The Port of Los Angeles, also called Los Angeles Harbor Department, is a port complex that occupies 7,500 acres of land and water along 43 mi of waterfront and adjoins the separate Port of Long Beach. The port is located in San Pedro Bay in the San Pedro and Wilmington neighborhoods of Los Angeles, approximately 20 mi south of downtown. A department of the City of Los Angeles, the Port of Los Angeles employs nearly 1,000 people, and is the busiest container port in the United States. For public safety, the Port of Los Angeles utilizes the Los Angeles Port Police to fight crime and terrorism, and the Los Angeles City Lifeguards to provide lifeguarding services for inner Cabrillo Beach. Wikipedia.


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News Article | December 21, 2016
Site: www.eurekalert.org

WASHINGTON - Several strong earthquakes around the world have resulted in a phenomenon called soil liquefaction, the seismic generation of excess porewater pressures and softening of granular soils, often to the point that they may not be able to support the foundations of buildings and other infrastructure. The November 2016 earthquake in New Zealand, for example, resulted in liquefaction that caused serious damage to the Port of Wellington, which contributes approximately $1.75 billion to the country's annual GDP. An estimated 40 percent of the U.S. is subject to ground motions severe enough to cause liquefaction and associated damage to infrastructure. Effectively engineering infrastructure to protect life and to mitigate the economic, environmental, and social impacts of liquefaction requires the ability to accurately assess the likelihood of liquefaction and its consequences. A new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine evaluates existing field, laboratory, physical model, and analytical methods for assessing liquefaction and its consequences, and recommends how to account for and reduce the uncertainties associated with the use of these methods. When liquefaction occurs, wet granular materials such as sands and some silts and gravels can behave in a manner similar to a liquid. The most commonly used approaches to estimate the likelihood of liquefaction are empirical case-history-based methods initially developed more than 45 years ago. Since then, variations to these methods have been suggested based not only on case historical data but also informed by laboratory and physical model tests and numerical analyses. Many of the variations are in use, but there is no consensus regarding their accuracy. As a result, infrastructure design often incurs additional costs to provide the desired confidence that the effects of liquefaction are properly mitigated. The report evaluates existing methods for assessing the potential consequences of liquefaction, which are not as mature as those for assessing the likelihood of liquefaction occurring. Improved understanding of the consequences of liquefaction will become more important as earthquake engineering moves more toward performance-based design. "The engineering community wrestles with the differences among the various approaches used to predict what triggers liquefaction and to forecast its consequences," said Edward Kavazanjian, Ira A. Fulton Professor of Geotechnical Engineering and Regents' Professor at Arizona State University and chair of the committee that conducted the study and wrote the report. "It's important for the geotechnical earthquake engineering community to consider new, more robust methods to assess the potential impacts of liquefaction." The committee called for greater use of principles of geology, seismology, and soil mechanics to improve the geotechnical understanding of case histories, project sites, and the likelihood and consequences of liquefaction. The committee also emphasized the need for explicit consideration of the uncertainties associated with data used in assessments as well as the uncertainties in the assessment procedures. The report recommends establishing standardized and publicly accessible databases of liquefaction case histories that could be used to develop and validate methods for assessing liquefaction and its consequences. Further, the committee suggested establishing observatories for gathering data before, during, and after an earthquake at sites with a high likelihood of liquefaction. This would allow better understanding of the processes of liquefaction and the characteristics and behavior of the soils that liquefied. Data from these sites could be used to develop and validate assessment procedures. The study was sponsored by the Bureau of Reclamation, the Federal Highway Administration, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, American Society of Civil Engineers and the ASCE's Geo-Institute, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the Port of Long Beach, and the Port of Los Angeles. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are private, nonprofit institutions that provide independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions related to science, technology, and medicine. They operate under an 1863 congressional charter to the National Academy of Sciences, signed by President Lincoln. For more information, visit http://national-academies. . A roster follows. Riya V. Anandwala, Media Relations Officer Rebecca Ray, Media Relations Assistant Office of News and Public Information 202-334-2138; e-mail news@nas.edu national-academies.org/newsroom Follow us on Twitter @theNASEM Copies of State of the Art and Practice in the Assessment of Earthquake-Induced Soil Liquefaction and Consequences are available at http://www. or by calling 202-334-3313 or 1-800-624-6242. Reporters may obtain a copy from the Office of News and Public Information (contacts listed above). Division on Earth and Life Studies Board on Earth Science and Resources Edward Kavazanjian Jr.1 (chair) Regents Professor and Ira A. Fulton Professor of Geotechnical Engineering School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment Arizona State University Tempe Jose E. Andrade Professor of Civil and Mechanical Engineering California Institute of Technology Pasadena Brian F. Atwater2 Geologist U.S. Geological Survey, and Affiliate Professor Department of Earth and Space Sciences University of Washington Seattle John T. Christian1 Consulting Engineer, and Professor Department of Environmental and Civil Engineering University of Massachusetts, Lowell Burlington Russell Green Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Blacksburg Ellen Rathje Associate Professor Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering University of Texas Austin James R. Rice1,2 Mallinckrodt Professor of Engineering Sciences and Geophysics Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Harvard University Cambridge, Mass.


