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November 28, 2012 | By Ronald D. White
A walkout of union workers that began at the Port of Los Angeles' biggest and busiest cargo terminal Tuesday was spreading to more terminals there and to the neighboring Port of Long Beach, according to port officials. The expanding walkout had the potential to broadly shut down operations at the two ports, which together are the seventh busiest commercial harbor in the world. The two ports handle more than 40% of the nation's ocean-shipped imports from Asia. They also make up the busiest gateway for U.S. exports headed for sale overseas.
April 5, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
A field of candidates - many political heavyweights and city insiders - are locked in an expensive battle to become Long Beach's newest mayor, a job that comes with expectations of reviving both the port city's economy and reputation. The April 8 election has candidates vying for city attorney and a majority of Long Beach's nine council seats, setting the stage for one of the most significant shake-ups in city politics in more than a decade. But all eyes are on the mayor's race, and with the crowded field a June runoff is likely.
November 7, 2013 | By Richard Fausset
MEXICO CITY - The city of Lazaro Cardenas is a scrappy Mexican success story. The once-obscure industrial port, between Puerto Vallarta and Acapulco, has grown significantly over the last decade, using cheap domestic dock labor and a direct railroad connection to Texas to attract international cargo ships that might have otherwise gone to the Port of Los Angeles. But it also has earned a darker reputation. Precursor chemicals for methamphetamine are widely known to be smuggled in to Lazaro Cardenas in multi-ton batches on ships arriving from Asia: One typical bust in December 2011 netted 1,600 barrels that had originated in Shanghai.
April 2, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
Small tsunami waves and other unusual "water movements" arrived on the California coast Wednesday following an 8.2 earthquake that struck Chile's northern coast. Although officials stressed that no tsunami warning had been issued for California or the West Coast, the abnormal wave heights, tide fluctuations and current changes may have surprised boaters, they said. The first waves to strike California that were connected to Tuesday night's South American earthquake may have hit La Jolla about 4 a.m., said Bill Knight, an oceanographer with the National Tsunami Warning Center based in Alaska.
September 16, 2010
Crustacean connoisseurs have a full weekend to consider the lobster — as well as live music, dancing, street performers, pirates and shopping — at the annual Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival. A meal with fresh lobster flown in from Maine and all the fixings runs $18. Featured musical acts include Saint Motel, Dengue Fever, plus John Doe and Exene Cervenka of the band X. Ports O' Call Village, 1190 Nagoya Way, San Pedro. 5-11 p.m. Fri., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun. $9 for adults, free for children younger than 12. (310)
December 7, 2012
Re "Strike numbers are out to sea," Column, Dec. 5 Finally, we read a common-sense counterpoint to the inflated figures bandied about by pro-business forces in an attempt to bulldoze the Obama administration to act against the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and its members. As Michael Hiltzik points out, you would have to sink all the cargo ships to achieve the $1 billion a day in losses many have incorrectly cited. This is the same drivel that we encountered in 2002 when the employers locked out the ILWU in all the ports of the West Coast.
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 2, 2011 | By Lee Romney and Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
Thousands of Occupy Oakland protesters descended Wednesday night on the Port of Oakland, but police said so far they have made no arrests and that the demonstration had largely been peaceful. "The world is watching Oakland tonight. We need to make sure this remains a safe place for everyone," said City Administrator Deanna Santana. who was joined at an early evening news conference by Mayor Jean Quan, Interim Police Chief Howard Jordan and port officials. Despite several incidents of vandalism around the downtown area, Jordan said no arrests had been made.
November 29, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
Jamaican authorities have seized 3,300 warheads and a missile-making machine at the port of Kingston and sought help from international police in tracking the shipper, Jamaican media reported Friday. The unauthorized arms shipment was discovered Thursday afternoon in a police and customs operation carried out at a berth of Kingston Wharves, the RJR News site reported. A high-level investigation has been launched, and Jamaican police have asked for assistance from international law enforcement, the news service said.
November 19, 2013 | By David Zahniser
The Los Angeles City Council approved major changes Tuesday to a harbor construction project whose has cost doubled in four years, with lawmakers criticizing port executives for failing to consult the council sooner. Councilman Joe Buscaino, whose district includes the port, said he was "blindsided" by the rising cost of the TraPac container terminal project in Wilmington, which has soared to $510 million from $245 million in 2009. Councilman Mike Bonin said he and his colleagues should have been included in the port's decision to convert the terminal to an automated crane system, a move that triggered a major portion of the cost overruns.
