All politics are local — even when the U.S. Supreme Court is involved.
San Pedro Congresswoman Janice Hahn says the High Court's decision this week on the Port of L.A.'s clean trucks program will have a direct impact on the port's neighbors.
The Supreme Court left intact the central part of the port's clean trucks program, which requires cargo haulers to use modern rigs that run on cleaner fuels.
But the court ruled that the port can not require truckers to have an off-street parking plan. And that, says Hahn, could make life tough for those who live near the ports. Hahn, a Democrat who also used to represent the port area as an L.A. City Councilwoman, says the city can and does enforce some regulations.
"We tried doing no parking, we've limited the streets that trucks can drive on," Hahn says. "What you find in Los Angeles, of course, is there's not all that many parking enforcement officers. It's one of the things that always seems to be getting cut."
The Supreme Court ruled that the port can not threaten fines or prison for terminal operators who hire cargo haulers who have violated parts of the clean trucks program. That authority, the court said, rests with the federal government.
The city, however, can still write parking tickets.