City of Commerce, California

City of Commerce California



Commerce, California, also known as City of Commerce,  is a “model city” with industrial and residential areas in Southeast Los Angeles County. It’s smaller than other cities in the county with just under 13,000 residents in 6.5 square miles of land. The city was incorporated in 1960 as the 67th city in Los Angeles County as a deterrent to being annexed into Los Angeles or other neighboring cities.

The City of Commerce is on land that was originally part of Antonia Maria Lugo’s Rancho San Antonio. In 1887, the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad was built through part of the land. A few decades later, the Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad, later to become Union Pacific, also built lines through the area. Because of the train connections, industries started coming to the area in the 1920’s. In the 1940’s industrial and residential leaders came together to encourage more industry and commerce to come to the area. In January, 1960, the city was incorporated to prevent neighboring cities from annexing the profitable industrial land for tax revenues. Since the city’s inception, The City of Commerce has been able to survive the changes in manufacturing by re-purposing heavy industrial sites to retail, office, warehouse and high technology areas. The largest redevelopment was The Citadel Outlet Mall. The Mall has over 130 brand name retail shops and special events throughout the year.  Since the city is still surrounded by the train lines, it has a direct route to foreign trade via the Los Angeles Shipyards. The City of Commerce was the first city in the nation to offer a free municipal bus system and continues to do so today.

Commerce has a comprehensive Parks and Recreation department for such a small community,  including 4 neighborhood parks, 7 community center, and a camp at Lake Arrowhead, California.  The City of Commerce Recreation Department is unique in that it can offer all of its recreational programs and activities free to residents! The Brenda Villa Aquatic Center is a nationally known indoor aquatic center that has been the training pool for several United States Water Polo players.

Magellan Storage  is proud to have one of our locations in City of Commerce. The location  has been part of the Commerce community since December 2008. The storage facility has a specialized state-of-the-art security system, powered by PTI, digital keypad access and 24-7 digital video recording to give you peace of mind that your belongings are safe in storage. We also offer special storage units tailored to pharmaceutical or medical supply sales representatives. These special units are climate controlled and alarmed.  Magellan Storage Commerce also offers a business center with free use of fax, phone, internet and a conference room.  Stop in to see how our friendly and professional staff can help you with your personal and business storage needs.

Back To School Tips for All Ages

Back to School Tips


August and September are back to school time for children from elementary school age to college seniors. It is time for parents and children to start buying school supplies, new school year outfits, and prepare for the first week of classes.Younger children are nervous about going to school, having a new teacher, new classroom and making new friends and parents are just as nervous for their children.  Back to school time can be stressful for the entire family, but if you are prepared for the first week of school (at any age), then the stress can be lessened and you might even enjoy the experience!

The most important thing to do for back to school is to get into a school schedule from morning routines to after-school activities. Children become more comfortable with their new surroundings (the classroom) and learning once they are comfortable with their routine. Getting your child prepared for school for the first time requires planning and practicing.  There are many things that need to be taken care of before the child goes back to school as well as during the first week of classes. Parents should have a positive attitude about going back to school and share their enthusiasm about learning, reading and school with their children. This is important at any age from young children to college students. Below are tips for the first day of school for younger children and packing tips for college freshman.

5 Tips for First Day of School for Younger Children

  1. Make sure that the child gets enough sleep! Adjusting the child’s bedtime earlier the week before school starts gives the child time to get used to a new schedule. Young children aged 3-7 years old should get at least 11-13 hours of sleep a night.
  2. Label everything that the child will be taking to school such as school supplies, backpack, lunch box, coat and tennis shoes.
  3. Take the child on a special “back to school” shopping trip to get supplies and clothing. Allow the child to help pick out colors of folders, notebooks and backpacks
  4. Designate a homework space in your home that is specifically for homework and nothing else.
  5. All the children’s forms, including permission slips, health forms and school supply lists are completed and organized. Keep these items together in a folder (per child) or scan them into the computer for safe keeping.

5 Tips Packing Tips for College Freshman                                                     

Going to college can be very daunting. It is a challenge to learn how to live with a roommate (or roommates) in very close quarters, adjust to being away from home and “testing” independence and making your own daily schedules. It is very important to be organized when you are packing to leave for school every year. You do not want to have too much stuff in your dorm room or this will create clutter and a sense of being overwhelmed during your first few weeks of school.

