A Port Too Far?

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.”


John McLaurin doesn't mention that the temporary relocation of the Port of LB Headquarters, he calls an inland port, will now be across the street from his PMSA Headquarters location. PMSA staff and the City of LB Harbor Department will be able to see each other going to work each day. Kind of ironic. The real commentary here is that PMSA keeps losing the respect of people with this kind of gotcha management baloney. Too bad they have chosen this strategy. In difficult times we all crave a strong voice that inspires us to meet and beat our competition. We don't expect a bunch of name calling and finger pointing from the leadership you respect at the PMSA. It's just counter productive at a time when we are starting to make good progress with our competition. Wally Baker Jobs 1st Alliance