News Article | December 10, 2016
Site: marketersmedia.com

— Marcus Hiles is a renowned Texas developer and investor who has a keen ability for predicting market trends. His vision for offering luxury homes to working class Texans revolutionized the Dallas real estate landscape. Now, Hiles is taking his property expertise and focusing on the areas poised for exponential growth - Woodlands and coastal regions of Houston. There has been much speculation about how President-elect Donald Trump will affect real estate policies when he enters office in January. Many investors are looking forward to having a businessman in the role of President of the United States, believing this is an opportunity to lessen many of the regulations being applied to businesses. Even with his extensive background in real estate, Trump has been mostly silent about what his impact in this area will be. According to a recent Forbes article written by Lawrence Yun, the Chief Economist of National Association of REALTORS, one of Trump’s biggest influences on the property industry could be changes in some form to the Dodd-Frank financial regulation. “A clear positive would be the lifting of compliance costs imposed on small-sized banks. Around 10,000 local and community banks have traditionally been the source of funding for construction and land development loans. With less regulatory burden, these small banks can make more loans and will boost home building activity – something that is needed in the current housing situation.” The growing municipality of Houston ranks as the fourth largest metro area in the United States, coming in just behind New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Nearly half of all Fortune 500 energy companies are headquartered here, giving the city unparalleled influence in the global energy industry. Much of Houston’s job and population growth has been driven by the energy industry. The expansion of the Panama Canal also offers big benefits to the city, where industrial giants strive to beat West Coast competitors in attaining foreign goods. The Port of Houston is the second busiest port in the United States, quickly becoming competitive with the Port of Los Angeles for trade and jobs. And the Texas Medical Center, sitting just three miles south of downtown, has over 100,000 employees and includes facilities such as hospitals, research institutions, nursing programs, pharmacy schools, and a dental school. Active in the real estate market for over twenty-five years, Marcus Hiles is a graduate of Pepperdine University and Rice University with a deep commitment to education. His philanthropic contributions include over $2.5 million donated to various K-12 initiatives, after school programs, and job placement programs. Coming from humble beginnings as the son of an inner city minister, Hiles funded three large Churches in Texas as well as his home state of Massachusetts. He also underwrote a $13 million environmentally impactful tree planting initiative. Marcus Hiles is driven by his unwavering commitment to create communities and improve the lives of others. For more information, please visit http://www.MarcusHiles-News.com


