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January 23, 2009 | Louis Sahagun
Facing forecasts of wet weather that could flush tons of urban trash out to sea and onto local beaches, Los Angeles County authorities scrambled Thursday to reinstall a boom across the outlet of the Los Angeles River to keep debris out of Long Beach Harbor. The boom had been decommissioned Monday because the county Department of Public Works ran out of money to keep it operating.
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March 5, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc, This post has been corrected, as indicated below
A campaign mailer that arrived in thousands of Long Beach homes Tuesday had all the trappings of a political blockbuster - the face and endorsement of Gov. Jerry Brown on one side, a quote from a local business owner, and a photo of a glittering waterfront skyline on the other, with the words “Getting things done for Long Beach.” But there was one problem for Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal, a Long Beach mayoral candidate. The skyline photo was of San Diego, featuring such landmarks as the distinctive One America Plaza.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 1990 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Exxon Long Beach, sister ship of the ill-starred Exxon Valdez, ran aground Thursday morning inside the breakwater in Long Beach Harbor, but officials said that there was no damage to the supertanker and no oil was spilled. Coast Guard Cmdr. Chris Desmond said the 950-foot Exxon Long Beach was under the control of a Long Beach harbor pilot when it strayed into relatively shallow water and became stuck in soft mud. "We're trying to figure out how it happened," Desmond said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
A campaign mailer that arrived in thousands of Long Beach homes Tuesday had all the trappings of a political blockbuster - the face and endorsement of Gov. Jerry Brown on one side, a quote from a local business owner, and a photo of a glittering waterfront skyline on the other, with the words "Getting things done for Long Beach. " There was just one problem for Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal, a 40-year Long Beach resident who is running for mayor. The skyline photo is of San Diego, featuring the distinctive One America Plaza overlooking the harbor and a Navy vessel hugging the shoreline.
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August 1, 1995 | J. MICHAEL KENNEDY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Long Beach Harbor Commission took one more step Monday toward ensuring that the city will get a proposed $100-million aquarium by passing a measure pledging its support for the project. The unanimous vote of the commission means that Long Beach, which wants the aquarium as part of an economic recovery plan, is maintaining its lead over numerous rivals.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 1998 | DOUGLAS P. SHUIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Long Beach's application for $40 million in federal assistance to build its showcase harbor development had all the right hooks. The city had suffered serious economic woes because of the Navy's pullout, the grant applicants said, with high concentrations of the poor in the area around the Queensway Bay project. The $40-million construction contract could ease the poverty by providing job training to "unemployed and underemployed Long Beach residents," the application said.
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March 24, 1988 | CHRIS WOODYARD, Times Staff Writer
The California Coastal Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to allow the Port of Long Beach to proceed with a $98-million landfill project that requires restoration of 116 acres of wetlands in the Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge. In addition, the port must make a good-faith attempt to buy 130 acres from the state in the Ballona Creek area, near Marina del Rey, for wetlands development. But first the state must obtain the land from Summa Corp., which owns the parcel.
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May 27, 1993
A Superior Court jury decided Wednesday that the Long Beach Harbor Department must pay a high-ranking administrator $913,425 in damages for firing him without good cause. The Compton jury found that the Harbor Department breached its employment contract with Leland R. Hill when it eliminated his position in 1991 as director of planning and engineering. Months before, Hill had been a top candidate to become executive director of the Harbor Department. Hill's Lawyer, Charles T.
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September 27, 2005 | Deborah Schoch, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex sits close to earthquake faults and oil refineries and has been identified as a potential terrorist target. So it is no surprise that the complex would be of special concern to emergency planners. But like many institutions in Southern California, the ports and nearby residential areas are overseen by a bevy of agencies.
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December 18, 2007 | Louis Sahagun, Times Staff Writer
After years of unsuccessful attempts, the Long Beach Harbor Commission on Monday approved a $1.6-billion tax on cargo to raise money to combat air pollution and clear the way for expansion projects. The "special cargo fee" will help subsidize a fleet of newer, cleaner short-haul diesel trucks at port terminals, but it has come under fire from truck drivers who say they cannot afford to operate modern, cleaner-running models.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 2013 | By Christine Mai-Duc
The Long Beach City Council removed a key member of its harbor board Tuesday evening in an unprecedented move that leaves the port with two vacancies in top leadership positions. On a 6-3 vote, council members approved Mayor Bob Foster's recommendation to fire Thomas Fields, the embattled president of the Long Beach Harbor Commission. His ouster comes at a critical point, when the Port of Long Beach is overseeing billions of dollars in improvements while it continues to search for an executive director.
