City Council Orders Study On Port Automation

Monday, August 26, 2019

An excerpt from the Long Beach Business Journal

The debate around automation at California ports has come to the shores of Long Beach. The Long Beach City Council recently approved a recommendation by 9th District Councilmember Rex Richardson to conduct a study assessing the economic impact of automation at the Port of Long Beach. The item received unanimous approval from Richardson’s seven fellow councilmembers. The study will be produced by the city manager’s office in collaboration with the harbor department, and is due to be presented to the city council within 120 days.

“As this automation conversation is advancing, we want to make sure that we fully understand what the implications are to our local Long Beach economy,” Richardson told the Business Journal. “Long Beach is a working-class town. It’s always been a working-class town, from the naval base to the port,” he added. “One in five jobs in our city is connected to the port, so if there’s a perceived threat to jobs and economic activity, we need to understand it.”