House Passes 100% Cargo Screening | Files: Logistics, Public | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

The House of Representatives passed H.R. 1 (Full Text PDF) today. While the bill contains many (many!) sections of interest to Long Beach includes funding for first responders, of particular concern to our local economy is Title V: ‘Strengthening The Security of Cargo Containers’. Title V contains provisions which the […]

Truck Shipments Down 9% | Files: Logistics, Public | Tags: , ,

I was hearing rumors from people in the industry that ‘peak season’ hadn’t showed up. Drayage companies and OTR brokers ramped up their staffing to cover increased demand, but it didn’t work out as expected. I’ve heard isolated stories of local layoffs reducing staff levels below June 2006. From Bonddad: […]

Highway Privatization on the Agenda in 2007 | Files: Logistics | Tags: , ,

Toll highways, public and private, and privatization of public transportation assets is becoming a common response to ‘under investment in transportation infrastructure’ by state and Federal agencies. The high price fetched by a few recent sales and 99-year leases has state governments salivating and planning further privatizations. While the funds […]

Where’s the Fresh Content? | Files: The Long Wander | Tags: , , , , ,

You may (or may not) have wondered why the front page hasn’t changed substantially since the election. The easy answer is “nothing important has happened.” The harder answer is “I ain’t feelin’ it.” It’s a lame do-nothing-Congress, a bat-scat crazy President, the Supreme Court’s been silent, the economy’s still slipping, […]

California Defects from US on CO2, Joins EU | Files: PoliTicks | Tags: , , ,

One thing I didn’t expect when UK Prime Minister Tony Blair visited Long Beach, was for the Governor of California to launch an assault on the powers of the U.S. Congress. I guess after decades of federal encroachment on State’s Rights, I never anticipated a real rebellion from a Republican […]

California Special Election Day | Files: PoliTicks | Tags:

As most of you know, I like to sit in a pub on Election Day and watch the returns come in. Today is November 8th 2005: California Special Election Day. My recommendations for the ballot: NO. Proposition 73. Waiting Period and Parental Notification Before Termination of Minor’s Pregnancy—State of California […]