  1. Coordinate with your roommate (roommates) on what you will need to bring, so you don’t have duplicates of major appliances, electronic items or furniture. Roommates can share a printer, TV, gaming system, fan, and DVD player. Duplicates will take up too much room in a small dorm room.
  2. Don’t over-pack clothing. Pack for the first few months of classes-late summer and fall clothing. Switch out those clothes with winter sweaters and coats during your first trip back home.
  3. Create some “kits” of essential items that you might need like a tool kit, sewing kit, laundry kit (including rolls of quarters, kitchen kit-complete with a set of dishes, cups and silverware, and bathroom kit including shower shoes and a bathrobe.
  4. Leave family heirlooms and jewelry at home. Create a bulletin board to hang up on the wall of special mementos of home that you can display.
  5. Remember to pack a back-up hard drive for your computer, flash drives, chargers, batteries, and headphones.


If you need boxes and packing supplies for your belongings, stop by Magellan Storage, which is conveniently located near University of California-Irvine  for all of your packing needs. This is also a good time to start stocking up on boxes to store all of those projects, awards and papers that are gathered throughout a student’s life! Good luck to everyone heading back to school within the next month!


Nisei Week in Little Tokyo

Nisei Week


Japanese culture, history, entertainment and food are celebrated every year during Nisei Week. Nisei Week  is celebrated for seven days and nights starting August 9th and running to August 17th.  The celebrations and events take place in the Little Tokyo area of Los Angeles.  Nisei Week was first celebrated in 1934. World War II stopped the celebrations for a few years, but they started up again and the festival is celebrating its 74th anniversary in 2014. The theme of this year’s Nisei Week is “Continuing the Legacy”, celebrating the rich history of the Nikkei and Issei cultures in Southern California. The events are sponsored and put on by the Nisei Week Foundation, a volunteer, nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote Japanese and Japanese American heritage and traditions through arts and cultural education. This mission is fully promoted in the parades, cultural events and sporting events that take place during the 8 day event.

The festival kicks off on August 9th with the Tanabata (Star) Festival starting at 11am. The Tanabata Festival is a parade of 240 beautifully colored handmade Tanabata Kazari (paper ornament streamers) made by over 3,000 Japanese and Japanese American community members. There is also Japanese food and traditional and contemporary dance performances. This is all part of the Nisei Week Japanese Festival that takes place August 9th, 10th and 16th at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC) building. The Grand Parade takes place August 10th in Little Tokyo starting at 4pm. There are many other great events throughout the festival.

One of the main events during Nisei Week is the Nikkei Games The Nikkei Games originated in 1928 as the Junior Olympics sponsored by the Japanese Athletic Union. After World War II, the games changed their name to the Relays with larger track events and participation of the Japanese communities. The Relays lasted until 1992 and were revitalized in 1994 into the Nikkei Games.  The games include track and field events, a karate tournament, martial arts demonstrations, basketball, softball, volleyball and golf tournaments and Taiko group demonstrations. The events are held at California State University, Long Beach and other venues throughout Los Angeles and Orange counties.

The JACCC Building will be the focus for displays of traditional Japanese and Japanese American arts during Nisei Week. The exhibitions include Ikebana, traditional Japanese flower arrangement, Japanese tea ceremony, Kimekomi Japanese hand-crafted dolls, Sashiko Japanese Needlecraft and much more. There will also be a car show on August 16th.  Ramen Yokocho Fest showcases the best in Japanese food to close out the Nisei Week festivities. 9 Ramen shops from Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Francisco and Japan will be at the Fest.

There are so many great events during Nisei Week that showcases Japanese American culture and the great Little Tokyo area. Magellan Storage is proud to have our downtown facility at 801 Commercial Street  close to Little Tokyo! See you at the Nisei Week events!

Welcome to Irvine California

Irvine California



Irvine California is a city in the center of Orange County, California. It was developed by the Irvine Company as a planned city in the 1960’s and became incorporated in 1971. The city is 45 square miles with a population of over 220,000. Irvine is located close to some of Southern California’s best attractions, including Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm. Irvine is also the home of the University of California-Irvine,  many industries, shopping areas, parks, and schools.

