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Container Fee at Ports of LA/LB - SB 974 Temporary Hold

Shipping container fee for Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach temporarily held 9-07

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September 6, 2007 SACRAMENTO -- Container Fee at Ports of LA/LB - SB 974 Put on Temporary Hold

Faced with a likely veto by the governor, a state lawmaker agreed Wednesday to postpone a bill that would impose a controversial container fee at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach aimed at easing congestion and air pollution.

The bill would put a $60 fee on each loaded 40-foot container that moves through the ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oakland to raise up to $394 million annually. The money would go toward projects to reduce air pollution and improve the movement of containerized cargo from those facilities and to alter railroad crossings by diverting traffic under them.

Villaraigosa has withheld his and the city's support, insisting on amendments to allow some of the money to be spent on replacing two bridges.

Look for the bill to return during the next legislative year.

One person familiar with the discussions said the governor did not want to antagonize the retail industry, which opposes the container fee, while he is trying to get major employers to agree to a package of changes in the state's healthcare system.

SOURCE STORY: LA TIMES



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