DALLAS, TX / ACCESSWIRE / December 13, 2016 / With a keen ability for predicting market trends, Founder of Western Rim, Marcus Hiles began his distinguished career developing affordable properties that offered upscale amenities in 1990. To date, his companies manage and own over 15,000 townhomes and apartments across Texas. His vision for offering luxury homes to working class Texans revolutionized the Dallas real estate landscape. Now, Hiles is taking his property expertise and focusing on the areas poised for exponential growth - Woodlands and coastal regions of Houston. There has been much speculation about how President-elect Donald Trump will affect real estate policies when he enters office in January. Many investors are looking forward to having a businessman in the role of President of the United States, believing this is an opportunity to lessen many of the regulations being applied to businesses. Even with his extensive background in real estate, Trump has been mostly silent about what his impact in this area will be. According to a recent Forbes article written by Lawrence Yun, the Chief Economist of National Association of REALTORS, one of Trump's biggest influences on the property industry could be changes in some form to the Dodd-Frank financial regulation. "A clear positive would be the lifting of compliance costs imposed on small-sized banks. Around 10,000 local and community banks have traditionally been the source of funding for construction and land development loans. With less regulatory burden, these small banks can make more loans and will boost home building activity - something that is needed in the current housing situation." The growing municipality of Houston ranks as the fourth largest metro area in the United States, coming in just behind New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Nearly half of all Fortune 500 energy companies are headquartered here, giving the city unparalleled influence in the global energy industry. Much of Houston’s job and population growth has been driven by the energy industry. The expansion of the Panama Canal also offers big benefits to the city, where industrial giants strive to beat West Coast competitors in attaining foreign goods. The Port of Houston is the second busiest port in the United States, quickly becoming competitive with the Port of Los Angeles for trade and jobs. And the Texas Medical Center, sitting just three miles south of downtown, has over 100,000 employees and includes facilities such as hospitals, research institutions, nursing programs, pharmacy schools, and a dental school. Active in the real estate market for over twenty-five years, Marcus Hiles is a graduate of Pepperdine University and Rice University with a deep commitment to education. His philanthropic contributions include over $2.5 million donated to various K-12 initiatives, after school programs, and job placement programs. Coming from humble beginnings as the son of an inner city minister, Hiles funded three large Churches in Texas as well as his home state of Massachusetts. He also underwrote a $13 million environmentally impactful tree planting initiative. Marcus Hiles is driven by his unwavering commitment to create communities and improve the lives of others. Marcus Hiles - Chairman & CEO of Western Rim Property Services: http://www.MarcusHiles-News.com Western Rim Property Services- Marcus Hiles - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Western-Rim-Property-Services-Marcus-Hiles-1013270532051763/ Marcus Hiles (@marcus_hiles) - Twitter: https://twitter.com/marcus_hiles Marcus Hiles - New Luxury Apartments in Frisco, TX - YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmsJNbfOh-g DALLAS, TX / ACCESSWIRE / December 13, 2016 / With a keen ability for predicting market trends, Founder of Western Rim, Marcus Hiles began his distinguished career developing affordable properties that offered upscale amenities in 1990. To date, his companies manage and own over 15,000 townhomes and apartments across Texas. His vision for offering luxury homes to working class Texans revolutionized the Dallas real estate landscape. Now, Hiles is taking his property expertise and focusing on the areas poised for exponential growth - Woodlands and coastal regions of Houston. There has been much speculation about how President-elect Donald Trump will affect real estate policies when he enters office in January. Many investors are looking forward to having a businessman in the role of President of the United States, believing this is an opportunity to lessen many of the regulations being applied to businesses. Even with his extensive background in real estate, Trump has been mostly silent about what his impact in this area will be. According to a recent Forbes article written by Lawrence Yun, the Chief Economist of National Association of REALTORS, one of Trump's biggest influences on the property industry could be changes in some form to the Dodd-Frank financial regulation. "A clear positive would be the lifting of compliance costs imposed on small-sized banks. Around 10,000 local and community banks have traditionally been the source of funding for construction and land development loans. With less regulatory burden, these small banks can make more loans and will boost home building activity - something that is needed in the current housing situation." The growing municipality of Houston ranks as the fourth largest metro area in the United States, coming in just behind New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Nearly half of all Fortune 500 energy companies are headquartered here, giving the city unparalleled influence in the global energy industry. Much of Houston’s job and population growth has been driven by the energy industry. The expansion of the Panama Canal also offers big benefits to the city, where industrial giants strive to beat West Coast competitors in attaining foreign goods. The Port of Houston is the second busiest port in the United States, quickly becoming competitive with the Port of Los Angeles for trade and jobs. And the Texas Medical Center, sitting just three miles south of downtown, has over 100,000 employees and includes facilities such as hospitals, research institutions, nursing programs, pharmacy schools, and a dental school. Active in the real estate market for over twenty-five years, Marcus Hiles is a graduate of Pepperdine University and Rice University with a deep commitment to education. His philanthropic contributions include over $2.5 million donated to various K-12 initiatives, after school programs, and job placement programs. Coming from humble beginnings as the son of an inner city minister, Hiles funded three large Churches in Texas as well as his home state of Massachusetts. He also underwrote a $13 million environmentally impactful tree planting initiative. Marcus Hiles is driven by his unwavering commitment to create communities and improve the lives of others. Marcus Hiles - Chairman & CEO of Western Rim Property Services: http://www.MarcusHiles-News.com Western Rim Property Services- Marcus Hiles - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Western-Rim-Property-Services-Marcus-Hiles-1013270532051763/ Marcus Hiles (@marcus_hiles) - Twitter: https://twitter.com/marcus_hiles Marcus Hiles - New Luxury Apartments in Frisco, TX - YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmsJNbfOh-g


