May 2019
Construction workers at Port of Long Beach pier

Opening the Port's Gateway for Small Business

SBE/VSBE Program increases access to contracting opportunities 

Small and very small businesses earned 30.2% of the total the Port of Long Beach spent on contractors and vendors to support its international trade operations during the past fiscal year. The amount represents the highest percentage to date of Small Business Enterprise/Very Small Business Enterprise participation in Port projects. 

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Aerial photo of Port of Long Beach

Best Ever April at
Port of Long Beach


High school interns class of 2019

Port Awards $100,000
in Scholarships


In Other News

  • Orient Overseas International Ltd. has announced the $1.78 billion sale of its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Orient Overseas Container Line Limited and Long Beach Container Terminal, to Olivia Holdings, a consortium led by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets, a division of Australia’s Macquarie Group. LBCT operates the Port of Long Beach’s Middle Harbor terminal, which has been undergoing a $1.493 billion modernization project due to be completed in 2021. The sale is subject to approval by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, which is composed of multiple federal agencies and chaired by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. LBCT President Anthony Otto and current staff are expected to continue to manage the terminal under the new ownership. Read more
  • The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) recently awarded the Port of Long Beach $10 million in Measure R transportation funds to support the design phase of the Pier B Street Freight Corridor Reconstruction Project. The project involves widening and realigning Pier B Street, realigning Pico Avenue and improving sidewalks and safety conditions. Separately, Metro previously awarded $16.3 million in federal funding for the construction phase of the Pier B Street Freight Corridor Reconstruction Project. The project is a component of the larger Pier B On-Dock Rail Support Project aimed at moving cargo by on-dock rail more efficiently, reducing roadway congestion, and improving air quality throughout the Port. Measure R is the half-cent sales tax Los Angeles County voters approved in 2008 to help pay for new transportation projects and programs. Read more
  • Finance Director Wei ChiThe Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has named Wei Chi to lead the Finance Division at the nation’s second-busiest seaport. The Director of Finance is responsible for ensuring effective implementation of fiscal policies at the Port of Long Beach. The Port operates entirely on revenues and existing funds and is not funded by taxes or the City's General Fund. Chi returns to the Port of Long Beach after working for several years as Deputy Executive Director, Comptroller for Los Angeles World Airports, the city agency that operates Los Angeles International Airport. Read more
  • The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded a $225 million low-interest loan to the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority to complete the funding package to build express lanes on a 10-mile stretch of the 10 Freeway. The $929-million I-10 Corridor Project will result in dual express lanes in each direction between the Los Angeles County border and the 15 Freeway. Construction is due to begin in early 2020 and be completed in 2023. The corridor is a critical transportation corridor used by residents, businesses and visitors and a major trucking route between the Southern California ports and the rest of the nation. Read more
  • Acting Government Relations Director Bianca VillanuevaBianca Villanueva has been named the Port’s Acting Director of Government Relations. The position was previously held by Samara Ashley, who is now the Assistant Chief Executive Officer of Legislative Affairs and Intergovernmental Relations for Los Angeles County. Ashley left for the new job in March after 12 years with the Port. Villanueva has been at the Port since 2011 and prior to that served as a field representative for then-Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal. 
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