 190,000 square foot facility (that includes boat and RV storage) in Irving, Texas.

             “Self-storage is complementary to our core apartment development business,” notes Tourtellotte.  LaTerra is one of the largest multifamily developers in the Los Angeles Metro Area with approximately 3,000 apartments currently in development.  LaTerra has additional properties underway in various locations throughout the western Sun Belt. 

     “Self-storage is part of the neighborhood ecosystem and supports housing density and small businesses, a primary goal for LaTerra,” Tourtellotte adds. 

    Prior to his role at Public Storage, Miranda was Senior Vice President with LNR Property Corporation and its affiliates where he acquired and developed real estate projects in multiple states.  He is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University with a degree in accounting.  He started his career with Coopers & Lybrand, now PriceWaterhouseCoopers.   

    Miranda is based in LaTerra’s Century City headquarters.

  • Tuesday, March 14, 2023 1:54 PM | Ross Hutchings (Administrator)

    MiniCo Announces Sale of Its Publishing Division to Storelocal

    Phoenix, AZ (March 8, 2023) – MiniCo Insurance Agency LLC (MiniCo) announced today that it has finalized the sale of its Publishing Division, effective March 1, 2023, to Storelocal Media Corporation (Storelocal). “It’s very exciting,” said Travis Morrow, Storelocal’s CEO, “Mini-Storage Messenger is not about just a magazine–it’s what it represents to the industry. We view Mini-Storage Messenger and its annual Self-Storage Almanac as more than a group of publications. It’s a communications platform in a relatively small industry that has been around essentially since the beginning. There’s endless opportunity.”

    MiniCo created the first self-storage industry trade publication with the launch of Mini-Storage Messenger in 1979. As the “original voice of the self-storage industry,” the company went on to innovate informational and educational resources for the industry including the landmark Self-Storage Almanac, Self-Storage Buyer’s Guide, Self-Storage Development Handbook, RV & Boat Storage Development Handbook, Self-Storage Expense Guidebook, and periodicals such as Self-Storage Now and Self-Storage Canada.

    Under MiniCo’s leadership, the division also became the publisher of choice for a large number of leading self-storage industry experts seeking to share their knowledge and expertise with a global audience.

    MiniCo executive Mike Schofield commented, “As MiniCo moves into its sixth decade of service to the self-storage community, we deeply appreciate the industry professionals, advertisers, and many dedicated team members who have all contributed to the remarkable innovation and high level of professionalism represented by our publishing operations. We are honored to hand over the legacy we have built to Storelocal and look forward to seeing everything their team creates going forward.”

    About Storelocal Media Corporation
    Storelocal Media Corporation is a division of Storelocal, a membership organization of independent self-storage operators. Storelocal is headquartered in Newport Beach, CA. For more information, visit:

    About MiniCo Insurance Agency, LLC
    MiniCo was founded in 1974 as a provider of specialty insurance products for the self-storage industry. Today the company is one of the largest program administrators in the United States, offering multiple specialty property and casualty insurance products for a variety of unique industries and exposures. MiniCo is a Jencap company. For more information, visit:

    Media Inquiries:
    Christa Van Zant
    Marketing Manager

    MiniCo Insurance
    10851 N. Black Canyon Highway, Suite 200 Phoenix, AZ, 85029, US | CA License: 0H04984

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