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The Port of Long Beach's monthly newsletter
September 2011
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Pier S Public Hearings

The Port is inviting the public to comment on its proposal to develop a state-of-the-art, $650 million container shipping terminal on Terminal Island that would showcase sustainable goods movement and generate up to 40,000 jobs in the region.
Hearings are scheduled for October 5 at Long Beach City Hall, and October 13 at Cabrillo High School Auditorium.
The proposed Pier S development is on a vacant 160-acre parcel and would utilize the latest technology and practices for reducing air pollution from cargo operations.
The Port has prepared a draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) and supplemental environmental impact report (SEIR) analyzing the impacts of the proposed development, and the mitigation measures that would be used to address those impacts. The public review period will continue through November 15, 2011.
Read more: For full news release and schedule of public hearings, click here.
For more information on the project, go to www.polb.com/Pier_S.
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Wise Shares Goals

President of the Board of Harbor Commissioners Susan E. Anderson Wise said the Port's upcoming capital projects and a smooth transition of leadership from retiring Executive Director Richard D. Steinke will be two of her priorities during her year as president.
Wise was elected June 27 and delivered her personal goals during the Board meeting on August 29 after newly confirmed Commissioners Rich Dines and Doug Drummond joined the Board. The Commission President also serves as its chair, running board meetings and often representing the Port with the public and the shipping industry.
Hemingway's Seattle-based company and its affiliates provide cargo-handling and transportation services at more than 150 seaport facilities worldwide, including four shipping terminal operations that move about half of the cargo at the Port of Long Beach.
Read More: For a copy of Wise's remarks, click here.

Cargo Volumes Down in August

The Port's container trade volume dipped in August compared to the same period a year ago, reflecting a general weakness in the economy. Imports were down 14.2 percent from August of last year, and exports were down 3.8 percent.
Port terminals handled 535,929 twenty-foot equivalent container units last month, compared to 611,002 TEUs in August 2010. Overall, August container traffic was down 12.3 percent compared to the same period a year ago. Calendar-year-to-date, imports are up 1.8 percent and exports are up 2.6 percent.
Read the Data: For the latest TEU figures, click here. Tonnage summary reports are here.
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Greenest Port Building

The newest building in the Port of Long Beach is also the "greenest." Recently completed and occupied, the Pier G Operations Building boasts state-of-the-art sustainability that could earn it a "gold" certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
Equipped with energy-saving and water-efficient features and partially constructed with recycled materials, the Operations Building is the latest demonstration of the Port's commitment to environmentally friendly development and operations.
The Port's 2005 Green Port Policy ushered in an era where all new Port buildings must meet at least the silver certification level in the USGBC's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.
Learn More: For more information about the Operations Building, click here.
For more information on sustainable development, click here.
Learn More: To watch a video about the building, click here.
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Project Bidders Conference

Interested subcontractors, material suppliers and consultants, including Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE), Underutilized Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (UDBE) and small businesses, are invited to participate in a pre-proposal conference on October 4 for the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project. The deadline to pre-register online is 5 p.m., Sept. 30, 2011, at www.polb.com/bridgeprebid.
The estimated four-year, $700 million-plus design-build project has an 11 percent UDBE goal. The Port and the California Department of Transportation have issued a request for proposals to four prequalified proposers who will submit proposals for the primary design-build contract. Proposals will be submitted in early 2012, and the contract is expected to be awarded by mid-2012.
Read More: For the full news release, click here. To download a flyer, click here
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Hanjin's Gift
Port officials and industry partners presented the Japan Business Association of Southern California with a check for $100,000 to aid in Japan's relief efforts following the earthquake and tsunami in March.
The funds were raised during a golf tournament on July 25 at the Virginia Country Club in Long Beach. The event was added to the Port's year-long Centennial Celebration. To watch a webcast of the September 19 Board of Harbor Commissioners meeting when the check was presented, click here.

New Website Features
Check out two new features on our website, www.polb.com. The "How Do I Find" button helps guide visitors to some of the most commonly sought information on the site, such as jobs, cargo statistics, and Harbor Commission meeting information.
The "Finance" button offers links to the Port's budget, annual reports and other public financial information.

Centennial Blog
One of the more interesting "not here anymore" places at the Port -- the Pegasus Restaurant -- opened in 1962 on El Embarcardero, just down the street from where the Port administration building was once located. The restaurant was in a $215,000 structure that also housed the wharfinger's office, the security office and space for the Coast Guard and U.S. Customs. Unlike those offices, the Pegasus featured lingerie-clad waitresses serving beer at 5 in the morning. To learn more interesting historical facts and contribute your own stories during the Port's 100th anniversary, visit the Port's Centennial blog at www.polb.com/blog.

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