A Port Too Far?

Unlike former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin who could “…actually see Russia from land in Alaska,” you won’t be able to see the Port of Long Beach from the newly proposed Port of Long Beach Administration building.  At least it will still be in the State of California.

The existing Port building predates the diaper wearing Gerald Desmond Bridge.  It was built to seismic standards that date back to the Eisenhower Administration.  Despite the threat the building poses to its workers, finding an alternative site, either through the purchase or construction of a new site, has been delayed as the process has become one that has been dominated by personal attacks and political preening by various port officials – all at the expense of the safety of those that work or conduct business in the building.  It has, in short, been a shameful and embarrassing process for the city and Port.

Now the Port is proposing to buy a building away from the Port itself, its tenants and customers as a temporary measure before deciding on a final course of action.  On the bright side, city officials can initiate a new marketing campaign, “Long Beach, California’s Inland Port.”

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