The city of Irvine’s history can be traced back at least 12,000 years ago. Archeologists have found evidence of camps and rock shelters dating back to that time in the area. Some of the early inhabitants, settling over 2,000 year ago, were the Gabrielino Indians, who had villages in the area around San Joaquin marsh. The Spanish explorer, Gaspar De Portola, arrived in the San Joaquin Valley in 1769 bringing herds of cattle, as well as building forts and missions. Over time, land grants of the area were granted by the Spanish King and Mexican government. After the Mexican American War, California was annexed into the United States and the land grants started to be split up between farmers and ranchers. Large cattle ranches and farms were created in the area by James Irvine and his descendents during the 1800’s. The Irvine Company became incorporated in the late 1880’s and started to develop an area around the Santa Fe railroad stop, which would later become Old Town Irvine. Slowly, the area became more populated and less agriculturally based.  The Irvine Company sold some land to the United States government during World War II to be used as a Marine air facility. In 1960, the University of California asked for 1,000 acres from the Irvine Company to create an Irvine campus. At the same time, a city planner started to create plans for the development of a city surrounding the university campus and modern Irvine was born.

Today, Irvine is a thriving city which the FBI has considered “America’s Safest Big City” since 2005. The city is a tourist destination with visitors brining in $522 million from hotel rooms, dining, arts, recreation, shopping and transportation just in 2013 alone. The city has over 60,000 acres of park and wildlife area. Irvine Regional Park is one of the most visited Irvine attractions. This park is also home to the Orange County Zoo. The Orange County Great Park  is still under development, but when it is completed it is going to be the largest metropolitan park since Central Park in New York City. You can see a bird’s eye view of the city by taking a ride on the giant balloon in the park.  Irvine is also a great shopping mecca with five major shopping destinations including the Irvine Spectrum Center and Fashion Island. The city’s residential areas are surrounded by two planned industrial areas, which are the homes of the North American headquarters of Mazda, Kia, Toshiba, Meade Industries and In-and-Out Burger.

Magellan Storage is proud to have a storage facility in Irvine. The Irvine/Lake Forest location has all ground floor drive up units for easy access to your belongings. The facility has state-of-the-art security system, powered by PTI, digital cameras, 24-7 digital recording, motion sensor lighting, and digital keypad access control to give you the peace-of-mind while your belongings are in storage.  If you are in the Irvine area or are a student at University of California-Irvine and need storage, stop by our facility to see how our friendly and professional staff can help you with your storage needs.











Business Storage & Services at Magellan Storage

Business Storage Services at Magellan Storage


Running a business is hard work and it is very important to keep the overhead low and the budget in step. Renting a self storage unit is a cost-effective way for businesses to store excess inventory, furniture, documents, and equipment. Businesses that are moving to a new location or renovating their office can store items in a self storage unit during the changes. For offices that are running out of storage space, renting a storage unit is less costly than moving to a larger office. Contractors, sales representatives and realtors are renting storage units to store their tools, inventory and home goods.

Magellan Storage  works hand-in-hand with our business customers’ storage needs. We have many amenities for our business clients from retail storage to pharmaceutical and medical equipment sample storage to free use of a business center.  Magellan Storage offers a variety of storage solutions from 5’x5’ closet size storage units to 12’x40’ in climate and non-climate controlled storage units. Businesses can conveniently access their storage units 7 days a week via personalized digital keypad and gated entry.  Magellan Storage has digital cameras, motion sensors and individual unit door alarms, so you will have peace of mind that your business items are protected while in storage.

Pharmaceutical and medical supply sales representatives also have special storage solution for their inventory and product at our Costa Mesa, Torrance, and Commerce  locations. We have climate controlled storage spaces with customized shelving options ranging in size from 5’x5’ to 10’x15’. These storage units have and exclusive entrance and delivery and shipments will be accepted.

Every Magellan location, except Irvine, offers a full business center at our facilities. The business center offers free use of copiers, fax machine and the conference room. There is also free internet access. This is perfect for the business sales person on the go, who does not have an office or works mostly out of their home or car. The conference room is great for client meetings or meetings with a sales team or staff.

