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  • 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)

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    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.

  • 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: https://informa.omeda.com/iss/main.do
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  • 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.


  • Wednesday, December 26, 2018 11:44 AM | Ross Hutchings (Administrator)

    CSSA Members receive $30 discount to ISS World Expo

     

    CSSA members will receive $30 off the Seminar-Track Package OR All-Access Pass when registering through this link: ISS World Expo - CSSA Member Discount

  • Tuesday, December 18, 2018 6:31 PM | Ross Hutchings (Administrator)

    Registration for the 2019 Self Storage Napa Owner's Conference is now open. Early Bird registration rates are good until January 15, 2019. Reservations for rooms at the Silverado Resort & Spa, site of the conference is now available as well. Attendees are encouraged to make reservations early as the room block tends to fill fast. 

  • Thursday, May 28, 2015 1:58 PM | CSSSA Admin (Administrator)

    Some baseball players are just better at hitting clutch homeruns than others. Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron and Willie Mays had a knack for coming up with the long ball when their team needed it the most. The California Self Storage Association and event sponsor Talonvest Capital have just knocked one out of the park with Peter Ueberroth slated to be the keynote speaker at the 11th annual Owner’s Summit on July 23 at the Balboa Bay Club & Resort in Newport Beach.

    Ueberroth has slammed quite a few career homers of his own. He is nationally acclaimed for having headed-up one of the most successful summer Olympic Games ever (1984 Los Angeles Games), and he was the Commissioner of Major League Baseball from 1984-89. He was Time magazine’s Man of the Year in 1984 and also Chairman of the U.S. Olympic Committee from 2001-2008. Ueberroth is now the managing director of Contrarian Group, an investment and management company.

    “The Owner’s Summit has become one of the top national conferences in self storage and now it has gotten even better!” said Erin King, Executive Director of the CSSA. “I can’t say enough words of thanks to Jim Davies and Talonvest Capital Inc. for helping organize this event and bringing in such a terrific keynote speaker like Peter Ueberroth.”

    Davies, a principal at Talonvest and founder of the Owner’s Summit, is excited about the upcoming gathering.

    “My partners at Talonvest, the CSSA Summit committee and I have been passionate about featuring industry leaders like Ron Havner as Keynote Speakers,” Davies said. “We also like presenting attendees national and regional business and political leaders such as former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury and California Republican gubernatorial candidate, Neel Kashkari (our 2014 Keynote Speaker) and, of course, Peter Ueberroth.”

    The usual top notch lineup of speakers and panels will once again demonstrate why the CSSA Owner’s Summit is one of the most highly anticipated self storage events of the year in California. This year’s panels will feature a Financial Leadership Forum, headed by Wayne Brandt, Managing Director, US Loan Originations, Wells Fargo Capital Markets, as well as a Self Storage Investment Trends presentation that will include industry experts like Chris Sonne (valuation expert for Cushman & Wakefield) and Ryan Burke (Green Street Advisors).

    “Due in part to people’s excitement to hear Peter V. Ueberroth, the current registration number has eclipsed the best previous registration number almost two months prior to the July 23rd 11th Annual Self Storage Owners Summit that has been a sellout most every year,” added Davies.

    Of course, it wouldn’t be a Owner’s Summit without great networking opportunities. The Summit Networking Cocktail Party will take place from 4:15 – 6 p.m. Then there will be a special boat outing in support of Kure It Cancer following the cocktail party.

    Given that the event has been a sellout in recent years, those interested in attending may want to act quickly. The registration rate is $275. The rate for vendors is $550. For those wishing to stay at the Balboa Bay Club and Resort, there is an exclusive discounted rate of $220 per night. The phone number for Balboa Bay is 888-894-2788 or you can book online at the Balboa Bay website, which is balboabayresort.com.

    For more information about the 11th annual Owner’s Summit, please visit the CSSA website at californiaselfstorage.org or call the CSSA office at 949-783-4130.

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