News Article | December 8, 2016
Site: marketersmedia.com

DALLAS, TX / ACCESSWIRE / December 8, 2016 / Renowned Texas developer and investor Marcus Hiles has a keen ability for predicting market trends. Hiles began his distinguished career developing affordable properties that offered upscale amenities; to date his companies manage and own over 15,000 townhomes and apartments across Texas. His vision for offering luxury homes to working class Texans revolutionized the Dallas real estate landscape. Now, Hiles is taking his property expertise and focusing on the areas poised for exponential growth - Woodlands and coastal regions of Houston. There has been much speculation about how President-elect Donald Trump will affect real estate policies when he enters office in January. Many investors are looking forward to having a businessman in the role of President of the United States, believing this is an opportunity to lessen many of the regulations being applied to businesses. Even with his extensive background in real estate, Trump has been mostly silent about what his impact in this area will be. According to a recent Forbes article written by Lawrence Yun, the Chief Economist of National Association of REALTORS, one of Trump's biggest influences on the property industry could be changes in some form to the Dodd-Frank financial regulation. "A clear positive would be the lifting of compliance costs imposed on small-sized banks. Around 10,000 local and community banks have traditionally been the source of funding for construction and land development loans. With less regulatory burden, these small banks can make more loans and will boost home building activity – something that is needed in the current housing situation." The growing municipality of Houston ranks as the fourth largest metro area in the United States, coming in just behind New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Nearly half of all Fortune 500 energy companies are headquartered here, giving the city unparalleled influence in the global energy industry. Much of Houston's job and population growth has been driven by the energy industry. The expansion of the Panama Canal also offers big benefits to the city, where industrial giants strive to beat West Coast competitors in attaining foreign goods. The Port of Houston is the second busiest port in the United States, quickly becoming competitive with the Port of Los Angeles for trade and jobs. And the Texas Medical Center, sitting just three miles south of downtown, has over 100,000 employees and includes facilities such as hospitals, research institutions, nursing programs, pharmacy schools, and a dental school. Active in the real estate market for over twenty-five years, Marcus Hiles is a graduate of Pepperdine University and Rice University with a deep commitment to education. His philanthropic contributions include over $2.5 million donated to various K-12 initiatives, after school programs, and job placement programs. Coming from humble beginnings as the son of an inner city minister, Hiles funded three large Churches in Texas as well as his home state of Massachusetts. He also underwrote a $13 million environmentally impactful tree planting initiative. Marcus Hiles is driven by his unwavering commitment to create communities and improve the lives of others. DALLAS, TX / ACCESSWIRE / December 8, 2016 / Renowned Texas developer and investor Marcus Hiles has a keen ability for predicting market trends. Hiles began his distinguished career developing affordable properties that offered upscale amenities; to date his companies manage and own over 15,000 townhomes and apartments across Texas. His vision for offering luxury homes to working class Texans revolutionized the Dallas real estate landscape. Now, Hiles is taking his property expertise and focusing on the areas poised for exponential growth - Woodlands and coastal regions of Houston. There has been much speculation about how President-elect Donald Trump will affect real estate policies when he enters office in January. Many investors are looking forward to having a businessman in the role of President of the United States, believing this is an opportunity to lessen many of the regulations being applied to businesses. Even with his extensive background in real estate, Trump has been mostly silent about what his impact in this area will be. According to a recent Forbes article written by Lawrence Yun, the Chief Economist of National Association of REALTORS, one of Trump's biggest influences on the property industry could be changes in some form to the Dodd-Frank financial regulation. "A clear positive would be the lifting of compliance costs imposed on small-sized banks. Around 10,000 local and community banks have traditionally been the source of funding for construction and land development loans. With less regulatory burden, these small banks can make more loans and will boost home building activity – something that is needed in the current housing situation." The growing municipality of Houston ranks as the fourth largest metro area in the United States, coming in just behind New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Nearly half of all Fortune 500 energy companies are headquartered here, giving the city unparalleled influence in the global energy industry. Much of Houston's job and population growth has been driven by the energy industry. The expansion of the Panama Canal also offers big benefits to the city, where industrial giants strive to beat West Coast competitors in attaining foreign goods. The Port of Houston is the second busiest port in the United States, quickly becoming competitive with the Port of Los Angeles for trade and jobs. And the Texas Medical Center, sitting just three miles south of downtown, has over 100,000 employees and includes facilities such as hospitals, research institutions, nursing programs, pharmacy schools, and a dental school. Active in the real estate market for over twenty-five years, Marcus Hiles is a graduate of Pepperdine University and Rice University with a deep commitment to education. His philanthropic contributions include over $2.5 million donated to various K-12 initiatives, after school programs, and job placement programs. Coming from humble beginnings as the son of an inner city minister, Hiles funded three large Churches in Texas as well as his home state of Massachusetts. He also underwrote a $13 million environmentally impactful tree planting initiative. Marcus Hiles is driven by his unwavering commitment to create communities and improve the lives of others.


