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Long Beach Joins Six Other Ports To Create Climate Action Program
The Port of Long Beach (POLB) is partnering with six other international seaports to launch the World Climate Change Program. Through the partnership, POLB is developing “projects to address global warming and meet the goals outlined in the Paris Agreement,” according to the announcement. The program will focus on supply chain efficiency, emissions reductions, renewable and zero-emission energy, low-carbon fuels, infrastructure to electrify ship propulsion systems, and other initiatives. Participating port authorities are located in Los Angeles; Rotterdam, the Netherlands; Hamburg, Germany; Barcelona, Spain; Antwerp, Belgium; and Vancouver, Canada.

Port Truck Drivers And Warehouse Workers To Go On Strike
Truck drivers and warehouse workers employed by XPO Logistics and NFI Industries in the harbor area are launching their 16th strike in five years beginning Monday, October 1. The strike is meant to highlight allegations of wage theft and discrimination, according to an announcement from Justice For Port Drivers (JFPD), a coalition organized by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. JFPD alleges the two companies have misclassified nearly 900 drivers as independent contractors. Each company has faced legal action for similar claims, and drivers are calling on company customers such as Toyota and Amazon to assist in ridding the U.S. supply chain of what they believe amounts to “indentured servitude.”

Long Beach Airport Runway To Reopen After Nine-Month Closure
Runway 08R/26L, formerly named Runway 07R/25L, is reopening at Long Beach Airport (LGB) beginning Friday, October 5, at noon, airport staff announced today. The runway was closed in January for reconstruction and re-designation. The announcement advised that aircraft operations will resume in areas that have not experienced activity in nearly nine months.

Aquarium Festival To Celebrate Latin Heritage
In honor of National Latino Heritage Month and Mexican Independence Day, the Aquarium of the Pacific is hosting the 17th Annual Baja Splash Cultural Festival this weekend, September 29 and 30. The event includes live entertainment, crafts, educational programs and other special activities representing various Latin countries. The festival runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day and is included in the price of a general admission ticket. Members get in free. Click here for more information.

Rick Rackers Names Woman Of The Year 2019
Kathy Lingle has been named the 64th Rick Rackers Auxiliary of the Assistance League of Long Beach woman of the year for 2019. Lingle is a Long Beach native who has volunteered with the Assistance League since she was a teenager. She has served the Assistance League as Rick Rackers chairperson, a member of the corporate partnership committee and as woman of the year chairperson, among other roles. She will be honored at the annual woman of the year luncheon on February 1, 2019.

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