- Reporters Desk
March Container Volumes Rise at the Port of Los Angeles
SAN PEDRO — Overall containerized cargo volumes in March 2014 increased 34 percent compared to March 2013 at the Port of Los Angeles.
In part, this increase may reflect the timing of multi-week Chinese New Year factory closures, which took place in Asia on January 31. (Chinese New Year varies from year to year; last year it fell on February 10, 2013. Next year it will fall on February 18, 2015.)
Container imports surged 42 percent, from 231,397 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units, TEUs, in March 2013 to 327,497 TEUs in March 2014. Exports rose 21 percent, from 154,428 TEUs in March 2013 to 187,826 TEUs in March 2014.
Combined, total loaded imports and exports increased 34 percent, from 385,825 TEUs in March 2013 to 515,323 TEUs in March 2014. Factoring in empties, which increased 36 percent year over year, overall March 2014 volumes (675,274 TEUs) jumped 34 percent compared to March 2013 (503,168 TEUs).
Current and past data container counts for the Port of Los Angeles may be found at:
Quiet March Sees Cargo Slow in Long Beach
Container volumes at the Port of Long Beach dipped in March, compared to the same month one year ago, with a decline of 1.9 percent overall and imports essentially flat.
March saw some shipping lines suspend services or switch to the nearby Port of Los Angeles. The prolonged and harsh winter in the Midwest and East Coast also affected cargo numbers, as residents outside of places like the sunny Southwest were hampered in their attempts to consume.
A total of 477,209 TEUs, twenty-foot equivalent units, moved through the Port of Long Beach during March. Imports numbered 223,432 TEUs, down 0.7 percent from 2013. Exports fell 1.5 percent to 153,883 TEUs. Empty containers were down 5.4 percent to 99,894 TEUs.
This past year, against which 2014 is being compared, was the third-busiest year in Port history with a total of 6.73 million TEUs.
The Port of Long Beach continues to invest long term and is three years into a decade-long, $4 billion program to upgrade its facilities.
For the latest monthly cargo numbers, click here.
For more details on the cargo numbers, please visit www.polb.com/stats.
Man Wounded in Alley
LONG BEACH — Long Beach Police Department officers found a man wounded after a shooting, at about 10:30 p.m. April 15, in an alley near the 1400 block of Chestnut Avenue in Long Beach.
The man, who the police has not identified, was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Anyone with information can call (562) 570-7260.
Long Beach Sued for $10 million Related to 2013 OIS
LONG BEACH — The families of John Del Real and Tyler Damon Woods announced, April 14, that they have filed a $10 million wrongful death suit against Long Beach for the shooting of the two men this past year.
Del Real Jr., 39 and Woods, 19, were shot and killed by police in two different incidents. Del Real, of Long Beach, was shot on Sept. 26. The LBPD allege that he was defended the he was reaching for something in his waistband. An aluminum bat was found inside his pants.
Woods, a Rialto resident, was shot on Nov. 19, on a rooftop near 4th Street and Nebraska Avenue, after fleeing from a traffic stop. He was wanted in connection with a carjacking and had arrest warrant describing him as armed and dangerous. No weapon was found.
Lawyers Dale Galipo and John Fattahi, who also represented the family of Doug Zerby, who was shot in 2010 while holding a water hose nozzle, which officers thought was a gun are representing the two families.
The families’ complaints include excessive force, unreasonable search and seizure, false arrest and battery, damages for wrongful death, funeral expenses, legal fees, among other allegations.
There were 22 officer-involved shootings in 2013. Of those, six were fatal, the rest included wounded people, missed hits, shots at animals and accidental discharges.
LB Council Supports Community Hospital, Nurses, Contract Resolution
LONG BEACH — The Long Beach City Council voted 6-1 — Councilman Gary Delong opposed, council members Gerrie Schipske and Robert Garcia absent — April 15, to adopt a resolution supporting the equitable and timely contract resolution in a dispute between Community Hospital of Long Beach and its registered nurses.