Shipping company Maersk Line and the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are partnering to measure the environmental benefits of a $125-million upgrade for 12 Maersk container ships. This will involve the installation of high-tech equipment to track vessel emissions and energy efficiency over the next three years, enabling more transparency and ultimately reducing the environmental impact of vessels calling at the San Pedro Bay port complex. The two ports are contributing a combined $1 million to real-time tracking systems that represent an industry leading application to pinpoint vessel emissions while ships are at sea and at berth. Unprecedented in its scope and scale, the three-year data collection and analysis project, called “The Connected Vessel Programme”, builds on the $125 million Maersk Line has invested in its “radical retrofit” program to reduce fuel consumption and increase the capacity of the vessels that regularly call at the San Pedro Bay ports. The project will continuously record how much fuel each engine uses in conjunction with speed, engine power, weather and other operational variables through use of mass flow meters and an interface to the Integrated Control System (ICS) on-board to capture key performance data. Information will be uploaded to Maersk Line servers via satellite, and each ship will be able to communicate in real-time with Maersk Line’s Global Vessel Performance Centre (GVPC) to increase operational efficiency. The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will split the $1 million cost under their joint Technology Advancement Program (TAP). TAP is a grant program created under the ports’ landmark Clean Air Action Plan to accelerate the evaluation and demonstration of new and emerging clean technologies for reducing and ultimately eliminating harmful emissions from all port-related sources. Ships generate the lion’s share of air pollution associated with port activity. Under its “radical retrofit” program, Maersk Line upgraded vessels that already plug into shore power at the San Pedro Bay ports. The additional improvements include redesigning the bulbous bow of each vessel, replacing existing propellers with more efficient models, and “derating” the main engines to make them more efficient at lower speeds. The retrofit program also involved raising the bridge to increase each ship’s capacity from about 9,500 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) to about 11,000 TEUs. This allows Maersk Line to carry more containers per vessel while decreasing their environmental impact per container moved. The energy efficiency makeover is expected to decrease each ship’s fuel consumption by more than 10%, saving an estimated 10,000 metric tons of fuel on an annual basis. This would reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by an estimated 31,000 tons of carbon dioxide per year and lead to similar reductions of diesel particulate matter (DPM), nitrogen oxides (NO ) and sulfur oxides (SO ). A single ton of CO would fill a 1,400-square-foot house. Since 2007, Maersk Line has reduced GHG emissions associated with its vessel operations by 42% on a per container, per kilometer basis. The Retrofits and TAP demonstration project with the San Pedro Bay ports will help Maersk Line reach its goal of a 60% reduction of CO and other pollutants by 2020. Both the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach continue to pursue aggressive clean air programs with the goal of eliminating all harmful emissions from port-related sources. Over the last decade, DPM emissions have declined as much as 85%, NO emissions have been cut in half, SO emissions have plummeted 97%, and GHG emissions are down an average of 12%, based on the latest annual inventories that measure the impact of the San Pedro Bay ports’ pollution-reducing strategies. The Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach are the two largest ports in the nation, first and second respectively, and combined are the ninth-largest port complex in the world. The two ports handle approximately 40% of the nation’s total containerized import traffic and 25% of its total exports. Trade that flows through the San Pedro Bay ports complex generates more than 3 million jobs nationwide.


News Article | February 15, 2017
Site: www.prweb.com

Noribachi, a leading US-based technology company with a focus on digital lighting, unveiled its latest products and technologies aboard the iconic battleship USS Iowa in the Port of Los Angeles last week. "Noribachi's products and technologies unveiling event was amazing," said Bruce Braithwaite, COO/EVP, Mega Super Stores. “We already believe in Noribachi's quality LED products but seeing how technology can create more opportunities for lighting as well as information was incredible. We are very excited about working with Noribachi to provide this quality product to our all of Mega Super Stores’ customers." More than 300 invited guests were on-hand to experience Noribachi’s new Bespoke Engineered and Specially Tailored (BEST) products including RGBW solutions that expand the scope of general lighting; the Pulse Wireless Controller, a cloud-based lighting and data network; and a wide range of LED displays delivering 4K resolution. “It was a great opportunity to share our product roadmap with our partners,” said Farzad Dibachi, CEO, Noribachi. “Our lighting hardware and software solutions will continue to differentiate Noribachi from an industry that has lagged in innovation and is slow to embrace digital technologies.” For more information about Noribachi’s products and technologies, visit Noribachi.com About Noribachi: Noribachi is a leading U.S.-based technology company with a focus on digital lighting. Noribachi’s product lines, “ALiVE” and “NoriCloud” are comprised of hardware, software and services associated with the generation, distribution and control of lighting, sensors and other integrated features and components in commercial and industrial applications.


