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US Transportation Secretary in LA for official visit

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The Los Angeles and Long Beach ports, the nation’s largest such complex, are the portal for 44 percent of all U.S. trade.

President Obama is pushing infrastructure investment, using billions of dollars from a proposed overhaul of corporate taxes. He's sending Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to L.A. where Tuesday morning he'll join local and state officials for groundbreaking of the Crenshaw/LAX light rail project.

Prior to the groundbreaking, the Crenshaw Subway Coalition will hold an adjacent press conference to publicize what activists say are unresolved issues surrounding the Crenshaw/LAX line. Organizers argue the street-level design will devastate the Crenshaw neighborhood's black business corridor. They also allege there are insufficient numbers of black workers on the project, and that black members of the MTA board have not addressed the issues.

Wednesday, Foxx will be at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to talk about infrastructure and the economy.

Democratic Congresswoman Janice Hahn of San Pedro says Secretary Foxx won't be coming with any immediate new cash for the ports. But she says personal visits lay the groundwork for future D.C. dollars. She says that for too long, federal investments have been "ABC — anyplace but California." She says it makes a difference "when folks from the cabinet actually see for themselves" activity at the port.

The Los Angeles and Long Beach facilities — the nation’s largest port complex — is the portal for 44 percent of all U.S. trade.

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