San Pedro Bay

California Coastal Trail completion to spur urban redevelopment and green growth

Summer intern project 2012. Details to come.

Shutdown San Pedro LPG facility

Current action (beginning May 2012) to shutdown a hazardous liquefied petroleum gas facility located above an earthquake fault off Gaffey Street in North San Pedro.

SCIG comment period extended to Feb 1, 2012.

The Port of Los Angeles has extended it's public comment period for SCIG - The Southern California International Gateway - to Feb 1, 2012. This welcomed extension gets us past the holiday crunch. The port's information page is here. We will announce a meeting date to discuss comments in January.

SCIG is one of two near-port intermodal rail projects that the Port of Los Angeles will undertake and that will support goods movement for both the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports. These are both large rail yards that accommodate moving cargo containers between trucks and trains. Drayage trucks pick up cargo containers at a marine terminal in the port and then "dray" them to the rail terminals where the good are transferred to trains. This transfer involves organizing all the containers based on destination as the trains are built.

Though trains are a better way of moving containers over longer distances than trucks, there are many environmental justice concerns raised with respect to these projects that will move thousands of containers and involve thousands of truck trips a day. These concern air pollution, noise, lighting, truck routes and ground vibration caused by 24x7 hours of operation of heavy trucks and trains.

These issues are layered atop many other regional and global concerns, with respect to freeway and rail projects that stretch across Southern California, including the I-60 and I-710 Freeway projects and greenhouse gas emissions.

Special Features

Knoll Hill files (Sep./Oct. 2007)

Public disclosure documents by the Port of Los Angeles concerning Knoll Hill development.  


Clean truck rally action & gallery (September 2007)

Action is needed now to clean the twin ports' truck fleet and get decent working conditions for their drivers. Action item and photo gallery. 


Is world trade a poison apple? (September 2007)

Those organic apples on the grocery market may look great. But, if they're imported, they may cause more harm than good and are part of a destructive pattern of world trade and goods movement that harms public health, labor, communities and the environment. The September Southern Sierran, has more than a dozen articles on world trade and goods movement


San Pedro Bay: Start of the Diesel Death Zone

Welcome to the "Diesel Death Zone" —  the home of the two largest ports in the United States: The Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach. Air pollution related caused by the goods movement industry kills about 2400 people in Southern California every year—and the number is growing.

The products you buy in big box retailers, Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buy, Home Depo, Fry's, K-Mart all contribute to the death and destruction in communities near the goods movement corridors of Southern California. They also contribute to global warming. Around the world, they contribute to harsh labor conditions, child labor and extreme toxic pollution. They contribute to our loss of good manufacturing jobs and to our balance of trade deficit.

Forty-two percent of the goods that come into the United States arrive in the twin ports in San Pedro Bay—located on the southern edge of mainland Los Angeles County. From here, goods travel to inland distribution centers all over Southern California. A trail of pollution, noise, blight, industrial sprawl, neighborhood and habitat destruction follows the industry inland on a 100-mile journey.

Today, it's impossible to get by without contributing to this problem. The gadgets, shoes, clothes, food and supplies we buy almost all pass through our ports—or smaller ports with smaller ports with similar problems.

We need to prod Congress to take action. We need to produce more goods and food close to home rather than half a world away. We need to ensure that all the products we import are manufactured with good labor standards. Workers need the right to organize independent labor unions without fear of reprisal. We need to ensure environmental standards are comparable to those used in the United States. We should insist that citizens of our trading partners have the right to redress their government for grievances on these issues without harassment or imprisonment.

Otherwise, each and everyone of us will continue to enable a system that is exploiting workers, tears up communities and is destroying the planet.