Prominent Long Beach Accounting Firm Merges With Orange County Company

Two California accounting firms, Long Beach-based Windes and Allen, Haight & Monaghan (AH&M) of Irvine, today announced the companies have merged. The combined firm, operating under the name Windes, has offices in Long Beach, Irvine and Los Angeles, with more than 165 employees. “Our goal has been to combine with firms that have built quality practices – a solid client base, a great staff, a well-managed organization, high-quality work, and a culture based upon strong values. AH&M meets this goal,” John Di Carlo, managing partner of Windes, stated in a press release. AH&M was founded 32 years ago in Orange County. Windes has been operating for 92 years.


Long Beach City College Selected For Amazon Certificate Program

Long Beach City College is one of 19 Los Angeles-area community colleges selected for a collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to offer a cloud computing certificate program called the California Cloud Workforce Project (CA Cloud). Through the collaboration, each college is partnering with at least one high school to offer concurrent enrollment and other support, such as workshops and training. “We’re excited to see this level of collaboration at a regional level, bringing essential IT education and skills to a growing workforce to meet the demand for tech-focused jobs in L.A.,” Andrew Ko, director of global education at AWS, stated. Members of the program are working to obtain approval to expand CA Cloud statewide.


Port Of Long Beach Cargo Traffic Declines; Officials Express Concern Over Tariffs

Cargo traffic moving through the Port of Long Beach declined by 4.4% in July compared to the same month in 2017, the port announced today. The decrease was attributed to changes in vessel deployments on the part of shipping alliances, according to the port. Imports decreased by 8.2%, exports decreased by 5%, and the shipment of empty containers overseas increased 2.6%. Overall, 688,457 twenty-foot equivalent units of cargo moved through the port in July. Port officials are concerned that escalation in tariffs between China and the United States could slow trade activity, according to the port’s statement. Earlier this week, the Trump administration levied 25% tariffs on $16 billion in Chinese goods, and China returned the favor.


Cargo Optimization Pilot Program Begins At Port Of Long Beach

A pilot project to improve cargo flow at the Port of Long Beach (POLB) is underway. The GE Transportation Port Optimizer provides terminal operators and other stakeholders with advance notice of shipment arrivals, allowing them to plan ahead to ensure goods flow efficiently, according to the port. Three container terminals – Long Beach Container Terminal, Total Terminals International and International Transportation Services ­– are testing the system, which made its debut at the Port of Los Angeles last year. “We welcome the opportunity to have this exciting technology demonstrated here in our port,” POLB Executive Director Mario Cordero stated in a press release. “We are always searching for new means toward improving operational efficiencies in the supply chain as it moves through this port complex. We look forward to observing Port Optimizer in action.”


APM Terminals Replaces 16 Yard Tractors With Cleanest Tech Available

APM Terminals on Pier 400 at the Port of Los Angeles has replaced 16 of its yard tractors with the cleanest technology available in respect to air emissions. The $1.5 million equipment purchase was funded in part by a $500,000 federal grant obtained from by the Port of Los Angeles, the port announced today. Twelve of the terminal’s old yard tractors were donated to the Los Angeles Unified School District for auto mechanic training. The investment was tied to the Clean Air Action Plan, a joint policy by the San Pedro Bay ports aimed at reducing air emissions.