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February 22, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez, Los Angeles Times
Port and city officials have called for expediting planned upgrades at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to stave off the threat of losing cargo traffic when the $5.25-billion Panama Canal expansion is completed next year. At a hearing Friday at Los Angeles City Hall, state officials heard testimony from trade economists, shipping line representatives and labor groups on how the state can promote the ports so they keep their share of U.S. cargo traffic, which harbors on the East and Gulf coasts are eager to lure away.
December 27, 2012 | By Ronald D. White
The Obama administration is urging union dockworkers and a management group to "continue their work at the negotiating table to get a deal done as quickly as possible" to avoid a strike that could idle 14 East and Gulf Coast seaports. The word that President Obama is keeping a close eye on the ports' labor situation came from Obama spokesman Matt Lehrich. The labor union -- the International Longshoremen's Assn. -- and a group known as the U.S. Maritime Alliance are closing in on the end of a 90-day contract extension.
December 24, 2012
The nation's retailers, manufacturers and farmers are bracing for a possible strike that could idle U.S. ports all along the Eastern Seaboard and Gulf Coast. That walkout could begin as early as Sunday after the expiration of a 90-day extension of a contract between the International Longshoremen's Assn. and several shipping lines, terminal operators and port associations. It would be the first strike by the ILA in 35 years. Until negotiations broke down last week, the union and the U.S. Maritime Alliance Ltd. - a group of ocean cargo shipping lines, cargo terminal operators and port associations at 14 U.S. harbors - had been trying to iron out terms of a new six-year contract.
December 10, 2012 | By Ricardo Lopez
Despite an eight-day port strike that in effect shut down seaports in Los Angeles and Long Beach, import cargo volume is expected to increase 3.9% in December, according to a retail group.  A monthly Global Port Tracker report released Monday forecasts that cargo volume this month will rise to 1.27 million 20-foot equivalent units, or TEUs, up 3.9% from December 2011. (One TEU is the equivalent of a 20-foot cargo container.) "After a strong kickoff on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the holiday season is looking good and these numbers reflect that,” said Jonathan Gold, vice president for supply chain and customs policy for the National Retail Federation, the group that publishes the report.
December 4, 2012 | By Ricardo Lopez and Walter Hamilton, Los Angeles Times
ENSENADA - This sluggish port city is coming alive. Standing atop a pier with a hulking cargo ship behind him, dock manager Rogelio Valenzuela Gonzalez motioned Monday toward four cranes as they plucked metal containers from the vessel. Operators swiveled the cranes toward a line of flatbed trucks. Supervisors in reflective vests and hard hats watched from below, using two-way radios to dispatch trucks as they filled up. Not even during the peak fall shipping season is this port so busy.
November 29, 2012 | By Joseph Serna
A Pennsylvania couple faces child neglect charges after police said they tried to drive across country with five of their children in the back of a Budget moving truck. David Detzen, 41, and his wife, Rebecca, 40, were arrested in New Castle, Ind., Wednesday night after a relative called Indiana State Police anonymously, warning authorities that the family would be crossing their state en route to California for a job opportunity. About 10 p.m., the truck pulled into a Flying J truck stop in New Castle, where state Trooper Nick Razor approached.
November 29, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Michael Jordan may be the greatest player in NBA history, but even he can't get away with wearing cargo shorts on a golf course. Jordan showed up at La Gorce Country Club in Miami on Wednesday wearing cargo shorts, which is against the dress code at the facility. Apparently no one noticed until he played a few holes of his round, because while on the 12th hole, Jordan was approached by club personnel who asked that he return to the clubhouse and change his pants. Jordan refused.
November 25, 2012 | By Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times
ARVIN, Calif. - Every day, the trucks rumble into the Central Valley by the dozens, chugging over the Grapevine loaded with lawn clippings from Beverly Hills, sewage sludge from Los Angeles and rotting yogurt and vegetables from around Southern California. Los Angeles officials and others say the daily caravan is an essential step toward recycling thousands of tons of urban waste and turning it into compost and fertilizer in California's vast agrarian middle. But increasingly, residents of the Central Valley and other rural areas object to the stream of semis and their unpleasant cargo.
November 8, 2012 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
The eccentric and compelling sculptures and wall reliefs of Swiss artist Valentin Carron take appropriation art in strange directions. Existing objects remain essentially intact, but the transformation in materials makes for surprising results. Carron's debut exhibition at David Kordansky Gallery includes musical instruments -- three trumpets, two saxophones, a couple of French horns and a clarinet -- that have been squashed flat and cast in bronze. The patina is a weird, sickly pink flesh-color; hanging on gallery walls, the reliefs have the look of flayed skin.
October 29, 2012 | By Ronald D. White
The nation's third-busiest cargo container seaport has been evacuated and closed because of Hurricane Sandy, port officials said. The Port Authority of New York-New Jersey made the announcement in a statement, adding that the evacuation had been completed by noon Eastern time Monday. "As part of the evacuation, Port Authority police and civilian officials confirmed that no tenants remained on port properties," the statement said. "Port Authority police will remain on the property.
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