March 17, 2014 | By Laura King
CAIRO - Did a charismatic Libyan rebel chieftain with big ambitions overreach? Trying to put a $36-million cargo of crude oil on the black market was an extraordinarily bold move by Ibrahim Jathran, a militia commander whose fighters played a role in the NATO-backed rebellion three years ago against longtime dictator Moammar Kadafi. In the early hours Monday, Jathran lost his gamble when U.S. Navy SEALs seized control of the tanker Morning Glory, which sailed a week ago from an oil port in eastern Libya.
March 6, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Google's mysterious barge has set sail for a new mooring on the Sacramento-San Joaquin River delta. Richard Aschieris, the director of the Port of Stockton, confirmed a  report by CNet that the Google barge was headed for his city after being ordered to leave San Francisco. "We've reached an agreement for them to dock at the Port of Stockton," he told the Stockton Record. "I'm absolutely delighted to have this agreement. " Under the agreement, the port would house the Google barge for six months while it completes construction.
February 21, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
A city audit released Thursday reveals that the Port of Long Beach spent thousands of dollars subsidizing the travel of spouses who accompanied harbor commissioners on trips to Tokyo, Paris and Montreal despite city restrictions that ban such reimbursements. The audit, which targeted five of the most expensive trips in the last two years, found that commissioners were able to get around restrictions by booking “companion tickets” which billed the spouse's flight as “free” but actually built in the cost, sometimes more than doubling the original fare.
February 19, 2014 | By Dan Weikel
Representatives of a labor-friendly campaign to improve the wages and working conditions of port truckers asserted Wednesday that the vast majority of drivers are victims of widespread workplace violations by trucking companies. Instead of being treated as employees, thousands of drivers in the ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach and other harbors across the nation have been illegally classified as independent contractors, advocates said during a media conference call. That designation has lowered wages, prevented drivers from unionizing and denied them the protections of state and federal labor laws, they added.
February 1, 2014 | By Chris Megerian and Joseph Tanfani
TRENTON, N.J. - With a hot sun bearing down, Gov. Chris Christie grasped a ceremonial shovel and dug into a patch of dirt where a new park would bloom in a blighted area of Newark. To his right, holding another shovel, was Bill Baroni, then Christie's appointee at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey - and now a central player in the George Washington Bridge scandal that has enveloped the New Jersey governor and his aides. Baroni was delivering a $9-million boost from his agency's coffers to buy land for the park.
January 31, 2014 | By Joseph Tanfani, Maeve Reston and Mark Z. Barabak
A former close aide to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said through his attorney that the governor knew about the closures of lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge as they were happening, disputing Christie's assertion that he only learned about the traffic mess later. A lawyer for David Wildstein, who engineered the lane closures while working as a Christie appointee at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, said in a letter that the closures came "at the Christie administration's order.
July 17, 2012 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
The nation's busiest seaport complex closed in on the peak cargo shipping season with a moderately strong showing last month. June is typically a busy month for cargo traffic at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, which rank first and second, respectively, in the U.S. in the movement of cargo containers. Port officials said that they are hedging their bets about what the numbers signaled given recent negative economic news. "We're hesitant to read too much into this given the state of the economy," said Art Wong, a spokesman for the Port of Long Beach.
October 3, 2013 | By David Zahniser, Catherine Saillant and Dan Weikel
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Thursday that the top executive at the Port of Los Angeles will leave at the end of the year, the first department head to announce a departure during Garcetti's review of high-level managers. Geraldine Knatz, who has been running the nation's busiest port since 2006, will retire at the end of the year. Garcetti also announced that Gary Lee Moore, currently the city engineer, will serve as acting general manager at the harbor until a permanent replacement is found.
January 15, 2014 | By Tony Barboza
BNSF Railway has pleaded no contest to criminal charges and agreed to pay $140,000 in penalties, medical expenses and emergency response costs stemming from a 2012 spill of hazardous chemicals near the Port of Los Angeles, the city attorney announced this week. The rail company had failed to report the June 23, 2012, spill and created a public nuisance when several drums in a cargo container it was transporting leaked phenol, cresylic acid and other corrosive chemicals, City Atty.
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