Port of Los Angeles

Port of Los Angeles

Executive director

www. portoflosangeles.org

The beginning of the year is always a good time to take a look at what we are doing right, what we can improve and what challenges lay ahead.

For the Port of Los Angeles, and for the industry in general, what we are doing right is continuing to bring in the goods that fill consumer demand. With a national economy that is struggling to recover, the port truly is one of the bright points on the landscape. Ports support wholesale and retail businesses, which in turn provide jobs for millions of Americans and also translate into significant tax revenues. The contributions of ports to the local, state and federal economies cannot be ignored.

Because these goods continue to flow through the port, homeland security will remain a top priority. We have been working diligently the past two years to safeguard the infrastructure of this port as well as the people who live, work and visit the area. While federal funding lags what is needed, we are moving forward and rolling out programs that we believe are viable solutions to security issues. The port has spent more than $6 million that is not likely to be reimbursed, but it is money well-spent to secure the nation's busiest port.

One of our biggest challenges for the coming year is expanding port operations within existing boundaries. Efficiency and environmental stewardship must not suffer, and present additional dynamics to the smart operations of the port. The port in the past year has made great strides in implementing sound environmental initiatives. Keep an eye on the port in 2004 for more innovative environmental initiatives.