Magellan Storage wants to make storing your business documents, inventory and equipment with us as easy as possible. Stop in to see how we can make your business storage experience simple and easy!



Orange County Fair 2014

Orange County Fair





It’s time for the fair…the Orange County Fair in Costa Mesa, California. The Orange County Fair can be dated back to 1889 soon after Orange County, California was formed.  The Orange County Community Fair Corporation was created and sponsored the first fair in 1890. For years, the fair was in different spots in Orange County, until the Commission purchased land in Santa Ana on the old Santa Ana Army Base in 1949. The fair has been held on this land, in what is now Costa Mesa, since that time. When the fair first started there were livestock exhibitions and horse races over a 5 day period. Today, the fair runs 23 days and has everything from demolition derbies to agriculture competitions to great concerts.

The Orange County Fair opened this year on July 11th and will run until August 10th. It is open Wednesday to Sunday during the week. The hours are Wednesday to Friday: noon to midnight and Saturday and Sundays from 10am to midnight. There is entertainment at the multiple stages from musical performances to extreme rodeos to even motor home demolition derby! The concerts and special events at the Action Sports Arena will have an additional cost.  The Pacific Amphitheater is hosting the Toyota Concert Series during the fair.  You can see old and new bands and comedians from Jeff Foxworthy to Karmin to 311. The Hangar Theater will have tribute bands, culinary demonstrations and other performances. There is also free entertainment at various stages throughout the fairgrounds. Check out the daily schedule of events on the website, so you can plan your trip to the fair.

There are many exhibits, special events and activities at the Orange County Fair.  There are carnival rides and games for the entire family. You can buy tickets for the rides at booths throughout the fair. Stop by the Centennial Farm, which is a 4 acre year-round agriculture educational exhibit. Stop by the many exhibition buildings for garden, floral, livestock, visual arts, culinary arts, handcrafts, hobbies and wine competition. There will be a Junior Livestock Auction on July 19th by the 4-H and Future Farmers of American clubs. The animals that will be auctioned off include turkeys, market swine, calves, goats, beef and rabbits.

Many vendors from great fair food to home improvement organizations will be represented at the fair. You can find information from organization such as Granite Transformers to Direct TV! Sign up for the 5K Fun Run at the fair on August 3rd. The race starts at 8am. Every Friday afternoon from noon to 4pm during the fair, you can do $2.00 tastings samples of many of the food vendors. This is a great way to taste all the great fair food!

Magellan Storage is very proud to be a part of the Costa Mesa community. Stop by our Costa Mesa location  as well as our other Los Angeles and Orange County locations for all of your storage needs.



9 Tips for Preparing a Washer and Dryer for Moving or Storage

Preparing a Washing Machine for Moving or Storage









Household appliances are very expensive. If you are moving them to a new home or placing them in storage for future use, you want to make sure that you keep the appliances in good shape and working order so you can continue to use the appliances for many years. It is very important to properly prepare washers and dryers for storage in order to keep them protected from damage during moving and while in storage. With any appliance, consult the owner’s manual for specific manufacturer instructions on moving the appliance. Below are tips to keep in mind when moving washers and dryers:

1. A week before you need to move the appliance, run a clean rinse in the washer to remove any detergent in the washer. If there is harder to remove detergent, run a vinegar solution through with the rinse cycle. For the dryer, remove any debris and lint left from the last load of laundry that you did.

2. After you run the rinse cycle, shut off the cold and hot water valves from the wall. Also turn off the washer’s circuit breakers.

3. Remove the lint traps and other removable parts from the dryer. Wash them using a mild mixture of soap and water.

4. Allow the dryer and washer to thoroughly dry after you clean them. Leave the washing machine door open for a few days to ensure it is completely dry.  Make sure that all washer and dryer parts that you removed are also dry to prevent the accumulation of mold and rust.

5. Remove the hoses from the wall and place them within the appliances. Also place electrical wiring inside the appliance, so you will not lose them in transit.

6. Transporting the appliances should be done very carefully in order to prevent scratches, broken doors and hinges. Use strong tape to hold the doors and latches shut during travel. Wrap blankets around the appliance to help prevent scratches.

7. Load the washer and dryer last into the moving truck. They will be the first items removed when you are at your new home or storage unit.