News Article | April 1, 2016
Site: www.sej.org

"A California judge ruled Wednesday that the Port of Los Angeles and a national railroad company failed to adequately assess the environmental impacts of a $500-million freight yard they want to build next to low-income, mostly minority neighborhoods. Barry Goode, sitting in Contra Costa County Superior Court, held that the port and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Co. violated the California Environmental Quality Act in their analysis of the Southern California International Gateway project, which has been planned for more than a decade. The ruling will likely stall an important goods movement project for the region, but could benefit residents of west Long Beach who live, work and go to school next to the project site, an area already hard hit by pollution from port operations."


News Article | March 17, 2015
Site: gizmodo.com

If you live anywhere in the US, chances are that you have a product in your home right now that came through the Port of Los Angeles. The largest port in the Western hemisphere handles about a quarter of all cargo distributed throughout the country—about $1 billion a day. Now LA is working to make it the most environmentally responsible port as well. But it hasn't been easy. The Battleship USS Iowa, the Vincent Thomas Bridge, the fourth largest bridge in California, and cranes waiting to unload cargo. There's only one way to really take in the scale of the port, a 7,500-acre site with a staggering 43 miles of waterfront: From a window seat of a plane departing from LA. I got the second-best perspective: The deck of a boat that can travel into each berth and ridiculously close to the docked megaships. I spent a morning taking in breathtaking harborside views of the technicolor containers stacked like blocks by cranes that hover above like skeletal AT-ATs. What's in all those containers? About half of the cargo coming in—some $285 billion worth—comes from China and Hong Kong, bearing furniture, auto parts, fashion, and electronics. But interestingly, we're not exporting Made in America consumer goods, for the most part. The containers leaving LA are transporting waste paper, animal feed, and scrap metal. Yes, we are shipping scrap metal across the Pacific Ocean! In many ways the Port of LA is hosting the largest and most expensive international recycling system in the world. Globally, LA is the 16th largest port in the world by volume, but when combined with the adjacent Port of Long Beach, it becomes the ninth. This makes the entire operation able to yield some real substantial impact, especially when it comes to its environmental vision, which the Port is now sharing with other shipping entities worldwide. The historic tuna canneries still dot the waterfront (now they make cat food). The century-old port began as a fishing village, but the Port began positioning itself for global trade as early as 1917, after the Panama Canal opened. This was followed by decades of explosive growth, much of it unchecked when it came to preserving the relationship to the surrounding city and the Port's unique marine environment. After the port was successfully sued by several environmental groups who claimed pollution from the port was directly responsible for releasing cancer-causing agents that were detrimental to the health of nearby residents, the Clean Air Action Plan and Clean Truck Programs were passed to slash emissions and improve the air. A $50 million fund was created for the port to make changes that would improve health for local residents. An era of exceptional environmental reform began. Empty ships like this used to need to run their engines in the harbor, but now they can plug into the Port's power grid. The biggest polluters—not surprisingly—were the ships themselves, which spent hours idling in the harbor as they loaded and unloaded their cargo, churning through diesel fuel that dirtied the air and the water. (This was illustrated to great effect during a recent labor dispute which turned the Pacific Ocean into a container ship parking lot.) So the Port built its own electrical power grid, dubbed the Alternative Maritime Power (AMP) program. With this mini-grid, the ships can shut off their engines and plug in to the port's own energy source. This is probably one of the most innovative ideas, which has since been adopted by other ports, like Shanghai. Other simple changes were made. The thousands of trucks that provided ground support at the port were in some cases several decades old and dirty gas-guzzlers—this was essentially where trucks would go to die. The Clean Truck Program mandated that all vehicles needed to be new trucks that would adhere to the most stringent emissions standards, using clean diesel or electric propane. There's even a version of a clean "truck" in the water: A hybrid tugboat developed by the Port of LA. Within a few years the air and the water began to transform. Almost a decade after CAAP's launch, according to port environmental reports, diesel particles have dropped 79 percent, nitrogen oxide by 56 percent, and sulfur oxide by 88 percent. Dolphins and sea lions (I saw plenty of both) returned to the harbor. Now, there's a beach at the center of the Port where the water is clean enough to swim. TraPac's cranes are fitted with the new automated system that cuts the amount of time needed to unload ships. After staunching the