NovoMetro

Education in Oakland

Wednesday News

Posted by novometro on March 7, 2007

The Port of Oakland reported record traffic in 2006 Tuesday without a lot of fanfare. Ports in California have reason to be wary of too much attention. The state’s ports would no doubt like to tackle issues like pollution and congestion in their own way, and on their own timetable. But a couple of bills introduced in the Legislature this year seek to change the way the ports do business. One bill would establish “port community advisory committees.” A second bill would tack a $30 user fee on each container moving through the state’s three major ports. In Oakland last year, that would have raised $36 million for programs that eased pollution and traffic congestion caused by the port. Expect a fight, and more events like this.

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