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December 3, 2012 | By Pat Benson and Ronald D. White
The strike at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach entered its second week Monday. The strike has pitted the 800-member International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 63 Office Clerical Unit against some of the world's biggest shipping lines and terminal operators. It has shut down 10 of the 14 cargo container terminals at the nation's busiest seaport complex. Join us for a live video chat at 3 p.m. on the economic impact of the strike and prospects for resolution. Assistant business editor Nancy Rivera Brooks will be talking with Art Wong, a spokesman for the Port of Long Beach.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 2010 | By Stephen Ceasar, Los Angeles Times
For 42 years, the Gerald Desmond Bridge has straddled the waters of Long Beach's Back Channel, the primary link between Terminal Island cargo facilities and the city and freeways. But the decades have taken their toll. The ships that now frequent the nation's second-busiest seaport are so big that many cannot fit under the bridge. Port officials estimate that the bridge carries 15% of the nation's cargo that moves by sea and truck, yet the traffic lanes are often jammed and any accident sends vehicles into adjacent neighborhoods.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 2008 | Louis Sahagun
California Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown on Thursday said California would sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency if the EPA continued to "wantonly disregard its duty" to regulate greenhouse gas pollution from ships and aircraft and industrial and farm equipment. "Ships, aircraft and industrial equipment burn huge quantities of fossil fuel and cause massive greenhouse gas pollution," Brown said at a news conference at the Port of Long Beach headquarters. "Because Bush's Environmental Protection Agency continues to wantonly disregard its duty to regulate pollution, California is forced to seek judicial action."
BUSINESS
March 16, 1999 | STEPHEN GREGORY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A continuing buoyant U.S. economy helped boost import levels by 31% over a year ago at the Port of Long Beach, officials said Monday. Exports also grew at the nation's busiest port. Long Beach Harbor in February handled 172,482 cargo containers loaded with electronic equipment, appliances and other durable goods as retailers continued to stock their shelves with Asian products priced inexpensively because of the region's currency devaluations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 1996
The Port of Long Beach has wooed one of the Pacific's fastest-growing shipping lines to sign a letter of intent for a long-term lease on a proposed cargo complex at the Long Beach Naval Station that closed in 1994. Chinese government-owned China Ocean Shipping Co., operating in Long Beach since 1981 and sharing container space with other lines, has grown dramatically in recent years to become one of the top five container lines crossing the Pacific.
BUSINESS
August 7, 2011 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Time
The gig: As executive director of the Port of Long Beach, Richard D. Steinke runs the second-busiest U.S. seaport, after the Port of Los Angeles, and the 18th busiest in the world. The port handled 6.3 million cargo containers last year, which is about 1 in 5 moving in and out of the United States. The port is directly or indirectly responsible for about 30,000 Long Beach jobs, or 1 in 8 in the city. Landlubber beginnings: The Denver native graduated from Chadron State College in Nebraska, where he focused on business and political science.
BUSINESS
March 16, 2011 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
Cargo traffic at the nation's busiest seaport complex in February fell from its double-digit growth rate for the first time in a year, rising just 8% because of a sudden flattening in the pace of exports, harbor officials said. The easing of the pace of international trade came amid signs of recovery. Shipping lines are ordering what will be the world's largest-ever cargo vessels, indicating an improved outlook. In addition, companies that lease warehouse space to importers are reporting a brisk increase in business.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 1996
International trade is the best option for recycling the Long Beach Naval Shipyard, the City Council decided this week. Closing the door on months of discussion over how to redeploy the shipyard's 254 acres when they become available next year, the council recommended giving most of the property to the Port of Long Beach so it can build a container terminal.
OPINION
December 12, 2012
Re "New UC logo a no-go for many," Dec. 11 I don't understand the kerfuffle over the new University of California logo. In my view, the insignia is a forthright representation of the true state of the system. For years the UC system has been sliding into mediocrity. The Board of Regents and administrators long ago lost sight of the values and principles on which the university was founded and have turned the system into a poorly managed business rather than preserving it as a highly acclaimed academic resource dedicated to the public good.
BUSINESS
February 27, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
Operations at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach may slow if automatic spending cuts go into effect Friday, port officials said, as fewer U.S. customs officers would delay the flow of international cargo through the massive sea ports. Officials of the two ports, which handle 40% of cargo that enters the U.S., warn that so-called sequestration would deal a blow to the Southern California economy as goods headed to market are delayed. QUIZ: Test your knowledge about the debt limit How significant the possible disruption would be remains to be seen as it's unclear how automatic budget cuts would be implemented by the U.S. Coast Guard, which provides security and inspects cargo vessels at the ports, and U.S.  Customs  and Border Protection, which helps seize counterfeit merchandise among other responsibilities.  Still, port officials said they worry that cargo delays would add a few days of total travel time if federal agencies are forced to furlough workers.
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