CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 2003 |
The experts painted a dismal picture: Fully 95% of Southern California's estuaries and salt marshes have been lost to development. But some of those wetlands can be restored with the right mix of science, money and sheer force of will, scientists and government officials said Tuesday at a seminar in Long Beach. "You can turn around some of it," said John Teal, a leading wetlands expert and scientist emeritus at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
June 4, 2002 |
Imports through the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach jumped in April amid concern about possible labor unrest next month. Imports through the Port of Los Angeles increased 22% in April from a year earlier; they rose 13% at the Port of Long Beach, the ports reported, as talks between ocean carriers and West Coast dockworkers entered a fourth week. Three years ago, longshore workers at both ports slowed down operations when the two sides failed to reach an agreement in time. The rise in imports at the nation's two busiest container ports came in part because importers are taking precautions against a possible work slowdown, said Robin Lanier, executive director of the West Coast Waterfront Coalition, an industry organization.
April 19, 2002 |
Imports to the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach fell in March as U.S. shoppers reduced spending on retail items from furniture to clothing to automobiles. Combined shipments into the two largest U.S. ports fell 3% last month to 390,500 20-foot-long containers from 402,400 in March 2001. Exports rose 4.6% to 180,500 containers. "Demand is getting stronger, but it's still erratic," said Art Wong, a spokesman for the Port of Long Beach. Shipments from Long Beach rose 4.
August 24, 2001 |
Imports through the Port of Long Beach, the No. 2 U.S. seaport, fell last month as a slowing economy cut into consumer demand for goods from abroad, port officials said. Led by back-to-school orders of clothing and shoes, shipments declined 7.4% in July to 208,179 20-foot-long containers from 225,000 in the same month a year earlier. Exports, mainly raw and semi-finished goods such as plastics, chemicals, paper and metal, fell 10.3% to 77,956 containers from 86,874 in July of last year.
April 17, 2001 |
Imports through the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the two largest U.S. seaports, rose in March, compared with the same period a year earlier. Shipments arriving at No. 1 Port of Los Angeles rose 14% above year-ago volume, to 207,000 20-foot-long containers. Imports through the Port of Long Beach increased 9.6% last month, to 196,000 containers, from 178,000 in March 2000.
March 20, 2001 |
The amount of imported cargo handled by the nation's two busiest ports dropped significantly in February, suggesting that the slowing U.S. economy is causing retailers and others to import fewer consumer goods from Asia. Imports handled by the Port of Los Angeles dropped 8% in February, which was the first decrease in year-over-year inbound cargo shipments in nearly two years. Meanwhile, the neighboring Port of Long Beach saw imports drop 13%, the third monthly decline in six months.
December 20, 2000 |
Import growth was relatively flat last month at the Port of Long Beach, the nation's second-busiest commercial harbor, compared with unusually strong inbound cargo volume the previous November, port officials said Tuesday. November typically marks the beginning of a slowdown in import cargo following the traditional holiday merchandise shipping crunch.
July 12, 2000 |
Imports flooded through the Port of Los Angeles in June as major domestic retailers continued to bring in more lower-cost, foreign-made consumer goods to fill the racks and aisles at their stores, port officials reported. Last month, Los Angeles harbor--considered the busiest in the nation--took in more than 211,000 import containers, a 31% jump from a year ago. The inbound cargo was mostly consumer products such as clothing, appliances and electronic goods.