The resolution encouraged MemorialCare and the California Nurses Association to reach an agreement on a contract for nurses at Community Hospital.
The resolution also asks for an agreement that maintains vital and acute care services. That, seems to push MemorialCare to permit the Community Hospital nurses to come under the Memorial Medical Center nurses contract and keep all portions of the hospital open. MemorialCare discards the allowance.
Community Hospital of Long Beach had been purchased by Catholic HealthCare West, but closed it in less than two years later, in 2000.
MemorialCare merged with Community Hospital of Long Beach in April 2011 and took over operation, administration and the lease from the city for the property. The lease that requires that the hospital remain open at the place.
Nurses at Community organized in December of 2012, under the California Nurses Association.
Negotiations began in March 2013. By December 2013 the nurses made a vigil protesting the absence of a contract.
MemorialCare alleges that it has invested about $6.4 million in patient care equipment and infrastructure, and has increased nurse wages from 6 to 23 percent in the past three years.
SCAQMD Wants Stronger Requirements for Ports of Long Beach, Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES — The South Coast Air Quality Management District is proposing to require the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles to propose more pollution reduction measures, such as lease provisions or incentives to get tenants to use cleaner engines, if they fail to hit targets.
The requirement would hold the ports responsible for their pledges to cut pollution under their Clean Air Action Plan. Elements of those plans include the Clean Truck Program and requisites that docked vessels shut off their diesel-powered engines and plug into shore power, have been incorporated into state regulations. Others, such as measures to reduce vessel speed, remain voluntary.
The publicly-owned ports and industry groups are fighting the requirement stating that they do not own or operate the trucks, ships, locomotives and cargo-handling equipment.
District officials say the ports produce about 10% of the smog-forming emissions in the region and should be held to solid rules, which are need because of a federal standard on fine particle pollution that the area is required to meet by late 2013. The district states that the rule may need to be changed in the near future to include other major pollutants.
Communities Rally for Statewide Action To Address Chronic Polluters
LOS ANGELES — On April 14, community members and elected officials from across Los Angeles and Riverside gathered in front of Exide Technologies to call for aggressive statewide policies to address chronic polluters like the notorious battery recycling plant.
Exide has polluted the air, soil and groundwater surrounding its Vernon facility with arsenic and lead, impacting some of the most vulnerable residents in the neighboring communities. Exide is the only facility in California that has never been issued a hazardous waste permit. Senate Bill 712, authored by Senator Lara, takes steps to shut down Exide by directing the Department of Toxic Substances Control to take final action on Exide’s permit.
Community leaders are seeking higher penalties and more strict enforcement actions, such as the suspension or revokaction of operating permits.
Assembly Bill 1330 is another bill that will take aim at statewide regulatory flaws. Authored by Speaker John Pérez, the bill will increase enforcement actions and penalties against chronic polluters like Exide.
Comcast Files for CPUC OK of Time Warner Buyout
SAN FRANCISCO – On April 11, Comcast and Time Warner Cable officially filed their application for California Public Utilities Commission approval of Comcast’s proposed purchase of Time Warner Cable.
Telecommunications policy experts at The Greenlining Institute raised concerns about the deal’s ramifications for low-income customers.
Greenlining Institute Energy and Telecommunications Policy Director Stephanie Chen noted that Time Warner Cable has taken steps toward offering LifeLine service – subsidized, low-cost telephone service for low-income customers – to its Voice over Internet Protocol customers in California. In doing so, it has expressed willingness to come under the commission telephone regulations, from which the state legislature has exempted Internet services. Comcast has shown no interest in providing this service or allowing its protocol customers the protection of state regulation.
Beyond that, she noted, both the commission and the Federal Communications Commission need to review whether the merger is in the public interest and whether the merging companies meet statutory qualifications to be allowed to merge.