NEWS
August 7, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Get a free boat tour of Long Beach Harbor when you buy lunch at one of four restaurants near the city's Shoreline Aquatic Park. It happens every Wednesday through the end of the month -- provided you like lunch at noon sharp. The deal: Order takeout lunch prior to arriving at one of these Shoreline Village places -- Stefano's Pizza , Tugboat Pete's , Cafe Dia Bakery or Shenanigan's Irish Pub & Grill -- to reserve your spot on the boat. Then pick up your food by 11:45 a.m. and receive boarding passes for the Spirit Cruise that leaves at noon (Dock 9 near Parkers Lighthouse)
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February 25, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
When two "queens" meet, expect some whistles and fireworks. Cunard Line plans a royal rendezvous next month when the modern ocean liner Queen Elizabeth visits the Queen Mary, a former Cunard ship that has been retired for 45 years. The Long Beach landmark, whose art deco cabins now serve as hotel rooms, once sailed the North Atlantic as a sister ship of the Queen Elizabeth from 1947 to 1967. The deal: The public is invited to stroll onto the Queen Mary for free to watch the historic rendezvous that includes a whistle salute between the two ships, live entertainment and fireworks.
BUSINESS
February 17, 2011 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
International trade is surging again at the major local ports, suggesting that economic strength is building despite stubbornly high unemployment. In January, the neighboring ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, which together make up the country's largest freight complex, handled 13% more cargo containers than a year earlier. Other signs of recovery: Longshoremen are getting more dock work, some Southern California warehouses are hiring again, and trucking and railroad freight movement has increased.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 2010 | By Tony Barboza
On a drizzly afternoon, a group of tourists huddle aboard the Christopher sipping wine, nibbling cookies and gazing out at the ocean just off of Long Beach. Cameras dangle from their necks, ready to record the sights. But these sightseers are not aboard for an afternoon of whale watching or a search for dolphins and sea lions. Corroded metal shipping containers, belching smokestacks, trash-strewn waterways and oil islands highlight this harbor cruise. The 2 1/2 -hour excursion takes passengers through a seascape short on the picturesque but full of concrete and metal -- a ride through exhaust-tinged air and past power plants, rusty warehouses and the Terminal Island prison that once housed Charles Manson and Al Capone.
BUSINESS
March 2, 2010 | By Hugo Martín
The Queen has seen better days. A makeover has been long overdue for the venerable Queen Mary, the retired cruise ship turned tourist attraction and hotel docked in Long Beach Harbor since 1967. But repairs to the city-owned ship have been delayed because of financial crisis and organizational wrangling. Long Beach officials now believe the ship is getting its long-overdue upgrades under a new management company that also operates hotels and restaurants in Yellowstone and Grand Canyon national parks and the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 1993 | RICK HOLGUIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At a cost of $142 million, the new terminal on Pier J of Long Beach Harbor was to be the paradigm of the modern dock, with convenient cranes and railroad tracks to move cargo efficiently from ship to warehouse. But nature put one over on the engineers with their fancy computer models. Waves, apparently coming from the south, have been moving ships around, making it difficult to unload and presenting a potential risk to longshoremen.
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October 2, 2001 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fearing that terrorism could target the nation's busiest port complex, federal and local officials on Monday called for new security measures, such as intensified searches of cargo ships and trucks, at the harbors in Los Angeles and Long Beach. The public forum convened by U.S. Rep. Jane Harman (D-Redondo Beach) also listened to port-area residents fret about the potential environmental and health consequences of any assault on the many fuel and chemical storage facilities at the port.
BUSINESS
July 1, 2009 | Ronald D. White
The heavy-metal clash as rail cars slam together is like a symphony to Andrew Fox, and he can hear just how well each note is played as trains assemble on the railroad he runs. On a recent morning, Fox winced only once. "It can be too hard or too soft. You can just tell when it isn't quite right," said Fox, president of Pacific Harbor Line Inc., which operates inside the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 2009 | Louis Sahagun
The idea being pitched to Long Beach by a small Las Vegas entertainment company is extraordinarily ambitious, if not downright outlandish: Renovate and restore the Queen Mary and return her to sail the oceans of the world. Cairngorm Entertainment Group is backing the Queen's Project, an organization that is soliciting funds for the proposal it estimates could cost as much as $1.5 billion and require at least four years of dry-dock restorations.
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