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Amy Campbell

Amy Campbell


Heck, no, we won't go!

Just a quick update on the Pasadena conflict between Southern California Edison and Persson's Nursery: On Friday, I mentioned there was a demonstration scheduled for the following morning. This did occur. Approximately 60 resident members of the Pasadena Open Space Preservation protested outside the farmers market. The group has managed to gather 4,000 signatures from community members who want ...
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Bashed by Pas editor and resident!

Boy, did self-storage ever get bashed by a Pasadena resident, who also happens to be an editor for the Pasadena Star News. Yesterday he published an editorial as part of the ongoing argument to save Persson's Nursery. I've been following this fight in the blog over the past few weeks. It's the saga of a storage developer attempting to lease land out from under a family-owned business that has ...
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What WON'T people store?

My last blog entry was about facility rules and regulations and what you, as an operator, need to do to prevent tenants from storing all the things they shouldn't, like chemicals, drugs and corpses. But as we all know, there really is no limit to what people will stockpile in their units, particularly as they assume you'll never know the difference. If you attended Tuesday's Legal Learning ...
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Are you laying down the law?

You may tell tenants what they can and cannot store at your site, but can you actually ENFORCE it? What about all those other operational provisions included in your rental agreement? Let's take it a step further: What are you doing to implement the lesser policies that don't make it into the lease, like those addressing hours of operation, dumpster use, parking, and general behavioral conduct? A ...
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Important Info for NJ Operators

On Friday, the New Jersey Self Storage Association circulated an important letter regarding the state's Oct. 1 tax reform, which calls for the imposition of sales tax on all storage rentals. The association appealed to the U.S. District Court and received a response on Thursday evening; the missive shares the verdict. It also urges members to contribute to its Legal Defense Fund, which is ...
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How Do You Like Them Apples?

GUEST BLOG BY ISS MANAGING EDITOR DREW WHITNEY Recently, I took pleasure in a great autumn pastime: picking apples with the family. Along the way we talked about the abundant varieties, from Red Delicious to McIntosh, Granny Smith to Jonagold. In all, the orchard we visited harvested at least a dozen varieties. Some more tart, crisp and tangy; others sweet and juicy. All are wonderful. As we ...
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Video Review: Storage Thief Makes Blood Boil ***

GUEST BLOG BY KIMBERLY HUNDLEY, ISS EDITOR I was just trolling for news for our “Media Watchdog” section, clicked on a blurb labeled “Crime Stoppers: Self-Storage Theft,” and found myself presented with the actual surveillance video of a storage criminal (alleged), presented by 3 Eyewitness News in Chattanooga, Tenn. So now, I’m sitting here, about to watch the video, reflecting on Mini-Max Self ...
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