New Web Site Pushes For Long Beach Port Headquarters To Remain Downtown
By George Economides - Publisher
July 11, 2012 – A discussion on where the administrative staff of the Port of Long Beach will move to is heating up. The Business Journal reported in its July 3 issue that the decision had been narrowed to either the World Trade Center building or a building at the Long Beach Airport Business Park formerly occupied by Boeing.
Since that story, a new Web site has sprung up with the heading, “Keep The Long Beach Port HQ in Downtown.” The “author” of the site has not been identified, nor has he/she come forward to take credit for this lobbying effort.
The site, http://longbeachporthq.wordpress.com/, points out seven items it considers would negatively impact downtown if the airport site is chosen:
The site says that “a move from downtown could negatively impact our city for many years, if not permanently,” and encourages supporters to attend this Monday’s harbor commission meeting to voice their preference.
Port commissioners are unwilling to comment on their deliberations, other than that a decision is expected soon. Key items are: cost to lease or buy a building; seismic and security issues; and travel distance to the harbor for port staff.
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