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NEW L.A. PORT CHIEF NAMED

LOS ANGELES - 12/14/05 - Looking to improve operations and enhance community relations, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has tapped Long Beach's veteran port administrator to be general manager of the Port of Los Angeles, reports the Los Angeles Daily News.
 
Geraldine Knatz, a 24-year employee of the Port of Long Beach and its managing director since 1999, would take over leadership of a Los Angeles city department that has been rocked by scandal and criticized for its relationships with the shipping industry and its neighbors.

She has been overseeing a $2.5 billion construction project at the Port of Long Beach.

"It was important for me to find someone who has the energy and the ideas we need to keep the [Los Angeles] port competitive and improve it environmentally as well," Villaraigosa said at a news conference near the harbor. "I was impressed from the start with Geraldine's energy and what she has done in Long Beach to provide such stiff competition for us."

If the Los Angeles City Council approves the appointment, Knatz would become the first woman to head a major US port.

She holds master's and doctorate degrees from the University of Southern California.

Her selection was recommended to Villaraigosa by the city Harbor Commission after a series of extensive interviews by a citizens committee.
 
"It feels like I'm coming home," Knatz said. "It is so exciting to be coming back where I started."
 
Knatz said she believes the Los Angeles Harbor, which competes with the Long Beach port for the title as the nation's busiest, can improve its service to the shipping industry, which has complained about long waits to unload cargo.

She also said she believes the port can reduce air pollution from its operations.

"I think we can get to a point where we reduce emissions here and go beyond the goal of no net increase in emissions," Knatz said.
 
Councilman Tony Cardenas, who chairs the council's Commerce, Energy and Natural Resources Committee overseeing the port, said he hopes for a quick confirmation.
 
"Geraldine brings good experience to the table," Cardenas said in a printed statement. "We look forward to seeing her work together with Long Beach and Los Angeles to reduce smog and congestion in the harbor."

The port is one of the major economic engines of the city, creating nearly 18,000 jobs and bringing in cargo valued at $122 billion a year.

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NEW RULES FOR EXPORT BOXES AT LA/LB PORTS

LONG BEACH – 08/02/06 – A new open testing period for the new OffPeak procedures for handling export containers has been put in place at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach; beginning Monday, August 7, 2006, exporters delivering containers during peak hours will be required to claim their booking numbers before the containers arrive at the container terminals at either port.


CAL STILL TOP-RANKED AG EXPORT STATE

WASHINGTON, DC – 07/13/06 – California remains the country’s top agricultural exporting state as it saw overseas sales of a wide variety of products such as tree fruits, dairy products, nuts, and wine climbed a full 7% last year to more than $10 billion; California now generates a full 16% of the total value of all US agricultural exports, according to the US Foreign Agricultural Service.


FIRST CAL-GROWN PLUMS EXPORTED TO CHINA

REEDLEY – 07/10/06 – After more than a decade of negotiations, the first shipment of California-grown plums has been exported to China, which is expected to surpass Canada as the state’s Number One plum export market within the next five years, according to the California Tree Fruit Agreement; California plum exports in 2005 reached approximately 4.5 million boxes with Taiwan and Hong Kong constituting a full one-third of that total.


REHRIG PENN EXPANDS INTO OHIO MARKET

LOS ANGELES – 07/07/05 – Rehrig Penn Logistics Inc. has occupied a new distribution center in Columbus, Ohio, managed by distribution facilities management company ProLogis; Rehrig will use the 121,000 square-foot facility to provide asset recovery and management services to global manufacturers, distributors, and retailers throughout Ohio.


CONTRACT AWARDED FOR POLA BOX FACILITY

LOS ANGELES – 06/28/06 – The Bay Area-based URS Corp. has been awarded a contract to design the proposed Port of Los Angeles/Port of Long Beach Joint Container Inspection Facility (JCIF); the building will be owned by the port, but will be utilized by a diverse group of law enforcement agencies for inspection of special, high-risk and randomly selected cargo containers


SoCAL TRUCK PROGRAM A SUCCESS

LONG BEACH – 06/26/06 – The year-old OffPeak traffic management program is being credited with diverting more than two million truck trips from peak daytime traffic hours on Southern California’s congested freeways; the OffPeak program was created to reduce congestion in and around the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the busiest port complex in the US and the fifth-largest in the world.





 


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