Port Of Long Beach And GE Transportation Partnering To Optimize Cargo Flow

After the Port of Los Angeles conducted a similar pilot program, the Port of Long Beach (POLB) is partnering with GE Transportation, a division of General Electric Company, to improve cargo flow. GE Transportation will leverage its Port Optimizer technology to “increase visibility of incoming cargo from two days to two weeks” over a two- to three-month period, according to POLB. Total Terminals International and Long Beach Container Terminal will participate in the pilot program. “This partnership with GE is providing an important trial for us as cargo and competition grow,” Mario Cordero, executive director of POLB, stated. “We need new and innovative ways to ensure our customers can move their containers from water to land quickly, reliably and at a cost that makes sense for their business.”


California Chamber Against Tariffs On Aluminum And Steel

The California Chamber of Commerce is urging President Trump not to implement “standalone” tariffs on steel and aluminum imports over concerns that it could cause a trade war, job losses and higher prices for consumers. The president doubled down on his proposal to impose a 25% tariff on aluminum and steel imports during a press conference this afternoon, arguing that it would help save American jobs and address the country’s trade deficit.


California Energy Prices Continue Increasing

The California Center For Jobs & The Economy (CCJE) released data today illustrating that the gap between California’s average fuel price and that of the nation increased to 31.2%. California’s average fuel price per gallon in February was $3.34, while the nation’s was $2.55. California is the second most expensive state in terms of gasoline prices in the country, behind Hawaii, according to CCJE.


Rancho Los Cerritos Breaks Ground On Two Measure A-Funded Projects

Rancho Los Cerritos has started work on two deferred maintenance projects funded by the Measure A sales tax increase: repainting the brick walls surrounding the gardens and replacing soil cement with asphalt. The walls were last remodeled in the 1930s. The soil cement was installed in the 1980s and much of it has deteriorated. Replacing it with asphalt is safer and more historically accurate, according to the rancho.


Governor Brown Appoints LBUSD Superintendent To CSU Board Of Trustees

Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) Superintendent Christopher Steinhauser to the California State University Board of Trustees. The position must be confirmed by the state senate. Steinhauser has served as LBUSD’s superintendent since 2002. “It’s an honor to be appointed by Gov. Brown as a trustee for the CSU system,” Steinhauser stated. “I am a product of this university system, and I deeply appreciate all that CSU does for so many of our students, families and staff here in the Long Beach Unified School District. I hope that I can give something back to a system that does so much for all of us.”


Poki Cat Restaurant To Celebrate Grand Opening

The grand opening of the restaurant Poki Cat is taking place this Friday, March 9 at 11:20 a.m., at the ground floor of The Current, 707 E. Ocean Blvd. Poki Cat specializes in customized sushi bowls and sushi burritos.


LBCC Breaking Ground On Auditorium Renovations

Long Beach City College (LBCC) is breaking ground on a $29 million renovation project of the auditorium at its Liberal Arts Campus on Thursday, March 8, 4901 E. Carson St. Voter-approved Measure E and Measure LB bonds will fund the renovations, which will maintain “much of the architectural integrity of the original 1957 design, while adding a new dance studio, a new costume shop and updating the audio-visual systems,” according to a press release.