pollutants directly entering the region from ships and trucks, the port looked at a ways to conserve energy overall. And the best way to save energy in shipping is to do it faster. Enter the robotic cranes. Now, the solution is not erasing humans completely—crane operators still have one of the most coveted jobs in the shipping process, earning $250,000 per year—but automating as much of the container transport process as possible. So as a container nears the ground, there's a handoff from human to computer, which guides the container with a series of magnets embedded into the cement dock to help it land more accurately on its target. Thanks to computer-aided logistics, containers are stacked in the most efficient manner possible to streamline the loading and unloading process. The computer-powered cranes can also use data modeling to better organize the containers, stacking them in a way that makes more sense, logistically, than their human counterparts. This accuracy also means more cranes can work in closer proximity. The automation project is part of the Technology Advancement Program initiative, focused on increasing productivity across the board. Right now the port can transport about 30 containers per hour. The goal is to transport 40. Siemens which would provide a clean alternative to tractor-trailer traffic. There's still one big problem to solve—the elephant in the harbor, if you will. It's the issue of what happens with all these goods once they leave the port itself. While the new changes at the port are designed to move the goods off the ships as quickly as possible, the way they get from the port dispersed through the country is still largely old-fashioned: Via rail or highway. Rail is by far the most efficient way to move containers, financially and environmentally. About 40 trains leave the port every day on a network of rail lines that fan out from San Pedro, with goods arriving on the East Coast in about a week. A much-needed improvement would bring even more rail lines below-grade to prevent freight congestion, and route more rail directly onto the docks. A proposed program would do just that, claiming to eliminate 1.5 million truck trips. But that's not approved yet and has actually been fought by environmentalists. By far, the weakest link in the Port's sustainability plan are the tractor-trailers, which are not only releasing dangerous levels of emissions, they're creating crushing vehicular congestion in the region. Controversially, the port wants to widen and improve local freeways to make it easier for their trucks to navigate the area. Here, too, it's experimenting with ideas that could be potential game-changers for ports around the world. It's really just a one-mile proof-of-concept at this point, but engineers are looking at building an electric highway (they're calling it an eHighway), which would allow vehicles to travel the same route as the rail-based Alameda Corridor, powered by catenary wires above instead of gas. This would help get containers to a more robust rail hub where more of them could head overground via rail. And it would eliminate emissions completely. Another example of purpose-built infrastructure: Jet fuel shipped into the harbor is deposited directly into these tanks and pumped underground to LAX. Of course, another solution is building infrastructure systems that don't require any kind of motorized transportation. At the center of the Port are huge tanks filled with gas and jet fuel. These are delivered to LAX via direct underground pipelines, taking dozens of trucks off the road every day. Note the yellow "extenders" below the crane, which help make them tall enough to service growing ships. While the Port of LA remains a giant as U.S. ports go, it's struggling to keep up with the way global shipping is changing. Or, rather, growing. Ships are getting bigger. Way bigger. R ecently, the Main Channel was deepened to 53 feet to allow more of these megaships to enter the harbor. But the bigger ships also need bigger cranes. The cost of building or replacing one of the port's 89 cranes is substantial. So instead, the port is adding bright yellow booster rigs below each crane which help to raise them higher. You might have heard about the Mary Maersk, the biggest container ship in the world, which can carry about 18,270 containers. It's too big to fit into the Port of LA's harbor, width-wise. This would require a whole different level of improvements. The Panama Canal is currently expanding for this very reason, and LA will have to make bigger changes to keep up—while still pioneering environmental responsibility. AltaSea, for instance, is a center for marine research and oceanographic tech that's planned for City Dock No. 1, a century-old building at the very edge of the harbor. The complex will include a center to study sea life as well as the world's largest tank specifically designed to study tsunamis. The original shipping innovation at the Port, used today as a film backdrop The organization PortTechLA is working to attract more clean-tech related companies that can take up residence in an incubator. Of course, the port can't transform all its operations into high-tech innovations. At the center of the port are a cluster of adorable 1920s-era cranes dwarfed by the nearby docks. This is the historic shipping yard and it's still used quite regularly—as a film set. This is, after all, Los Angeles.