8. If you are storing the washer and dryer, keep the doors slightly ajar to avoid condensation from forming inside. You can use the dryer for additional storage of linens, pillows and blankets while in the storage unit.

9. While in storage, place a blanket or cotton sheet over the appliances. Do not use a plastic tarp or cover as that can cause moisture build-up.

Magellan Storage offers many storage solutions for all of your storage needs from documents to household appliances! Stop in to one of our 6 Los Angeles or Orange Counties locations to find out more on how we can help you with your storage needs.

4th of July Celebrations in Los Angeles Area

4th of July events in LA






This Friday is the 238th birthday of the United States. It is celebrated with picnics, festivals, family and of course, fireworks! Independence Day is considered one of our country’s most important national holidays and a symbol of our nation’s patriotism. The tradition of celebrating the 4th of July goes back to the years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, (which was originally signed on July 2nd, but the document shows July 4th),  during the Revolutionary War years.  The day was commemorated with community events, fireworks, and the reading of the Declaration of Independence.  July 4th actually didn’t become an official federal holiday until 1941! Over the 4th of July weekend, consumers will spend over $2 billion on cookouts and $600 million on fireworks! There are fireworks displays all over the Los Angeles area. The biggest fireworks display takes place in New York City at the Macy’s Fireworks Spectacular Event. There are over 70,000 pounds of fireworks that are used in the show and over 2 million people watch the fireworks from different vantage points in the city.

There are many events, festivals and fireworks in the Los Angeles area. Below is a list of a few of the many great events to celebrate our country’s birthday:

Grand Park 4th of July Block Party

Grand Park in the LA Civic Center  is hosting a free 4-block party for Independence Day. The gates open at 1pm and the musical performances start at 4pm. Phantogram and Semi- Precious Weapons are the headlining bands. There will be food vendors on-site, but you can bring in a picnic. The fireworks with special effects will go off at 9pm from the rooftops.

Americafest at the Rose Bowl

One of the largest fireworks displays in Southern California takes place at the 88th Annual Rose Bowl Americafest. The gates open at 2pm with a motorcycle stunt team performance. There will be musical performances by teen pop star, Ian Thomas and Beatle’s tribute band, Liverpool Legends. The fireworks show will start at 9pm. Active Military will get in free to the event with a valid ID.

Hollywood Bowl July 4th Fireworks Spectacular

The Hollywood Bowl  is hosting 3 days of great American music and fireworks with performances by Steven Martin and Edie Brickell with the Steep Canyon Rangers, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and United States Air Force Band.

Marina del Ray 4th of July Celebration

Marina del Ray  hosts a very popular free fireworks spectacular over the main channel of Marina del Ray. The fireworks show is synchronized to music from KXLU 88.9FM. The fireworks can be seen from Fisherman’s Village, Burton Chace Park or Mother’s Beach. It is important to get your spot early, because the space fills up fast! The fireworks start at 9pm.


Long Beach Kid’s July 4th Pike Parade

The annual bike parade on Granada Avenue along the bike path in Long Beach  is a popular event for children of all ages. Children and adults are encouraged to decorate their bikes to celebrate the country’s birthday. There is also a children’s oratory contest, watermelon seed spitting contest and a patriotic costume contest. The parade starts at 10am.

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 4th of July Community Festival

KJLH Radio is presenting a free community concert and fireworks display at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Exposition Park.  There are two stages for performances:  Christmas Tree Lane, with performances starting at 2pm, and in front of the California African-American Museum, with performances starting at 6pm. The fireworks show will start at 9pm.

Queen Mary-Celebrate a Century of Americana

The Queen Mary is hosting a music and food extravaganza for the 4th of July. There will be a step back in time as the Queen Mary celebrates music and entertainment from 1910 to big band to the British Invasion to disco to current music. There will be strolling entertainers, a children’s play area and a fantastic fireworks display. There is special admission ticket for this event.

Pacific Palisades Parade and Festival

The city of Pacific Palisades hosts the annual parade, which is kicked off with skydivers at 1:50pm. You can also head to the Palisades Rocks the Fourth concert at the Palisades Charter High School with former and current musicians from Pearl Jam, Blind Melon, Foo Fighters and Wilco. Food trucks will be on hand starting at 4pm. You can view the fireworks display from the Fest starting at 9pm.

