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  • Monday, August 24, 2020 9:31 AM | Ross Hutchings (Administrator)

    SSA 2020 Fall Conference - September 8-11, Delivered Online

    Registration for our Fall Conference is now OPEN!

    Don’t miss the SSA’s 45th Anniversary Fall Conference.

    Take a peek at the lineup we have for you.

    View the Program


    The Self Storage Economic Summit

    Speaker: Dr. Richard Green

    Tuesday, September 9

    2:00 pm – 4:30 pm ET

    The SSA is excited to partner with the Large Owners Council (LOC), which will be sponsoring this Economic Summit.

    This fall’s Economic Summit will feature Dr. Richard Green, Chair of the University of Southern California’s Lusk Center for Real Estate. “Dr. Green is widely admired for his tremendous background in real estate-related economics and tenure at several of the leading universities in the country,” said LOC Chair Patrick Reilly, of Urban Self Storage in Seattle, Washington. “His take on the changing dynamics in real estate is an ideal way to kick off SSA’s week of online content for our industry,” he said.

    Richard K. Green, Ph.D. holds the Lusk Chair in Real Estate and is Professor in the Sol Price School of Public Policy and the Marshall School of Business. He recently finished a year as Senior Advisor for Housing Finance at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, and as of July 1, 2016 became a Trustee of the Urban Land Institute.

    Sponsored by the

    Large Owners Council

  • 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: 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: 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.

  • 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 | Deleted user


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


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

    Phone   (916) 724-5517   

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

    Janus Logo


    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.”



    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


    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

    Media Contacts:

    For Janus: Christine DeBord - 770-562-2850 -

    For Clearlake: Blicksilver Public Relations - Kristin Celauro  - 732-433-5200 -

  • 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 ( or 310.435.8474

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


    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.

  • Thursday, January 31, 2019 4:23 PM | Ross Hutchings (Administrator)

    In an exclusive arrangement with CSSA, Inside Self Storage (ISS) is offering one year FREE trial subscription to their ISS Magazine. ISS will automatically add new CSSA members to their database to receive this FREE trail.

    If you are a new member and have not yet received your FREE subscription to ISS Magazine, please contact ISS at:

  • Friday, December 28, 2018 10:55 PM | Ross Hutchings (Administrator)

    CSSA is on the Move

    December 21, 2018

    The California Self Storage Association (CSSA), your professional trade organization for the self storage industry, is on the move and is launching a number of new changes to benefit you:

    • New location for the office – Because we represent the entire state and to help keep an eye on legislation and regulation, we have moved our office to Sacramento. Please note our new address: 5325 Elkhorn Blvd., #283, Sacramento, CA 95842.
    • New toll-free phone number – To help service you, we have a new phone toll-free phone number: 888-CSSA207 or 888-277-2207.
    • New CSSA team to assist you – In addition to four-month new Executive Director Ross Hutchings, CSSA has new Administrative Assistant (and Membership Coordinator) Rochelle Morales. “We are here to help” so please give us a call if you need assistance!
    • New website and database – We have also launched our new website and integrated database. You will be able to update your own records, renew your membership, register for events, view all CSSA activities (and some national events) in one location, pose questions and get answers on our community forum, and for vendors – view and sign-up for sponsorships.
    • To view/update your membership record (and renew membership) you will need to do the following when entering your record for the first time on our new website:

    1.   Clear your cache (need to open website by typing in and not letting your computer pre-populate the link)

    2.   Be sure you are in the NEW CSSA website (hint: home page has a photo of a Southern California beach)

    3.   Click the login link in the upper right corner of the home page (once you are logged in, that will change to a blue box with a half person icon

    4.   A drop-down menu will appear for you to enter the email that is associated with your account and a password. THE INITIAL PASSWORD YOU NEED TO USE ON THE NEW WEBSITE IS: storage1.

    5.   Once in your membership record, you will be to change your password to whatever password you choose. You can also  make changes/updates to your information as well as view your membership status. PLEASE RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP ASAP, if it has lapsed. You will be unable to register as member or receive other member-only benefits unless your membership is Active and current. If you are not a member, we invite you to review the benefits and sign up today (you can do so online).

    6.     Finally, you can identify anyone in your company/business to be a member as well. To do that you need to create a “bundle,” identifying yourself as the administrator for your bundle (or other members of your organization). Follow the prompts – or call the CSSA office - 888-CSSA207 (888-277-2207) for assistance.

    • Events registration open – Don’t forget to look on the new website for information regarding our two events: Napa Self Storage Owner’s Conference (May 8 & 9 – Silverado Resort & Spa, Napa) and our 15th Annual Self Storage Owners Summit (July 18 – Balboa Bay Resort, Newport Beach). Both registrations are now open!

    Although changes sometimes bring some adjustments and a few challenges, once we get everything implemented and everyone used to the new systems, we know that 2019 will be an extraordinary year for CSSA and our members.

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5325 Elkhorn Blvd., #283 
Sacramento, CA 95842

P: 888-CSSA-207 or 888-277-2207


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