Authors: JOC Staff
The Port of Long Beach’s board of harbor commissioners has approved a $942 million budget for fiscal year 2013, up 12 percent compared to the fiscal year 2012 budget.
The budget increase reflects the Port of Long Beach’s rising investment in its facilities and infrastructure modernization, the port said in a written statement.
The new budget includes $720 million in capital spending, a 14 percent increase versus the same period last year. The capital investment gain comes mainly from two construction projects that have already begun at the port: the Middle Harbor Terminal Project and preliminary work for the replacement of the Gerald Desmond Bridge, the Port of Long Beach said.
The budget also includes $104 million for environmental infrastructure projects and other programs aimed at improving air and water quality and cleaning soil and undersea sediments.
Separately, the five-member board elected officers for new terms, including Susan E. Anderson Wise as president.
Wise was appointed to the commission in 2008. She will serve as chair of the commission, running board meetings and representing the port to the public and shipping industry.
Thomas Fields was also re-elected as vice president, and Nick Sramek was voted secretary. Commissioners Rich Dines and Doug Drummond will serve as vice secretaries.
All terms begin on July 1.
Authors: JOC Staff
“We are gratified that, at the conclusion of many years of litigation, the highest court in the land unanimously agreed with ATA on these rules,” said Bill Graves, ATA president and CEO, in a written statement. “Our position has always been that the port’s attempt to regulate drayage operators — in ways that had nothing to do with its efforts to improve air quality at the port — was inconsistent with Congress’s command that the trucking industry be shaped by market forces, rather than an incompatible patchwork of state and local regulations.
“The decision is sure to send a signal to any other cities that may have been considering similar programs that would impermissibly regulate the port trucking industry,” he noted.
The nation’s highest court said the two concession requirements — that motor carriers display certain placards on their trucks, and that the companies have off-street parking plans for the trucks — violate federal pre-emption law.