Photos by David Ng


The Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at Cal State LA held its 22nd Annual Policy Conference, “The Ports of LA and Long Beach: Links In A Chain,” on Friday, November 13th at The LA Hotel Downtown. Conference partners included the Los Angeles County Economic Corporation and the World Trade Center Los Angeles.

Cal State LA Provost Lynn Mahoney introduced Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti who spoke to a morning audience of elected officials, industry experts, community members, and students, including members of Cal State LA’s Honors College. PBI brought 35 students from Roosevelt High School associated with the Institute’s Youth Enrichment Policy Project. Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia addressed the audience during the afternoon session.

Spurring dialogue and debate, the conference examined an industry that remains largely unknown to the general public and drove home the fact that without the ports and other parts of the supply chain we would not enjoy the quality of life we do now. And yet, all this growth has real world consequences in neighborhoods, including the environment, a point highlighted by Mary D. Nichols, Chair of the California Air Resources Board. There are still tough choices to be made.

Download presentations from the conference below:

Dr. Thomas O’Brien

Executive Director of the Center for International Trade and Transportation


Dr. Robert Kleinhenz

Chief Economist at the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation

LAEDC Recent and Future Trends in the Ports

Ports Conference Speakers

and Panelists Biographies

Eric Garcetti, Mayor, City of Los Angeles

Patrick O’Donnell, Assemblymember, California State Assembly, District 70

Joe Buscaino, Councilmember, Los Angeles City Council, District 15th

Dr. Suja Lowenthal DPD, Vice Mayor, City of Long Beach

Ben De Alba, Assistant Secretary, Rail and Ports at the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA)

Robert A. Kleinhenz, Ph.D Chief Economist, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC)

Gene Seroka Executive Director Port of Los Angeles

Richard D. “Rick” Cameron, Managing Director, Environmental Affairs and Planning for the Port of Long Beach, California

Michelle Grubbs, Vice President, Pacific Merchant Shipping Association

Angelo Logan, Policy Director, Urban and Environmental Policy Institute

Robert (Bobby) Olvera, Jr., President, International Longshoreman and Warehouse Union Local 13

Mary D. Nichols, Chairman, California Air Resources Board

Hasan Ikhrata, Executive Director, Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG)

Peter Herzog, Assistant Director, of Legislative Affairs NAIOP, Commercial Real Estate Development Association

Don Snyder, Director of Business, Development Port of Long Beach

Nick Weiner, Campaign Director, Justice for Port Drivers, Teamsters Union

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