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San Pedro Bay Port Officials Discuss Common Challenges

Commissioners Explore Cooperative Opportunities

January 25, 2006

Facing common environmental, infrastructure and other challenges, representatives of the twin ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles met Wednesday, January 25, for an update on existing joint programs and to explore opportunities for additional cooperative programs.

The briefing was held at the Port of Long Beach. Attending from Long Beach were Harbor Commission President Doris Topsy-Elvord, Commission Vice President James C. Hankla, Port Executive Director Richard D. Steinke and Executive Officer to the Board Gus T. Hein. From Los Angeles were Harbor Commission President S. David Freeman, Commission Vice President Jerilyn Lopez Mendoza and Port Executive Director Geraldine Knatz.

““This was a come over and get to know the neighbors meeting,” said Los Angeles Commission President Freeman. “Some of us are still a little new to the neighborhood. The two ports face some major common challenges, and we need to know what’s being done and see what more we can do together.” 

“The two ports are friendly rivals when it comes to business,” said Long Beach Commission President Topsy-Elvord. “When it comes to the environment, security and infrastructure, we need to be the best of friends.”

The briefing updated the port representatives on such joint efforts as security emergency response, infrastructure needs, and environmental partnerships to reduce air emissions and health risks.

The commissioners were not asked nor did they agree to take any action. The only agreement was that they would continue their dialogue at a later, as yet to be determined time.

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