Los Angeles and port officials on Friday said they will adopt most of the recommendations in a sweeping new audit that faults Harbor Department management practices.
The final version of the five-year management audit, conducted by a private consultant and released Friday, appears largely unchanged from the draft version made public in October. It criticizes the nation's busiest seaport for lacking clear direction, saying it seems to be "living off the fruits" of past successes.
Mayor James K. Hahn, noting the port's size and a strong recent bond rating, said in a statement Friday: "The recommendations provided by these management consultants will help us build on this strong foundation and create an even better port."
Responding to the audit's criticisms of security, port officials promised improvement. For instance, the port will require tenants to provide approved security plans, they said.