Over the objections of its only black member, Los Angeles harbor commissioners voted Wednesday to extend for 11 months a contract with a branch of the Fluor Corp., which has been banned from engaging in business with the city because of its financial ties to apartheid South Africa.
The vote marks the second time since the city enacted its anti-apartheid ordinance--and since the harbor commissioners adopted a similar policy--that the Port of Los Angeles has extended its agreement with Fluor A&E Services Inc. for construction of a wharf and cargo terminal. The extensions are permitted because the contract was in effect prior to the city ordinance.
Port officials said the company needs more time and money to complete the work because of unexpected problems meeting environmental regulations, and that switching to another firm would cost the city time and money. The extension passed Wednesday is worth $134,250 to Fluor.
Commissioner Grace Payne cast the only dissenting vote.