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The power play starts at Los Angeles

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on November 26, 2013

When a minor cog in a political machine starts asking whether jobs will be lost at a port because of the drive for greater efficiency, you know there are real problems ahead. That in essence is the situation facing Los Angeles following the…

Boldness is Tacoma's friend

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on April 29, 2012

Two smaller north-west ports are getting ready for serious competitive action, with Tacoma going further and putting the gloves on to duke it out with its bigger rival 30 miles north. Puget Sound's second port has produced a development plan for the next 10 years that can be described…

A Welcome Act of Public Regard

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on August 27, 2010

When ports refuse wage rises, more people should take notice. Seattle has provided a model answer to other sectors of the economy with boss Tay Yoshitani turning down a 4 percent pay hike on top of his $330,000 a year. Some investment bankers…

Long Beach Blows a Raspberry at Local Politicians

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on July 15, 2010

The principle of "One hand washing the other" might apply to Washington bureaucrats and politicians, but Long Beach port authorities are having none of it. The angst over the LB city council demanding an extra dollop of cash from the port for the Tidelands fund continues…

West Coast Deepens as East Coast Looks Elsewhere

Posted to Martin Rushmere (by Martin Rushmere) on June 10, 2010

Channel deepening is all the rage among ports, with Long Beach officially starting a $40 million project to dig out 1.5 million cubic feet of material to extend the main channel to 76 feet. “We’re sending a message to our customers. We want your discretionary cargo to come back…