Canadian citizen needs financing for US real estate -- is LLC a possible solution?
Forming an LLC for a commercial property is practically a must, since you want to protect your personal assets from any liability stemming from the ownership of the property.
That been said, owning the property through an LLC might not help you much in obtaining funding. Most lenders would want a personal guarantor with reasonably good credit history, and being non-US person you probably don't have that.
Unfortunately, I am not sure what to suggest at that point, other that to try banks in Canada that have branches in California, to see if you can get a loan that way.