News Article | February 20, 2015
Site: www.bloomberg.com

West Coast dockworkers and their employers reached a five-year contract deal, averting a shutdown of 29 ports that could have cost the U.S. economy $2 billion a day, Labor Secretary Tom Perez said. “This is now in the rear-view mirror. A significant potential headwind for this economic recovery has been removed,” Perez told reporters outside the San Francisco headquarters of the Pacific Maritime Association, which had been locked in a nine-month contract battle with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. Perez brokered a compromise on the issue of whether the union could fire arbitrators in workplace disputes, which had help up settlement on a contract after the sides agreed on other terms. Instead of a single arbitrator, a panel now will hear grievances, union President Robert McEllrath told reporters. The labor standoff had reduced productivity at West Coast ports by as much as half since November. California citrus fruit bound for Asia spoiled on the docks, while Mardi Gras beads destined for New Orleans instead languished on cargo ships off the Southern California coast. Carmakers flew in vital components at more than 10 times the cost of shipping them, while Japanese McDonald’s restaurants rationed french fries because of a shortage of Idaho potatoes. The Port of Los Angeles, the nation’s busiest, handled 29 percent less cargo in January 2015 compared with January 2014, and volumes were down 19 percent in neighboring Long Beach, the second-busiest port, according to statements from both ports. The contract agreement won’t end cargo bottlenecks right away, even after port operations return to normal by Saturday night, Perez said. “The parties have agreed to ensure that there are fully operational ports up and down the West Coast beginning tomorrow evening,” Perez said on a conference call with reporters late Friday. “I am confident that they understand the urgency of the task of eliminating the backlog.” Talks had broken down this month over a union demand that it be able to fire arbitrators in workplace grievances. The two sides had reached terms over salaries, benefits, the right of union members to maintain and repair truck chassis used to haul shipping containers and health care. On Feb. 4, the management association publicized details of its contract offer, including raises of 3 percent per year for full-time dockworkers, along with maintaining fully paid health care that costs employers $35,000 per worker per year. The maximum pension would rise to $88,800 per year as part of the proposed five-year contract, the association said at the time. The union and Perez wouldn’t confirm details of the final deal Friday evening. The tentative settlement still needs approval from unionized dockworkers from San Diego to Bellingham, Washington. “After more than nine months of negotiations, we are pleased to have reached an agreement that is good for workers and for the industry,” said maritime association President James McKenna and McEllrath, the union president, in a joint statement released late Friday. “We are also pleased that our ports can now resume full operations.” In their statement, the union and management declined to release details of the contract agreement until they are presented to members. Negotiators for the two sides were seen shaking hands and hugging in the the Pacific Maritime Association headquarters shortly after 6 p.m. local time, just as word of a deal leaked out. The West Coast ports, responsible for 43.5 percent of U.S. trade, have been operating at reduced capacity since late October as dockworkers slowed cargo movement and port employers cut shifts. The deal came after Perez gave the dockworkers’ union and shipping lines and terminal operators at the ports until the end of Friday to respond to a contract settlement he proposed. If they didn’t reach an agreement, he said he would move the talks to Washington next week.


News Article | February 21, 2017
Site: www.businesswire.com

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--CityView, an investment management and development firm focused on urban multifamily real estate in the Western and Southwestern United States, announced today it has sold its Solimar apartment community, the final property from CityView Los Angeles Fund I, to a private investor for $75 million. In total, the fund built or renovated over 2,500 housing units in 21 projects in the greater Los Angeles area. Located on Pacific Coast Highway in the heart of Los Angeles’ South Bay, the development of this 204-unit apartment community significantly upgraded the area by replacing two used car lots. The eight acre site is adjacent to the Harbor Park Municipal Golf Course and the Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park, where a $90 million renovation is nearing completion. Residents of the project have easy access to jobs at a nearby hospital, college, in addition to the bustling Port of Los Angeles. “I am pleased that this dynamic project capped the successful completion of the Los Angeles Fund portfolio,” said Sean Burton, chief executive officer of CityView. “I am proud of CityView’s track record of providing its investors with solid returns by investing in and developing multifamily properties in urban areas that provide residents with easy access to local jobs, transportation and entertainment.” CityView is a premier developer and investment management firm focused on urban residential real estate in the Western and Southwestern United States. CityView targets multifamily housing ventures in metropolitan markets which are often overlooked due to the complexity of the transaction and other development challenges. At the center of the firm’s success is its strong professional team which possesses unparalleled expertise in real estate, development, operations and finance. CityView’s investors include some of the largest and most sophisticated public pension plans and financial institutions in the country. CityView was founded in 2003 and is headquartered in Los Angeles and has a second office in San Francisco. For more information, please see www.cityview.com.

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