No matter how you celebrate either at one of the events listed above or just with family and friends, Magellan Storage wishes everyone a safe and fun 4th of July!





The Self Storage Industry Gives Back With Charity Storage

Charity Storage


There are storage auctions that take place every day in storage facilities across the country.  Storage Wars continues to be a popular show on A&E and attending, bidding and winning the bids for items at a storage unit auction continues to be a popular past time. However, storage auctions do not always have a positive perception, because someone’s belongings are being auctioned off. To help with sharing the positive parts of the self storage industry, Lance Watkins and Barry Hoeven created Charity Storage, a 501 © 3 non-profit organization with the mission of “ using the storage industry’s under-utilized assets to give back to the communities supporting local storage facilities.”  The organization accomplishes their mission by having storage facilities designate storage units as charitable drop-off storage units. People then donate items to be placed in the storage unit that will be auctioned off during the facility’s next storage auction. So far this year, Charity Storage has raised nearly $150,000 for local, regional and national charities via participating storage auctions.

How Does Charity Storage Work?

Charity Storage works with thousands of storage facilities across North America to have drop-off points for the auction.  You choose the storage facility that is closest to you to find out if they are participating in the Charity Storage event.  The facility will take donations from community members, tenants, corporations and businesses and more to help fill up the designated storage unit. Each donation is tax-deductible.  When the facility has their storage auction, the charity storage unit is opened up for bidding. The proceeds of the auction will be donated to local and national charities. The facility can choose the charity that it wants to support. There are many charities that benefit from Charity Storage Auctions including Kure It Cancer Research, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, American Cancer Society, Self Storage Association Foundation, Child Abuse Prevention Center, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and many more.

Magellan Storage  is proud to have participated in Charity Storage auctions at our facilities. You can find out more about Charity Storage upcoming auctions or events via their Facebook Page. 

Life Events and Self Storage

Life Events and Self Storage



We experience many different events from moving to a new home to having children to empty nesting to downsizing our homes during our lifetimes. Some of these events you can plan for, but there are many events that pop up that you can’t. Self storage can be a great storage solution through any of life’s major changes. Placing the items in self storage will give you peace-of-mind that your personal belongings are in a safe and secure place.

One of the number one reasons to rent a self storage unit is because you are moving or selling a home. Over 35 million people move a year and a good portion of these people need a place to store excess household items during their move. If you are selling your home, renting a self storage unit to store excess items during the selling process (or staging your home), is a must. If you are moving to a new city, but do not know the size of your new home yet, then it is a good idea to place your belongings in a self storage unit until you can find your perfect home and have the time to get settled. This is especially true for recent college graduates or people who are moving to new cities for their jobs.

Two more major life events are actually related: getting married and starting a family. When you are getting married, you are combining two households into one. There could be duplicates of furniture, kitchen items, appliances and linens. Place the excess in storage until you can use them or you decide to sell or donate the items. Self storage is a great option for storing wedding gifts and other items that you have collected along life’s journey. Once you have settled down and decided to start a family, you might need to transform a “man cave” or office into a nursery. If there is no other storage option in the home, place these extra items in a self storage unit until you might be able to use them again.

As children grow up and go to college, parents can start to go through the empty nest phase and decide to redecorate or repurpose a child’s room into an office, multi-media room, workout room or craft room. Place the child’s “stuff” in a self storage unit and have them decide if they want to keep all the memorabilia that is collected as one grows up. However, after college is over, the student might end up moving back home, so the room will have to be changed back to a bedroom yet again!

There are also more difficult life events such as divorce, placing a loved one in assisted living or even a family death. Self storage is also an option for these complicated events. As we get older, we do not need as much “stuff” in our lives. This is when we decide to downsize to a smaller home or apartment. However, we do not have the same amount of storage in the new home and we can’t get rid of everything, so it is a good idea to place the excess in self storage. If you have to clean out a home after a loved one has passed away, it is a good idea to place the items in self storage until you are able to decide what to do with them.

Magellan Storage has storage solutions for all of your life’s events from just starting out after college to downsizing after a long life. Stop in to one of our 6 Los Angeles and Orange Counties locations to see how we can help with storage for life’s many events!