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The Port of Long Beach's monthly newsletter
October 2010
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Council Upholds Bridge Plan

The Long Beach City Council, in a unanimous 8-0 vote, upheld the Port of Long Beach's plans to replace the aging Gerald Desmond Bridge. The move clears the way for the nearly $1 billion project to begin construction as early as next year.
The new bridge will improve safety and ease traffic congestion while generating an average of 4,000 jobs per year during the expected five-to-six years of construction.
After the new bridge is complete, the old structure will be taken down. The Port will oversee construction in partnership with Caltrans.
The Gerald Desmond Bridge is a vital route for cargo. About 15 percent of the nation's imported consumer goods travel over the bridge. It is also a critical link for commuters who make up about 75 percent of bridge traffic.
Read More: For the full news release, click here.
Learn More: For project fact sheet, an informational video, Q&A, and the complete environmental impact report click here.
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Green Port Fest a Hit

From wide-eyed toddlers to grandma and grandpa, plus everyone in between, thousands attended Green Port Fest 2010 on October 2.
The free annual event, one of the largest of its kind, is an opportunity for Port staff, its customers and partners to showcase their operations and environmental programs in a fun, street festival setting.
Visitors took narrated tours by boat and train of the Port's facilities, learned about the companies and business partners that make Long Beach a premier world class facility and took home several tips on how to lead "greener" lifestyles.
Read More: For the full news release, click here.
Watch: For a short On The Go video clip of the event click here.
View: For photos of the event, visit the Port's Facebook fan page at click here.
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Cargo Volume Remains Strong

The monthly container cargo count rose for the 10th straight month in September with a 30.5 percent increase in overall volume compared to the same period a year ago. Imports were up 28.4 percent while exports gained 13.4 percent compared to September 2009.
Overall, the Port moved 574,790 twenty-foot equivalent container units last month.
Year to date, imports are up 24.2 percent, exports are up 13.3 percent and overall volume is up 23.5 percent.
Read the Data: Click here for the latest TEU figures, and here for the latest tonnage summary reports.
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New Round of Grants Released

The Port kicked off the second round of community grants in October with a series of workshops for those interested in applying. The latest, $5 million grant program is designed to help medical centers, senior facilities and organizations improve health by limiting exposure to air pollution and increasing health awareness in areas closest to the Port and its trade corridors.
The first round of the Port's community grants earmarked nearly $5 million for local schools and day-care facilities. In the second round the Port is reaching out to medical centers, convalescent homes and other health-care sites to reduce indoor air pollution. Health organizations and agencies are also invited to seek funding for outreach and screening programs that address respiratory and cardiopulmonary issues.
Read More: For the full news release, Click here for the full news release.
Learn More: Those interested in applying for a grant can find information at www.polb.com/healthgrants. Or contact grants@polb.com or 1-888-789-GRANT (1-888-789-4726).
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CAAP Decision Postponed

Harbor commissioners from Los Angeles and Long Beach have postponed a vote on an update to the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) to allow the public more time to review the proposal.
The temporary delay does not affect the benefits of the current air-pollution reduction measures. The ports will use the extra time to clarify the document for industry and other stakeholders. In particular, staff and rail industry representatives will discuss the CAAP's proposed measures on long haul locomotives.
Read More: For the full news release, Click here for the full news release.
Learn More: The 2010 CAAP Update, Fact Sheet, Response to Comments and Supplemental Response to Comments following comments at the joint board meeting are available at www.polb.com/caap or www.cleanairactionplan.org.
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Port Wins Accolades
The Port of Long Beach recently received special recognition from industry and academia. The American Association of Port Authorities gave top awards to the Port's communication and engineering divisions while an innovative technology initiative at the Port caught the eyes of officials at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. To see those and other Port awards go to www.polb.com/awards.

'Pulse of the Port' Video
Watch the latest episode of the award-winning video program "Pulse of the Port" featuring the Port's unique storm drain hardware, some extroverted community outreach interns, five years of the landmark Green Port Policy and Ability Tri-Modal, a long established local trucking and logistics company that played a vital role in the Port's landmark Clean Trucks Program. Watch individual segments at the Port's YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/portoflongbeach.

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